Eating in is the new eating out in 2021 while everyone waits for the sea change that a vaccine and the end of a second wave of the pandemic is expected to bring. In the meantime, date night, casual food to-go or warm, easy-to-like comfort foods are within reach throughout Silicon Valley for delivery or takeout. Here is just a sampling.

Date Night (at home)

Broadway Masala

2397 Broadway St, Redwood City; 650.369.9000

Broadway Masala has been busier than ever after rebuilding following a fire, offering some of the most reliably delicious Indian food on the Peninsula. Open daily for lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm and dinner from 5pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday or until 9:30pm Sunday to Thursday.

Sidecar Modern Tavern

2402 Broadway, Redwood City; 408.399.5180

Sidecar Modern Tavern’s romantic meal for two includes a charcuterie and cheese plate, apple and spinach bowl, brownie and a choice between a filet steak with bone marrow or king salmon. Curbside pickup is available from 4:30 to 8pm Wednesday to Sunday. Deliver is also available.

Silicon Valley Capital Club

50 W San Fernando St, San Jose; 408.971.9300

During non-pandemic times, the Silicon Valley Capital Club is considered by many a premier social club and a must-go for fine dining in San Jose. While the restaurant is closed for now, it offers takeout Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 3pm.

San Agus Cocina Urbana & Cocktails

115 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto; 650.847.1334

From the crew behind La Viga Seafood & Cocina Mexicana and LV Mar Tapas & Cocktails, San Agus is the newest concept to bring a refined take on Mexican food to the South Bay. Open at noon daily. Happy hour is from 2 to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai

1165 Merrill St, Menlo Park; 650.665.7935

Farmhouse Kitchen Thai has a romantic package for two with its Little Lao table set for $120. It includes fresh rolls with peanut sauce, samosas and papaya salad. Open noon to 8pm daily. Free delivery is available on orders valued at more than $45.


Casual Fare

The Table

1110 Willow St, San Jose; 408.638.7911

The Table has become a San Jose staple, serving hand-crafted cocktails and California cuisine made with seasonal ingredients in the heart of Willow Glen. It’s open at 4pm on Monday and Tuesday, but 9am every other day. Closing time is 8pm.


424 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos; 408.797.8688

Traveling may be off the table, but that doesn’t mean dinner can’t transport us all figuratively. PintxoPote evokes its roots from Basque Country in Northern Spain with each meal. It’s open for no-contact curbside takeout from 5:30 to 9:00pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Sun of Wolf

406 California Ave, Palo Alto; 650.325.8888

Think old Mexican roots mixed with modern Bay Area flavors and that’s Sun of Wolf, with its Maja Lasagna and Hamburguesa con Papas. Open for takeout brunch from 10am to 3pm on Sunday and for dinner from 4 to 8pm Friday and Saturday.

Camino Brewing Company

718 S. 1st St, San Jose; 408.352.5331

Camino Brewing founders took the study of the Camino—a rite of passage for every California kid—to heart when they founded the brewery to make beers inspired by the flavors on the historic trail. The San Jose brewery offers 12-packs, 24-packs, 32 oz growlers and 5 pound kegs to go daily.

Lazy Duck Brewing

1723 Rogers Ave STE E, San Jose

This San Jose based brewery offers small batch craft beers in limited quantities. Get it before it runs out. Open noon to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Ambrose Butchery

37683 Niles Blvd, Fremont; 510.509.2677

Ambrose Butchery offers locally sourced and sustainable meats from responsible artisan farms. It’s open from 5 to 8pm Tuesday to Saturday for takeout. Delivery is available through DoorDash.

Frankie Johnnie and Luigi Too!

939 El Camino Real, Mountain View; 650.967.5384

1455 Foxworthy Ave, San Jose; 408.264.5781

643 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas; 408.942.1292

Frankig Johnnie and Luigi Too! has three South Bay locations, each offering east-coast style, Italian-American plates. It’s open for takeout 10:30am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 10:30am to 9pm Sunday.

Eleven College Ave

11 College Ave, Los Gatos; 408.402.3072

Eleven College Ave serves California dishes like avocado toast, porkbelly sandwich and cobb salad alongside barbeque options such as tri-tip sandwich, smoked chicken and ribs. It’s open for takeout from 11:30am until food sells out Tuesday to Saturday.

Sweet Sicily

100 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale;408.733.9600

Located in downtown Sunnyvale, Sweet Sicily Restaurant offers pastas, specialty pizzas, focaccia stuffed with salami as well as cookies and desserts. It’s open for takeout dinner daily and lunch on the weekends.

Franklin Street Caffe

1053 El Camino Real, Redwood City; 650.366.3322

Franklin Street Caffe’s mission was to reinvent the traditional American diner with healthier and fresher food, including sandwiches, omelets and chicken and fish entrees, now available for takeout and delivery. Open for takeout between 8:30am and 8:30pm.

Proposition Chicken

1137 Chestnut St, Menlo Park; 415.278.1685

Delivery only, San Jose

Proposition Chicken offers fried chicken, a slow-roasted rotisserie chicken and crispy barbeque tofu in three ways: sandwich, salad or entree. On Mondays 10 percent of its sales goes to a nonprofit partner.

Jon Jon’s BBQ

1305 Oakland Rd, San Jose; 408.297.5799

Founded by a Georgia native, Jon Jon’s BBQ food  truck offers Southern Style BBQ inspired by family recipes. It’s open for takeout from 10am to 5pm every day except Sunday.


Comfort Foods

3rd and Bourbon

93 E Santa Clara St, San Jose; 408.372.7674

Craving a good old fashioned burger? 3rd and Bourbon specializes in American fare, offering three juicy burger options and fries alongside other comfort food staples like mac and cheese and fried chicken. Open for takeout from 4pm to 10pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Tayyibaat Meat & Grill

10 S Abbott Ave, Milpitas; 408.586.9700

Tayibaat Meat & Grill offers comfort Mediterranean dishes like kabobs and chili as well as catering and butchering options for poultry, lamb, goat and beef. It’s open for takeout daily from 11am and until 8pm on weekdays or 9pm on weekends. Closed on Mondays.

Ramen the Place

5529 Stevens Creek, Santa Clara; 408.560.5065

Winter means cuddling up indoors with something warm and few things are more comforting than a big bowl of ramen, be it pork tonkatsu, spicy vegan or one of the other seven options at Ramen the Place. Open 11am to 8pm Wednesday to Sunday.


837 Jefferson Ave, Redwood City; 650.562.7260

Pasha offers Mediterranean comfort food, including falafel, baba ghanoush and gyros to-go. It’s open for takeout from 10:30am to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 10:30am to 2:00am Friday and Saturday. Delivery is available via DoorDash.