Somebody Help This Poor Underling Out

This just landed in my inbox, let’s help avert this last-minute crisis:

My new boss’ wife thinks it’s kicky and bohemian to announce spontaneous cocktails and dinners at their house. The latest of which is tonight. I just received an email saying we should all come by for TGIF BBQ. For the record, if you don’t actually work, you can’t claim TGIF rights. But I digress. Even though she’ll have the whole mess catered, it’s frowned upon if you don’t bring a special treat to share. As this is last minute, I have no time to cook something. Can anyone suggest a good takeout salad, side, or dessert that will be yummy with BBQ but not break the bank? Thanks!


  • aria

    JD’s Chippery cookies in Snider Plaza (bring cash!)

  • BorntoRhone

    any of the great salads from Yumi to Go

  • Eagles

    Cole slaw from Zoe’s Kitchen.

  • amanda

    I bring Dublin Dr. Pepper to off the cuff invites. Or Dixie beer. Both are a huge hit.

  • Laurel

    Hit up the Eatzi’s chef case (although that can get pricey), or gelato from Paciugo (you get get party packs with three flavors)

  • Call in an order of Ninny’s salad from Parigi. Fried okra, tomatoes, scallions, and southern vinaigrette. 214.521.0295

  • PeterK

    head on over to Central Market buy a stick of wild boar salami. have them slice it for you and get a good cheese to go with it. under $20 bucks I would think

  • not so clever

    Then, once you have your dish obtained, polish up your resume. When the boss’ wife finds out about your condescending email to Side Dish, it will be time to start job hunting.

  • Nanette

    I say call over to Creme de la Cookie and have them put you together a wonderful assortment of sweets.

  • Margaret

    Central Market for already prepared Grilled Corn?

    Peggy Sues for some fried pies.

    Short Stop has some great dips– the bacon cheddar one is good.

  • lise lang

    a neighbor once bought us something called love dip- Central Market? not sure but it was great with french bread

  • irodguy

    Stop at Siegals pick up a great bottle of port.

  • Loopy

    Agree with creme de la cookie— yummy and good presentation.

  • Emily

    Why would you write this here? She doesn’t have a job. You don’t think she’s going to read the post???

  • Christopher

    Call Kathleen’s Sky Diner, get their Thai chicken cabbage salad without the chicken…Presto! Insta-Asian Cole Slaw that not only is delicious but would go great with BBQ.

  • DFWFoodie

    Agree with @PeterK and @lise ling – go to Central Market and get either salumi and cheese or one of their amazing dips.

  • jane

    @not so clever and Emily. Really? Get over it.