10 Best Takeout in Phoenix: Options for Eating Well on the Go

Phoenix's best take out spots don't compromise great taste for convenience. Ingo's Tasty Food specializes in just that - tasty food that is down-to-earth, but made with gourmet ingredients and gourmet flair. The Arcadia food stand has a roomy patio featuring grass-fed burgers, gourmet salads and excellent craft beer. 

You just can't go wrong with our second pick, Carolina's Mexican Food. This long-time Phoenix favorite is well-known for authentic Mexican food that is tasty and budget-friendly. Don't leave without taking a bag of fresh-made flour tortillas, a house favorite.

When you're in central Phoenix, stop by a Pane Bianco, a favorite lunchtime take out spot. Chris Bianco's winning touch is reflected in the high quality ingredients and fresh baked bread, which is made in-house in the restaurant's wood-fired oven.

For some of the juiciest barbecue in Phoenix, make the trip to far north Phoenix to feast on savory, homemade barbecue at Pork On a Fork. This is a popular take-out spot for brisket and babyback ribs, so be prepared to stand in line for a few minutes (or, better yet, place your order online). 

Finally, don't miss the Cherry Blossom Noodle Cafe, a small midtown restaurant that specializes in noodle dishes from around the world. The pan-Asian and Italian dishes are remarkably authentic and made with the freshest ingredients around. 



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Chris Bianco, the well-known chef and restaurateur, started Pane Bianco as an offshoot of Pizzeria Bianco, the award-winning Phoenix pizzeria that gained him national attention. Pane Bianco is a tiny sandwich shop with an even smaller menu. The...  Read More

This South Phoenix institution has been dishing out some of the best home-style Mexican food for decades. Don't be fooled by the humble exterior and lackluster dining area: the food is hot, tasty, and top-notch. Tacos, burros, flautas,...  Read More

Ingo's Tasty Food is an Arcadia original. The foodie hot spot features a menu that is as delicious as it is unpretentious. The restaurant, which describes itself as "a gourmet food stand," features an eating counter and picnic garden seating -...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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