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5 Foods Delivered By DiningIn Worth Breaking Your Calorie Count For

CPK, BBQ Chicken Pizza, Foods worth breaking calorie count over

California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Pizza

It’s practically the most popular menu item at every single California Pizza Kitchen that DiningIn works with throughout Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia. California Pizza Kitchen even claims to be its initial inventor in 1985, a claim that no one has tried to deny.

The Top 8 Boxed Lunches DiningIn Will Deliver To You

Dickeys Barbecue Pit boxed lunch

Contrary to popular belief, lunch boxes are not tools solely confined to elementary school students. Boxed lunches are for grown-ups, too, and they can be especially delicious (and especially convenient) when they're delivered to you from one of your favorite restaurants and you don't have to be the one to pack them up in the morning. Below are eight of the best boxed, to-go lunches that DiningIn can deliver to you in crunch time. 

DiningIn Partners with KaBloom to Deliver Flowers

kabloom flowers delivery

Flowers & Mother’s Day Brunch – Delivered.  

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’re thrilled to announce that we've partnered up with the Brookline, MA-based flower company KaBloom to deliver beautiful flower bouquets and arrangements within the Greater Boston area, all sealed in water with KaBloom's revolutionary patented technology, Bloom2O, to ensure that they arrive 100% fresh to your home or office.

Submit Your Best 6-Ingredient Recipe & Be Entered To Win A DiningIn Gift Card!

six ingredient recipes, simple recipe

DiningIn has existed for four decades because we are committed to making the lives of our customers easier by saving them the stress of cooking by bringing them food they crave from restaurants they love.

Contrary to popular belief, as opposed to ordering food from us for every single meal on every single night of the week, we want you – our beloved customers – to learn and enjoy the art of cooking food at home, no matter how simple the recipes you are cooking are.

Thus we’re going to crowdsource the absolute best recipes that are comprised of six ingredients or less from our Facebook fans and customers, put them all together in a blog post, and give you all a list of quick and easy meals that are delicious so you don’t have to order take-out from us every night.

Then, we'll be giving away a $50 DiningIn gift certificate to the customer that posts the best 6-ingredient-or-less recipe on our Facebook page!

The competition is going to run from April 23rd until April 29th to ensure that, if you need to, you can dig deep into your storage boxes within your basement and find old recipes that you remember your grandmother making when you were just a kid.

Remember, the recipes that you submit must include less than six ingredients, and they must be recipes that are relatively quick and simple to make – i.e. nothing that involves the word “infusion” and nothing that has to be in the oven for more than an hour or two.

Ready, set, go! “Like” us on Facebook now and post your best six-ingredient-or-less recipe on our wall for your chance to eat for free. 

15 Spectacular Kid-Friendly Menus You’ll Want To Try

kid friendly menus

Going out to dinner with the kids can be challenging, especially if you’re really in the mood to indulge in a sit-down meal from the best restaurants in town. Luckily, we've been able to partner with hundreds of restaurants in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and the Twin Cities to provide you with the ultimate solution.

April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Here's Where To Get Yours

grilled cheese sandwiches

If there's one thing most Americans can agree on, it's that grilled cheese sandwiches, without a doubt, are the most comforting food of all.

DiningIn's 12 Most Popular Food Items of All Time

Restaurant Food Delivery

After analyzing years worth of orders from 100+ restaurants, from bar foods to ethnic cuisine, we're excited to reveal DiningIn's most popular food items in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and the Twin Cities.

Your Irish Pub Food Guide for St. Patrick's Day


Pair your best Irish whiskeys and stout beers with traditional Irish foods, and American takes on Ireland's hearty cuisine, all available for delivery via Read more below with our Irish pub food guide for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, and the Twin Cities.

DiningIn Munchie Madness 2015!

Munchie Madness 2015, DiningIn

We are proud to introduce DiningIn Munchie Madness 2015 – a social media-based competition where we are going to give our customers the chance to vote for their favorite foods from their favorite restaurants Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis and Philadelphia in efforts to win $50 and $100 DiningIn gift certificates!

The rules are simple: All you have to do is comment on the DiningIn Munchie Madness Facebook post during the voting periods designated below mentioning which dish from which restaurant in the DiningIn Munchie Madness bracket is your favorite for a chance to win a DiningIn gift certificate!

Round 1 - The Scrumptious 16

Voting for Round 1 – also know as the “Scrumptious 16” – will take place between March 19th and March 22nd, 2015, where the bracket is split up into four sub-brackets: Burgers, Potstickers, Pizza and Sushi. At the end of the competition, one voter will be picked at random and will win a $50 DiningIn gift certificate, and the restaurants with the most votes in their respective matchups will move on to the next round. 

Round 2 - The Savory 8 

Voting for Round 2 – or, the “Savory 8” – will take place between March 25th and March 28th, 2015. Again, the restaurants with the most votes will move on to the next round and one voter will be picked at random to win a $50 DiningIn gift certificate. 

Round 3 - The Foodie 4 

The four winners of Round 2 will then advance to the “Foodie 4,” which will be the Final Round of DiningIn Munchie Madness and, essentially, a free-for-all featuring an epic showdown between four of the most popular foods on DiningIn: Burgers, Potstickers, Pizza and Sushi. The restaurant that gets the most votes will win the 2015 DiningIn Munchie Madness competition, and we will sponsor free delivery from that restaurant for the whole day on Wednesday, April 8th.

DiningIn's Greatest Asian Noodle Dishes


Noodles are a native dish of most East Asian countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand, where they’re frequently consumed on a regular basis, or on special occasions to represent good health and longevity. Today, there are over a dozen types of noodles used in the typical Asian culinary traditions like ramen noodles, udon wheat noodles, rice vermicelli, chilled soba noodles, wonton noodles, and cellophane noodles (also called glass noodles).

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