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DiningIn Now Delivers Chick-fil-A in Chicago and Dallas

 
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In case you missed it, the chicken sandwich giant Chick-fil-A now delivers throughout areas of Chicago and Dallas via DiningIn.com.

Celebrate National Greasy Foods Day With These 10 Belt-Breakers

 
Jake Melnicks chicken wings National Greasy Foods Day

A lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that October 25th has been labeled “National Greasy Foods Day” (perhaps it’s just an Internet thing…), but we don’t see any potential hurt in reminding you that this food holiday does in fact exist because, if you didn’t know, greasy foods and food delivery go together like locks and keys. So, being your greasy food delivery experts, we’re here to enlighten you of ten belt breakers-that are worth indulging in on National Greasy Foods Day – two from Boston, two from Chicago, two from Dallas, two from Minneapolis and two from Philadelphia!


1. Fried Chicken Fingers Plate – The Coast Café, Boston 

Who said that the city of Boston couldn’t serve delicious, authentic, southern fried food? Whoever did was not aware of the existence of The Coast Café right across the Charles River just outside of Cambridge’s Central Square. The Coast Café serves some of Boston’s best comfort food, and the place to start there – undoubtedly – is the fried chicken. For me, I indulge in the Fried Chicken Fingers Plate if I don’t have any responsibilities the rest of the day and can nod off on the couch in the middle of a weekend afternoon with no worries. That’s the whole point of comfort food – to make you feel comfortable.




Now Delivering in Boston: Stephi's on Tremont, Pinkberry, BurgerFi, and More!

 
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From Stephi's on Tremont to Griddler's Burgers & Dogs, these are some of Boston's most popular restaurants now available for delivery in Boston and Greater Boston. For details and delivery areas visit www.diningin.com.


Stephi's on Tremont

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About Stephi's on Tremont
 

Sister restaurant of Stephanie's on Newbury, this South End spot has become a brunch favorite in the area serving classic American'sophisticated comfort food'.  Owned by respected Boston chef and successful businesswoman Stephanie Sokolove, it's no surprise that Stephi's on Tremont is frequently praised by local fans, out-of-town visiting customers, and noteworthy restaurant review websites including Zagat.
 

Visit Stephi's on Tremont official website





Featured Chicago Restaurant: Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

 
Doc Bs Fresh Kitchen

“We cook for people who appreciate a great meal prepared by great people. An extension of your own kitchen -- it’s who we are.”

Staff Picks: I Scream, You Scream, DiningIn Delivers Ice Cream

 
JP Licks, Boston ice cream delivery, restaurant delivery

Indulging in a fat bowl of ice cream during the hot summertime is one of the best (albeit unhealthiest) and most enjoyable things you can do – bar none. Just like downing a nice warm cup of hot chocolate and the wintertime, the temperature contrast that comes while eating ice cream in the summer is refreshing while the former is relaxing. Simply put, when the heat comes, there really isn’t any better way to cool down – whether you’re a diehard fan of plain old vanilla and/or chocolate ice cream, ice cream sundaes, banana splits, root beer floats, or whatever other type of ice cream concoction floats your boat.
 

Being food delivery experts, our DiningIn employees undoubtedly know the best places to get ice cream, frozen yogurt, Greek yogurt, frozen custard and more delivered from throughout the Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis and Philadelphia areas. Some of the restaurants are chains, some are homemade mom-and-pop ice cream shops, and others are more health-conscious than some, but they’re all pretty much equally delicious in their own very special way.
 



The Perfect Italian Family Dinner Night

 
Italian family dinner, The Sopranos


Family dinner night isn’t always easy to plan – that’s certainly a fact that can’t be disputed. Little Suzie might complain that there’s no dessert with the meal; young Stevie most likely doesn’t want to eat his broccoli; mom and dad might bicker over whether or not mashed potatoes are a legitimate serving of vegetables or whether or not there is any nutritional value to Sunny Delight.


To anyone who’s been forced to plan and/or take part in family dinner nights in the past, these disagreements are aplenty. If you mix those disagreements in with the fact that Italian food is – by far – of the most emotional cuisines you can indulge in, things can start to get really complicated really fast. This is why we want to help you (being restaurant and delivery experts) have the perfect Italian family dinner night, whether you’re looking to do all of the cooking and cleaning yourself or if you’re just looking to have us deliver you the food you crave from the Italian restaurants you love.
 

Appetizers: Always Try To Go Cold
 

The whole idea of eating appetizers is to indulge in them in order to stimulate your appetite for the main course. For this reason, despite how great Fried Calamari, Clams Casino and Stuffed Mushrooms are, it’s always better to go for cold appetizers than to go for warm ones. Cold appetizers increase your appetite more, while hot appetizers can bog you and your appetite down and – if they’re too hot – they can entirely slow your digestion process, which has the potential to make you pretty much physically useless after dinner.
 

One of my favorite cold appetizer options is Chilled Lobster with sides of fresh lemon and cocktail sauce. Of course, fresh lobster is something of a delicacy, and can be a little on the expensive side, but if you’re a seafood lover and it’s within your budget, it’s totally worth it. The only downside is that there’s a small chance that the Chilled Lobster dish might be the most delicious thing you eat during the entire meal (I don’t see anything wrong with that!). If lobster’s out of the question, here’s a cold, reliable, delicious recipe for a Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella Salad from Maggiano’s Little Italy’s blog – The Chef’s Table.
 

Bruschetta, though served half hot, half cold, is also a solid appetizer option to kick off your family Italian dinner with a bang. If all else fails, serve a cold antipasto – garnished with pickled vegetables and fresh cold cuts – to kick off your Italian feast.
 








Wingstop Restaurants Take Chicken Wings to Whole New Level

 
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"What began as a small buffalo-style chicken wing restaurant in Garland, Texas continues to soar to great heights. Today there are more than 500 Wingstop locations open in 30+ states with new restaurants landing across the U.S. and Mexico."


Get Wingstop a la carte delivery and catering delivery in Dallas.
 

Founded in 1994, chicken wing restaurant Wingstop takes pride in its delicious, freshly made snacks including the iconic regular wings (over 2+ billion wings sold!), award-winning fresh cut seasoned fries, crisp veggie sticks, bourbon baked beans, and creamy cole slaw.




DiningIn.com Launches New Website

 
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Online food ordering and restaurant browsing is now easier than ever with DiningIn's refreshed, new website.

DiningIn Delivers Corporate Ice Cream Parties

 
Ben & Jerry's delivery

Even those of you that spend all winter on the beach in Florida and spend all summer at your beach house on Cape Cod need to chill out every once in awhile, no matter how afraid you are of winter weather. A lot of times, though, you have to do it on your own time and your own dollar – maybe taking their children or your husbands or wives to a local, seasonal ice cream spot a few hours after dinner on a hot summer evening.
 

Wouldn’t it be awesome – in terms of earning karma and brownie points with your coworkers – if all of you bosses, administrators, and human resources professionals out there randomly planned a corporate ice cream party/social once in awhile to lighten up the mood in the office, make Fridays seem a little bit shorter than they actually are (and the weekend closer than it actually is), and satisfy the cravings induced by the sweet teeth of some of the company’s hardest working professionals? And wouldn’t it be even better if that ice cream were delivered to the office – saving everyone’s time and simplifying everyone’s life?
 

We think so, and you probably think so, too. That is one of the primary reasons why DiningIn started offering ice cream delivery in Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia. After all: you don’t have to be in downtown Burlington, Vermont to enjoy Ben & Jerry’s, or within Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood to enjoy J.P. Licks, or in the most hipster neighborhood in your respective city to enjoy frozen yogurt or custard delivery. You do the choosing - we'll do the delivering, bringing you ice cold ice cream along with plates, utensils and more if you wish at the time and day you want. Check out below where you can find the best ice cream delivery in each of our cities:
 




Featured Minneapolis Restaurant: The Tangiers Restaurant

 
See The Tangiers Full Menu + Order Online

Inspired by Mediterranean and North African cuisine, The Tangiers Restaurant is one of the most eclectic places you'll run into in downtown Minneapolis.
 

Located right in the North Loop at The Hennepin Steam Building, The Tangiers is a great option for having friends over and sharing small plates, snacks and flatbreads including Tangiers Charcuterie and Fromage, Guacamole and Salsa, Hummus Plates, and the Bianca flatbread, a CityPages.com favorite:
 

CityPages.com 100 Favorite Dishes: No. 59, The Tangiers Bianca flatbread:
 

"One such small plate is the Bianca flatbread, among our favorite flatbreads in the cities. The bread is soft and not greasy -- no grabbing for napkins to mop up grease as is common with other flatbreads -- and the sharp Gorgonzola cheese and balsamic vinaigrette blend seamlessly, topped with prosciutto and baked figs. It makes for a simple but well-executed dish worth going back for."
 

Wehether you're hosting a party at your home or office, or if you're looking to eat small bites to keep your day going, check out The Tangiers Restaurant and order online food delivery at www.diningin.com.
 

Inside The Tangiers Restaurant's Delivery Menu

Hummus Plate

Basil-pesto-chipotle-lime hummus served with fresh vegetables.
 







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