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A selection of food from Los Angeles restaurants
(Photo illustration by Martina Ibáñez-Baldor / Los Angeles Times; photographs by Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times; Silvia Razgova / For The Times; Klose Up Photography)

The ultimate Los Angeles restaurant delivery and takeout guide

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The wondrous complexity of Los Angeles makes it America’s most compelling dining city. As with restaurant cultures around the world, our chefs, restaurateurs and their staffs have faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic crisis. To sustain the industry, takeout has become the lifeline of restaurants — the necessary means into which our best culinary minds funnel their creativity and maintain a sense of community with diners.

Here are more than 100 restaurants where my colleagues Patricia Escárcega, Jenn Harris, Lucas Kwan Peterson, Garrett Snyder and I have savored takeout since the mid-March shutdown. The list encapsulates the foods that make eating in Southern California singular: kebabs and Iranian stews, smothered oxtails, Ethiopian vegetable platters, regional Mexican and Chinese specialties (including Oaxacan tlayudas, peerless Sonoran flour tortillas, Sichuan toothpick lamb and Macao-style pork buns, for starters), pizza and pasta, Syrian kibbeh. Our palates still travel the globe from our tables at home.

In uncertain times, a carne asada taco or jeweled chirashi bowl can shift a mood, calm a storm, recast the day. For more recommendations, visit latimes.com/food and sign up for our weekly Tasting Notes newsletter. Those who feed us from restaurant kitchens and serve us from takeout windows (or deliver our meals) are on the front lines; please remember to tip generously.

— Bill Addison, restaurant critic

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Al & Bea's bean and cheese burrito with green chile sauce.
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Al & Bea’s Mexican Food

Boyle Heights Mexican $
The Carreon family’s 50-year-old burrito stand in Boyle Heights is a neighborhood institution and home to arguably the city’s most famous bean and cheese burrito. A hearty chile relleno burrito wrapped in yellow paper is fine takeout fare, though taquitos with guacamole and green chile cheese fries carry well too. Ask for extra oregano-kissed house hot sauce. Pickup or delivery.
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All Day Baby
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All Day Baby

Silver Lake American $$
| 2020
Chef Jonathan Whitener and business partner Lien Ta take a masterful grab-bag approach to big flavors: spicy wings, smoked whitefish melt, barbecued ribs, a carnitas burrito. The breakfast sandwich is glorious, layered with scrambled eggs, white American cheese, bacon or sausage (or both) and a spoonful of strawberry jam whose sweetness ends up making a strange kind of sense. Speaking of sweet: Look out for pastry chef Thessa Diadem’s strawberry and cream pie, which sells out fast when it’s available.
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Akasha

Culver City American $$
Featuring California and New American cuisine, Akasha’s menu is created with cultural influences taken from Chef Akasha Richmond’s many travels around the world and changes seasonally, reflecting local and sustainable ingredients.
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Supreme pizza from Antico.
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Antico

Larchmont Italian $$$
| 2020
Antico’s pivot strategy boils down to four happy-making words: pizza and ice cream. Chad Colby builds pies from billowing rectangles of focaccia. The pizzas can easily feed a small family, though cheese and pepperoni also are available as square slices, which makes an ideal midday snack for one. To disappear into one of pastry chef Brad Ray’s pints of ice cream is luxury escapism. His lavish Harry’s Berries strawberry ice cream, as tangy as it is sweet and rich, deserves a splurge. Pickup or delivery.
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A.O.C. Wine Bar

Beverly Grove French $$$
| 2019 | #41
| 2020
Inspired by the original A.O.C., the Wine Bar features a wide selection of Caroline Styne’s favorite new- and old-world wines paired with Suzanne Goin’s signature small-plates menu. Offering brunch and dinner.
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An overhead shot of a spread of dishes from Apey Kade.
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Apey Kade

Tarzana Sri Lankan $
| 2019 | #99
| 2020
Lalith Rodrigo and his wife, chef Niza Hashim, are natives of Colombo, the port-city capital of Sri Lanka. Hashim makes fantastic string hoppers — thin rice-flour noodles steamed into flat, pearly nests and served with a golden spiced coconut-milk gravy and other garnishes. Lamprais, a feast of chicken or beef curry with vegetables and other sides warmed in a banana leaf, was a takeout mainstay well before the current crisis, though it tastes especially soothing in these times.
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A square-slice pepperoni pizza from Apollonia's Pizzeria.
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Apollonia’s Pizzeria

Mid-Wilshire Italian $$
Justin De Leon’s Mid-Wilshire pizzeria has become a magnet for his take on the Detroit-style square pie. The crust is ringed with cheese so caramelized and glassy it resembles spun sugar. He’ll baptize the surface in herb oil and splotch it with burrata after baking. Available fresh from the oven whole or by the slice, the square is an off-the-menu special once reserved for weekends but lately offered more frequently. Check Instagram or call ahead. De Leon also fashions lovely thin, round pizzas crowned with combinations like grape tomato, goat cheese, Kalamata olives, pesto and lamb sausage. Pickup or delivery.
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Beef tongue sandwich is on the menu at Attari Sandwich Shop in Los Angeles.
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Attari Sandwich Shop

Westwood
Attari is a mainstay of Tehrangeles, as the Westwood-based Iranian community has long been designated, where customers linger over lunch under umbrellas in its sunny courtyard. Standouts include thinly sliced beef tongue with pickles on a soft French roll; and kuku sabzi, an herb-dense egg dish similar to a frittata that’s also a requisite at Nowruz.
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Banh Oui's organic fried chicken sandwich comes with pickles, coleslaw and peppers.
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Banh Oui

Hollywood $$
Casey Felton and Armen Piskoulian introduced their modern riffs on banh mi at Smorgasburg L.A. before opening a permanent storefront. At Banh Oui, chicken liver pâté enriches a chicken meatball variation; mint among the usual cilantro and scallions adds piercing grace notes. The compact, ultra-cheesy khachapuri that Felton and Piskoulian make as a side business (it’s sold at the same location) is obsession-worthy.
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Carne guisada (stewed beef) puffy tacos from Bar Amá, a Tex-Mex restaurant downtown.
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Bar Amá

Downtown L.A.
| 2019 | #7
Josef Centeno’s take on the Tex-Mex/Tejano cooking of his San Antonio childhood — chicken enchiladas with tomatillo salsa, breakfast burrito, arguably the best queso in California — is universal comfort. Nachos kit? Bring it on. Pickup and delivery.
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Bavel's malawach.
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Bavel

Downtown L.A. Middle Eastern $$$
| 2019 | #11
| 2020
Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis’ Arts District blockbuster whirls together Israeli, Egyptian, Moroccan and Southern Californian flavors; there will be a variation on hummus and a sunny centerpiece like a chicken leg fragrant with saffron or short rib tagine over couscous. The full menu is available for takeout, as is a weekly changing multicourse menu. Pickup only.
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For the sweet course, the Beijing Pie House offers the Rolling Donkey.
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Beijing Pie House

Alhambra
The restaurant specializes in xian bing, savory meat pies filled with things like lamb and green onion or nappa cabbage and pork. They’re great reheated or at room temperature, eaten out of the container on the way home. The Alhambra location is also selling bags of frozen dumplings, so you can pan-fry or boil them whenever the craving hits. Pickup and delivery.
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Roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti, crispy breadcrumbs and aged balsamic from Bestia.
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Bestia

Downtown L.A.
| 2019 | #24
In takeout form, Bestia still goes full-blast Italian. The set menu might kick off with house-made salumi and segue to a Little Gem salad with walnut orange blossom vinaigrette, ricotta dumplings with sausage and black truffles, Wagyu short rib and vanilla bean panna cotta with berries. Pickup only.
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Bludso's on La Brea serves Kevin Bludso's Texas BBQ along with craft beer and cocktails.
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Bludso’s

Fairfax American $$
Texas native Kevin Bludso is a forefather of L.A.’s modern barbecue — and brisket — boom. Though his original restaurant in Compton closed in 2016, his much larger La Brea location maintains the straightforward splendor of his brisket, beef sausage and ribs, with porky greens and banana pudding framing the meal. Pickup or delivery.
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Bags of crab, shrimp and sausage at Boiling Crab in Alhambra.
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Boiling Crab

Koreatown $$
A meal at one of the Boiling Crab restaurants (there are several in Southern California) usually involves a gobsmacking amount of boiled-in-bag shrimp doused with Cajun spices and lemon-garlic butter and dumped ceremoniously onto a paper-lined table for feasting. It turns out the Boiling Crab experience translates well at home, provided you don’t feel the need to pour out crawfish and crab legs on your kitchen counter. Bulk out your order with corn on the cob, lemon pepper fries and some rice to soak up that flavorful sauce. Delivery or pickup.
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Bone Kettle noodles and broth with beef ribs.
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Bone Kettle

Pasadena Southeast Asian
The menu at chef Erwin Tjahyadi’s Pasadena restaurant is influenced by the Indonesian flavors of his youth. There’s Indonesian fried rice, rendang carbonara, and then there’s the bone broth. The stock is rich and milky — cooked down for 36 hours. It’s served with springy noodles and a hunk of protein of your choice. Pickup and delivery.
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A spread of food from Brodard.
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Brodard Restaurant

Fountain Valley Vietnamese
| 2020
It’s difficult to exhaust the sweeping menu at this long-running Vietnamese restaurant, but it’s a mistake to avoid the signature nem nuong cuon, grilled pork spring rolls, each bite vivid with crunchy bits of meat, chives and bracing hints of mint. The crisp rice flour saucers called banh khot are excellent, and you can easily build a meal around the restaurant’s skewered filet mignon or grilled rack of lamb. Pickup and delivery.
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A plate of omakase sushi the Brothers Sushi in Woodland Hills.
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The Brothers Sushi

Woodland Hills Japanese $$
| 2020
Mark Okuda, a longtime chef at Studio City’s Asanebo, took over this Woodland Hills sushi staple in 2018, keeping the name but making the menu entirely his own. For a lunchtime splurge, opt for the $50 chirashi bowl, a piscine rainbow over sushi rice. It’s an equal pleasure, though, to order a yellowtail-scallion hand roll alongside a few pieces of nigiri (buttery nodoguro, silky hotate, mild kanpachi) or a sashimi plate like halibut and cucumber dressed in yuzu vinegar and shiso oil. Pickup only.
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The birria burrito from Burritos La Palma.
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Burritos La Palma

El Monte Mexican $
| 2019 | #15
| 2020
Long before the recent birria mania, the Bañuelos Lugo family perfected the birria burrito at its first taqueria in Jerez, Zacatecas, back in the early 1980s. The winning equation: spiced stewed beef (and nothing else) swaddled in a flour tortilla that’s crisped on the griddle to a golden sturdiness. Pickup only.
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Cueritos and mixo tacos at Carnitas El Momo.
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Carnitas El Momo

Boyle Heights Mexican $
| 2019 | #65
If ever there were a food named appropriately for the times, it’s the “Aporkalypse,” a massive carnitas taco filled with a mix of maciza (chopped pork shoulder), cuerito (squiggly slivers of pork skin) and buche (delicate slices of pork stomach). It’s a specialty of the Acosta family, whose carnitas rate as a civic treasure. Carnitas by the pound, ordered for pickup in Boyle Heights, come with tortillas, salsa, limes and garnishes. Pickup only.
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During the pandemic, Carousel is offering a new rotating menu of specials.
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Carousel

Glendale Lebanese-Armenian $$
This Middle Eastern restaurant is known for its excellent kebab plates and mezze. But during quarantine, owners Rosalie and Mike Tcholakian created a new rotating menu of specials that Mike’s mother, Rose, normally only cooks at home for the family. Rose, 73, who is the chef de cuisine at the restaurant, is making dishes such as chicken kabsa (cumin- and turmeric-marinated chicken thighs) and dawood basha (ground beef meatballs braised in tomato sauce) in addition to the regular menu. Delivery or pickup.
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Vietnamese sunbathing prawns with Fresno chiles, garlic and Vietnamese hot sauce.
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Cassia

Santa Monica Vietnamese French $$$
| 2019 | #13
| 2020
Cassia’s singular mashup of cultures (Vietnamese, Malaysian, Singaporean and Southern Californian among them) is as honed as ever. Order standouts like kaya toast sandwiching coconut jam; wontons filled with shrimp, cod and country ham in chile oil; and the ever-wonderful seafood laksa. They’re available as individual meals or bundled into family meals with multiple choices. Delivery or pickup.
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A special plate of yukon gold potatoes, red beets, arugula, Argentinian chorizo and two runny eggs from The Chori Man.
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The Chori-Man

San Pedro Mexican $
| 2020
Humberto “Chori-Man” Raygoza is something of a San Pedro celebrity. His neighborhood shop sells scratch-made artisan chorizo in a variety of flavors, from Zacatecas-style red chorizo stained with guajillo chiles to earthy Toucan-style green chorizo made with poblanos. But the reason regulars beat a path to Raygoza’s door each morning is the shop’s breakfast burritos: hulking things stuffed with tender chunks of potato and two fried eggs and served with a duet of blazing salsas. Delivery or pickup.
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Hainan chicken with white and dark meat from Cluck2Go.
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Cluck2Go

Pasadena Singaporean $
| 2020
For their Singaporean-style Hainan chicken, owner Qi Yang and his daughter Jenny Yang use fresh, locally raised chickens poached with lemongrass and other spices. The essence of the bird chimes through the rice and broth served on the side. Pickup only.
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Ceviche from Coni'Seafood.
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Coni’Seafood

Inglewood Mexican $$
Connie Cossio runs this South Bay institution serving Nayarit-style seafood dishes. Home in on camarones borrachos, a dish of shrimp sautéed with garlic and crushed pepper and then set alight in tequila. Fluffy rice alongside absorbs the thin, rich sauce. Delivery or pickup.
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Connie & Ted’s

West Hollywood Seafood $$$
| 2019 | #71
| 2020
At Michael Cimarusti’s casual New England seafood spot, fried clam bellies and loaded lobster rolls pay homage to the breezy charm of beachside fish shacks. Supple peel-and-eat shrimp and a bowl of savory chowder make for dependable takeout, but the kitchen turns out a mean bacon burger with aged cheddar too. Pickup or delivery.
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Sausage pizza with mustard greens at Cosa Buona in Echo Park.
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Cosa Buona

Echo Park Italian $$
Zack Pollack amassed a following for revisionist Italian food at Silver Lake’s Alimento, but it’s his casual red-sauce joint in Echo Park that’s best suited for a pizza and movie night. Cosa Buona nails indulgent Italian American fare like smoked mozzarella sticks and oozy eggplant Parm. A legit Neapolitan pizza topped with barbecue sauce, chicken and cilantro? It works. Delivery or pickup.
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Craig’s

West Hollywood American $$$
At Craig’s, you’ll find something for every appetite, with Chef Kursten Kizer’s menu of classic American fare, from upscale comfort food to vegan specialties.
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Lydia Clark shaves a piece of cheese for tasting at DTLA Cheese.
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DTLA Cheese

Downtown L.A. American $$
DTLA Cheese is not simply cheese — is it strange to say that? Yes, there is the eternal wisdom of cheesemonger Lydia Clarke, who is always happy to dole out dairy-related advice, but in the event you’re in the mood for more than just an A-plus chunk of Comté, there’s also killer tomato soup, mac and cheese, and a grilled cheese that spills satisfyingly for at least a couple of inches beyond the diameter of the bread. Enjoy with some very good pickles. Outdoor dining available at the Grand Central Market, as well as pickup.
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The beef Wellington from Dialogue.
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Dialogue

Santa Monica $$$$
| 2019 | #6
Dave Beran has been creating three-course dinners of comforts like tomato, strawberry and burrata salad; hangar steak with chimichurri and vegetables; and, for dessert, stone fruit cobbler. In early August Beran will reimagine the restaurant as an al fresco wine bar called Tidbits by Dialogue, serving small plates that will also be available for takeout. Beran’s famous take on Basque cheesecake, its crown burnt and its base oozing, will continue to be a mainstay. Pickup only.
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Fried chicken, collard greens, mac and cheese, black-eyed peas and a spread of other sides at Dulan's on Crenshaw.
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Dulan’s on Crenshaw

Hyde Park American $$
Oxtails should be simmered until the meat is somewhere between tensile and melting, barely cohering to the bone. Dulan’s does them right. For sides? Collard greens, mac and cheese, and black-eyed peas. If oxtails don’t appeal, the fried chicken is righteous — and it’s satisfying the next day, straight from the refrigerator. Pickup or delivery.
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Two mixed plates of tacos and a sobaquera from El Ruso.
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El Ruso

Boyle Heights Mexican
| 2020
Walter Soto and Julia Silva make some of the most spectacular tacos in Los Angeles. Silva is a tortilla artist; Sonoran-style flour discs are her pliant canvases. Soto grills the meats and composes the tacos. Carne asada, beef birria and a wondrous, chin-staining chile colorado typically comprise the fillings: Get all three. Pickup only.
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Nicole Rucker's Stoner Party pie from Fat & Flour.
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Fat & Flour

Downtown L.A.
Nicole Rucker had already built a reputation as the brightest star in the L.A. pie universe, but her talent is on exceptional display these days. She closed her short-lived Fairfax restaurant Fiona last summer and regrouped this year with a stand in Grand Central Market, where she makes every pie herself. Order in advance for pickups on Fridays and Saturdays; pies made with the ripest seasonal fruits rightly sell out first.
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Evan Funke's handmade pasta at Felix
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Felix

Venice Italian $$$
| 2019 | #49
Focaccia and pizzas from Evan Funke’s Venice trattoria reheat beautifully, and a lemony chicory salad jolts the palate out of hibernation. Pasta, though, is the center of Funke’s universe; he recently published a book on mastering it at home. Rather than preparing hot pasta to-go at Felix, the restaurant sells kits of freshly extruded rigatoni, pappardelle, spaghetti and other shapes with sauces — an easy boil-and-serve situation. Funke, resolutely and perhaps infamously, prefers his pasta molto al dente, and he serves it that way in his dining room. Now’s the opportunity to prepare his take on a classic like rigatoni all’Amatriciana to your own taste. It will be magnificent. Delivery or pickup.
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The cheese boat from Forn Al Hara restaurant in Anaheim.
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Forn Al Hara

Anaheim Middle Eastern $
| 2020
Mohammad Alam oversees the ovens of this exemplary Lebanese bakery, in the core of Anaheim’s Little Arabia district, that focuses on manakeesh — breakfast flatbreads topped with three dozen variations of ingredients. Za’atar with cheese or sujuk with eggs are two favorites. Eat the manakeesh outside immediately and take home spinach fatayer and ma’amoul (delicate cookies crowned with pistachios, walnuts or almonds) for later. Pickup only.
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Oaxacan barbecued goat at Gish Bac is flavored with dried red chiles, cloves and ripe tomatoes.
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Gish Bac

Arlington Heights Mexican $$
Need overt beauty in your life right now? Behold the tlayuda at Gish Bac — a circle of life layered with pureed black beans, lacy Oaxacan string cheese, grilled steak and chicken and chile-marinated pork, with slices of tomato, avocado and slivers of rajas arranged like spokes radiating from a wheel’s center. The crackle of the foundational oversize tortilla is key, as is your ability to consume it as quickly as possible. The other specialty at Maria Ramos and David Padilla’s restaurant is barbacoa, either goat long-simmered with chiles or a less saucy, cumin-scented variation with lamb. Both are wonderful. Weekends only. Pickup or delivery.
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Bun chao tom and thit nuong and cha gio from Golden Deli Vietnamese Restaurant.
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Golden Deli

San Gabriel Valley Vietnamese $
Vietnamese food is all about the contrast of hot and cool: getting a perfect bite of chả giò, crispy fried spring rolls stuffed with pork, and the cool crunch of lettuce and sweet funk of fish sauce. Or slurping a hot bowl of anise-inflected beef pho and munching on bean sprouts and fresh herbs. There aren’t many places that do it better than Golden Deli, and we sincerely hope that never changes. Pickup only — get your food and enjoy it at one of the nearby parks.
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Black mole tlayuda with egg from Guelaguetza.
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Guelaguetza

Harvard Heights Mexican $$
| 2019 | #98
| 2020
Moles are the crossword puzzles of Oaxacan cooking. Their complexities tease and challenge our brains; we need them more than ever. Bricia Lopez and her family have created family meals with one of four moles (negro, rojo, coloradito and the stewy variation, fortified with almonds and raisins, known as estofado) and either grilled chicken or pork carnitas. Scroll through the online menu to see other combination and solo meal options, including a platter of seven appetizers (guacamole, taquitos and fried guacamole among them) and herbed chicken soup to feed a crowd. Pickup or delivery.
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Tacos from Guerrilla Tacos.
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Guerrilla Tacos

Downtown L.A. Mexican $$
| 2020
If you remember Wes Avila’s singular tacos served from a scrappy Arts District stand nearly a decade ago, you know the chef’s mettle: He knows how to make a situation work. Tacos remain his palette on which to mix modern Angeleno flavors, including favorites like sweet potato with feta, almond salsa and fried corn. Pickup and delivery.
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Gwen

Hollywood
A butcher shop and fine-dining restaurant, Curtis Stone’s Gwen calls on fire-based cooking techniques and offers elegant and delicious meals and sides perfect for any occasion.
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Hail Mary Pizza

Atwater Village
| 2020
The pizzeria’s flavor combinations (lamb neck, with the texture of pot roast, strewn among nettles and Calabrian chiles; potato, chard, lemon and lemon zest) lean toward boldfaced without becoming too zany. The meatball pie brings the fundamental Italian American gusto: polpette with mozzarella and oregano under a dusting of Parmesan. Salads (avocado and seasonal citrus or grilled peach, ham and burrata) bring the senses back to California. Pickup or delivery.
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Harold & Belle’s

Jefferson Park
This third-generation, family-run Creole restaurant in Jefferson Park has a local history that’s as colorful as its jambalaya. Go for the grilled catfish topped with a trinity of sautéed onions, celery and bell peppers, the shrimp scampi or a po’ boy stuffed with fried Gulf oysters. Rich okra gumbo — thickened with a midnight-dark roux and a dose of filé powder — is a must for vegetarians. Pickup or delivery.
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Octopus, cranberry beans, lemon aioli and salsa verde at Hatchet Hall in Culver City.
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Hatchet Hall

Culver City Southern $$$
Brian Dunsmoor’s rustic Southern spot in Culver City delivers unfussy comfort food that feels at home in California. Roasted shishitos and cheddar add a pop of color to tangy cornbread, while grilled lamb chops come with salsa verde and smoky tonnato sauce. Don’t miss the Low Country-style shrimp boil on weekends. Pickup or delivery.
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Hawkins House of Burgers

Willowbrook
| 2020
The esteemed Watts burger restaurant is known best for its baroque Angus beef burgers, densely built with char-edged patties and generously layered with add-ons such as thick apple-smoked bacon. The restaurant has expanded its menu over the years to offer breakfast and lighter options, including veggie burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches, but the thing to try once is the Whipper Burger, a double-patty burger served with pastrami and a hot link.
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Tagliolini with duck ragu from Hippo restaurant in Highland Park.
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Hippo

Highland Park Italian $$$
| 2019 | #82
| 2020
Matt Molina’s fettuccine with pork ragu springs from its container like a dozen clowns climbing out of a compact car. Shake out the strands and the mass mystically expands to fill a bowl, precisely al dente and almost too hot to eat. But the food excels beyond pasta: Smoked ocean trout with lentils and mushrooms duly expresses lightness and heft; even the simplicity of lettuce with radish vinaigrette with dill and walnuts is uplifting. General manager David Rosoff is one of our wisest sommeliers — and it helps that the restaurant is connected to Highland Park Wine — so trust his suggestions for a Sicilian orange or California Pinot Noir. Pickup or delivery.
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Honeybird

University Park Southern $$
Inspired by the Southern table, Honeybird serves up handcrafted comfort food centered on golden fried chicken. The menu offers classic sides such as garlic mashed potatoes as well as homemade pies.
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Honey's Kettle in Culver City.
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Honey’s Kettle

Culver City Southern $$
Owner Vincent Williams uses a secret batter, peanut oil and kettle drums to get his chicken coating crispy without the grease. You could eat a basket on its own, but for the real Honey’s Kettle experience, dip it in some of the restaurant’s honey and hot sauce. It’s superb cold, eaten straight out of the fridge the next day. Delivery or pickup.
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Fried chicken with sides at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw's Hotville
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Hotville

Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw American $$
| 2020
Kim Prince grew up behind Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville, the restaurant credited with inventing Nashville-style hot chicken. Her Baldwin Hills Crenshaw spot is an ideal Los Angeles ambassador for her family’s legacy. Hotville serves plain fried chicken and hot chicken in three intensities: mild, medium and (more fiery than plenty of West Coast palates can handle) hot.
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Pastries are plentiful at Huge Tree Pastry, with fillings such as green onions, shredded daikon and sweet curried pork.
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Huge Tree Pastry

Monterey Park
Taiwanese breakfast is the specialty at this popular Monterey Park diner, which offers curbside pickup for those on the go. Start with an order or two of you tiao — slender, deep-fried crullers — paired with sweet soybean milk for dipping. Something savory? Try the colorful version of fan tuan — made with purple-hued rice, wrapped burrito-style around an egg omelet, tangy mustard green pickles and fluffy stands of pork floss. Pickup or delivery.
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The pajeon green onion pancake at Hyesung Noodle House.
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Hyesung Noodle House

Koreatown Korean $$
Hyesung Noodle House is getting creative with its little corner in a strip mall on Western Avenue, setting up a tent in the parking lot so patrons can dine al fresco. Whatever your comfort level, the kalguksu, chewy, freshly made noodles in a chicken or mild anchovy broth, is essential in any environment. The pajeon green onion pancake is one of the best you’ll encounter in Ktown, packed with vegetables and not just a bunch of doughy filler. Pro tip: If you’re not dining in, get the noodles uncooked and pop them into some boiling water at home for best results. Dine-in, pickup and delivery.
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Izakaya Hachi

Torrance Japanese $$$
A swank izakaya in the heart of Torrance, Hachi has stood out by offering omakase takeout dinners that manage to re-create the thrill of sitting front and center at the chef’s table. Seared skirt steak takati comes dressed with tangy ponzu, while artfully arranged sashimi platters are stocked with slabs of tuna and halibut. A robust selection of sake sweetens the deal. Delivery or pickup.
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A plate of tonnarelli at Jame Enoteca in El Segundo.
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Jame Enoteca

El Segundo Italian
Jame Enoteca was, back in the days we all used to go to the office (remember that?), a bright spot for many of us non-South Bay-ers on our forays into El Segundo, and a solid Italian option no matter where you live. Blanket-like sheets of mandilli covered in a kale-almond pesto and slightly piquant rigatoni tubes in vodka sauce are just a couple of the excellent pastas you can enjoy (there are sandwiches, too, but the pastas are where it’s at). Dine-in available, as well as pickup and delivery.
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Jane Q

Hollywood American $$
Jane Q offers LAMILL coffee, vegetable-driven dishes and house-baked focaccias and pizzas all day. With fresh ingredients prepared with care and served in a low-key neighborhood atmosphere, it’s an easy spot for a delightful, simple meal.
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Jar

Beverly Grove American $$$
A modern chophouse in the heart of Los Angeles, Jar dazzles Angelenos with the allure of chef Suzanne Tracht’s familiar retro dishes from the American culinary repertoire. It offers a signature pot roast, wild and sustainable seafood, lemongrass chicken, award-winning french fries, market-fresh sides and more.
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Green tiger prawns from Jitlada.
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Jitlada

East Hollywood Thai $$
| 2019 | #75
| 2020
Sarantip “Jazz” Singsanong continues to preside over the legendary Thai Town restaurant, where the Southern Thai cooking is as nuanced as it is fiery. On the enormous menu, look for tiger prawns in curry laced with turmeric and pineapple, turmeric fish, and the infamous “Spicy Dynamite Challenge” stir-fry that delivers a full-body burn. Pickup or delivery.
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Joan’s On Third

Beverly Grove $$
Joan’s on Third offers gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches, cheeses, charcuterie and fresh-baked pastries in a cafe-style marketplace.
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Joan’s On Third

Studio City $$
Joan’s on Third offers gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches, cheeses, charcuterie and fresh-baked pastries in a cafe-style marketplace.
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A lunch spread at Jon & Vinny's.
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Jon & Vinny’s

Mid-Wilshire Italian $$
| 2019 | #57
The L.A. Woman pizza; meatballs braised in marinara; Little Gem lettuces slapped with Calabrian chile dressing; pistachio wedding cookies — every Italian American triumph for which we crowded into Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Fairfax and Brentwood restaurants (when we could score a reservation) also prevails as takeout. Breakfast has always been a low-key masterstroke: For a morning indulgence order soft scrambled eggs oozing burrata with grilled ciabatta or spaghetti carbonara generously flecked with pancetta. Pickup or delivery.
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Pickles, white rice, furikake, shoyu poke (tuna, shoyu, green onions, sweet onions, ogo seaweed) from Jus' Poke.
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Jus’ Poke

Redondo Beach
Poke is everywhere these days, which makes it all the more impressive that Redondo Beach shack Jus’ Poke stands out for its spot-on version of the Aloha State’s favorite beach snack. The original-style poke mixes cubes of high-grade tuna with scallion, onion and fresh ogo seaweed; richer, California Roll poke folds in avocado, cucumber and imitation crab. Order by the pound or as a combo, with furikake rice and a side of spicy edamame or crunchy seaweed salad. Delivery or pickup.
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Kang Kang Food Court’s sheng jian bao.
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Kang Kang Food Court

Alhambra Chinese $
This “food court” of sorts is known for its excellent sheng jian bao: The dumpling’s wrapper, which evokes both a fluffy bao and a chewy dumpling skin, is studded with black sesame seeds and seared to a crisp brown on the bottom. It surrounds a middle of juicy, simply seasoned ground pork that explodes with hot juice when you take a bite. Pickup only.
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Uni, tapioca from Kato
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Kato

Sawtelle Taiwanese $$$
| 2019 | #1
| 2020
Jon Yao, whose West L.A. restaurant took the top slot on The Times’ 101 Best Restaurants list last year, and his team offer two takeout meal options: the “Kato Box,” a gorgeous chirashi bento of seafood, vinegared rice and pickles, and a $180 family meal for four that might include dishes such as charsiu Wagyu short rib, Taiwanese-style cold noodles, miso slaw and other accompaniments. Pickup only.
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Kismet's Turkish-ish breakfast.
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Kismet

East Hollywood Mediterranean $$$
| 2019 | #25
Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson’s bright, layered Middle Eastern-esque flavors shine through the takeout boxes that now contain them. The lemony chicken and pine nut pies are just as satisfying. The cucumbers are just as punchy with za’atar and rose water. And the rabbit for two, just as mesmerizing. You can also order a side of crispy rice, the one with a magical egg that oozes out the middle. Delivery or pickup.
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The medium pork bossam plate from Koreatown's Kobawoo House will serve two or three people.
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Kobawoo House

Koreatown Korean $$
Kobawoo’s reputation in Koreatown revolves around its bossam platter, an assemble-it-yourself combination of steamed pork belly spread out like a deck of playing cards, sweet and spicy kimchi, raw garlic and fermented shrimp paste, all ready to be wrapped up in cabbage leaves. It’s a slippery carnival of flavors and textures, one that will not lose any of its charm during the 30-minute car ride home. Delivery and pickup.
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Kobee Factory's fried kibbeh, yogurt with cucumber and hummus.
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Kobee Factory

Van Nuys Middle Eastern $
| 2020
This tiny Syrian restaurant in Van Nuys specializes in kibbeh, the combination of bulgur and spiced meat (typically lamb throughout the Middle East; beef here) that comes in several shapes and variations; best is the fried kibbeh formed into tapered croquettes and riddled with pine nuts. Also order the mujadara, a mix of lentils and bulgur made special by an overlay of golden fried onions. A swirl of hummus alongside lends creaminess. Pickup and delivery.
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Whether it's a plate of shawarma or chicken kebab, don't forget to order extra garlic sauce at Koko's Med Cafe.
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Koko’s Med Cafe

Pasadena Mediterranean
If you’re craving a plate of shawarma, this is the place. The meat is marinated with lemon, garlic and spices and cooked until it’s wonderfully crisp around the edges. There’s chicken kebab and lule too. All of the plates come with rice, Greek salad, hummus and pita. Don’t forget to order extra garlic sauce. Delivery or pickup.
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The omelette sandwich with Jonah crab from Konbi in Echo Park.
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Konbi

Echo Park Japanese $
| 2019 | #58
| 2020
Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery’s 10-seat Echo Park cafe became an Instagram sensation for its strikingly sculpted egg salad. Hint: The new Jonah crab layered omelet sandwich is even better. The restaurant also makes excellent pastries (including canelé and croissants served hot); unlike sandwiches and seasonal vegetable dishes, they can’t be ordered online ahead of time, but ask what’s available at the takeout window. Pickup only.
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Kotohira

Gardena Japanese $$
If you’re craving noodles in the South Bay, head to Kotohira — the homey strip-mall joint has been serving thick, chewy handmade udon for nearly three decades. Bowls of warm slippery strands come garnished with ginger, green onion and wisps of freshly shaved bonito, alongside a tiny cup of soy for drizzling over the top. Order the bargain-priced combo set to pair your udon with Japanese comfort dishes such as crispy karaage or sweet-salty broiled unagi over rice. Delivery or pickup.
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