Local restaurants need our support. Over 110,000 restaurants closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and more are going to continue to shut their doors forever if we don’t make an effort to help them. With more options available for food-to-go, pickup, and delivery, it’s easy to support restaurants while maintaining your health in the comfort of your home. Besides eating out, there are other ways you can go about supporting local restaurants. You can buy their merchandise online, purchase gift cards to give to your loved ones, and even donate directly to them.

It’s more important than ever to support our favorite places, so go show them some love! Here are three of our favorite restaurants near Villa Del Sol that we think you will love just as much as we do.

Taco María

Taco Maria has some of the best fish tacos we have ever had. With the freshest ingredients and a mix of Mexican and American cuisines, not only is this restaurant delicious, but it’s also unique. They are always striving to create the best experience for their customers, and you can feel the passion they have for making great food.

In response to the pandemic, they are only open for takeout, but they have a convenient online ordering system that makes picking food up to enjoy in your apartment as easy as ever. They also have some fun merchandise and gift cards available for purchase if you’re interested.

Istanbul Grill

Taking inspiration from the cuisine of its namesake, Istanbul Grill has some seriously delicious dishes. They combine the cuisine of Istanbul with Mediterranean dishes to create a unique blend of flavors that you won’t find anywhere else. Their kebabs are especially delicious. If that’s not enough, it’s also the perfect place to get a yummy wood-fired thin crust pizza topped with fresh ingredients to enjoy at a movie night with your roommates.

Istanbul Grill is available for delivery and pickup through DoorDash, making it easy to either take some food to go or receive it right at your front door. You can enjoy a great meal without even leaving your couch.

Gem Dining

Gem Dining is a true California dining experience. Not only are their dishes super good, but they are also beautiful. Featuring a wide variety of colors and flavors, you are sure to find something that suits your stomach and your eyes. We also love this restaurant because it’s always striving to create new, unique dishes and will do whatever it takes to satisfy their customers.

If you’re looking for a place where you can dine in with limited seating, Gem Dining is the perfect place. You can schedule ahead of time for a table reserved just for you.

It’s more important to support local restaurants than ever before, so pick up your favorite dish from one of these three restaurants and settle in for a great night with some delicious food. Not only will they be thankful, but so will your stomach.

Photo credit: Taco Maria