32 Local Takeout Meals Based on What You're Craving Right Now

By Lauren Swanson-Tyda | April 1, 2020 | Food & Drink

If you’re tired of cobbling together dishes from pantry staples, don’t forget you can still ride out quarantine and enjoy some of the Valley’s best cocktails and cuisine at home. We rounded up Phoenix and Scottsdale’s notable eateries offering takeout, conveniently broken down by whatever you are craving at this very moment.

Maple & Ash

You’re Craving: Something Extra Bougie

Maple & Ash
You may not be able to entertain clients or impress your date at this newish Scottsdale hotspot for the time being (because social distancing…), but you can still have your surf & turf and eat it too. Order roasted seafood (lobster, scallops, Alaskan King crab and wild blue prawns), prime cuts of steak, short rib Bolognese, salads and all their famously buttery sides. You can also grab cocktails for two to-go or cocktail kits with 12-15 servings. They will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for every pickup in gift cards when they reopen. 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale

Ocean 44
Enjoy a fancy date night at home and order all the creature comforts of an evening at this Scottsdale Fashion Square eatery, including the full wine list, seafood tower, salads, those famous deviled eggs, oysters, lobster, crab, steaks and fresh fish. And all the drool-worthy but hard-to-choose sides, of course. Curbside pickup or delivery. 4748 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale

Normally, you would enjoy acclaimed Chef Branden Levine’s fusion cuisine prix-fixe. The take-out is just as refined but blessedly a la carte—with some new items not normally on his menu. Think three types of gourmet burger; roasted cauliflower white truffle soup; red king crab truffle mac and cheese; grilled Spanish octopus fried rice; and roasted local oyster mushroom ravioli. Tuck into the signature strawberry marzipan shortcake for dessert. 7044 E. Main St., Scottsdale

Atlas B.Y.O.B. Restaurant
Chef Cory Oppold is doing packages of cryo-prepared meals, aptly called Simmer Down—because we all need to. Everything in the kit is cooked and only needs to be simmered in the bags for 10-20 minutes. Dishes include braised beef short rib with Yukon potato poached in garlic oil, roasted beets, and thyme-braised carrots; market white fish with white bean cassoulet, summer squash confit, preserved tomato bisque and herb-shallot chimichurri; vegetable Thai coconut curry with sweet potato, carrot, summer squash, jasmine rice cooked in Kaffir lime, pickled cucumber relish, Thai basil, mint and cilantro; braised pork shoulder with white bean and chorizo ragout, salsa verde, chipotle vinaigrette and lime sour cream. Dishes from $13, 2515 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottdale

This delightful Downtown Phoenix restaurant just opened—and oh my, the food is incredible. Luckily, those who have not had a chance to try Executive Chef Ryan Pitt’s sustainable and delicious food can order from a limited menu of items like ramen with confit chicken, alkaline noodle, marinated egg, trumpet mushrooms, celery, carrot and green onion; or ground lamb burger with green curry, French fries, spiced yogurt aioli and papaya slaw. 218 E. Portland St., Phoenix

You’re Craving: Tacos

A selection from CRUjiente

Chef Richard Hinojosa has always rejected the idea of doing takeout, but consider it a blessing because his award-winning crunchy and soft tacos are now available for pickup or delivery—with margaritas! Be still our hearts. Enjoy favorites like the Thai Shrimp with pickled veggies and coconut green curry sauce; Texas Wagyu Steak with soy pickled mushrooms, fresh horseradish and cilantro mojo; Green Chili Chicken with mole verde and jalapeno; Pork Belly with kimchi and sriracha aoli; Garlic Roasted Mushroom with herbed Crow’s Dairy chèvre and jalapeño. Or order a trio of his famed crunchy beef tacos. Chase with chips, salsa and guac or one of co-owner Jason Morris’ curated beers. Order a taco kit to cook at home or ready-to-go hot food. Free delivery within a two-mile radius. 3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

Sol Cocina
Enjoy tacos, burritos, quesadillas and salads. Our favorites are the sweet potato and black bean tacos with roasted poblano and onions and the Taco Gobernador with fresh fish, lemon, cheese, salsa, avocado and onion. Brb, drooling! 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Build your own taco bar at home. Pick from chicken, carne asada and carnitas, all available by the pound from $15 with tortillas and all the fixings. Four-packs of margaritas and a bottle of tequila with limes are also available to go. All donations collected from guests picking up will go to servers and team members who are not able to work. 5202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 302 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert

You’re Craving: Steak

A filet from Mastro's

Steak 44
Pretend like it’s a Friday night in this swanky restaurant (at home) and order all the typical fare: wedge and chopped salads, crispy calamari and shrimp, fresh seafood tower, perfect cuts of steak and the best part, in our opinion—a plethora of gut-bomb sides. Um, hello, Alaskan King crab and rock shrimp mac and cheese? Double baked truffle potato? Yass! 5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix

The foodie favorite steakhouse is now offering meal steaks kit dinners for cooking at home. Each kit includes 28-day wet-aged, Cryo-vac sealed steak, Mastro's secret house steak rub, Caesar salad, ready-to-bake side dishes and Mastro's signature Butter Cake. It's the ultimate takeout meal. Mastro's has three Valley locations, City Hall in Old Town Scottsdale, the original Steakhouse located in North Scottsdale and Mastro's Ocean Club in Kierland Commons.

You’re Craving: A Darn Good Sandwich

Worth Takeway
Yes, it’s a drive, but worth it—and after all this time social distancing, you could use a little drive with the windows down. The sandwiches are legendary—particularly the Crispy Buffalo Chicken with carrot celery slaw, ranch spread and bleu cheese. Mmm…we can feel the fiery twinge of hot sauce on our lips right now. Breakfast and other goodies like mac and cheese and lots of kid-friendly options also available. 218 W. Main St., Mesa

You’re Craving: Breakfast

Snooze Eatery: An A.M. Eatery
There’s a reason why everyone raves about this scrambled egg bodega—and now you can enjoy their famed brekky from the comfort and safety of your home or backyard. Enjoy all the traditional morning haunts, like scrambles, omelets, bennies, pancakes and French toast. And now you can bring the mimosas, prosecco and rosé home, as well. Or order the Bravacado + Pancake Party Pack (with bacon, of course). Multiple locations

Foxy Fruit
Boost your immunity and jack up your intake of fresh fruits with this pitaya palace in downtown Phoenix. Owner and founder Cameo Rose makes artful fruit bowls and smoothies made with organic, vegan and gluten-free ingredients. 901 N. First St., Ste. 101, Phoenix

You’re Craving: Happy Hour Snackies

Postino munchies

Nothing will keep you from that “bottle and a board” with the gal pals. Postino offers a bunch of fun options: Date Night-In packs ($25, board of bruschetta, choice of one snack, choice of one salad); Kickback Pack ($45, board of bruschetta, choice of three snacks and a cheese board); and Wine To-Go (2-pack, $30; 4-pack, $55). Donations from curbside meals go to the team members not able to work at the moment. And for every board of bruschetta they prepare to-go, Postino will donate a meal to No Kid Hungry. Also, did we say they do virtual happy hours? Check out their Instagram, @postinowinecafe, to find out the latest. Locations in Arcadia, Central Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe and Scottsdale

Merkin Vineyards
Enjoy flatbreads, olive plates, artisanal charcuterie boards and gourmet sandwiches like Smoked Caprese with heirloom tomato, pistachio pesto, moz and Oaxacan chili oil. Perfect for pairing with a bottle from your own stash. 7133 E. Stetson Drive, Ste. 4, Scottsdale

You’re Craving: Seafood

Chula Seafood
If you have a hankering for simple fresh fish, it doesn’t get any better than Chula—it’s sustainably sourced and flown in daily. Order filets of anything from swordfish and halibut to scallops and tuna to cook at home. Or enjoy poké bowls and what we quite frankly think is one of the most delicious sashimi platters out there. Don’t miss the daily features, as well, like the Wednesday green chili tuna melt with chimichurri. 8015 E Roosevelt St., Scottsdale; 100 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 172, Phoenix

You’re Craving: Spanish Tapas

Tapas Papa Frita
OK, so maybe travel is out of the picture right now. But you can still pretend you are in Barcelona eating tapas on the Mediterranean with takeout tapas and paellas. But who are we kidding? The lobster and shrimp paella is our favorite. Finish off with traditional Spanish desserts, like flan and churros with chocolate sauce. Available for pickup or delivery. 7114 E. Stetson Dr., Ste 210, Scottsdale

You’re Craving: Thai Food

Glai Baan
Consistently voted one of the best Thai restaurants in the Valley, this little eatery in Phoenix usually has a long wait to get in. But now you have an excuse to take out some of the beloved dishes, like the salted crab papaya salad, pad thai or panang curry. 2333 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix

Malee’s Thai Bistro
We miss doing the Scottsdale ArtWalk and stopping in this charming spot to get our fix of curry and carbs. Get the Thai Family Meal for $55, which feeds 4-6 people and includes choice of one appetizer, two entrees and one rice or noodle dish. Available for curbside pickup or delivery. 7131 E. Main St., Scottsdale

You’re Craving: Italian

Arancini from The Sicilian Butcher

Pizzeria Bianco, Tratto and Pane Bianco
Chef Chris Bianco’s three restaurant concepts are offering takeout of his famed wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, handmade pastas and wonderfully simple salads. Order dishes like cavatelli with pork and beef Bolognese, vinegar roasted beets with goat cheese and pistachio, rabbit and sausage stew with potatoes and seasonal veggies or the classic margherita pizza. A Family Meal ($55) or Pasta Kit ($20) is also available. And in case you’re low on pasta sauce, Bianco’s canned Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes were named best in the country by The New York Times. And yes, cocktails and vino are available to-go! Don’t forget to leave a tip in their virtual tip jar to help employees who are not able to work. Pizzeria Bianco, 623 E. Adams St., Phoenix; 4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix; Tratto, 4743. N. 20th St., Phoenix; Pane Bianco, 4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 1505 E. Van Buren, Phoenix

Sicilian Butcher
If you’re missing your ma’s homemade meatballs, this Italian eatery has you covered. Order from the restaurant’s regular menu or opt for a kit. The Pasta Meal Kit (serves 4, $32) includes bread, choice of pasta and sauce and the resto’s Sicilian meatballs. Or do Date Night To Go (serves 4, $75) with arancini appetizer, pasta al forno, chicken cacciatore, cannoli and a bottle of Monte Olimpo Sicilian red wine. Mama mia! 15530 N. Tatum Blvd., Ste. 160, Phoenix

You’re Craving: French Food

A selection from Zinqué

Vincent’s on Camelback
Oui-oui, haw-haw as the French say. Right? Anway… This Camelback corridor classic has been serving up refined French and Southwestern cuisine since 1986. Take out Chef Vincent Guerithault’s classic’s like coq au vin, beef bourguignon, duck confit, smoked salmon quesadilla with horseradish cream and seared foie gras with roasted pineapple. Close your eyes and pretend you are at their Saturday farmer’s market sipping bubbly and eating crepes like it’s pre-COVID-19. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

If you have not yet had the chance to enjoy this new Scottsdale Fashion Square restaurant, fret not. The full menu is available for takeout and includes all the delights of the Champs-Élysées: tartines, flatbreads, cheese and charcuterie, salads, vegetable dishes and entrees like the gruyère burger on brioche and steak-frites. 4712 N. Goldwater Blvd., Ste. 110, Scottsdale

You’re Craving: Southwestern

Richardson’s Restaurants
Get your fix of their famous green chili baked potato, Pasta Heidi, addictive carne adovada and daily rotating specials like the fresh fish trio, along with $10 to-go cocktails (cosmos, sangrias and margaritas). Pay over the phone and pick up curbside. 6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix

You’re Craving: A Burger

The much-adored burger bar is still serving up its juicy classics for pickup, along with margaritas. Or you can get interactive with the family and have some fun making your Hopdoddy sammy from scratch. The Hopdoddy at Home Kit ($25) includes five patties, secret seasoning, five buns, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, sauce and enough truffle fries for five. Burger night! But make it nice. Recipe card included. 11055 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Ingo’s Tasty Food
You can still enjoy this Arcadia restaurant’s raved-about burgers and sandwiches—our favorites are The Farmer’s Daughter, The White Fish Club Sandwich and the Crispy Chicken Sammy. Just don’t forget to order some of the fresh shattered potato chips homemade hot sauce. Please and thank you! They also have to-go packages in different sizes for singles, couples and families ($12-$45). And they include LGO Hospitality’s beloved sea salt chocolate chip cookies (of course…). 4502 N. 40th St., Phoenix

You're Craving: Sushi


Roka Akor
Let the chef take the wheel and order omakase tasting menu ($128 per person) for a minimum of two people or dip your chopsticks into the deluxe sashimi platter (market price) with the freshest seasonal fish from around the world. Don’t forget to tip by donating to their employee relief fund. 7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Sushi Roku
Order a la carte from hot and cold apps, noodle and rice dishes and rolls. Or opt for the sushi combo ($24), which includes yellowtail, salmon, shrimp, scallop and albacore, miso soup and choice of baked crab or spicy tuna roll. Available for delivery or pickup. 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale

You’re Craving: Comfort Food

The Market Restaurant + Bar By Jennifer’s
Chef Jennifer Russo is still cooking up her belly-warming classics with four different to-go packages enough to feed a family of four—Taco Night, All-American Dinner, Pasta Night and All-American Picnic. A la carte items include homemade pozole, turmeric chicken soup and The MARKET Cookie Board. Jen’s food is the perfect cure for cabin fever. 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

Buy a bottle of wine with your takeout and Zuzu will throw in another one free. And if you’re anything like us in quarantine, that extra bottle is an afternoon snack (we kid… sorta). They are offering a family meal for four ($40) with choice of herb-roasted chicken or Korean barbecue short ribs with butter-whipped potatoes, dark chicken jus, roasted Brussels sprouts, green chili mac and cheese and mini chocolate chip cookies. A la carte items include Faroe Island salmon with roasted red pepper couscous and summer squash; the Zuzu 2.0 Burger, Bacon Burnt Ends with honey jalapeno glaze, and the basket of fries. Chase your meal with one of their famous milkshakes or the Zuzu Chocolate Bar. 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale

See why this newer restaurant has garnered rave reviews and become one of the most coveted reservations. Order from their takeout menu. We are particularly fond of the white bean puree with crispy short rib served with herb salad and warm homemade flour tortillas; the hiramasa ceviche with grilled pineapple and coconut leche de tigre; elote with chorizo butter and toasted chiles; and Faroe Island salmon tacos. Yum! 3433 N. 56th St., Phoenix

Cornish Pasty Co.
We know, we know. Maybe you haven’t been going to the gym lately, but trust us when we say you need a pasty in your life. These crusty, calzone-like British delights are utterly soul-cleansing. Recommendation: the chicken pot pie pasty or The Oggie with steak, potato, onion, rutabaga and side of red wine gravy or ketchup. The Vegan Oggie is equally breathtaking. 3800 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale; 7 W. Monroe St., Phoenix

Photography by: From top: Maple & Ash | Debby Wolvos | Mastro's Restaurants | Upward Projects | The Sicilian Butcher | Zinqué | Unsplash