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Order These Takeout and Delivery Dishes in SF Right Now

Treat yourself.

Fiorella meatballs
Courtesy of Fiorella

We are many, many months into this COVID mess and, unfortunately, as of December, we’re back to takeout and delivery only. We’re hopeful that restaurants will open up again soon, but until then, we put together a list of some of our favorite spots doing takeout and delivery ‘cause we know you’re tired of cooking and doing the dishes (seriously, have you ever done so many dishes in your life?). From all kinds of pizza to caviar service to sushi to fried chicken, there’s something for every palate and every bank account on this list. 

Pick-up window
Pick-up window | Courtesy of Monk’s Kettle

The fried chicken sandwich from Monk’s Kettle

Right now, Monk’s Kettle is basically both a restaurant and a bottle shop, so hop online and order all of the Russian River sours your heart desires, as well as the fried chicken sandwich with apple slaw, bread, and butter pickles, and honey mustard on a burger bun, as well as a pretzel knot with a side of beer cheese.
Cost: $14. Order online for pickup or from Caviar, GrubHub, DoorDash, or Postmates for delivery.

The Zuni roast chicken for two and the Zuni Caesar salad from Zuni Cafe

Zuni is offering most of the dishes on its standard menu (including the burger, which you can usually only get at lunch or late night), but we know what you’re really craving is the chicken for two roasted in the wood-fired brick oven and served with warm bread salad and the classic Caesar. Zuni’s also doing a couple of cocktails, and, in a very cool move, has partnered with Dispatch Goods so that now all takeout orders are packaged in reusable containers.
Cost: $48 and $17. Order by calling 415-552-2522 an hour ahead of time for same day pick up or online.

Any and all of the enormous and indulgent sandwiches from Deli Board

This SoMa lunch spot is known for its incredible sandwiches piled high with all kinds of topping combinations. Considering how hard it is for us to choose what to order in normal times, we’re not going to be so presumptuous as to suggest what flavor situation might make your mouth water the most. What we will say is that if you’re struggling to narrow it down from the regular menu, hitting up the specials board, which has four rotating sandwiches, is always a good move.
Cost for a sandwich: $17 to $20. Orders must be placed at the front door of the deli.

Señor Sisig
Courtesy of Señor Sisig

Sisig crunch-a-dilla from Señor Sisg

You need the crunch-a-dilla from Señor Sisig—a griddled tortilla wrapped around a tostada stuffed with your choice of protein (get the tocino, a delicious sweet cured pork), monterey jack cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, guac, and served with a side of spicy nacho cheese—now more than ever. It’s basically a fancier (and far tastier) version of what you’d find a Taco Bell, but without the side of regret. You can find this stoner’s delight at the Mission location in SF or at the food trucks in Fruitvale (Oakland) and Daly City. 
Cost: $13. Order online for pickup.

The Caviar Co.
Courtesy of The Caviar Co.

Caviar service from Acquerello

Celebrate a special occasion, or just the fact that you showered and put on clean sweats, with caviar service from this swanky Nob Hill spot known for its refined menu of Italian dishes. Offered in partnership with The Caviar Co., the service includes a flight of three Acquerello private label caviars (1 ounce of Royal White Sturgeon, 1 ounce of Golden Osetra, and 1 ounce Salmon Roe served with crème fraîche, brioche toast, and buckwheat blinis). And because man and woman cannot live on caviar alone (or probably can’t afford to anyway), Acquerello is also offering a four-course prix fixe menu, prepared fresh and meant to be heated up and enjoyed that day ($80 per person), a curated cheese selection ($40), and a dessert trio ($45). Everything can be ordered at any time and picked up Wednesday through Saturday from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Cost: $150. Order online.

Pastrami brisket from Saison Smokehouse

With the temporary closure of Angler, the team pivoted to a to-go barbecue concept that takes advantage of Angler’s heart and live fire. The entire menu is making us drool, but right now some pastrami brisket (offered by the 1/2 pound and 1 pound) sounds extra comforting. The menu also includes a smoked pork belly cubano, buttermilk biscuits with honey butter, orecchiette mac & cheese, and a embered caramel frosty that you do not want to skip. Don’t want to choose? Get a family meal for two or four, and add some bottled cocktails while you’re at it. Available from 12 pm to 8 pm/9pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
Cost: $23/$46. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Spaghetti alla cacio e pepe from Fiorella

In times like these, one needs comforting food, and there’s almost nothing more comforting than a big bowl of cacio e pepe, one of the most simple, but delicious pasta dishes to exist. And since you’re already ordering from Fiorella, you might as well add on a pizza, one that will arrive hot and ready to enjoy or in a kit for you to prepare later. Fiorella is offering takeout and delivery from 4:30 pm to 9 pm, Sunday through Thursday and 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Cost: $17. See all of the ordering options here.

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Zazie
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Gingerbread pancakes from Zazie

You might not be able to drink mimosas with your friends at this Cole Valley brunch institution, but you can order the entire menu for curbside pickup, including the popular gingerbread pancakes with meyer lemon curd and bosc pears and build-your-own mimosas. Brunch orders are being taken from 9 am to 1 pm, and the often-overlooked, but very delicious dinner menu (don’t get us started on the coq au vin) is available from 5 pm to 8 pm. 
Cost: $19 for two (includes tip). Order here (be patient; it takes a few seconds to load) for pickup or free local delivery
 

Sushi from Pabu 

Sushi is usually best enjoyed within seconds or minutes of preparation, but if you’ve got the craving, Pabu is doing it right and making sure everything is as pristine as ever. Good luck choosing what to order because the rolls, nigiri, and sashimi all look equally delicious. If you can’t decide, one of the bento boxes is the way to go. 
Cost: $28, $37, and $60. Order online for takeout or delivery.


Any of the rotating comfort food meals from Besharam

Besharam is on our “Best of the Best” restaurant list because of its thoughtful take on traditional Gujarti food and amazing bold flavors. The Dogpatch restaurant is offering a limited menu that changes constantly, but always packs a culinary punch. Add on some cocktails to maximize your happiness.
Cost: $$. Call 415-580-7662 to place an order for pickup or order through Tock from 2 pm to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Che Fico Alimentari
Che Fico Alimentari | Courtesy of Albert Law

Pineapple pizza from Che Fico Alimentari

There are people in the world who scoff at the idea of pineapple on pizza, but only because those people have not eaten Che Fico’s pineapple pizza with calabrian chili, pomodoro, red onion, and mozzarella made using a sourdough yeast starter and whole grains that gives it a lightly charred-on-purpose crust. Since you’re already placing an order, why not add one of the “take and bake” kits, like a lasagna bolognese, to spare yourself another night of cooking? Also, cocktails or wine, but that’s probably obvious.
Cost: $35

Square Pie Guys
Square Pie Guys | Courtesy of Fotos by Flee

The 6x8 pie from Square Pie Guys

There’s a time and a place for a delicate thin-crust Neapolitan pizza, but when you’re sitting at home on your couch watching Netflix or basketball, that time and place calls for a pizza that will not only travel well, but that has some heft to it, specifically a Detroit-style pizza, and even more specifically the 6x8 pie with red sauce and pavone pepperonis. (Pies can be made gluten-free and vegan if you want.) Square Pie Guys also makes super tasty Szechuan dry fried wings and a fantastic burger, so order accordingly. Pickup and delivery available from 11:30 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday and 11:30 am to 8 pm on Sunday.
Cost: $25.20 if delivered and $21 if picked up 

Dumpling Time
Courtesy of Patricia Chang

Dim sum from Dumpling Time

Even in mostly-stay-at-home time, it’s still dumpling time. Or at least it can be thanks to the fact that Dumpling Time is open for takeout and delivery. Wagyu beef gyoza, xiao long bao, shrimp and pork siu mai, vegetable dumplings, pork bao, crispy spring rolls, and much more... Dumpling Time has everything to cure what ails you every day until 8:30 pm.
Cost: Dishes average between $7 or $9. Order takeout here or get delivery from one of the services listed at the bottom of this page.
 

1/4 lb. Beep’s Burger at Beep’s Burger

We’ve gotten a little nostalgic for the San Francisco of yesteryear lately, and nothing helps us lean into that more than a quarter pound burger with lettuce, tomato, and Beep’s sauce, a side of fries, and a vanilla shake. The joy of Beep’s is not only its retro-spaceship-diner vibe, but also the fact that there’s some seating, so you can enjoy your burger the way it’s meant to be enjoyed—straight from the kitchen.
Cost: Burger is $6.95. Order at the walk-up window for takeout.

Auntie April's Chicken-n-Waffles
Courtesy of Auntie April's Chicken-n-Waffles

Auntie April’s famous chicken & waffles from Auntie April’s

Next time you get a hankering for chicken and waffles, order from this lowkey spot in Bayview. The food is authentic, affordable, and most of all: so damn delicious. The famous chicken and waffles comes with a choice of chicken (one leg and one thigh, one whole breast, three wings, or two tenders and a choice of waffles (classic, cinnamon, or red velvet). We like the leg/thigh/classic combo, but you do you. Add on some sides (red beans and rice, mac and cheese, and collard greens to name a few) and do not skip out on dessert (banana pudding, Mama’s lemon crunch pie, and pound cake), not like you would with those options.
Cost: Famous chicken and waffles: $15. Order at the restaurant for takeout or get delivery from DoorDash
 

Any of the prime rib dinners from House of Prime Rib

House of Prime Rib has always had old school standards, which hasn’t changed during COVID. Translation? You have to go to the restaurant to order and then wait for your meal to be prepared. Sometimes this all goes very quickly. Other times there’s a line and a wait. The good news is that the meal is everything you could want and more (literally): your favorite cut of prime rib, salad, mashed potatoes or a baked potato, Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach or corn, bread and butter, and, of course, au jus and horseradish sauce.
Cost: $$. Orders must be placed in-person at the restaurant. 
 

Crab burger at Hook Fish Co.

Hook Fish Co. is all about thoughtfully sourced seafood from local fishermen, so, needless to say, you can’t order this crab creation year-round, which only makes it more delicious when you finally can have it (like, right now probably through late spring). What exactly is it? It’s one of the best crab cakes (so much crab, not so much bread) you’ll ever have in the form of a burger with napa cabbage, nori aioli, and avocado salsa (you can also get just a crab cake if you’re in the mood to be more of a purist).
Cost: $19. Order for pickup there or online

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Daisy Barringer is an SF-based freelance writer whose curves are not being flattened while we shelter-in-place thanks to all of these delicious food options. Follow her on Twitter @daisy to see what she’s eating and if she’s staying sane.
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