Food To Go, 2009
Yes, eating out is almost always the best way to enjoy a meal, whether it is for practical reasons (fast and no dishes to face afterwards), gastronomic hedonism (exotic dishes, served in equally exotic environments) or, perhaps a romantic culinary liaison (candlelight dinner in a secluded corner). There are other times though, when the idea of dressing up to look even slightly presentable (in Southern California however, that appears to be anything more sophisticated than pajamas!), negotiating traffic and finding somewhere to park just seems that little bit too daunting, and getting a movie ready at home and waiting for that knock on the door from the restaurant delivery person is the more attractive of options. This week we will cater to those moments and take a look at some of the better “bring it on home” “to go” restaurants located on The Westside.
North End Pizzeria (11907 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, 310. 481.7103) This house specializes in X-Large pizzas ranging from $13-20 and their pizzas are good and robust. Some great recipes are available including the X-Large Deluxe Sicilian Pizza that gives you a choice of six toppings from a list of 24! Good stuff but not the quickest so give yourselves a little extra time.
Cicero’s Pizza (11651 W, Pico, Los Angeles, 310.477.7758) is one of the best, and famous for their “buy one, get one free.” 25 toppings available, a great range of specialty pizzas, good delivery and that two for one says it all. Imagine, two large Combination Specials (Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Fresh Mushrooms, Onions, Black Olives and Bell Peppers) for less than 20 bucks and you can feed yourselves, and probably the cast of the movie you’ll be watching as well!
Wildflour Pizza (2807 Main Street, Santa Monica, 310.392.3300) is a long time favorite for local residents with their whole-wheat pizza pie options and generously topped pizzas. Try their Waist-Line Special – No Cheese (Whole Wheat Dough, Pizza Sauce, Spinach, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Garlic and Marinated Chicken) for fewer than 19 dollars for the big one if you are a diet conscious pizza eater.
Tandoor India (2622 W. Pico, 310.581.9964). Great Indian home cooking straight to your door. Fast delivery, great curries and super combination dinners like the Vegetarian Tandoor-India Dinner (Saag, Paneer, Dal, vegetable of the day, rice, naan, side dish) for fewer than ten dollars, is a great recommendation. Really good stuff!
All India Café (12113 Santa Monica Boulevard, 310.442.5250). This eatery offers a menu that covers virtually every option from all of the regions of the Indian sub-continent. Good delivery speed ensures that your order will be hot ‘n fresh. Try the tandoori dishes as an introduction and expect to pay around twenty bucks per head.
Cheng Du (11538 W. Pico Boulevard, West Los Angeles, 310.477.4917) offers a very fast delivery service and is renowned for it’s humongous portions. With some dishes leaning towards the healthy side of Chinese food, they offer an extensive menu, with staples such as Sweet and Sour Chicken, Vegetable Fried Rice, and various Chow Mein dishes, as well as their Bears Paw (soft tofu in a special sauce). Two people can eat very well for less than twenty.
Wokano (1413 5th Street, 310.458.3080) has fast gained a great reputation as a good “to go” choice for classy Asian food. Sushi, Sashimi, Curry dishes, and a swathe of popular Chinese recipes make this a place where variety is the order of the day. Slightly more expensive than some, their food is fresh, tasty and well presented. Pretty good delivery times as well!
T’s Thai (1215 4th Street, 310.395.4106). A great Thai “to go” choice indeed. Fast delivery, tasty recipes, and helpful staff make T’s a top choice for speedy Thai tempters delivered straight to your door. Look for the Mussaman Chicken Curry, Pad Thai, and the Garlic Chicken as an introduction to their food.
Rosti Tuscan Kitchen (931 Montana Avenue, 310.393.3236). Great Italian food from this mid-priced restaurant. Soups, starters, salads, Pasta, Risotto, Pizza, Calzone, Panini, chicken, steak, fish, and desserts are all available from this Italian kitchen. Delivery time is satisfactory and the food is super fresh. Try the Classic Italian Potato Dumplings
(served with your choice of sauces: Pomodoro, Marinara, Pesto, Beef Ragu, All Arrabbiata, Alfredo or Pink Sauce) for just $12.99!
Bistro of Santa Monica (2301 Santa Monica Boulevard, 310.453.5442) boasts a huge menu that covers virtually every conceivable Italian menu item there is. Delivered fresh and hot their food is tasty and great value; a favorite is the Melanzane alla Parmigiana (baked eggplant with mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese), just $13.95.
Well, there you have it, just a taste of the great many fantastic “to go” options that The Westside has to offer. So, on those days where you “just can’t be bothered” to walk further than the front door, pick up the phone turn on the TV. and await that knock on the door with that warming ‘food delivery” announcement from the bearer of delicious “gifts.”