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April 8th, 2020

It's 4 O'Clock Somewhere

Drive-through frosé, Ranch Water kits, Tiger King cakes and other weekend essentials.

How to distract from your roots at tonight's Zoom happy hour? By saying cheers with a drive-through cocktail. Here, 21 ways our independent restaurants are innovating, giving you more opportunities to support local. 

Fork yeah. 

1. Eight Row Flint has drive-through frosé, plus Ranch Water kits for to-go or delivery. 

2. Hop to it. a'Bouzy has adult Easter baskets stuffed with Veuve Clicquot.

3. Need toilet paper? From its central commissary, Goode Co. is offering free grocery delivery—order TP, milk, hamburger patties, cocktail kits, BBQ and more. Plus, both Goode Co. Seafood locations host a weekend drive-up fish fry and crawfish boil, pictured below.

4. Plan a picnic with a brie-and-more board from Savoir, which is also offering half price bottles of wine and free kids' pizzas with adult lunch orders. 

5. Get artfully-decorated chocolate Easter eggs from Common Bond, including a giant version with macarons inside. The bakery is also making Tiger King and toilet paper cakes

6. Underbelly and Brennan's meals are now available at select H-E-Bs. Korean dumplings and turtle soup, anyone?

7. On Friday and Saturday nights, Pico's has mariachi in the parking lot, for festive entertainment while you pick up. 

8. Coltivare, which is now delivering, offers bake-your-own pizzas and take-and-bake lasagna, along with the regular menu. 

9. El Topo's walk-up taco window has frosé. 

10. Beloved local instructor Marcia Smart is hosting her first-ever free cooking classes, on Zoom. The only way to get deets is through her cooking newsletter.

11. Buy a farm box to support local restaurant employees. Each week, the team behind Goodnight Charlie's is selling 100 $50 boxes with produce, eggs and other staples for your kitchen. They'll donate 100 of the same boxes to furloughed restaurant workers. (Act quick when the link is posted here — the boxes sell out.)

12. Alice Blue wants you to master carbonara. Pick up the ingredients for the classic dish every Monday at 4 p.m., til it runs out. 

13. Bake-at-home cookie kits are available at Tiny Boxwoods' new pop-up cart at the River Oaks location.  

14. Want deals on wine? Hit the pop-up market at Local Foods in Rice Village and Tanglewood.

15. Postino Heights has D.I.Y grapefruit-cardamom mimosa kits for pre-order this weekend. 

16. Urban Harvest farmers market now offers drive-through

17. Crave Cupcakes has special thank you cupcakes for healthcare workers. 

18. Did you hear? The Annie Cafe & Bar debuted a food truck last night. 

19. Killen's BBQ is popping up in Pearland with fried chicken this Sunday.

20. Brand new Sawyer Yards brewery Urban South has a walk-up window for gal-friendly beer like Fruity Pebbles Ale and Mango Macaron, pictured above. 

21. Hugo's Hugorita and sangria kits serve 8. (Or 4 if you're drinking fast.)

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