As America and the rest of the world fight to keep up with the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the restaurant industry is struggling to stay afloat. But while we can’t safely dine in at our favorite restaurants in North Carolina right now, many local eateries are offering alternative ways to enjoy their delicious foods through takeout, delivery, and online ordering options. In big cities and small towns across the state, you can use these options to stay safe and keep your distance while eating well and supporting the restaurants you love. Here are some of the top North Carolina restaurants offering delivery and takeout right now.

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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Big C Waffles, Durham Chicken and waffles
Chicken and waffles

Big C Waffles, Durham

With everything going on in the world right now, we could all use a little more comfort food in our lives. Big C Waffles in Durham is a laid-back restaurant that serves up favorite soul food classics, like waffles and fried chicken. This restaurant began as a favorite food truck and established its first brick and mortar location in October 2017. Try the Thin Mint Waffle or Red Velvet Waffle! It offers pull-up or park weekly specials, such as chicken and waffle combos for $10 and wing Wednesday. From this restaurant, you can text in your order and pick it up from the drive-through. According to social media, the restaurant is closed on Mondays but open Tuesdays through Fridays 11am to 7pm, Saturdays 11am to 8pm, and Sundays 11am to 4pm.

Red Ginger, Asheville Red Ginger noodles
Red Ginger noodles

Red Ginger, Asheville

This Asheville restaurant is open for takeout and delivery and serving the community with third-party delivery and to-go pickup and curbside service. It’s open daily from 11:30am to 8:30pm and takes orders by phone and online. You’ll love the authentic Chinese dim sum and Chinese-style tapas at Red Ginger, especially because all dishes feature freshly prepared ingredients that come from local farms. The menu features vegetarian and gluten-free items, as well as meat dishes to please every palate. Try the lunch bento box specials on weekdays to make your new work-from-home routine a little more enjoyable.

Chimney Indian Kitchen, Chapel Hill Chat Pata Fries
Chat Pata Fries

Chimney Indian Kitchen, Chapel Hill

Meanwhile, Chimney Indian Kitchen + Bar is offering curbside pickup to ensure the safety of its customers. You can call in an order for your to-go meal, and the staff will walk it right out front for you. You can also use Takeout Central and use the code WELOVELOCAL for free delivery on your next order. This restaurant serves authentic Indian cuisine with amazing spices and the freshest ingredients. There are many vegetarian and non-vegetarian items on the menu to add a little more flavor to your days stuck at home. This is a restaurant that cares about its staff and has been dividing 100 percent of profits from recent sales among staff members to help support their families during this difficult time.

42nd Street Oyster Bar, Raleigh Ahi Tuna Tartare
Ahi Tuna Tartare

42nd Street Oyster Bar, Raleigh

To enjoy your favorite southern seafood specialties, 42nd Street Oyster Bar is offering curbside take-out every evening from 4-8pm starting on March 23rd. You can call to place your order and view the take-out menu on the restaurant’s website. This restaurant has been a Raleigh tradition since 1931 and started out as a grocery store offering oysters and draft beer. It was reestablished in 1987 and specializes in fresh seafood, including oysters, shrimp, and scallops. Call when you arrive for your pickup, and the staff will bring it to your car – along with hushpuppies served with every order!

Flavors Kitchen, Morrisville Flavors Kitchen cuisine
Credit: Flavors Kitchen
Flavors Kitchen cuisine

Flavors Kitchen, Morrisville

North Carolina residents can also enjoy a meal from Flavors Kitchen during this time by placing carry-out orders over the phone or through Grubhub or Doordash. This is a great way to support your local Morrisville family-owned business with over 30 years of experience while enjoying delicious Asian cuisine. This is a great option for lunch specials, such as homestyle tofu and Mongolian beef, dinner entrees, and kids’ meals in smaller portions.

Del Vecchios, Asheville Del Vecchios sandwich
Credit: Del Vecchios
Del Vecchios sandwich

Del Vecchios, Asheville

If you’re craving Italian cuisine, consider supporting Del Vecchios in Asheville. You can call the restaurant to place your order and pick-up curbside. Delivery through third-party partners, such as UberEats, is also available to help keep you safe. Delivery is also available through Grubhub, Doordash, and Takeout Central. This is a family-owned Italian restaurant that has been serving the community since 1996. Here you can enjoy pizza, traditional paninis, calzones, strombolis, pasta, and sides.

AmberJack Seafood and Steaks, Cramerton AmberJack Seafood & Steaks Restaurant meal
AmberJack Seafood & Steaks Restaurant meal

AmberJack Seafood and Steaks, Cramerton

For delicious lunch specials, check out AmberJack Seafood and Steaks, which offers take-out from 11am to pm. These specials change by the day and are very affordable at just $5.95. Sample entrée options include skinless flounder, fried baby shrimp, chicken fried steak, and shrimp creole. You’ll also love the side, such as fried okra, mashed potatoes, and mac and cheese. Delivery within a 10-mile radius and family platters are also available here.

Amélie's French Bakery & Café, Charlotte French bakery cake
French bakery cake

Amélie's French Bakery & Café, Charlotte

This popular bakery is open and offers delivery and curbside pickup for its local customers. Offering more than just pastries, Amélie’s also offers soups, quiches, salads, and sandwiches. You can place your order online for the various locations or purchase a gift card for future use to support this business. This is also your local source for custom cakes that taste as amazing as they look.

Makus Empanadas, Raleigh Makus Empanadas, Raleigh
Makus Empanadas, Raleigh

Makus Empanadas, Raleigh

Makus Empanadas has donated hundreds of dozens of empanadas to community members in need to help out in this challenging time. When you buy a dozen empanadas, you can get another dozen for free to give someone who needs them. Avoid crowds by using the app or ordering empanadas online to place your takeout or delivery order. Just call the restaurant when you arrive to have it run out to your car. Some of the many delicious varieties include spinach, sweet corn, bacon and cheese, chicken, and beef.

BBQ Nation Indian Grill, High Point BBQ Nation Indian Grill platter
BBQ Nation Indian Grill platter

BBQ Nation Indian Grill, High Point

Another great Indian restaurant in North Carolina to order from right now is BBQ Nation Indian Grill in High Point. It offers multiple takeout and delivery options through UberEats, Doordash, and Grubhub. You can place your order online to enjoy all your vegetarian and meat-focused Indian favorites, such as paneer tikka masala, tandoori chicken, shrimp curry, idli, and sambar.

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, Greensboro Mahi Tuna Burger
Mahi Tuna Burger

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, Greensboro

Sometimes you just need a tasty burger to get through a hard day of quarantine. Fortunately, you can still rely upon Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar to get your fix by calling in or ordering online. The restaurant now offers curbside pickup and shares discount codes for delivery deals on social media. It has even run specials offering free kids meals with the purchase of adult entrees. Gift cards are also available online if you want to support this business and treat someone you love to one of the restaurant’s locations.

Heirloom, Charlotte Heirloom cuisine
Credit: Heirloom
Heirloom cuisine

Heirloom, Charlotte

You can still enjoy a meal from Heirloom while staying safe at home. This globally inspired restaurant that is now offering take-and-bake meals for pickup and delivery. For now, you can place your order online. New hours are noon to 8pm daily for pickup and delivery. These take-and-bake meals are great for two, four, six, or eight people and give you a choice of protein, side items, and a soup or salad for each meal. Heirloom is also selling select bottles of its wine for 25 percent off! Linda and Scott Murphy are the owners of the restaurant, and they are passionate about offering North Carolina-sourced farm-to-table dining when you dine in-house.

Cavendish Brewing Company, Gastonia Cavendish pizza and beer
Cavendish pizza and beer

Cavendish Brewing Company, Gastonia

Breweries are also being hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, but you scan still support your local craft beer establishments, such as Cavendish Brewing Company. Cavendish is open for online ordering and will bring you pizza and beer curbside. Just call in your order and call again when you’re in the parking lot to have it run out to you. The brewery hopes to offer delivery outside of the Speedy Grubs delivery service area soon as well. It’s open from 11am to 9pm for to-go and curbside orders and has a growler and large pizza special for $30.

Rise Southern Biscuits, Chapel Hill Chicken, biscuits and gravy
Chicken, biscuits and gravy

Rise Southern Biscuits, Chapel Hill

A comfort food favorite in Chapel Hill is Rise Southern Biscuits, which is open for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery. Order online or use a delivery app to place your order, and then call the restaurant when you arrive curbside to have it brought out to you. Some of the popular southern biscuit specialties include sweet country blues, fried green tomato, and avocado toast. This is also a prime spot to order biscuits and gravy, chicken boxes, build-your-own sandwiches, and even doughnuts and sweets to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are now 16 locations of Rise, starting with the very first one in Durham that opened in 2012.

Joe’s Touch of Italy, Belmont Deep dish pizza
Deep dish pizza

Joe’s Touch of Italy, Belmont

This local restaurant has been offering free delivery to its customers and uses its own delivery drivers who are taking extra sanitation measures for everyone’s safety. It is also offering curbside pickup service when you prepay over the phone or online. Popular pizzas are the build-your-own option, deluxe, and white pizza with ricotta, mozzarella, and garlic. In addition to pizza, you can order chicken parmesan, fettuccine alfredo, meatball sandwiches, and more from this Belmont restaurant.

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