With the government’s news that the COVID-19 coronavirus social distancing might be our new normal for a while yet, we’re all going to have to sacrifice having meals out at cafés and restaurants for a bit. It won’t hurt you to stay home, but you can still support your local by copping a cheeky takeaway so it doesn’t hurt them too much, either.

Social distancing and self-isolation doesn’t mean we can’t have a yum meal prepared for us by someone else. Plenty of kitchens have swiftly pivoted to not only making their menus entirely takeaway, but some are even putting together care packages and freezable staples for you to use at home in a pinch.

Hell, it might even be worth buying a bloody chest freezer at this point. Those things are useful for bulk-cooking and freezing whether we’re in a pandemic or not, hey.

Saving Plates is a little initiative launched this week, listing a bunch of places in Sydney and surrounds that are providing take-home meals, and we’ve put the call out to track down places around the country that are doing the same.

Know if your local fave is making food boxes, or turning their entire menu takeaway? Give me a yell on courtney@pedestriangroup.com.au and we’ll add ’em to the list.

NSW

Nomad

No strangers to adversity in the last 12 months, Nomad has pivoted quickly and is now doing their entire menu to takeaway, if you want to nip in and take home that insanely delish cannellini bean hommus so you can demolish it away from the public eye. Give ’em a buzz on 9280 3395 to place an order.

No. 92

The cheeky buggers over in Glebe have set up a whole Social Distancing menu, complete with cocktail kits and ready-made meals so you can have date night, responsibly, at home. Orders need to be made at least 30mins ahead of time, and you can pick up your little package from the Mitchell St window.

Unicorn Hotel

The pub owned by the ratbag Mary’s team has popped their menu on Deliveroo so you can cop a pub feed at home. Right from its famed chicken schnitties to the meat pie floater and just about everything in between, all you’ll need is to somehow recreate the classic pub dank at home (and maybe fashion a tapped keg into the kitchen.)

Handpicked Wines

Handpicked Wines in Sydney’s CBD has extended its delivery radius to 25km for all its cellar door wines, cheeses and charcuterie boards. Because who says that just because you gotta stay home doesn’t mean you can’t have a fancy cheese night?

VICTORIA

Smith & Deli

Shannon Martinez and the team have upped the amount of ready-made meals at the Fitzroy deli, and are looking into takeaway options at sister restaurant, Smith & Daughters. They’ve also got gift vouchers you can buy now and use within 36 months, too.

Blood Orange Foodstore

The little green grocer over in Hawthorn East is whipping together basics for those who can’t nip down the shops to top up the fridge and pantry. They’ve also prepped a bunch of take home pastas and meals that you can cook up for dinner tonight, or chuck in the freezer to eat later.

Kilgour St Grocer

The Geelong-based grocer has been making little grocery boxes for deliveries, which can be paid for over the phone and dropped off at your door. They’ve also increased orders to keep the shelves stocked, and are keeping friends updated on what’s in store through Instagram.

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Mary’s Melbourne

Yep, Mary’s Melbourne is finally delivering, after opening . Available from its Melbourne and Pitt St kitchens, you can cop that sweet, sweet fried cauliflower at home through Deliveroo.

Burn City Smokers

With a bunch of festival and wedding cancellations, Burn City Smokers are kicking up their BBQ To Your Door initiative, to try and shift some of the 1.2 tonnes of meat they have on ice. They’ve dropped the minimum order to $100, so do a neighbourhood door-knock to see if anyone wants in on a delivery of some brisket.

Señor BBQ

Hernan from Señor BBQ catering has 200kg of beef ribs, 150kg of chicken wings, 200kg of chorizo, and some vegan soups to sell urgently. Pick up in Elwood ASAP, give the king a buzz on 1300 274 227 if you can lighten the load.

Tropico Taqueria

Launched last week over at Good Times Milk Bar, the little Mexican kitchen is now doing taco packs filled with all the ingredients to make eight yum-as tacos at home. If you’ve got a bit more of an appetite, they’re also doing quesadilla packs, and little snackies of guacamole and tortillas as well.

QUEENSLAND

Florence Café

Alongside its sister restaurant, Felix For Good, the little café in Camp Hill has made its more of its menu takeaway friendly, and will be rolling out dinner boxes from both kitchens. You can also grab some local groceries from both spots as well, if you’re out of milk.

ACT

Magic Kitchen

The Kingston cafe and caterers have turned into a takeaway soup and curry stop on Friday evenings, and will start take-home boxes of vegan goodness in the near future. Keep an eye on their socials for when that gets rolled out.

Image: Instagram / @felixforgoodness