It is entirely possible to eat well in the era of social distancing. Mayor Garcetti’s recent order (also: common decency) dictates no going out to dine at restaurants or drink at bars–but it still allows those places to continue to offer food delivery and take out. Taking advantage of that option means your diet can consist of more than those canned goods you’ve stocked up on, while also supporting the small businesses that we all know and love.
The hospitality industry is already being hit hard by the economic impacts of this pandemic; placing a few orders–and tipping well–could make the difference in seeing a local favorite bounce back once we’re all allowed to return to our normal lives or have to shutter permanently, leaving the friendly faces at your neighborhood cafe out of work in a time of crisis.
While the first choice for staying healthy is to stay at home and cook your own food, getting food from restaurants may be relatively safe. Stephen Morse, an epidemiologist at Columbia University, tells The Atlantic that “cooked foods are unlikely to be a concern unless they get contaminated after cooking” and that, as long as great care is taken with kitchen cleanliness and food-handling, “there should be very little risk.”
Ordering from delivery may introduce an additional variable, as delivery drivers come into contact with more people in the course of their rounds, but you can help keep them–and the whole system–healthy by opting for “contactless” pickup and drop-off. Check with your delivery provider for details on how they’re handling the outbreak (do the drivers get sick pay, are they distributing gloves, etc.) and be sure to tip as well as you can afford.
If you’re not sure your favorite local restaurant is staying open or offering delivery service, check their Instagram or other social media feeds to stay up to date or give them a call. For additional inspiration or to try something new, we’ve collected a few spots that are focusing on providing delicious, healthy dishes during these trying times.
Superba: Superba Food + Bread in Venice and Superba Food Snacks + Coffee locations in Pasadena and North Hollywood are offering modified menus for pickup or delivery, including adding extra loaves of fresh bread. How to order: ChowNow, DoorDash, Postmates, UberEats, Toast
Valerie Confections: Charming cafe and patisserie Valerie is making sure your sweet tooth can still be sated. Items will be available on several apps, or for in-person pick up at the Echo Park and HiFi shops. Valerie will also be expanding the “larder items” available, including beans, grains, and other must-haves. How to order: Caviar, Postmates, UberEats, telephone: 213-250-3557 (Echo Park) or 213-739-8149 (HiFi)
HomeState: All three locations of HomeState–Los Feliz, Highland Park, and Hollywood–are serving up Tex-Mex fare including their signature breakfast tacos and queso. Place an order for curbside pickup or delivery. Only thing not on offer: Margaritas (they tried!). How to order: Postmates, Caviar, HomeState App
Clark Street Bread: The Echo Park bakery is offering a selection of items for “locals only” delivery and pick-up service within the neighborhood or via Caviar. Stock up on fresh, artisan baguettes and loaves, a selection of pastries, or order from a menu of prepared dishes and coffee or tea beverages. How to order: Caviar, telephone: 213-529-4252https://www.instagram.com/p/B9wnjuNHyy-/
Milo & Olive: Perfect for anyone–but perhaps especially ideal for families with kids home from school looking for stuff to do during the day–Milo & Olive is offering a selection of special semi-homemade style kits to assemble pizzas, pastas, and other dishes from chef-prepped ingredients, in addition to their main menu. How to order: ChowNow, Caviar, GrubHub, DoorDash, call: 310-452-6776
Tacos 1986: For now, both the DTLA and Westwood locations of Tacos 1986 are open, allowing customers to come in to order food to-go, and they’re planning to move forward with opening a third location around the end of the month. Delivery and pick up orders are handled by the DTLA shop. How to order: Caviar
Broad Street Oyster Co.: Broad Street will continue offering up some of the city’s best lobster rolls, clam chowder, and other seafood-forward classics. Order delivery or request the “Malibu Drive-Thru” curbside pickup option. How to order: UberEats, Postmates, call 424-644-0131
Uncle Paulie’s Deli: Both the West Hollywood and new DTLA locations of Uncle Paulie’s are prepared, with a menu of Italian-inspired sandwiches, as well as offering fresh produce and cold cuts by the pound if you want to have DIY supplies. How to order: Postmates, GrubHub, Caviar, or unclepaulies.comhttps://www.instagram.com/p/B8XINXhB8_w/
Sonoratown: One of the little things keeping us going in all this is looking forward a chance to order one of Sonoratown’s special-edition Sonoratown Takeaway packs, which include their award-winning tortillas, fabulous grilled meats or vegetarian fillings, salsas, and everything else you need for an at-home taquiza. How to order: Caviar, telephone: 213-628-3710
Hail Mary Pizza: Pizza is a time-honored delivery staple, but Hail Mary is going above-and-beyond during the outbreak, including offering food to at-risk hospitality industry workers, and we say that shoots them to the top of the list. Look for weekend brunch dishes, too. How to order: Caviar, call 323-284-8879
The Tam O’Shanter: The Tam might not be a spot you think of for take out, given how much of the experience comes from the dine-in ambiance, but we can’t let conoravirus claim our historic eateries. Order a la carte options or full family meal kits with roasts, sides, and more. How to order: Call 323-664-0228
Osteria La Buca: From noon to 9 p.m., the Melrose Avenue Italian resto is offering a “Corona Break” menu that includes salads, sandwiches, pastas, and pizzas; plus family-style meals for two, four, or six people; and grocery staples from meats and fresh pastas to cold-brewed coffee with a day’s notice for pickup.
Little Dom’s: Italian comfort food staple Little Dom’s and the attached Little Dom’s Deli are operating all day, keeping you fed with a wide menu with everything from salads and sandwiches to pastas and pizzas–not to mention pre-mixed cocktails and sauces and supplies for your DIY meals. How to order: Caviar
Atrium: One of our favorite restaurants of 2019, Atrium, hasn’t usually offered take out or delivery, but these are unusual times. Give them a ring and they’ll pack a meal up for you to pick up. Delivery will be added in a few days. How to order: Call 323-607-6444https://www.instagram.com/p/B9zirCRh5_k/
Vinovore: Silver Lake’s Vinovore, one of the only outlets specializing in wines made by women, will be closed for in-store shopping (to better control the environment) but will be taking orders for curbside pickup and delivery. Stocking up for the long haul? Orders of six bottles or more will get a 10 percent discount. How to order: Caviar, email: [email protected], call 323-522-6713
Wally’s: With locations in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, Wally’s is keeping larders stocked with wine, liquor, cheese, gourmet foods, and more. Orders can be placed for standard delivery or pickup, or for ground shipment to anywhere in the U.S., should you want to send a care package to a friend you can’t visit in person. How to order: DoorDash, Caviar, call 310-475-3540 (Beverly Hills) or 310-293-5500 (Santa Monica)
Esters Wine Shop & Bar: Santa Monica’s favorite wine spot, Esters, is offering curbside pickup, takeout, and delivery. A selection of prepared dishes and snacks are on offer, but the main event is probably the extensive, well-curated selection of wines (currently offered at 25 percent off menu prices!) and craft beers. Delivery is free if you’re within five miles. How to order: Postmates, UberEats, Caviar, DoorDash, call 310-899-6900https://www.instagram.com/p/B92IEA2D3SX/
Coffee & Specialty
Go Get Em Tiger: Local chain Go Get Em Tiger is keeping all locations other than Grand Central Market operating for the time being. Take out or order prepared coffees, beans, and even all the equipment to make great coffee at home. How to order: DoorDash, Go Get Em Tiger app, gget.com
Sightglass Coffee: This S.F.-based cafe just opened a location in Hollywood, so the timing of all this has been less than ideal for them. Nonetheless, they are sallying forth, offering basics like coffee beans, beer, wine, and food including bagels and whole roast chickens for delivery and take-away. How to order: sightglasscoffee.com
Créme Caramel: Sherman Oaks sweets shop Créme Caramel is keeping up production for its famous puddings, custards, and other treats, in both full-size and single-serving options. How to order: cremecaramella.com
Milkfarm L.A.: Dairy-lovers will not be denied in these trying times. The market at Eagle Rock’s Milkfarm is available to provide you with artisan cheese, olives, wine, dry pasta, and a variety of gourmet snacks. A selection of hand-prepared sandwiches, baked goods, and other offerings are also available. How to order: Postmates, call 323-892-1068https://www.instagram.com/p/B9H0vPyB-3B/