Located in the heart of Dallas on Greenville Avenue, Central Market is the premier grocery market in Dallas. It has an onsite cafe and specialty sections dedicated to fruits and vegetables, fish and meats, breads and desserts, cheese, and wine and beer. And one of the best features is their takeout and deli section. Whether you're in the mood for sushi to go, or you're hankering for appetizers, salads or sandwiches, Central Market has it all. Take advantage of delicious pre-made casseroles, from hearty country Italian to stuffed chile rellenos. If you're in the mood for home cooking, you can choose from turkey meatloaf, yummy Asian noodles and other delicacies.
Recommended for Take Out because: Central Market has some of the most diverse takeout offerings in Dallas.
Denise's expert tip: Pick up some Love Dip and wine while you're there!
If you're in the mood for unique, innovative salads using the freshest ingredients combined in the most distinctive ways to please everyone from the devout vegetarian to the diehard meat-eater, head on over to Greenz in Uptown. This delicious, healthy restaurant believes that salads should be as enticing to the eyes as they are to the taste buds. The Greenz experience is designed to be as eclectic and refreshing as their food. Diners can enjoy their salads with a glass of wine on the patio overlooking the always-happening McKinney Ave. Greenz features a casual atmosphere that is perfect for lunch with friends, business lunches and afternoon dates.
Recommended for Take Out because: Greenz Salads for Z'Adventurous is the perfect place for healthy, yet filling, takeout.
Denise's expert tip: Try the Chipotle Chicken Salad!
This University Park neighborhood staple packs a lot of punch in a cost-efficient manner. In fact, lunch specials average around $7 per plate. Some of the most popular items there include the Hunan Shrimp, General Tsao's Chicken, broccoli beef and beef chow main. Other sought-after dishes there are the Sesame Chicken, Sesame Beef and egg drop soup. If you're looking for fast delivery or want to dine in a casual atmosphere, this is the place to go. Visitors should take note that the restaurant is located in a very busy area of University Park, where parking can be challenging. Plan to arrive ahead of time or walk there.
Recommended for Take Out because: Wang's Chinese Cafe has some of the best takeout Chinese food at low prices in University Park.
Denise's expert tip: Most of the dishes are fairly mild, so if you want the heat, ask them to make your meal extra spicy.
From hummus to lamb, this popular restaurant wonderfully mixes Middle Eastern cuisines; Turkish, Lebanese, Persian, and Greek. Mama Nazary, who prepares entrees for the cafe's daily fixed price menu, heads the kitchen and puts forth plenty of vegetarian choices, too. Although there's not a standard menu per se, the food is uniformly delicious, and the ambiance is ethnically authentic. Special events include a monthly art show on every first Thursday and Date Night, a Friday standard that includes two dinners and a bottle of wine for a reasonable price. There's a takeout deli run by the same family just down the street that specializes in hummus and gyros!
Recommended for Take Out because: Cafe Izmir is the perfect spot to get hummus, pita bread, gyros and dolmas to go.
Denise's expert tip: Don't miss the Russian Chicken Salad and hummus!
The highly sought-after combination of inexpensive and high-quality makes a rare appearance at this well-loved Chinese diner. The portions at both lunch and dinner are huge by any standard, and the average cost is typically around $7. The staff moves at lightning speed to accommodate each guest, and a cafeteria-style set-up makes this a great eat-and-run option. Won ton soup, lettuce wraps and, of course, the free unlimited fortune cookies are all musts. This is a great place for a casual date or dinner with kids. It can get a little loud and busy, which is great for dining with children.
Recommended for Take Out because: Pei Wei Asian Diner has a takeout only section and perfect packaging to make sure hot food stays hot and cold food stays cold.
Denise's expert tip: If you're looking for a healthy meal, order the Pei Wei spicy chicken with steamed chicken and brown rice.
This fashionable Chinese bistro gets high marks with North Dallas's trendier diners, who adore the contemporary interior and eclectic menu. While this is a chain restaurant, the service and food are well worth a visit. Start off your meal with do-it-yourself chicken lettuce wraps - these alone are worth the trip. Afterwards, go any route you like, from Hunan to Cantonese. P.F. Chang's daily specials are always worth considering as well - keep your fingers crossed that Szechwan shrimp or wok-fried lamb is available when you drop by. The dress code there is dressy casual, and the prices are mid-level.
Recommended for Take Out because: If you're in the mood for elevated Chinese takeout, P.F. Chang's China Bistro is the spot.
Denise's expert tip: Make a reservation on the weekends, as this place gets packed!
Not to be confused with Campisi's, and considered a Dallas institution, Campisi's Egyptian has been satisfying Dallas appetites for nearly 50 years. First known as the Egyptian Lounge, this local favorite decided to tack on "Campisi" name and start serving up classic Roman cuisine. Dining options include oval-shaped, thin-crust pizza and traditional pasta dishes. The ambiance is lively, but the decor is dark. This is a popular spot to watch one of many Dallas professional sports teams games while sharing a pitcher of beer and pizza with friends or co-workers. Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more, and they are recommended.
Recommended for Take Out because: Campisi's Egyptian is the best place to get elevated pizza and Italian takeout.
Denise's expert tip: Start off with the marinated crab claws!
Located in Lake Highlands, Mariano's Hacienda is one of the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Big D. The decor is kitsch at its finest - the bar is covered by a traditional palapa roof, and there's a pinata room, a ranch room (complete with stuffed deer heads) and a beach room. The food there speaks for itself - Mariano's Hacienda definitely has the best steak fajitas in town. While it has an extensive menu with all kinds of offerings, such as tilapia and enchiladas - if you eat meat - go for the steak fajitas. You won't be disappointed - we promise! And did we mention the frozen margaritas? Mariano's actually invented the frozen margarita machine that is now housed in the Smithsonian.
Recommended for Take Out because: Take-out diners at Mariano's Hacienda don't even have to get out of their cars to pickup delicious Tex Mex - just park and call.
Denise's expert tip: Order the steak fajitas.
Unique gourmet takeout is what Eatzi's is all about. This convenient market and bakery has provided diners with the freshest sandwiches, hot entrees, bottled salsa and chutney in town. The shop offers touches like "create your own beer six-packs," selective wines and a variety of European breads. An out of the ordinary terrific eating option for the busy traveler, Eatzi's is a great alternative. If you're there for lunch, indulge yourself in the make-your-own sandwich or salad lines. You'll be able to pick out your favorite ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind healthy lunch. 10Best's favorite go-to salad is composed of romaine and mixed greens, shrimp, cucumbers, black olives, croutons, red onion, feta cheese and Greek dressing.
Recommended for Take Out because: Eatzi's has the best salads, sandwiches and gourmet takeout in Big D.
Denise's expert tip: Go early to snag a good place in the salad or sandwich lines!
If you're in the mood for fast food or delivery, but want to skip the chains, head on over to Cowboy Chicken on Greenville Ave. This delicious restaurant has been serving Dallas diners for more than 30 years, and it specializes in natural chicken. All the chicken there is cooked on a rotisserie over a wood-burning fire, which seated diners can watch. Some of the most popular dishes there are the natural chicken and chicken enchiladas. The BEST sides there include the famous twice-baked potatoes, ranchero beans, grilled campfire veggies and the tomato and cucumber salad. And don't forget dessert! Cowboy Chicken makes the best homemade peach cobbler in town!
Recommended for Take Out because: Cowboy Chicken has some of the best chicken takeout and family packs in Dallas.
Denise's expert tip: Don't miss the famous twice-baked potatoes.