Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What does “restaurant quality” mean?

A: Our recipes are created by innovative chefs who add an elevated twist to make each dish special. What’s never added is artificial colors, flavors, or margarine. Just the highest quality ingredients and made-from scratch taste to make any meal memorable.


Q: Is it okay to freeze Main St Bistro scalloped, mashed, baked, and oven roasted potatoes?

A: Our scalloped, mashed, baked, and oven roasted potato sides are not intended to be frozen prior to heating. While the product can be frozen, freezing may negatively impact the potato texture and sauce consistency.

Q: Is it okay to freeze Main St Bistro macaroni & cheese?

A: Our refrigerated macaroni and cheese products are not intended to be frozen prior to heating. If the product is frozen, the texture and sauce consistency will be negatively impacted.

Q: How do I heat it up if I did freeze the product?

A: While we don’t recommend freezing any of our refrigerated sides, if you did choose to do so, we recommend that you always thaw the product completely in the refrigerator prior to heating. Products should always be frozen prior to the “Use By Date” printed on the package.


Q: Can I use the package in the microwave, or should I remove the product first?

A: Our Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Potatoes and Roasted Sea Salt & Black Pepper Potatoes use an oven ready tray type that should not be used in the microwave. All other Main St Bistro sides come in packaging that is safe to use in the microwave. Please follow the heating instructions on the back of each package.

Q: Can I use the package in the oven, or should I remove the product first?

A: Some of our products use oven ready trays and are delicious way to enjoy. Only the following products can be safely heated in the oven by following package directions:

  • Baked Scalloped Potatoes
  • Three Cheese Potato Casserole
  • Baked Zesty Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Baked Macaroni & Cheese
  • Baked Four Cheese Macaroni
  • Roasted Sea Salt & Black Pepper Potatoes
  • Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Potatoes

Q: I have two baked sides dishes that I’d like to heat together in the oven. How should I adjust the heating time?

A: Preheat and bake your baked side dishes at the same recommended temperature printed on the package and increase cooking time by 5-10 minutes until both dishes are hot.

Q: Can I heat in a toaster oven?

A: No, this is not a safe or recommended method of heating.

Q: Can I heat the product in a crock-pot?

A: Removing the product from the packaging and fully heating it in a crock-pot until hot can be used as an alternative heating method versus a microwave.


Q: Where do I find the Use By Date?

A: You can find the Use By Date printed on the side of each package sleeve.

Q: Should I really eat if it’s past the Use By date?

A: The Use By Date code on our packaging is there to ensure freshness. This means you should use the product by the date on the packaging for maximum product quality.

Q. How long is the product good for after opening?

A: All Main St Bistro side dishes can be stored in a refrigerator for 5-7 days after opening.


Q: Where are Main St Bistro products made?

A: Main St Bistro side dishes are made at facilities located across North America. Because our products are freshly refrigerated, we aim to make and distribute the products nearest the regions where they are sold for maximum freshness and quality.

Q: Are your products gluten-free?

A: Our plants make many fresh recipes from a wide variety of ingredients, so we cannot guarantee a “gluten free” manufacturing environment for any single product. Although we have chosen not to make gluten-free claims on our products, each ingredient is clearly stated on the packaging label so that you can make an informed choice about our foods and your own gluten-tolerance level.

Q. Are there any peanuts or tree nuts in your facility where the products are made?

A: For the safety of our consumers with severe nut-allergies, please be aware that nuts are stored in our facilities and may be processed on the same equipment as other products. Despite rigorous allergen control and sanitation procedures in place to minimize the risk of cross contamination, we cannot claim with 100% certainty that some trace levels of nuts could not be present in any product we produce.


Q: Do you have coupons available?

A: We do! You can find our print-at-home coupons here to enjoy up to 2 times per year.

Q: Where can I find Main St Bistro products?

A: We’re located in the refrigerated section of your local grocer’s meat department, as well as most Club stores. Please use our Store Locator to find a location near you.