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9 Austin Favorites Offering Takeout Picnic Boxes

Reclaim alfresco dining with great to-go picnic boxes from Austin restaurants

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2020 has been defined by social distancing and ever-changing dining restrictions, but that doesn’t mean people are just stuck inside. Make the most of these long, summer days and forthcoming cooler fall ones with a socially distanced picnic lunch at a favorite park or backyard — as long as you keep the group to ten people within your household groups, stay six feet apart, and wear masks when not actually eating or drinking

Restaurants throughout the city-area are offering takeout options specifically geared toward alfresco dining with all-in-one picnic boxes and meals, with easy-to-eat foods like sandwiches and grazing boards. Don’t forget to grab some wine or beer to-go and bring your mandated face coverings for when you can’t avoid crowds.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant or catering company is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants/companies themselves.

For more general takeout options, scope out Eater Austin’s takeout and delivery package and the running guide, as well as the ongoing restaurants with pop-up markets list. For a true Texas picnic, stop by one of the many barbeque spots offering to-go: brisket, ribs and all the fixings make a great, no-fuss picnic too.

A number of Austin restaurants have resumed dine-in service. That level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the City of Austin website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Andiamo Ristorante

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Head to North Burnet to pick up an Italian picnic for one or two people. Each order includes a prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, a spinach and tomato panini, a side of pickled peppers and mushrooms; and a watermelon, arugula and feta cheese salad. Optional wine pairings are available, and you can now donate a second picnic box for an emergency worker for an additional $20. Call to order. The restaurant has also reopened for dine-in services.

A picnic box from Andiamo
A picnic box from Andiamo
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Easy Tiger

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The artisanal bread makers have created a picnic pack perfect for groups. Each comes with six sandwiches, sides, chocolate chunk cookies and a cute branded cooler bag. Optional drink packages are available, including six-packs of beers, margarita kits, and half-gallons of iced tea. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened its outdoor beer garden for dine-in service.

Spread & Co.

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Another option for cheese lovers, the Rosedale restaurant offers two picnic box options, a vegetarian-friendly cheese one, and a cheese and charcuterie picnic box. The shop’s grazing and cheese boards are also available for those seeking a larger variety. Pre-order online for pickup or delivery. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

A picnic box from Spread & Co.
A picnic box from Spread & Co.
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Antonelli's Cheese Shop

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Skip the usual sandwiches in favor of a beautiful grazing tray. Antonelli’s Cheese Shop has over ten picnic-perfect cheese trays to choose from, including several vegetarian options. There’s also the ready-to-go picnic, which includes three types of cheeses, two meats, a bottle of wine, and assorted accompaniments like olives and crackers. Available for pickup or delivery, place orders online.

Aphrodite Oysters

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Opt for an indulgent picnic, delivered by seafood catering company Aphrodite Oysters. The picnic package for two includes a dozen East Coast oysters (shucked on site, socially distanced of course), shrimp cocktail, black drum ceviche and freshly made corn chips. Order online at least 24-hours in advance, and please tip your shucker.  

Oysters from Aphrodite Oysters
Oysters from Aphrodite Oysters
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Carpenters Hall

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The boutique Zilker hotel restaurant serves a to-go chicken-focused picnic box. The hearty meal includes cold fried chicken, served with buttermilk ranch and spicy honey dipping sauces; German potato salad; roasted green beans; vinegar cabbage slaw; and chocolate chip cookies. Picnics are available for two or four people. There’s also the Tex-Mex mezze platter, with dishes such as the pecan praline baba ganoush and crispy chickpea and jalapeno hummus. Order online with pickups at the hotel’s coffee shop, Hot L Coffee. The hotel has reopened for guests.

House Wine

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The South Austin wine bar is bringing date-night to you with a romantic picnic for two. The California date night package includes a bottle of Cabernet blanc or sauvignon and a charcuterie board. Order online or over the phone for curbside pickup or delivery. The bar has reopened for dine-in service, too. 

A picnic pack from House WIne
A picnic pack from House WIne
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Texas Keeper Cider

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The Manchaca cidery is offering a rotating selection of picnic boxes that change weekly, similar to the cheese, antipasti, and charcuterie boards that used to be found from the taproom. Order online before you go (you can grab a few ciders and other snacks from the online store, too) for curbside pickups.

A vegan picnic from Texas Keeper Cider
A vegan picnic from Texas Keeper Cider
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Gourmage

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For Hill Country-area park picnics, the New Braunfels-based fromagerie features an adorable picnic basket for two, along with customizable cheese platters and cheese wheel cakes. The wicker basket comes with real silverware, ceramic plates, wine glasses, and cloth napkins. Add on a bottle of wine and some cheese for an ideal picnic lunch. Order online for in-store or curbside pickups. The shop has reopened for dine-in service too.

Andiamo Ristorante

A picnic box from Andiamo
A picnic box from Andiamo
Andiamo/Facebook

Head to North Burnet to pick up an Italian picnic for one or two people. Each order includes a prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, a spinach and tomato panini, a side of pickled peppers and mushrooms; and a watermelon, arugula and feta cheese salad. Optional wine pairings are available, and you can now donate a second picnic box for an emergency worker for an additional $20. Call to order. The restaurant has also reopened for dine-in services.

A picnic box from Andiamo
A picnic box from Andiamo
Andiamo/Facebook

Easy Tiger

The artisanal bread makers have created a picnic pack perfect for groups. Each comes with six sandwiches, sides, chocolate chunk cookies and a cute branded cooler bag. Optional drink packages are available, including six-packs of beers, margarita kits, and half-gallons of iced tea. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened its outdoor beer garden for dine-in service.

Spread & Co.

A picnic box from Spread & Co.
A picnic box from Spread & Co.
Spread & Co./Facebook

Another option for cheese lovers, the Rosedale restaurant offers two picnic box options, a vegetarian-friendly cheese one, and a cheese and charcuterie picnic box. The shop’s grazing and cheese boards are also available for those seeking a larger variety. Pre-order online for pickup or delivery. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

A picnic box from Spread & Co.
A picnic box from Spread & Co.
Spread & Co./Facebook

Antonelli's Cheese Shop

Skip the usual sandwiches in favor of a beautiful grazing tray. Antonelli’s Cheese Shop has over ten picnic-perfect cheese trays to choose from, including several vegetarian options. There’s also the ready-to-go picnic, which includes three types of cheeses, two meats, a bottle of wine, and assorted accompaniments like olives and crackers. Available for pickup or delivery, place orders online.

Aphrodite Oysters

Oysters from Aphrodite Oysters
Oysters from Aphrodite Oysters
Aphrodite Oysters/Facebook

Opt for an indulgent picnic, delivered by seafood catering company Aphrodite Oysters. The picnic package for two includes a dozen East Coast oysters (shucked on site, socially distanced of course), shrimp cocktail, black drum ceviche and freshly made corn chips. Order online at least 24-hours in advance, and please tip your shucker.  

Oysters from Aphrodite Oysters
Oysters from Aphrodite Oysters
Aphrodite Oysters/Facebook

Carpenters Hall

The boutique Zilker hotel restaurant serves a to-go chicken-focused picnic box. The hearty meal includes cold fried chicken, served with buttermilk ranch and spicy honey dipping sauces; German potato salad; roasted green beans; vinegar cabbage slaw; and chocolate chip cookies. Picnics are available for two or four people. There’s also the Tex-Mex mezze platter, with dishes such as the pecan praline baba ganoush and crispy chickpea and jalapeno hummus. Order online with pickups at the hotel’s coffee shop, Hot L Coffee. The hotel has reopened for guests.

House Wine

A picnic pack from House WIne
A picnic pack from House WIne
House Wine/Facebook

The South Austin wine bar is bringing date-night to you with a romantic picnic for two. The California date night package includes a bottle of Cabernet blanc or sauvignon and a charcuterie board. Order online or over the phone for curbside pickup or delivery. The bar has reopened for dine-in service, too. 

A picnic pack from House WIne
A picnic pack from House WIne
House Wine/Facebook

Texas Keeper Cider

A vegan picnic from Texas Keeper Cider
A vegan picnic from Texas Keeper Cider
Texas Keeper Cider/Facebook

The Manchaca cidery is offering a rotating selection of picnic boxes that change weekly, similar to the cheese, antipasti, and charcuterie boards that used to be found from the taproom. Order online before you go (you can grab a few ciders and other snacks from the online store, too) for curbside pickups.

A vegan picnic from Texas Keeper Cider
A vegan picnic from Texas Keeper Cider
Texas Keeper Cider/Facebook

Gourmage

For Hill Country-area park picnics, the New Braunfels-based fromagerie features an adorable picnic basket for two, along with customizable cheese platters and cheese wheel cakes. The wicker basket comes with real silverware, ceramic plates, wine glasses, and cloth napkins. Add on a bottle of wine and some cheese for an ideal picnic lunch. Order online for in-store or curbside pickups. The shop has reopened for dine-in service too.

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