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Where to Get Quality Takeout and Delivery in the Bay Area

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Gone are the days when takeout dinner only pointed to a cold, lazy night in. Now — in our strange “new normal” — takeout and delivery meals are a regular, necessary part of our culture. Not only do we need to-go food options, but also we need good to-go options: ones that rival a superior dine-in restaurant experience from the comfort of our couches. Diners here know as well as anyone that as eateries are adapting to our recent surge in at-home dining, some have risen above the rest. Here are 11 of the best options for local takeout and delivery.

A number of Bay Area restaurants offer patio service or indoor dining at limited capacity. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for indoor dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit covid19.ca.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Viks Chaat

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Always a popular Berkeley destination, Vik’s has long been takeout-friendly. But recently, they’ve stepped up their game even more; alongside Indian street food favorites like dosas and samosas, they offer a variety of refreshing Coke products and daily family-sized dinner specials, like a Madras Chicken or Masala Fish Curry with roti, rice, and aloo matar.

Teni East Kitchen

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San Francisco is home to many Burmese restaurants that put beautiful voice to the bold salads and vibrant flavors the nation is known for. But out in Oakland, Teni East Kitchen forges its own path, putting a California spin on classic dishes like in their Tea Leaf Kale Salad or Coconut Veggie Curry with bok choy and mushrooms. Elegant, flavorful, and affordable.

A dish from Teni East Kitchen in Oakland.
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Super Duper Burgers

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Fast food-style burgers and shakes with a California slow-food, farmer-friendly ethos: Super Duper Burgers excels at American classics, with juicy cheeseburgers, rich milkshakes, and an incredible chicken sandwich. The name says it all about the beef, but don’t forget an extra order of fries and a few to-go Cokes. 

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Buster's Cheese Steak

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While you’ll find cheesesteaks all over the country, we all know that Philly-style can’t be beat. And Buster’s gets all the details right: beef cooked up on the flattop, griddled onions, drippy cheese. Even in a world temporarily without bars, there’s no denying the appeal of great bar food and a cold soda. Buster’s delivers on all counts.

The Italian Homemade Company

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Although the Italian Homemade Company now has multiple locations across the Bay, its spiritual home is in San Francisco’s own Little Italy, the neighborhood of North Beach. But whichever location you visit, you’ll find phenomenal fresh pastas and rich, meaty sauces; homemade specialties like lasagna and amazing meatballs; and piadina flatbread sandwiches, stuffed with all the prosciutto or porchetta you can handle. Top it all off with a Sprite and you’ll be set for your next few meals.

Gnocchi pasta with beef from The Italian Homemade Company in San Francisco.
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When it comes to street food, it’s hard to top the appeal of Israeli-style pita sandwiches. Sababa nails everything on the menu, from the eggplant-egg sabik pita to the crisp falafel and spiced ground beef kofta. With a diverse list of veggie sides, it’s as virtuous as it is delicious.

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Pizzeria Delfina - Pacific Heights

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When the Neapolitan pizza craze hit San Francisco in the mid-aughts, Pizzeria Delfina was one of the first to get it right, and remains one of the best of its kind. With numerous locations across the Bay Area, they’ve perfected the art of light, airy crusts and smartly topped pies (the Carbonara, with guanciale, farm eggs, and Pecorino is an eternal favorite). Hearty family meals like spaghetti and meatballs or chicken alla Diavola are newer additions, as are make-your-own pizza kits.

Mandalay Restaurant

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Burmese classics get the spotlight here. Salads are always a highlight, whether fermented tea leaves with lentil seeds and ground shrimp, or the twenty-ingredient Rainbow Salad. The national dish moo hin nga, a rich fish chowder, is another standout, as are the many intricately flavored curries. On a takeout order, it’s hard to go wrong.

Lers Ros Thai

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There are dozens of places in the Bay Area to get a halfway decent pad Thai. But there are very few where you’ll find Garlic & Pepper Rabbit, Pad Ped Alligator, or som tum papaya salad with raw crab. At its multiple San Francisco locations, Lers Ros brings the vivid, layered flavors of the best Thai food to life, from its simplest salads and noodle dishes to its most complex curries.

With a menu inspired both by the culinary traditions of Jalisco and the vibrant food culture of California, Loló has always been right at home in the Mission District. And though their sidewalk dining is thriving, their takeout and delivery shine, too — with a pared-down but delicious menu, including fun dishes like fried avocado burritos and shrimp albondigas with a spiced tomato-bacon sauce.

A dish from Loló restaurant in San Francisco.
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Top Hatters Kitchen and Bar

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This San Leandro modern Vietnamese spot goes far beyond the standard noodles and pho, with dishes including the Shattered Crepe Salad, grilled galangal pork steak, and Vietnamese-style street corn. Even better suited to today? Their family meals, including a make-it-yourself beef and pineapple spring roll kit; and their “grazing boxes,” filled with crudite and flavorful sauces so you can “picnic in place.”

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Viks Chaat

Always a popular Berkeley destination, Vik’s has long been takeout-friendly. But recently, they’ve stepped up their game even more; alongside Indian street food favorites like dosas and samosas, they offer a variety of refreshing Coke products and daily family-sized dinner specials, like a Madras Chicken or Masala Fish Curry with roti, rice, and aloo matar.

Teni East Kitchen

A dish from Teni East Kitchen in Oakland.
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San Francisco is home to many Burmese restaurants that put beautiful voice to the bold salads and vibrant flavors the nation is known for. But out in Oakland, Teni East Kitchen forges its own path, putting a California spin on classic dishes like in their Tea Leaf Kale Salad or Coconut Veggie Curry with bok choy and mushrooms. Elegant, flavorful, and affordable.

A dish from Teni East Kitchen in Oakland.
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Super Duper Burgers

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Fast food-style burgers and shakes with a California slow-food, farmer-friendly ethos: Super Duper Burgers excels at American classics, with juicy cheeseburgers, rich milkshakes, and an incredible chicken sandwich. The name says it all about the beef, but don’t forget an extra order of fries and a few to-go Cokes. 

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Buster's Cheese Steak

While you’ll find cheesesteaks all over the country, we all know that Philly-style can’t be beat. And Buster’s gets all the details right: beef cooked up on the flattop, griddled onions, drippy cheese. Even in a world temporarily without bars, there’s no denying the appeal of great bar food and a cold soda. Buster’s delivers on all counts.

The Italian Homemade Company

Gnocchi pasta with beef from The Italian Homemade Company in San Francisco.
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Although the Italian Homemade Company now has multiple locations across the Bay, its spiritual home is in San Francisco’s own Little Italy, the neighborhood of North Beach. But whichever location you visit, you’ll find phenomenal fresh pastas and rich, meaty sauces; homemade specialties like lasagna and amazing meatballs; and piadina flatbread sandwiches, stuffed with all the prosciutto or porchetta you can handle. Top it all off with a Sprite and you’ll be set for your next few meals.

Gnocchi pasta with beef from The Italian Homemade Company in San Francisco.
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Sababa

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When it comes to street food, it’s hard to top the appeal of Israeli-style pita sandwiches. Sababa nails everything on the menu, from the eggplant-egg sabik pita to the crisp falafel and spiced ground beef kofta. With a diverse list of veggie sides, it’s as virtuous as it is delicious.

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Pizzeria Delfina - Pacific Heights

When the Neapolitan pizza craze hit San Francisco in the mid-aughts, Pizzeria Delfina was one of the first to get it right, and remains one of the best of its kind. With numerous locations across the Bay Area, they’ve perfected the art of light, airy crusts and smartly topped pies (the Carbonara, with guanciale, farm eggs, and Pecorino is an eternal favorite). Hearty family meals like spaghetti and meatballs or chicken alla Diavola are newer additions, as are make-your-own pizza kits.

Mandalay Restaurant

Burmese classics get the spotlight here. Salads are always a highlight, whether fermented tea leaves with lentil seeds and ground shrimp, or the twenty-ingredient Rainbow Salad. The national dish moo hin nga, a rich fish chowder, is another standout, as are the many intricately flavored curries. On a takeout order, it’s hard to go wrong.

Lers Ros Thai

There are dozens of places in the Bay Area to get a halfway decent pad Thai. But there are very few where you’ll find Garlic & Pepper Rabbit, Pad Ped Alligator, or som tum papaya salad with raw crab. At its multiple San Francisco locations, Lers Ros brings the vivid, layered flavors of the best Thai food to life, from its simplest salads and noodle dishes to its most complex curries.

Loló

A dish from Loló restaurant in San Francisco.
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With a menu inspired both by the culinary traditions of Jalisco and the vibrant food culture of California, Loló has always been right at home in the Mission District. And though their sidewalk dining is thriving, their takeout and delivery shine, too — with a pared-down but delicious menu, including fun dishes like fried avocado burritos and shrimp albondigas with a spiced tomato-bacon sauce.

A dish from Loló restaurant in San Francisco.
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Top Hatters Kitchen and Bar

This San Leandro modern Vietnamese spot goes far beyond the standard noodles and pho, with dishes including the Shattered Crepe Salad, grilled galangal pork steak, and Vietnamese-style street corn. Even better suited to today? Their family meals, including a make-it-yourself beef and pineapple spring roll kit; and their “grazing boxes,” filled with crudite and flavorful sauces so you can “picnic in place.”

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