Food is something that has always brought people together. Sharing a meal is one of our favorite things to do with our loved ones. We all have our favorite restaurants, and now, more than ever, it’s important to help support them in any way possible.

Running a restaurant is difficult in the best of times. Now, due to COVID-19, it’s even more challenging. Luckily, there are still ways for you to support local restaurants, such as ordering takeout and dining outdoors. Keep reading to learn a few unique ways you can enjoy and support some of our favorite restaurants in Long Beach!

Take Advantage of Curbside Pickup and Contactless Delivery

Although many restaurants don’t currently offer dine-in options, they have adapted to offer their customers other convenient options, such as curbside pickup and contactless delivery. One of our favorite nearby restaurants, Ahimsa Vegan Cafe, is just up the street and offers takeout through online ordering and delivery through Grubhub. Not only do they have meatless burgers, sandwiches, and salads, but they also have dairy-free desserts and unique juice blends that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home.

If you’re unsure whether your favorite restaurants offer delivery or takeout, check their websites and social media pages! They will often update their current hours, menu, and ordering options based on the status of their restaurant.

Purchase Gift Cards for Your Loved Ones

Another great way to support local restaurants is to buy gift cards. Besides being great gifts for your loved ones, gift cards are very beneficial to small businesses. They could be the difference between your favorite restaurant staying afloat and not making it through the pandemic.

Plus, giving your friends and family gift cards is also a great way to connect with some of your favorite people. You can all bond over the delicious food and drinks, and you and your family or roommates can all enjoy a meal together in your living room. There is no better time to share these small joys with one another. 

Many restaurants are even offering special deals to customers who purchase gift cards. Another local example, The Attic, offers a free $10 gift card when you spend $50 on gift cards and a free $20 gift card with a purchase of $100. 

Buy Their Merchandise

Many restaurants are offering special merchandise to their customers. This is another great gift option for your loved ones. Not only will you and your friends feel stylish while representing your favorite places, but you can also help restaurants find more customers. Wearing your favorite restaurant’s T-shirt design is free advertising, and you’re benefiting others by suggesting great places for them to eat! 

Looking for a quick bite? One of our favorite places, Steelcraft, offers a selection of vendors to choose from. Described as an “outdoor urban eatery,” they have options for craft food and dessert, wine, beer, and coffee. They also sell some really cool merchandise, from tote bags to tees. 

Using these tips, you can still enjoy food from your favorite places in Long Beach from the comfort of your apartment at The Circle! We know your favorite restaurants will appreciate all the help they can get, especially during this difficult time. Support local restaurants to keep them afloat during this difficult time.