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Where to Order Takeout & Delivery in San Diego Right Now

You’ll never have to leave home.

La Puerta platter
Photo by Borgen Jessup for La Puerta

Despite fluctuating conditions, we can thank our lucky stars that restaurants are considered essential services, so you can still get your favorite meals via pickup, curbside service, or delivery. Everything from fast food to gourmet gelato is available—even beer, wine, and spirits are available with a simple online form or phone call. Check your favorite hangout’s website or phone them for options, and as always, tip generously—oh, and ask them to throw some cool merch in the bag, too. It’s an easy way to support local restaurants, and you probably need a new t-shirt anyway.

eggs benedict
Photo courtesy of Fig Tree Cafe

Fig Tree Cafe

Liberty Station and Pacific Beach
Don’t give up on your daily fix of Fig Tree Cafe’s bennies, toasts, and omelets—both the Pacific Beach and Liberty Station locations have their full menu on hand for walk-in or call ahead pickup. You get a big bang for your buck with the Cali breakfast burrito, a flour tortilla stuffed with rosemary potatoes, scrambled eggs, skirt steak, chopped bacon, pico de gallo, guac, and salsa that will power you through your work (or work-at-home) day. Add on an adaptogenic antioxidant shot in one of three flavors—immune boost, cellular cleanse or tropical detox—for just $3.50, or a flight for $9. It can’t hurt. 
How to order: Call ahead or walk up to either location for pickup, or delivery via GrubHub.

Cafe Gratitude
Photo courtesy of Cafe Gratitude

Cafe Gratitude

Little Italy
Let Executive Chef Dreux Ellis do the cooking and order delicious plant-based dishes from home. All your health-focused faves, along with family meals that serve six are available, as well as Wellness Shot Boxes for your immune system, Powerful Superfoods Granola, and macrobiotic bowls—wash it all down with a bottle of sustainable wine!
How to order: For in-person pickup call 619-736-5077 or order via Toast; delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, GrubHub or UberEats.

Charles + Dinorah
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Charles + Dinorah

Point Loma
Point Loma’s retro-chic little jewel has launched a brand new menu along with new takeout and delivery options. Favorite dishes and cocktails include the Japanese fried chicken sando served on brioche bun with lettuce, pickles, and fermented chili aioli; shrimp tacos with diabla sauce and avocado mousse; and from the bar, Time is on My Side, with reposado tequila, aperol, lime, and bitters. 
How to order: Call 619-226-6100 for pickup or delivery with Toast, Postmates, or Uber Eats.

La Puerta

Gaslamp Quarter
Have your own fiesta without leaving home with La Puerta’s Sinaloan-inspired dishes and libations. The Vergudo Margarita Package includes a quart of fresh-squeezed house marg mix with your choice of tequila or mezcal, and a large order of chips and salsa for a ready-made happy hour, or order between 3 pm–10 pm on Taco Tuesdays for $3 deals on street tacos, TJ dogs, and Tecate.
How to order: Order in person or online for pickup; delivery with Postmates.

fowlmouth chicken sandwich
Photo courtesy of Common Stock

Common Stock

Hillcrest
Neighborhood favorite Common Stock just launched a weekend-only, drive-thru pop-up, Fowlmouth Chicken, serving a combo meal that comes in three spice levels and includes either chicken tenders or chicken sliders, along with a side of curly fries. The rest of the week, they’ll serve their regular menu—expect highlights like their amazing caramelized onion dip with house-made potato chips, warm Brussels Caesar, and St. Louis-cut pork ribs. Cocktails to-go come individually or in 32 oz large format, and a selection of wine is offered at 50% off. 
How to order: Order via Toast for pickup or with DoorDash for delivery.

Juniper and Ivy

Little Italy
An upscale comfort meal from one of San Diego’s favorite destination restaurants can be had Thursday through Saturday with Juniper and Ivy at Home. Pickup times are from 5-7:30 pm, and the menu changes weekly, with several dinner options (including vegetarian and vegan), rolls or bread, salad, dessert, and optional add-ons, wine, beer, and batch cocktails. The upcoming weekend’s menu goes live on Tuesday.
How to order: Order online via Tock. Delivery is available within a 15-mile radius for an additional $20, just forward your confirmation to ashin@juniperandivy.com and provide your delivery address.

The Crack Shack

Little Italy, Encinitas
Richard Blais’ beloved fried chicken can be on your plate in a flash. The menu has been trimmed down to accommodate the circumstances, but they’ve kept the best, most popular items (schmaltz fries!) and have added monthly special items and “flock meals”—five or ten pieces of chicken, fries, mini biscuits, classic slaw, chicken nuggets, and a couple of chocolate chip cookies. 
How to order: Have it delivered with DoorDash or order via Toast for pickup at the window, or when you’re close to your location, call and they’ll bring your meal curbside for you.

Bencotto

Little Italy
Bencotto is actually closed for now, but you can still get their fresh pasta, and most of their menu from the catering/special events venue next door, Monello. Carbo-load with gnocchi in a spicy arrabiata sauce, or if your mood calls for some soothing soup, vellutata di verdura is a creamy bowl of seasonal vegetables, shaved parmesan, and croutons. Hearty entrees include lasagna Monello or brasato di manzo, short ribs braised in red wine and herbs over mashed potatoes.
How to order: Order for pickup by calling 619-501-0030 or via Toast, or order delivery with DoorDash.

Catania

La Jolla
The La Jolla mainstay offers a special takeout menu with family-style and a la carte choices that include an array of pizzas, pastas, whole- and half-roasted chicken, salads, and more. Family-style meals feed four to five people and are customizable. Craft cocktails, beer, and wine by the bottle are also available.
How to order: Order for pickup via Toast, or have it delivered with DoorDash or GrubHub.

Pop Pie Co.

University Heights
Executive Chef Gan Suebsarakham’s all-butter crust and creamy, chunky chicken and veggie filling in his classic chicken pot pie is the comfort food you need while holed up at home. A vegetarian version is also available, along with traditional Aussie style and curried vegetable options. Of course you’ll want a slice or two of sweet apple crumble or tangy key lime pie for dessert. Can’t decide which dessert pie to choose? Order a mix-and-match whole pie with six slices of each and boom! everyone’s happy. You can also order frozen savory pies to keep on hand. Be sure to stop next door—you’ll want a pint or two of Stella Jean’s ice cream for a la mode goodness. 
How to order: In-person or via Toast for pickup or delivery with Postmates.

Zero Gelato

Normal Heights
Family-owned artisanal gelateria Zero Gelato is scooping up pints of their Italian-style gelatos and sorbets for takeout and delivery on Wednesday and Thursday from 3 pm–7 pm, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm–8 pm, and Sunday from 3 pm–7 pm. Their toasted marshmallow s’mores flavor has toasted marshmallow gelato, swirls of Ghirardelli chocolate, and crushed graham crackers in a chilly version of your campfire favorite, or try the tropical mango passion fruit sorbet for a sweet, summer-y refresher. Flavors like whiskey and fig or vanilla and cranberries jam come and go with the seasons, but there’s always a good selection of keto and vegan options, gelato shakes, superfood lattes, and an assortment of coffee drinks.
How to order: In-person or online for pickup or delivery via DoorDash, GrubHub and Postmates

Cesarina

Point Loma
This beloved neighborhood spot churns out plate after plate of comforting pasta made fresh daily in their pastificio. The spicy, sausage rigatoni al cinghiale is stick-to-your-ribs hearty, as are their outstanding build-your-own pastas, including vegan options, or sturdy ragouts made from lamb, wild boar, or short rib. You can even include a bottle of wine (or two) with your order. 
How to order: Call the restaurant at 619-226-6222 for in-person pickup or order via Toast for pickup or delivery.

Modern Times

Various locations
Way back in March when we entered the first lockdown, Modern Times Beer had planned to stay closed for the duration, but fortunately for us, they got their North Park, Encinitas, and Point Loma locations up and running for beer and packaged coffee pickup within a couple of weeks. Currently, they also offer kegs, merch, and gift cards, plus the opportunity to donate a tip to a furloughed worker or buy local nurses a cold brew coffee. Hours and inventory depends on location and changes with available supplies.
How to order: In-person, online via Toast, or have it delivered.

Tajima

Various locations
All of Tajima’s locations are working hard to get a bowl of ramen in your hands, and really, what’s more comforting than slurping up delicious noodles? The spicy sesame ramen mixes special sesame paste into long-simmered tonkotsu chicken and pork broth, but vegan, green curry, and creamy chicken options are also available, as well as chicken karaage, various buns, and rice bowls. 
How to order: In-person, by phone, or online for pickup at any location, or delivery with DoorDash, Postmates, GrubHub or UberEats.

Landini Pizza

Liberty Station and Little Italy 
Pizza is a fast and affordable option anytime. Piled high with meatballs, pepperoni, and sausage, the Sopranos will practically put you into a meat coma, which doesn’t sound too bad right about now, actually, but there are dozens of vegan, vegetarian, or specialty options.  Landini’s can also be counted on for generous portions of pasta, paninis, baked eggplant parm, and lasagna with meat or veggies. 
How to order: Each location has different options for in-person and third-party delivery.

The world awaits at One Paseo

Del Mar
Most of the eateries at One Paseo have committed to offering pickup service and delivery for as long as they are able. From modern Mexican at Tocaya Organica, St. Louis cut ribs at International Smoke to melt-in-your-mouth macarons at Le Macaron French Pastries, every imaginable craving is covered.
How to order: Call the individual business for pickup, or order online at each location.

Slater's 50/50

Liberty Station
Sadly, you won’t be able to take advantage of Slater's 50/50’s 100 beer taps right now, but you can sink your teeth into the Backyard Classic’s Black Canyon Angus beef in the comfort of your own home and dream of summertime barbecues. The Sriracha Burger is immensely popular with chileheads, and if you’re feeling frisky, the PB and Jellousy works so much better than you’re thinking it would. 
How to order: In-person, call 619-398-2600, or order online for pickup or delivery with DoorDash, Postmates, GrubHub or UberEats

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Mary Beth Abate is a San Diego-based freelance writer by way of Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting various vegetables and beverages, reading cookbooks and traveling through Mexico. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.
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