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Top-Flight Takeout to Consider While Dining Out Shuts Down in D.C.

Hot newcomers and old standbys get creative with carry-out while coronavirus precautions keep customers at home

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The D.C. government’s emergency gathering policy during the coronavirus pandemic has imposed a dine-in ban effective through most of April, leaving restaurants to either temporarily shut down or pivot to takeout and delivery. Highly touted options like Komi and anticipated newcomers like Emilie’s and Albi have all rolled out casual, a la carte menus that veer away from their typically pricey dining experiences.

Below, readers will find a bevy of takeout options to explore for those practicing responsible “social distancing.” Other notable restaurants, like Kith/Kin, Bad Saint, and Tail Up Goat, have opted out of takeout to prioritize protecting their staffs.

Buying gift cards is another way to support restaurants staring down dire financial straits. Customers who want to donate to Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s worker relief fund can do that here. RAMW has rounded up even more takeout and delivery options here.

Restaurants on this map are frequently adding and taking away options while responding to quickly changing limitations. Check with the business to make sure they’re still offering takeout.

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Cielo Rojo Restaurant

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The Takoma Park taqueria has a “no contact” station up and running for takeout orders of tacos and tostadas. Download its app or order on its website. Individual-sized margaritas joined the mix in time for the weekend.

Taqueria Habanero

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This long-running, homey taqueria serves up quesadillas, burritos, tacos, and more on Toast or for pick up via phone. Taqueria Habanero also offers “no contact take away” to those who ask on the phone. The owners have a location in College Park too.

Order to-go dinner with curbside pickup at this Afghan bistro serving up homey stews and vegetarian options. Lunch options include a $12 bento box with dishes that can be mixed and matched. Lapis’s to-go dishes also include options that are easily frozen, with pick-up from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Seven Reasons

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Takeout and delivery are now available at the Latin American hotspot (daily between 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m), with menu items like pork tostadas, sea bass ceviche, and cauliflower tempura. A 2.5-percent fee in every delivery check will go towards a newly established financial aid fund for employees in need. A new fast-casual lunchtime pop-up goes live on Friday.

Compass Rose

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The globetrotting restaurant in Shaw tries out takeout for the first time, sending out best-selling, cheesy boats of khachapuri, a banh mi sandwich, and Korean bulgogi ssam. Order from noon to 5 p.m. and pick up between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., along with $20 bottles of Georgian wines and

$30 female-led labels. Its Michelin-rated sister Maydan is also on the takeout train, though selling out fast daily. All proceeds and tips go to its staff.

The Red Hen

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Call the cozy Bloomingdale Italian restaurant, known for its sausage ragu rigatoni and off-menu cacio e pepe, while it operates on a takeout only basis on ToastTab from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sausage rigatoni from Red Hen
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The immediately popular Korean pub from the group that owns Chinese-Korean Chiko is offering takeout only every day from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sibling spot Mandu in Mt. Vernon Triangle also now offers takeout and delivery via Caviar. Chiko is also doing takeout and delivery via Caviar and DoorDash.

Annie's Paramount Steak House

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Dupont Circle fixture Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse created a special takeout menu that customers can call in to order, with a long list of options ranging from sandwiches to crab cakes to New York strip. 

The straightforward Logan Circle mainstay for Neapolitan pizza and anchovy plates is open for takeout only. Patrons can call or order online.

Little Serow

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The dark basement restaurant with a farmhouse feel usually generates long lines for its first-come, first-serve tasting menus of full of chile-laden Northern Thai dishes. During the pandemic, Little Serow has gone online-only with three a la carte options for carry-out, including the dill-heavy, whiskey-marinated pork ribs that end many meals. Allow 30 minutes for prep time Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A pile of colorfully-garnished pork ribs on a china plate with a teal wall background at Little Serow
Pork ribs from Little Serow
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El Sol Restaurante & Tequileria

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Takeout has always been one of the best ways to try this busy Mexican restaurant in Logan Circle for chicken tinga quesadillas and more. Sibling chefs Alfredo and Jessica Solis are also doing call-in orders at Mezcalero (10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at El Sol and starting at 11 a.m. at Mezcalero). Booze is also a to-go option.

El Sol tacos dorados
Tacos dorados from El Sol
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The Dabney

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This Michelin-starred, hearth-fueled restaurant run by James Beard Award winner Jeremiah Langhorne has one of the toughest reservations to snag in town. During the coronavirus pandemic, the Dabney is offering a three-course, takeout prix fixe for $45 (Tuesday through Sunday) that draws from historic Chesapeake cooking. All meals will start with a sweet potato roll, typically stuffed with fried catfish, and a dessert such as apple cobbler. Also expect soups, salads, and hearty mains like buttermilk dumplings with country ham or beef Bourguignon. Orders are accepted by phone starting at 11 a.m. with pickup slated from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Offerings also include bottled wine, beer, cider, and cocktails; a 20-percent service fee is added to the final bill.

Unconventional Diner

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With the convention center shut down, this sprawling, self-explanatory restaurant from French chef David Deshaies has started a “Stay at Home Supper Club” with $40 dinners for two. Through March, Desahaies will serve a menu of dishes like whole fried chickens, meatloaf, and a “seafood bonanza” with niso salmon and yuzu crabcakes. Call the restaurant for takeout, or order delivery through Postmates. Pickups will be scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Dinner Plans? Join us for The Stay at Home Supper Club - $40. Pick up or delivery through Postmates. Tonight we're...

Posted by Unconventional Diner on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Reverie

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Netflix-famous chef Johnny Spero has closed the modern American restaurant tucked away in a Georgetown alleyway. But his $18 cheeseburger — made with dry-aged ribeye trimmings, Japanese pickles, a smoked cheddar square, and a special sauce — is a smashing success for takeout on Tock. A two-person dinner set ($150) stars its half-roasted duck glazed in beet juice and fennel pollen.

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Reverie’s $18 cheeseburger
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Kinship

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Chef Eric Ziebold is embracing the name of his restaurant by offering packaged meals to-go Wednesday through Sunday. Pick up dinner from 5 to 6 p.m., with rotating offerings like cassoulet with duck confit, pork sausage, and pork belly along with roasted potato chowder with bacon. 

Alta Strada

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Chef Michael Schlow’s Mt. Vernon Triangle eatery is offering its pasta, pizza, and chicken parm for takeout and delivery (find the Italian restaurant on UberEats, Grubhub, Postmates, Caviar, and DoorDash). Glover Park sister spot Casolare just scratched takeout.

La Betty

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Comfort food go-to La Betty is offering carryout Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. (and delivery via GrubHub). Show up and collect dishes like burgers, chicken schnitzel, veggie galette, and currywurst. Next-door spot A Baked Joint is also sending out pizzas and sandwiches.

Cane chef-owner Peter Prime has tender jerk wings and bowls full of oxtails, pork belly, or vegetables available on Caviar for pickup or delivery.

Zaytinya

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All of José Andrés’s D.C. restaurants have closed. Starting Tuesday, March 17, the majority — Zaytinya, America Eats Tavern, all Jaleo locations, and Oyamel — will convert into “community kitchens” offering takeout with free or reduced-price meals for those who can’t afford to pay full price.

 

Bayou Bakery

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Call ahead for curbside pickup for Southern comfort foods like mac n’ cheese, biscuits, beignets, cornbread, or muffalettas. Chef David Guas has also partnered with Real Food for Kids to make free vegetarian lunches to needy Arlington County children and their families during the closure of the school district, starting Tuesday. There’s also delivery via UberEats.

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Little Pearl

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The Michelin-rated addition to the Pineapple & Pearls family delivers its destination burger (brisket and dry-aged strip loin, cheddar, caramelized onions, and Russian dressing on a brioche bun) for $18. A $90 dinner for two comes with two appetizers, a family-style entree, and a pair of desserts. It’s been selling out fast. Free delivery on Caviar (code LILPEARL) for orders over $20. The fee is also waived for orders within a mile.

Emilie's

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The New American restaurant from chef Kevin Tien is leaning on his personal comfort food: banh mi. Instead of meticulous crudos and pricey group platters of ranch-flavored fried chicken, the trendy newcomer is offering a takeout menu with fried spring rolls or sides of Chinese broccoli for $6, Vietnamese sandwiches ($12) stuffed with grilled lemongrass pork or fried eggs, and salted rye chocolate chip cookies ($4 for two). Email FeedMe@emiliesdc.com to order.

A pork blade steak on the grill at Emilie’s
Pork blade steak at Emilie’s will go into banh mi
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Officina

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Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s three-level Italian workshop at the Wharf lets customers carry out or order delivery via Caviar. Go for bucatini all’ Amatriciana or four-cheese pizza. A bakery makes rum-soaked Neapolitan cake and a pints of gelato. Michelin-starred sibling spot Masseria is curating meals for for two with optional wine pairings to enjoy at home.

Veal ravioli from Officina
Veal ravioli from Officina
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Mi Vida Restaurante

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Hospitality group KNEAD is also handling its own delivery on the Southwest Waterfront for Mi Vida and recently opened the Grill. That applies to Wharf residents, offices, and slip holders at the Gangplank Marina. They’re also on app delivery services, as is sister spot Succotash Penn Quarter.

ABC Pony

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D.C. trendsetter Erik Bruner-Yang’s latest restaurant, an Italian-Asian pasta shop anchoring a Navy Yard apartment complex, has switched to takeout starting at 5 p.m. and delivery via Caviar only. Call the restaurant to get a pickup order of stracciatella soup branded as a cup of an Italian egg drop, skinny Filipino egg rolls full of burrata and meatballs, or a fusilli with white bolognese and soppressata. or use Caviar for delivery. On Mondays, ABC Pony is offering a $50 prime rib dinner that comes with hasselback potatoes, roasted carrots, house salad, bread, and a bottle of wine.

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Neighborhood Provisions

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Neighborhood Restaurant Group, the Virginia-based, beer-centric company behind restaurants like Rustico, Iron Gate, and the Hazel, is making dishes from many of its businesses available through an in-house delivery operation (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) available in Arlington, Alexandria, and D.C. Orders can include carrot haydari spread from Hazel, hot pastrami subs from the Red Apron Butcher, smoked chicken from Birch and Barley, and Rustico pizzas. Pickup is available at NRG’s Bluejacket brewery in Navy Yard. There’s a pantry option, too.

It took former Eater D.C. Chef of the Year Michael Rafidi two years to open his first solo restaurant, and now it’s temporarily closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. An Instagram post says a to-go version of the wood-fired, Middle Eastern menu started up Tuesday, March 17. A family meal option ($70) includes wood-roasted cauliflower or half-roasted chicken with a variety of hummus, mezze, sides, and sweets. For $30 more, add wine pairings picked by Brent Kroll of next-door Maxwell. Albi’s also sending bright bottles of its Mediterranean Negroni out the door.

A plate of manti dumplings in urfa broth with urfa chile crunch, herbs, and garlic yogurt at Albi
A plate of manti dumplings in urfa broth with urfa chile crunch, herbs, and garlic yogurt at Albi
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Shilling Canning Company

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People who live in the Yards complex don’t have to get out of their pajamas to try this Mid-Atlantic restaurant. Free, personalized delivery to neighbors includes options for a beet and watercress salad; wood oven-roasted half chicken; and steak frites. Large $40 cocktails now arrive at your door in mason jars.

Cielo Rojo Restaurant

The Takoma Park taqueria has a “no contact” station up and running for takeout orders of tacos and tostadas. Download its app or order on its website. Individual-sized margaritas joined the mix in time for the weekend.

Taqueria Habanero

This long-running, homey taqueria serves up quesadillas, burritos, tacos, and more on Toast or for pick up via phone. Taqueria Habanero also offers “no contact take away” to those who ask on the phone. The owners have a location in College Park too.

Lapis

Order to-go dinner with curbside pickup at this Afghan bistro serving up homey stews and vegetarian options. Lunch options include a $12 bento box with dishes that can be mixed and matched. Lapis’s to-go dishes also include options that are easily frozen, with pick-up from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Seven Reasons

Takeout and delivery are now available at the Latin American hotspot (daily between 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m), with menu items like pork tostadas, sea bass ceviche, and cauliflower tempura. A 2.5-percent fee in every delivery check will go towards a newly established financial aid fund for employees in need. A new fast-casual lunchtime pop-up goes live on Friday.

Compass Rose

The globetrotting restaurant in Shaw tries out takeout for the first time, sending out best-selling, cheesy boats of khachapuri, a banh mi sandwich, and Korean bulgogi ssam. Order from noon to 5 p.m. and pick up between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., along with $20 bottles of Georgian wines and

$30 female-led labels. Its Michelin-rated sister Maydan is also on the takeout train, though selling out fast daily. All proceeds and tips go to its staff.

The Red Hen

Call the cozy Bloomingdale Italian restaurant, known for its sausage ragu rigatoni and off-menu cacio e pepe, while it operates on a takeout only basis on ToastTab from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sausage rigatoni from Red Hen
Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Anju

The immediately popular Korean pub from the group that owns Chinese-Korean Chiko is offering takeout only every day from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sibling spot Mandu in Mt. Vernon Triangle also now offers takeout and delivery via Caviar. Chiko is also doing takeout and delivery via Caviar and DoorDash.

Annie's Paramount Steak House

Dupont Circle fixture Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse created a special takeout menu that customers can call in to order, with a long list of options ranging from sandwiches to crab cakes to New York strip. 

Etto

The straightforward Logan Circle mainstay for Neapolitan pizza and anchovy plates is open for takeout only. Patrons can call or order online.

Little Serow

The dark basement restaurant with a farmhouse feel usually generates long lines for its first-come, first-serve tasting menus of full of chile-laden Northern Thai dishes. During the pandemic, Little Serow has gone online-only with three a la carte options for carry-out, including the dill-heavy, whiskey-marinated pork ribs that end many meals. Allow 30 minutes for prep time Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A pile of colorfully-garnished pork ribs on a china plate with a teal wall background at Little Serow
Pork ribs from Little Serow
Bill Addison/Eater

El Sol Restaurante & Tequileria

Takeout has always been one of the best ways to try this busy Mexican restaurant in Logan Circle for chicken tinga quesadillas and more. Sibling chefs Alfredo and Jessica Solis are also doing call-in orders at Mezcalero (10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at El Sol and starting at 11 a.m. at Mezcalero). Booze is also a to-go option.

El Sol tacos dorados
Tacos dorados from El Sol
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

The Dabney

This Michelin-starred, hearth-fueled restaurant run by James Beard Award winner Jeremiah Langhorne has one of the toughest reservations to snag in town. During the coronavirus pandemic, the Dabney is offering a three-course, takeout prix fixe for $45 (Tuesday through Sunday) that draws from historic Chesapeake cooking. All meals will start with a sweet potato roll, typically stuffed with fried catfish, and a dessert such as apple cobbler. Also expect soups, salads, and hearty mains like buttermilk dumplings with country ham or beef Bourguignon. Orders are accepted by phone starting at 11 a.m. with pickup slated from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Offerings also include bottled wine, beer, cider, and cocktails; a 20-percent service fee is added to the final bill.

Unconventional Diner

With the convention center shut down, this sprawling, self-explanatory restaurant from French chef David Deshaies has started a “Stay at Home Supper Club” with $40 dinners for two. Through March, Desahaies will serve a menu of dishes like whole fried chickens, meatloaf, and a “seafood bonanza” with niso salmon and yuzu crabcakes. Call the restaurant for takeout, or order delivery through Postmates. Pickups will be scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Dinner Plans? Join us for The Stay at Home Supper Club - $40. Pick up or delivery through Postmates. Tonight we're...

Posted by Unconventional Diner on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Reverie

Netflix-famous chef Johnny Spero has closed the modern American restaurant tucked away in a Georgetown alleyway. But his $18 cheeseburger — made with dry-aged ribeye trimmings, Japanese pickles, a smoked cheddar square, and a special sauce — is a smashing success for takeout on Tock. A two-person dinner set ($150) stars its half-roasted duck glazed in beet juice and fennel pollen.

Reverie burger
Reverie’s $18 cheeseburger
Obi Okolo/For Reverie

Kinship

Chef Eric Ziebold is embracing the name of his restaurant by offering packaged meals to-go Wednesday through Sunday. Pick up dinner from 5 to 6 p.m., with rotating offerings like cassoulet with duck confit, pork sausage, and pork belly along with roasted potato chowder with bacon. 

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Alta Strada

Chef Michael Schlow’s Mt. Vernon Triangle eatery is offering its pasta, pizza, and chicken parm for takeout and delivery (find the Italian restaurant on UberEats, Grubhub, Postmates, Caviar, and DoorDash). Glover Park sister spot Casolare just scratched takeout.

La Betty

Comfort food go-to La Betty is offering carryout Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. (and delivery via GrubHub). Show up and collect dishes like burgers, chicken schnitzel, veggie galette, and currywurst. Next-door spot A Baked Joint is also sending out pizzas and sandwiches.

Cane

Cane chef-owner Peter Prime has tender jerk wings and bowls full of oxtails, pork belly, or vegetables available on Caviar for pickup or delivery.

Zaytinya

All of José Andrés’s D.C. restaurants have closed. Starting Tuesday, March 17, the majority — Zaytinya, America Eats Tavern, all Jaleo locations, and Oyamel — will convert into “community kitchens” offering takeout with free or reduced-price meals for those who can’t afford to pay full price.

 

Bayou Bakery

Call ahead for curbside pickup for Southern comfort foods like mac n’ cheese, biscuits, beignets, cornbread, or muffalettas. Chef David Guas has also partnered with Real Food for Kids to make free vegetarian lunches to needy Arlington County children and their families during the closure of the school district, starting Tuesday. There’s also delivery via UberEats.

Ellen Silverman/Bayou

Little Pearl

The Michelin-rated addition to the Pineapple & Pearls family delivers its destination burger (brisket and dry-aged strip loin, cheddar, caramelized onions, and Russian dressing on a brioche bun) for $18. A $90 dinner for two comes with two appetizers, a family-style entree, and a pair of desserts. It’s been selling out fast. Free delivery on Caviar (code LILPEARL) for orders over $20. The fee is also waived for orders within a mile.

Emilie's

The New American restaurant from chef Kevin Tien is leaning on his personal comfort food: banh mi. Instead of meticulous crudos and pricey group platters of ranch-flavored fried chicken, the trendy newcomer is offering a takeout menu with fried spring rolls or sides of Chinese broccoli for $6, Vietnamese sandwiches ($12) stuffed with grilled lemongrass pork or fried eggs, and salted rye chocolate chip cookies ($4 for two). Email FeedMe@emiliesdc.com to order.

A pork blade steak on the grill at Emilie’s
Pork blade steak at Emilie’s will go into banh mi
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Officina

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s three-level Italian workshop at the Wharf lets customers carry out or order delivery via Caviar. Go for bucatini all’ Amatriciana or four-cheese pizza. A bakery makes rum-soaked Neapolitan cake and a pints of gelato. Michelin-starred sibling spot Masseria is curating meals for for two with optional wine pairings to enjoy at home.

Veal ravioli from Officina
Veal ravioli from Officina
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Mi Vida Restaurante

Hospitality group KNEAD is also handling its