Find last-minute dinner ideas by looking at restaurant menus, talking to friends and relatives with similar tastes, or wandering the grocery store. Look at the online menu of a favorite restaurant or examine takeout menus to find ideas for meals that are appealing and can be replicated at home.
Contact friends or family members to ask for dinner ideas. One of them may have recently made something tasty and can pass along the recipe.
A grocery store is also the ideal place to find last-minute meal ideas. Visit the prepared food section for inspiration, or ask the butcher to recommend a cut of meat or piece of fish that is fresh and flavorful that day.