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April 4, 2020

UPDATED: Here's Where to Eat While Sheltering in Place

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De Palma's will be this empty for the foreseeable future.

Maybe you don't want to go to the grocery store right now. Maybe you can't cook. Maybe you're worried about the folks in the service industry who make up a big chunk of our town and are going to be especially hard hit by social distancing as we attempt to flatten the curve of COVID-19 contagion. Here are some restaurants going out of their way to help. Throw 'em some bucks if you can and/or donate to the Giving Kitchen, which will provide resources to some workersCosmic Delivery and Bulldawg Food are still operating, as are national services like UberEats. Be aware that this list could change rapidly, and we'll update as we can.

Update: If local restaurants normally offer take-out or delivery, we're not including that information here, not because we don't love them but because almost all restaurants in Athens offer one and/or the other. Ditto for restaurants discussing their increased sanitizing measures. We're going to assume that they're doing the right thing and sanitizing the heck of out of everything even more than usual. Nervous about any of this? You can always buy a gift certificate/gift card for a given restaurant and use it later, putting money in their pockets now. There are emergency funds all over Facebook that you should seriously consider contributing to. Our restaurants and bars are a huge part of what makes this town special, and the people who work there are hurting.

Another update: many of these places now have beer and wine for sale, too, so consider ordering some of that as it's a big part of where they make their money.

  • Agua Linda is doing curbside pick-up and selling its margarita mix in bottles that serve two.
  • Akademia is doing both food and beer for curbside pick-up.
  • Amici is closed until about April 8.
  • Athens Farmers Market is doing ordering through Collective Harvest, with drive-thru pick-up and delivery.
  • Barberito's downtown is closed for the time being.
  • Big City Bread is open again as of Mar. 31, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, with pick-up and delivery from Bulldawg Food, Cosmic and others, from a limited menu. Little CIty Diner remains closed for the time being.
  • The Blind Pig (all locations) is doing curbside pick-up. Order and pay on the website or via phone.
  • Brett's is doing curbside pick-up.
  • The Butt Hutt is doing curbside pick-up.
  • Buvez is closed.
  • Cecilia Villaveces Cakes is taking orders for 8-inch and 10-inch cakes with writing or flowers to deliver in the Athens area. Email ceciliavillavecescakes@yahoo.com or call 706-543-3308 24 hours ahead of time, Monday-Saturday 8 am to noon.
  • Chops and Hops is doing family-style meals for curbside pick-up and limited delivery (free within Watkinsville city limits; fee outside of that), plus wine and beer for the former. Menu on its website.
  • Classic City Chef is doing delivery of family meals. The menu is on its Facebook page.
  • Clocked is closed through April 1, but otherwise (fingers crossed) doing curbside pick-up and now delivery. Call 706-548=9175 or visit the website to order and check Facebook for hours and updates.
  • Condor Chocolates is open noon to 5 p.m. for to-go orders; online ordering for cafe items (coffee, brownies, etc) will be live soon, but customers can also call in their orders to minimize contact. Visit condorchocolates.com for the online store to ship items elsewhere.
  • De Palma's is doing curbside pick-up and delivery through Bulldawg Food but has temporarily closed its downtown location.
  • Donderos' Kitchen has dinner delivery, with a menu that changes daily. Call 706-354-8688 to order and pay and they will leave the food on your doorstep between 4–6 p.m. You can even put a cooler outside for them to put it in. It also has a walk-up window now.
  • Eden's Vegan is offering coupons to its vending machine at That Bar for those in need. Download the PayRange app and send them a message for your free coupon code.
  • El Barrio is back open and doing curbside pick-up plus delivery through Cosmic.
  • Em's Kitchen is doing curbside pick-up, including of meal kits, 10:30 to 2 p.m. weekdays.
  • Caterer Epting Events is willing to deliver family-style meals, either hot and ready to eat or packaged for later. Call 706-353-1913 or email info@eptingevents.com for more information.
  • The Expat is offering fresh pasta meal kits with two sauce options, salad, focaccia, chocolate mousse and no-contact pick-up; yes, gluten-free is an option. Call 706-521-5041 or visit the website to order and find details.
  • Farm Cart is doing cartside pick-up.
  • Five & Ten is back open, doing a curbside meat-and-three pick-up on Saturdays, plus beer and wine by the bottle. The weekly menu and pick-up times are listed on its website.
  • George's Lowcountry Table is doing take-out and has added delivery through Cosmic.
  • Grindhouse is back open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 9 p.m., with cook-your-own burger kits and libations.
  • The Grit is doing take-out and delivery, running 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the full lunch/dinner menu and desserts; you can still order cakes, cupcakes and cookies, and you can add beer or wine to your meal.
  • Groove Burgers is doing curbside pick-up and delivery. Order online at https://grooveburgers.com/.
  • Half-Shepherd will do curbside pick-up of groceries, prepared foods or sandwiches if you call ahead.
  • Heirloom is doing curbside pick-up 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from a smaller menu than usual, posted on its Facebook page daily. It's also providing service industry folks with a dealer's choice meal on the house.
  • Hi-Lo is baaaack with pick-up and delivery through Bulldawg Food, plus beer, wine and T's Hi-Lo Spicy Bloody Mary mix.
  • home.made is doing a special pick-up menu that it will deliver for free within 3 miles of the restaurant between 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You can order via phone at 706-206-9216 or email at restaurant@homemadeathens.com, but you have to pay via phone before delivery. It is closed for dine-in. You can see the delivery menu on Facebook here.
  • Independent Baking Co. is only allowing two people in the bakery at a time (wait outside if you see two people inside) and doing curbside pick-up (but not to your car because it doesn't have parking) if you call in an order.
  • International Grill and Bar is offering free delivery within a 5-mile radius ($5 fee for every additional 5 miles) and hiring displaced service industry workers to help. It's also doing curbside pick-up from 4 to 8 p.m. daily, with 10 percent of proceeds doing to feeding families disrupted due to COVID-19. It's giving away 10 meals per day to those families. Yes, you can do buffet take-out by weight, and you can now order and pay online.
  • Journey Juice is doing curbside pick-up if you call ahead or delivery with a minimum of five juices; leave a cooler on your porch for the latter. Call 706-850-0707, email amy@journeyjuice.com or order online
  • Kelly's in Five Points now has a pick-up window.
  • La Fiesta is reopening Mar. 21 with curbside pick-up 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Last Resort Grill and LRG Provisions are both closed. If you buy a gift certificate now, 50 percent goes to support employees.
  • Lil' Ice Cream Dude's Cool World is accepting online and phone orders and doing delivery through Cosmic and other services.
  • Lindsey's Culinary Market is doing take-out and delivery, but you have to be home for the latter (you should be anyway), plus some groceries.
  • Maepole is doing online orders only, including curbside pick-up or delivery through third-party services from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Mama Jewel's is happy to take payment by phone at 706-850-9797 and will meet you in the parking lot with your to-go meal. It's also making a casserole and donating it to someone in need for every casserole you buy.
  • Mama's Boy is closed (both locations).
  • Mannaweenta is still doing take-out. 
  • Marti's at Midday is doing curbside pick-up and has added Cosmic as a delivery service. As usual, it has frozen meals and is willing to deliver them to you or your loved ones. Email catering@martisatmidday.com for details.
  • Mifflin House has curbside pick-up and delivery through Cosmic and Bulldawg Food. Call 706-850-6806, 706-714-4434 or 786-804-7722.
  • The National is offering takeout dinner Thursday through Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Order ahead of time on its website, set your pick-up time, don't forget to tip generously (funds go to a staff relief fund), then hang out outside, 6 feet away from others, and they'll bring it out to you. Menu changes weekly. If you're more comfortable staying in your car, let them know and they can bring your food to you there.
  • Off the Vine is delaying opening until 10 a.m. each day but will bring either prepared food or groceries out to your car.
  • The Old Pal is back open for take-out beer and wine, plus Half-Shepherd cheese plates, and can do curbside pick up if you call 706-850-4340. 
  • The Picnic Basket is doing pick-up from the drive-through window from a limited menu. Preorder is required by calling 706-705-1292 or emailing info@picnicbasketmealmarket.com.
  • The Pine is setting up a market with family-size meals, sides  and groceries (milk, eggs, produce, ground beef, chicken, toilet paper, hand soap. Email thepinemarket1235@gmail.com for details; orders run from Sunday to Wednesday at noon, with pick-up on Friday from 11 a.m. while you stay in your car.
  • The Place is closed.
  • The Pub on Main is doing curbside pick-up from a limited menu 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Pulaski Heights BBQ is doing curbside pick-up and, now, some groceries to go with a minimum $25 order. Check its Facebook page for details. New hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Punta Cana is doing curbside pick-up.
  • Rashe's Cuisine is still doing meal prep and catering.
  • The Rook & Pawn is closed.
  • Saucehouse is trying out a curbside pick-up option on Friday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as a no-contact delivery option for orders of $200 or more. You can find payment and ordering details as well as the limited menu on its website.
  • Seabear is back open, with online ordering for curbside pickup.
  • Shokitini is doing 30 percent off to-go orders (50 percent for service industry folks with proof) from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Siri Thai has curbside pick-up and delivery.
  • Square One Fish Co. has signed up with Bulldawg Food and is doing curbside pick-up.
  • Sr. Sol is delivering orders to the west side of Athens and doing curbside pick-up; orders over $20 get free chips and salsa
  • Starland is closed.
  • Suncatcher Cafe, in Watkinsville, is doing curbside pick-up if you call ahead to 706-424-8281. 
  • Taqueria La Parilla is back open, doing curbside pick-up through its app (text LAPA to #3373 to download) as well as delivery through Bulldawg Food and other services.
  • Taste of India has added curbside pick-up if you call 706-559-0000 but also has delivery through Cosmic Delivery as usual.
  • Ted's Most Best has switched to carry-out only.
  • Tlaloc now has delivery, including pupusas. Call 706-613-9301 or 706-549-5533.
  • White Tiger will let you pick up at its outside window or bring your food to your car. Its current hours are Wednesday to Sunday noon to 8 p.m., with the regular menu, not the brunch one.
  • The World Famous is back open limited hours, with food, beer, wine and grocery staples. Call 706-543-4002 to order.

Feel free to leave other places in the comments and we'll update this post as needed.

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