8 Restaurants That Offer Takeout
For those times when you want to eat in the comfort of your own home, but want the meal to be restaurant quality.
Barcelona Tavern veal cheeks.
Photography by Jared Sych
Restaurant food is often just not built for takeout. Somewhere between packaging it into Styrofoam containers and driving it to your living room, the food falls apart and fails to live up to the experience of eating it in the restaurant. Unless you are intentional about your takeout. These restaurants are all places you would typically choose to dine-in at, but they all offer food for takeout or pick up. And, they are careful about what they let you take away and how you take it away.
Once you get home, dig into your restaurant quality food and revel in a dress code of jammies.
If you want Mediterranean-inspired bar food without going to the bar, Barcelona Tavern takes takeout orders over the phone. It has meat pies on the menu along with steak, sandwiches and tapas. Throw in some churros just to finish off the meal.
This restaurant in Mission serves all the Italian classics. Get the antipasto board or build your own from the list of cured meats then move on to pizzas like the calabrese, pastas like spaghetti Bolognese and plates like beef brasato. Desserts include tiramisu and lemon pudding cake. You can order online for pickup or Bocce will deliver within a small zone.
If you are in the southwest, this one is for you. This Braeside restaurant has a takeout menu that includes nachos and empanadas to start and chile relleno, pork loin and chicken supreme as entrees. If you are hosting a dinner party or serving a crowd, opt for the paella that comes portioned for two, four, six or eight people.
Order online in advance (maybe while you are shopping in Chinook Centre) to pick up orders from Double Zero. It has plenty of pizzas, of course, but if you are going for a restaurant-worthy meal at home, add some meatballs, roasted cauliflower, shaved brussel sprouts and maybe a leg of lamb to your order.
For takeout, you start with a basic plate that includes one barbecue item with sides and salads for $12 and build from there with each additional barbecue item costing $4. If you are feeding a crowd, opt for the party platters that come with top sirloin, pork loin, chicken wings and sausage and start at $85 for five people.
This Inglewood restaurant has taken a page from its sister-restaurant Notable in Montgomery, which also has specific takeout fare. At The Nash, there is a lunch takeout menu that includes a few starters (scallops, salads) and mains that include a reuben and chips, the monthly burger creation and a quarter chicken. Chicken also features prominently on the dinner takout menu. You can get a wood roasted whole chicken along with fries, veggies and jus to feed your family. If Arctic char, scallops or striploin are more your flavour, those are also on the dinner takeout menu.
It doesn’t get you everything on the main restaurant’s menu, but Rodney’s Bait and Tackle store (located just around the corner from the restaurant’s main entrance) is where you go for chowder, fish and chips and lobster rolls to go. It’s open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to go bigger, Rodney’s will also cater your oyster tastings, lobster boils and clambakes.
There are now three Kinjo locations in Calgary, which means your are covered if you live close to Dalhousie, Millrise or McLeod Tr. Choose your own variety of sushi, sashimi. rolls, cones and tempura or go for the takeout party trays and platters.
415, 5005 Dalhousie Dr. N.W., 403-452-8389; 7101 Macleod Tr. S.W., 403-255-8998; 4000, 150 Millrise Blvd. S.W., 403-452-8869, kinjosushiandgrill.com