Dining Out | Food

Local restaurateurs meet their customers at the door with takeout, delivery

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Our Tucson restaurant partners are operating during the mandatory restaurant shut-down, keeping hungry folks fed. We encourage readers to patronize local restaurants to keep businesses afloat and staff employed during this difficult time. Here’s a sampling of innovative and tasty options and specials that are available for takeout and delivery orders.

Agustin Kitchen is open daily for takeout and delivery. Order online and save 20% on takeout and curbside orders with coupon code AK20 at www.agustinkitchen.com/order/online or call 398-5382. For a limited time, for each $100 gift card purchase, receive a free $20 gift card, which has no expiry date. Special takeout is available at the walk-up window or by phone. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

BOGO happy hours, 2-4 p.m., offer two-for-one handheld sandwiches. Sunday brunch specials, with cocktails and bottled wines, are available to go. Try the $30 takeout menu for two, with starters and choice of entrees. There are even grocery items to go, such as eggs, milk, pasta, cheese, and deli meats. Purchase batch cocktails or newly-launched adult “juice boxes” cocktails and lemonade drinks in a bag with a straw. Watch for new menus and promotions on the Agustin Kitchen Facebook Page. Delivery partners are Grubhub, Uber Eats, Yelp Food, and DoorDash.

Blue Ice Gelato takes orders by phone for pick up at the front door (447-5672) or orders through Grubhub for gelato or sorbet deliveries, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Blue Ice is the only gelato establishment in Arizona certified by the state to pasteurize its gelato and sorbetto. “Stock up on treats in these difficult times by purchasing by the pint or quart,” says Rebecca Mann, “and get 20% off the second, same size purchase.” Find their daily flavors on the Blue Ice Gelato Facebook page where you can take a screenshot of the menu flavors and check off the ones you’ve tried. Can you get BINGO? Post your bingo card on the Facebook page. Mann says a lot of loyal customers have reached out to be helpful. She expects the approaching warm weather will help business pick up further. See www.blueicegelato.com/gelato-flavors.

BrushFire BBQ Co. works with DoorDash, Postmates, and Grubhub for deliveries from its two locations — central at Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street and Eastside at Kolb Road and 22nd Street. The full menu of slow-smoked meats (brisket, chicken, pork, salmon, turkey) by the meal or by the pound, fresh-baked bread, six scratch sauces, and 13 side dishes is available 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Takeout orders, including beer, can be picked up inside the restaurant or patrons can call upon arrival for curbside delivery. Catering services for more than 10 are available, as are Family Feast orders that will feed four to six hungry barbecue lovers, says Peter Wagle, BrushFire owner. The central location accepts CATCash and all Brushfire BBQ coupons are accepted at both stores.

BZ’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen offers walk-up, call in, takeout, and free staff delivery from Catalina Village Shopping Center, 7856 E. Wrightstown Road, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. First responders, military, and social workers receive 10% off all orders. Co-owner Mike Sorell hopes the restaurant will be fully open for Mother’s Day, May 10, and is planning specials that will be introduced on the BZ’s Pizza Company Facebook page or call 546-1402.

Looking toward the future, “there is no reason to put yourself in a packed dining room, and you’ve learned over the past few weeks that your favorite places do takeout really well,” Sorell says. “Patios and open-air dining situations will be the best. We have a really nice patio, as do many of our contemporaries in town.” For more information, visit www.restaurantji.com/az/tucson/b-zs-pizza-.

Claire’s Café in Catalina is open daily except for Monday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., for takeout, home delivery by staff, to go, and curbside orders. Claire Johnson, the co-owner, says almost everything on the enormous menu is available. She pledges to fulfill whatever customers ask for, within reason. Find the menu at www.clairescafe.net or call 825-2525. Look for Friday and Sunday specials. Caring for the community, the café prepares and feeds the homeless in collaboration with an Oro Valley church.

Eclectic Café is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends. Weekends continue to be busy, says Jason McCarty, general manager. “We have a lot of loyal customers who are generous in tipping the staff.” He encourages delivery orders through Grubhub and DoorDash. Make gift card purchases or order online at www.eclecticcafetuson.com. Use the code “online20” for a 20% discount on the full menu.

The café is testing all staff temperatures each shift, sanitizing computer tablets before and after use and “just trying to keep staff and guests healthy,” McCarty says. “We encourage people to stay home when they can and when they are hungry, support their favorite restaurants.”

Fronimo’s Greek Café continues to prepare takeout orders for curbside pickup or delivery through DoorDash. A new selection of four set menus makes it easy to feed a family of four for $44, says the café’s front of the house manager, Sarah Steele. “As an added bonus, we are now able to sell your favorite beers and wines to go,” says George Fronimakis, proprietor with his wife, Tracy. All bottles of wine are $5 off and all beer is $1 off, with many that cannot be found in local stores. The full menu of home-style Greek cuisine is available 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily with all menu items made in-house from the freshest ingredients.

Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery Bistro takes its responsibility to the gluten-free community seriously, says co-owner Susan Fulton. The full-service bakery is operational, along with most regular menu items to go curbside and for delivery by staff or DoorDash. Options for a family of four include fish and chips and chicken Alfredo calzones. Mother’s Day specials will include signature blueberry bourbon cupcakes and whole quiche for takeout. “We appreciate the continued support and patronage of our customers. It is particularly important to avoid gluten contamination at this difficult time, doubling the importance for those with allergens that we cater to,” Fulton says. Find the menu on Facebook at Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery Bistro or call 408-9000, open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

Greek House Authentic Greek Fast Food is open for takeout with contact-free curbside pick up for 10% discount, and delivery with GrubHub, Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Postmates. All medical and emergency personnel receive 20% off by showing a badge. Family meal plan information is available on the Greek House Facebook page. Open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays until 9 p.m.

Saffron Indian Bistro offers takeout, in-house delivery, or orders through ChowNow on its website, www.tucsonindianrestaurant.com, and in partnership with Uber Eats, Postmates, Grub Hub, and DoorDash. The full menu is available, including beer, wine, and cocktails with free mango pudding and reusable carryout bags with each order. Bottles of wine are half off and a 10% discount is available upon request. 742-9100.

Tucson restaurateurs ask residents to order takeout at least once a week to help sustain business, employees, and the local economy during this unprecedented time. Bon appetite.