In just a few weeks, Victoria has abruptly adapted to a lifestyle of physical distancing and isolation. Whether you’re working from home, taking online classes, or still adjusting to this new normal, changes in daily routines are bound to be incredibly stressful. Staying home as much as possible goes a long way, and helping out local restaurants while practicing self-isolation is one of the ways we can support the community that, not too long ago, was part of our everyday life. What better way to do it than reaching out to order our favourites for lunch, even if it’s once a week or once a month?
Many businesses are reinventing themselves to deliver a meal from their kitchen to your table. Helping out these restaurants is as simple as going online or picking up the phone. These Victoria lunch spots are working hard to get back in touch with its diners, which gives us the opportunity to show them our loyalty and appreciation from a distance. In turn, they provide us with the dishes we know and love.
One of Victoria’s classic spots for breakfast and lunch, Shine Café has opened their doors once more to continue feeding its customers. Feeling nostalgic for their famous, good old-fashioned benedict eggs, filling sandwiches, or rich specialty pancakes with fresh fruit? You can still spoil yourself to hearty Shine Café brunches, all of which are made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. They are taking daily orders from 9 am to 2 pm at their Fort Street location and can be reached by phone.
For less than $15 dollars, you can get a quick lunch that’s fresh, filling, and healthy. At Island Poke, you can choose from their various signature poke bowls and burritos. If you want to try out a new combination, build your own bowl by selecting from their large variety of proteins, vegetables, dressings, and toppings. Island Poké is available on SkipTheDishes for orders near Langford and on UberEats for those closer to their downtown location. You can also head to their official website and place your order there.
From flavourful appetizers to spicy vermicelli and rich noodle soups, Pho Halong provides comfort and excellence from their Vietnamese kitchen. For lunch, they are currently offering a combo of Bánh Mì sandwich and a beverage of your choice, either an iced Vietnamese coffee or a Thai iced tea. You can find them online though SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, and Tutti Delivery. Additionally, Pho Halong is offering 15% off delivery and take-out orders for frontline health workers.
Whether you’re craving something sweet or savoury, Shanzee’s has it, southern-style. Their renowned homemade biscuits are featured in almost all of their brunch dishes. A side of hash browns or a bit more of their specialty gravy make a full meal out of this already-flavourful lunch. The cafe is open Thursday through Monday from 9 am to 2 pm for delivery and takeout. You can find them online through SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, and UberEats.
A retail location, and chopper store, Wheelies Motorcycles also keeps Victorians on the edge of their seats with fresh and delicious recipes from their restaurant. Their speciality is sandwiches with locally sourced ingredients and handmade sourdough ciabatta bread. Complement your meal with a side of the soup of the day, salad, mac and cheese, or dessert. They are currently offering their full menu, including alcoholic beverages. You can order online on their website or give them a call. They’re open from 11 am to 2 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
Craving the comfort of something sweet after lunch? The Cookie Guy has your back! Made from scratch, their cookies are taken straight out of the oven and delivered to your home. Treat yourself to chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, vegan, and gluten free options. Pre-order from their website and add to your cart anything from orders of half-a-dozen to special combos that include a beverage. If you want to treat a friend or a loved one to something sweet, you can also order a special package to be sent their way.
Did you see your favourite restaurants here? Do you know of other lunch spots that are currently open for takeout or delivery? Let us know!
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