Bars and restaurants in Austin are closed for dine-in service, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit in a corner and eat beans out of a can until you forget what plates look like. You can still order takeout and delivery - and help support a lot of businesses while you do it. If you need some ideas, here are a bunch of places that are perfect for everything from a Big Night In to When You Want Barbecue But Smoking A Brisket Is Hard. Scroll down for all the spots (organized by situation), and stay tuned for updates.
When You Want Tacos But You’re Totally Out Of Tortillas
Vaquero Taquero’s al pastor tacos on handmade corn tortillas are what put them on the map. But it’s the excellent breakfast tacos - especially the bacon, egg, and cheese (with the cheese crisped up on the griddle first) - that are what we wake up in the middle of the night thinking about. You can order online or call (512) 366-5578 to pick up at their window or they’ll bring it out to your car. They also have delivery.
Several locations of Veracruz are open, including the one on Webberville Road and the one at Radio Coffee & Beer. Order online for contactless pickup.
Nixta Taqueria is accepting online and phone-in orders at (512) 551-3855 for curbside delivery of tacos, beer, and natural wine. There’s even a new special on the menu that you should probably order: chips, salsa, and duck-fat refried beans. While you’re at it, get some extra homemade heirloom corn tortillas.
Family-run Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop is an East Side staple that’s been around since 1962, and it’s now operating as a drive-in. Park your car and a server will take your order (no phones). They’re also accepting walk-up orders and selling toilet paper, bleach, and paper towels as add-on items, as well as tortillas by the dozen.
All six Austin locations of Tacodeli are offering takeout and curbside pickup, with expanded hours (open until 8pm. You can order online or call in to the individual location. And if you’re anything like us, you should order some extra doña sauce to keep around to slather on anything and everything else.
Mi Madre's Restaurant
We usually go to Mi Madre’s for the very good breakfast tacos and the full bar, but now we can enjoy all of that at home. The restaurant has become a to-go operation, and they’re selling beer, wine, and margarita kits that come with triple sec, tequila, their house-made margarita mix, and a lime.
When You Want Something Affordable
The butcher shop at Dai Due remains open, and the restaurant has a new to-go menu with the cheeseburger, wine to go, bread, organic produce bundles. and more (check their Instagram for the latest menu). Call (512) 524-0688 to place a to-go order.
All the pasta at Patrizi’s is fresh, so it’s going to be better than that dusty box of penne in the back of your pantry. They’re running a takeout operation with a more limited menu than normal, but there isn’t anything over $13.
Both locations of Home Slice (South Congress and North Loop) are open for take-out. Call in, order online, walk-up to the takeout windows. There are affordable sandwiches and salads, and a basic medium pie is $16. You can save the boxes and build a fort (but you should really just compost them).
Ramen Tatsu-Ya used to not sell noodles to go, but for the first time ever, all three locations now accept to-go orders that can be placed online. Ramen starts at $10.
Downtown restaurant Italic is offering $10 pizzas, carry-out only. You can order online.
Daruma Ramen closed its downtown location and reopened at 4917 Airport blvd (in the old Kome and Sa-Ten space). Ramen starts at $10.
East Side Pies
Emojis Grilled Cheese Bar
Taking the idea of delivering smiles to a new level, Emoji’s Grilled Cheese truck is up and running with online ordering available for delivery. There’s a full menu of grilled cheeses and melts to satisfy even the cheesiest of palates.
When You Want Barbecue But Smoking A Brisket Is Hard
Don’t socially distance yourself from smoked sausages if you don’t have to. East Austin barbecue trailer Micklethwait Craft Meats is take-out only with new extended hours - 11am-7pm - which means you can now have barbecue for dinner. Call (512) 791-5961 to pre-order, or use Favor for delivery.
The meat whisperers at Franklin Barbecue are now offering online ordering and same-day curbside delivery to your car. Ostensibly, you’re supposed to park in their parking lot, but the end result seems to be a fair bit of traffic on E 11th Street. There’s a $50 per order minimum. The breakfast taco trailer is currently closed.
South Austin’s LeRoy & Lewis is doing parking lot service, and you can call in your order at (512) 945-9882. You can also pre-order online in advance. They’re open for lunch and dinner.
Interstellar BBQ is doing call-in and online orders with curbside delivery. Call (512) 382-6248.
Central Austin barbecue spot Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is taking online orders with curbside pickup - or you can call (512) 380-9199. They’ve got all the smoked meats, family packs that feed four to six people, desserts (including banana pudding), and (maybe most) importantly: six-packs of beer to go. They’re also open for dinner.
La Barbecue is serving a full menu and taking orders via email at email@example.com or over the phone at (512) 605-9696 for same-day pick up. They also offer pre-orders online with three days advance notice.
When You Want To Have A Big Night In
Southern/Asian restaurant The Peached Tortilla is offering curbside pickup and online ordering with a menu featuring family meals that feed two to four people. There’s even “end of the world toilet paper” for $2. The Peached Tortilla is also offering separate delivery of large-format dishes like Shredded Pork Enchilada Casserole and Coconut Curry & Roasted Chicken.
Uroko is offering a 12-piece sushi omakase for $45 with miso soup for pickup or delivery.
The bakery/beer hall Easy Tiger is operating a drive-up window at the Linc location. Order online, check in at the drive-thru, park your car, and they’ll put your order in the trunk. There’s a limited menu that includes salads, sandwiches, bread, and pastries. There are also family-style meals with options like a grill pack (four bratwurst, plus two baguettes, sauerkraut, and beer cheese) and a sandwich pack (two levain boules, one lb pastrami, and potato salad). They also have delivery.
Kemuri Tatsu-ya is taking online to-go orders, and their abbreviated menu includes new dishes like gochujang pepper rubbed ribs, miso cornbread, and a half smoked chicken.
The boutique grocery/all-day-cafe Epicerie has a limited menu for curbside pick up or free delivery (within five miles). The restaurant is also doing family meals for four, as well as grocery, cheese, and charcuterie. All beer and wine is 20% off. Call (512) 371-6840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uchi has curbside pickup with a more limited menu that includes sushi, sashimi, rolls, and hot food. Wine, sake, and beer is 25% off. Call (512) 916-4808 to place your order.
Uchiko has a menu of a set dinner for two - it includes a bottle of wine and a breakfast treat for the next day. There’s curbside pickup and you can call ahead or order online.
Fukumoto is changing things up a bit and switching to what they’re calling “Fuku-Chan Bento” - with a menu featuring sushi and bento boxes. It’s takeout only with curbside pickup available. Call (512) 770-6880.
When You Haven't Seen A Vegetable In A Week
Arlo’s makes one of the best plant-based burgers in Austin - the barbecue is our favorite - and they’ve recently started their own in-house contactless delivery. All four locations across central and east Austin are open, with curbside pickup as well. And if you want to stock up for the week or feed the whole family, they now have family-sized versions of their vegan burgers, street tacos, and “mac n cheeze” available.
If you’re as big of a fan of the pulled jackfruit sandwich at Kinda Tropical as we are, then you’ll be happy to know it’s still available for pickup and delivery. Most of the items on their curbside menu are vegetarian, or can be made vegan. And they’ve got a full list of beer and wine to go, if you want to just stay kinda healthy.
Rebel Cheese is the only place we know of where you can stock your fridge for a fully vegan charcuterie board, from pepperoni and salami substitutes, to cashew-based garlic herb boursin and chevre. There’s also a full menu of vegan salads and sandwiches, as well as pastries, beer, and cider.
Casa de Luz
Casa de Luz has always operated under a family-meal model, with a single daily offering of soup, salad, and entrees. All the meals are plant-based, organic, and gluten-free. They’re currently open for takeout.
Picnik is a great one-stop-shop for everything from vegan creamer and bottled golden milk matcha, to heat-and-eat meals for the whole family. Their dining menu caters especially to the Paleo diet, with a wide range of items that are vegan, or can be modified vegan. Order online for pickup or delivery from their Burnet location, or by phone from their South Lamar location.
Both locations of this fast-casual grain bowl restaurant offer online ordering for their signature bowls, like the Dear Quinoa with French green lentils or the Butternut Spice Bowl, as well as a build-your-own option for full customization. Meat and vegetarian offerings are available, and they now have family-sized meals, all for takeout or delivery.
Mother's Cafe & Garden
This Hyde Park staple is open with their full menu of favorites, like the artichoke enchiladas, available for curbside pickup. A large portion of the menu is vegetarian with the option to make most dishes vegan as well. Call (512) 451-3994 to place an order and again when you arrive and they’ll bring it out to your car.