COVID-19 has echoed around the globe, forcing businesses to close and citizens to hunker down at home. But Georgia’s local eateries will not be defeated so easily, and while taking the utmost care when prepping food, these restaurants are offering takeout, curbside pick up and/or delivery. While some of the Peach State’s staple food joints have temporarily closed (like the Varsity—tear), many options are available from north to south, for those not who’ve already grown weary of frozen pizza and cereal. Support these businesses, and help keep Georgia’s food scene strong. Even if a business isn’t open right now, you can help by purchasing gift cards for later.
Please note: Though many restaurants remain open, it’s a good idea to call ahead or reach out via social media to make sure of their operating hours. Delivery zones and charges may vary. This article is updated frequently but as the restaurant industry struggles during this time, sadly, closures are happening daily.
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Old Hickory House, Tucker
Old Hickory House has been around for decades, with a now-closed sister location even being featured in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit with Burt Reynolds. The lone standing Tucker location is still churning out to-go orders and curbside pickup, so folks can get their favorite smoldering Brunswick stew and tender, slow-smoked barbecue. Open only Wednesday through Sunday, make sure to get a little extra for the other days.
Pho Town, McDonough
Pho Town is a relatively new Vietnamese eatery in McDonough, which is, give or take, around 45 minutes south of Atlanta. Tucked away in a brand new shopping center, it’s made quite the splash while adding culinary diversity in the area. Pho Town is offering curbside takeout and is delivering through a variety of platforms like UberEats, as long that stays up and running. Vermicelli is a cold rice noodle dish topped with anything from shrimp to garlicky beef, finished with pickled carrots, peanuts and minty salad—it’s just as good a bit later as it is fresh from the kitchen.
Gritz Family Restaurant, McDonough
Gritz Family Restaurant serves up country cooking like amazingly enormous fried chicken biscuits and a rotation of farm veggies cooked southern style. They are forging forward, offering both curbside pickup, and a more novel approach for the small local favorite. Within five miles of their location, folks can pay $5 for delivery. But we have to say that the free roll of toilet paper with every order might be the most enticing part.
The Italian Oven, Stockbridge & Peachtree City
The Italian Oven, located in both Stockbridge and Peachtree City, is currently cooking up authentic pastas to be picked up curbside by those who cannot do without the savory herbs and homemade goodness. Real Italian food, verses something straight out of a freezer, isn’t easy to find. But on a regular day when not enduring a global pandemic, one can walk inside to immediately be greeted with wafts of garlic and a bustling kitchen creating deliciousness from scratch.
Buckners is a long operating family business in Jackson, just off I 75. They’ve set up operations outside from Thursday through Sunday, so hungry people can roll on through and grab grub that typically is served atop an old-style lazy Suzan (a rotating food pedestal on a big round table). Come get some famous fried chicken and legendary peach cobbler, alongside mashed potatoes, beans, stewed tomatoes and so on!
Latin Chicks, Savannah
Latin Chicks is a staple in Savannah, and the coal-fired chicken is to die for. With other healthy sides like black beans and rice, you should treat yourself to some churros for dessert. The food truck is open, with workers wearing masks and gloves—they are also offering free deliveries in the vicinity.
Pastries a Go Go, Decatur
Biscuits, muffins, cinnamon rolls, omelets, Pastries a Go Go is appropriately named in this scenario. The bakery/restaurant is offering takeout orders for their indulgent breakfast and lunch goodness, but keep in mind they are closed on Tuesdays. The Decatur establishment is one of many in the city offering services.
With all this indulgence you’re probably craving a salad right? Upbeet in Atlanta has revolutionized the combining of fresh veggies into artfully prepared bowls of healthiness. Choose a bowl from the menu or build your own with organic greens, bold toppings and house-made dressings. Upbeet is doing takeout and curbside pickup, along with delivery through door dash.
Charlie Graingers, Athens
Charlie Graingers is a simple, adorable establishment in Athens, among UGA “Dawg” country. So it’s perfect that the thing Charlie’s is most known for these incredible artisan hotdogs topped with mind-blowing ingredients like their house brisket or pimento. Jamaican relish, spicy pickles and potato sticks are a few other ingredients that stand out. Here you can order takeout or something via UberEats.
Zombie Pig BBQ, Columbus
Georgia is an incredible state to enjoy barbecue, so we might as well end with one more worthy mention in Columbus—Zombie Pig BBQ. Over cherrywood or hickory, meats are fragrantly smoked to perfection, and patrons rave over the “fall off the bone” ribs and buttery brisket. Call in your takeout order or opt for delivery through GrubHub or Doordash.