Restaurants have faced particularly difficult challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many small businesses, including local restaurants, have had to shut their doors forever, laying off millions of workers in the process. According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 110,000 restaurants closed in 2020 alone.

If one thing is certain, it’s that now is the time to do everything we can to support local restaurants. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants in Santa Ana, along with some tips for how to support them during this challenging time. 

Crave Restaurant

One of our favorite Santa Ana restaurants is Crave, which prides itself on serving healthy and clean food at a reasonable price. They offer the freshest food available, cooking up gourmet seasonal foods that change by the week. You won’t run out of new dishes to try at this restaurant, and they’re constantly adapting to the pandemic.

In light of COVID-19, they have expanded their services to include a delivery service arranged by each city. They offer delivery in Santa Ana on Mondays and Fridays and have a $20 minimum. If you’re not interested in reaping the benefits of delivery, they also have options for daily takeout, Monday through Saturday. These are both great ways to support local restaurants right now, and there is no restaurant that deserves more support than Crave!

Taco Maria

Taco Maria is another one of our favorite restaurants. Owned by a Californian chef striving to capture his family’s culture, Taco Maria creates Mexican-inspired dishes from corn grown by small farms in Mexico. Not only is their food amazing, but they also make takeout easy with an online ordering system. You have the choice to use this platform or call the number on their website to order food. They also prioritize supporting their staff by paying them extra during the pandemic.

Want to support them even more? There are gift cards and fun merchandise for sale on their website. With their excellent tacos and the heart they put into every dish, Taco Maria makes it so easy to want to support local restaurants! 

Antonello Ristorante

Another locally owned restaurant, Antonello Ristorante is one of the best Italian restaurants in California. They are open for takeout and delivery through online ordering, which makes it particularly convenient for you to get some food and enjoy it in the comfort of your apartment. Another great way to support Antonello Ristorante is to buy their gift cards. They even offer deals where you can receive money back for your gift card purchases! 

We can all work together to support local restaurants throughout this challenging time. While dine-in options are currently unavailable at many places, there are several alternatives, including online ordering, takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating. Enjoy some delicious food in your apartment by ordering food from one of our favorite restaurants!