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10 Best Restaurants for Takeout in Metro Phoenix

Pane Bianco's mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwich.
Pane Bianco's mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwich.
Lauren Saria

Sometimes for even the most social of butterflies nothing sounds quite as good as sitting on your couch in sweatpants and eating food right out of a takeout container. You can catch up on all the shows you've missed and not have to worry about shouting at your fellow diners over the usual restaurant din -- or better yet, avoid the awkward moment when you ask the hostess for a table for one.

To spare you these situations, we've gathered a list of the best places to get takeout in the Valley. Some have convenient drive-thrus and others are just particularly easy to pop into and sneak out of before that guy you know in the corner even notices you were there.

See also: 10 Best Burgers in Metro Phoenix

Pane Bianco in central Phoenix.
Pane Bianco in central Phoenix.
Lauren Saria

Pane Bianco 4404 N. Central Ave. www.pizzeriabianco.com/pane

This sandwich-centric Bianco family outlet features a small but always-delicious selection of options. In addition to staples like their housemade mozzarella, tomato, basil sandwich and chicken salad, Pane Bianco offers a market sandwich and salad that rotate daily for lunch. Everything either comes on top of or with some of Marco Bianco's freshly baked bread, which is why these will inevitably be some of the best sandwiches you can get anywhere. Takeout service usually takes no longer than a trip to Subway would.

The Manifesto from Federal Pizza with corn coins on the side.
The Manifesto from Federal Pizza with corn coins on the side.
Lauren Saria

Federal Pizza 5210 N. Central Ave. www.federalpizzaphx.com

Sure, Domino's delivers, but Federal Pizza in Central Phoenix makes getting gourmet pizza nearly as easy thanks to their drive-thru. Call ahead with your order and all you have to do is swing by to pick up one of their perfectly crispy creations made by master baker MJ Coe. The Manifesto, with Schreiner's sausage, mushrooms, goat cheese and fennel, makes an affordable, no-fuss dinner to please the whole crew -- or if you're feeling lucky you can always opt for the Chef's Whim, which let's them create something special just for you.

 

Sabai Thai's drive thru makes take out easy.
Sabai Thai's drive thru makes take out easy.
Lauren Saria

Sabai Modern Thai 4121 E. Thomas Road www.sabaiaz.com

Sabai Thai may not be the Valley's very best Thai restaurant, but it does have a drive-thru, making it quite possibly the city's most accessible Thai spot. You won't even have to get out of your car to pick up any of your favorite Thai specialties be it pad thai, Thai fried rice, or pad see-iew. With always fresh ingredients and a reasonable (as opposed to excessive) amount of spice, Sabai makes it hard to find excuses not to keep coming back. Plus, the portion sizes almost always mean you'll have leftovers for tomorrow, so it's practically like you're getting two meals for the price of one. Best yet, this place doesn't require a phone call since you can place your order online for lunch or dinner. And for those particularly lazy days and nights, they also offer delivery.

A Rainbow Roll from Squid Ink Sushi.
A Rainbow Roll from Squid Ink Sushi.
Lauren Saria

Squid Ink Sushi 2 E. Jefferson St., St #108 www.squidinksushi.com

Usually, we're not into sushi to go, but when you can walk right up to the window at CityScape's Squid Ink Sushi and leave with a rice bowl or simple roll, it's hard to deny such easy accommodations. The restaurant's lunch window, open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers sushi and other Japanese specialties to-go. Food can either be ordered ahead and picked up without, or ordered directly at the window. If it's outside those limited hours, you can also take out your food from inside the restaurant by calling ahead or just ordering takeout at the bar.

The fish torta at Gallo Blanco can be ordered in half size so you'll still have room for tacos and guacamole.
The fish torta at Gallo Blanco can be ordered in half size so you'll still have room for tacos and guacamole.
Lauren Saria

Gallo Blanco Cafe 401 W. Clarendon Ave. www.galloblancocafe.com

We've always loved Gallo Blanco for giving us an excuse to visit the trendy Clarendon Hotel, but in a time crunch they also make it easy to take home Mexican food that won't leave you feeling guilty about the grease. The restaurant offers all of their upscale tacos, tortas and other specialties to go -- and with curbside service if you ask. It's as easy as pulling into the parking spaces right outside of the hotel lobby and having a selection of fresh tacos delivered right to your car window. Don't forget to order a side of guacamole and rest assured they provide ample chips for your guac-enjoying needs.

 

Chicken gumbo and macarons from French Grocery.
Chicken gumbo and macarons from French Grocery.
Lauren Saria

French Grocery 5345 N. 7th Ave. www.frenchgroceryinc.com

Though they're transitioning from takeout only to offering sit-down dining, French Grocery is still a go-to spot for Creole specialties and French fare. The relatively new restaurant and market offers French-inspired food and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the mornings, you can choose from a selection of pastries and coffee drinks while for lunch, there are different specials to choose from daily. In the evenings you can pick up a pre-made "fancy" meal without having to do any of the work, and their Old World wine selection means you'll impress even the most discerning dinner guests.

The drive thru at D'lish gets backed up on the weekends.
The drive thru at D'lish gets backed up on the weekends.
Lauren Saria

D'lish Kitchen and Coffeehouse www.dlishdrivethru.com

With two outposts, one in Scottsdale and one in Tempe, D'lish Drive-Thru can bring healthy breakfasts and lunches to more diners than ever these days. For years, the original location off Scottsdale Road just south of Thomas made it easy to pick up a California Club sandwich with eggs, bacon, smoked turkey, avocado, pepperjack cheese, pesto and cream cheese or one of those Breakfast Buzz shakes muscular guys seem to always been ordering. The Tempe location is slightly larger and also includes a drive-thru option, so you college kids can get food and crawl back into your beds to nurse away that nasty hangover.

Find Mamma Toledoe's pie at The Pie Hole, her brick-and-mortar storefront.
Find Mamma Toledoe's pie at The Pie Hole, her brick-and-mortar storefront.
Lauren Saria

The Pie Hole 110 E. Roosevelt St. www.mammatoledos.com

Sometimes you just want the comfort of a slice of pie. But it's not exactly the kind of dessert you'll find (or want to eat) from just anywhere. Mamma Toldeo's has been bringing mini pies and pie slices to the food truck scene for quite some time, and now you can find her sweet treats at the Pie Hole on Roosevelt Row all the time. Located inside the brick-and-mortar outlet from Short Leash Hot Dogs, called Sit...Stay, this adorable space makes satisfying your sweet tooth as easy as, well, pie.

 

Joe's Real BBQ has an outdoor walk-up window with easy parking.
Joe's Real BBQ has an outdoor walk-up window with easy parking.
Lauren Saria

Joe's Real BBQ 301 N. Gilbert Road www.joesrealbbq.com

We wish we lived in Gilbert, if only to have easy access to Joe's Real BBQ. If you order from the outdoor window, you'll miss seeing the awesome interior with super high ceilings and lots kitschy cool, but you'll still be able to get in on all their delicious bbq action. You won't go wrong no matter what you order, but popular items include the ribs, ham, baked beans, and of course, the homemade root beer.

Stop by Mary Coyle's for a sweet treat on the go.
Stop by Mary Coyle's for a sweet treat on the go.
Lauren Saria

Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor 5521 N. Seventh Ave. www.marycoyle.net

When it comes to ice cream there are several places you can go for fancy flavors and trendy toppings. But at Mary Coyle's you'll find the simple pleasure of delicious butter fat ice cream dripping with hot fudge or caramel and always with a cherry on top. Any of the ice cream-related dishes (so Showboat sundaes, shakes and the like) can be ordered at their drive-thru window and taken home on the spot, but for food you'll have to call ahead.

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Pane Bianco

4404 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

602-234-2100

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Federal Pizza

5210 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

602-795-2520

www.federalpizzaphx.com

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Sa Bai Modern Thai

4121 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

602-954-8774

www.sabaiaz.com

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Squid Ink Sushi

2 E. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-200-0000

www.squidinksushi.com

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Gallo Blanco Cafe

401 W. Clarendon Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

602-327-0880

www.galloblancocafe.com

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French Grocery

5345 N. 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

602-277-0101

www.frenchgroceryinc.com

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D'Lish Kitchen and Coffee House

2613 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

480-247-8537

www.dlishdrivethru.com/home

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D'Lish Kitchen and Coffee House

1135 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-517-1111

www.dlishdrivethru.com

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Short Leash Sit...Stay

110 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-795-2193

www.shortleashhotdogs.com

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Joe's Real BBQ

301 N. Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234

480-503-3805

www.joesrealbbq.com

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Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor - Closed

5521 N. Seventh Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

602-265-6266

www.marycoyle.net


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