Welcome to Take Ten, our new daily feature. We’re recommending ten restaurants each day in different Tampa Bay communities that are offering special takeout deals during the COVID-19 crisis. I know there are lots of places offering takeout right now, so please send me your suggestions, especially if you had a particularly good experience or know of some particularly delicious deals. Let’s help our local restaurants so that they can re-open at full force when this is all over. Pick up and tip well, everybody!
Today, 10 in St. Pete (in alphabetical order):
Annex 400 Beach. Sandwiches, salads, acai bowls, smoothies, breakfast foods, package sales of wine and beer — all you need for a picnic across the street in Straub Park (keeping your social distance, of course). Call ahead at 727-896-4400, or walk up. All orders to go. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Il Ritorno. Offering takeout family meals, plus bottles of wine at retail price. A recent $65 family meal included cheese and charcuterie; bucatini pomodoro; mushroom risotto; pan-seared half chicken with creamy polenta; and a half pint of Nutella gelato! Call ahead at 727-897-5900 starting at 4 p.m.
La V. “Your local Grab & Go comfort food,” says La V, and they’re not lyin’. Delicious Vietnamese Fusion dishes (what’s more comforting than noodles?) and sake to go! Call ahead at 727-820-3500.
Lucy’s. Here’s a chance to try a restaurant that’s new to the Grand Central district, part of the newly renovated corner complex that also includes the aptly named Valhalla Bakery. Call ahead for vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and sides from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at 727-954-4784.
Munch’s. The beloved South St. Pete institution featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is open for carryout. Call 727-896-5972: “Deb will take your order and our staff will take care of the rest.”
Red Mesa. All of the Red Mesa restaurants — Red Mesa, Red Mesa Cantina and Red Mesa Mercado — are offering takeout via UberEats and Chow Now, which is good news for fans of Red Mesa’s multiple variations on Mexican cuisine.
Rococo Steak. New family style and à la carte options, plus steaks can be ordered uncooked to prep at home — and 25 percent discounts on all takeout bottles of wine. Here’s the menu. Also, hospitality, first responders, police, fire and all medical field workers receive 50 percent off on all take-out food. 4-8 p.m.
Trophy Fish. Longing for a Fin & Tonic (the best G&T in St. Pete, IMHO)? Good news: This stellar fish place is offering Curbside Cocktails — with the ingredients packaged and sealed and following “all Department of Health, CDC, and WHO guidelines.” Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 727-258-7883.
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