(LA Trend) — The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent Safer at Home orders have reshaped daily life for Angelenos and changed the way businesses operate. Restaurants were some of the first to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the industry continues to feel the effects of increased safety regulations. For months, in-person dining was off-limits, and now many restaurants are operating at half-capacity and on limited schedules.
According to a report by Forbes, 60 percent of jobs lost in March were in the food and beverage industry. Despite this bleak statistic, the restaurant industry is resilient and many small businesses are pivoting to provide services hungry diners can enjoy curbside or in the comfort of their own homes. Here are a few of our favorites:
2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Anyone can order pizza but Los Angeles restaurants are offering semi-homemade pizza options to keep Angeles busy and full during the pandemic. Milo & Olive’s pizza kit comes with the restaurant’s beloved pizza dough plus tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, sea salt, and basil. Add toppings like mushrooms or pepperoni for an additional fee.
727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Another small business offering creative options for takeout is Chinatown standard, LASA. This Filipino-inspired restaurant started out in the Valencia brother’s backyard in 2013. Seven years later, they moved to Chinatown’s Far East Plaza and are known for their Kesong Puti Pan Cake and Lechon. While the dining room is closed, their Quarantine Kitchen is open. Enjoy a fully-prepared meal like the whole fried pompano with brown butter patis, served with a side mustard green salad, and jasmine rice or the vegan veggie & chili crunch pancit noodle dish. Complete your meal with natural wine and beer (available for takeout) or LASA’s signature Filipino Mimosa made with Mercat Sparkling Cava and calamansi juice.
8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Vegan-standout, Crossroads Kitchen has taken dinner kits to a new level with a variety of low-effort semi-homemade meals. Choose from French Onion Dip and kale chips, Tagliatelle Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfredo, Spicy Rigatoni Vodka, Lasagna, Chickpeas Marsala, Scallopini Parmesan, Meatballs in Marinara, or Tiramisu. These kits come together in 15 minutes or less and serve two.
Porridge + Puffs, a casual spot known for Asian-style rice porridge, has changed their menu to support quick takeout options and included a Provisions section where customers can buy grocery staples to-go. Order Makrut-Lemongrass Jam, live sourdough starter, or potted herbs along with a Gold Set Meal for a front-line worker. Inspired by the late Jonathan Gold, these complete meal sets contain a protein, kale salad, roasted veggies, beets, seasonal pickles, pickled egg, and rice plus legumes. Porridge + puffs also supported the community by offering free meals to protestors in support of Black Lives Matter. Although they’re currently on hiatus, porridge + puffs is one of many uniquely L.A. establishments that provides more than just nourishment for the community.