Salt and pepper eggplant from Yummy House.

Image: Tim Robison

In less than two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered the Sarasota dining scene. Some restaurants have already closed for good, while others have been temporarily shuttered. Those that have remained open, established restaurants and promising newcomers alike, have struggled to keep up with shifting government regulations, deal with disrupted supply chains and maintain the safety of their employees and customers.

Restaurants must also overcome widespread fear that it remains unsafe to eat in restaurants, even if eateries follow the state's social distancing guidelines and equip their workers with effective protective gear. Because of that uneasiness, many of us are ordering takeout more often than ever before.

But that doesn't mean we'll settle for soggy fast food or bland, unimaginative dishes. To help you stay on your culinary toes, even if you're not eating out, we've compiled a list of our favorite destinations to order takeout from, right now:

Downtown Sarasota

Avlí Mess Hall

1592 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 365-2234, avlionmain.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

The Breakfast House

1817 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 366-6860

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Circo

1435 Second St., Sarasota, (941) 253-0978, circosrq.com

Open for takeout.

Duval’s

1435 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 312-4001, duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com

Open for takeout, delivery and limited in-person dining.

Indigenous

239 S. Links Ave., Sarasota, (941) 706-4740, indigenoussarasota.com

Open for takeout.

Jack Dusty

Inside The Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, (941) 309-2266, ritzcarlton.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Lemon Tree Kitchen's vegan pizza.

Image: Tim Robison

Lemon Tree Kitchen

1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 552-9688, thelemontreekitchen.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Grilled tofu at Lila.

Image: Tim Robison

Lila

1576 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 296-1042, lilasrq.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Made

1990 Main St., #112, Sarasota, (941) 953-2900, maderestaurant.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Mattison's

1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 330-0440; 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-3400; 101 Riverfront Blvd., #120, Bradenton, (941) 896-9660; mattisons.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Mélange

1568 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 953-7111, melangesarasota.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

301 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-2271; 14475 E. State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 999-2390; nancysbarbq.com

Open for takeout, delivery and limited in-person dining.

The Overton's bacon.

Image: Chad Spencer

The Overton

1420 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, (941) 500-9175, theovertonsrq.com

Open for takeout, delivery and limited in-person dining.

Owen’s Fish Camp

516 Burns Court, Sarasota, (941) 951-6936, owensfishcamp.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Pho Cali

1578 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 955-2683, phocalisarasota.com

Open for takeout.

Rosemary & Thyme

511 N. Orange Ave., (941) 955-7600, therosemarysarasota.com

Open for takeout, delivery and limited in-person dining.

Selva

1345 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 362-4427, selvagrill.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

The Düsseldorfer Sentfrostbraten at Siegfried's Restaurant.

Siegfried’s Restaurant

1869 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, (941) 330-9330, siegfrieds-restaurant.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

State Street Eating House + Cocktails

1533 State St., Sarasota, (941) 951-1533, statestreetsrq.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Lakewood Ranch/University Town Center

The Capital Grille

180 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 256-3647, thecapitalgrille.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Dim Sum King

8194 Tourist Center Drive, Bradenton, (941) 306-5848, dimsumsarasota.com

Open for takeout.

Fresh Kitchen’s “Feast Meal."

Image: Tim Robison

Fresh Kitchen

8491 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 208-3900, eatfreshkitchen.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Lucky Pelican Bistro

6239 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota, (941) 907-0589, luckypelicanbistro.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine

8453 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton, (941) 926-3077, tandoorsarasota.net

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Mid-Sarasota

Bushido Izayaki

3688 Webber St., Sarasota, (941) 217-5635, bushidosushisrq.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit.

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food

5520 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 487-8949, buttermilksrq.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Connors Steak & Seafood

3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1165, Sarasota, (941) 260-3232, connorsrestaurant.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Darwin Peruvian Eatery

4141 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 260-5964, chefdarwin.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

JPan Sushi & Grill

3800 S. Tamiami Trail, #3, Sarasota, (941) 954-5726; 239 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, (941) 960-3997; jpanrestaurant.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

The watercress salad at Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie.

Image: Tim Robison

Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie

1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota; 8445 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch; (941) 487-7300, libbysneighborhoodbrasserie.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Marcello Ristorante Italiano

4155 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-6794, marcellosarasota.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Shakespeare’s

3550 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 364-5938, shakespearesenglishpub.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Summer House's roasted chicken.

Image: Jenny Acheson

Summer House

149 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key, Sarasota, (941) 260-2675, summerhousesiestakey.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Walt’s Fish Market

4144 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-4605, waltsfishmarketrestaurant.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Yummy House

1737 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 351-1688, yummyhouseflorida.com

Open for takeout.

St. Armands Circle

Shore

465 John Ringling Blvd., #200, Sarasota, (941) 296-0301; 800 Broadway St., Longboat Key, (941) 259-4600; dineshore.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

North Sarasota

Bitia's Taqueria

3436 17th St., Sarasota, (941) 366-8081

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Leaf & Lentil

2801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 413-5685, leafandlentil.com

Open for takeout.

South Sarasota

Alpine Steakhouse

4520 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 922-3797, alpinesteak.com

Open for takeout, delivery and limited in-person dining.

Pizza at Napulè.

Image: Tim Robison

Napulè

7129 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 556-9639, napulesarasota.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant & Oyster Bar

5353 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 925-4444, creekseafood.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Sardinia

5770 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 702-8582, sardiniasrq.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Screaming Goat Taqueria

6606 Superior Ave., Sarasota, (941) 210-3992, screaming-goat.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Venice

Fins at Sharky’s

1600 Harbor Drive S., Venice, (941) 999-3467, finsatsharkys.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Star Thai and Sushi

533 U.S. Highway 41 Bypass N., Venice, (941) 485-3981; 240 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key, Sarasota, (941) 217-6758; starthaiandsushi.com

Open for takeout and delivery.

Thai Bistro

537B E. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 484-8458, thaibistrovenice.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Grilled grouper from Star Fish Co.

Cortez

Star Fish Co.

12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez, (941) 794-1243, starfishcompany.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Anna Maria Island

Poppo’s Taqueria

212C Pine Ave., Anna Maria, (941) 254-7941; 1544 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 706-2849; 6777 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 251-6982; 4220 53rd Ave. E., #108, Bradenton, (941) 727-1078; 8471 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton, (941) 359-3720; 5942 34th St. W., #114, Bradenton, (941) 251-6355; poppostaqueria.com

Open for takeout, delivery and limited in-person dining.

Clams from Sandbar.

Image: Tim Robison

Sandbar

100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, (941) 778-0444, sandbardining.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

The Waterfront Restaurant & Craft Bar

111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, (941) 778-1515, thewaterfrontrestaurant.net

Open for takeout.

Longboat Key

Euphemia Haye

5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-3633, euphemiahaye.com

Open for takeout.

Maison Blanche

2605 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 383-8088, themaisonblanche.com

Open for takeout, delivery and limited in-person dining.

Mar Vista's shrimp and grits.

Image: Chad Spencer

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

760 Broadway St., Longboat Key, (941) 383-2391, marvistadining.com

Open for takeout and limited in-person dining.

Bradenton

El Tio Carlos

Inside the Red Barn Flea Market, 1707 First St. E., Bradenton, (941) 201-4610

Open for takeout.

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