Top 10 takeout spots in the Triad
Sometimes, despite all our good intentions to get home and have a nice home-cooked meal, the best thing for our sanity is to pick something up. Limit the dishes, the prep, and the cleanup by getting something made for you on the spot. Or maybe you need to grab and go for the office. We’ve got you covered here as we asked our readers what some of their favorite takeout places are. Other than the obvious choice, pizza, because it can be picked up but mainly because of delivery, there appears to be no real frontrunner for No. 1. When it comes to takeout, apparently as in life, it’s “to each his own.” Some are not so surprising, but others stand out.
Slappy’s Chicken, 200 W. Acadia Ave.
Everyone knows fried chicken is very, very good takeout. But more than a few locals chimed in to give this spicy chicken joint their vote. A riff on “hot chicken” but with more of a sweet and saucy kick, some folks suggested when getting it as take out, to order the sauce on the side, so it stays super crispy before being doused in sauce.
West End Café, 926 W. Fourth St.
It might not always be the place you think of first thing when thinking takeout, but neighbor Dana Moody, who owns West End Coffeehouse with her husband, likes the quality and value. “They have a counter just for to-go orders. They always have it ready on time, and the portion that you get when you eat there is the same as when you get it to-go. I hate paying full price for a meal that is half or 2/3 of a normal meal.” You know you’ve noticed.
Thai Sawatdee, (at Harris Teeter, aka the “Teeter Thai”) 2281 Cloverdale Ave., NW
By far one of the most talked-about Thai places in town, more so than any of Thai Sawatdee’s stand-alone businesses. This little corner of the Harris Teeter is probably the most popular spot in the store. It’s not much to look at, but the food is made to order, piping hot and if you can’t stand it, you can sit at one of the simple little tables and eat it on the spot, which so many people end up doing. But it is an excellent takeout spot to be sure.
Burke Street Pizza, two locations—1140 Burke St. and 3352 Robinhood Rd.
Honestly, pizza gets chosen because it’s so deliverable, but there aren’t a ton of local options that get delivered, Burke Street still wins the pie vote.
Bandito Bodega, (1609 W. Friendly Ave.) received more than a few thumbs up. “They have unique and healthy food options,” Cathy Jordan said. “Plus, they have quick service.” Ryan Saunders agrees. “The burritos are, of course, the star of the show. My go-to is the pimiento burrito with shrimp.” Saunders adds it helps to know how to eat a burrito properly. If you don’t roll down the foil, any burrito no matter where will fall apart. Pro tip: If you roll down as you progress, it is the perfect handheld food, and owner Nick stuffs them fat.” You can also get kimchi stir fry rice, which is the perfect eat-from-the-box food.
Judy Caldwell had a few suggestions. “Golden Wok on Bridford Parkway because they are the kings of Chinese food. The Singapore Chow Mei Fun is fire, and so is the hot and sour soup.” Plus she added, “Nazareth Bread Company (4507 W. Market St.) because it’s the best Mediterranean food in the Triad, and that veggie sampler platter will feed me all day.”
Randy Barnes, also of Greensboro, has his own votes but for practical reasons. “This is all a geography deal. Mythos and Golden Dragon on Battleground are each one traffic light away and very easy. Mythos Greek has a big selection and handles special orders for my food-challenged BFF with no hesitation or complaints. Both of us get big, full dinners for just under $20. Their chicken is always delicious and never dried out. Golden Dragon has been our local Chinese choice since the ’60s and gives you a giant combo fast and under $10. They also have my favorite wonton soup, which is just greasy enough and big enough to share.”
Most people agree that barbecue is a good choice, mainly if you can make it to the barbecue stomping ground of Lexington.
Over at the original Lexington Barbecue, aka “Honeymonk,” Beth Morris said her favorite order is, “One pound of barbecue, one pint of slaw, one pack of buns and two to three orders of hush puppies because you will eat an order and a half on the way home.” She said that eating the hushpuppies on the way home might be the main reason for going there in the first place. My reason would be the fries from just about any burger place. And if you’re like me, you have to eat them right away. Because we all know fries aren’t as good when you get home. They must be ravaged right then. Next time your cravings have you grabbing and going, keep a few of these out of the “takeout box” ideas in mind.
Kristi Maier is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.