My Fit Foods (top left), Snap Kitchen (bottom left), Mel's Meals   John Anderson

Best Next-Best Thing To Hiring a Personal Chef

TIE: Mel's Meals; My Fit Foods; Snap Kitchen

Wish you could eat tasty, healthy meals every day without all the shopping, chopping, cooking, and cleaning involved? Of course you do and now you can, because the fairy godmother of busy, hungry, fit (or aspiring to be) people has finally waved her wand over Austin, making all these magical places appear where you can just walk in, grab fresh, calorie-controlled meals from the cooler (or even several days' worth, including snacks), and eat like a movie star with a personal chef any time you want. No time for the walking-in part? Check out these take-out trendsetters' websites for delivery details, along with vegan, gluten-free, and other options as well.

Mel's Meals, 706 N. Lamar, 428-5007; My Fit Foods, various locations; Snap Kitchen, the Triangle, 46th & Guadalupe, 459-9000; 1014 W. Sixth, 479-5959

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