Do not feel safe dining indoors, especially if it seems like there is no air moving in the room. Not keen on outdoors if the establishment isn’t vigilant about spacing. I get carryout and give big tips.
Pre-Covid, my wife and I dined out 2-3 times per week. Since mid-March we carryout 2-3 times per week and have only done outdoor dining at two restaurants a handful of times. Our grill and back deck are getting a big workout.
I follow whatever rules are in place. This goes all the way from the current masking and outdoor seating only at Old Herald Brewery and Distillery and elsewhere in Illinois to no rules at a place in Missouri last weekend.
2 trusted outdoor places, 1 trusted indoor during off hours. Well distanced tables, masks required to leave your table or when server comes.
That may change with the weather, but for now it’s working fine.
Also: a fave local pizza place may NOT reopen indoor dining at all: owner found that carry out and delivery only have increased his business to the point extra revenue may not be worth the risk.
- Not a Billionaire - Monday, Sep 14, 20 @ 3:39 pm:
Drive through and pick up at grocery only. The only buildings I have entered since lockdown are medical and those only with an n 95
= Some carry out and eat at home. What a boring life =
Cook and eat at home. Carry out usually once a week for a treat. My spouse and I use tech to reach out to family and friends. Not bored, but miss the physical connection, especially with the grandkids.
1 trusted inside eatery once (it’s a Browns that does a lot of catering so not busy inside. We were the only customers that day and sat far from the staff (to protect them too)). Other than that takeaway or delivery. I have a nice outdoor patio in my yard that we can eat on.
I’ve only eaten indoors at a restaurant once this whole time, and only because I was out of town with family and didn’t have much other choice. I didn’t like dining al fresco before, so why start now? We order out every Saturday night and do our best to order from somewhere locally owned.
I haven’t eaten in or out of a restaurant or gotten take out since early March.
No food that hasn’t been prepared by me or that a trusted chef friend has sent me in care baskets.
Tomorrow is a big day for me - that same trusted friend and I are dining out for breakfast!
We will be getting our breakfast to go from a new establishment that opened during pandemic and is thriving. AND following all health and safety guidelines in an exemplary fashion.
We will breakfast lake side at Rend Lake - just may go back to the same place for lunch on our way home for patio dining!
I’m looking forward to tomorrow - it will also be the first time I have been in a vehicle with anyone other than my husband since March.
I realize this sounds extreme, but my husband and I are both very high risk so living down here in Region 4 we’ve sort of been forced by all the covidiots into being hyper cautious.
Delivery only, with generous-to-lavish tipping. We were doing 1x/week but now not quite as often because we’ve whittled the list down to a trusted few, our fave place closed, and right now we have a lot of homegrown produce. (Eggplant coming on most recently. Eggplant parm needs work but the baba ganouj is outstanding if I do say so myself.)
I’ve been doing outdoor dining for awhile, if mask and spacing rules are being adhered to. This past weekend I dined indoors for the first time since March. Not sure I’ll make that a habit yet, however.
My wife and I live in very rural, McDonough County (we do not live in Macomb). We generally order out twice a week from a couple very small family-owned restaurants in Bushnell, IL, to help keep them afloat. We also tip the waitstaff well, even though they are simply bringing our food to our car. Gotta help as much as possible.
- Bruce( no not him) - Monday, Sep 14, 20 @ 4:04 pm:
I’m high risk and therefore housebound. I haven’t been in another structure since March. Used to eat out daily. I take the money I’m saving and donate it to the food bank. Makes me feel a little less helpless.
I’ve dined outside four time over the course of the summer. Never inside as it just doesn’t seem worth the risk. Probably do carryout a couple of times a week which is what I’ll revert to as the weather starts to turn. I feel for the restaurant industry. Even with restrictions I just don’t see how many will be able to make the economics work this winter. And it’s not just about easing restrictions. People like me aren’t going to risk dining in until this thing is behind us.
No eating inside, and only eating outside if there’s lots of space between tables. We’re doing the vast majority of our eating out via delivery or carryout, though. No indoor dining for us until the pandemic eases–it’s a want, not a need.
My regular restaurants all deliver or have curb side pickup. Get groceries delivered. Also receive organic farm fruits and veggies regularly. Learning to cook a lot of neat stuff I wouldn’t experience otherwise. Got to make your own fun these days.
We’ve done takeout for lunch every Friday since April, but have not eaten at any restaurants. We will not be eating out (indoor or outside) until the state gets to Phase 5…vaccine, very low cases, high level of contact tracing and testing. Probably late spring 2021 at the earliest…summer 2021 more likely.
Have dined indoors in TN, KY, MO, NV, and this weekend will be adding MS to the list. I have always preferred small locally owned places and have been eating at them as much as possible. Except when we were in Las Vegas in July. This weekend in Tunics will be one meal in a casino, ajd at least one at a great old burger place, probably a stop in Memphis on the way back for BBQ also. We have very limited choices for indoor dining around here anyway. Have frequented a few local owned places for takeout as often as possible.
Pre-COVID, my wife and I would eat out 2-3 times a week. Since, we’ve eaten out - outside - exactly once and indoors not at all. We cook Sunday-Thursday and get takeout and tip lavishly on Friday and Saturday.
We’d probably eat outside a *little* more, but it turns out that sitters are hard to round up in a pandemic too (and we wouldn’t let them in the house anyway)
Have only eaten at 3 restaurants since this whole thing started. BTW, Olive Garden “to go” was horrible at the Springfield location. Been walking over to Cafe Moxo on Friday mornings to pick up breakfast that I ordered online.
Have eaten inside three or four times since March, only under great duress. My wife refuses to eat inside at all. Have eaten outside on occasion, provided there is good spacing and everyone is masked. A stiff favorable breeze is a plus. Takeout and delivery from trusted joints only.
How life has changed: An extended photo shoot will soon take me through IA and NE to Yellowstone, then MT and ND to the MN North Shore, and home through WI. Staying at familiar, trusted lodgings, or places I’ve talked to about their sanitizing practices. PPE and sanitizing tools already packed. No restaurants at all, taking my own beer, rye, and room microwavable food. Prepared for sleeping in the car or roadside If necessary. Plan to be self-contained as possible while still finding car space for photo gear and a change of underwear. Not so young anymore, but it’s a different world out there and you gotta adjust.
We dine anyplace we like that’s open if we feel like it but even pre covid we were skewing heavily towards takeout. Either way we take out or dine in on average 3 Or 4 nights a week whether we are here or at our other place in MO. Covid has made little difference for us in that regard. We have favorite family owned places we patronize because we love their food and don’t want to see them fail.
- Give Us Barabbas - Monday, Sep 14, 20 @ 5:32 pm:
Tried eating outside at two places and frankly, the ambiance was not there; ugly tent facing nothing worth looking at at one, the second, great Mexican food with a view of a bus garage. Until there’s a treatment or vaccine, I’m not doing inside or outside, only to-go orders I can eat at home, where I can pick the company and the view. I have upped my tipping game since Covid; when I make a pickup I tip an amount that I would have called insane, pre-covid.
I order carry-out/delivery from places I know and trust. No outdoor dining - sorry just no need. Pretty much everywhere I like still has carry-out or delivery options. Plenty of cocktail kits on my front porch with friends while the weather was still warm. I also have been ordering Purple Carrot meal prep delivery pretty regularly.
Six places in Springfield we regularly dine at, inside or out depending on how busy they are. When inside was shutdown, we ordered from them.
Son happens to work in the kitchen of two of those places, a third is owned by a good friend, and we also know the owners of the 4th. We tend to go at off peak times when we are often one of a very few there. We avoid bars …
When we travel, we look for places practicing distancing or have outside seating with distancing. If it looks too crowded, we pass. Just got home from Michigan; they are mostly the same rules as Illinois. From what we can see, people are being cautious but getting together with other trusted friends.
some take out and delivery. had one at restaurant visit and not comfortable doing that.
- dr. reason a. goodwin - Monday, Sep 14, 20 @ 9:44 pm:
I’ve been doing curbside and drive through a lot, trying to help keep my favorites afloat. A couple of my favorite Mexican places have outdoor patios that I have been to a few times. No inside dining since March.
I had started to dip my toes into curbside pick up but in the last few weeks several local restaurants have banded together to publicly announce they will not be informing patrons of positive COVID tests among their employees so it’s back to the kitchen for me.
I’m sure (some of) the outdoor dining is safe, but it’s easy enough to have it delivered or pick it up, and not be exposed to waiters/have them exposed to me.
We ordered our anniversary dinner from the place we went out to for our anniversary last year, and we actually really liked having it at home, where we could eat at our own pace and put stuff in the fridge and just chill and watch TV during dessert. There are several restaurants we hope keep doing take-out because it’s been very great!
We are also very into “make food at home” kits from several places — a local bar has an amazing “make BBQ ribs at home” kit that they give you in roasting pans; BR has great home sundae bars; Taco Bell until recently had a “make a taco bar at home” kit that was amazing and has apparently left the menu. We’ve been LOVING those kinds of things and hoping restaurants keep doing them after Covid. It’s hard to get a sitter for three kids so we can go out to dinner, but ordering a “heat it in the oven” meal that we can enjoy with a streaming movie after the kids go to bed is amazing!