This is not an ideal weekend to dine outdoors as our air quality is still pretty bad. Instead, order some delicious takeout and give your kitchen a break. From tiki and Hawaiian BBQ to some of the best fried chicken & waffles in town, here are a few excellent delivery and takeout specials to try this weekend.
Lost Cove (Fairfax)
This weekend, escape to Island Time with the help of Lost Cove. The new tiki and Hawaiian BBQ pop-up delivers tiki drinks, tiki-themed mugs with all the funky garnishes, and Big Island-style barbecue straight to your door. They even have a tiki Spotify playlist to help set the mood.
Behind the pop-up is Kevin Faerkin, the operations manager of Bludso’s Bar-&-Que. Faerkin tapped Justin Oliver (Smuggler’s Cove, Lono, and Bamboo Club) and Sam Spoehr (Bludso’s Bar-&-Que) to create Lost Cove’s tropical cocktails.
The classic tiki menu includes drinks like mai tais, banana daiquiris, and macadamia nut chi chis. Cocktails are premixed in a glass bottle using fresh organic juices, house-made syrups, and top-shelf rums and spirits. All you need to do is add ice, which is also included with your order.
Tiki drinks can be pretty strong, but you can balance out your island adventure with some food. On the menu are slow-smoked spare ribs, pulled pork sliders, and Huli Huli BBQ chicken. They come a la carte, in combo plates, and as family meals. For dessert, they offer Haupia coconut pudding with guava sauce, double chocolate brownies, and banana pudding.
Order on Tock, Postmates, Ubereats, DoorDash or Grubhub for pickup at Bludso’s Bar-&-Que or delivery if you’re within an eight-mile radius.
Poppy + Rose (Downtown)
Sink your teeth into an exceptional plate of fried chicken & waffles this weekend at chef Michael Reed’s American eatery Poppy + Rose. Reed is a fried chicken whisperer who brines his chicken in buttermilk and coats it with a salty, spicy, lip-smacking seasoning. Once fried, the skin retains its crunch while holding tender melt-in-your-mouth meat inside. Available on the breakfast and lunch menu, the dish comes with a Belgian-style waffle, a bone-in thigh piece, and a boneless breast. Available for takeout through ChowNow.
Azay (Little Tokyo)
Start the morning off with a Japanese breakfast prepared by Chef Akira Hirose, formerly of the critically-acclaimed Maison Akira in Pasadena. Azay is Hirose’s French and Japanese brasserie offering classics like kakuni omurice next to Boeuf Bourguignon. The hearty $15 Japanese Breakfast is served Tuesday through Sunday. It’s a traditional meal made up of broiled fish, Japanese rolled omelette, tofu with bonito flakes, pickled vegetables, miso soup, rice, and tea. Order on their webpage for pickup or GrubHub or DoorDash for delivery.
Salazar (Elysian Valley a.k.a. Frogtown)
Salazar recently opened for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. The entire food menu is available to be enjoyed at home, including their signature fire-grilled tacos and refreshing mezcal cocktails. Order on Postmates.