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Where to Order Takeout & Delivery in LA Right Now

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LA’s restaurants have been in continual pivot mode over the past six months, thanks to fluctuating COVID case numbers and changing directives from state and local officials. Operators scramble to keep up with the latest guidelines, constantly adjusting their strategies in order to protect customers and staffers while working to keep their businesses alive past the pandemic. Frustrated restaurateurs opened for in-house dining last month, only to be faced with another COVID-19 spike which prompted a tightening of restrictions -- limiting diners to outdoor seating and supplementary tables on sidewalks and in parking lots. But throughout the crisis, takeout and delivery offerings have remained constant.

Here’s a list of restaurants offering compelling pickup and delivery, plus recommended dishes. For a more complete list, refer to the dineL.A. To Go website.

[This situation is fluid, so call ahead to restaurants to confirm offerings are still available.]

Focaccia Pizza from Antico

East Larchmont
Vaunted chef Chad Colby has earned a well-deserved reputation for making craggy, crusty Italian focaccia and showcasing seasonal SoCal ingredients in pastas and plates. Under COVID-19, he’s launched a “focacceria & ice cream” concept featuring his signature bread as the base for pizza that feeds 4-6 people. Antico also sells wine at a 30% discount, Caesar salad, and pints of luxurious fresh-spun ice cream in flavors like honeycomb and vanilla almond crunch. Dinner for Four includes all of the above items.
Cost: $20-$38 for a choice of six pizzas. Order pickup (preferred) by calling 323-510-3093.

Hot Bento Box from Eagle Rock Brewery Public House

Eagle Rock
Not many brewpubs get this ambitious with food. Jerry Su, ERB co-founder Ting Su’s younger brother, smokes meat in-house and adds beer to fried cod batter. For this edited all-day menu, Jerry also incorporates Southern influences into dishes like fried chicken and cornmeal biscuits available with either honey mustard butter or country ham gravy. Their California bento box combines brown rice with baby broccoli, kimchi crabapple, marinated egg, and a choice of flat-iron steak, blackened shrimp, or soy-braised chicken thighs. Select Eagle Rock Brewery cans and bottles are also available for pickup, and they also sell provisions like house-made ricotta, fermented hot sauce, and chicken stock.
Cost: $14, available for pickup

Zucca Pizza from Ronan 

Hollywood
Young couple Caitlin and Daniel Cutler strive to keep their dream alive on Melrose. Some of L.A.’s best pizza is still available for curbside pickup or delivery. The Zucca with zucchini shavings and blossoms -- and lemon -- is a beauty, served with peppery stracciatella on the side so the crust doesn’t get soggy. Inspired by Super Mario Bros, the 1UP teams mushrooms with pea tendrils, caciocavallo cheese, and sherry vinegar. If you'd rather make your pizza at home, Ronan also sells $5 dough balls and sauce pints. Meanwhile, the crispy grilled chicken with pistachio olive pesto is one of LA’s best birds; order for the sake of balance. 
Cost: Pizzas costs $19-27, $24 for Zucca. Order by calling 323-917-5100.

Tamales from Broken Spanish

Downtown
Ray Garcia, one of California’s leading modern Mexican food practitioners, has identified artisanal tamales as a potential hero in these treacherous times. Fillings vary, but may feature chicken tinga, mushrooms, and deboned oxtail meat. They’ve experimented with a B.S. Taqueria taco revival and weekend brunch burritos during the pandemic, and are now rocking an abbreviated dinner menu. Offerings include duck meatballs plated with bacon, chipotle and nopales; rainbow carrots in mole amarillo, and a crispy pork belly slab flavored with fierce garlic mojo. Tres leches cake and banana leaf flan with rum caramel both provide a sweet finish. Grab-and-go beverage options include agave-based spirits and cocktails.
Cost: Tamales cost $37-39 per dozen. Available through curbside pick-up by calling 213-749-1460.

Porridge + Puffs
Porridge + Puffs | Courtesy of Michael Tyrone Delaney

The Gold Set Meal at Porridge + Puffs

Historic Filipinotown
Minh Phan, the chef who’s known for seasonality, minimizing food waste, and flavor, pivoted to a collaborative “provisions shop” to stem Corona’s flow. They sell vivid porridges, salads, and banh mi. The late Jonathan Gold and their three-course, Thursday night PINCH dinners, which make the most of undervalued ingredients, inspired “Gold set meals.” Better yet, proceeds from these meals help to feed 100 first responders per week. Other creations include umami trail mix, prickly ash oil, and atypical pickles like ume daikon and apricot jicama. Flowers and facemasks provide much-needed self-care opportunities. 
Cost: The Gold Set Meal costs $25-$30.

Chivi Party from Sonoratown 

Downtown
This Fashion District phenom from Teodoro Diaz-Rodriguez, Jr. and Jennifer Feltham is supplementing their regular menu with four monster family meals that are available through curbside pickup or delivery. Chivichangas, compact Sonora-style burritos, feature the restaurant’s stupendous house-made flour tortillas. Their “chivi party” includes six chivichangas with shredded beef and/or chicken fillings, two bean and cheese burritos, chile de arbol and tomatillo salsas, and the requisite fixins.
Cost: $36, available for pickup by calling 213-628-3710 or for delivery through Caviar

Family-Style Dinner from Vespertine

Culver City
Jordan Kahn’s space-aged Hayden Tract monolith, which normally requires a minimum $295 and multi-hour commitment, is serving share-friendly meals that are a bit more down to earth. The menu changes, but the initial offering packaged six dishes with two small desserts, including Wagyu beef brisket served with griddled Indian parathas, roasted chicken thighs, roasted black carrot salad, and a chocolate almond brown butter brownie. Another week, Kahn revived dishes from his bygone Vietnamese restaurant Red Medicine. He recently featured a Southern supper based on experiences he had growing up in Savannah, along with a Cuban feast based on his grandmother’s recipes.
Cost: $65 per person for pickup or delivery.

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Chicken Fried Pork Chop from APL Restaurant 

Hollywood
Adam Perry Lang is best known for his beef, whether that involves taking aging to untold depths, or smoking brisket with finesse rarely seen in LA. He’s got a streamlined menu of greatest hits to-go, including ribeye with horseradish cream, matzo ball soup, and a wedge salad draped with house-smoked, thick-cut bacon. The crisis has also motivated new ways to serve APL’s abundant meat, including specials like honey lemon chicken thighs with wild grains and braised greens, and a powerhouse sandwich featuring a bone-in, chicken-fried pork chop with spicy slaw on a squishy Martin’s potato roll. Bonus: Perry Lang partnered with friend Jimmy Kimmel to feed people in need by matching meals through St. Joseph Center.
Cost: $16. Order curbside pick-up by calling 323-416-1280.

Cosa Super from Cosa Buona

Echo Park
Zach Pollack recently reactivated the patio at sister restaurant Alimento, and his crew is still cooking dinner at this neighborhood Italian-American gem. Their COVID-19-specific deal feeds up to five or six people, and includes two orders of garlic bread and a choice of two salads, two antipasti, and two pizzas. Imagine a meal with smokey mozzarella sticks, meatballs, Caesar salad, chopped salad, pepperoni and Hawaiiana pizzas. Since “desperate times call for lots of wine,” over 30 discounted bottles are also available.
Cost: $69, and $94 for a “Deluxe” version that includes a choice of wine. Schedule curbside pick-up by calling 213-908-5211.

Frozen Dumplings from Apt. Li Xiang 

Arcadia
This popular Taiwan import is open for pickup, offering award winning braised beef soup (add noodles) and handmade dumplings from their freezer. Six different dumpling varieties are available to boil, pan-fry or steam at home, including classic coriander cabbage pork, more substantial black pepper onion beef, and luxurious “big prawns” with leek sprouts and seafood. Frozen dumplings can last for weeks… if you let them.
Cost: Dumpling packets cost $30-50, depending on the type. Call ahead to 626-348-8335 to confirm your chosen dumpling is in stock, or simply swing by the restaurant freezer.

Bento Boxes from Iki Ramen

Koreatown
This restaurant typically warrants attention for yuzu shio ramen and high-value omakase, and now busts out compelling Japanese combo plates with a range of proteins to deal with COVID-19. Buta kakuni (braised pork belly) is the most indulgent offering on their limited menu, though chicken karaage and miso black cod are also tempting. No matter your choice, bento boxes come with black sesame-showered white rice, crispy ebi (sweet shrimp) with yuzu aioli, kale tantan men (dressed with spicy sesame miso), seaweed sunomono, pickled tomato, and crab. All sake, beer, and wine costs 25% less with food.  
Cost: $15 for braised pork belly, and up to $25 for other bento boxes, call for pickup at 424-335-7749.

Nightly Family Dinners from The Arthur J

Manhattan Beach
David LeFevre and his talented crew (who he’s hiring back as takeout momentum builds) are serving an abbreviated version of their Mid-century Modern steakhouse menu. Beef is The Arthur J’s core business, so by all means get at least one steak. Family dinners feed 4-6 people, rotate weekly, and feature entrees like roasted Alaskan halibut with lemon caper sauce and wood-grilled tri-tip with savory potato au gratin. Batched cocktails serve up to 8 drinks (depending on your thirst) and Chef LeFevre’s handpicked farmers market produce boxes help fuel home cooking.
Cost: $65-$90. Order pickup by phone at 310-878-9620.

Family Meal from Pitfire Pizza

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American Gonzo Food Corporation’s respected local chain is packaging “Pitfire Provisions” during the pandemic, including share-friendly packages that feed 4 people. Their family meal includes 1 chopped salad, 1 Say Cheese pizza, 1 Zoe’s pepperoni pizza, baked mac & cheese and 2 chocolate chip cookies. They’re also offering $20 sangria pitchers and 15% off bottled/canned wine and beer.
Cost: $45, available for pickup by calling individual branches and by delivery through their website.

RiceBox
RiceBox | Courtesy of @lastname.ip

Build Your Own Box from RiceBox 

Downtown
Lydia Lee and husband Leo specialize in Cantonese BBQ in the historic Spring Arcade Building. They’ve become known for serving barbecued, braised, poached, and roasted meats in rice boxes with gailan and pickles. There are also two-or-three-item "Build your own box” combo plates, where you can mix-and-match proteins like crispy seven-spice porchetta spooned with salsa verde, roasted honey-glazed BBQ pork, and soy-poached chicken served with ginger scallion sauce. They also added Saturday-only whole roast duck.
Cost: $17 for three items, available by phone at 213-988-7395. 

Bar Restaurant
Bar Restaurant | Courtesy of Emilio Perez

Family Meal from Bar Restaurant

Silver Lake
Douglas Rankin’s avant-garde, but approachable cooking is more straightforward under COVID-19’s invisible shadow, and diners are benefiting with takeout. Family meal, normally soulful fuel for staffers before dinner service, is currently available to the general public and rotates nightly. This could be baked ziti Bolognese, grass-fed beef chili with Rancho Gordo cranberry beans or confit half-chicken for two with sumac flatbread, yogurt sauce, cucumber and green bean feta salad. “Market boxes” for home cooks feature meat, fish or vegetables, all geared toward cooking balanced meals.
Cost: $17-35, schedule a pickup time through their website

Patita from Spoon & Pork 

Silver Lake
This colorful addition to the Filipino Food Movement from longtime friends Jay Tugas and Ray Yaptinchay serves hearty plates perfectly suited to a crisis. The patita is particularly comforting, with slow-cooked and then deep-fried pork shank coated with potent chile vinegar garlic sauce. Coco Jack is nearly as enticing (though meat-free), featuring jackfruit stewed in aromatic coconut milk with fermented black beans and chile oil, served over purple rice berries. Weekend family meals are available on Saturdays and Sundays and incorporate large format meats like whole grilled chickens, entire grilled pompano, and 32-ounce fried pork belly.
Cost: $24, with delivery available. Get a 20% discount on prepaid curbside pickup by calling 323-922-6061.

Family Meal from Cassia

Santa Monica
The lauded Southeast Asian restaurant from Chef Bryant Ng and wife Kim Luu-Ng packaged some of their greatest hits into a blowout family meal. Choose one salad, two appetizers, two rice or noodle dishes, and get bittersweet Vietnamese coffee pudding with a dippable dark chocolate cookie for dessert. An abbreviated a la carte menu is also available, along with three dishes from their bygone Cassia Rice & Noodle Kitchen concept: lemongrass chicken fried rice, wonton noodle soup, and scallion clay oven bread (aka naan) with scallion garlic butter and herbs.
Cost: $110-$280, depending on the head count.

Dosirak from Spoon by H

Mid-City
Yoonjin Hwang’s family-run restaurant and dessert shop exploded in popularity in the past year thanks to head cheerleader David Chang. For tough times, they’ve introduced a supercharged version of the classic Korean compartmentalized lunch box called dosirak. As Wonho Frank Lee detailed for Eater LA, this meal encompasses 24 different components, ranging from bone-in galbi jjim (short rib) to kimchi pancake, japchae, and a single deep-fried mandu. Regular menu items are also available.
Cost: $30. Schedule curbside pickup by calling 323-930-0789 or texting 805 876-4742. 

Kaiseki Jūbako from n/naka

Palms
Niki Nakayama and partner Carole Iida-Nakayama have created an aspirational California kaiseki experience in an unlikely neighborhood. Reservations became particularly tough after the couple appeared on Chef’s Table, and their grab-and-go pandemic meals are similarly in-demand, selling out quickly. The menu shifts, but dishes might involve braised Monterey Bay abalone, crispy lobster nanbanzuke, market-driven sushi, and sashimi. A more basic, but still impressive bento box is also available.
Cost: $85 per person for 1-8 people, with a portion of proceeds benefiting beloved purveyors.

Bacon Cheeseburger from Papilles

Hollywood
Santos Uy’s strip mall bistro has pivoted to a lunch concept that he’s wanted to launch for awhile, fueled by a pair of powerhouse sandwiches. ⅓-lb smash burgers sear on a cast-iron griddle and join grilled onions, pickles and special sauce on toasted Martin’s potato buns. The fried chicken sandwich features a buttermilk marinated breast, pickles, and mayo on the same bun. They also operate a grocery that sells everything from flatiron steak to Toulouse sausages and almond chocolate cake. 
Cost: $9 for a basic burger and $11 for a deluxe bacon cheeseburger. Call 323-871-2026 for pick-up.

Garlic Crab Fried Rice from Crustacean

Beverly Hills
Iconic Vietnamese chef Helene An keeps tight reins on anything made in her “secret kitchen,” but she’s unleashing these dishes beyond her family restaurant’s walls for the pandemic. Garlic noodles and whole garlic roasted Dungeness crab are particularly noteworthy. New additions include a dish that makes Dungeness crab dangerously easy to eat: fried rice starring sweet chunks of the West Coast’s most prized crustacean. Other newer pan-Asian preparations include misoyaki butterfish and whole Peking-style chicken.
Cost: $24, available for pick-up and delivery by texting 424-303-8108, calling 310-205-8990 or emailing ANtheGOcbh@houseofan.com.

TV Dinners from Dear John’s

Culver City
This limited edition retro revival from chefs Hans Röckenwagner and Josiah Citrin updates dishes that celebrities like Frank Sinatra enjoyed decades ago. During the pandemic, they’re tapping into nostalgia with upscale TV dinners that arrive in compartmentalized aluminum trays with reheating instructions. Chicken Parm is a signature dish at the restaurant, with molten cheese in the middle. Steak au poivre with three-peppercorn Brandy sauce and Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy are similarly compelling and each come with two side dishes.
Cost: $19-$34, depending on the main course. Order through Rockenwagner Market website to schedule either pick-up or delivery.

Southern Thai dishes from Jitlada

Hollywood
Jazz Singsanong carries on her family’s fiery culinary legacy in a beloved strip mall location. LA’s most comprehensive southern Thai menu - 150 dishes deep - applies a “real chili, real spicy” touch to everything from tiger prawns to soft-shell crabs and lamb rack. Ingredients like bitter sator beans and deep-fried silkworms only add to the adventure, if you so choose, though more straightforward dishes like chicken wings served over turmeric fried rice and a fluffy omelet bursting with ground pork and green chiles are still compelling.
Cost: $12.95-$44.95. Call 323-667-9809 to schedule pick-up and order delivery through Grubhub.

Kato at Home from Kato

West LA
Jon Yao’s modern, California-influenced Taiwanese cooking has scored him accolades from both local and national food media. The crisis slowed their considerable momentum, but Kato’s still making the most of their small strip mall space, offering “Kato at Home,” an ever-evolving meal that might include plates like kanpachi in sesame shallot dressing and braised and fried octopus glazed in black vinegar. Meals come with toasted nori to form hand rolls. Diners seeking more luxury should consider the signature “kato box,” a deluxe chirashi topping vinegared rice with prized sea creatures like Santa Barbara spot prawn, sea urchin, shima aji (sea bream), baby abalone, and trout roe.
Cost: $60, available for pick-up.

“Weekend Warrior” Meats from Amboy Quality Meats

Chinatown
Alvin Cailan, a prominent Filipino Food Movement member and burger maestro who launched The Usual in Manhattan, recently returned home to LA to debut a pandemic- friendly butcher shop. Cuts like Denver steak and pork short ribs are popular everyday options. Larger format “Weekend warrior” cuts that require more grill time involve whole briskets, bone-in short ribs and tri-tip. Yes, Cailan also sells different burgers, including a burger bundle with custom-blend patties, Provolone cheese, pickles, caramelized onions, garlic confit, and classic burger buns.
Cost: Prices range from $75 for whole picanha to $159 for whole Packer brisket. Order by e-mailing orders@amboyqualitymeatsanddeliciousburgers.com, calling 213-935-8188 or visiting their Square webpage.

Specialty Seafood at The Joint

Sherman Oaks
Liwei Liao has turned The Joint into one of L.A.’s top seafood markets, dry-aging and hot-smoking several fish varieties daily. During the pandemic, his increased offerings include wild white California sea bass, smoked salmon bellies and collars, and a prime selection of bivalves and crustaceans. Carnivores aren’t out of luck; The Joint also sells assorted Peads & Barnett’s pork parts, Prime ribeye, and Australian lamb rack. Pantry items, house-baked banana cream pie, squid ink bread, and sandwich rolls are also in play. Sign up for The Joint’snewsletter and receive daily updates.
Cost: $36 per pound and up for dry-aged fish like wild yellowtail and Hawaiian amberjack. Order by e-mailing info@thejointeatery.com or through Postmates.

“Family Style” Meal from Kali

Hollywood
Kevin Meehan is playing the hits from his modern California restaurant on Melrose. The Michelin-starred chef created a high-value package deal that includes his truly unique risotto made with an alternative grain (black barley), umami rich black garlic and a toasted cheese disc. Charred avocado salad with pistachio dressing  complements a premium dry-aged Flannery Beef rib-eye. Comforting sides include cheddar sage cornbread, crispy Weiser Family Farms potatoes, and roasted zucchini with vadouvan. Ordering the family meals unlocks a la carte additions like caviar service, signature burgers and fried chicken sandwiches, and house-made pasta with either mushroom cream sauce or local sea urchin. Business partner Drew Langley curated a special wine, beer, and cocktail menu to pair with the food.
Cost: $59 per person. Schedule curbside pick-up.

Happy Birthday Fried Chicken from Ma’am Sir

Silver Lake
Chef Charles Olalia and his partners are offering a dazzling array of Filipino comfort foods, many that weren’t available prior to the pandemic. It doesn’t need to be your birthday to enjoy “happy birthday” fried chicken; whole birds come with four veggie lumpia, garlic rice, gravy, and four pimento cheese biscuits. They’ve also busted out Filipino bento boxes, massive sisig burritos made with sizzling pork parts, vivid purple ube passion fruit cheesecake, and “Sunday donuts,” ube donuts with salted coconut lime glaze planted with tiny Filipino flags.
Cost: $55, available for pick-up.

Whole Fried Chicken Dinner from Overboard

Hollywood
When the tiny Found Oyster bar debuted near the big blue Church of Scientology building in late 2019, chef Ari Kolender, Adam Weisblatt and Holly Fox had set up shop to offer a focused, unique seafood experience. They still sell some to-go seafood through Overboard, their limited edition concept-within-a-concept, but Charleston native Kolender more recently expanded their Southern focus beyond the ocean. Whole fried chicken dinners star eight crispy pieces seasoned with “Old Bay, cayenne and love.” Accompaniments include piquant potato salad folded with yuzu kosho and fried garlic, tangy field pea salad, and grilled summer squash tossed in lemon-coriander dressing. House-made buttermilk hot sauce and herbaceous disco honey only add to the experience.
Cost: $58. Schedule pick-up for up to 8 people.

“En Voyage” menus from Providence

Hollywood
Travel is severely limited during the pandemic, but James Beard award-winning chef Michael Cimarusti and front-of-house partner Donato Poto have found an imaginative remedy: an "En Voyage" menu that changes weekly and focuses on cuisines from different dining destinations. So far, they took a Tour de France, explored Italy’s Amalfi coast, and most recently boomeranged back to California for a tasting menu starring prized Golden State ingredients like house-smoked Liberty Farms duck breast, wild King salmon, and Harry’s Berries strawberries. Three-course meals also include two breads starring Tehachapi Grain Project products: Abruzie rye and Red Fife sourdough.
Cost: $75, available for pick-up for up to 10 people.

OYTOGO from The Oyster Gourmet

Downtown
Master oyster shucker Christophe Happillon got especially creative in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown  at his Grand Central Market oyster bar. Delivering fresh seafood can pose logistical challenges, and beyond that, many folks aren’t skilled at shucking their own oysters. OYTOGO addresses both issues. Happillon preserves dozens of shucked oysters at 37 degrees for up to four hours on a platter in a box. He’s currently offering briny Kumiai oysters from Baja, served with complementary lemon, mignonette, cocktail sauce, and horseradish.
Cost: $45 for one dozen oysters, $80 for two-dozen and $120 for three dozen.

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Joshua Lurie is a Thrillist contributor.