Food & Drink

Where to Order Takeout & Delivery in San Diego Right Now

We are still thanking 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. Check your favorite hangout’s website or phone them for options, and if you’re not sure how things like “physical distancing” or “touchless delivery” works, just ask. As always, tip generously -- oh, and ask them to throw some cool merch in the bag, too. It’s an easy way to support them, and you probably need a new t-shirt anyway.

A three-course meal from Juniper and Ivy at Home

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 5-7:30pm, and the menu changes weekly, with three dinner options (including vegetarian), rolls or bread, salad, dessert, and optional wine by the bottle. The upcoming weekend’s menu goes live on Tuesday.
Cost: $25-35, optional wine runs $25-35ish; order online

Chicken, of course, from The Crack Shack

If you’re near Little Italy or Encinitas, Richard Blais’ beloved fried chicken can be on your plate today. The menu has been trimmed down to accommodate the circumstances, but they’ve kept the best, most popular items (schmaltz fries!) and have added “flock meals” -- 5-or-10 pieces of chicken, fries, mini biscuits, classic slaw, chicken nuggets and a couple of chocolate chip cookies. 
Cost: $17-31 for just chicken, $50-65 for flock meals; have it delivered or order takeout online

Perfect pasta  from Bencotto

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. The menu changes weekly, but you can count on carbo-loading pasta staples and soothing soups, as well as a couple of hearty entrees like lasagna and osso buco. Call to order, then pick it up at Monello’s window. 
Cost: $20-28 for pasta dishes, pizzas are a few dollars less; check the website to have it delivered or call 619.501.0030 for pickup.

Family-style dishes from Catania

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 4-5 people and are customizable, and craft cocktails by the batch and wine by the bottle is available.
Cost: Individual dishes run $5-15, family style dishes run $15-51, bottles of wine are $25; order online for pickup or delivery

Classic chicken pot pie at Pop Pie Co.

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, and 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 (six slices), and everyone’s happy. You can also order frozen savory pies to keep on hand.
Cost: Individual savory pies are $8.50, dessert pie is $6.50 a slice or $35 for a whole pie. Order online for pickup or delivery.

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Uber Eats

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.

Toasted marshmallow s’mores gelato from Zero Gelato

Brand new family-owned artisanal gelateria Zero Gelato hasn’t even had a grand opening yet (it was scheduled for April 4th but is now on hold), but they’re scooping up pints of their Italian style gelatos and sorbettos for takeout and delivery from 3pm-7pm Thursday-Friday and 2pm-7pm Saturday-Sunday. The 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 fruity strawberry basil sorbetto for a sweet, summer-y refresher.
Cost: $12; order online for pickup or delivery

Rigatoni Al Cinghiale from Cesarina

Cesarina’s easy-to-use ordering system incorporates both delivery and pickup options through the same interface, along with customizable dinner choices. The spicy, sausage-y rigatoni al cinghiale is stick-to-your-ribs hearty, as are their outstanding build-your-own pastas, including vegan options and sturdy ragouts made from lamb, wild boar or short rib. You can even include a bottle of wine (or two) with your order. Cesarina has also committed to providing 100% of the profits made during this transitional takeout/delivery period to their employees, for as long as they are able to remain open. 
Cost: $13.95-18.95 for BYO pasta, $19.95-28.95 for specialty dishes. Order online for pickup or delivery.

Grab a couple of crowlers at Modern Times

Modern Times Beer had originally planned to close down for the duration, but they’ve got their North Park, Encinitas and Point Loma locations up and running for beer and packaged coffee pickup. They’re offering crowlers of rare, usually draft-only beers, a few treats they’ve pulled out of the archives, and have dropped the 1/6bbl keg deposits to $30. The ordering process is pretty strict, so be sure to read through their guidance before you order. Hours and inventory depends on location and changes with available supplies.
Cost: Prices vary; order online for pickup

Spicy Sesame Ramen at Tajima

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. 
Cost: $10.50-12 for ramen. Order online for pickup at any location.

Sopranos at Landini Pizza

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. Landini’s can also be counted on for generous portions of pasta, panini or baked eggplant parm and lasagna with meat or veggies. The Little Italy venue offers both pickup and delivery.
Cost: $17.99 +up for an 18” pizza, vegan options are available; order online for pickup or delivery

The world awaits at One Paseo

Most of the eateries at One Paseo have committed to offering pickup service, and also offer delivery for as long as they are able. From St. Louis cut ribs at International Smoke to melt-in-your-mouth macarons at Le Macaron French Pastries, every imaginable craving is covered.
Cost: Prices vary; call the individual business for pickup, or order online at each location

The Backyard Classic at Slater's 50/50

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 way better than you probably think it would. Until March 27th, get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree, or $15 off an order of $75 or more. For pickup, your meal will be brought to you curbside. 
Cost: $12.99 for the classic burger. Call (619) 398-2600 for pickup or order online for delivery.

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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.