Blu, the Restaurant
Why we love it: The family meal for four has included entrees such as meatloaf and whipped potatoes. “Once a week the family menu changes,” says owner Brad Friedlander.
Try this: The lobster and shrimp roll ($28) packs Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp inside a challah New England-style roll seasoned with herb aioli and chive. 3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216-831-5599, blutherestaurant.com
Why we love it: Pick up four entrees for $40 or two for $20 and choose from a variety of different items including grilled burgers, lamb chops and ribs. “It’s wholesome, it’s different, that’s what makes it special,” says Brandon Chrostowski, founder of Edwins.
Try this: The house smoked ribs ($12) are easy to bite into and are complemented with a house-made barbecue sauce. 13101 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216-921-3333, edwinsrestaurant.org
Felice Urban Cafe
Why we love it: With locally sourced produce from its own garden, not only will you save your money with this family-style carryout menu, but you’ll also be blessed with tasty, high quality options. “I create my menu for everybody,” says head chef Jose Coronado.
Try this: Inspired by the head chef’s home country, the Guatemalan chicken ($50) is a marinated dish mixed with black beans, pickled onions and cilantro. 12502 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, 216-791-0918, feliceurbancafe.com
Why we love it: With a focus on quality ingredients and local farming, Flying Fig’s takeout meals are inspired by different regional cuisines. “You just put it all out family style on the table and share,” says executive chef and owner Karen Small. Try this: Served with two sides, bread and a blondie bar, the pepper spiced fried chicken thighs ($30) are soaked in buttermilk and hot sauce for at least 24 hours. 2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, 216-241-4243, theflyingfig.com
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar
Why we love it: Family-sized comfort boxes include two entrees, Brazilian cheese bread, guacamole, house-made chips and a mixed salad. “It’s more of a complete meal for our guests,” says Joseph Tis, director of culinary operations.
Try this: The rum glazed Cuban pork ($19) is sweet and savory with black beans and coconut-mango rice. 28601 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere, 216-896-9020, paladarlatinkitchen.com