After the spread of COVID-19 officially put Philadelphians indoors until further notice, local businesses did what they could to stay alive as the service industry got hit hard. Top restaurateurs such as CookNSolo (the team behind Zahav, Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, and many others) continue to raise money for hourly staff members with a gift card fundraiser that the owners will match. CookNSolo and a slew of other local restaurateurs -- including Marc Vetri, Stephen Starr, and Ellen Yin -- have also been pulling their weight to advocate relief for service industry workers ASAP.
Even as restrictions loosen to allow outdoor dining, most restaurants are continuing to rely heavily on takeout and delivery options. With strict cleanliness procedures in place, most of the city’s top eateries have a new plan to bring you food in exchange for a better chance to afloat. Take a look below at some Philly to-go dishes to help us all cope with this unprecedented time. From quick comfort food to multi-course dinners for two, these are items you can order today.
Fishtown Pizza lovers, rejoice! Pizzeria Beddia is open for takeout seven days a week. For your takeout order, you can’t go wrong with the classic “number one” pizza of tomato, oregano, mozzarella and olive oil. Even better, Pizzeria Beddia is offering takeout beverages now too, including $30 negroni pitchers that serve four. Cost: $22, preorder online
Logan Square The Logan Hotel’s restaurant is now offering takeout and delivery beyond the hotel. Ordering is available seven days a week every evening, and it’s a perfect chance to stock up on truffle butter, macarons, and other assorted fancy things (including wine to go). Stick with signature meat-centric dishes, like the eight-ounce Piedmontese, which can be ordered raw to be prepared at home, or cooked and ready to eat. Cost: $42, order online
Queen Village Amazing Detroit-style square pies (and even more amazing cheesy garlic sticks) are available for takeout and delivery most of the week on Caviar, but you can put an extra thrill in your weekend if you try a pickup-only family meal Fridays through Sundays. Order online before noon the day of pickup to get not only noted cheesy garlic sticks, but also two salads and not one, not two, but THREE square pies of your choosing. Cost: $58, order online
Chestnut Hill If you can’t quite decide what kind of tacos you want, El Poquito is giving you a choice with all the fixings to make your meal at home. Go for the option that comes with chicken tinga, shrimp, and carnitas, to be completed with salsa roja, salsa verde, black beans, rice, queso, onions, and cilantro, along with tortillas and chips. You can order kits suitable for a group of two or four. Cost: $29-$54, order on Caviar or call 267-766-5372
Midtown Village Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari closed all their restaurants when the pandemic took over Philly, but they are now back in business with three of their concepts -- Italian-centric Giuseppe & Sons, pan-Asian Sampan, and Double Knot, the all-day cafe and restaurant focused on an eclectic Japanese and robatayaki menu. Score bao buns, Korean BBQ short rib, and so much sushi. If you’re picking up, have your pick of saki, beer, and wine, too. Cost: $4; order online for pickup and Caviar for delivery
Headhouse Square Crybaby Pasta is keeping it simple with a refreshing takeout and delivery menu of salads, delectable fritters, perfect pasta, and even some pie. It’s all the fixings for a homey family supper, or multi-course comfort food for one. The menu is updated weekly and the team is available to answer any & all questions via text. Cost: $14; order pickup or delivery through ToastTab
Old City Forsythia is offering three-course menus that change daily, ensuring everything extra fresh and extra French. Keep an eye out for crab bisque, escargot, and duck confit, as well as a la carte options including glazed pork belly, roasted maitake mushroom, hanger steak, and house-made pasta. Pick-up times are at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 daily, and you can snag free delivery if you live within a mile. Cost: $22; order delivery or pickup by calling 215.644.9395
What food is more comforting (and good as leftovers) than mac n’ cheese? The Philly food-truck-turned-storefront is doing quick order-ahead takeout from its 18th Street shop, as well as discounted delivery during the COVID-19 outbreak. To help support its employees, Mac Mart is also accepting $1, $2, and $5 donations on Venmo (@SweetPoiMac) during this time. As for the Rittenhouse blend, expect creamy garlic and artichoke dip over cheesy mac with an extra panko chip crunch. And the best part is you can always upgrade to a tray size. It’s a pretty good option when you have literally nowhere to be except at home. Cost: $9.50; order from Caviar and Uber Eats
This doubles as a meal AND a fun home activity. Roll up your sleeves and try to create Dock Street Brewery’s uh-mazing pizza on your own. Both brewery locations are offering no-contact beer takeout, its full menu, and the pizza kit option, which comes full of everything you need to make a nice little pie from the comfort of your home (including vegan options). Kits make a 10-inch pizza, because sharing is not caring right now. Cost: $15-$17, order from website
Bud & Marilyn’s, as well as sister restaurants Little Nonna’s and Barbuzzo, are translating the dining out experience as best they can by offering daily dinner for two specials for delivery and take out at a fixed rate. At Bud & Marilyn’s, that means scoring main courses like buttermilk fried chicken or stuffed meatloaf alongside Brussels sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, buttermilk biscuits, and a slice of cake for dessert. It’s perfect for still making a birthday or anniversary special while quarantined. Make sure to check out the dinner for two specials from Little Nonna’s and Barbuzzo as well. Cost: $49; order from Caviar
Most of Bar Bombón’s plant-based menu of Latin fare is available for delivery. Go all out for the chips and guac you’ve been craving along with some signature vegan dishes, including the empanadas made with corn pico de gallo and “cheese” sauce with spicy ketchup. Cost: $10.50; order on Caviar
Bubblefish’s delivery fee is waived for most in-city deliveries, so if you’re flying solo and trying to treat yourself, you can’t go wrong with the aptly named sushi and sashimi platter for one. This gives you eight pieces of sashimi, five pieces of nigiri, and a spicy tuna roll to help pass the time. You can also order similar platters suited for two or three people (or, you know, just yourself, which is more than acceptable). Cost: $21,95; order on Uber Eats
All locations of Iron Hill Brewery are offering a truncated takeout and delivery menu during the pandemic, including new Craft Market bundles that come with eggs, milk, butter, fruit, veggies, and even a la carte options such as the almighty roll of toilet paper. It’s kind of hard to beat all that, isn’t it? While you’re at it, try one of the Craft Kits and get all the ingredients needed to make dinners such as steak, pizza, and burgers -- all of which can be enjoyed with growlers and cans of Iron Hill’s seasonal brews. Cost: $10-$28; order on website
Fork has been open in Old City since 1997, and as COVID-19 forces its doors to close, the restaurant is still doing its part to feed patrons and those in need. Everyday Fork will be preparing a special Staff Meal, inspired by the meal Fork’s staff usually eats together before opening doors to the public. Call ahead daily for pickup from 3pm to close, and those in need can get the meal free of charge. The deal changes daily, but over the last week has included a main dish (chicken parm, duck sausage) with sides and dessert. The fuller menu is also available for delivery on Caviar. Cost: $20; call ahead to order
All locations of Han Dynasty are open currently for delivery and pickup, with a special perk for employees of the hospitality industry, who are likewise taking a particularly big hit during this time. If you can show proof of hospitality employment during pick up or delivery, you’re entitled to a 20% discount on everything you order. So stock up on lo mein, scallion pancakes, and the flash-fried crab seasoned with dry pepper and chili oil. Cost: $32; call or order on Caviar
Get your fix for Indian cuisine at Veda, open for delivery and pickup with most of the menu available. Go all in with the thali specials, available with vegetarian and with gluten-free preferences, too. You’ll get to select your preference of naan, sides, spice level, and dessert to make the home dinner feel as restaurant-worthy as possible. Cost: $37; order on website
Old City’s Twisted Tail is offering free delivery to anywhere within a three-mile radius, meaning you can order off its breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu all day long -- plus there’s a kids’ menu and if you’re cooped up with your offspring. To sweeten the deal, the spot is also delivering cocktail mixers -- i.e., pints of what you need to make margaritas, Bloody Marys, or punch (just add the booze at home) that are even better with a plate of beignets. Cost: $16 ($8 per pint and $8 for beignets); call or order on Uber Eats
One of Philly’s favorite cheesesteak destinations is open for delivery and pick up from both its Fishtown and Torresdale locations. Dig into a Philadelphia staple that will keep you full for a day (at least) and finish it off with a black and white milkshake. Cost: $7.25; order by calling 215.535.9405 (Torresdale) or 215.423.5637 (Fishtown)
The artisanal pizza shop is offering a takeout menu of pizza, pasta, and meal kits (plus wine bottles) for pickup and delivery. So you’d be remiss not to comfort yourself with a few rounds of Neapolitan pizza -- and a Nutella pizza pie (plus gelato?) for dessert. Cost: $18; order by calling 215.320.8000
Your brunch, dinner, and late-night cravings haven’t changed just because you’re staying safe indoors. Fortunately you can still get all of your favorite dishes delivered right to your door, while also supporting the restaurant industry that has given you so many meals and memories. Uber Eats is making it possible for you to give directly to your favorite restaurants at checkout, and 100% of contributions go directly to the restaurants. You can also eat, save, and support local restaurants with a one-month free trial of their Eats Pass. Uber will give $1 to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund for every new Eats Pass subscriber. See app for details.
A springtime burger from Pub & Kitchen isn’t quite the same when you aren’t seated on the 20th Street sidewalk to people watch under a cherry tree, but you can still piece together some of the experience with P&K’s takeout and delivery menu, with orders ready for pick up at the restaurant’s handy little takeout window. Cost: $16, order by calling 215.545.0350
This beloved tavern and beer haven is open for curbside pickup, so not even quarantine can keep you from the signature frites that pair amazingly with everything on the menu, like the Bruges burger that comes covered in mushrooms and gruyere. Cost: $14.95, order by calling 215.545.7005
Feast on some of the best French bread in all of Philadelphia. Parc is newly opened for pick up for several of its bread varieties, including cranberry walnut bread, rye wheat boule, croissants, and, of course, the baguette. Obviously you need more fixings for a truly worthy Parisian snack, however. Parc is helping you out with whipped butter, artisanal cheeses, and so much wine. Stop by the 18th Street pick-up window starting at 11am until supplies run out. Cost: $5, order ahead by calling 215.545.2262
Cue the morning pick me up with a box of the delicious and often unusual doughnut varieties for which we know and love Federal Donuts (though it would be even better with a side of fried chicken). Though FedNut stores are officially closed, the local shop partnered with GoPuff to offer delivery through the Philly-based courier. Offerings are baked fresh every morning, and you can also order it with a helping of La Colombe ground coffee. Cost: $15; order by calling 267.928.3893
The family-run business in Rittenhouse is offering most of its menu on Grubhub throughout the pandemic, which means it’s a perfect opportunity to load up on all your lifelong comfort foods -- pizza, chicken fingers, fries, and wings. Cost: $5; order on Gruhub
The cozy Fairmount restaurant is open for delivery and curbside pickup so you can bring a little bit of that homey feeling . . . to your home. Fresh green selections along with delectable mac n’ cheese bites, fries, and burgers make it a great option, plus the kids menu and take-out beer availability doesn’t hurt, either. Cost: $6; order by calling 215.765.2274
This corner shop in Fitler Square is offering family-style platters and tons of their signature cutlets for pick up and delivery. The stack comes with chicken, stuffed long hots, provolone, marinara, and eggplant. Cost: $34; order pickup online
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Marielle Mondon is a writer from Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MarielleMondon.