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Overhead view of two takeout containers. One has jerk chicken, fries, and slaw; the other has fried coconut-coated shrimp with plantains and mac and cheese.
Jerk chicken and coconut shrimp from Jamaica Mi Hungry in Jamaica Plain
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The Eater Boston Team’s 2020 Top Delivery and Takeout Standbys

The best things we’ve been ordering during the pandemic

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Jerk chicken and coconut shrimp from Jamaica Mi Hungry in Jamaica Plain
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It’s a strange time to be dining out, to put it mildly. Some vestiges of patio season will persist throughout the winter, and some indoor dining rooms are opening back up, but not all restaurants — and not all customers — are ready to go inside.

The Eater Boston team has been using the last nine months to hone our home-cooking skills and to explore the best of what the Boston area has to offer via takeout and delivery. Here’s a growing collection of our pandemic-era favorites so far, with details on each restaurant’s current status in terms of takeout and delivery availability, outdoor seating, and indoor seating. Note that this should not be taken as endorsement for dining indoors, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

See also: For some of our pre-COVID takeout and delivery favorites, check out our end-of-2019 roundup — lots of great choices we just haven’t had a chance to revisit lately. For current roundups of takeout and delivery staples in a variety of neighborhoods and categories, check out this landing page. Join our Facebook group to discuss your own takeout and delivery staples with Eater staff and readers.

This map was originally published on July 16, 2020; we’re occasionally adding updates during the pandemic, and the date of the most recent update can be found above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Viet Citron

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47 Middlesex Turnpike
Burlington, MA 01803
(781) 739-3655
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Burlington is quite a bit outside of my usual radius, but an unavoidable errand brought me right by Viet Citron, a fairly new Vietnamese restaurant about which I’d been hearing rave reviews around the internet food-enthusiast circles. I’m so glad I had to go out there — only problem is that now I’m craving more of the bánh hỏi and can’t easily make the trip. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / DoorDash (delivery)

A white takeout container is filled with a Vietnamese dish of vermicelli noodles packed in squares, topped with crispy pork belly, herbs, and cucumbers. There’s an egg roll and a plastic cup of limeade on the side.
Bánh hỏi with an egg roll and limeade from Viet Citron in Burlington
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2. Nightshade Noodle Bar

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73 Exchange St
Lynn, MA 01901
(781) 780-9470
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Having very much enjoyed Nightshade pop-ups in and around Boston last year, I’d been enviously eyeing the brick-and-mortar up in Lynn from afar since it opened in late 2019. Fortunately an errand took us up to that neck of the woods one evening, and we were able to grab some pickup. Even reheated after the long ride home, it was exceptional: Try the egg noodles with caramelized garlic sauce, peanuts, Thai basil, chile crisp, and shredded beef.

Currently offering takeout and delivery (within five miles for lunch and eight miles for dinner).

Order: Official Website

Two aluminum takeout containers are full of noodles, and two thick eggrolls sit in front, with a small plastic cup of dipping sauce
Takeout from Nightshade Noodle Bar; the egg noodles are on the far right
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3. Goldilox Bagels

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186 Winthrop St
Medford, MA 02155

I’m pretty sure I haven’t shut up about Goldilox Bagels since a year before it even opened. (Through non-food-world connections, I got my hands on some sample bagels back in the day and quickly became obsessed.) The cheerful Medford bakery is an essential addition to the Boston area’s bagel scene — and one of only three or four local bagel purveyors I heartily recommend to people on a regular basis. Get a rosemary salt bagel, get an everything bagel, and, sure, get a chocolate chip cookie, too. —RLB

Currently offering takeout on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings; advance ordering early in the week extremely encouraged, but occasionally there are some extras available for walk-ups. Ordering opens Monday at noon for the upcoming weekend. (Keep an eye on Instagram for updates.)

Order: Official Website

Closeup of an everything bagel, very covered with poppyseeds and sesame seeds, on a small wooden plank sitting on a wooden countertop
An everything bagel from Goldilox
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4. Pennypacker's

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514 Medford St
Somerville, MA 02145
(857) 523-8053
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I’ll spare you the details of the somewhat disastrous Rome stretch of my Italian honeymoon a couple years ago, but one good thing that came out of it is an appreciation for porchetta sandwiches. Magoun Square’s Pennypacker’s — which will eventually expand to downtown Boston, opening at the forthcoming High Street Place food hall — shares that appreciation. The shop, food truck, and catering operation offers an excellent and always changing selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups, but there’s always a porchetta sandwich of some kind on the menu, and it’s always one of the best sandwiches in the Boston area. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / Grubhub (delivery)

Closeup on a simple porchetta sandwich with a side salad on a blue plate
Porchetta sandwich at Pennypacker’s in Somerville
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5. Yummy Thai

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2261 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-7070
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We’ve been cooking a ton of Thai or Thai-inspired meals at home (I can’t stop buying Thai cookbooks; it’s becoming a problem), so we haven’t been ordering from our favorite Thai restaurants too often (although you’ll also see Dakzen on this map), but we did sneak in an order from Yummy Thai in North Cambridge early in the pandemic. Since coming under new ownership a couple years ago, the restaurant has zeroed in on Isan (northeastern Thai) dishes, including quite a few variations on papaya salad (somtum). Try one of those; try the kor moo yang; try the larb; try anything from one of the menu sections labeled “E-Sarn” (an alternate spelling for Isan). —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website / Grubhub (missing most of the Isan dishes)

Overhead view of four takeout containers of Thai food, including fried meatballs on skewers, fried dumplings, a ground pork salad, and more
Kor moo yang (upper right), larb (lower right), and more from Yummy Thai
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6. Dakzen

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195 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 718-1759
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Since its 2018 opening, Dakzen has been one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Boston’s increasingly excellent Thai food scene; it was one of my top takeout picks last year, and it has remained so during the pandemic — one of my only repeats as I’ve tried to use this time to try a lot of new-to-me places. Every dish is a hit, especially the khao soi — one of the best in town, but these days I find myself most frequently ordering the ba mee moo dang, which includes so many different components: barbecue pork, crispy pork belly, pork and shrimp dumplings, noodles, and more. And a lime iced tea on the side, always. —RLB

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and indoor dining.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / Grubhub (delivery) / Uber Eats (delivery)

Overhead shot of a bowl of khao soi on a bright yellow surface. The bowl itself has a traditional Thai pattern on it, including a rooster design. The khao soi includes pickled mustard greens, an egg, lime wedges, a nest of crispy noodles, and more.
Khao soi at Dakzen
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7. Posto

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187 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 625-0600
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One of our top pizza picks, Newtowne Grille, was closed throughout much of the pandemic (it finally reopened around Thanksgiving); sometimes we consoled ourselves with the similarly good and cheap Armando’s. When we’re feeling a bit fancier, though, we pick up pizza from Posto — we can’t get enough of that beautifully spotted Neapolitan-style crust. —RLB

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and indoor dining.

Order: Official Website / Caviar

overhead view of two Neapolitan-style pizzas in pizza boxes, with leopard-spotted crusts and meat toppings
Two takeout pizzas from Posto, ordered well-done
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8. Pikliz International Kitchen

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288 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 625-6255
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I’ve heard that the stewed oxtail is the must-try dish at Pikliz in Winter Hill, but I can’t personally vouch for it as I haven’t tried it yet. On my most recent visit, I enjoyed the coconut stewed chicken with sides of Creole macaroni au gratin and plantains. (Listen, if there’s mac and cheese and plantains on a menu, those will almost always be my choices for sides. You’ll see them more elsewhere on this map.) My husband reports that the jerk pork is quite fiery. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: (617) 625-6255 / Uber Eats

Overhead view of takeout containers with Caribbean food, including pork, chicken, plantains, rice and beans, and more
Jerk pork and coconut stewed chicken from Pikliz
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9. Sarma

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249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-4464
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Yeah, yeah, the Sarma fried chicken is great; it has a cult following, and if you haven’t had it yet, you’re in for a treat. Get it, but also get the cornbread, made with feta and jalapeno — it’s the sleeper hit here. —RLB

Currently offering takeout, outdoor dining, and indoor dining. Onsite dining is currently centered around a family-style tasting menu (vegetarian option available), while takeout is an a la carte menu. Weekend breakfast takeout is also available.

Order: Official Website

Overhead view of a takeout spread, including a round piece of cornbread, fried chicken, snap pea salad, and more.
Cornbread (top center), fried chicken (bottom center), and more from Sarma
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10. Rincón Mexicano

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99 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 776-1200
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I haven’t done enough exploration of East Somerville’s renowned Mexican food scene as I tend to default to Taco Loco when I’m in the mood, but our quesabirria map inspired me to finally check out Rincón Mexicano, and I will absolutely order from here again and again. Wish it hadn’t taken me so long to try it. Definitely get the birria tacos for as long as they’re available (they’re a special.) —RLB

Currently offering takeout and indoor dining.

Order: (617) 776-1200

Three birria tacos in browned shells sit in a circular aluminum takeout container with lime wedges. A paper cup of reddish broth sits to the side.
Quesabirria tacos from Rincón Mexicano
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11. P & K Delicatessen

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244 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 868-0772
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Around since 1952, this little corner store with a deli counter tucked in the back is a bit of a hidden gem near the Somerville/Cambridge line. The meatball sub was already a favorite of mine pre-pandemic, and I’ve eaten quite a few of them this year, while my husband (and many other fans of the shop) typically opt for the Italian. I’m always impressed by how well the bread holds up to the saucy meatballs while still retaining a good level of softness. —RLB

Currently offering takeout; closed weekends.

Order: (617) 868-0772 (or just show up)

A meatball sub and an Italian sub on white deli paper
Meatball sub and Italian sub at P & K Deli in Somerville
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12. Bow Market

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1 Bow Market Way
Somerville, MA 02143

With a number of food and beverage vendors, Bow Market provides a smorgasbord of takeout options for every mood: Try Bengali kati rolls from Nibble Kitchen, hot dogs nestled in empanada wrappers from Buenas, South Shore-style bar pizza from Hot Box, hot chocolate from Gâté Comme des Filles, and tons more. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and outdoor dining from most vendors; check the Bow Market website for details and updates.

Order: Check with individual vendors; ordering links for currently operating vendors can be found here

Tomatoes, onions, and chicken are wrapped up in paratha flatbread, which is wrapped in foil, sitting next to a samosa-like pastry. A mango lassi is visible in the background.
Chicken kati roll and shingara from Nibble Kitchen’s Bengali menu
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13. Bisq

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1071 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-3693
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Everyone always talks about the fried chicken at Bisq, and with good reason: It’s absolutely one of the best around. The restaurant is offering a limited menu Tuesday through Saturday. If the fried chicken is available, definitely get it, but don’t hesitate to try the restaurant’s other offerings. —RLB

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

Order: Official Website

Overhead view of fried chicken, grits, and roasted zucchini on a blue plate. A red bowl of greens sits to the side, along with a plastic container of a red sauce. All sit on a wooden tabletop.
Fried chicken from Bisq (takeout), accompanied by cheesy grits, roasted zucchini, greens, and salsa macha
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14. Silk Road Uyghur Cuisine

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645 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 945-1909
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Silk Road is the only Uyghur restaurant in the Boston area — well, this location and its Allston offshoot, Silk Road Express. For those who haven’t tried Uyghur cuisine, it has elements of Chinese and Middle Eastern cooking that will probably feel familiar. The dry-fried, hand-pulled noodles are a must, as is the lamb-stuffed naan, a big portion that arrives in a pizza box. —RLB

Currenly offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website / DoorDash / Grubhub / Uber Eats

Overhead view of takeout Uyghur cuisine: a round of stuffed naan in a pizza box, a noodle and beef dish, and chopped cucumbers
Lamb-stuffed naan, dry-fried noodles, and garlicky cucumbers from Silk Road
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15. Pammy's

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928 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-1761
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Pammy’s lumache Bolognese is on my bucket list of dishes I’ll need to eat again before moving away, if I ever do. It’s a dish I’ve eaten on celebratory occasions and sad occasions; it’s comforting and hearty with a kick of excitement (and heat) from the gochujang in the sauce. Pammy’s is one of those restaurants that you wouldn’t really expect to enter the takeout and delivery game — that is, until the pandemic hit. The menu is simplified for offsite dining (Garlic knots! Subs!) to fit with the current times, and the garlic knots are a highlight. There are also fantastic loaves of house-made bread. And the lumache? It holds up quite well for takeout. (It’s currently available in DIY kits most of the week but ready to eat on the special Sunday menu.) —RLB

Currently offering takeout, outdoor dining, and indoor dining. Onsite dining requires a minimum spend of $69 per person (three dishes), except on Sunday, when there’s an a la carte menu with no minimum.

Overhead view of three black plastic takeout containers on a wooden table. Two contain a pasta dish with a meaty sauce, and the other contains two garlic knots and a marinara sauce for dipping.
Takeout containers of lumache Bolognese and garlic knots from Pammy’s in Cambridge
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16. Tony & Elaine's

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111 N Washington St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 580-0321
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Look, some nights you just need to binge-watch trash television while eating a huge portion of chicken parm with a side of pepperoni-topped garlic bread. (Some nights? Most nights.) Tony & Elaine’s delivers — literally and figuratively. —RLB

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and indoor dining.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / DoorDash (delivery) / Grubhub (delivery) / Uber Eats (delivery)

Overhead view of chicken parmesan and ziti on a blue plate, with a side of cheesy garlic bread topped with little pepperoni cups. A bowl of simple Caesar salad is to the side. All items are on a wooden tabletop.
Chicken parm, pepperoni-topped garlic bread, and Caesar salad, delivered from Tony & Elaine’s
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17. Regina Pizzeria

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11 1/2 Thacher St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-0765
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I know, I know — I write about Regina a lot. But credit must be given where credit is due. Regina in the North End has been at it for nearly 100 years, using the same oven (which was built in 1888) all that time, although it was converted from coal to gas in the 1930s. While the original location is Boston’s pizza lodestar, each location — even the kiosks found in train stations and malls — uses the same dough, which is made in a commissary kitchen and left to ferment for up to six days. The result is a deeply flavorful crust, one that sets Regina — and particularly the North End location — apart from all other pizzerias in Boston. I ate it a couple times a month before the pandemic struck; I still eat it a couple times a month; I cannot wait to, some day when it’s safe, sit at the bar on Thacher Street and chug draft Peronis while demolishing a pepperoni and mushroom. —TBD

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / Grubhub (delivery)

The exterior window of the original Regina Pizzeria location in Boston’s North End includes red and green neon signage that says “Regina,” as well as printed red, green, and white signage reading “Pizza to Go,” “Pizzeria Regina,” and “Beer & Wine.”
The original North End location of Regina
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18. KO Catering and Pies

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16, 256 Marginal St
East Boston, MA 02128
(617) 418-5234
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You’ve got to get takeout from KO Pies — Australian meat pies and more — and then have a picnic down the street at Piers Park, which features the absolute best views of the downtown Boston skyline, as long as weather permits. —RLB 

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Show up and follow the posted instructions for calling in your order onsite (takeout) / Uber Eats (delivery)

An Australian meat pie sits in a paper container on a red tray on a red and white picnic table
A meat pie from KO Pies
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19. Mary Chung

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464 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 864-1991
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Go with the most popular choices at this Central Square Chinese mainstay, and you can’t go wrong: the peanut-y dun dun noodles (I like them with tofu) and the suan la chow show wontons with pork). Throw in some boneless spareribs, too — they’re particularly thick and meaty here. —RLB

Currently offering takeout.

Order: (617) 864-1991

Overhead view of takeout containers full of Chinese food spread over a wooden tabletop, including two types of dumplings, boneless spareribs, and more
A takeout spread from Mary Chung, including Peking ravioli, boneless spareribs, dun dun noodles with tofu, suan la chow show wontons with pork, and rice cakes with meat and vegetables
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20. Mâe Asian Eatery

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781 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-3388
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I’m always a little skeptical when a restaurant tries to pull off too many cuisines, but Mâe — serving Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese dishes — nails all three. My household usually leans toward the Thai dishes in particular; try the original street noodles or the short rib khao soi. —RLB

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / Grubhub (delivery) / Uber Eats (delivery)

Big bowl of noodles, pork, fried wontons, and other ingredients, served next to a small bowl of plain chicken broth.
Original street noodles at Mâe Asian Eatery
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21. The Coast Cafe

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233 River St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-7644
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Local fried chicken enthusiasts already know that the Coast Cafe is the real deal. The tiny Cambridgeport mainstay serves a variety of other soul food dishes, but the chicken is a necessary part of any order. Try the mac and cheese, candied yams, and/or collard greens on the side. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery with a limited menu and limited hours.

Order: (617) 354-7644 (takeout) / Grubhub (delivery) / Uber Eats (delivery)

Overhead view of two black takeout containers of fried chicken with sides (mac and cheese and candied yams in one container, candied yams and collard greens in the other)
Fried chicken and sides from the Coast Cafe
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22. Ariana Restaurant

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384 Western Ave
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 208-8072
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The Boston area doesn’t have many Afghan restaurants; fortunately, the few that do exist are quite good. I’d been meaning to try Ariana for years and noticed one night that I could get it delivered all the way across the river from Brighton to Somerville. Despite the distance, a little more than typically ideal for a delivery order, the food was excellent, particularly the bowlawni kaddo — fried pastry shells stuffed with pan-fried baby pumpkin, onions, garlic, and other seasonings, with mint yogurt. (When in doubt, order any pumpkin dish when dining at an Afghan restaurant.) —RLB

Currently offering delivery and takeout, as well as indoor and outdoor dining. Closed Sundays.

Order: Caviar / DoorDash / Grubhub

Overhead view of various types of Afghan food, delivered in white styrofoam containers — rice, meatballs, fried pastry shells, and more.
Spread of food delivered from Ariana in Brighton
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23. Sekali

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(Ignore the location of this map point; it’s pinned to Boston in general as this is a delivery-only local pop-up.) The Sekali pop-up has grown increasingly popular throughout 2020, selling out each of its weekly deliveries in minutes. Chef Derrick Teh offers a rotating assortment of incredible Malaysian food — a rarity in the Boston area, but hopefully not rare for much longer — and each dish is better than the last. There are detailed reheating instructions included, too. Sign up for the mailing list, and be ready to immediately click the order button when the email arrives. —RLB

Currently offering deliveries, typically once a week, with occasional pop-up takeout events too.

Order: Mailing List

Overhead view of a spread of takeout Malaysian dishes on a wooden table
Delivery of several Malaysian dishes from Sekali (passionfruit juice not included)
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24. Mooo

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15 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 670-2515
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I felt a little ridiculous ordering a fancy, expensive steak dinner for delivery, but I felt like the research was necessary in the early days of the pandemic: Could fine-dining restaurants make the necessary pivot to takeout and delivery? Would the steak hold up to a car ride across town? Would it be cooked properly? Would it be worth it? (Yet to be seen, yes, yes, and pretty much.) I’ve had several wonderful special-occasion meals at Mooo over the years, and I think the name is hilarious, despite some coworkers picking on it mercilessly, so for those reasons — and the fact that it was one of the only fancy steakhouses open and delivering to my address on the night in question — I opened up my wallet and gave it a shot. I was impressed (and yes, Mooo’s perfect Parker House rolls come with the order even though they’re not mentioned on the delivery menu.) The steaks were cooked exactly as ordered (rare) and the accompaniments were what I’ve come to expect from Mooo over the years. Is eating at my uncomfortable coffee table in my cramped apartment the same as dressing up for a night at a swanky steakhouse? Definitely not. But I’d rate this a worthy pandemic date-night splurge. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery, as well as indoor dining (reservations required).

Order:  (617) 670-7799 (takeout) / DoorDash (delivery)

Overhead view of steak, mashed potatoes, fries, rolls, and salad on blue and orange plates on a wooden table
Recommended sides: potatoes and more potatoes.
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25. Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

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86 Bedford St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-1888
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It hasn’t been feasible for me to get downtown for takeout, so I probably checked on Gene’s delivery status approximately weekly throughout the pandemic, waiting for the day it would pop up on an app and I’d be in range. Finally, the day came. (Note: If you’re able to do takeout and avoid third-party delivery apps, it’s much, much better for the restaurants.) I wasn’t sure the hand-pulled noodles would handle delivery well, but they actually did — not quite as good as eating onsite, but still one of the best dishes in town. The garlic! The chile! I used the opportunity to stock up on other parts of the menu that I figured would reheat well the next day, such as the pork flatbread sandwiches and the hot and sour dumpling soup. Great all around. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / Grubhub (delivery)

A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Hand-pulled noodles with a lamb skewer at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
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26. Cusser's Roast Beef and Seafood

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304 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 917-5193
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I grew up on the North Shore, so my bar for what qualifies as a North Shore-style roast beef sandwich is extraordinarily high. Cusser’s version falls beneath that bar — not because it’s not good (it’s excellent), but because it’s far too twee. A North Shore-style roast beef sandwich should not be on a bun that would, on its own, cost $3; a North Shore-style roast beef sandwich should be slathered with store-bought barbecue sauce and Hellmann’s mayo and topped with a slice of cheese no more exquisite in provenance than the Market Basket deli counter. North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches are modest and do not demand elevation. That said, Cusser’s roast beef sandwich is one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten, period. I can’t in good conscience call it a North Shore-style roast beef sandwich, however. —TBD

Currently offering takeout, delivery, and patio seating. (Note: Cusser’s also expanded to Time Out Market Boston in Fenway in September 2020, but the market and all its vendors are hibernating for the winter.)

Order: Official Website (takeout) / Caviar (delivery)

A roast beef sandwich with rare beef and barbecue sauce. The bun has sesame seeds and poppyseeds on top.
Roast beef sandwich at Cusser’s
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27. India Quality

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484 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 267-4499
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Kenmore Square has changed quite a bit in the past 40 years. Businesses have come and gone, the T station no longer smells like dead rats, hotels and upscale restaurants have gentrified the neighborhood — and through it all, India Quality remains. The North Indian restaurant opened in 1983 and has been one of the city’s best purveyors of food from the subcontinent ever since. Our most recent order consisted of chicken madras, lamb curry, garlic naan, vegetable samosas, and chat. Everything was excellent, as it always is, and abundant — we ate off of it for a couple days. —TBD 

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website

The exterior of a restaurant. A large read sign says “India Quality, Fine North Indian Cuisine, Est. 1983”
India Quality
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28. Picco

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513 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-0066
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I miss Picco’s beer list (the restaurant was serving beer from my little hometown of Amesbury the last time I sat on the patio!), but fortunately I can still get the pizza (update: beer and wine are now available for takeout, too.) Pepperoni and mushroom is the play. Picco uses those adorable little penny-sized pepperonis that curl up into little meat bowls while they’re cooking. The cornicione is spotted with black char marks, and the crisp offers a nice textural contrast to its otherwise pillowy crumb. This is some of the best pizza in the city, hands down. —TBD 

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / Caviar (delivery)

Closeup shot of a charred, thick pepperoni pizza, where the pepperoni is curled up into little cups
Pepperoni pizza at Picco
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29. Rod Thai Family Taste

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94 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 859-0969
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The kao moo dang (crispy pork, roasted pork, and pork sausage with egg and Thai barbecue sauce over rice) is a good place to start. The mango crispy duck is also compulsory. The crispy squid and the spicy eggplant, too. We’ve ordered from Rod Thai Family Taste a few times since the pandemic began, and it’s been “10/10, would try again” every damn time. It’s quickly becoming one of our favorite Thai spots in the city (along with S&I Thai to Go, Thai Place, Pad Thai Cafe, and Dakzen). —TBD 

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website / DoorDash / Grubhub / Uber Eats

A pork dish with green peppercorns on a bed of white rice is on a round white plate with a red rim, sitting on a light wooden table.
Moo sadoong, ordered off-menu at Rod Thai Family Taste
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30. Noodles King

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400 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

This kiosk inside the Longwood food court is one of the best restaurants in all of Boston. Its hand-pulled biang biang noodles are an exemplar of the genre (which has a small but growing scene in and around Boston). Be sure to order a rougamo — which is like a Chinese burger, typical of the Shaanxi province — on the side. —TBD

Currently offering takeout.

Order: Just show up

A white plastic bowl, sitting on a purple table, is filled with hand-pulled noodles, bok choy, chile flakes, and bean sprouts. A plastic Coke bottle appears to the side.
Hand-pulled noodles at Noodles King
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31. Bangkok Pinto

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1041 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 442-5555
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Mama’s drunken noodles are the move at Bangkok Pinto. This version swaps the more traditional flat, ribbon-like rice noodles for instant ramen noodles. Get it with pork, which is impossibly tender, and also order Bangkok Pinto’s excellent pork belly fried rice and mango popcorn chicken. —TBD

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / Grubhub (delivery)

Overhead view of a fried rice dish in a plastic takeout container, sitting on a wooden surface. crispy slices of pork belly are lined up over the yellow rice.
Crispy pork belly fried rice at Bangkok Pinto
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32. Mike’s Donuts

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1524 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 427-6828
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Hipster doughnut shops are fine (and can even be transcendent), but I don’t always need a doughnut to be the size of a small birthday cake because sometimes I want to eat three doughnuts, not half of one doughnut. I also don’t need rocket fuel in place of coffee. Mike’s Donuts on Mission Hill makes normal-sized doughnuts, and the coffee is weak-ish, which is what I want when I’m eating doughnuts — if heart palpitations are inevitable (and they are when consuming fatty, fried pastries), I don’t need to exacerbate them with a venti quadruple red-eye lattecino. Mike’s is basically Dunkin’ Donuts but good. It’s a tight space, so we’ve limited our trips in the era of COVID-19. But I’m glad it’s still open and there whenever I crave an unfussy, excellent doughnut or three. —TBD

Currently offering takeout.

Order: (617) 427-6828

A metal bin full of doughnuts, most chocolate frosted and covered with rainbow sprinkles
Doughnuts at Mike’s Donuts
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33. Chilacates

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1482 A Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 286-3888
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We live in Roxbury, so the Mission Hill shop is our local. It was a once-a-week thing before the pandemic hit, and it’s still a once-a-week thing now. We usually order eight tacos (a mix of al pastor, chicken tinga, lengua, and carnitas), chips and guac, and a burrito, which we refrigerate and reheat for breakfast the following morning. —TBD

Currently offering takeout. Consult the restaurant’s website for information on the other locations.

Order: (617) 286-3888 / Official Website

Closeup cross-section of a Mexican torta, with meat, guacamole, and more sandwiched between bread
Torta from Chilacates
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34. Fasika Cafe

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51 Roxbury St
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 238-7979
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Perhaps Ethiopian food wasn’t the best choice for a seven-mile delivery; as you can probably tell from the photo, there was a lot of sauce leakage and ripping of the injera. Despite the mess, though, it was delicious. While it’s not the same experience as gathering inside an Ethiopian restaurant with friends over a giant piece of injera dotted with various meats and veggies and tearing into it together, delivery from Fasika Cafe succeeded in scratching that itch and making me nostalgic for carefree, slow dinners with friends. One day we’ll have that again. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / DoorDash / Grubhub / Uber Eats

Overhead view of a takeout container of an Ethiopian chicken dish wrapped in injera, sitting on a picnic table
Ye doro tibs (spicy chicken) and a sambosa, delivered from Fasika Cafe
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35. Suya Joint Restaurant

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185 Dudley St
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 708-0245
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Part of Boston’s small but mighty West African dining scene, Suya Joint is the place to go for spicy beef skewers (the restaurant’s namesake suya, a Nigerian dish) and hearty stews that come with fufu, doughy dumplings meant to be dipped into the stew. Try the taushe, a peanut stew. —RLB

Currently open for takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / Grubhub (delivery) / Uber Eats (delivery)

A piled-high bowl of vegetable stew, studded with pieces of chicken and fish, plus fufu on the side, at Suya Joint in Roxbury
Vegetable stew with fufu at Suya Joint
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36. Jamaica Mi Hungry

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225 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 708-0465
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Jamaica Plain is not typically a reasonable pickup or delivery destination for me, living at least a half hour away in Somerville, but I decided to spend my birthday wandering the Arboretum and then meeting friends who live in JP for a socially distanced picnic (not in the Arboretum — no food allowed!) It was the perfect time to finally try Jamaica Mi Hungry, which everyone’s been raving about forever. My only disappointment is that I don’t live closer (well, there’s a pop-up in Allston now, at least). Many talk about the jerk chicken, but I fell hard for the coconut shrimp with sides of mac and cheese and plantains. This was one of my absolute favorite takeout meals of 2020. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery in Jamaica Plain; plus, the restaurant’s food truck is parked at 182 Western Ave. in Allston for lunch takeout.

Order: Official Website (for catering orders) / DoorDash (from Jamaica Plain location)

Overhead view of two takeout containers. One has jerk chicken, fries, and slaw; the other has fried coconut-coated shrimp with plantains and mac and cheese.
Jerk chicken and coconut shrimp from Jamaica Mi Hungry
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37. Singh's Roti Shop

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692 Columbia Rd
Dorchester, MA 02125
(617) 282-7977
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Over a decade ago, my now-husband and I took our first vacation together; we went to Antigua. We were at a restaurant when a When Harry Met Sally situation unfolded at a table near us over a dish called roti, with which we were previously unfamiliar. We obviously had to order it and see for ourselves what the fuss was about and were not disappointed. Back in Boston, it took us longer than it should have to realize that our city has quite a few excellent roti options. Singh’s Roti Shop in Upham’s Corner is arguably the best. In addition to roti, you must get a bottle of the house hot sauce and the doubles, curried chickpeas with a sweet and spicy chutney sandwiched between pieces of fried dough. (I hate chickpeas in almost all contexts, so my love of this dish is really saying something.) The doubles get a little messy when packed for takeout/delivery, but the dish is worth the mess. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Grubhub

Overhead view of takeout containers with Trinidadian roti and more
Roti and coco bread with a beef patty, plus hot sauce and mango lassi, from Singh’s Roti Shop
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38. JP Seafood Cafe

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730 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 983-5177
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Before life as we know it changed forever, my fiancee and I spent countless nights sitting at the bar at JP Seafood Cafe, snacking on sushi and gyoza and torched salmon and katsu and slugging heady IPAs from Turtle Swamp Brewing and shots of sake. By any metric — quality of food and service, general vibe, accessibility to our apartment — it is among our favorite restaurants in the city. We miss sitting at the bar, eating too much fish, and drinking too much alcohol, but we’re happy JP Seafood Cafe is open for takeout (and delivery for folks who live in JP). It’s all good, but that torched salmon is a must. —TBD

Currently offering takeout, as well as delivery within Jamaica Plain.

Order: (617) 983-5177 / Official Website

A lineup of sushi pieces sit on a long white plate
Sushi at JP Seafood Cafe
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1. Viet Citron

47 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803
A white takeout container is filled with a Vietnamese dish of vermicelli noodles packed in squares, topped with crispy pork belly, herbs, and cucumbers. There’s an egg roll and a plastic cup of limeade on the side.
Bánh hỏi with an egg roll and limeade from Viet Citron in Burlington
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Burlington is quite a bit outside of my usual radius, but an unavoidable errand brought me right by Viet Citron, a fairly new Vietnamese restaurant about which I’d been hearing rave reviews around the internet food-enthusiast circles. I’m so glad I had to go out there — only problem is that now I’m craving more of the bánh hỏi and can’t easily make the trip. —RLB

Currently offering takeout and delivery.

Order: Official Website (takeout) / DoorDash (delivery)

47 Middlesex Turnpike
Burlington, MA 01803

2. Nightshade Noodle Bar

73 Exchange St, Lynn, MA 01901