Due to the recent crisis at hand, restaurants all over the country are currently experiencing low volume and staff cuts. During times like these, it’s up to us to keep our favorite, local businesses open and thriving. Although the latest regulations caused restaurants and bars to close their dining spaces to the public, many of these businesses are simply shifting their services and are still available for local takeout and delivery.
In this Local Takeout Guide, I have compiled a list of my personal favorite restaurants whose kitchens are still open. I have also highlighted some of the best carryout deals available in the valley! Together, we can help support to keep these local spots up and running. Please read to the end to see more ways to support our fantastic restaurant community and leave me a comment if I have missed any! xoM
Our Favorite Restaurants
Tarbell’s Tavern and Wine Store
Check on Instagram for Mark Tarbell’s daily specials like Taco Tuesdays, Meatball Sandwiches and Fried Chicken that can be paired with any number of award-winning wines. Plus, they are making school lunches for stay-at-home students. For curbside pick-up or delivery from 11:30 to 9 pm.
Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco and Tratto
Since the restaurant shut down began, Chef Bianco has been a constant presence on IG, tirelessly posting about the specials from 18″ pizzas to craft cocktails to go. I am especially fond of the $55 family meal from Tratto that includes gem salad, spaghetti, roast chicken and canellini beans with a loaf of bread. For pick up or delivery thru Grub Hub and Postmates. Check the website for hours and take out menu.
San Antonio native Chef Rich Hinojosa not only makes the best margarita in town that you can now have to go, but also is offering Taco Kits of 4 tacos each, along with his awesome guacamole and posole. For curbside pick up and delivery within a 2 mile radius. Call to place your order between 10:30 – 6 pm for delivery/pick up 2 – 7 pm.
For those of you who live closer to downtown or Encanto, swing by Taco Chelo for crispy fish tacos that in one bite will transport you to Baja, spicy barbacoa tacos and chilaquiles. Curbside pick up and take out 11 am to 8 pm daily.
Who can dread Mondays now with Clever Koi’s “Take Two Special” that includes 4 cocktails and your choice of two noodle dishes for $55? Check their Instagram page for daily specials. Open 11 am to 8 pm daily for take out and thru Postmates and UberEats.
I am a big fan of Common Ground Culinary Group, and The Collins stands out with its over the top Brussels Sprouts and wood fired pizzas. Plus, during the shut down, kids eat 50% off and wine is also 50% off. Offering curbside pick up from 11:30 am to 8 pm.
La Grande Orange
LGO has several tasty curated packages for pick up from the LGO Breakfast which includes bacon and their famous cheesy scrambled eggs to the “Dad’s Dinner” which includes a salad, a rotisserie chicken and a veggie of the day. Open 8 am to 8 pm everyday for local takeout and curbside orders.
Call or text your order between 6:30 am and 5 pm for some of the best coffee in town, and if you are close enough they will deliver it to you via golf cart. Also, if you purchase a gift card for $50 you will get $10 free.
Chula Seafood Uptown
If you live within a 10 mile radius of the Uptown location, you can order between 10 am and 5 pm for delivery the next day of fresh fish by the pound, family meals and Noble Bread. If you live outside this delivery zone, you can pick up at Chula Scottsdale. Call the number above for details and more information.
Arcadia Meat Market
To support a wide variety of local vendors, such as Proof Bread, chicken from Two Wash Ranch, meatloaf from Restaurant Progress and produce from Steadfast Farm, head to Arcadia Meat Market. Note, they are currently only allowing 4 people at a time within their shop and sanitize after each purchase. Open 10:30 to 6:30 Monday thru Friday, 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, and 11 am to 4 pm Sunday.
Ways to Support Local Businesses
Want to do more? Two of Arizona’s largest restaurant groups, Upward Projects and Fox Restaurant Concepts, are launching a campaign, #TakeOutForTeams, to raise $500,000 in donations to support hospitality workers who cannot work due to the current ban on in-restaurant dining. During this campaign, donations from customers picking up carryout meals at their 40 restaurants statewide, along with other local takeout restaurants who have been invited to join, will make up the funds. Restaurants who want to be involved in the campaign can email email@example.com!
Another way to offer support is by visiting your local farmers markets. Most farmer’s markets are still since they are consider an essential business providing access to groceries. As many vendors as small businesses, it’s a great way to help support them while also feeding your family. Open markets are making operational changes to ensure your health and safety while shopping. Check with your favorite market’s social media for the most up-to-date information.
Local Food Banks
Let’s not forget our local food banks during this time of need as well. Arizona’s food banks are experiencing an increase in need and looking for healthy volunteers to meet the increase in demand. All food banks are taking extra precaution to ensure volunteer safety including limiting the number of volunteers, providing gloves and hand sanitizer, and routinely cleaning surfaces. You can learn more about volunteer opportunities here.
Fundraiser for Restaurant Industry Employees
Fellow food blogger, Diana at Arizona Foodie, is hosting a fundraiser in order to support local restaurants and their employees. Diana is looking to raise $60,000 to distribute amongst 30 local restaurants who have been impacted financially during this time. You can donate to or purchase merchandise to help.
To-Go Menus and Gift Card Specials at Hotel Valley Ho and Mountain Shadows
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho in Old Town Scottsdale is offering a new to-go menu featuring ZuZu favorites and a second bottle of wine included when you purchase one. One of the featured items is a new, family-style meal that serves four for $40, and includes your choice of Herb Roasted Petaluma Chicken, Korean BBQ Glazed Short Ribs, or half of each, served with butter whipped potatoes, dark chicken jus, roasted Brussels sprouts, green chili mac and cheese, parker house buns, and mini chocolate chip cookies. The to-go menu is offered from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; place your order at 480.376.2600. Valet parking is always complimentary for those stopping in to ZuZu. Right now, you can also get a free $20 hotel gift card for every $100 you purchase in gift cards, which can be used at ZuZu, OH Pool, VH Spa, and for overnight stays.
Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley is featuring a special takeout menu with everything from savory breakfast burritos, burgers and sandwiches to ahi salad and chorizo cavatelli with oven-dried tomatoes and broccoli. Bottles of wine start at $15, and orders can be placed at 480.624.5442 for pickup at Rusty’s between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Right now, you can also get a free $20 resort gift card for every $100 you purchase in gift cards, which can be used for food, drinks, poolside cabanas, tee times, and overnight stays.
More Local Takeout Deals
Looking for more local takeout options? Check out these lists from the Phoenix New Times, Arizona Foothills Magazine, AZ Central, and AZ Family for more restaurants in the valley offering takeout:
- Phoenix New Times: Greater Phoenix Restaurants Open for Takeout, Curbside, or Delivery
- Arizona Foothills Magazine: Arizona Restaurants Announce Delivery and Take-Out Options
- AZ Central: Metro Phoenix restaurants and bars offering delivery and takeout deals due to coronavirus
- AZ Family: Phoenix-area restaurants offer deals as they move to delivery/take-out/drive-thru
- Sol Cocina: Free kids meals to children 12 and under, no purchase necessary plus Take-out menus including:
- Special Taco Tuesday menus featuring a six pack of specially priced street tacos and margaritas
- Appetizers, speciality tacos, street tacos, grilled burritos, quesadillas, desserts, and more
- Red and white wines by the bottle, bottled beer, and SOL’s famous margaritas individually and by the pitcher
- A limited brunch menu available Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that includes burritos, bowls, scrambles, and more, in addition to a kids meal, and weekend drink specials such as a mimosa and SOL’s Bloody Mary