Today’s Takeout Pick: Gigamunch
Today’s Takeout Pick: Gigamunch

Josephine Richard of Senegal presents her home culture on a platter

Much of the restaurant industry has had to rapidly change its business model due to COVID-19, and we’re highlighting the Nashville places that are attempting to stay open. We will give you a critic’s pick for a restaurant and a dish, as well as a running list of restaurants still open that you can support. Today: Gigamunch

In these times of increased dining at home, meal preparation services are seeing a big bump in business. These can come in several forms. There are the national subscription meal-box services like Sun Basket, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which send all the ingredients and a recipe to prepare a reasonably healthy and delicious meal at home. If you ignore all the packaging and superfluous costs associated with sending you a handful of leaves of arugula from Brooklyn, this might be your answer.

Other options are more local, like restaurants that prepare family meals that are ready to deliver or pick up, hot and ready-to-serve or packaged for easy reheating. Several local restaurants are also producing their own versions of meal boxes, filled with (hopefully) locally sourced raw ingredients and all the instructions to create a restaurant-quality meal at home for your family. Some even offer online tutorials so that you can cook along with the pros.

However, today I’m here to recommend a local service that stands above many other options, because it focuses on the cuisines of real Nashvillians, specifically immigrants. The company is Gigamunch, a service that offers what they describe as “an immersive journey to a new country — a new culture.” Working directly with immigrants and refugees, Gigamunch offers an important experience at amazing prices.

While they do offer a weekly subscription option, Gigamunch realizes that some weeks you might not be home for a meal or just not feeling like taking a culinary trip to Denmark on a Monday. They make it easy to skip a week or cancel your subscription at any time, and the value you receive weekly is remarkable. For just $14 per meal (plus $5 for delivery), they’ll bring you a dinner that includes a main dish (with vegetarian options), two healthy side dishes and a dessert, and you won’t have to cook a thing!

In addition to the exotic and delicious food, each weekly chef shares personal information about themselves and their culture, as well as a playlist of their native music to accompany your meal and enrich the experience. If Mondays don’t work for you, they also offer Thursday deliveries. As an extra incentive, they’re offering 50 percent off on your first order. That’s 7 bucks for a full dinner and an educational experience. Try doing THAT at Wendy’s for $7.

Upcoming meals include culinary visits to Sudan on Monday, Aug. 17, and South Africa the following Monday, Aug. 24. You can always check out the menus in advance to make up your mind whether that particular offering is your cup of rooibos. But I’ll save you the effort for the next two menus, so hopefully it’ll get you excited enough to place your order.

Hanaa Hamed will be your Sudanese host and chef, and here’s what she plans to serve the week of August 17:

Beef Mahshi: The rich textures and spices in this dish create a full sensory experience. Colorful bell peppers are stuffed with beef and rice cooked in a tomato sauce with bold, yet lightly sweet hints of cinnamon and coriander.

beef, rice, garlic, black pepper, tomato, bell pepper, cinnamon, salt, coriander

Molah Fasolia Bayda: This hearty and comforting dish features buttery white beans stewed in a broth scented with coriander, onion and tomato. These flavors harmonize to strike a nice balance between sweet and savory.

white bean, red onion, tomato, vegetable broth, paprika, coriander, vegetable oil, salt, pepper

Salata: Crisp romaine lettuce and juicy cherry tomatoes are tossed in a tangy lime vinaigrette. This salad provides a fresh contrast to the heartier dishes in the meal.

romaine lettuce, tomato, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime, salt, pepper

Pita: Sudanese meals are often served with a soft bread to use as a utensil instead of a fork or spoon. This pita bread is perfect for scooping up every last bit of savory goodness on your plate.

flour, salt, yeast, water, olive oil

Basboosa: This crumbly, indulgent bar is made with a semolina base and lightly flavored with vanilla, rose and coconut. Try brewing a strong cup of coffee to enjoy alongside this classic Sudanese treat.

semolina, flour, coconut, sugar, milk, yogurt, milk powder, baking powder, ghee, rose water

The next week features Kobie Pretorius of Ermelo and Pretoria, South Africa. (Full disclosure: Kobie is a friend of mine, and I think she’s delightful, so I’m sure you’ll be charmed as well.) Here’s what Kobie will deliver to your table on Aug. 24:

Bobotie: Bobotie, the national dish of South Africa, is a hearty curry of meat and fruit. Turmeric, ginger, curry powder, sautéed onions and tomatoes all melt together with the meat for a savory, yet lightly sweet finish.

beef, onion, fruit jam, fruit chutney, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, tomato, banana, bread, egg, milk, bay leaf, curry powder, turmeric, ginger, white pepper, cayenne, salt

Sweet Yellow Rice: This sweet yellow rice, accented with toasted almonds and cinnamon, has perfect synergy with the flavors and spices of the bobotie.

basmati rice, butter, almond, raisin, sugar, cinnamon, turmeric, salt

Cape Malay Salad: This simple combination of tomato, onion, chili and cilantro pairs well with tonight’s main dish. Spoon a little over your bobotie to bring out all the rich flavors.

onion, tomato, jalapeno, sugar, vinegar, cilantro, salt

Mango Salad: A refreshing mix of field greens and chunks of fresh mango drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is a bright and fresh sensory experience.

spring mix greens, mango, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt

Hertzoggies: This delightful tart features a flaky, buttery pastry topped with a smooth, sweet layer of apricot filling and is finished off with a coconut-scented merengue.

apricot, coconut, egg, flour, sugar, butter, nutmeg, salt

If you’re not excited to try a dessert named “hertzoggies,” I don’t know how to help you. Check out Gigamunch today and jump on the international bandwagon!

Below is a list of Nashville restaurants (with links) remaining open for takeout and delivery during the COVID-19 shutdown. While some may have had existing relationships with delivery providers, most of this list are offering the service for the first time. Most offer curbside pickup, but check when you order. As this list is a moving target, please leave any changes, suggestions or omissions in the comments.

Places with takeout or delivery as of Wednesday, Aug. 5

12South Taproom (Postmates)

312 Pizza Co. (Grubhub)

400 Degrees

5th & Taylor

51st Deli (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)

51st North Taproom (11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday-Sunday)

615 Deli (DoorDash. Grubhub, Postmates, Uber Eats)

8th & Roast

Adele’s/The 404 Kitchen (Friday-Sunday)



Arnold’s Country Kitchen (Most delivery services)

Athens Family Restaurant

Attaboy at Lakeside Lounge

B1281 (Uber Eats)


Barcelona Wine Bar

Barista Parlor (Postmates)

Barr’s Music City Soul Food (Uber Eats, Tuesday-Sunday)


Big Al’s Deli

Big Bad Breakfast (DoorDash, Uber Eats)

Big Shake’s Hot Chicken

Biscuit Kitchen by Loveless Cafe

Biscuit Love

Black Dynasty via Bar Sovereign

Black Rabbit

Blue Coast Burrito

The Bluebird Cafe (Grubhub)


Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish

BoomBozz West (DoorDash)

Brightside Bakery (Ordering open at 3 p.m. Tues.-Sat. for next-day pickup Wed.-Sun.)

Brother Z’s Wangs

Burger Joint (Uber Eats, Grubhub)

Burger Up 12South

Butchertown Hall

Cafe at Thistle Farms

Caffé Nonna (Uber Eats, Postmates)

Cafe Roze

The Cake Project

Capitol Grille

Cal’s Country Kitchen

Carniceria y Taqueria Don Juan

Central BBQ (DoorDash, Postmates)

Chicken Salad Chick

Cinco de Mayo (9 locations)

Chago’s Cantina

Char (Postmates)

The Chef & I

Chef’s Market

Chile Burrito

Cilantro Mexican Grill (Eighth Avenue location)

City House

City Winery (Grubhub, Uber Eats)

Cole’s Kitchen


Corner Market Catering

Corner Pub (DoorDash)

Cupcake Collection (Sunday-Friday)

D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe

Daddy’s Dogs

Dalt’s Grill


Del Frisco’s Grille

DeSano Pizza Bakery

Diskin Cider

Doll’s Family Cafe (Postmates, DoorDash)

Donks Bar & Grill

Donut + Dog

Double Dogs (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)


Earnest Bar & Hideaway

East Nashville Beer Works

Eastern Peak (Uber Eats, Grubhub)

Ed’s Fish House (Thursday-Saturday)


8 Hour BBQ

Ellington’s Mid Way Bar & Grill

Emmy Squared




Far East (Postmates)

The Farm House

Farm Burger (DoorDash)

Fat Bottom Brewing

Fat Boy’s BBQ

Fat Kat Slim’s (Uber Eats, Grubhub)

Fattoush Cafe

Fido (ChowNow)

Five Points Pizza (Postmates)

Flavor Catering

Fleet Street Pub

The Food Co.

Folk (Postmates)

Fox’s Donut Den

Frothy Monkey (Postmates, Uber Eats)

Gambling Stick

Gray & Dudley

Germantown Pub

Gino’s East

Ghot Wingz (Tuesday-Saturday)

GReKo Greek Street Food

Green Chile (Friday-Sunday)

Green Hills Grille

The Grilled Cheeserie

H&T’s Home Cooking


Hattie B’s (Uber Eats)

Helen’s Hot Chicken


High Class Sweets

HiFi Cookies

HoneyFire Barbeque Co. (Grubhub, DoorDash)

Hugh Baby’s (DoorDash)

Hunters Station (The Grilled Cheeserie, Vui’s Kitchen, Hugh Baby’s, Tacos Aurora, Citizen Market)

Hurt’s Hot Chicken

IT’Z A Philly Thing (Wednesday-Sunday)

J. Alexander’s Redlands Grill

J. Christopher’s

Jack’s Bar-B-Q (Trinity Lane location only)

Jamaicaway (DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates)

Jim ‘N Nick’s

Jonathan's (Grubhub)

Josephine (Postmates)



Kay Bob’s

Kien Giang

King Market

Korea House

The Kupcake Barr

Ladybird Taco

Lafayette Soup Company (Richland Park Farmer’s Market)

Lakeside Lounge

Las Palmas (DoorDash)

Lemongrass Sushi & Thai

Local Distro (Tuesday-Saturday)

Lockeland Table

The Loading Dock

Long Hollow Pizza & Pub

Loveless Cafe

Love, Peace and Pho

Lucky Bamboo

Mane & Rye

Mangia Nashville

Margot Café & Bar

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Maru Sushi & Grill

Mas Tacos

McCabe Pub

McDougal’s (Hillsboro Village only)

Midnight Oil


Miss Saigon (All delivery services)

Mitchell Deli

Mixed Grill Cafe

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (Postmates)


Mother’s Ruin

Moto (Uber Eats)


Nashville Chicken & Waffles

Nations Bar & Grill

Nicky’s Coal Fired (Postmates)

Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen

North Italia (DoorDash)

Nectar Urban Cantina (Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates)

Nomzilla! Sushi Et Cetera (Uber Eats, Postmates)


Oak Steakhouse

O-Ku Sushi 

Old Glory

The Old School

Otaku Ramen

Otaku To Go

Pancho & Lefty’s (Uber Eats, DoorDash)

Park Cafe

The Party Line (Julia Sullivan’s catering service through Strategic Hospitality)

Party Fowl (Uber Eats)


PDK Southern Kitchen and Pantry

Peach Cobbler Factory

Peg Leg Porker

The Pharmacy Burger

Phat Bites

The Picnic Cafe

Pinewood Social (Postmates, Grubhub, Uber Eats)

Pizza Perfect

Pork Belly Cafe (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)

Portland Brew

Potato Mountain 615

Prince’s Hot Chicken (Nolensville Road)

Proper Bagel (Takeout & delivery only)

Radical Rabbit

Rated V

Red Bicycle (Postmates)

Redheaded Stranger

Red Perch (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Red Phone Booth (DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates)

Rib Doctor BBQ

Riddim N Spice (Postmates,DoorDash)

Rise Biscuits

Rocky’s Wing Shack

Rolf and Daughters (Postmates)

Rosemary & Beauty Queen (Postmates, Uber Eats)

Rosepepper Cantina (Postmates)

Rosie’s Twin Kegs

Saint Anejo (Uber Eats)

Sam & Zoe’s


Sam’s Place 

San Antonio Taco Co. (DoorDash)


Scout’s Pub

Seafood Sensation (DoorDash)

Shugga Hi Bakery & Cafe (Friday-Saturday; Uber Eats) 



The Slider House

Slim & Husky’s (DoorDash)

Slow Burn

Smokin’ Thighs

SmoQe Signals BBQ


The Southern Steak & Oyster

The Southern V

Southside Grill (DoorDash)

Soy Bistro


Stoney River Steakhouse

Stateside Kitchen

Stay Golden

STK Steakhouse

StrikeOut Wingz (Grubhub)

Subculture Urban Cuisine & Cafe (Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates)

Sugarlips Bakery

Sunflower Cafe


Surreal Spice Creations

Sushi Circle

Sweet 16th (Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.)


Tacos y Mariscos Lindo Mexico

Taco Mama

Tacos With A Twist

Taj (Uber Eats)

TailGate Brewery (Postmates)

The Tasty Wheel (Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash)

Taqueria Andrea and La Mini Michoacana

Tavern at Bobby

Taziki's (Postmates, Grubhub)

Tennessee Brew Works

TennFold (Grubhub, Postmates)

Thai Esane


TKO (Postmates)

Tower Market and Deli (Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash, Bite Squad)

Trattoria Il Mulino


Twilight Tavern

Two Ten Jack

Urban Cookhouse

Urban Grub

Urban Juicer

Union Teller (Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub)


Vege-licious Cafe (Tuesday-Saturday; Chow Now)

Veggie Village

Village Pub & Beer Garden

Virago (Uber Eats)

Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen 

VN Pho & Deli

Vui’s Kitchen

Walden (Postmates)

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer

The Wild Cow (Postmates, DoorDash and Chow Now)

Wildman Smoothies, Soups & Salads

WKND Hang Suite


The Yellow Porch

’Za Wood Fired Pizza (Grubhub)

Zilla’s Pit BBQ

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