• Liz Logan

#GOSupportGaston Mini-Blitz: Top Three Takeout, this weekend

Updated: Apr 3

Note: This article is part of our #GOSupportGaston campaign. In these coming weeks, the campaign will feature seven mini-blitzes to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19. Check Gaston Outside for updates on our efforts with supportgaston.com.

Call To Action: This weekend, support at least one of your top three favorite restaurants by ordering take out. Share your support of these businesses using #GOSupportGaston.


Local restaurants make up a large part of our economy—financially and relationally. In addition to physically feeding us, they feed a broader social need for connection and conversation over a shared table.

Photo Courtesy of Grape and Barley

But with the onset of COVID-19 just a few short weeks ago, everything changed.


Restaurants have been forced to shift their business models to offer exclusively takeout and delivery-- a shift that has caused quite a challenge for many. These businesses are hurting, according to local survey data published by the Gaston Business Task Force. Business owners, forced to make tough decisions, are asking questions today that they wouldn’t have thought imaginable just one month earlier.


As resident restaurant-goers, many of us are eager to get back out and dine as we normally dobreakfast, lunch or dinner. (And who remembers brunch?)

Courtesy of Webb Custom Kitchen

But what if your favorite restaurant didn’t open back up? How would your life be impacted? How would that impact our community? These are all questions that are unfortunately on the table as we navigate these sudden, unexpected changes to our lives.


Not only have restaurants shifted from dine-in to carry-out only, but some have adjusted their menu to cater more to carry-out. Barrister’s at the Esquire Hotel is known for their high-end Southern-inspired dishes and hand-crafted cocktails. While this style of dining serves them well during life as normal, it is not exactly set up for to-go. So, like all of us, they’ve had to adjust.


Channeling the same creativity and quality, Barrister’s has shifted to family-style meals that can be picked up day-of. These typically include salad, bread, a main course and dessert and serve about four people.

Courtesy of Barrister's/Nathan Sage

In Belmont, Nellie’s Southern Kitchen has shifted to not only offering to-go and delivery through DoorDash, but they have also started up a grocery curbside pick-up for things like buttermilk, Nellie’s housemade dressings and sauces and various meats.


If it’s beverages you’re looking for, Catawba Coffee, among others, is offering curbside service. You can call your order in and have it delivered right to your car, so as to avoid stepping into public places.


If beer or wine is more your speed, Belmont Cocktail Club is offering bottles of wine to go alongside their full menu and Cavendish Brewing Company is offering delivery, takeout and curbside pickup.

Courtesy of Cavendish Brewing

Delivery is offered for many through DoorDash, but there are also some locally-based businesses delivering. Tipsy Ryde (typically used as a taxi) has expanded their curbside offerings of beer, wine and spirits to include restaurant delivery. Speedy Grub’s Delivery is continually adding restaurants and food truck options as well.


Not looking for take-out? Grab a gift card and save it for a rainy day while supporting these establishments now when the support is vital.


As part of an effort to support these businesses, GarlandBurks Marketing has created SupportGaston.com in an effort to stockpile local businesses and their current adjusted offerings. This list (which is updated daily) has over 100 restaurants who are still up and running and who need your support now more than ever.


The main component ensuring these establishments make it through this hard time is community support. So whether you’re picking up, ordering delivery, or grabbing curbside, there are endless ways to support Gaston County during this time.

Who are you ordering from this weekend? Take photos, tag the restaurants and @GastonOutside and don’t forget to use #GOSupportGaston.

Use our guide below to find your faves.


High Shoals, Stanley, Spencer Mountain, and Dallas


Papa’s Pizza To Go


Pita Wheel


Pleasant Grill


Riverside Fish House


Tommy’s Drive In


Belmont, Mount Holly, and Cramerton


Brightstar Grill


Buddy’s BBQ

Catawba Coffee Co.


Catfish Cove


Chicken King Mount Holly


Cinnaholic


District 8 Beer Company


Doffer’s Pizzeria


Doffer’s Canteen


Estia’s Kouzina


Famous Toastery


Floyd and Blackie’s Coffee House


Georgio’s


Glenway Premium Pub


J.R. Cash’s Grill and Bar


Joe’s Touch of Italy


Muddy River Distillery


Nellie’s Southern Kitchen


Old Stone Steakhouse


Papa Sammy’s Pizza


Sammy’s Pub


Taxco Mexican Grill


The String Bean


The Summit Beer Shop


Two Chick’s Sandwiches & Scoops


VIPizza Cramerton


Bessemer City and Cherryville


Blossom


Caputo’s Pizza Company


Cherryville Country Club


Dan’s


Dino’s Italina Pizzeria


Edgewood Grill


Golden China


LadyBug Farms Bakery


McDonald’s Family Restaurant


Mike’s Grill


The Family Pizzagalli


The Surf and Turf Lodge


Whiskey Mill Bar & Grill


Gastonia, Lowell, Ranlo, and McAdenville


Amberjack Seafood and Steaks


Arline’s Grill


Asuka Sushi & Hibachi


Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar


Ball’s Grill


Barrister’s at The Esquire Hotel


Bellacino’s


Blaze Pizza


Bubba’s 33


Byrum’s Grill


Captain’s Cap


Cavendish Brewing Company


Cracker Barrel


Empower Nutrition Gaston


Fannie Cakes Bakery


Floyd and Blackie’s Bakery


Freeman’s Pub


Fryeday Coffee Roasters


Gaston Pour House


Golden Palace Restaurant


Grill Works


Grits N Greens


Groovy Beast


Hickory Tavern Gastonia


Hillbilly’s BBQ and Steaks


Jackson’s Cafeteria


Java House Cafe


Kyle Fletcher’s BBQ


La Fuente Mexican Grill & Akropolis


Life of Pie


Maya Rita Bakes


Ray’s Smokehouse


Ray Nathan’s BBQ


Reginella


Sake Express


Shane’s Rib Shack

Spindle City Cafe


Sprouts Cafe


Sub Station II


Sugarlicious Bakery


Terra Mia


Tex Mex Backroad Grill


The Honey Baked Ham Co


The Shrimp Boat


The Smoke Pit


Tony’s Ice Cream


Twin Tops Fish Camp


Venecia


Villa Roma


Viva Chicken Gastonia


Viva Tequis


Will's Doggn' It Deli & Dogs


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