Over the past few months, Philly restaurants have closed and reopened more times than we can count on one hand. It can be a lot to keep up with, and there’s still a large degree of uncertainty around the safety of dining out. Want to know what’s safe? Eating at home. And if you’re as bored of peanut butter sandwiches as we are by now, here are a few great meals we’ve had recently that you can get for takeout or delivery.
Hardena might be our favorite takeout spot of all-time, and it’s only become more integral to our survival since quarantine began back in March. That’s mostly due to their reconstructed “Not Pizza” box, which they line with banana leaves and pack to the brim with as many as 18 different Indonesian dishes - from classics like beef rendang to sate chicken and coconut collard greens. It can feed at least three people, costs $75, and is available for pick up at their South Philly shop if you place an order through their Instagram.
Here’s your order from Side Of The Road Jerk Chicken in East Falls: jerk chicken leg quarters, salmon sliders, and coconut rice. All three are excellent, and the meats come with your choice of multiple different types of sauce. They range from fruity ones like mango and blackberry BBQ to a classic jerk sauce that you’re going to want to keep around the house for the next time you make dinner. They do both takeout and delivery, and you can find the full menu on their website.
Pop-up Anchor Light, which operates out of the Stock Rittenhouse kitchen, does lobster rolls really well for a place that isn’t in Maine or Cape Cod. They’re $19, but if you’re really craving a solid takeout lobster roll, this is your spot. They do three styles - Connecticut, Maine, and New England - and if you want more than one they also have a four-pack with two lobster rolls of your choice, a shrimp roll, and a crab roll. Add a watermelon salad to really pretend you’re on a yacht off Martha’s Vineyard, and not stuck in a 600-square-foot apartment with a roommate who doesn’t use headphones for their Zoom calls.
The prequel to Hello Vietnam was a place called Nam Son Bakery - a South Philly spot with maybe the best banh mi in the city. When that closed in 2019, the owners opened Hello Vietnam in Northern Liberties with the same incredible banh mi on bread that’s baked in-house. And those banh mi sandwiches are slowly becoming our go-to workday lunch. You can choose your meat - our favorite is the char siu - and if you’re super hungry, you should add the beef wrapped in grape leaves appetizer as well. Place an order for pickup or delivery here.
Le Mandingue is a tiny West African spot near Upper Darby that we learned about from multiple people sliding in our DMs telling us we had to try it. So we went, and we ordered a lot of attiéké, cassava leaf, and spiced, marinated meats. After our meal, we felt equal parts like we might never eat again and also like we might be back in two hours for more egusi soup. If you don’t live near Upper Darby, they also do delivery to most neighborhoods in the city.