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Mela
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The best food delivery in Boston

Get your favorite foods—plus treats from some of Boston’s top eateries—sent right to your door

By Time Out Boston Staff and Eric Grossman
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When you want a meal from one of the best eateries in Boston but can’t leave the house — maybe you're working from home or not ready to jump on the Phase 3 bandwagon yet — delivery is the answer. Many of the best Indian restaurants and best Thai restaurants have been in the delivery game for a while, but now some of the best sushi restaurants, best vegetarian restaurants, and even best bagel shops will deliver. Get ready to chow down on a delicious meal in the comfort of your own home, without all the effort. From killer tacos and tasty barbecue to sinful baked goods, here are the best Boston food delivery options.

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Best delivery options

Cha Yen Thai Cookery
Photograph: Courtesy Cha Yen Thai Cookery

1. Cha Yen Thai Cookery

Restaurants Thai

When you want Thai delivered, go straight for one of the best in the city—at Cha Yen Thai Cookery, acclaimed chef Manita Bunnagitkam uses Thai techniques and the freshest ingredients for new takes on Thai standards. Best bets for delivery include pineapple fried rice, crispy poh piah, spicy panang curry, and fresh roti.

Fuji at Ink Block
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2. Fuji at Ink Block

Restaurants Japanese South End

Fuji at Ink Block’s innovative and refined sushi menu is a great option for higher-end sushi at home. Go for simple spring rolls and classic nigiri or more luxurious rolls like the Queen’s roll (spicy tuna and popcorn shoots inside, Wagyu beef, caviar, and jalapeno outside) or the Shogun maki (seared calamari, cucumber, scallion inside, uni, ikura, and gold flakes outside, topped with a sweet pepper sauce). Entertaining friends? Fuji will deliver an elaborate sushi boat with up to 64 pieces of sashimi, nigiri, and maki.

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The Smoke Shop
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3. The Smoke Shop

Restaurants Barbecue Kendall Sq

BBQ champ Andy Husbands’ joint showcases slow-cooked meats and savory sides such as sweet-spicy coleslaw and cornbread with honey sea salt butter. When you’re craving ribs, pulled pork, or smoked meats at home but don’t want to mess with your own grill, The Smoke Shop delivers. Great for game day, you can get a big order of meats by the pint or quart with plenty of sides to go around.

Douzo
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4. Douzo

Restaurants Japanese South End

For modern Japanese fare at home, Douzo delivers. Impress your home dining companions and order delicate tempura squash blossoms with peekytoe crab, shiso, and clementine or almond oysters, fried with an almond breading. Noodles, rice dishes, and grill items are all available for delivery, as is the classic sashimi, sushi, and maki. Try classic special rolls like the rainbow and the spider or unique specials like the Douzo Special (shrimp tempura, seafood salad, tobiko, eel sauce, sriracha, and avocado, wrapped with tuna and soy paper).

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Whole Heart Provisions
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5. Whole Heart Provisions

Restaurants Vegetarian Allston/Brighton

A fast and easy option for healthy delivery, Whole Heart Provisions can get you a vegetarian or vegan meal stat. Go for a build-your-own veggie bowl starting with a base of grains or greens, then load it up with smashed cucumbers, bulgogi beets, roasted broccoli, japanese eggplant, chickpeas, cured tomato, and more. Top it all with a choice of sauce and you’re good to go. There’s also a street food menu with snacks like Old Bay brussels sprouts and a falafel dog.

Tiger Mama
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6. Tiger Mama

Restaurants Pan-Asian Fenway/Kenmore

Craving Southeast Asian flavors? Try Chef Tiffani Faison's Thai concept, inspired by her culinary adventures in Bangkok and beyond. Flavor-packed tom kha gai, pad gra pow topped with a fried egg, or pig rice, chock full of bacon, tasso ham and Thai issan sausage—it's all available at the click of a button.

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Saus
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Kerrie F.

7. Saus

Restaurants Fast food spots Government Center

Craving poutine and need it now? Saus has you covered. Order the gut busting treat with gravy and extras (carnitas, kimchi, sambal) or stick with their classic fries and one of fifteen unique sauces. Then there are the friks—beef and pork sausages. Try the spicy option, with pickled jalapenos and smoky chipotle sauce, or the Burger...Kinda,” with dill pickles, sharp cheddar, and secret sauce.

Fugakyu
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8. FuGaKyu Japanese Cuisine

Restaurants Japanese

This Brookline standby is always packed, so when you’re not feeling like dealing with the crowds, Fugakyu delivers. Plenty of options are available from the extensive menu of standard and creative sushi offerings. Go traditional with rich salmon sashimi; daring with foie gras nigiri (foie gras with spicy daikon radish, scallion, sesame, ponzu sauce); or cute with ladybug maki (spicy seafood salad and sweet potato tempura inside, cherry tomato and black tobiko outside). If you’re hanging at home with sushi-averse friends, cooked appetizers and entrees are available, too.

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Veggie Crust
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9. Veggie Crust

Restaurants Pizza Somerville

Vegetarians looking for pizza delivery have a friend in Veggie Crust. Pies are creative, made with homemade dough and sauce. Paninis, pastas, and salads are also available. Check out some of the more unique pizzas such as paneer Manchurian, curry leaf pesto portabella, or paneer Tikka barbeque.

Toro
Photograph: Courtesy Toro/Noah Fecks

10. Toro

Restaurants Spanish South End

If you're in the mood for grilled street corn, quince-glazed duck drumsticks, or any of Jamie Bissonette and Ken Oringer's other famed tapas dishes but can't make it to the South End, don't worry—Toro delivers. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials.

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Flour Bakery & Café
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11. Flour Bakery & Café

Restaurants Bakeries South End

When you can't make it to Joanne Chang’s baked-goods haven for a morning treat or afternoon pick-me-up, Flour delivers. From cupcakes and sandwiches to muffins and pies, Flour has you covered when you're craving a bite at home.

India Quality
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/James D.

12. India Quality

Restaurants Indian Fenway/Kenmore

This long-standing spot in Kenmore Square has served Northern Indian specialties for decades. The quality of the dishes reflect the care put into the recipes that the owner brought with him from his native Punjab. Lucky for you, when you want Indian food at home, they deliver. Delivery favorites include samosas, pakoras, spinach poori bread, coconut korma, chicken goa, and goat specialties.

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Grasshopper
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13. Grasshopper

Restaurants Vegan Allston/Brighton

This casual Allston stalwart is a go-to spot for vegans in search of a solid delivery options. The substantial menu features plenty of pan-Asian standards with veggies, as well as tofu, seitan, and vegan versions of meat and seafood. Made with “battered gluten,” the No Name dish—a crowd favorite—features a tasty sweet-and-sour sauce.

Bagelsaurus
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/ Yuan J.

14. Bagelsaurus

Restaurants Bakeries Porter Sq

Get one of the best bagels in the city without waiting in the ever-present line. The catch is you'll have to order at least a baker's dozen, and you can only order Monday to Friday. But those rules are no match for a craving; call up your friends and chow down on chewy, flavorful bagels.

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Anna's Taqueria
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15. Anna’s Taqueria

Restaurants Mexican Beacon Hill

Fast and cheap, Anna’s has been a longtime favorite for a quick, satisfying taco fix. With delivery as an option, you can get your giant veggie bean burritos or carnitas tacos at home. Full plates that include rice, beans, and tortillas are available. They’ll even deliver breakfast burritos in the morning so you can get out the door faster.

Aquitaine
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Donna B.

16. Aquitaine

Restaurants French South End

Classic Parisian-style bistro fare is at your fingertips with Aquitaine delivery. No need to leave home for steak frites, croque madame, nicoise salad, or a Michelin burger. Your home may not have the atmosphere of a French bistro but at least you can enjoy the flavors while watching favorite French film.

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Mela
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17. Mela Restaurant

Restaurants Indian South End

For higher end Indian delivery, check out Mela. The menu is extensive, covering standards and modern interpretations of Indian classics. There are samosas and tikka masalas, but also lesser-known options like gobhi charchi (cauliflower with ginger, garlic, potato, and spices), baingan bhartha (a baked and sauteed eggplant dish), and duck jalfrezi. The popular organic section of the menu is available for delivery as well.

Basho Japanese Brasserie
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Basho Japanese Brasserie

18. Basho Japanese Brasserie

Restaurants Japanese Fenway/Kenmore

Basho is a popular option for dining out, with its sleek, modern environs. But enjoying their super-fresh sushi, noodles, and other Japanese fare is possible at home with delivery. The menu features traditional traditional sashimi and rolls alongside creative rolls like the Fenway, honoring the restaurant’s neighborhood. There are plenty of sushi platter and boat options for entertaining friends. Also available are rice and noodle dishes, as well as classic Japanese appetizers.

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FoMu
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19. FoMu

Restaurants Ice cream parlors Allston/Brighton

For the vegan ice cream lover, FoMu hits the spot. All ice creams, novelties, and cakes are made from plant-based ingredients. When you need this sweet treat at home, FoMu delivers. Order pints, cakes, ice cream sandwiches, and even extra toppings.

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