Your Guide to Takeout and Delivery Deals during the Coronavirus Shutdown
An updated guide to ways to safely support Boston-area restaurants while all dining rooms are closed.
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Even before Gov. Charlie Baker mandated that all restaurants close for on-site consumption on March 17, Boston-area chefs and restaurateurs were increasing sanitary protocols and bolstering online ordering and delivery capabilities to continue serving their communities during the coronavirus pandemic. After the governor upgraded his advisory on March 23 to close all non-essential businesses, restaurants are still allowed to offer takeout and delivery—and keep at least some people employed in the food industry. And now, we can even get beer and wine to go.
From a walk-up window dishing out tacos, to $25 bottles of wine to pair with bistro fare, to cool cocktail kits, and family-style feasts that benefit families in need, here are delicious ways to support local restaurants right now.
Due to the uncertain nature of both the present moment and what it takes for restaurants to pivot to takeout operations, these options are subject to change. We will update this guide weekly on Wednesdays (last updated: April 22), but please call or confirm online before heading out—and only head out when necessary. Additionally, the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association are both tracking self-reported takeout options with their own online portals.
Anoush’ella Saj Kitchen
The South End location of this Eastern Mediterranean grill remains open daily for takeout, pickup, and local delivery from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Online ordering is available. Additionally, the staff has committed to feeding up to 70 free meals per day to out-of-work hospitality employees—if that’s you, just stop by to inquire.
35 W. Newton St., South End, Boston, 857-265-3195, anoushella.com.
Order in menu favorites from this Lovejoy Wharf spot, such as cheese and charcuterie boards, Chinese five-spice wings, salmon tartare, radiatori bolognese, and the TSG cheeseburger. For a particularly family-friendly option, there’s a whole or half chicken with sides. First-time restaurateur and longtime beverage director Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli is also offering just-add-booze cocktail kits, like a house margarita and bloody Mary, and necessities like bitters, juices, garnishes, and even ice. It’s all available for phone order and pickup, or pickup or delivery via Caviar, daily from noon-8 p.m.
50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, 617-248-0050, alcoveboston.com.
Beginning in mid-April, chef Alex Saenz has started to offer a family-style package of Bisq’s greatest hits for prescheduled pickup at the Cambridge restaurant. So far, Saenz’s signature fried chicken anchors the weekly menu; and there are also cocktail mixes by the pint, created by bartender Paul Manzelli, a la carte options like house-made ricotta, and more. You can also opt to “donate a meal” to a weekly, rotating cause, such as the local fire department fund. Once Saenz announces the weekly menus on Instagram, call the restaurant to order and schedule a pickup time between 3-6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
1071 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-714-3693, bisqcambridge.com.
Seven days a week, you can order fiery dishes like spicy slow-braised brisket; Kung Pao chicken; and garlicky eggplant from this Brookline Village restaurant. It opens at 11:30 a.m. for pickup orders by phone, and begins delivering via Postmates nightly at 5 p.m. To recreate the full experience of Ran Duan’s Brookline Village cocktail bar at home, plan ahead to add a cocktail kit or two. Requiring an online order 24 hours in advance, the Blossom bartender-created mixers are packaged in 15-ounce, sealed bottles—enough to make five drinks with your own liquor at home. Pro tip: Upgrade with gorgeous garnish add-ons, proper glassware, and even bags of specialty-cut ice for optimal Instagram success.
295 Washington St., Brookline, 617-734-1870, blossombarbrookline.com.
Typically a date-night destination for fine, French farm-inspired fare, this Cambridge spot has pivoted to a unique takeout model every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday: Chef Jason Bond is using his reservation system to take pre-orders for pickup of food, wine, and beer. Along with dishes portioned for two, typical of Bond’s farm-to-table finesse (think: chilled fava bean vichyssoise; fresh pasta with pork and veal Bolognese), the menu includes freshly baked baked breads and family packs of croissants. Here’s how it works: Check out the online menu, then use OpenTable to select a day to pick up your order. Use the “reservation notes” field to tell the chef what you’d like, and what time between 2-6 p.m. you will pick it up. You’ll pay online, and your order will be ready at your chosen time.
279A Broadway, Cambridge, 617-661-0009, bondircambridge.com.
Union Square gathering place Bow Market has largely closed amid the public health crisis, but several of the independent food businesses located there are open for online orders, takeout, delivery, and the weekly “Safe Supply” grocery shopping experience. Check out Bow Market’s website for the full list of open-for-business tenants and their offerings, including free seafood delivery from Hooked Fish Shop, take-and-bake empanadas from Buenas, Jaju Pierogi delivery via UberEats, and loading zone-pickup and delivery of South Shore-style bar pizza and North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches from Hot Box.
1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, bowmarketsomerville.com.
Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen
Chef-owner Jonathan Gilman and brewer Alex Corona are packing up nightly dishes, make-at-home meal kits, and growlers of beer for nightly curbside pickup at their Brighton taproom, as well as for limited local delivery. Gilman is also frequently sending “meal kits collabs” to other local breweries, to offer a one-stop option for food and curbside beer pickup. Place orders by 3 p.m. for same-night pickup or delivery.
190 N Beacon St, Brighton, 617-903-3766, bratobk.com.
Brassica Kitchen + Café
You know what would make you feel better in these uncertain times? Fried chicken. Get some of the best delivered right to your door: This JP favorite is offering select menu items—including chef Jeremy Kean’s signature fried fowl and other greatest-hit dishes—for delivery via GrubHub. To pick up in Forest Hills, online or phone preorders are required. For both in-store pickup and GrubHub delivery, breakfast and lunch is on Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and dinner runs Tuesday-Saturday from 4:45-9 p.m. Also: Keep an eye out for fun raffles (think: future private dinner parties) that support Brassica’s out-of-work staff.
3710 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, 617-477-4519, brassicakitchen.com.
Chef John Paine is offering a selection of wood-fired pizzas and small plates, sandwiches, and more for takeout from this Charlestown favorite, while partners Michael and Kari Cooney are curating the complementary packs of beer and wine. Delivery via UberEats is also an option. Meanwhile, the co-owners are also accepting Venmo donations to distribute among the Fork’s hourly staff. Call the restaurant or check Instagram for daily hours for pickup and delivery.
7 Moulton St., Charlestown, 617-337-5703, brewersfork.com.
Bring a taste of the North End home via the new takeout menu from the DePasquale Ventures restaurant group. It includes apps like meatballs with fresh ricotta and crostini, and a fresh mozzarella Caprese salad; mains like braised beef short ribs with creamy polenta; sausage and wild mushroom risotto; margherita pizza; and more. Daily from noon-8 p.m., call to place your order, which will be prepared for curbside on Hanover Street.
241 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-248-6800, bricco.com.
The Butcher Shop
This South End spot is the current headquarters for all of chef Barbara Lynch’s restaurants, stocked with pints of comforting soups and sauces, pounds of fresh pasta, loaves of bread, and more food packaged for the fridge and freezer. Order online, or opt to make your order in-person to access curated wine-pairing options, as well as beer and just-add-liquor cocktail kits. Check online for the hours each week; it’s typically open Thursday-Saturday.
552 Tremont St., South End, Boston, 617-423-4800, barbaralynch.com.
This reliable breakfast option remains open Thursday-Sunday in Cambridge for phone and online orders for pickup, and delivery through Caviar and Doordash. With 24 hours notice, Café Luna can also accomodate box lunch delivery.
612 Main St., Cambridge, 617-576-3400, cafeluna-centralsq.com.
Beginning Thursday, April 23, Chinatown’s best-known Peking duck can be delivered to your door. China King owner Doris Huang is opening up for pickup and delivery via UberEats and Deliberr, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights (for now). It’s a limited menu to start as well—but it’s one that includes a $70, three-course Peking duck feast once enjoyed by Julia Child, Larry David, and other luminaries: crispy skin with pancakes; shredded duck meat and hand pulled noodles; and duck soup with tofu and vermicelli. It must be ordered by 3:30 pm the prior afternoon, and it will serve four people. Other takeout options include handmade dumplings and scallion pancakes, both to enjoy for dinner or to buy frozen to cook at home. For now, China King is open for takeout Thursday-Saturday from 3:30-8:30 p.m.
60 Beach St., Chinatown, Boston, 617-542-1763, chinakingboston.com.
Nightly from 4-8 p.m., a small crew from chefs Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s Italian joint are there to take pikcup orders over the phone and online. Besides salumi, antipasti, pizzas, and pastas portioned for dinner, there is tiramisu for dessert, and pounds of fresh pasta to cook at home. Along with wine and beer options, you can also order fun “spritz kits” that come with a bottle of Prosecco, a can of extra bubbles, fresh Meyer lemons, and a recipe card.
253 Shawmut Ave., South End, Boston, 617-391-0902, coppaboston.com.
Along with offering dinner, brunch, plus beer and wine menus on Grubhub and UberEats, this Jeffries Point joint is offering no-contact curbside pickup in Eastie. Bring home dishes like Cuban spring rolls, rainbow cauliflower salad, sautéed chicken with a riesling and shiitake mushroom cream sauce, and more. Call the restaurant between 4:30-9 p.m., or go online to arrange pickup.
24 Orleans St., East Boston, 617-567-7609, cunardtavern.com.
Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood
Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., it’s business as usual for this Back Bay walk-up window: You can keep your distance on the sidewalk, and order the Cusser’s roast beef three-way, tarragon-mayo lobster roll, coleslaw, onion rings, whoopie pies, and more beach-inspired sustenance for takeout. Phone and web orders for curbside pickup in your car are also possible.
304 Stuart St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-917-5193, moonbarboston.com.
This Allston bar is a favorite for beer and brunch, and you bet those things are on the daily takeout menu. Also available daily from noon-9 p.m. (brunch until 4 p.m.): classic Deep Ellum and sister-spot Lone Star Taqueria cocktails (hello, Lone Star margs!), cheese boards and pickle plates, burgers, poutine, glass bottles of Topo Chico, and more. Order online or by phone for in-store pickup.
477 Cambridge St. Allston, 617-787-BEER, deepellum-allston.com.
Await at-home delivery of Sriracha-honey chicken, kimcheesy waffle fries, pork katsu sandwiches, noodle soups, and even over-loaded Hong Kong-style French toast. This Chinatown late-night favorite is still open for takeout and delivery from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. on weeknights, and until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Double Chin’s sister spot Bao Bao Bakery also has a select menu of treats available for pickup on Tuesdays and Fridays.
86 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-482-0682, doublechinbos.com.
Pizza is always a great idea. This Causeway Street spot serves large, crispy pies, plus antipasti, panini, and more. The whole menu is available for curbside pickup by calling the restaurant or clicking here, and also for delivery via UberEats.
289 Causeway St., North End, Boston, 617 742-4144, duca.li.
This Somerville favorite has been closed throughout the pandemic, but it reopens Friday, April 17, for curbside pickup and delivery with safety precautions in place. Call or order online from the regular menu of Japanese fare, plus wine, beer, and sake. It’s open daily from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. for lunch and dinner (with a break between 3:30-5 p.m. on weekdays).
290 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville, 617-764-5556, ebisushi.com.
Chef Anthony Caldwell overcame decades of hardship to open his Fields Corner restaurant in January. Now, he’s continuing to persevere through difficult times by offering online ordering and curbside pickup of fusion fare like jambalaya egg rolls, kimchi and collard greens, and chicken and waffles. 50Kitchen is also available for delivery via GrubHub. Confirm weekly hours on social media, but generally expect it to be open Thursday-Sunday afternoons.
1450 Dorchester Ave., Fields Corner, Dorchester, 617-474-2433, 50kitchen.com.
Farm Grill & Rotisserie
Keep it healthy with takeout or delivery from this suburban destination. Newtonians and Needham residents can get free delivery of classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes full of fresh vegetables, legumes, seafood, and grains. Farm Grill is open for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery via a few different apps from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
40 Needham St., Newton, 617-964-7766 or order at farm-grill.com.
Specialty maki rolls, lo mein noodles, and 20 dumplings for $20 are all on the pickup and delivery menus available 4-8 p.m. nightly from this Southie sushi spot. Opt to pick up on-site to check out the flower-draped walkup window offering contactless pickup, or find Fat Baby on Caviar and Doordash to get delivery.
118 Dorchester St., South Boston, 617-766-3450, fatbabysouthboston.com.
Flour Bakery + Café
Flour fans have occasionally been able to get their fix this spring as founder Joanne Chang has joined the Smoke Shop chef Andy Husbands for pastry and barbecue “pop-ups” on certain dates. But beginning April 13, the Seaport location is live on Caviar for online ordering, in-store pickup, and delivery. The menu spans favorites from Flour’s Dijonnaise breakfast sandwich, to apple snacking cake, salads, cookies, lattes, and more. It’s available between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
19 Drydock Ave., Seaport, Boston, 857-449-0315, flourbakery.com.
Fox & the Knife
Whether you’re craving comfort food like cheesy bread and buttery pasta, or looking for a Top Chef-approved cooking project, chef Karen Akunowicz is here to help. The James Beard award-winning chef introduced two new means for takeout in these uncertain times: Pickup and delivery of signature dishes like taleggio cheese-stuffed focaccia, broccoli Caesar salad, pepe e cacio and other pastas, and pork Milanese; as well as a new brand, Fox Pasta, for ordering fresh pastas by the pound and hand-packed pints of sauces and ricotta. Menus are updated daily on Instagram. Call the restaurant between noon-8 p.m. for pickup, or order delivery via Caviar.
28 West Broadway, South Boston, 617-766-8630, foxandtheknife.com.
Continue to support local farmers, fishermen, and foragers by ordering takeout from this Cambridge restaurant, which supports all three with ingredient-driven menus. For these uncertain times, chef Eric Cooper is also creating a kids’ pasta dish, prepared foods, and produce boxes curated with help from Forage’s purveyors. Check out the nightly menus online, and call the restaurant between 4-8 p.m. to place an order for pickup no-contact, or place a delivery order through Caviar.
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, 617-576-5444, foragecambridge.com.
This brand-new Back Bay bistro is offering a selection of French-inspired comfort food from chef Michael Serpa, such as asparagus gribiche with hard boiled egg-dressing; octopus Provençal with saffron potatoes and olives; and beef brisket Bourguignon. Serpa is also hand-picking bottles of wine available to-go for $25 each. Order online or call after 1 p.m. to order and pay over the phone; you’ll pick up at a predetermined time between 4-8 p.m. from a safe social distance on the Newbury Street patio.
314 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston, 857-277-0800, grandtourboston.com
This 49-year-old Harvard Square institution launched its first-ever takeout and delivery options in late March. By mid-April, the menu has expanded from bar favorites like burgers and sandwiches, mac and cheese, and wings by the pound to include heat-and-serve meals for a family, and grocery boxes. Email for delivery options, or call or click to pick up, and check out the social distancing protocol that owner Kari Kuelzer has set up as part of the big decision to offer such services from the neighborhood bar.
89 Winthrop St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-491-1160, grendelsden.com.
Laughing Monk Café
While this Mission Hill sushi bar and Thai kitchen is closed for dining in, it is still making available for pickup and delivery its wide-ranging selection of fresh sushi (including nigiri and creative maki rolls), stir-fries, curries, and more. To encourage digital transactions—and not the use of cash—all online orders are 10 percent off.
737 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-232-8000, laughingmonkcafe.com.
Does a coco margarita taste as good if you spike it at home? Find out with a takeout order from this Southie favorite: Just-add-booze cocktail kits are on the menu. Call or go online to place an order for pickup, though you can get taco delivery via Doordash and Caviar, too.
412 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-917-LOCO, locosouthboston.com.
Lower Mills Tavern
Two minutes away from COVID-treatment headquarters Carney Hospital, this Lower Mills neighborhood spot offers a menu of simple pleasures for curbside pickup and UberEats delivery. Chef Cara Nance is making fresh salads, tomato and mozzarella pizza, fried chicken, burgers, and kids’ cuisine—and she’s also helping to feed the folks helping to keep us healthy. Call LMT or order online nightly from 4-9 or 10 p.m.
2269 Dorchester Ave., Lower Mills, Dorchester, 857-267-4461, lowermillstavern.com.
The present public health crisis is also deeply affecting Italy, so keep those citizens in mind with an order from this authentic Italian restaurant. Lucia has its full menu available for curbside pickup in the North End and in Winchester, as well as online ordering and delivery via multiple apps. Call or go online to order.
415 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-367-2353; 13 Mt. Vernon St., Winchester, 781-729-0515, luciab.st.
This brand-new Southie coffee and juice bar is keeping things going Wednesday-Saturday, with curbside pickup and Caviar delivery of café drinks and the full menu of organic topped toasts, grain bowls, bakery items, prepared foods, and more. Order online—no cash is being accepted at this time.
246 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-420-4070, lulugreen.com.
This Thai tapas bar was open in Brookline Village for less than a month before the pandemic impact. Beginning Thursday, April 23, it’s back in action with street food-style dishes like had yai fried chicken, served with a side of sticky rice; crab curry; and ba mee hang moo dang, or barbecue and crispy pork with egg noodles. Beer, wine, sake, and soju are also available for pickup, via phone or online order. If you’re just interested in food, you can get delivery through UberEats or GrubHub.
236 Washington St. Brookline Village, 617-487-5986, mahaniyomboston.com.
On April 14, an extreme flood on Harrison Avenue indefinitely closed Cinquecento, a Roman-inspired trattoria and sister restaurant of this mainstay South End bistro. You can support the reeling restaurant group with an order from Metropolis, which has a comforting menu overseen by longtime GM Micaela Cullinan and executive chef Dolly Bourommavong. Order online for delivery via Doordash or takeout; phone orders for curbside pickup are also welcome. It’s open nightly from 5-9 p.m.
584 Tremont St., South End, 617-247-2931, metropolisboston.com.
This Charlestown favorite has versions of its lunch, dinner, and brunch menus available for takeout, Caviar, and DoorDash delivery. The service-style shift still includes regular weekly specials, like Mangia Monday pastas and Taco Tuesday; and innovates with social media silent auctions, and to-go cocktail kits.
251 Main St., Charlestown, 617-337-5191, monumentcharlestown.com.
Looking for something a little different to feed the family tonight? This Cambridge restaurant has family-style packages of chicken tagine and roasted lamb on its takeout menu, fit to feed four. You can also opt for single-serve versions of these and other Mediterranean dishes; fresh breads, dips, and pickles; lamb burgers; wine, beer, and more. It’s open for phone and online orders Wednesday-Sunday from 4:30-8:30 p.m., and can also be found on several third-party delivery apps.
243 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-945-7448, moonarestaurant.com.
Myers + Chang
Beginning Wednesday, April 22, we can once again get our fix of Mama Chang’s pork-and-chive dumplings. The classic bites are on the pickup menu, along with favorites like tea-smoked spareribs, nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice), wok-charred noodles, and more. Preorder over the phone between noon and 4 p.m. for contactless pickup—from the restaurant’s large, central table, typically reserved for group dinners—every Wednesday-Sunday from 4-8 p.m.
1145 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-542-5200, myersandchang.com.
Chef Chris Willis and his wife and partner, Pam, are packing up specialties to-go from this Cambridge gem, like lumache bolognese, an Italian salad with a creamy avocado dressing, chicken parm, and a new, “ultimate” Italian hero, loaded with mortadella, prosciutto, provolone, and pickles. Wine director Lauren Hayes has food pairing suggestions on her menu of wine bottles to-go. Whole loaves of house-made Pugliese bread are also on the takeout menu, with 50 percent of their sale going into a fund to support Pammy’s staff, and 50 percent being donated to No Kid Hungry. Place a takeout order by phone after 3 p.m., for pickup between 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday.
928 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-1761, pammyscambridge.com.
Beginning Thursday, April 23, chef Anthony Caturano is dishing out dishes like his crispy pork chop with vinegar peppers and potatoes; gnocchi a la Bolognese; tuna tartare; and more for takeout. There are also pints of sauces, pounds of pasta, and breaded cutlets to-go to cook at home; plus a selection of wines and beer. Call or order online for pickup in the North End.
24 Fleet St., North End, Boston, 617-227-1577, prezza.com.
From clam chowder, to lobster rolls, to octopus empanadas and a full array of tinned fish, order in a seafood feast from this Back Bay catch. Check out the menu available for curbside pickup, every Wednesday-Sunday (4-8 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-8 p.m. Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday). Saltie Girl also delivers via Grubhub, Doordash, and UberEats.
281 Dartmouth St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-267-0691, saltiegirl.com.
The Salty Pig
Satisfy your cravings for this South End spot’s perfectly charred and chewy pizzas, like the namesake Salty Pig, topped with charcuterie, mustard cream, arugula, and beer-caramel sauce, without leaving home. Pick up in person to also purchase beer and wine to-go, or get delivery food via Caviar and Doordash. The menu also features a couple pasta dishes and a salad, as well as make-your-own pizza kits.
130 Dartmouth St., South End, Boston, 617-536-6200, thesaltypig.com.
A selection of chef Cassie Piuma’s modern Middle Eastern fare is on this Somerville restaurant’s takeout menu. Typically available Wednesday-Sunday from 4-8 p.m. (check the website to confirm the weekly takeout schedule), bring home the likes of Black Sea cornbread, Turkish lamb meatballs, and Sarma’s must-order sesame fried chicken. There are also daily wine and beer options, plus a house-made lemon verbena syrup add-on that is meant to enhance at-home gin and tonics. Call (and call back if you can’t get though) to order.
249 Pearl St., Somerville, 617-764-4464, sarmarestaurant.com.
Season to Go
While his intimate and extraordinary 20-seat restaurant, the Table at Season to Taste, remains closed, Robert Harris has pivoted his interconnected catering company, Season to Taste, to offer individual meals for the community. The new brand, Season to Go, is accessible via GrubHub, DoorDash, and Caviar, with options like herbes de Provence roasted half chicken; spicy black bean soup with cilantro-lime crema; St. Louis-cut ribs with a Cuban-style slaw; and more. There are kids menu items, boldly named “damn good fries,” and cookies from the Table pastry chef Mary Edinger for dessert. The menu is available Tuesday-Saturday from 5-9:30 p.m. (9 p.m. curfew for on-site pickup).
2447 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-826-9037, seasontotastecatering.com.
This new Kendall Square café and rotisserie is coming up with online ordering options on the fly. Along with a stocked “general store,” takeout items include a selection of sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; whole- and half-chickens from the rotisserie grill; snap pea salad; and more. Shy Bird also delivers for free locally, as well as via Caviar.
1 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-714-4200, shybird.com.
In addition to comfort food available nightly—like biscuits and butter, a flat patty burger, Ritz chicken, and mac and cheese—chef Sarah Wade is offering half-priced “sexy snacks” weekdays from 3-6 p.m. (think: $4 deviled eggs, $3 everything bagel popcorn). Call or order online for pickup in the Leather District, or find Stillwater on several delivery apps.
120 Kingston St., Boston, 617-936-3079, stillwaterboston.com.
Rina’s Pizzeria and Strega North End
Restaurateur Nick Varano has been sticking close to home in the North End since selling off most of the Strega restaurants he founded. Now, his Varano Group restaurants—which include the original Strega, Nico, and Rina’s Pizzeria—are offering takeout, plus free delivery to the surrounding neighborhoods of the North End, Seaport, South Boston, East Boston, Back Bay, West End, and Downtown Crossing. On the menu are Italian comforts like arancini, gnocchi sorrentina, chicken and broccoli fettuccini Alfredo, panini, pizzas, and more. Contact Rina’s Pizzeria for orders from all Varano restaurants.
3719 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-456-5700, rinasnorthend.com.
Taberna de Haro
Mentally escape to sunnier times in Spain with a takeout or delivery order from this Brookline tapas and wine bar. Among the options are large-plate orders of spicy garlic shrimp, Madrid-style meatballs, sautéed spinach with pine nuts and golden raisins, daily paella—and wine. Lots of wine. Call or click to order for pickup, and note that free delivery within a 2-mile radius is also an option Thursday-Saturday.
999 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-277-8272, tabernaboston.com.
Taste Wine Bar
This wine-focused restaurant happens to be attached to a Best of Boston-worthy wine shop, Common Vines, so one call can yield cheese and charcuterie, prepared meals, and wines perfect for pairing. The takeout menu includes packages like wine and beer at retail prices; New England Charcuterie for 2-4; and meatloaf dinner with smashed potatoes and broccoli, but also ask about daily specials like fresh cookies and house-made sausages. Call or email to order.
101 Summer St., Boston, 617-519-8009, tastebarboston.com.
The fine-dining model of chef Conor Dennehy and sommelier Danielle Ayers’ lovely little restaurant is on hold for now, but the married couple has come up with a unique solution: Family-style meals that also support families in need. They’ve introduced a menu called “Casseroles for a Cause,” which lets diners order platters like shepherd’s pie and baked ziti with chicken and broccoli, as well as quarts of soup like corn chowder and minestrone. Everything is packaged and frozen to feed a family. For each casserole sold, the family-owned restaurant—named for daughter Talulla— will donate 10 bagged lunches to families in need at Fletcher Maynard Academy in Cambridge (five bagged lunches per quart of soup sold). Talulla is also available to deliver orders within one mile of the restaurant. Casseroles are $35, and soups are $15/quart.
377 Walden St., Cambridge, 617-714-5584, talullacambridge.com.
Trident Booksellers & Café
Not only does this Back Bay café offer breakfast all day, sandwiches, hummus plates, and more for takeout and delivery from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily—it also offers book delivery. Hey, you probably have a lot of time to read these days, anyway.
338 Newbury St, Boston, 617-267-8688, tridentbookscafe.com.
This cozy North Cambridge restaurant has a selection of family-style meals available for contact-free curbside pickup or local delivery. Choose from soul-soothing options like chef Paul Nadjarian’s pickle-brined fried chicken, served with coleslaw, scratch-made buttermilk biscuits, and sweet potato casserole with maple syrup and mascarpone; Louisiana seafood gumbo with local fish, andouille, and head-on Gulf shrimp, long grain white rice, fingerling potato and spinach salad, and homemade garlic bread; or wild mushroom and spinach lasagna. Order online, and schedule a time for pickup or delivery between 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Delivery radius is within two miles of Urban Hearth.
2263 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-682-7295, urbanhearth.net.
Yellow Door Taqueria
Both the Lower Mills and South End locations of this Best of Boston-worthy taco shop offer phone orders for pickup and delivery via UberEats; you can also order online from the South End spot and pick up from a safe distance via a decked-out walk-up window in the Ink Block area. The menus include tacos, snacks like guacamole and elote, and beer by the six-pack. This is also an ideal time to employ YDT’s fun and easy text-a-taco system: Use your phone to send a $5 gift card to all your friends. The virtual taco stays in your phone until you’re ready to redeem it. Right now, YDT also has a “Community Edition” of the virtual program, which adds a $5 donation which will be used to fund tacos for the staff of neighboring Carney Hospital, which currently has the nation’s first dedicated care center to treat only coronavirus patients. The sale of branded camping mugs ($10), meanwhile, support out-of-work YDT employees and their families.
2297 Dorchester Ave., Lower Mills, 857-267-4201; 354 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, 857-239-9276, yellowdoortaqueria.com.