Some of 2020’s Best Takeout Didn’t Come from Traditional Restaurants

Social-media savvy chefs with pop-ups and ghost kitchens served some of the best to-go meals of the year

Some of the city’s most exciting new takeout comes from independent, social-media savvy chefs who are foregoing traditional brick-and-mortar locations. Have a look—and a bite.


Nan Yimcharoen fills gorgeous chirashi bowls and bento boxes with precisely arranged pieces of pristine seafood, perfect for a special occasion or weekend splurge. Address provided when you order, Silver Lake.

Perilla L.A.

Jihee Kim’s wonderful new-wave banchan (including marinated okra and fermented cabbage with perilla leaves) works as a meal on its own, and you can have an all-out feast by adding yuba-laden bulgogi and seasoned rice. 661 S. Harvard Blvd., Koreatown.

Bridgetown Roti

Green-curry shrimp with potatoes, and oxtail with peppers, are two of the standout Caribbean patties from Rashida Holmes, who’s also serving hand-rolled roti. 672 S. Santa Fe Ave., Arts District.


The DIY kits with fresh pasta and comforting but elegant sauces like Bolognese are a fun, quick, and foolproof way to cook at home. Delivery only.


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This ghost-kitchen spinoff from the Sichuan Impression crew has habit-forming, spicy popcorn chicken and beef stew. 615 N. Western Ave., East Hollywood.

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