Most of us are experiencing major wanderlust these days as the pandemic has prevented everyone from traveling as much as they would like. A creative way to explore other countries without even leaving your apartment is by delving into authentic cuisine. If you’re located in Washington, DC, you probably already know you’re surrounded by amazing international food options. Here are some restaurants with pickup and delivery options so you can sample the world’s many flavors and stay safe from COVID, too:
There’s not much more comforting in these winter months than a warm bowl of soup, and if you want to add international flavor, get some ramen. Daikaya offers a selection of comforting broths, noodles, and add-ons and they even have instructions for combining and reheating your takeout ramen order here!
Are you a night owl? Then you’ll want to make like the Spanish do and eat dinner LATE. Open for delivery until 9 pm, Jaleo has you covered for tapas, paella, chorizo, olives, and sangria. Since opening Jaleo in 1993, Chef José Andrés has been capturing Spanish flavors with traditional ingredients and cutting-edge techniques. The hard work has paid off, as the restaurant has been featured in the 2018 Michelin Guide.
The Caribbean: Cane
In these dark days of winter, we all want to be on a beach sipping rum. But when you can’t do that, you can still sip rum on your couch and enjoy traditional Caribbean roti tiffin boxes of curry, jerk, and slaw. Cane is owned and operated by a brother and sister from Trinidad and Tobago who are bringing the diverse tastes of their home island -influenced by African, Indian, Spanish, French, and East Asian foods- to you!
The Middle East: Maydān
Can’t decide on a particular country -or even continent? How about enjoying the varied flavors of the Middle East and North Africa? You’ll enjoy a meal centered around bread baked in clay ovens that you can enjoy with a variety of roasted vegetables, dips, spreads, meats, and salads. Check out their special to-go menu, which includes wine and cocktails.
The Philippines: Bad Saint
This tiny restaurant packs a real flavor punch! And now you can sample their creative Filipino dishes and craft cocktails at home. Delicious options include roast pork with steamed buns, chilled octopus salad, and vegetable stew in peanut sauce. In case you want more goodies to enjoy later, they also have an online “pantry” where you can get house-made sauces, CSA boxes, and Filipino grocery items.
Mexico: Taqueria Habanero
Taco Tuesday called, and it misses you. Luckily, Taqueria Habanero has 14 different taco options daily! You’ll be supporting a family-owned business while eating true Mexican food cooked by Chef Dio Montero, who is from Puebla, Mexico then immigrated to the US 15 years ago, and worked his way up from dishwasher to line cook to restaurant owner. So, get your Mexican fix with authentic food, fresh tortillas, and -if you want to go all out- to-go margaritas.
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