Getting dinner prepped is getting to be the ultimate challenge. We’re all in a surreal episode of Chopped where the mystery ingredients depend on what’s in stock at the store. Luckily, a number of restaurants are still open for contact-free curbside pick up making dinner time once again stress-free. These DMV businesses offer fresh local produce and pantry staples along with comfort dishes designed to get you through the quarantine. Bonus: they all offer a picturesque drive along with the pick up. Read on for the best places to pick up dinner—with a view!
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The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
You can’t go on spring break, but you can travel around the world plate-by-plate. Each week, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm is featuring a themed menu—upcoming destinations include Peru, South Korea and North Mexico. The Travel the World Menu costs $95 and feeds a family of four (larger families should call for custom pricing). For picky eaters, the restaurant offers a kid’s a la carte menu with healthy dinners for under $10. Starting at $48, Patowmack Farm also offers family-style picnic baskets on Sundays.
42461 Lovettsville Rd.
Lovettsville, VA 20180
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Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
A trip to Annapolis promises quaint streets, historic buildings and waterfront views. Many of the restaurants in downtown Annapolis are currently only offering pick up or delivery, but Mason’s has the no contact option of curbside. In addition to rolls, they also offer lobster mac and cheese and lobster grilled cheese for a gooey treat. The kids menu features Nathan’s hot dogs and grilled cheese. Don’t forget to pick up an organic Maine root soda while you’re there. Not in the mood for lobster? Check out this interactive map (here) of Annapolis restaurants that shows you what eateries are open and if they are offering curbside, delivery, pick up or all of the above.
188 Main Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Great Country Farms
Head out to Great Country Farms (GCF) and enjoy a drive through the rolling country as you navigate your way through the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can pick up all of your farm-fresh needs (eggs, kale, spinach and more) with a no-contact curbside pick up. While you’re stocking your pantry with locally grown foods, don’t forget to add some sweet treats to your order. GCF has some of the best cider donuts in the area; skip the 6-pack and get the straight up dozen (you’ll thank us!). If the kids are getting restless at home, you can pick up a panning kit and discover arrowheads, gemstones and rocks in your own backyard.
Insider’s tip: Head across the street to Dirt Farm Brewing for to-go beer 7 days/week. Dirt Farm also offers stunning views of the surrounding area.
18780 Foggy Bottom Rd.
Bluemont, VA 20135
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Rocky Point Creamery
We’re pretty sure ice cream is a quarantine essential. And nothing beats farm-fresh. About an hour drive from downtown DC, Rocky Point Creamery is one of the DMV’s best kept secrets. During the pandemic, you won’t be able to enjoy single-serve scoops, but you can still take home their sweet, creamy treats in the form of ice cream sandwiches, pies and, of course, whole pints. You can also grab a milkshake while you’re there! Their drive-thru is currently first come, first served, but with over 30 flavors, there is plenty to go around.
Insider tip: You can also pick-up various flavored cheddar and fresh milk.
323 Tuscarora Rd.
Tuscarora, MD 21790
photo: Kelley Farm Kitchen
Kelley Farm Kitchen
If you’re looking for a scenic drive to go with some amazing food, Kelley Farm Kitchen fits the bill. After a 70 minute drive to Harpers Ferry (known for its waterfront vistas), your effort will be paid off in sweet, vegan bites. Kelley Farm Kitchen serves up plant-based comfort foods like Impossible Tacos, Black & Bleu Burgers, Chickn’n & Waffles and Baked Mac & Cheese. Not to be left out, the kids menu offers finger-favorites like grilled cheese and plain cheeseburgers. The WV restaurant outlines their entire current protocol to keep diners safe, including sanitizing with Steramine twice a day and delivering to your car (without personal contact!) with a fresh pair of gloves for each order. Orders should be placed via the phone number (below).
1112 Washington St.
Harpers Ferry, WV
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Catoctin Creek Distillery
Replenish your supply of hand sanitizer at Purceville’s Catoctin Creek Distillery in Loudoun County. The Distillery first began making hand sanitizer to donate to the area’s First Responders; the general public can now purchase bottles (which help support their efforts) for $9.49 for a 6 oz. bottle (there is a limit of 4/per family). Pick up a hand-crafted (and solar-powered!) bottle of gin, whiskey, brandy or rye. Curbside pick ups are no-contact.
120 W Main St.
Purcellville, VA 20132
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