Are you getting into the swing of ordering takeout from restaurants yet? Beyond buying gift cards or merchandise, it’s the safest and easiest way to support local restaurants that are fighting to stay alive during the coronavirus pandemic. Also: You’ve gotta be a little tired of your own cooking by now, right?
For those still wary about the safety of takeout, the Centers for Disease Control has said the risk of getting COVID-19 from food or packaging is very low, and the American Medical Association recently released a chart labeling the risk a "2," or "low," on a scale of 1-10, the same as camping or pumping gas. By comparison, the AMA labeled dining on a patio a "4" (moderate-low) and eating in a restaurant dining room as "7" (moderate-high).
A critic works to place restaurants in a greater social and cultural context and analyze preparation and plating while exploring a chef or restaurant owner’s narrative and intention. All context right now is coronavirus. Execution for takeout is trickier than in-restaurant dining. And everyone’s current intention is to simply remain open.
So, this recurring Takeout Treasures series focuses on the other part of a critic’s job: weeding through the abundance of options and pointing you toward some solid choices for dining at home. And, remember: wear a mask when you go to pick up your food. It’s the responsible thing to do, and it’s currently the law in Austin.
Curry carrots and grilled peach salad at Aviary Wine + Kitchen
I bet you’ve roasted a carrot or two over the past several months. But have you turned them into a velvety puree? Have you figured out how to delicately fry that bag of kale in your fridge? Aviary reminds you of the nuance that goes into restaurant cuisine by delivering big flavors with seemingly simple dishes like curried carrots with coriander yogurt dressing ($9), and the restaurant presents flavors of summer with a salad of compressed grilled peaches with peach butter, lumps of marinated feta and blistered shishito peppers ($9). Pick up a couple of each and pair them with some crisp natural wine, and you’ve got your own in-house wine bar.
Information: 2110 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 916-4445, aviarywinekitchen.com.
Takeout hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; if you’re looking for a patio dining, Aviary also offers that from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
How it works: Order online or call-in and have your food delivered to your car.
April 2019 Review: Aviary Wine & Kitchen takes flight, wobbles and all
2019 Austin360 Dining Guide: Aviary (#46)
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