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Where to Order Takeout and Delivery in DC Right Now

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We are entering multiple months of DC doing its part to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Even as restrictions loosen to allow outdoor dining, most restaurants continue to rely heavily on takeout and delivery. And DC has enforced a cap on fees from third-party delivery companies in order to give restaurants more of your financial support. (Ordering from restaurants with their own delivery operations will continue to be the best option, when available.)

As for takeout and delivery, there are options out there for all budgets -- from fast-casual pizza to Michelin-starred Italian cooking and twists on Chinese takeout favorites. Even local beer and spirits can be ordered to your doorstep. Here are some of our favorite DC-area businesses offering delivery, along with menu picks to help with ordering.

White queso and chips from Lulu’s Winegarden

This breezy wine garden from the team behind The Royal opened just weeks before the citywide dining shutdown. Sunshine and summer temperatures are ideal pairings for a bowl of its white queso dip, bright with green chilis, and cilantro and crunchy corn tostadas. Other menu items continue the Southwest vibes, with plates of pastrami pork belly and Texas toast and dozens of warm weather wines. 
Cost: $12 to $14, order online for pickup through GoTab

Burger Americaine and fries from Le Diplomate

Logan Circle’s bustling French bistro is back in action, serving up the comforts of a Parisian meal without leaving home. The burger is one of its simplest pleasures, a double patty covered in melty cheese and a mayonnaise sauce and a side of crispy fries. It’s also offered as a make-at-home meal kit, complete with instructions and a side of potato salad.
Cost: $18, order through Caviar or Doordash

Cumin lamb stir fry from Chiko

Chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno take Asian takeout to another level with their creative Chinese and Korean mashups at Chiko. Swap the traditional beef or chicken entrees for the bold cumin lamb stir fry with wheat flour noodles, along with the “orange-ish” chicken and the vegetarian stir-fried chewy rice cakes.
Cost: $17, order from Caviar

Civic Vodka from Republic Restoratives

If home life has you searching for a stiff drink, look toward local distillers Republic Restoratives for backup. The woman-owned business is offering same-day delivery (capacity and supplies permitting) on its lineup of spirits. The company’s flagship Civic Vodka can mix with just about anything, and all orders come with a bottle of hand sanitizer. 
Cost: $29 for a 750 ml bottle, $35 for a liter, order online

Spicy coconut chicken from Coconut Club

Invite some tropical vibes to your home this weekend courtesy of Chef Adam Greenberg. His half spicy coconut chicken comes with a kick of jerk seasoning and a side of steamed white rice. Add on some salmon poke or marinated cucumbers, and check out the selection of vacation-inspired cocktails. Orders are accepted Thursday through Sunday.
Cost: $24.50; order online

Italian-American Dinner from Cucina Al Volo 

Carb up with a full Italian-American feast for two curated by the experts at Cucina Al Volo. The food here is casual and filling, especially when it involves three courses. Starters include both a tomato mozzarella and Caesar salad. There are both meat-based and vegetarian choices when it comes to the mains, including a chicken marsala and the cheesy eggplant Parmesan. Round out the feast with a portion of tiramisu or a cannoli. Same-day delivery is available for orders placed before 3 pm. 
Cost: $60 per person and $10 for delivery (+$5 for Virginia addresses), order online

A sixer (or two) from Denizens Brewing Company

Maryland craft beer is on the move, thanks to the Denizens Beermobile. Residents in proximity to the brewery’s Silver Spring (20910) and Riverdale (20737) locations, including portions of Northwest DC, can sign up for delivery with a minimum purchase of $20. The brewery hopes to expand distribution in the near future. Picks include six-packs of Animal Hazy IPA, PGC Premium Lager, Lowest Lord ESB, and more. The list also includes a few exclusive bottles. The service is offered Thursday through Sunday.
Cost: $8.99 and up, minimum $20, order online

Dinner and wine for two from Masseria

Michelin-starred Italian cuisine can now come straight to your dining room. Nicholas Stefanelli quickly developed Masseria a Casa, a fresh delivered Italian meal that will rotate by day. The current lineup includes porchetta and linguine with shrimp and prosciutto on Friday and a braised beef short rib for Sunday night. A standard and vintage wine bottle pairing is available as well. 
Cost: $85 without wine; order online

Meat or veggie lasagna from Mikko

Mikko is pivoting from its Nordic roots to offer hearty, comforting meals that can be scaled for families or group houses. Beef or vegetable lasagna is always crowd pleasing, as is the chicken or vegetable curry. Meals will keep fresh for up to seven days and can be frozen and reheated. A 24-hour notice is required with a minimum of five portions per order. 
Cost: $4.50 to $5.50 per person, order at catering@chefmikko.com; delivery fee of $15 applies

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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.

Stuffed rainbow trout with braised chard from Nina May

Nina May has made its name in Shaw providing mid-Atlantic cooking sourced from within 150 miles of the restaurant whenever possible. One of the standouts is its rainbow trout stuffed with braised chard and served with cornmeal polenta, pickled celery root, and smoked trout. The dish is one of several being prepared for neighborhood takeout. There’s also a daily chef’s choice dinner, priced for two.
Cost: $34; order takeout online or by calling 202.518.3609

Buttermilk fried chicken from Shilling Canning Company

Yards residents can take advantage of free delivery from Shilling Canning Company and its seasonal cooking. The abbreviated menu includes a buttermilk fried chicken served with a Southern-style hoe cake, hot honey, grits, and maple syrup. Add on some charred asparagus and a slice of strawberry shortcake and call it a successful dinner. 
Cost: $16, call the restaurant at 202-554-7474 to order

The New G from &pizza

The customizable pies at &pizza are ideal for something affordable and quick. There have been some menu changes recently, including swapping out the standard OG pizza with the New G, topped with traditional marinara, bazil, mozzarella, and special sauce. Customers are always encouraged to mix and match to their tastes. The restaurant is currently offering two-for-one pizzas on app orders as well as providing complimentary orders to hospital workers -- and offering its own employees sick leave, unity pay, and free pizza for at least 30 days. 
Cost: $10.25, order through the &pizza website or app

Spicy pork or roasted cauliflower tacos from Tico

Host an at-home fiesta with tacos and margaritas from Tico on 14th Street. Proteins include chicken tinga with onion, cotija cheese and cilantro; spicy pork with salsa verde and pickled cucumber; and roasted cauliflower with corn salsa and chipotle. There’s the option to order by the single of build a family-sized platter served with chips, salsa, guacamole and salad. The bar is ready to go with cocktails, like the tart and refreshing hibiscus margarita.
Cost: $8 - $9 for three tacos, $35 to $45 for a family platter; order delivery online.

Burnt eggplant pita from Yellow Cafe

Chef Michael Rafidi opened Albi in February to much anticipation. He’s temporarily added on Yellow, a daytime cafe-within-a-restaurant with a menu of Levantine mezze and sandwiches. His burnt eggplant pita is filled with smoked peppers, feta and garlicky habibi sauce. There’s hummus and tabouli on the delivery menu, too. In-person diners can also take advantage of coffee and morning pastries, like a date coffee cake. Lunch hours run from 10:30am-2pm.
Cost: $16, order online

Crack some crabs from American Ice Company

Starting this weekend, you can support local fishermen and get Maryland crabs dropped at your door through American Ice Company. The beer and barbecue hangout is offering a variety of packages, starting with a dozen medium crabs and a quart of potato salad. Add ons include picklebacks and a six pack of Tiger or Tecate beer. Customers must be within a three-mile radius of the U Street bar. 
Cost: $70 and up; orders due by 5pm on Thursday 4/9 by calling 202.285.3476 or emailing info@amicodc.com

Thai red curry with blue crab from Kaliwa

For something different, try one of the Southeast Asian dishes now offered through Kaliwa. The Wharf spot is serving up a variety of flavors, including a Thai red curry with blue crab that’s sure to brighten up a meal. Or, go with grilled beef short ribs or a softshell crab sandwich.
Cost: $16; order delivery from 4-8pm through Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Grubhub

Weekend brunch from The Smith

Reset your internal calendar with some weekend brunch dishes and drinks from The Smith in Penn Quarter or U Street. Dig into a comforting ranchero egg scramble with corn tortilla and avocado or a plate of vanilla French toast and maple syrup. Add a bloody mary or mimosa to any entree for $8. Pastas, salads and sandwiches round out the diverse menu. 
Cost: $12 to $19; order delivery through Caviar, Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Grubhub

Green zhug with housemade pita from Hazel

The Neighborhood Restaurant Group team has created Neighborhood Provisions, a new prepared food and pantry delivery service. The service offers a curated menu of greatest hits from across the company’s restaurants. One of the sleeper hits is to order up some of Hazel’s herbal, spicy green zhug dip with roasted garlic, cilantro and jalapeno. The puffy, soft homemade bread alone would be worth an order. Pair it with cheesy baked feta dip, or perhaps a meatball or turkey sub from Red Apron Butcher. A selection of pantry staples are available with 24-hour notice, too. 
Cost: $6 and up; order online through Neighborhood Provisions

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Travis Mitchell is a DC-based food and drink writer, with stories appearing in outlets including Eater, DCist, Paste, the Washington City Paper, and others.