Vintage Takeout

Appears in the January 2021 issue.

Whether you’re binge watching The Office or checking out the new Saved by the Bell reboot, Lazy Dog’s TV dinners might make the perfect companion for your nostalgic escape. For just 10 bucks you can enjoy a scratch-made meal, frozen in a retro-style aluminum tray, that is ready to pop in the oven (and perhaps ignite childhood memories).

“Lazy Dog is proud to provide these updated versions of such an American classic,” explains chef Gabriel Caliendo, the company’s VP of research and development. Choose from eight different dinners (buy three and get one free) made at the Naperville restaurant. The new chicken parm meal is topped with marinara and mozzarella served with green beans, bell peppers, and onions and a Nutella brownie dessert. Kids will love the chicken nuggets served with mac and cheese, steamed edamame, and a rainbow confetti cake.

“People are seeking fun and no-prep meal options, so we came up with the concept of our own original TV dinners. They’re an easy choice for lunch or dinner,” said Chris Simms, Lazy Dog’s founder and CEO.

Visit to order online for curbside pickup or delivery. Once ready, you might be inclined to watch a classic show on Nick at Night—and don’t forget the TV tray.

Photos courtesy Lazy Dog