|The cheese section at Jerry's Gourmet & More in Englewoood.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
We are always wowed when we purchase Meals to Go from Jerry's on South Dean Street in Englewood, and last night was no exception.
We tried three chicken entrees -- chicken francese, a drumstick stuffed with prosciutto and radicchio, and chicken parmigiana.
The side dishes are always terrific and you'll find your whole meal in the container.
My wife's lemony chicken francese came with a snap pea salad, zucchini stuffed with vegetables and cheese, roasted potatoes and sauteed escarole with pecans and pine nuts.
My drumstick was accompanied by risotto primavera, brussel sprouts, three-bean salad, and shrimp dumplings. My son's chicken parmigiana included a fat spinach lasagna, risotto primavera and carrots.
The portions are sensible (total weight is 12 ounces).
We don't reheat in plastic containers so we plate all the food before popping it into the microwave.
"How much did this cost?" my son asked as he looked over his plate. "$6.99, " I told him. "Wow! That's cheap; it would cost $20 in a restaurant." Smart kid.
I poured a glass of red wine, grabbed a roll from Balthazar (a few blocks from Jerry's) and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner.
Jerry's Gourmet and More, 410 S. Dean St., Englewood; 201-871-7108.