As the Bay Area adjusts to life where non-essential workers are being asked to stay home and self-quarantine, the economic vitality of the city has suffered. Continuing to support local businesses you love is an incredible way to bolster the city by offering aid to your neighbors while following guidelines that promote the health and wellness of all residents. Ordering food for delivery from your favorite restaurants is a simple but effective way to participate in the local economy—and eat the food you love in the process!
If you’re craving Italian food made with fresh ingredients and traditional recipes, look no further than 54 Mint. Their kitchen is open for takeout and delivery during the shelter-in-place mandate so that you can dig into spaghetti puttanesca and king salmon right at home. Their à la carte menu features classics such as rigatoni al carbonara, bistecca ai ferri, and gnocchi al brasato. Plus, their wine list is currently available at 35% off, so raise a glass to staying safe while supporting local businesses. To ensure the safety of both diners and workers, takeout options include delivery through the rear window or trunk so that you can remain seated in your car.
Although tableside dining at this Michelin-starred restaurant is currently unavailable, Birdsong continues to craft dishes available for takeout and delivery. This Mission Street restaurant, which has a friendly, rustic setting, is known for its multi-course meals with set menus that start at $170 for a seat at the table. Head chef Chris Bleidorn is renowned for his detailed work at the in-house butchery, where traditional menu favorites include guinea hen yakitori, Sonoma duck with dried persimmons, and an elegant take on fish and chips. However, during shelter-in-place, Birdsong is launching a new delivery option: Birdbox. Birdbox is the perfect meal for one with fried chicken, cornbread, a cookie, and their house-made raging falcon hot sauce for an extra kick.
This long-beloved donut shop is bringing breakfast to you. This 1960s Polk Street establishment is known for its freshly-baked donuts, including The Big Donut, a massive, customizable yeasted donut. Their extensive menu, which includes apple fritters, chocolate bars, and cinnamon cake donuts, has kept patrons coming back for decades. Sometimes, all you’re craving is a simple glazed donut, and they’ve got those too. Even if you aren’t a donut fan, Bob’s Donuts crafts other pastry favorites like sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, and butter croissants. You can place your order to be delivered directly to your home or opt for curbside pickup.
This San Mateo restaurant is dishing up their incredible Mediterranean comfort food and delivering to your door while you stay safe at home. True to their name, they are passionate about hummus, and their menu boasts six flavor varieties of hummus—classic, pesto, chipotle, hummus with eggplant, hummus with lamb and beef gyros, and hummus with chicken gyros. Other menu favorites include chicken shawarma, dolma, and kunefe for dessert. Their no-contact delivery ensures that you are able to enjoy your falafel and tabbouleh salad worry-free.
The only restaurant in San Francisco dedicated to Nigerian food is still available for delivery and takeout. Eko Kitchen serves the Bay Area by providing fast-casual Nigerian food that will keep you coming back for seconds. Smoked goat meat with plantains, jollof rice and grilled chicken, and pounded yam and egusi soup are a few fan favorites from their takeout menu. With vegan options like substituting stewed spinach for the traditional protein in a meal or the coconut honey bean porridge, there is a little something for everyone at this cozy restaurant. Each meal is made with recipes spanning three generations of Nigerian women, and now these meals can be delivered to your home.
Downtown San Francisco loves Honey Honey Cafe & Crepery for serving Instagram-worthy breakfast and lunch creations. Their picturesque crêpes can be sweet or savory, and that’s just the beginning for their well-rounded and well-executed menu. This café offers bagels, pizza, pasta, and burgers in addition to their breakfast specialties. Whether you try their crab cake florentine, challah bread French toast, or chicken burritos, you won’t be disappointed. The star of this menu is, unsurprisingly, their many crêpes. Try their New Orleans-style savory crêpes with chicken breast, Swiss cheese, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and salsa or the Mediterranean-inspired baklava dessert crêpe with walnuts, cinnamon, and white syrup. Place your order by phone today to bring these magnificent menu items home.
San Mateo’s Oceanic restaurant is delivering delicious Hunan and Mandarin fares. Curl up at home with a steaming bowl of hot and sour soup or an overflowing plate of Oceanic’s duck fried rice. Steamed dumplings and green potato pancakes are go-to appetizer orders, and entrée items include braised bean curd with shitake mushrooms, Mongolian lamb, and Hong Kong-style crispy noodles. For dessert, try their honey-glazed fried bananas. By ordering from Oceanic, residents can proudly support this local restaurant.
Marufuku Ramen strives to serve the Bay Area while following all procedures recommended by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is excellent news for anyone who has ever had their ramen. Now available for both curbside pick-up and delivery, Marufuku maintains its dedication to handmade contemporary Japanese dishes. Their specialty is a Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen, where the broth is cooked for twenty hours. Traditionally, this ramen is served with chashu pork belly, soft boiled egg, kikurage mushrooms, green onions, and bean sprouts, but guests can customize their order to their liking by choosing noodle firmness and spice levels. Vegetarians will love their veggie ramen, served with spinach noodles, mizuna green, soft boiled egg, and a selection of fresh vegetables in a savory broth. Complement your soup with gyoza, fried squid, or chashu-filled steamed buns. Add a glass of iced matcha or one of their four locally-brewed sakes to complete your meal.
In Millbrae, Sugandh Indian Restaurant & Bar is delivering South Asian cuisine to the San Francisco Peninsula. Classics such as chicken tikka masala and samosas pair well with a cup of Masala Chai. Dig into a plate of calamari pakora, daal soup, or lamb vindaloo. Their massive menu includes Tandoori specials, Himalayan recipes, seafood dishes, thali, and, of course, desserts. While some dishes typically contain nuts, Sugandh has partnered with Grubhub to provide free delivery for your first order so that you can enjoy their homestyle Indian cooking at home.
This Burmese restaurant is offering its full menu by delivery, so you can enjoy a fermented tea leaf salad from the comfort of your own dining room. Popular menu items include pan-fried string beans, hot and spicy mango chicken, and their signature Mandalay special noodle with Burmese flat noodles, coconut chicken, and yellow peas. Sweetened Thai tea and coconut tapioca are great drink options to pair with your heaping plate of Burmese-style chicken curry or samosa soup.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, rest easy knowing that Milkbean is serving up gourmet milkshakes for takeout or delivery. Try their signature Milkbean milkshake, which consists of toasted marshmallow and a single shot of espresso or opt for something out of the box, like their superfood milkshake or Sweet Tooth milkshake with Twix bars, M&Ms, and chocolate syrup. Although they may be well-known for their milkshakes, that isn’t all that the Milkbean kitchen has to offer. Espresso drinks, sub sandwiches, and breakfast items are available for delivery. Milkbean pastries and sandwiches are made fresh daily, and menu items change seasonally to reflect local produce. Each delivery order comes with a complimentary freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie.
The Bay Area is lucky to have such a varied selection of eateries serving food inspired by locations across the globe. If you’re not in the mood for takeout or delivery, consider purchasing a gift card from your favorite local joint and saving it for later. If you’re interested in learning more about Millbrae real estate or homes for sale in San Mateo, CA, please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information.