If you’re anything like us, by now you’ve probably started to get really creative with what can go into a salad. Who’s to say that string cheese doesn’t belong? You’re also probably starting to run low on some kitchen staples - like produce, milk, eggs, or flour - and you’ve heard stories about how crowded the grocery stores are. Maybe you’ve even stayed up late, refreshing the H-E-B Curbside page for an opening of a spot. Fortunately, restaurants across the city have stepped up and become fully functioning marketplaces with all the kitchen essentials you need - while still offering full menus of prepared foods. No lines, no stress, and you can continue to support local businesses that are here to make your quarantine life a bit easier.
In addition to a limited food menu and a wide variety of freshly baked breads, Easy Tiger’s Linc location has kitchen staples like sourdough starter, yeast, eggs by the dozen, and butter by the pint. And now that you finally have the time to try your hand at baking bread like you’ve always wanted, pick up some of their sourdough starter and a five-pound bag of flour and give it a go. They even have a Facebook group to provide support on your bread-making journey.
East Side Italian restaurant Il Brutto is offering a takeout menu of pizza, pasta, wine, and beer. They’ve also got grocery items like olive oil and flour, as well as pre-prepared foods like fresh pasta, sauces, and pizza dough.
On top of their usual selection of meats to-go, Dai Due is now offering a daily menu of favorites and household essentials, like eggs, milk, produce, and even yeast. Grabbing some steaks for later? Make sure to snag a bottle of wine or a six-pack to keep it company.
Epicerie has Epic Survival Kits that include a wide range of extras - from cookie dough and fresh pasta, to salad dressings and house-made yogurt. You know, in case you’re sick of Oreos and ranch dressing by now (not together, we’re not monsters). Of course, they’ll also come stocked with the essentials you need in the kitchen, like produce, meat, and coffee.
Austin’s favorite purveyor of seafood, Quality Seafood Market, is open with a wide variety of fresh and frozen seafood. Their retail market is also open and carrying essentials like paper towels, toilet paper, butter, and ground beef. Don’t feel like cooking? They have a food truck in the parking lot serving up things like shrimp etouffee and blackened catfish.
Hillside Farmacy is open for takeout (including brunch). They’ve also got a selection of groceries, including things like chocolate bars, local honey, pickles, and hot sauces.
The Cavalier currently has a Southern-inspired menu as well as family-sized meals and backyard picnic packages. They’re even hosting a “Virtual Farmer’s Market,” which is mostly just a fun way of describing their online menu of fresh fruit, produce, and pantry staples like flour, sugar, and lentils. There’s also a limited deli selection in case you haven’t grown tired of sandwiches yet.
At Salt & Time, you can still grab your favorite steaks from the butcher counter, along with prepared menu items. And if your local grocery store still has a line around the corner, Salt & Time has plenty of locally sourced eggs, milk, and produce. The butcher shop will remain open from 10am-8pm, with an extra hour starting at 9am for the elderly and immunocompromised to safely shop. Curbside pickup is also available.
While the downtown location might be closed, Halcyon at Mueller has an extensive array of kitchen essentials available for online ordering. You can get things like milk, cheese, and produce, as well as raw and prepared meats.
There’s a limited food menu at Sour Duck, as well as staples from local farms and gardens - including avocados, eggs, milk, and a good variety of fresh fruit. Don’t forget to add a copy of The Odd Duck Almanac to your order - a new cookbook will come in handy for all the cooking you’re doing now.
Having trouble finding supplies for your new bread-making hobby? Foreign & Domestic is carrying bulk staples like flour, eggs, butter, sugar, and yeast, along with their curbside lunch and dinner offerings. Order online or by phone, and pull your car up for some farm-to-window supplies.
From the people behind restaurants like Jeffrey’s and Elizabeth Street Cafe comes MMH Grocers, a new grocery service with online ordering, curbside pickup at Swedish Hill., and delivery. There’s dairy, produce, meat, pantry staples, bread, prepared food, beer, and wine. There’s even a kit so you can make the cheeseburgers from Pool Burger.
Banger’s is refashioning itself as “OG Banger & Sons General Store” with curbside pickup. Call ahead or order online with items like milk, bread, dry goods, produce, and house-made food like sausages, bacon, and sauerkraut. There’s also wine, canned beer, growlers, and kits like a brunch box and a bratwurst sausage pack that comes with buns from Easy Tiger.
Julie Myrtille Bakery
The Julie Myrtille Bakery brick-and-mortar in Springdale General has online ordering with pickup and curbside service for baked goods, bread, jams, and desserts like chocolate mousse. They’ve also got pantry essentials like butter, eggs, and sugar.
If you live out on the Southwestern fringes of Austin, or just happen to be making the trek out to pick up some great beer, stop by the Jester King Country Store for everything from yeast, cornmeal, and flour, to onions and mushrooms. It’s important to note: the goats are not for sale.
Cruzteca Mexican Kitchen
If the phrase “Top Shelf Queso and Chips” wasn’t enough to draw you in, Cruzteca Mexican Kitchen’s online menu has an entire grocery section with things like arugula, spinach, and onions, as well as a variety of cheeses. And their dining menu is available for pickup as well, so you can still get those Nutella mole enchiladas for when you don’t feel like cooking.
Both locations of Austin Daily Press (Cesar Chavez plus MLK and Chicon) have full menus of sandwiches and tacos, as well as kitchen essentials - with everything from meat and produce by the pound, to flour, milk, and eggs. They’re also selling a few of their sandwich toppings, like pickled carrots and red onions, so you can try your hand at recreating your favorite Austin Daily Press sandwiches at home.
The restaurant location of Garbo’s has online ordering with curbside pickup. They also have DIY lobster roll kits and groceries like eggs, flour, and vegetables.
There’s something undeniably great about eating Sway’s chili caramel chicken wings from the comfort of your own home. We wouldn’t recommend eating them in bed though, they can be a bit messy. In addition to a limited menu of dining room favorites, Sway is now offering a market menu with everything from eggs and milk, to cured roasted chickens and pineapple juice. You can place orders online for pickup or delivery.
Japanese market Asahi Imports is currently operating under limited public shopping hours (10am-3pm) with curbside orders available until 5pm - hours vary day by day, so check their Instagram for the latest updates. Be sure to also pick up a couple of ready-made onigiri for a quick dinner, if you don’t finish them on the drive home first.
You deserve to treat yourself to a little wine and cheese while you finish off those last episodes of Love Is Blind. Swedish Hill has smoked fish, cheese, and charcuterie boards, as well as fresh baked bread and pastries. There’s also a whole pantry section with things like stock, canned tomatoes, butter, and cookie dough. Check their website for the most up-to-date menus, then place an order online or over the phone for curbside pickup. Last we checked, they also had sourdough starter available.
Antonelli's Cheese Shop
Got plenty of mac, but having trouble finding that cheese? Antonelli’s Cheese Shop has no shortage of supply. Order online or by phone (walk-ups won’t be accepted) for a curbside pickup order. We also suggest trying their cheese tasting in-a-box kits if you want to spice up your 30th night in a row of staying in, and find out the real difference between brie and camembert.
Texas French Bread is about so much more than just bread (though they also do that exceptionally well). With eggs, coffee, flour, milk, chicken, and cheese, you’ll have just about everything you need to accompany the bread and pastries they have available for takeout. You can even add select items off their lunch menu to your order for some more immediate relief.
The coffeeshop The Hive in South Austin is selling coffee drinks, beer, and wine. They also have a wide variety of groceries, including produce, bread, meat, and dairy products.
Hestia has opened up a general store, selling things like bread, eggs, local produce, and sourdough starter. They also have a butcher shop with dry-aged meats, bacon, and smoked ham. And if you want something ready-to-eat, there’s a limited offering of dinner items and cocktail kits from their menu as well.
In addition to a limited menu of Tex-Mex classics, Guero’s Taco Bar has opened a marketplace selling everything from fresh produce, dairy, beer, and wine, to dry goods like rice and flour. There are also paper goods and cleaning supplies, including bleach and sanitizing wipes. Call (512) 447-7688.
ABGB has a full food menu with pizza and sandwiches, alongside wine, cider, and beer (you can even get a keg to go). Along with the normal menu, they now have produce, meat, bread, and pantry items like yeast and flour. There are also house-made items like marinara sauce, pickles, Caesar dressing, and pesto.
There’s a limited food menu at Kinda Tropical at the moment, but they’re also selling beer, wine, cold brew, and grocery essentials like produce, eggs, butter, oat milk, and kimchi. They even have cigarettes.
You can still get excellent coffee drinks and avocado toast at Forthright downtown. But now you can also get “shelter in place essentials” like flour, coffee, corn tortillas, a margarita kit, and six-packs of Lone Star.
Sala and Betty
On top of their regular menu, Sala and Betty is selling grocery baskets that change every week. They typically include produce, meat, dairy, wine, and a six-pack of beer, but there are also “Gourmet Ranch Boxes” with different cuts of meat.
Alongside a limited menu, Emmer & Rye has an extensive grocery setup, which includes freshly baked bread, dried or frozen pasta, flour, and local produce. And since the restaurant has a pretty serious fermentation program, they’re also selling things like house-made miso, vinegar, hot sauces, and preserves.
There’s a new “Alamo Curbside” service from the Alamo Drafthouse with meal kits, beer and wine, and grocery staples like milk, eggs, bleach, produce, and meat. They also have unpopped popcorn for sale.
This wine bar has sandwiches, vegetable sides, large-format entrees, wine, and beer. They also have pantry items like eggs, flour, and rice - as well as what they’re calling a “Bird Box,” with a huge variety of fruits, vegetables, and other staples.
Of course East Austin’s Contigo is still serving their burger, but they’re mixing things up with rotating special dinners (like fried chicken with Parker House rolls) for two as well. They’ve also launched Contigo Market with produce, meat, grocery staples, flowers, and prepared foods like pimiento cheese, hummus, and queso. There’s also beet barbecue sauce from Leroy & Lewis.
East Side Italian restaurant Intero has added grocery items to their online ordering, including housemade pastas, sauces, ricotta, and charcuterie.
Mozart’s has coffee and pastries, and they’ve teamed up with Black’s Barbecue to offer a selection of “Black N Brew” family meal packs that can feed two to ten people. They also have a broad grocery list with bread, produce, and dairy, along with flowers, seeds for gardening, hand sanitizer, and masks. They basically have everything.
The Italian restaurant Juniper has a la carte options and a family-style menu. In addition, they’ve started selling groceries like produce and cheese, alongside house-made items like focaccia, fruit preserves, whipped summer truffle butter, fresh pasta, and a variety of sauces.