With D.C. extending a dine-in ban that could last through June 8, a flurry of D.C. area restaurants that were opting out of takeout and delivery have recently decided they can no longer stay dormant. Many of the restaurants on this list are rushing to bring staff back so they can attempt to spend federal stimulus money as it’s intended. Some are returning from temporarily closures after staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Here’s a list of what’s available to customers who should be practicing responsible social distancing while awaiting orders:
St. Anselm, the Union Market district tavern from the restaurateur behind Le Diplomate, reopened Tuesday, May 19. A condensed takeout menu includes hit orders — like chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s buttermilk biscuits with pimento cheese — and a short list of grilled options like a butcher’s steak with garlic butter or a prime 16-ounce ribeye. To-go cocktails include a Boulevardier or Manhattan for two, along with a one-page selection of wines, bottled vintage sodas, and beers (add a St. Anselm koozie for $1). Call (202) 864-2199 for pick-up or delivery (Caviar and DoorDash) on dinner orders six days a week (closed Monday). 1250 5th Street NE
- Essential Northern Thai tasting menu destination Little Serow has reopened its online ordering portal for a la carte takeout dishes. It’s now selling milk tea and coffee ice cream and non-dairy pineapple-jasmine tea ice cream. Next-door, Komi’s vegetarian Greek diner pop-up, Happy Gyro, is set to reopen for carryout Wednesday, May 20.
1511 17th Street
The Little Beet’s months-old location in Chevy Chase reopened with sunflower hummus, cavatelli, mushroom and black bean burgers, and roasted shrimp salad available for takeout and delivery. 5471 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Shaw sisters El Rey taco bar and Echo Park/Andy’s Pizza temporarily closed earlier this month after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, and now they’re back. 919 U Street NW / 2014 9th Street NW
Family-owned staple Nam-Viet reopens for takeout in Clarendon on Thursday, May 21, with an online ordering form. The to-go menu lists baby back ribs with a sweet fish sauce glaze, egg noodles with Maryland crab, and deep-fried whole fish (weekends) only. Cocktails include pandan Old Fashioneds and a barrel-aged Negroni with oolong tea-infused gin. 1127 North Hudson Street, Arlington, Virginia
Eat Brgz: Capitol Hill’s made-to-order burger bar reopens for takeout and delivery on Saturday, May 16. Comeback burgers like the Mexico City, Buffalo Chicken, and Memphis BBQ are joined by a new Italian variety made with sun dried tomatoes, chopped garlic, Italian sausage, mozzarella, and pesto. To-go cans of booze include DC Brau and White Claw ($3 a pop) and $5 margaritas and gin and tonics. Order on-site or ahead for pickup Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m, and Friday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 250 7th Street SE
La Jambe: Shaw’s wine bar is back with a new chef behind its French bistro fare. Adam McFarland, who worked at Michelin-starred Gramercy Tavern in NYC and Himitsu in D.C., adds coq au vin blanc, mushroom lasagna, and pulled pork sandwiches to the mix. There’s also cheese and charcuterie, and of course, lots of (discounted) French wines. Order for pickup or free delivery Tuesday to Saturday. 1550 7th Street NW
The Imperial and Jack Rose Dining Saloon: The Adams Morgan sibling bars simultaneously debut today with takeout menus filled out by snack packs, dinners for two, and full-bottle cocktail kits. Online Tock orders from Imperial or Jack Rose can be picked up Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 2001 18th Street NW; 2007 18th Street NW
Casta’s Rum Bar: West End’s ode to Cuba returns with to-go daiquiris, mojitos, and frozen cocktails for four, cigars, and a limited menu featuring empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, and flan. Free delivery or pickup, Wednesday to Friday (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.). 1121 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Flight Wine Bar: The Penn Quarter wine bar is back with $75 “wine bags” filled with rotating Italian labels, and the kitchen is sending out roasted chicken with farro, grilled veggies and hummus, and crispy fingerlings for dinner. Order online for pickup. 777 6th Street NW
Tail Up Goat and Reveler’s Hour: The acclaimed Adams Morgan sister spots reopen tonight with a combined selection of wine, gourmet groceries, snacks, and dinner kits ($40). Same-day orders must be placed by 2 p.m. Otherwise pickup and delivery are available six days per week (closed Tuesdays) from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hank’s Oyster Bar: The Dupont flagship reopens Wednesday, May 13, for contactless pickup and delivery on classic items like lobster rolls and Eastern Shore crab dip (Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) 1624 Q Street NW
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Tonic at Quigley’s: The popular destination for GWU students just reopened daily from noon to 8 p.m. with a to-go comfort food menu filled out by tots, mac and cheese, pizzas, and wings. 2036 G Street NW
Rooster & Owl: The acclaimed prix-fixe place just started taking pre-orders for takeaway on Tock. The ready-to-eat, four-course meal ($45 per person) includes mains like fried chicken or spring lamb stew, a side, pineapple bun, seasonal salad, and dessert. 2436 14th Street NW
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Bidwell: Union Market’s American restaurant reopens with quarantine-friendly fare like brick-oven pizzas, along with garden salads, beer, and wine. Takeout runs Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Order and prepay here. 1309 5th Street NE
Scarlet Oak DC: The Navy Yard eatery returned with a limited takeout menu of salads, sandwiches, pizza, and salmon, available daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 909 New Jersey Avenue SE
Lincoln Restaurant/Teddy and the Bully Bar: The all-American sibling spots reopened for takeout and delivery through UberEats, Caviar, and Postmates. Offerings include shrimp and grits, braised short ribs, salads, burgers, and barrel-aged Old Fashioneds. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW / 1200 19th Street NW
The Salt Line: The Navy Yard raw bar reopens as “TSL To-Go” with fresh catch plates, clam chowder, lobster rolls, meal kits, and pimiento crab dip from chef Kyle Bailey. An oyster shucking kit ($24) comes with a dozen local or New England oysters, a branded knife, and a video tutorial. 79 Potomac Avenue SE
Tail Up Goat: The essential Mediterranean restaurant has been reconfigured as wine shop with a short list of prepared meals and snacks. Starting Friday, May 15, contactless pickup and delivery are available Wednesday through Monday from 3;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There’s a 2 p.m. cutoff for same-day orders. Sibling spot Reveler’s Hour is pivoting as a bakery and butcher shop with meal kits, pastas, and snacks. 1827 Adams Mill Road NW
In Adams Morgan, Tryst coffeehouse has reopened for pickup (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for espresso drinks, coffee, tea, croissants, all-day brunch fare, and pantry boxes (Wednesday pickup).
In Cathedral Heights, Neapolitan pizza standby 2Amys has reopened, but without pizza. Instead, it’s offering cook-at-home options for pasta kits or three-course dinners, as well as salumi, anchovies, and ice cream. Pick up Wednesday through Sunday. 3715 Macomb Street NW
In Columbia Heights, Hong Kong-style small plates restaurant Queen’s English is selling prix-fixe carryout dinners ($40) along with cocktails, natural wines, and cold beers for pickup between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This week’s comeback meal includes pork collar, pickled vegetables, and Chinese broccoli with salted duck yolk. Order here. 3410 11th Street NW
Falls Church Laotian destination Padaek, the original restaurant from the family behind Thip Khao and Hanumanh, just opened a pickup window this week for fiery papaya salads, pad Thai, and spicy lemongrass stews. 6395 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, Virginia
Anafre, the Mexican grill from siblings Alfredo and Jessica Solis (El Sol, Mezcalero) that specializes in regional seafood dishes reopened for takeout this week. The newcomer appears to be offering the majority of its menu, including queso fundido en hoja de plátano, 12-hour pork shank, and margaritas. Its popular Puerto Nuevo-style lobster dish is also available in limited quantities. Order here. 3704 14th Street NW
Long running, farm-sourcing Shaw spots Corduroy and Baby Wale reopened for dinner this week with to-go comfort food options like red snapper bisque and pork cheeks. The restaurants are also offering a “virtual farmers market” with produce from farms in Northern Neck, Virginia, and selling low-priced liquor. Available Wednesday to Sunday for carryout and curbside pickup, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 1122 9th Street NW
After a six-week hiatus, Penn Quarter’s Karma Modern Indian has reopened for takeout and delivery for lunch and dinner. Hit mains like paneer shashlik, chicken tikka, butter chicken and lamb roganjosh are joined by veggie apps like tandoori cauliflower. Customers can get 20% off all pick-up orders and 50% off beer and wine. 611 I Street NW
Phillips Seafood & Steak reopened in Logan Circle on Monday to fulfill crab cake fixes for pickup and delivery. 1460 P Street NW
Neighborhood bar Brookland’s Finest reopens Thursday, May 7, serving a limited menu of comfort classics like seared salmon and grits, fried Maryland catfish, and porcini-rubbed prime rib for pick-up and delivery. Alcohol and gift cards are also available. Order here. 3126 12th Street NE
Chef-owner Amy Brandwein, who was just named a James Beard award finalist for the fourth straight year, will reopen Centrolina and sister all-day cafe Piccolina for takeaway and delivery on Friday, May 8, with Italian meals (including Mother’s Day menus on Sunday), Aperol Spirtz kits, and gourmet pantry staples from the market. The restaurants temporarily closed Friday, April 24, after a team member experienced complications related to COVID-19. 974 Palmer Alley NW
On pause for now
- Chef Kevin Tien’s critically acclaimed Emilie’s on Capitol Hill is closed for a few days because an employee came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.