While we’re all currently relegated to our homes, we’re finding new ways to pass the time. Whether it’s diving into a book, getting zen with YouTube yoga, or going full-on Bobby Flay with new recipes, boredom busters abound as long as you’re willing to get creative. Still, even if you’ve been whipping up feats of culinary wonder, there are some nights that simply beg for a break from homecooked meals. Thankfully, many of Alpharetta’s best restaurants have found ways to make the daily drudgery a little more delicious thanks to great (and safe!) takeout offerings.
Here’s our ultimate guide to finding a legit delicious meal for every single day of these long, self-isolating weeks:
Thursday: Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou
Travel is out right now, but if you’ve been dreaming of the Big Easy, at the very least you can transport your tastebuds to New Orleans thanks to Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou. Indulge in big, bold flavors by ordering Flatlands’ Fried Chicken Bayou Bundle, a family-sized combo of fried chicken, Cajun street corn, mac and cheese, red beans and rice, plus soon-to-be-famous beignets. To really take it down to Bourbon Street, pick up a pouch of their to-go House Sangria and put a little Dr. John on your Spotify (Mardi Gras beads optional, but highly recommended!).
Friday: Minnie Olivia Pizzeria
Friday night should still be celebrated with pizza, and Minnie Olivia Pizzeria is proudly following proper protocol to ensure you can get your ‘za fix safely. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can pick up local faves like the Georgia Mushroom Pie or Fennel Sausage Pie at their “No Contact Zone” outside of the restaurant. Just order ahead of time with a quick phone call to ensure the most efficient service, and you’re well on your way to woodfired delights your whole family will love.
Saturday: Village Tavern
If you’re Saturday needs a little boost of yum, Village Tavern is ready with curbside pickup certain to up the ante on your suppertime situation. Their Family Deals for Four feature menu magic like their the blackened chicken alfredo, grilled meatloaf, chicken teriyaki, and burgers plus starter salads and housemade dessert. Your quarantine Saturday just got even better because bottles of wine are now half-off when you purchase a to-go order. Stay safe and salud!
Sunday: Easter Brunch from Maple Street Biscuit Company
There’s never been a better time for the comfort of scratch-made biscuits, and Maple Street is here for you with their ultra-flaky, buttery take on Georgia’s favorite carbohydrate. With Easter looking a lot different for many families this year, Maple Street has dedicated their efforts to keeping you and your family fed right during this special day with an Easter Lunch Basket that harnesses all the flavors of home. This bundle of culinary love boasts a spiral-sliced sugar-cured ham, Smokey Mountain mac and cheese, green beans & shallots, cheesy mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, cinnamon apple-spiced dumplings, and, of course, their namesake biscuits. This Easter feast is so good, it may be the very first time you aren’t stuck with piles of leftovers!
Monday: Smokejack BBQ
Monday blues can sometimes only be cured with a gorgeous smoked butt covered in red sauce! Grab a to-go order of your go-to or feed the whole family with a Jack Pack, a family-sized daily special featuring the perfect pairing of one main menu item plus a side. Be sure to order extra sauce! And if the start of another week of social distancing means you definitely need a beer, pop over to Currahee Brewing Co. (next door to Smokejack) for a growler of craft brew. After all, quality brew and ‘que may just be the saving grace of any tough Monday spent stuck in the house.
Tuesday: Persis Biryani Indian Grill
Need to spice it up after too many days of slaving over the stove at home? Persis Biryani Indian Grill is big on serving size and even bigger on authentic Indian flavors. Be sure to try to their beloved butter chicken, HUGE samosas, and paneer tikka. There’s truly nothing that’s not incredible on this local gem’s menu (all of which can be ordered to-go with safe, curbside pickup), and you can specify just how spicy you prefer your meal. Just be warned, Persis Biryani’s version of “hot” is not for the faint of heart so have your water handy!
Beat the midweek lunch-at-home slump with Taste of Alpharetta “Best Of” Winner Wildflour’s soul-soothing supply of homemade soups, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. Chef Michael Field is committed to keeping his hometown fed and has even created a makeshift drive-up service to keep things safely moving right along. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are still available, and every slice of bread served is made with love. Go for the next-level chicken salad for a springtime treat, and be sure to get a cup (or two or three) of the tomato basil soup.
Looking for a sweet punctuation to your take-home dinner? Tiff’s Treats has warm cookie and cold milk delivery while Davinci’s Donuts boasts a special “decorate your own” donut kit. You’ll also find to-go sugar fixes via Andy’s Frozen Custard, Le Macaron, and Southern Baked Pie Company. Need other options for quarantine weeks to come? Be sure to check out Awesome Alpharetta’s 120+ local restaurants offering delivery, curbside and to-go meals here.