As Georgians shelter in place for the foreseeable future to prevent further spread of COVID-19, and takeout and delivery become the new reality for metro Atlanta restaurants, Eater Atlanta is shifting the focus of its weekend restaurant planner to dining at home.
The local food guide keeps social distancing and meals at home in mind. New guides go live on Fridays and include suggestions and new discoveries from Eater’s editor and contributors on the best takeout they’ve had from local restaurants, wine and beer to purchase from area breweries and shops, local bread, CSA, or meal kit subscriptions to try, cool video series from local chefs and bartenders, virtual food pop-ups to attend, and even mini profiles on restaurant workers making an impact in their communities.
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Friday, April 10
Try new wines from Westside shop Perrine’s for contact-free pickup
My local wine shop of choice, Perrine’s on Howell Mill Road, is offering six-packs of wine put together by the shop’s knowledgeable staff. Taking up any opportunity to try something new, I grabbed a pack last week and had a mix of different wines, from Beaujolais to Chablis. Orders — which are emailed — come with producer background, tasting notes, and food pairing suggestions. When I arrived, I popped my trunk, and Perrine herself (donned in gloves and a mask) placed the bag of bottles directly into the car for contactless, curbside service. Next, I’ll have to join one of the virtual wine tastings or happy hours from the shop. 1168 Howell Mill Rd, Suite B — Kris Martins, Eater Atlanta contributor
A family feast from Yumbii for $30
One way restaurants have demonstrated resilience in the past few weeks is by adapting to takeout — or how they do takeout. Buckhead’s Yumbii is always a great takeout spot, and the regular menu is still available. But the family-style menu hits the nail on the head. I placed a curbside order for a feast that included two pounds of barbecue meats, taco fixings, and sides (the Sriracha queso and cucumber kimchi are musts) for around $30. My family of three feasted well one evening and was able to creatively use the leftovers throughout the rest of the week. 1927 Peachtree Road — Lia Picard, Eater Atlanta contributor
To-go cocktails from Third Street Goods market
Grant Park-based Third Street Goods has been a bit of a beacon of light in this pandemic. The store implemented delivery to five zip codes, including the West End 30310 area, with online ordering and an affordable delivery fee. The prepared foods section continues to grow, and it’s one of two places that I’ve seen toilet paper, so far. While the fully stocked, clean market is excellent, you should stop by to purchase to-go cocktails made by the bartenders from the market’s adjacent bar, Cardinal. The bar is currently closed. The carefully poured mixed drinks come in small mason jars for takeout. I’m partial to the gin-based “Cardinal” with dry vermouth, muscadine wine, and honey, but there are others to choose from. Call ahead to have them ready with your grocery pickup. 1039 Grant Street SE, Suite B40 — Muriel Vega, Eater Atlanta contributor
Supporting restaurants and Atlantans on Buford Highway and cities like Clarkston
We’ve been regulars to Chong Qing Hot Pot at Atlanta Chinatown. Last weekend, we called in an order. The owner immediately knew it was us and was happy we called. We paid over the phone, and he personally delivered the food to the car, thanking us for our support. It was 11:30 a.m. The restaurant had been open for over an hour. We were the first order of the day. On a typical Saturday, the food court would be packed with people by this time. Restaurants are suffering right now, but some in the community are also suffering from people’s fears and bigotry, in addition to the suspension in dine-in service. Restaurant owners along the Buford Highway corridor and in metro area cities like Clarkston are Atlantans and in need of our support. Make sure check out the work being done by orgs like WeLoveBuHi and the Clarkston Community Center for these communities, too. 5385 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee — Beth McKibben, Eater Atlanta editor
Friday, April 3
Order coffee and frozen custard to-go and sushi for takeout from Umi
It’s hard to see the toll that COVID-19 is taking on our restaurant industry, but at the same time, it’s amazing how resilient and creative its members are. These past few weeks I’ve seen restaurants and coffee shops really lean into takeout-only models, and embrace all the extra legwork that comes with it. For instance, Rev Coffee in Smyrna, has nearly perfected the online ordering system and prepares everything for you — including pouring cream into your coffee and not allowing people to do it themselves. Last weekend, I ordered takeout from Umi. You call in the order (phones open at 3 p.m.) and pay over the phone. The food is delivered curbside at the valet. It’s splurgy. Rolls run between $12 and $28, but it’s Umi sushi, so it’s incredibly well executed, even as takeout. The “New Page” roll, filled with shrimp tempura and topped with thinly sliced lemon and salmon, is my absolute favorite, and being able to order it was a comfort. I also recently went to Southern Custard in Brookhaven for the chunky peanut butter cup custard. The shop cut its hours to evenings, and is only selling pints, half pints, and pies. Only one party is allowed in the shop at a time, with people waiting spaced six feet apart. I really appreciated that. — Lia Picard, Eater Atlanta contributor
Prix fixe takeout for two paired with local beer in Summerhill
A combo that we will do again is a prix fixe dinner for two for takeout from Little Bear and a six pack from Halfway Crooks Beer in Summerhill. Chef Jarrett Stieber is following the trail of the novel coronavirus, and creating his meals based on cuisines from countries like China and Italy. With two calls in the morning, I was able to reserve and pay for our meal at Little Bear and the beer from Halfway Crooks. We were pleasantly surprised at the level of cleanliness and attention to detail at these two Summerhill spots. First, we stood in line six feet apart (marked by lines on the floor) at Halfway Crooks. Since we had already paid over the phone, no contact was made when we picked up. They dunked our six packs in a large bucket with sanitizing solution, and off we went. Then, we headed to Little Bear to grab our food. Pick up went even faster. We arrived home less than ten minutes later, enjoying a rockstar Chinese-inspired meal from Jarrett paired with local beer. The tofu with beets was so delicious, as was the pork belly. It was enough for two people. An easy way to support local spots, and still have a glorious meal from the comfort of our couch. 71 Georgia Avenue SE — Muriel Vega, Eater Atlanta contributor
Support a local restaurant and local farms by ordering a weekly CSA from 8ARM
It’s heartbreaking to see how the novel coronavirus pandemic is affecting businesses across the country, and these times call for local community action more than ever. That includes supporting Atlanta restaurants. Two weeks ago, I ordered takeout from 8arm, but the restaurant and natural wine bar has since halted service, and has instead pivoted to providing CSAs, or bags of seasonal food from local farmers. Each Thursday and Friday, 8arm staff harvest produce for bags from local farms to feed up to four people. There are also add-ons like meat, coffee, prepared foods from chef Maricela Vega, and more. You pick up the bag at the restaurant on Ponce the next day and after the food is collected that morning, calling when you arrive. A staff person wearing a face mask placed my bag on a table outside for me to grab. Inside it were lettuces, herbs, carrots, radishes, and eggs, along with a bag of coffee from Three Heart Roastery that I added to the order. It was perfect timing, since I wanted a spring salad with my dinner. To me, helping our food community also means helping the producers who support our restaurants, and 8arm has provided an opportunity to do so that’s safe and accessible. If you want to make a direct donation to the restaurant’s staff, you can also add that to your order. 710 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE — Kris Martins, Eater Atlanta contributor
An affordable bag of local produce delivered to your door
March was a long year, wasn’t it? For me, I spent the month keeping up with and covering the daily breaking news of COVID-19’s impact on Atlanta’s restaurant industry for Eater Atlanta. This includes parsing through all those shelter-in-place orders, writing features on restaurants becoming soup kitchens, telling stories of everyday Atlantans creating ways to help restaurants, and producing neighborhood maps listing restaurants still open for takeout and delivery. After covering difficult stories over the last few weeks, it’s been a pleasure to enjoy takeout from restaurants like Cooks & Soldiers, 8ARM, and BoccaLupo, and to purchase wine from local shops like 3 Parks and Perrine’s. Like so many Atlantans, we’ve been cooking at home more. A friend recently told me about a local produce delivery service called Bag’d. The delivery service includes four types of bags at varying price points, with the option to add on products like honey, cheese, or grains. Bag’d delivers for free to Decatur and Avondale Estates for orders over $25, and for a small fee to other ITP and OTP areas of town. Produce is sourced from farms within 150 miles of Atlanta. We ordered the local farms bag for $35, which feeds up to five people. It was the perfect amount of food to make this week’s meals for our family of four, and included produce like apples, early spring strawberries, turnips, onions, kale, and peppers. We placed and paid for the order on Saturday before 1 p.m., and it was delivered to our west side Atlanta porch by 6 p.m. that evening. As for takeout this weekend, we’re going to play the new Atlanta Food Bingo game using the Buford Highway card. I see Chong Qing Hot Pot, Man Chun Hong, and Mango Mango in our future. — Beth McKibben, Eater Atlanta editor