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Jan 22, 2014 12:34 AM

Best Take Out Options in LA?

Sure there's pizza and Chinese fast food and even Sushi. Would love to hear about everyone's favorite takeout spot! The more unique the better.

I'll start. When I lived in Westwood, I would love me some takeout/delivery from Shamshiri Grill.

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  1. Zam Zam. And soups and tamales (the baked one) from Chichen Itza. So good.

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    1. re: set0312

      Attaching photo from ZamZam. I really have to get myself over there for some biryani!

      1. re: Porthos

        For comparison, the goat biryani from All Indian Sweets and Snacks in Torrance.

    2. Of course takeout is all about proximity. I live in the heart of Hollywood, Runyon Canyon-ish.

      For us:

      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.

      1. The bandeja paisa @ Sabor Colombiano

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          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?

          1. re: Porthos

            Everything there is pretty good to this neophyte palate.

            Huntington Park is really an underrated and unrecognized food destination in LA.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Have you been to La Fonda Antioquena on Melrose?
              It's the only Colombian I know. I thought it was pretty good, but I also didn't have anything else to compare it to.

              1. re: Butter Fight


                What do you get there? Not that it matters to me, I suppose, since I can't really imagine going to Melrose for Columbian ...

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I had the Bandeja Paisa. I thought it was tasty, but kind of pricey at around 14.

                  1. re: Butter Fight

                    Did you dust it off by yourself?

                    For me that plate is a two-person effort. If one, it's a two-meal endeavor!

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I definitely had it for lunch again the next day. It's a good amount of food

                      1. re: Butter Fight

                        That's sort of why I don't think 14 is that outrageous.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            Greetings from Cali, Colombia. A little mondongo Colombian style for ya. Yes, that's pork neck in the middle. So good I got 2. A whopping $2USD.

            1. re: Porthos

              Awesome, Porthos. Hit up Cartagena, if you haven't done so already.

            2. 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.

              1. 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
                Bay Cities
                Father's Office
                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?

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                1. re: Ogawak

                  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.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    But you still have to park your car, not always easy..... (Referring to BC Deli)

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      I can always find metered parking up a few blocks on Broadway, a bit harder around 12:30pm lunch rush.

                  2. re: Ogawak

                    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.




                    1. re: Porthos

                      Thanks. I've actually heard good things about Da Hawaiian Kitchen.

                    2. re: Ogawak

                      Great list, ogawak, and right along our route.
                      Does Father's Office allow ketchup in the homes that host their take out???

                      1. re: VenusCafe

                        "Does Father's Office allow ketchup in the homes
                        that host their take out???"

                        I believe that they require you to sign on to an injunction that is issued through the Superior Court of Tomato County that precludes ketchup in any home having take out from F'sO...

                        1. re: Servorg

                          My experience was far more insidious, as soon as the food entered my house, all my ketchup bottles exploded...

                          1. re: Butter Fight

                            The rules: Sang Yoon is infamous for allowing no substitutions or alterations of any type on the food served at Father's Office, including no ketchup including to-go or at home or risk the lifetime ban. (from wikipedia)

                          2. re: Servorg

                            You must truthfully answer the following question: "Do you own any ketchup, catsup, or ketchup-like products in your home?"

                            If you answer "Yes", then...

                            "No take out for you!"

                          3. re: VenusCafe

                            That's the beauty of take out. Sang has no control over my kitchen.

                            I want to add to my list: Roscoe's on Manchester near the 405, and just down the street from Randy's donuts. They have 5 thighs for $6.00, which alleviates the loss of Honey's on my route.

                            1. re: Ogawak

                              What about the tiny cameras in the to-go boxes?

                            1. re: Ogawak

                              I thought I would update this list to include Orleans and York on Florence off the 405. Just perfect. Thanks to Dommy and Matapoisett.

                              1. re: Ogawak

                                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.

                                1. re: westsidegal

                                  You're right about deep fat fried food, Nothing like eating it there. The sandwiches are pretty big, so we eat half there, take the rest home and toast it in the toaster oven the next day.

                                  1. re: Ogawak

                                    one advantage of being a pig is that i can easily consume that whole sandwich while sitting there.

                                    1. re: Ogawak

                                      Of course most foods taste best at the restaurant rather than at home anyway: pizzas, burgers, Persian...

                                      1. re: Ogawak

                                        ... Except cold KFC chicken thighs, straight from the fridge.

                                    2. re: westsidegal

                                      I think you're generally right about deep-fat fried foods best enjoyed straight out of the deep-fryer.

                                      But that said, deep-fried slices of ginger are great after a night in the fridge. Much better than straight out of the fryer.

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        do you make them or can i buy them somewhere on the westside?
                                        sounds like something i'd go for.

                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                          I make them.

                                          I'm weird. Yes, I know.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            i am now obsessing about making them.
                                            do you use a batter?
                                            or breading?

                                            what kind of oil?

                                            1. re: westsidegal

                                              No breading/batter.

                                              Corn oil.

                                              Think "kale chips" but with ginger slices.

                                              Use young ginger, peel first.


                                      2. re: westsidegal

                                        How does this rule explain the goodness of cold, or even reheated, fried chicken? Or maybe that's the exception that proves the rule?

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          imho, cold or reheated fried chicken is not nearly as good as hot-from-the-fryer freshly cooked fried chicken with a CRISPY HOT coating.