10 Great Restaurants for Take Out in Scottsdale

Scottsdale has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants in metro Phoenix, so it should come as no surprise that the city offers numerous options for delicious take-out meals.

If you're looking for healthy take-out in Scottsdale is D'lish, a small cafe dishing out great sandwiches, wraps, salads, gourmet coffee and more. Fortunately for foodies on the go, D'lish has a drive-thru window that makes eating well fast and simple.

Next up is Defalcos Italian Grocery, an authentic Italian deli, grocer's and restaurant that offers old-school Italian deli fare. Simply witness the smiles on the steady stream of customers coming in before dinner to carry out steaming hot pasta dishes and sandwiches.

Another good option for fresh, fast and tasty take out is Fresh Mint, which features a vegetarian pan-Asian menu with a focus on traditional Vietnamese flavors. The restaurant offers a popular "lunch on the run" option for eaters looking for a wholesome meal on the go. 

Finally, when the craving for a burrito strikes, Habaneros Mexican Grill in Scottsdale dishes out great Mexican dishes in a fast and take-out friendly dining room. Or hit up Mucha Lucha Taco Shop, which has become an indispensable neighborhood restaurant for humongous burritos and great tacos.


This small Scottsdale sandwich shop - pronounced "Crock's" (the restaurant's mascot is a cartoon crocodile) - is an unassuming spot that just happens to be full of surprises. You'll find a healthy and familiar selection of salads, wraps and sandwiches, ideal for taking to-go. But you'll also find French staples like croque monsieurs. Looking for something a little different? You probably shouldn't miss highlights like the bulgogi sandwich, which bulges with exceptionally good Korean barbecue steak, grilled peppers and onions. The grilled pork sandwich is another winner. Whatever you order, it will probably arrive on an irresistibly fresh baguette loaf.

There's nothing fancy about the small dining room at Tacos Jalisco in Scottsdale, but sometimes all you need is good food served up by expert cooks. This is the case at Tacos Jalisco, a tiny neighborhood restaurant located next to a laundromat that is dishing out tacos, burritos, tostadas, tortas and enchiladas that rival the best in town. Creamy beans, fluffy rice and a long menu of take-out classics make this a must-stop destination for those days when you're craving Mexican comfort food. Easy, fast and always flavorful, a great stopping point for a quick lunch, or order take-out for those long nights around the pool. Friendly service and fresh agua frescas (traditonal Mexican fruit coolers) offer further incentive for making a stop here.

Habaneros Mexican Grill is a favorite Scottsdale Mexican food eatery for dining in and take out. The menu delivers straightforward Sonoran fare dripping with flavor. A house favorite is the carne asada burrito, which served with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo. Other Habaneros specialties include chicken, steak and shrimp fajitas, flautas, chiles rellenos, tacos (seafood tacos are a specialty here) and the popular "Buenos Nachos," which come with your choice of ground beef, chorizo or chicken. For lighter fare, there are garden salads and taco salad. Flan and sopapilla are available for dessert, and there are a selection of refreshing aguas frescas at the fountain drink station.


When you're craving savory, fall-off-the-bone barbecue, head to the Arizona BBQ Shack in Scottsdale. The restaurant specializes in baby back ribs, sausage, beef and chicken. There is also a menu of delicious homemade sides, including coleslaw, green beans, baked beans, mac and cheese, baked potatoes, southwest rice and beans, mustard and collard greens, french fries, onion rings and delicious cornbread. Diners seeking lighter fare will also find a full menu of gourmet sandwiches and salads. The restaurant offers free delivery around the neighborhood, as well as take-out and restaurant seating.

If you're craving tasty Mexican grub in Scottsdale, Mucha Lucha Taco Shop is here to serve. As its name implies, you'll come to this stylish fast-casual restaurant - which features bright pink walls and oversize murals of Mexican luchadores - for its craveable menu of classic Mexican street tacos like carne asada and barbacoa. But the expansive menu also includes specialty burritos, chimichangas, seafood, taco salads and classic snacks like nachos. Almost everything is prepared on site, including an assortment of homemade salsas. If you can't decide what to order, try the five street taco combo, which gives you a taste of the various meats on the menu. Of course, you'll want to top off your meal with an order of hot churros.

Cha Da Thai, located between McCormick Ranch and Gainey Ranch, is one of the most popular spots in Scottsdale for tasty, traditional Thai dishes. Traditional starters like satay and spring rolls populate the appetizer menu, and you'll find classic noodle dishes like pad thai and pad see iew. But the menu also offers harder to find northern Thai specialties like larb, which is available in traditional pork, chicken or ground beef, as well as a mushroom version. Of course, there is also a whole menu dedicated to curries, which you can adjust to your preferred spice level. For dessert, try the thai pumpkin custard or coconut ice cream.

If you're looking for an original, family-owned Italian deli, Defalco's Italian Grocery is the real thing. This local treasure is located just south of downtown Scottsdale, on the border between Tempe and Scottsdale. The menu features traditional pasta dishes and hot sandwiches. You'll see a lot of loyal customers coming in before dinner to carry out one of the take-home dishes, or shopping for high quality Italian products such as hand-made ravioli and imported olive oil. Enjoy the outdoor patio with a plate of eggplant parm, chicken cutlet, or lasagna. The dessert menu includes traditional Italian classic like cannoli and tiramisu.

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The antidote to an unhealthy fast-food, grab-and-go breakfast has arrived in Scottsdale, and the results are delicious. Or should we say "D'lish." This kitchen and coffeehouse dishes out organic, wholesome, yet always tasty, breakfast items such as sandwiches, bagels, pastries, burritos, and frittatas.Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and protein-packed dishes are labeled for your convenience. A wide assortment of specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, and teas are also available. Skip the unsatisfying fast food drive-thru, and try D'lish, which offers fast, friendly drive-thru service for busy morning work commuters. This is also a great coffeehouse destination. All coffee is free trade, locally roasted and brewed fresh.

New Wave Market is a newer gourmet cafe and market from the team behind Old Town Scottsdale's popular Super Chunk Sweets & Treats. Breakfast and lunch is served in a sunny, vintage-inspired space filled with natural light and pastel colors. The marketplaces offers specialty food products and fun accessories, while the menu features gourmet breakfast staples like blueberry balsamic jam French toast made with house-made Hawaiian bread and a rotating weekend frittata. For lunch, there's salads and sandwiches with homemade dressings served on hand-rolled bagels and ciabatta bread. The cafe is located adjacent to Super Chunk, which means you can grab a dessert to go, as well.

Even if you're not vegetarian, you'll appreciate the fresh, flavorful cuisine at this Vietnamese and Pan-Asian cafe. There are nine items on the "Lunch on the Run" menu, and you really can't go wrong with the selection of aromatic, tasty lunch plates. Regulars speak highly of the Spicy Lemongrass Tofu, featuring sauted tofu with lemongrass, green and white onions, all simmered in a savory curry coconut sauce. The Kung Pao Soy Chicken offers a spicy take on the Chinese classic that is exciting and filling. Lunch on the Run selections include rice and a small side salad, served efficiently but without compromising flavor.


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