WE'RE midway through another lockdown and if you're missing a meal at your favourite local and sick of cooking at home, after all who isn't, northern beaches eateries are serving up their best for you to take home.
Missing a juicy steak or ribs? What about tacos? Or a whole rack of lamb with pumpkin and goats cheese salad, and beer battered potatoes? Don't get us started on those cocktails and local brews from our budding breweries.
Cafes, restaurants, breweries and bars right across the northern beaches have spades of ingenuity when it comes to takeaway, all you've got to do is pick which one to go to.
InSitu - Sydney Road, Manly
Another week in lockdown just means another week with a takeaway cocktail in hand... right? InSitu is open for your favourite pizzas, paellas and drinks.
- All-day brekkie avo smash or a B&E roll plus a coffee for $10
- Fresh paella $15 for veggie or chicken & chorizo.
- InSitu pizza $15 for margherita or prosciutto & rocket.
Don't forget a takeaway cocktail for $15 per cocktail, shaken and ready to enjoy. There's also mulled wine to warm up your Manly to Shelly walk. Local tinnies $7 for any of your favourite local brews.
They're open 9am-8pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am-5pm on Sunday.
Frenchies Brasserie - Kalang Road, Elanora Heights
Head chef Jeremy Pace and the team have designed such amazing meals that you'll forget the lockdown is even on.
There's a weekly three-course menu as well as sides and snacks, simply heat and serve when desired. Order via the 'heat at home' link. On this week's menu is:
- Entree - Pumpkin soup served with French baguette
- Main - Chateaubriand (beef fillet) and gratin dauphinois
- Dessert - Mousse au chocolat
All your favourite Frenchies wines, beers and spirits, and also Frenchies' famous coconut margarita, are available takeaway too.
Frenchies are also offering 20 per cent off their exclusive takeaway men, simply use the code '20LOCKOFF' at checkout.
Moonlight Socialhouse - Ocean Street, Narrabeen
Juicy restaurant quality steaks, BBQ skewers and smoked chorizo, you definitely won't go hungry this lockdown.
Moonlight Social House is also serving up deluxe cocktails in 500ml can (five cocktails) for only $36, which works out at $7.20 a cocktail. You've got the choice of: Espresso martini with Single O coffee; premium margarita; mango tango; or coconut lychee martini.
Find out more here or give them a call on 9970 8363.
Muchacha Mexican - North Curl Curl and Narrabeen
Missing your margaritas? What about quesadillas, burritos and nachos?
You can still have the tastiest California Mexican cuisine while in lockdown at Muchacha Mexican.
If you still haven't tried their homemade margarita mix (just add tequila) do yourself a favour, it's just $14 a bottle available with your takeaway and home delivery.
Check them out online or pop into their restaurants at Pitt Road in North Curl Curl, or Pittwater Road in Narrabeen.
Jah Bar - The Strand, Dee Why
Spanish tapas, paella, ceviche, halloumi baklava, zucchini flowers, cauliflower salad and chorizo, oh and of course jalapeno margaritas and horchata coladas and a bottle of red.
We may be in lockdown, but that's definitely no reason to be missing your favourite food.
Jah Bar is open for takeaway from 12pm Wednesdays to Fridays and from 9am Saturdays and Sundays. They're serving up their regular menu with the addition of the popular burritos and bacon and egg rolls.
Call ahead for orders 8021 2189 or come on down.
Bucketty's Brewery - Orchard Road, Brookvale
Forget sitting down at this popular Brookvale brewery, grab your car and drive straight though. This genius idea has become a 'must do' since lockdowns started.
Bucketty's Brewery has cleared out their furniture to make way for your car to drive through, pick up your favourite locally brewed beers and some tasty food from the food truck. On offer to keep your belly satisfied are tasty tacos, rolls, loaded fries and rice bowls, and if you brought your kiddies along there's chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers and BBQ chicken wings.
The drive through is open from 12pm-8pm every day during lockdown.
The Pottery Cafe - Pittwater Road, Collaroy
From spicy Thai pumpkin soup in handy 'grab and go' pots to pulled pork delights that'll make your mouth water and it's all takeaway.
It's the perfect weather for pulled pork and you can enjoy it in a burger, in a salad, on nachos or tacos. If you would like a taco take home meal please email email@example.com
There is nothing quite like freshly baked treats and the daily bakes are just walking out the door. One of the tastiest delights to come out of the oven recently was the Nutella and biscoff brownies - they were a chunk of gooey heaven.
Find out more here or give them a call on 0402 195 165.
Le Bayview Cafe Bistro - Pittwater Road, Bayview
If you haven't tried out Le Bayview yet now could be the perfect time. This modern Australia bistro opened up on the edge of Pittwater earlier this year.
While you can't sit down and enjoy the views during lockdown, pop in to grab some of their amazing food with a French twist.
Try the delicious pork knuckle with French potato 'dauphinois gratin', sauerkraut with juniper berries and red wine jus. Take it away heated and ready to eat, or take it home for a late lunch or diner - they'll give you an instruction card on how to enjoy your meal as if it was served in the restaurant.
There early? Homemade almond croissants come out of the oven fresh every morning.
Check out the rest of their menu and call 0422 153 436.
Wildwater - The Strand, Dee Why
From mouthwatering seafood options to awesome ribs and steak that's guaranteed to put a smile on your dial.
Order the famous slow-cooked ribs in a special marinade, flame-grilled to perfection and then basted in the signature "lekker baste".
Or if you're craving some comfort food, they've got you covered with a king prawn linguine, it's an oh so tasty chilli infused linguini, cherry tomatoes, garlic, spinach, binnorie feta and olives.
Don't forget dessert and try out the delectable sticky date pudding.
Tempt your tastebuds here, they're open for takeaway from 5.30pm, call 9971 1311.
Gurtaj Indian - Pittwater Road, Collaroy
Gurtag has been serving up the tastiest curries and breads to the northern beaches since 1996.
Warm, yummy, immune boosting curries are served up hot and fresh from Bombay beef to butter chicken, rogan Josh to a Goa prawn curry.
Don't forget to pair it with a mango kulfi or gulab jamun for dessert.
Check out the menu here, with contactless pickup and delivery is available by texting 0468 889 029 or calling 9971 2740.
The Buddha Belly - Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills
This northern beaches institution has been keeping us well fed for the past 20 years and they're certainly not letting COVID get in the way of serving up great meals.
One of the amazing takeaway options is a whole rack of lamb for two, with pumpkin and goats cheese salad, roasted cashews, beer battered potatoes for $55.
Check out their full menu here. Drive-thru pick up is available Tuesdays to Sundays 4.30pm-8.30pm, or call 9450 1504.
Oceans Narrabeen - Ocean Street, Narrabeen
Keen for a mid-week iso date night? They've got the perfect deal for you. Get two $20 steak night specials and a bottle of Tamburlaine Organic Wine or Not Your Grandma's Riesling for only $65.
Need to get out of the house with the kids during the school holidays? Come down for some a Nutella hot chocolate until 5pm weekdays during the school holidays. They say it's guaranteed to make your little ones smile.
Order on their website, wow apps, over the phone, come to our takeaway window or call them on 9970 6262.
Ouzo Greek Restaurant - Hilltop Road, Avalon Beach
Fancy some rustic Greek food to while away your hours in lockdown?
Ouzo Greek Restaurant is open for takeaway and home delivery and they've got all your favourites - souvlaki, mixed meat platters, yemista and oh so much more.
Or, if you're not quite feeling sweet enough, what about homemade baklava.
Check out the menu or call 9973 1577 to place an order.
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