Now that “social distancing” has become a commonplace term, it’s understandable to be concerned over our community’s small businesses who are feeling the hurt of this unprecedented lockdown. Also, we all gotta eat, and that stockpile of packaged noodles has lost its luster. So, while still following general health and safety precautions, here are some suggestions for eating well and shopping local:

(disclaimer) This list is changing rapidly and not all restaurants are included. Check with your favorite places directly for the latest information. In addition, if you can buy gift cards and plan to dine in the future, it will help keep your favorite places financially healthier in the interim.

FOOD & DRINK TO-GO

Despite the latest mandates on restaurants/bars, preventing people from dining at establishments, you can still order takeout and several of your favorites. These are new and recent updates to existing programs:

  • Meet Panino Taglio — The core team at Bar Taglio turned the old Hitchcock Deli Space in Georgetown into a new market and takeout deli. Get paninis, soon Solea Wines and more. The market will help support chefs, organic farmers, and importers. Delivery is planned next, but for now pickup is available.
  • Metropolitan Grill Get dinner and wine delivered all week long. Call or order online by noon for same day delivery. You can choose pickup and those orders are from 4-8 p.m. daily.
  • Elliott’s Oyster — Place orders before noon for same day delivery.
  • Wing Dome  — Locations at Greenwood, Kirkland and Pier 56 are open from 11am to 10pm daily for pickup.
  • Quality Food Centers (QFC) and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria have agreed to expand their grab and go offerings immediately amidst the coronavirus epidemic to meet the growing needs of a community in crisis. QFC will carry Tutta Bella Grab and Go Items in 31 stores throughout the area. Tutta Bella’s D’Asporto food truck will support this expansion by parking at neighborhood QFC locations on a weekly basis to bake and serve the concept’s long-famed Neapolitan pizzas. The food truck roll out begins this Wednesday at the U-Village location from 12 to 8 pm. People are advised to check Tutta Bella social media channels for location updates.
  • Locally owned and 4th generation run, Taco Time NW has 79 locations that are still open for business in the drive-thrus. Or use the order-ahead app and skip lines and have food delivered curbside.
  • The Market inside the lobby level of the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in Renton is offering a Market Menu 425. Food is available 24-hours a day. All you have to do is text “To-Go” to 425.215.1539 and a hotel rep will assist in placing your order. You pick up the order. Some examples of hot meals to go include breakfast burritos, clam chowder, pizzas, club sandwiches, Beecher’s cheeseburgers and more. hyatt.com
  • The most popular Bis on Main items are available for pickup. Customers can pull around the back and wait for their order, or step inside and grab and go. Orders are being taken from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Bis is also offering wine at retail prices. Some to-go offerings include the crab cakes, Caesar salad, flat iron steak, crispy garlic chicken and more. bisonmain.com
  • Cactus Restaurants in Kirkland, Madison Park, and South Lake Union are offering food to go. If you call, they will bring it out curbside. Payments are online to avoid a high touch payment process. Orders are taken from 4-8 p.m. for pickup and delivery. The limited menu includes nachos, salsa to go, fajitas and more. cactusrestaurants.com
  • Just Poke stores in Kirkland, Renton, Redmond, Issaquah and UW are open for take-out. Customers can come in or call or order from the website. Service apps such as Doordash and more also delivery. justpoke.com
  • Get fresh pizza in Woodinville through take out or by drive-through with call-ahead orders at Vivi Pizzeria. They are opened 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Order direct or through apps like Doordash and GrubHub. vivipizzeria.com
  • Elysian Brewing is donating $5 for every case sold to The Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund. Their Capitol Hill location is also offering curb-side pickup Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and home delivery in the Seattle area. elysianbrewing.com
  • Ba Sa on Bainbridge Island is serving a community rice bowl with pork belly, egg, greens and more for takeout every day for $5. If $5 is not affordable, have it on the house. The bowls are available until they run out. You also can order the full menu — even happy hour — for takeout and curbside delivery. basabainbridgeisland.com
  • The Woodmark Hotel’s Carillon Kitchen in Kirkland is offering take out from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Order anything off the regular menu online or by calling 425.739.6363. Get their grain bowls for breakfast or a Dungeness crab melt for lunch and more. carillonkitchen.com
  • Agave Cocina & Cantina in Redmond and Kent Station are including coupons for future visits for to-go orders, and while they already participate in a meal delivery service, if you pick up the order yourself, they are happy to bring the meal out to your vehicle if you wish. Visit site for details: agaverest.com
  • Down Home Seattle is a website that just launched, supporting the regional restaurant community and regularly updated with special restaurant offers and takeout/delivery options. The list of businesses has expanded across Seattle neighborhoods and the Eastside: downhomeseattle.com
  • Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond has put together ready-made family meals with reheating instructions included. There are entree, plus two sides options, as well as an a la carte menu if you wish to customize. Available for pickup or via DoorDash, or call direct at 425.556.5972. pomegranatebistro.com
  • Heritage Woodinville’s Heritage at Home Menu: A creamy bisque with an endive salad and braised short rib pasta? Yes, please. Add a bottle of wine for 30 percent off list price and that’s a Date Night at Home. Order online for pickup service: heritagewoodinville.com
  • Monsoon in Seattle and Bellevue is now offering 30 percent of all call-in orders, starting March 14th. You can pick up your order inside the restaurant or have them bring it curbside. Call the restaurants direct to place orders: Bellevue 425.635.112/ Seattle 206.325.2111 and visit the website to view their menus: monsoonrestaurants.com
  • Neighborhood Grills locations (Greenlake, Eastlake, Bremerton, Lake Forest & Raconteur) are currently offering 10 percent off orders to-go, plus a “Kids Eat Free” special (ages 12 and under/cannot combine with 10 percent promotion). Visit their location page for more details: neighborhoodgrills.com
  • Spark Pizza in Redmond has always offered takeout, but they’ve just launched delivery service within a 5-mile radius. Their wood-fired pizzas and calzones are next-level comfort food, and if we’re going to eat our feelings, they should taste amazing: sparkpizzaredmond.com
  • Della Terra. Enjoy the same chef-prepared, local and seasonal dishes that guests enjoy at weddings and special events that they cater. “In an effort to better serve our community, to better support local farms & producers, and to create more opportunities to enjoy fresh, from-scratch, locally sourced meals around the table with loved ones, we are excited to announce the launch of our farm-to-table prepared meals service,” the owner said. All items are $15 or under per person, and are presented in foil pans, fully cooked and ready to re-heat at home and serve. Menus will be posted on their Facebook page by Friday each week. Orders are due by Monday at 3 PM for pick up at their kitchen in Historic Downtown Snohomish the following Monday between 4 and 6 p.m. at 113 Ave. C, Snohomish. For menus and ordering, visit: dellaterra425.com
  • Carillon Kitchen. Carillon Kitchen at The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland is open for take-out from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is offering its full menu. Orders can be placed online or by calling 739.6363. carillonkitchen.com
  • Salish Lodge/The Attic in Snohomish has expanded their to-go menu, with online ordering. Place your order, arrange a pickup time and pull up to their valet area to receive your order. They’re using Chownow for online ordering: chownow.com
  • The Matador in Redmond will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for take-out and pick-up orders. It’s also currently offering a deal on gift cards in which customers can get a $10 bonus for every $50 card purchased through its website: matadorrestaurants.com

Additional restaurants with online or phone ordering for pick-up:

MEAL DELIVERY SERVICES & APPS

The convenient meal delivery services are even more popular now. Type in your address and see what can be delivered to your front door. If you’re a first-time user, check for discounts from the service, and take note of any service’s recent adjustments in lieu of health precautions:

Need delivery service inspiration for local eateries? Here’s a few to consider:

  • Azteca Mexican Restaurant
  • Burgermaster
  • Cactus Restaurants
  • Daniel’s Broiler
  • Duke’s Seafood
  • Ezell’s Famous Chicken
  • Garlic Crush
  • Japonessa
  • Kanishka Cuisine of India
  • LunchBoxLab
  • Mayuri Bakery
  • McCormick & Schmick’s
  • Mercato Stellina
  • Ooba Tooba Mex Grill
  • Peony Kitchen
  • Pressed Juicery
  • Thai Kitchen Bird Pepper
  • Top Pot Doughnuts & Coffee
  • Zeek’s Pizza 

YOUR GROCERY LIST

We have to go to the market at some point to see if there’s any toilet paper or hand sanitizer left in the world, so while there, add some locally made items to your shopping list. Stores like QFC, Haggen, PCC and Metropolitan Market are especially supportive of local producers. Some suggestions:

  • Anchorhead Coffee
  • Beecher’s (cheese & crackers)
  • Demitri’s (pickles & cocktail mixes)
  • Dry Soda
  • Frans Chocolates
  • Gnocchi Bar (frozen pasta)
  • Grand Central Bakery
  • jcoco Chocolates
  • Jonboy Caramels
  • Lagana Pasta
  • Macrina Bakery
  • Mama Lil’s Peppers
  • Raven’s Brew Coffee
  • Remlinger Farms (frozen fruit)
  • Rub With Love Seasoning
  • Seattle Chocolates
  • Snoqualmie Ice Cream
  • Theo Chocolates
  • Uli’s Sausages

HAPPY HOUR (AT HOME)

If you’re going to imbibe, sip regional wines and brews, shopping at a nearby bottle shop or grocery store, or consider getting a growler or bottle to-go from a neighborhood brewery or winery:

  • Check out Washington Beer’s extensive brewery list: washingtonbeer.com
  • Woodinville Wine Country’s membership is a who’s who of local wineries: woodinvillewinecountry.com
  • Washington Beer Blog published an actively updated detailed list of local breweries with updated hours of operation, who’s doing pickup orders of beer as well as food for those who are also restaurants: washingtonbeerblog.com

These tasting rooms are offering wine for curbside pickup:

SHOP ONLINE

Buy direct from your favorite food or drink business – many are offering shipping specials or discounts!

  • Jonboy Caramels: Order online and use the code “FREESHIPPING” for free shipping on orders of $30 or more: jonboycaramels.com
  • Matador continues to offer its takeout menu, and is currently offering a $10 bonus card with purchase of a $50 gift card and $25 with a $100 gift card when purchased through its site: matadorrestaurants.com
  • Racha Thai in Redmond: through March, buy a $50 gift card, receive $10 free, and on a $100 card, receive $20 free; it is continuing takeout and delivery orders: rachathai.com
  • Volterra: Temporarily closed until April 1, it is offering a promotion of a 20 percent discount off each gift card purchased. Shop certificates online: volterrakirkland.com

Washington wineries now offering free or one-cent shipping (some restrictions may apply):

INVEST IN YOUR COMMUNITY

For those who wish to assist financially, that’s a direct way of helping that requires zero physical contact and does a world of good. Nonprofit community groups benefit greatly from our generosity (as well as corporate matching programs!):

  • Food Lifeline is a food security organization that distributes resources to food banks, shelters and meal programs throughout Western Washington: foodlifeline.org
  • Donate online to your local farmers market, like Bellevue Farmers Market (bellevuefarmersmarket.org) and the Redmond Saturday Market (redmondsaturdaymarket.org). They’re a vital resource connecting small farmers directly to consumers.
  • Pike Place Market isn’t just about throwing fish – they’re a working market, a hub for small shops and artists, as well as a community and health resource for seniors and children. The Market’s Foundation provides support to this landmark location: pikeplacemarketfoundation.org