Best Take Out Options in LA?
- Porthos Jan 22, 2014 12:34 AM
Of course takeout is all about proximity. I live in the heart of Hollywood, Runyon Canyon-ish.
Pizza - still, after all these decades: Raffallo's on Sunset/LaBrea (despite the new proximity of Joe's, Vito's, Antica, and Pizza Bella, which are all great; but thin NY crust just doesn't hold up to delivery as well, and if you're going to fire up the oven to reheat you might as well make it from scratch, amiright?
Raffallo's comes hot and gooey and flavorful and consistent right out of the box: The iPhone of pizzas.
Chinese - I still like Le Mandarette on LaBrea/Hollywood. I think they're Singaporean owned, so it's eclectic. Their prawns and scallops are big and juicy; they have a variety of noodles; and although it's nothing like Chung King in SGV, they actually have an approximation of Sichuan/Hunan wontons in spicy sauce. A little too sweet, too doughy, but soooo worth the half hour not spent on the 4-level. I also like their tofu skin dishes: one with mustard greens and chili (also available with chicken), one with spinach and bean sprout. Also the simple prawns with black bean sauce and zucchini: if you like those ingredients, you'll find them treated nicely.
Sushi - Soy Sauce Roll and Bowl has the worst name and the best delivery around. Korean owned, basic nigiri, but some really quite good chirashi and excellent specialty rolls delivered to order but PDQ and cheap, with a smile, complimentary miso, and a coupon for your next visit. Udon in winter, too. And it's all surprisingly fresh.
Indian - Gate of India. Their tandoori oven dishes, especially chicken and Naan are bordering on exceptional; The best selection of Naan in Hollywood, hands down.
Curries and the like are good, but order extra meat. Their basmati rice is some of the best I've had.
Mexican - I like Pinche's, but their always-talking-on-the-cell-phone staff grow increasingly annoying. Fortunately, we have a new contender in Calle Tacos. They seem to do everything well, have my favorite veggie burrito (and by that I do NOT mean "grilled bell peppers," yuck) since, and this will date people, the original Anelcy's. And the staff is as charming as ducks in a bucket, whatever that means.
Tonight we discovered, while dining in on a Groupon, that Baby Bell's BBQ Santa Monica, 1 block east of Fairfax, would deliver to us. We're recently back from NOLA and had NO PROBLEM with their BBQ brisket, spicy/sweet wings, grilled artichoke (actually that needs a thicker sauce), chipotle chile/cotija cheese on roasted corn cobs, with collards, fried green tomatoes, sweet potato fries, corn bread...nor their $4 happy hour martinis, which were refilled at $4 even long after happy hour was over. (I love you!) We will try their takeout.
And then once a week, El Pollo Loco. Which is arguably SoCal's single most representative chain and gets not nearly enough love here. It's the Starbucks of LA. I have a feeling we could all get rich off of it. Why do we not get rich off of it???
And for burger needs Five Guys > In'N'Out.
Further afield: can't pass Olvera Street without downing four (4) Juanita's—NOT Ceilito Lindo's—taquitos.
Let the games begin.
Nice! Bandeja paisa. A seemingly random collection of food on a plate but oh so good: steak, rice, beans, fried egg, sausage, chicharrones, fried/grilled corn cake. Didn't realize we had a good Colombian option in town. The ajiaco and empanadas look pretty good. Have you tried them?
Bludso's Compton and their Texas sampler. Great food. Enought for 4. Around $30. Reheats great at home. And they are really nice people. Always call ahead and it's there waiting for you.
My take-out route would be along the 405 from Carson to the 10 west to Santa Monica, M-TH
Flossie's for certain, either the plates or the buckets
La Playa Market in Lennox for Mexican style BBQ chicken
101 Noodle Express Fox Hills for beef rolls
Hannosuke (it actually holds up pretty well) Detour onto the 90 to Centinela
Milo & Olive pizzas
I often have a hankering for take out Chinese, and opt for Chinese Friends in Hawthorne when SGV is not an option.
Bludso's when I take the 105 to the beach.
RIP Honey's Kettle of Compton (alt route) for their gas buster special: 2 thighs, 2 biscuits for $5.
I may have to check out Shamshiri, though I hate traffic going that way.
Porthos, what are your take out options where you live now?
Flossie's catfish, fried chicken, mac & cheese and meat loaf all travel very well as does the the oxtail on weekends. Closed Mondays
3566 Redondo Beach Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504
And the secret to Bay Cities is order on-line 45 minutes ahead of your pick up and you never have to wait. Closed Mondays.
I live in OC now. Don't typically do take out but when I do, I'll grab a pollo a la brasa from Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken to go or some chile stew with nopales and pork ribs from Trejos. Also grabbed a Hawaiian dinner plate to go from Da Hawaiian Kitchen a few months back.
imho, all great deep fat fried food, like the kind they serve at Orleans and York should be eaten immediately after leaving the fryer.
that said, clearly Orleans and York have a dedicated take-out following of people who didn't get the message about me being appointed as sheriff of deep fat fried food consumption in inglewood.