It is entirely possible to eat well in the era of social distancing beyond those canned goods you’ve stocked up on. Restaurants throughout the country have transitioned to delivery and takeout models due to the coronavirus pandemic so we can self-isolate deliciously. Support local restaurants offering takeout, delivery, curbside pickup, drive-thru, and other more unique formats during the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ve rounded up a list of LA restaurant to make social distancing as painless as possible. *Please note, restaurants are updating their menus and takeout/delivery availability daily.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
Grab a delicious bucket of savory Southern Fried Chicken for the family or any savory Southern dish from Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange. They are offering incredible Family Packages featuring a Family Feast Take-Out Special with 8 Pieces of (dark meat) Fried Chicken (guests can add 2 white meat chicken breasts and 4 wings for $10) 6 Pieces of Fried Catfish, 4 Large Soulful Sides, 1 House Salad with a Romaine mix, and 6 Cornbread ($50), a Family Size Jambalaya Special featuring a ½ Pan of Gretchen’s Jambalaya with Garlic Rice that feeds up to five guests ($35). The Family Bucket Special includes 8 Pieces of (dark meat) Fried Chicken, 2 Large Soulful Sides, and 6 Cornbread ($20), and the Feast for 2 Special includes 2 Entrees with a choice of two of the following- Fried Chicken, Grilled Tilapia, Fried Catfish, Smothered Pork Chops, Blackened Chicken Pasta or Jambalaya, 4 Soulful Sides, 1 House Salad, and 4 Cornbread ($30)
Georgia’s traditional menu also offers small bites including Po Boys, Salads, Bowls, Sandwiches, Plate-Ups, Specialties, Soulful Sides, and Desserts. Try the St. Louis BBQ Ribs, a half-rack of slow-roasted pork ribs in Georgia’s Restaurant signature house-made BBQ sauce, and a tasty soulful side such as the Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese, Nana Gretchen’s famous Cornbread served with house-made honey butter, or her fresh Peach Cobbler for the perfect finish.
Georgia’s Restaurant also offers Wine and Beer for Takeout and Delivery. Wines by the Bottle includes two White Wines, the Prophecy Pinot Grigio ($18) and the Athena Chardonnay($21). Red Wines by the Bottle include the Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon($21) and the Rabble Red Blend ($24). Beer is also now offered including LC Tangerine ($3.50), Scrimshaw ($3.50), LC IPA($3.50), LC Great White ($3.50) and the LC Hazy IPA ($3.50).
Mi Piace, Old Town Pasadena’s neighborhood favorite known for its Italian cuisine is offering takeout and delivery that will not disappoint as they have created a full menu offering many of their classic favorites such as the Calamari Fritti, Caprese Burrata and Bruschetta in the Primi Piatte section. The Insalate section offers the Insalata Mi PIace, a Caesar, and Baby Kale salad, while the Pasta section of the menu offers twelve delectable options including Mi Piace’s Pappardelle Bolognese, Ravioli Della Casa, Linguine Pesto, Fettuccine Alfredo Tartufo, and more. The Carne e Pollo section surprises with savory selections such as the Pollo Al Sesamo, Piccata Di Pollo, and Bistecca, while seafood lovers will rejoice with theScampi, Fra Diavolo, and the Filetto Di Salmone in the Pesce section.
Families can enjoy their favorite Pizza featuring the Margherita, Classica, and Old Town Speciale, or marinated chicken, New York pastrami, or handmade meatball Panino. Finally, for those craving some decadent comfort, the Mi Piace Black Label Burger will also be offered and is prepared with a special prime rib eye and brisket “exclusive” mix.
Mi Piace also offers Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cocktails for Takeout and Delivery. Mi Piace offers Wines by the Bottle that rotates “daily” including a Red Wine, White Wine and a Rosé. Beers are offered individually ($4 each) or by the Six Pack ($15) including Heineken, Modelo, Amstel Light or a rotating IPA. Additionally, Mi Piace offers cocktails ($10 each) featuring Mi Piace’s signature Old Forester Barrel Aged Manhattan, Tito’s Handmade Vodka & Q Soda, and Hendrick’s Gin & Q Tonic. As if that wasn’t enough, Mi Piace also offers spirits by the bottle featuring Hendrick’s Gin ($45), Tito’s Handmade Vodka ($32), and Old Forester Bourbon ($22). For every bottle or cocktail made of Hendrck’s Gin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, or Old Forester Bourbon purchased, Mi Piace will donate one meal to the Boys & Girls of West San Gabriel Valley.
Gus’s Barbecue in South Pasadena offers takeout at all locations and online ordering through their website for both lunch and dinner. Guests can order some incredible BBQ for the entire family with Gus’s Real Pit BBQ featuring Memphis Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Brick Chicken, Texas Beef Brisket, St. Louis Spare Ribs, Peppercorn Crusted Tri-Tip, Smoked Sausage and the Carolina Style Pulled Pork, each seasoned overnight and then smoked low and slow for up to fourteen hours over whole pecan logs in order to create Gus’s signature smoke flavor. Do not forget Gus’s Barbecue’s Cast Iron Cornbread served with jalapeño jelly and honey butter, or their Smokehouse Chili prepared with Nebraska ground beef, cheddar cheese, red onion and pickled jalapeños.
Gus’s Barbecue also offers their signature 16 oz. Southern Sangria ($16 each), their 12 oz. Gus’s Old Fashioned ($16 each), and Gus’s Private Reserve Single Barrel Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon by the bottle ($45) for takeout and delivery.
The Raymond 1886, Pasadena’s beloved Craftsman Cottage is offering Takeout and Delivery for families to share at home with a 10% discount on all takeout orders when guests call the restaurant directly along with easy Curbside Pickup. For some tasty comfort food, guests can order Starters ($12), Sides ($7), Sandwiches ($16) like The Cuban Sandwich prepared with pork belly, black forest ham, dijon, mojo sauce, Swiss cheese, and pickles, served on Cuban bread with Parmesan fries; Pastas ($20) featuring he Bolognaise made with veal, pork belly, beef, rigatoni, pomodoro, Grana Padano and crispy sage. Mains ($28) includes the Steak and Frites, Mary’s Chicken, and New Zealand Salmon. The Kids ($12) section includes favorites like Chicken Tenders, Grilled Cheese, and Pasta.
The Raymond 1886 also knows how to feed a family and they are offering a Family Meal for 2 ($55) including 1 Starter, 1 Side, choice of 2 Mains or Pastas, or the Family Meal for 4 ($75) including 2 Starters, 2 Sides, choice of 4 Mains or Pastas as another top Takeout choice for a delicious meal that feels homemade without all the fuss.
The Raymond 1886 also offers Wine, Beer and Pre-Made Cocktails for Takeout and Delivery. Wines by the Bottle ($18.86 each) feature two White Wines including the Altamonte, Pinot Grigio, Alto Adige, 2018 and the Bonny Doon “Gravitas” Blend, Santa Cruz, 2015. Red Wines by the Bottle include the Condado de Haza, Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, 2015 and the El Esteco, Malbec, Calchaqui Valley, 2017. Beer is offered by the Six Pack ($12.50 each) including Day Beer Lager-Brewed with Czech Sass, Hallertauer Mittlefruch Hops, 4.5% ABV or the Stone Delicious IPA with Lemondrop & El Dorado Hops, 7.7% ABV.
Lastly, The Raymond 1886 features handcrafted COCKTAILS-TO-GO (4 Servings – $45) created by the 1886 Bar Team and prepared in Mason Jars. The three Cocktails offered are the 1886 Negroni prepared with gin, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Campari, and orange oil, the Little Italy comprised of rye whiskey, Carpano Antica Vermouth, and Cynar, or the Fair & Warmer, a blend of rums, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, house curacao, and lemon oil.
Via Alloro offerings takeout for both for Lunch and Dinner to support the community and their guests in-home dining needs including a slightly reduced version of their traditional takeout menu featuring Appetizers, Pizzas, Pastas, Mains,and Desserts, long with their New Signature Family Menus featuring Family of 6 Menus, Vegetarian Family Menu,and Pescatarian Family Menu, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Drago Olive Oil, Balsamic, Sicilian Salt,Bread, and much, much more!
Via Alloro also offers a special selection of Wines by the Bottle from their Award-Winning Wine List and offers 25% OFF ALL WINE ORDERS to all guests that call the restaurant to order directly.
Open Face Food Shop’s fresh, healthy, Danish-inspired dishes is available for Takeout for Lunch and Dinner offering Executive Chef Lene Houck’s Traditional Lunch Menu and an expanded HYGGE-TO-GO Menu which features new dinner items and boxes of fresh, organic Farmer’s Market produce. Associated with comfort, conviviality, contentment and well-being, Hygge is a quality that has long been considered a part of the Danish national character. Guests can enjoy delicious items such as Danish Open Face Sandwich Box #3: Egg Salad/Pork that offers one sandwich made with curried egg salad, leeks, and optional pickled herring, paired with another sandwich with prepared with pork loin, apple, braised cabbage, and pickles.
Meat lovers are in luck with the Hakke Bøf, a Danish-style open-faced burger made with grass-fed beef, caramelized onions, shaved Brussels sprouts, and quick-pickled cucumber on top of Nathan’s 3-day Sourdough. For something sweet, Chef Lene’s Almond Cake is scrumptious and served with labneh and house-made berry jam.
SHU Sushi House Unico offerings takeout every to support their community and guests’ in-home dining needs. SHU offers a slightly reduced takeout menu, but guests can still order many of their favorite Japanese-Italian fusion dishes.
The Original Top’s, a classic Pasadena institution and long-standing restaurant has been serving comforting and approachable scratch made food since 1952 and is now offering takeout and drive-thru to help feed families during this time. The Original Top’s offers Breakfast Takeout until 11:00 am which includes selections such as the Steak & Egg Burrito made with Carne Asada, scrambled eggs, homestyle potatoes, jack and cheddar cheese, and for Lunch Takeout, guests can opt for the Famous Pastrami with a slowly marinated special au jus, piled high on a French Roll mustard and pickles. For something warm and hearty, guests can order the Chili Bowl made with The Original Top’s signature chili and diced onions, Zucchini Sticks or French Fries. For something sweet, save room and order a vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry Old Fashioned Shake.
Owner and Executive Chef Celestino Drago created a special takeout menu at Drago Bakery in Culver City that feature freshly baked and freezable essentials that guests can pick-up and prepare at home. Chef Drago and the Drago Bakery team offers the following takeout menu including Fresh Pasta Package ($55) which includes a choice of Lasagna Bolognese, Chicken and Mushroom Lasagna, or Vegetarian Lasagna that will serve up to 10 guests. Main proteins include a Chicken Breast with Marsala and Mushrooms ($80), and a Beef Stew with Red Wine Spices ($95). Side orders featured include 2-pound containers of Assorted Roasted Vegetables, Roasted Potatoes, and Brussels Sprouts with Ginger & Shallots ($18 each). Fresh Soups include a choice of Minestrone, Pumpkin, and Lentil, and are packaged in 32-ounce deli-cups and offered cold or frozen ($12 each).
Executive Chef Celestino Drago also has plenty of Bakery Goods available such as Breads featuring a Ciabatta Loaf (1 ½ lbs., $3.50), Pagnotta Sourdough (2 ½ lbs., $5), Rustic Baguette ($2.50), and Whole Wheat Harvest (2 lbs., $5). The Cakes options include a Cheesecake ($28), and a Chocolate Flourless Cake ($28). Lastly, a selection of Fresh Breakfast Pastries includes Plain Croissants ($2.25 each), Chocolate Croissants ($3.00 each), Almond Croissants ($3.75 each), Ham & Cheese Croissants ($3.75 each), and Coffee Muffins, Banana Muffins, Walnut Muffins, and Blueberry Muffins ($3 each).