These Were Our Favorite Places to Get Takeout in 2020

Takeout dominated the dining experience in 2020, and these tried-and-true L.A. restaurants dazzled with their to-go offerings
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During an exceedingly challenging year, favorite older restaurants made to-go meals better than ever with dinner kits, spectacular new dishes, and an extra helping of creativity. Here are some of our top picks.


Sonoratown

If you’re going to get a taco kit, you might as well come here for the city’s best flour tortillas and amazing carne asada. The exceptional burritos also travel well. 208 E. 8th St., downtown, sonoratown.com.

République

Hearty, bistro-style prix-fixe meals and perfect pastries from this all-day charmer make weekend takeout feel special. 624 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park, republiquela.com.

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Oxtail soup at Jitlada

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Jitlada

We recommend anything with crispy pork or oxtail from the Thai mainstay’s beautifully overwhelming, 200-plus-item menu. Just know that even “mild” here can be intensely spicy. 5233 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood, jitladala.com.

Bavel

Crowd-pleasers like grilled prawns and a soul-warming chicken tagine are the pinnacle of L.A.’s modern Middle Eastern food. 500 Mateo St., Arts District, baveldtla.com.

Vespertine

Jordan Kahn’s deeply thoughtful, evocative, and ever-changing multicourse takeout menus have spanned the globe—Sicily, the Yucatán Peninsula, Japan—and he’s re-
created dishes by Grant Achatz and Sean Brock, too. If you’re looking to pick up a celebratory meal, this is a great option. 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City, vespertine.la.

Porchetta at RiceBox

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RiceBox

Excellent porchetta and char siu are available in combo meals or by the pound at the Cantonese barbecue specialist, which delivers all over the city. 541 S. Spring St., downtown, ricebox.net.

Ms Chi Cafe

Dumpling queen Shirley Chung has added dazzling new dishes like tea-smoked duck for dinner and pork-belly tots for brunch. 3829 Main St., Culver City, mschicafe.com.

Citrin and Mélisse

It turns out that Josiah Citrin’s famous lobster Bolognese holds up well when you reheat it in the microwave. Order the equally famous “egg caviar” if you’re feeling extra fancy. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, citrinandmelisse.com.

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Dumplings at Ms Chi Cafe

Ms Chi Cafe

Bites & Bashes Cafe

Whether you get a family-sized Korean, American, Mexican, or Chinese meal at this spinoff of an A-list catering company, you’ll probably also want a jug of guava margaritas. 25600 Narbonne Ave., Lomita, bitesandbashes.com.

Kobawoo House

Let yourself go and pair the generous bo ssam (boiled pork belly) lunch special (available for takeout all day) with a bottle of natural wine. 698 S. Vermont Ave., Koreatown, kobawoo-house.com.


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