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.
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.
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.