Dish: Special Edition
Rounding up the East Bay restaurants offering to-go and delivery services during the COVID-19 crisis.
Nat and Cody Gantz
During these unprecedented times, Diablo Dish will be keeping a running list below of all the local restaurants that are still serving food to-go during the Bay Area–wide shelter-in-place order—plus a few other news items updated weekly. Support our local restaurants!
So you’ve got your new resistance bands, and you do that 20-minute YouTube workout every day—well, maybe there are a few slackers—and what better way to reward yourself afterward than with some sugary treats?
If that sounds good, Concord’s Frances Pyne’s Brown Box Baking Company will deliver a self-quarantine kit that rewards the workout warrior with some seriously scrumptious vegan brownies, shortbread cookies, and peanut butter cups to serve as both inspiration for future exercise and consolation for social distancing.
Smitten is also ready to meet your sweet tooth needs and can deliver up to five pints of ice cream (via the usual suspects) plus two toppings. Just don’t let that package sit outside for long …
Takeout Options Will Shrink—So Support Your Favorites Soon
Obviously, these are incredibly difficult times for restaurants, and it’s vital to help out as best you can—but sometimes popular support isn’t enough.
Dona Savitsky has decided to shut down takeout and delivery from her two successful restaurants, Doña and Tacubaya, and try to ride out the coronavirus storm with a lower profile. On a different note, Sabio on Main in Pleasanton got hit with a minor fire and will stop cooking for a while to repair the damage. Check their website, though, to see when their high-quality portable meals are available again.
And remember, the virus isn’t carried by food, and it only takes minor cleaning of the packaging to make takeout and pick-up a safe way to dine.
There’s Always a Silver Lining: Free Wine This Friday, April 3
Usual Wines ships a wide selection of California vinos all over the country, but on Friday, the shipping will be the only cost—for the first 1,000 people who register online. It all starts at noon, and even though it will be $5 for delivery, the base price of “free” is a very attractive proposition.
Bierhaus Goes Beyond Beer and Bratwurst—Grocery Items Now Available
Though beer and good German food might count as essential to many, Walnut Creek’s Bierhaus recognizes that some folks also would like other essentials, such as fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat, and has set up an online portal for a no-touch delivery program.
Of course, beer, wine, and growlers are available as well, but even if you’re only looking for another option for the basics, Bierhaus has stepped up. Co Nam in Oakland, Salt Craft in Pleasanton, and First Street Alehouse in Livermore are three other East Bay restaurants to check for grocery items besides prepared meals.
Horn Barbecue’s Third Food Giveaway
After giving out more than 500 meals last Wednesday and again Tuesday, acclaimed pit master Matt Horn and his Horn Barbecue team is continuing to feed those in need with free barbecue—and the next session is this Friday, April 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on West Mandela Parkway in Oakland.
The giveaway will last as long as the supplies do, and Horn is looking for community support (via GoFundMe) to keep the program going.
Central Contra Costa:
The best resource we’ve found so far for Martinez restaurants remaining open is the downtown Martinez Facebook page.
Special note: The Diablo Valley farmers market is still running at Shadelands on Saturday mornings and is a good place to source vegetables and support local farmers.
Visit Tri-Valley has put together a useful guide to select restaurants in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, and Danville that includes take-out menus, pickup schedules, and delivery options. For more information, check resources from individual cities, which can be more comprehensive.
Courtesy of the Danville Chamber of Commerce, this more complete list notes restaurants in the Danville area, including Alamo and San Ramon.
The City of Dublin created a social media campaign called #DublinEats.
The Facebook pages for both the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Livermore Association frequently update with information about local restaurant to-go offers.
Courtesy of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, this list also includes other service businesses.
Your best bet is to check individual restaurants’ websites and Facebook pages, or reach out directly. Below, we’ve listed the Chamber of Commerce’s directory. Also check out the list from City Center Bishop Ranch.
See list of restaurants in Alamo Plaza.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of restaurants open for takeout and delivery.
The current list is the top item on the Chamber of Commerce home page.
We’ve been unable to find a current list, so your best bet is to check individual restaurants’ websites and Facebook pages or reach out directly. Here’s the Chamber of Commerce’s directory.
Courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce.
The best compilation of Berkeley restaurants we’ve found is on Berkeleyside. Note that their index also includes Oakland restaurants, most of which overlap with the list from Oakland’s Chamber of Commerce, but some of which do not—so check both.
This city-compiled list is being updated daily.
Courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce.
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