Even during a pandemic, we here in the Las Vegas Valley remain lucky when it comes to eating. Anything our hearts—and stomachs—desire is but a phone call away, ready to be taken home or (come on, we’ve all done it) consumed quickly in your car.
To help spice up your takeout game, the Weekly staff rounded up a few of our to-go favorites—dishes that not only taste great when they’re served, but hold up after. It’s a great way to support the struggling restaurant industry, and you won’t have to wash pots and pans when you’re done. Remember to tip generously.
Old Chicago at Pizza Rock
We’re all ordering a lot of pizza. Are you getting a perfectly thin and crispy pie that can last all week? Pizza Rock’s Downtown and GVR joints have it. It’s got meatballs, sausage and creamy ricotta, and it’s actually too good to last very long. $25. 201 N. 3rd St., 702-385-0838; Green Valley Ranch, 702-616-2996; pizzarock.com.
Al Pastor Torta at Pinches Taco
You love the tacos and burritos at Pinches, which has three spots sprinkled around the Valley, but our takeout pick is this two-hand sandwich with broiled marinated pork, sour cream, guacamole, beans, onions and cilantro. $11, pinchestacos.com.
Spicy Garlic Chicken at 9th Island Grill
This hidden Village Square hot spot elevates your favorite comfort food with island-style flair. Crispy fried boneless chicken thighs are saturated with garlic and smoky, spicy habanero peppers and served with rice and mac salad for ultimate plate-lunch satisfaction. $9. 9410 W. Sahara Ave. #130, 702-483-3085, ninthislandgrill.com.
Chashu Pork Donburi at 8 Kitchen
Rice bowls make for easy takeout, but beware: The addictive version at this Henderson fusion spot—topped with pork belly, veggies and a slow-cooked egg—will draw you back almost as soon as you’re done. $13. 2560 St. Rose Parkway #150, 702-840-8066, 8kitchenlv.com.
Chicken Frank at Frank & Fina’s Cocina
The namesake dish of this local Mexican food stalwart’s patriarch satisfies on every level: grilled boneless chicken breast topped with grilled onions and tomatoes, avocado and melted cheese with a chile relleno, rice, beans and tortilla on the side. $16. 4175 S. Grand Canyon Drive, 702-579-3017, frankandfinas.com.
Brisket Philly at Fox Smokehouse
Boulder City’s beloved barbecue joint recently moved to a new location, and it brought all its classics with it, including this smoky spin on the classic cheesesteak. If you haven’t experienced Fox’s brisket, you’ve been missing out. $13. 930 Nevada Way, 702-489-2211, foxsmokehousebbq.com.
Chicken Kalamakia at Meraki Greek Grill
If this isn’t the best chicken skewer—tender and intensely flavorful, even enjoyed cold the following day—available in this Valley, we’ll eat the container it comes in … which, by the way, also contains a garden-fresh Greek salad, delicious Greek rice (or fries), tzatziki and pita. $15. 4950 S. Rainbow Blvd., 702-202-1002, merakigreekgrill.com.
Cauliflower tacos and mushroom tacos at Bomb Tacos
Meatless Mexican food can be hit or miss, but Bomb serves super-flavorful veggie tacos. Cauliflower is given the same deep-fried treatment as shrimp, and the ’shrooms are prepared with the same spices as traditional carne, giving these meat-free tacos the flavor others lack. $2.50-$3 per taco. 3655 S. Durango Drive #27, 702-262-0141.
3 Amigos at Soho Sushi Burrito
Takeout sushi can turn up a bit … wilted, but sushi burritos were meant to move around. Soho loads this one up with salmon, tuna and yellowtail, then adds the right kick (onion, cilantro, wasabi aioli) and crunch (wonton strips) to keep you coming back. $11.50. 2600 W. Sahara Ave. #115, 702-778-2525; 6040 Badura Ave. #150, 702-906-1799; sohosushiburrito.com.
Avocado Toast at Founders Coffee
Avocado toast really is the perfect breakfast food, chock-full of good fats and creamy deliciousness. The version at Founders Coffee features a generous piece of multigrain bread, with sun-dried tomato, chive and garlic aioli. Don’t forget the optional egg and bacon. Also great? The drive-thru. $7. 6410 S. Durango Drive #100, 702-916-4442, founderscoffeeco.com.
Papaya Salad With Thai Beef Jerky at Archi’s Thai
The Henderson location of the popular four-location local chain is the only one that serves this perfect summer meal: a spicy, sour, sweet and savory combination of green papaya, tomatoes, green beans, peanuts and dried shrimp in citrus dressing, plus crispy beef with sticky rice and addictive jaew sauce. $13. 9310 S. Eastern Ave. #101, 702-916-3949, archisthai.com.
Savage Dog at The Steamie Weenie
You haven’t done summer in Green Valley until you’ve hit the Weenie. This specialty dog will satisfy you until fall: a bacon-wrapped frank topped with brown mustard and ranch dressing, grilled onions and blue cheese crumbles. $7. 1500 N. Green Valley Parkway #130, 702-333-1383, steamieweenie.com.
Yellow Curry Lemongrass Chicken Sandwich at One Bite Sandwiches
Make this your first bite at the Henderson Vietnamese spot. The generous-size bahn mi-style sandwich—packed with pickled carrots, cucumbers and kicked-up curry chicken—comes with soup, chips and a drink for one of the Valley’s best combo deals. $11. 1550 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway #Q, 702-522-8228.
Sprouting Up Ramen at Jinya
This relatively new menu addition packs powerful flavors with pork chashu, spicy bean sprouts, seasoned egg, crispy Brussels sprouts and ginger, layered with thick noodles and pork and chicken broth—and both local Jinyas (a third is coming to Henderson) separate the ingredients for an optimal takeout experience. $12. 4860 W. Flamingo Road, 702-868-8877; 7240 S. Rainbow Blvd. #A, 702-476-0583; jinya-ramenbar.com.
Prime Rib Hash at Eat
Here’s a breakfast (or lunch) that will fuel your day: Chopped prime rib mingles with New Mexican green chilies in this hearty hash. Two pillowy poached eggs, pico de gallo and sourdough toast complete the dish. $16. 707 Carson St., 702-534-1515, eatdtlv.chefnatalieyoung.com.
Summer Kale Wellness Bowl at Fruits & Roots
In the summer, nothing beats fresh, organic produce. Available as a bowl or wrap, this dish offers a tasty mix of kale, berries, avocado, carrots and feta. It’s finished with a “Detox Vinaigrette” and optional chicken. $9-$15. 7885 W. Sunset Road #180, 702-202-0922, fruitsnroots.com.
Lu Rou Fan at Every Grain
There’s something so comforting about a warm bowl of rice. This one’s made with four different types—Koshihikari, black, brown and red rice—and topped with braised pork, fried shallots and scallions. With soft-yolk soy egg, it might just be the perfect meal. $5-$9. 1430 E. Charleston Blvd., eateverygrain.com.
Settebello Pizza at Settebello
You don’t need us to tell you pizza makes for great takeout, but you might not already be acquainted with Settebello’s habit-forming Neapolitan pies, including this heavenly namesake featuring sausage, pancetta, pine nuts and more. $9-$15. 140 S. Green Valley Parkway, 702-222-3556; 9350 W. Sahara #170, 702-901-4877; settebello.net.
Spicy Wontons at Shang Artisan Noodle
Not all dumplings hold up during delivery or takeout. Shang’s sublime pork wontons, doused in chili and soy, have the flavor and fortitude to get the job done. Consider an extra order for breakfast tomorrow. $6. 4983 W. Flamingo Road #B, 702-888-3292, shangartisannoodle.com.
Bagels & Bialys at Rooster Boy Cafe
Looking for a low-key morning nosh? Grab some bagels and bialys (order ahead for the latter), plus some schmear sold by the half pound, from the Desert Shores darling. Then take a leisurely stroll around Lake Jacqueline to atone for the well-worth-it carbs. $2 each, $10 for 6. 2620 Regatta Drive #113, 702-560-2453, roosterboycafe.com.
Smoked Tri-Tip at Big B’s Texas BBQ
Texas-style barbecue meets a Central California favorite when these folks toss tri-tip into the smoker. Get some brisket, chicken and ribs if you like, but don’t miss this specialty dish when you’re ordering from Big B’s Henderson or southwest spots. $18 per pound. 3019 St. Rose Parkway #130, 702-260-6327; 6115 S. Fort Apache Road #110, 702-844-8206; bigbztexasbbq.com.
Brisket Bahn Mi at 595 Craft and Kitchen
A well-made bahn mi—the classic Vietnamese sandwich—is a thing of beauty. All the elements must be just right: fresh baguette, well-seasoned meat, crunchy pickled vegetables. This brisket version checks all the boxes, with jalapeño to give it extra kick. $12. 4950 S. Rainbow Blvd. #100, 702-586-1050, 595craftandkitchen.com.
Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich at Egg Sammie
This one’s worth getting up early for. Hickory-smoked bacon, cage-free eggs, smoked provolone and the aptly named yum yum sauce are swaddled in house-baked brioche. You won’t even need an alarm. $7. 7379 S. Rainbow Blvd., 725-204-8881.
Pastrami on Rye at Weiss Deli
Some sandwiches are relatively easy to replicate at home. Pastrami isn’t one of them. Let this longtime southeast Valley favorite do the work while you reap the rewards. Pro tip: Choose coleslaw for your side; it travels better than fries, and it’s great piled right on the meat. $16, 2744 N. Green Valley Parkway, 702-454-0565.
Chetinad Curry at Mint Indian Bistro
We dare you to try to make this dish, also known as madras curry, at home. Then let the professionals at Mint do it right, so you end up with a perfectly spiced—and appropriately spicy—bowl of chicken, fish, shrimp or veggies. $16-$19. 730 E. Flamingo Road, 702-894-9334; 4246 S. Durango Drive #200, 702-247-4610.
Fried Chicken Sandwich at Mama Bird Southern Kitchen
This Southern-style sammy is served with creamy fry sauce on a potato roll, with a side of fries, coleslaw or watermelon. For extra flavor, add a fried egg or a “M.M.A.D. Hot” spice rub. $14-$16. 10550 Southern Highlands Parkway #140, 702-570-6135, mamabirdsk.com.
Cuban Nachos at Cubanidad
A trip to Cubanidad doesn’t have to be a carnivorous extravaganza. This twist on traditional nachos loads malanga (taro root) chips and plantain chips up with black bean hummus and guacamole. Add protein if you like, but these are just as good sans meat. $8. 3585 S. Fort Apache Road #203, cubanidad1885.com.
Hearth Baked Lasagna at Sparrow + Wolf
Local foodies breathed a big sigh of relief when chef Brian Howard reopened Sparrow + Wolf with an all-new menu that included this old favorite, a tour de force made with lamb Bolognese and miso béchamel sauce. Make it the centerpiece of your next takeout feast. $25. 4480 Spring Mountain Road #100, 702-790-2147, sparrowandwolflv.com.
Thin crust pizza at Amore Taste of Chicago
So authentic, you’ll think you’re back in the Windy City. Cut into squares and cooked with the cheese atop the toppings—we suggest mushrooms, olives and onions—it’s a slice of heaven (and for some of us, home) in every bite. $11 and up. 4330 E. Sunset Road, 702-463-9163, amoretasteofchicago.com.
Mun Pu Fried Rice at Lamaii
Everyone loves fried rice, but the dreamy rendition at this Chinatown Thai palace goes next-level: It’s stir-fried in crab fat and served with a mound of jumbo crab lumps. Pro tip: Get an extra order, and reheat it for days. $14. 4480 Spring Mountain Road #700, 702-238-0567, lamaiilv.com.
Navratan Korma at Ashiana North India Cuisine
Whether or not you’re vegetarian, a bowl of flavorful veggie korma from this delicious and dependable Henderson spot should satisfy your Indian cravings. Be sure to order lots of naan for maximum dippage. $15. 10960 S. Eastern Ave. #107, 724-1474, ashiananv.com.
TacoMan Breakfast Burrito at Taco Man Grill
If you have a big morning appetite, this one will serve you right: sausage, hash browns, a generous portion of egg, salsa fresca, cheese and sour cream, wrapped in a fresh tortilla for the ultimate breakfast of champions. $6. 10100 S. Eastern Ave., 702-202-2610.
Assorted Pastries at Le Cafe du Val
Traveling is tough right now, but don’t let that stop you from pretending you’re in the south of France enjoying a pastry and café au lait. These treats are made in-house every morning, and the biggest decision you’ll have to make is which three you’ll be getting. Prices vary. 1550 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway #G, 702-592-0880.
“Chicken” Pot Pie Gnocchi at Vegenation
Get your vegan comfort-food fix with this gnocchi dish. A house-made herb sauce flavors Gardein soy-based “chicken” and cozy veggies (peas, carrots and mushrooms). For the ultimate meal, it’s finished with pie crust crumbles. $13. 616 E. Carson Ave. #120, 702-366-8515; 10075 Eastern Ave., 702-527-7663; vegenationlv.com.
Brunch pizza at Esther’s Kitchen
This pizza breaks all the rules: Boar sausage, crispy potato, garlic panna and quail eggs top a doughy crust. It’ll make you rethink what a pie is all about—and when you should eat it. $15. 1130 S. Casino Center Blvd., #110, 702-570-7864, estherslv.com.
Takeout tips: Keep these in mind when ordering food
Show your support Most businesses are struggling financially right now, and restaurants are among the hardest hit. Every order helps, but keep this in mind: Using third-party delivery apps can divert money from a family-owned business to some corporate tech giant (although we do like keeping their drivers employed). To keep your money as local as possible, pick up—or use in-house delivery services—whenever possible, even if it’s a bit more complicated than firing up a phone app.
Fees add up Another reason to consider in-person pickup: the little fees for those third-party delivery services can take a big bite out of your budget if you’re not careful.
Keep it safe The goal is as little physical interaction as possible. Opt for contactless pickup or delivery, if it’s available. If not, at least choose your order in advance, so you’re not standing around breathing shared air while you decide what to eat. And always, wear a mask, wash your hands and socially distance when possible.
Always, always tip Money’s tight everywhere these days, but hardworking folks are risking their health to provide you with a crucial service. The Maralee McKee Etiquette School of America says 10%-15% is the tipping standard for takeout orders, but during these tough times, you ought to consider going 20% … and more if you can afford it.