Have a hankering for tacos? Then you can't go wrong with this cult taco joint where you can dig into around twenty different taco options, ranging from spicy chicken tikka and ahi poke tuna to Nashville hot tofu. While tacos may be the main draw, don't overlook Velvet Taco's famed "Backdoor Chicken" dinners which includes a whole brined, marinated rotisserie chicken with two sides of corn elotes, corn tortillas, pico de gallo and hot sauce for only $20. Pro tip, swing by on Mondays when you can score the chicken dinners for ½ price. All locations are open for dine-in, take-out and delivery. Note that Velvet Taco stays open until midnight on weekends.
Recommended for Take Out because: Velvet Taco is a great place to order from when you have late-night munchies.
Ilene's expert tip: Note that there are multiple Velvet Taco locations in the Dallas area. Check Facebook and Instagram for promotions and free food giveaways.
This popular Oak Lawn bistro hasn't let Covid-19 slow it down as it's now added additional outdoor space for patio dining as well as adapted the menu for curbside pickup and delivery. On offer is everything from gourmet pizzas and burgers to soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steak, and grilled fish. Daily specials include items such as burgers with onion confit & Gruyere and grilled Verlasso Chilean salmon. In addition to lunch and dinner selections, the weekend brunch menu along with craft cocktail kits, wine and beer can also be had to go. To order, just call the restaurant and let them know whether it is for pick-up or delivery.
Recommended for Take Out because: Parigi offers terrific options for brunch, lunch and dinner. It's also a great place for cocktail kits to-go.
Ilene's expert tip: For pick-up, drive around the back to the parking lot.
Good news for BBQ fiends: Fort Worth's cult barbecue haven has recently opened a location in Dallas near Love Field, and with it comes everything from brisket and ribs to sausage, and of course, its famous bacon burnt ends. Barbecue isn't the only thing Heim does right, it also churns out phenomenal burgers and sides as well as breakfast tacos (available only to-go from 8-11 a.m.). The restaurant is open for dine-in as well as takeout, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Not to be missed is Emma Heim's homemade banana pudding. Order early, items sell out fast.
Recommended for Take Out because: Heim is the most accessible place in the Dallas area for excellent barbecue takeout.
Ilene's expert tip: There is plenty of parking on the side of the restaurant. They are also doing curbside pick-up per request. Just call ahead, place the order and then it will be brought out to your car.
Located at the Plaza at Preston Center, this new specialty market offers everything from hard-to-find wines, artisan packaged goods, cheeses and charcuterie to chef-driven bites and sandwiches. Highlights include truffle fries, bacon jam toast and the F.A.C.T. Check sandwich, with marinated feta, avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes, greens and aioli on Hippie Bread. For something more decadent, try the grilled cheese sandwich packed with Gouda, Gruyere, raclette, aged cheddar and truffles. The shop is also a go-to spot for custom charcuterie boards, perfect for at-home gatherings or family-style feasts. Trova is open for dine-in as well as takeaway.
Recommended for Take Out because: Trova is a good spot to order wine and apps to-go.
Ilene's expert tip: Pick-up orders are made by calling the shop. Also note that you can have the resident sommeliers pair wine to your order.
Co-owner/chef Troy Gardner of V-Eats in Trinity Groves is now slinging his popular vegan dishes out of a ghost kitchen located in the Lake Highlands area, which is open for curbside pick-up as well as delivery through DoorDash and UberEats. The kitchen offers a robust selection of savory items, ranging from pizzas topped with house seasoned Impossible sausages and homemade cashew mozzarella to chicken fried oyster mushroom hoagies and grilled vegan brats. Complete dinners for two or four people are also available and includes things like chicken fried Impossible Steak with mushroom gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.Food can be ordered online at any time and then scheduled for pick-up for another day or time during business hours.
Recommended for Take Out because: TLC is a good to-go option for vegans and non-vegans alike.
Ilene's expert tip: Gluten, soy, & nut free options are available upon request. TLC also offers free delivery within a 7-mile radius.
Although the Dallas area food scene boasts a variety of international restaurants, Russian fare was virtually non-existent until this little-known gem quietly opened in the winter before the COVID-19 outbreak. Nevertheless, the Margulis family has persevered by continuing to offer its full menu for in-house dining as well as delivery and takeout. As for the food, expect to find an array of traditional dishes, ranging from dumplings to kebabs that pull from the cuisines of Russia, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Don't sleep on the pelmeni (boiled meat dumplings in broth), or the khachapuri (a boat shaped dough filled with a mixture of cheese and topped with an egg). The eight-layer, Russian honey cake is worth coming for on its own.
Recommended for Take Out because: Bubala Cafe is the place to pick up dumplings by the dozen and whole Russian honey cakes.
Ilene's expert tip: Bubala offers curbside pick-up as well as delivery through GrubHub and UberEats.
Dino Santonicola's Southern Italian restaurant, in downtown Dallas, is known for having some of the best Napoli style dishes and pizzas in the city, all of which can be enjoyed via dine-in or curbside pick-up and delivery on Uber Eats and Doordash. The menu runs the gamut from meatball sandwiches and ragu Napoletano to around twenty different pizzas, including Dino's award-winning, fried before baked Montanara. Additional items available for pick-up include fresh pasta ($8 per pound), DIY cannoli kits ($20), pasta dinner kits ($30) and family-sized baked rigatoni Bolognese ($45). Don't overlook weekly takeout specials like $20 bottles of select wine on Mondays and $10 pizza Margheritas on Tuesdays.
Recommended for Take Out because: Partenope is where to grab the best Neapolitan pizza in Dallas.
Ilene's expert tip: Note there is a designated pick-up lane on Main Street. Just call the number on the sign and someone will bring your order out pronto.
Named Bon Appétit's number 2 Best New Restaurant of 2019, chef Donny Sirisavath's bustling East Dallas eatery was forced to temporarily close for a few weeks amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Fortunately, the restaurant has now reopened its patio for dine-in, and it also offers takeout or delivery via Favor. On the menu is an assortment of Laotian-inspired street food, ranging from noodle dishes like "Mee Katee" (rice noodles with coconut curry, pork & egg) to lemongrass beef skewers and fried tripe chicharrones. Also available are Laotian beers, Rio Fresco Hard Seltzers and wine. In addition to cooked meal options, Khao operates a mini convenience mart where it sells items such as house made lemongrass jerky, chili sauce and instant ramen noodles.
Recommended for Take Out because: Khao is the perfect place to pick up small dishes for sharing.
Ilene's expert tip: Open for takeaway and dine-in Wednesday through Saturday. Best to order in advance before things sell out. Parking is available in front as well as in the lot behind the restaurant.
Arguably one of the best Italian restaurants in the city is temporarily closed for dine-in at present, but the good news is that it is offering curbside pick-up from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays; and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The menu changes weekly but expect to find family style dinners that serve one meal for 4 or two meals for 2 for around $100. Recent options included gnocchi with beef short rib with arugula beet, feta and pistachio salad, house-made bread and tiramisu. The restaurant also features a vegetarian dinner ($80) as well as freshly baked rustic breads ($10) house-made charcuterie platters ($30), fresh pasta ($12 per pound) and six packs of meatballs with tomato sauce ($20).
Recommended for Take Out because: Lucia is perfect for those wanting a complete gourmet takeaway meal.
Ilene's expert tip: Orders must be placed a minimum of 24 hours before your pickup time.
Talk about the ultimate takeaway spot. Newly opened at NorthPark Center on December 9, 2020, this iconic food emporium is an Italian food lover's dream. There's a grocery section filled with over 10,000 products as well as a meat counter, a seafood counter, an artisanal salumi and formaggi counter, a prepared meal station, plus a bakery with house-made bread, focaccia, pizza by the slice, and artisanal pastries. And that's not even including the three restaurants, which serve everything from pasta and Neapolitan pizzas to seasonal grilled dishes. Note that Eataly also offers delivery options with Uber Eats (prepared food) and groceries via Instacart and Mercato Green.
Recommended for Take Out because: Eataly is where to order everything from gourmet grocery items and Italian wine to prepared meals.
Ilene's expert tip: The to-go pick up is located at the guest relations desk, just inside the exterior entrance. If there is a line to get in, just let a team member know you're picking up a to-go order.