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The Joy of Takeout
Topanga resident Tobey Chapman gives La Chingona Tacos a five-star review. Tobey’s dad, Brian Chapman, told the Topanga New Times that the taco spread was a hit with the whole family. “If you have not tried La Chingona tacos yet, just do it,” he said. “We will be doing this again!” Photo by Brian Chapman
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The Joy of Takeout 

It will be a while before we can dine out again, but Topanga restaurants continue to help make it easy for canyon residents  to dine at home. (TNT will continue to keep this list updated)

Cafe 27, 1861 N Topanga Canyon Blvd., is taking phone orders for its daytime menu, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. Delivery isn’t available at this time, but pickup is quick and contact free.  A breakfast burrito and a side of the cafe’s special patatas bravas would make any work-from-home morning that much more pleasant, pick up one of their classic burgers—California, veggie, or bleu, for an early dinner. See the menu at, call to order: 727 279-5559.

The Canyon Bistro, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., is one of the few canyon restaurants offering formal takeout dinners. The special menu features their Shetland salmon, roast chicken,  Bistro fish and chips, turkey meatball pasta, and vegetarian risotto Provençal, as well as soups, sandwiches and burgers. “We want to let our customers know that, as a company, we have always maintained a high sanitary environment. With that said, we have increased sanitary best practices even more. Employees are washing their hands more, sanitizing our work space constantly, and overall being vigilant about cleanliness. We are confident in our preparation and welcome you soon!” Takeout times are 12 – 3 p.m. for lunch, 4 – 8 p.m. for dinner. Orders can be picked up inside, or paid for by credit card by phone and  delivered curbside.

La Chingona Tacos, 525 S Topanga Canyon Blvd., arguably makes the best tacos anywhere. Adriana Lemus cooks roadside at Jalan Jalan on weeknights and on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., but she also delivers taco kits in the canyon. Each meal comes with all of the ingredients for the perfect taco packaged in reusable jars. Assemble your meal and leave the jars out for collection and reuse. Check Lemus’ Instagram account for changes and announcements:, call or email her to order. 310-433-0136,

Mimosa Cafe is open again and taking orders for breakfast, lunch and hot and cold beverages, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., weekdays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends. Customers can order online or at the counter  for takeout only.

Rocco’s Cucina, 17332 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, is the perfect answer for anyone longing for pizza and pasta. The family-run restaurant brings Topanga orders to the Pine Tree Circle parking lot for pick up Monday-Saturday, 5-6:30 p.m. Check the website for menu and order time cutoff for delivery.

Topanga Living offers phone and online ordering, takeout and delivery. Enjoy their signature Topanga-themed smoothies, pastries, and classic California breakfast and lunch options., or 310-455-9888

Waterlily Cafe is still offering their full breakfast and lunch menu, including homemade soups and the cafe’s much-loved salads. Delivery within a five-mile radius of the restaurant is free for orders of $20 and up. The cut-off time is 2 p.m. “Payment will be taken over the phone, and delivery won’t involve any hand shakes,” the Waterlily website states. “We are a family owned business that needs your support in these stressful times. Our little family consists of Grandma, mom and dad, and three wonderful triplet boys. Every purchase you make helps us pay the rent, helps our employees keep their jobs, and keeps the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker (our suppliers) from losing their businesses as well!”

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