Restaurants are having a rough go to make ends meet, even in the midst of record demand for delivery services, and a number of scrappy national chains have shifted their business model to include selling grocery items.
Know your stock-up prices and judge accordingly; there are some good deals to be had. Plus, there’s something particularly historic feeling about buying precious toilet paper from your favorite barbecue joint.
Here’s who’s come to play:
Dickey’s Barbecue is selling paper towels, toilet paper, gloves and more.
They’re known for their Texas brisket, sausage and ribs, but Dickey’s is selling helpful kitchen items such as gloves, toilet paper and paper towels as an add-on to any order. Call your local Dickey’s to see if stock is available, because although the website said my local restaurants were sold out, employees said they had stock on hand.
Here’s what people can pick up or have delivered free via the “extras and add-ons” section:
- Box of 100 disposable gloves (M/L/XL): $9.50
- Roll of paper towels (industrial strength): $2.99
- Roll of toilet paper: $3.71
Panera is selling bread, produce and dairy products.
We say more about Panera selling groceries, but it’s pretty convenient to be able to pick up Panera Grocery items — or have them delivered. Get some fridge staples while you’re getting a bread bowl and soup for dinner. Here are some highlights from Panera Grocery:
- French Baguette $3.39
- Whole Grain Loaf $4.49
- Classic White Loaf $4.49
- Avocado $1.49
- A Pint of Blueberries $4.99
- A Gallon of 2% or Skim Milk $4.99
Subway is selling all the groceries to make a delicious sandwich.
Locations in various states
We talked about this in a little more detail here, but Subway is rolling out Subway Grocery in a number of states (right now, CA, CT, OR, TN, WA), bringing their sandwich stuff to your home with free delivery or pickup.
Here are some of our favorite things they’re selling, because they’re pretty good deals:
- 12-inch loaf fresh bread: $1.50
- 2 lb Genoa sliced salami: $10.95
- 1 lb sliced provolone cheese: $6.99
- 1.5 lb sliced turkey breast: $10.78
- 5 lb grilled chicken breast strips: $30.78
Perkins Restaurants are selling toilet paper, paper towels, meat, bread and cheese.
The casual dining restaurant has added a Perkins Market menu, offering in-store or curbside pickup on packaged meats and cheeses, as well as frozen soups and vegetables, fresh produce, and of course, toilet paper. Find your closest Perkins restaurant (they’re in CO, FL, IL, IN, IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, OK, SD, TN and WI), find the Perkins Market section in the online menu, and place your order. Their offerings include:
- 3 lbs of fresh broccoli florets: $8.00
- 2.5 lbs of frozen sweet corn: $2.00
- 5 lb frozen package of tomato basil soup: $7.75
- 1.25 lb case of sliced cheddar cheese: $6.25
- Loaf of white or sourdough bread: $2.50
- 4 rolls of 2-ply toilet paper: $4.00
- 3 85-sheet rolls of paper towels: $4.00
- 15 lbs of uncooked applewood smoked bacon: $57.00 ($3.80/lb)
- 64 frozen uncooked 6 oz ground Angus beef patties: $84.00 ($3.50/lb)
- 3 frozen uncooked 6 oz top sirloin steaks: $11.50
Moe’s Southwest Grill is selling its protein and sides in bulk.
Listen, I’d be just fine stocking up on bulk taco fixings to ride out coronavirus. Sounds like Moe’s knows me. They’re offering free delivery of all order $10 or more through the Moe’s app and website until April 10, and that includes the 15 pre-cooked “Moe’s Market” offerings, including:
- 1 lb seasoned ground beef: $6.99
- 1 lb shredded cheddar-jack cheese: $4.99
- 1 lb adobo chicken: $5.99
- 1 lb black beans: $2.99
- 1 lb Moe’s famous queso: $5.49
- 1 lb guacamole: $5.49
- 12 pack of 8″ tortillas: $2.99
- 12 pack of 10″ tortillas: $3.99
- 3 lb bag of tortilla chips: $5.99
- 16 fl oz chipotle ranch: $3.99
Texas Roadhouse is offering ready-to-grill steaks via phone.
You won’t find it on the Curbside-To-Go/online menus, but most Texas Roadhouse locations have rolled out a meat market of sorts. They’re offering all of their cuts of meat pre-grilled, and while it may seem like it’s cheaper than the menu price, keep in mind that the cooked version of these steaks comes with 2 sides.
You’ll have to call your local Texas Roadhouse 24 hours before you want your meat, but then, you’ll be able to throw the following items on your grill:
- 6 oz sirloin: $6
- 8 oz sirloin: $8
- 6 oz filet: $12
- 8 oz filet: $15
- 10 oz ribeye: $12
- 12 oz ribeye: $14
- 12 oz New York strip: $14
- 20 oz bone-in ribeye: $17
California Pizza Kitchen is selling apple juice, Goldfish crackers and mahi mahi.
The sit-down restaurant has introduced CPK Market to its pickup and delivery options, making kitchen staples and mini-mart-type foods available. You can order these items online for pickup, and in some cases, delivery.
CPK is delivered through DoorDash; get it delivered free as your first DoorDash order, or sign up for 30 days’ free access to DashPass, which waives delivery fees for hundreds of restaurants, including California Pizza Kitchen.
Here’s some of what they’re offering:
- 20 lbs assorted fruits and vegetables: $34.00
- Half-gallon of Mott’s apple juice: $3.00
- Gallon of milk (whole or 2%): $6.00
- 3 lbs of rice flour: $3.00
- 1 Bolillo bread roll: $1.00
- 1 sourdough bread baguette: $2.00
- 1 bag of kettle potato chips: $1.00
- 2 1.5 oz bags of Goldfish crackers: $1.00
- 10 lbs dry Barilla pasta noodles: $15.00
- 20 oz of frozen mahi mahi: $14.00
- 2 12oz frozen ribeye steaks: $25.00
Pick up toilet paper, a loaf of bread and goldfish crackers from Frisch’s Big Boy.
The diner in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio is selling groceries via drive-thru, delivery and carry-out at all 118 of its locations.
You can browse the menu and order from Big Boy’s Market, but here are some highlights:
- 2 rolls of toilet paper: $1.99
- 1 dozen eggs: $2.86
- Single-serve cereal: $0.99
- 1.5 lbs of cheddar or provolone cheese: $5.64
- Half-gallon of 2% milk: $2.99
- 500 ct napkins: $3.47
Fogo de Chao is selling fresh produce and cuts of meat.
The Brazilian churrasco-style steakhouse is selling some of its raw meat and fresh produce to customers, available for pickup and delivery surrounding its 57 locations nationwide.
- 8 oz filet mignon: $12.00
- 16 oz New York strip steak: $18.00
- 6 oz cold water lobster tail: $16.00
- 8 oz Atlantic salmon: $10.00
- 1 lb bananas: $1.00
- 1 dozen eggs: $3.00
- 1 lb white rice: $1.00
- 1 pineapple: $5.00
- A bundle of asparagus: $4.00
- 1 bottle of Stella Artois beer: $3.13
Firebirds restaurants have become drive-up meat markets.
The chain of 50+ restaurants in 19 states has unveiled a “Butcher Shoppe” menu that includes 21-day-aged steaks for pickup. So if you’re in the market for meat, here’s what they’re selling:
- 14 oz ribeye steak: $14.95
- 7 oz applewood-smoked bacon-wrapped filet mignon: $12.95
- 7 oz center cut sirloin: $5.95
- 12 oz center cut sirloin: $8.95
- 8 oz burger: $4.95
Dog Haus is selling hot dogs, half-and-half and jalapenos.
Many of the hot dog chain’s locations have converted into quarantine-era grocers, called Haus Market — bringing meat, dairy and bread products into homes via pickup and delivery.
- 1 roll of toilet paper: $1.00
- 1 roll of multifold paper towels: $2.50
- 5 lb bag of pickled jalapenos: $9.00
- 28 oz bottle of Sriracha: $5.00
- 5 lb bag of tater tots: $8.00
- 25 all-beef hot dogs: $41.00
- 8-pack of bratwurst: $14.00
- 32 oz half-and-half: $4.00
- 24 oz of sliced cheddar: $8.00
- 24 King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls: $7.99
McDonald’s is selling essentials at drive-thrus down under.
We’ve seen Australia be somewhat of a testing ground for new programs during coronavirus, most notably senior shopping hours — so look out for McDonald’s in the U.S. to follow suit. The 1,000 or so McDonald’s locations in Australia just recently started selling the following items at drive-thrus (with plans to expand):
- 6 pack English muffins: AU$3.00 (US$1.90)
- 6 pack gourmet buns: AU$4.00 (US$2.54)
- 2 liters (0.53 gallons) skim milk: AU$2.60 (US$1.65)
- 2 liters (0.53 gallons) whole milk: AU$2.60 (US$1.65)
- Gourmet bread rolls