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Shrimp taco and carne asada tostada from Mexicali Taco & Co.
Matthew Kang

10 Restaurants to Grab Takeout for Games at Dodgers Stadium

Tacos, pizza, and burgers all make for excellent ballgame food

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Shrimp taco and carne asada tostada from Mexicali Taco & Co.
| Matthew Kang

As one of the nation’s last standing original ballparks, Dodger Stadium holds a special spot for Angelenos who waited some 30 years for the Boys in Blue to bring home a World Series win in the shortened 2020 season. Fast forward to 2022 (and past some early fears of a lockout) and now the Dodgers are slated to win the most games in Major League Baseball, thanks to an absolutely loaded team that includes newly signed star Freddie Freeman.

Besides being fans of the product on the field, real Dodger faithful know that it’s also possible to bring in outside food to the stadium. The stadium vendors have some mild hits like the nachos baseball helmets and garlic fries, but the surrounding communities also have some incredible neighborhood options for pre- and post-game dining. Just note that all food needs to be brought in smaller, specifically-sized containers and in clear bags (or backpacks); here are the full guidelines.

Knowing all that, here are a handful of restaurants within walking or easy driving distance to Dodger Stadium, or the stadium’s free (for ticket-holders) game day shuttle, which departs every 10 minutes from Union Station. From pizza to barbecue to tacos, check out these 10 places to grab delicious takeout that will hold up to the journey to the stadium.

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Playita Mariscos

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The Guisados team continues to operate one of the best pre-Dodger game spots in the area. The crew took over a former Mexican seafood spot and are now serving containers of ceviche with tostadas, quesadillas, and crispy shrimp tacos that should travel pretty well into the stadium.

An overhead look at an orange tray filled with different types of seafood, including tacos.
Mariscos and other dishes from Playita.
Farley Elliott

Cosa Buona

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Zach Pollack’s Cosa Buona is an Echo Park staple on the corner of Sunset and Alvarado. Pick up some blistered pizzas, eggplant parm, and smoky mozzarella sticks to take to the game.

One of LA’s more underrated burger spots, Lowboy has a handy takeout window with loaded smashed or lettuce-loaded burgers that should travel decently to the ballgame. Or just munch on the burgers right at the sidewalk tables.

For a big, messy burger with a side of hope: Lowboy.
Smash burger from Lowboy.
Farley Elliott

Quarter Sheets Pizza

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Pizza, especially the square type, tends to travel better than the thin-crust round variety. Quarter Sheets, which took over the former Trencher space in Echo Park, has creative takes on the Sicilian pizza genre, along with cake slices by House of Gluten. The carb-loaded one-two punch is great for taking to Dodger Stadium. Right now it only operates from Friday to Sunday.

Pizza from Quarter Sheets on white paper and plates with a can of beer.
Pizza from Quarter Sheets.
Allen Yelent

Moo's Craft Barbecue

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Thursday to Sunday brings some of LA’s best barbecue to Lincoln Heights, a short hop away from Dodger Stadium. Load up on smoked meats and excellent sides and take the feast to the ballgame. Or just scarf it all down before the first pitch at the Texas-style indoor-outdoor space.

Sliced barbecue meats with pink onions and chile pepper on butcher paper.
Moo’s Craft Barbecue.
Farley Elliott

Eastside Market

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Nestled near the 101 and 110 Freeways, Eastside Market Deli was founded in 1929. Picture Italian sandwiches doused with red sauce, pastrami, and chicken parm. They also make a distinctly LA dish: the DA Special, with sausage, meatballs, pastrami, and roast beef. And, as always, take the cannoli.

Eastside Market

Broadway Cuisine

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Chinatown has plenty of amazing restaurants to try and grab takeout. While admittedly trying to shuffle takeout boxes of honey walnut shrimp and fried rice could be a challenge, there are more ridiculous things to try and enjoy in the loge seats of Dodger Stadium. This versatile restaurant opens before lunch, making it a good option after day games as well.

A plate of shrimp with walnuts. Halved cucumber slivers line the perimeter of the plate.
Walnut shrimp from Broadway Cuisine in Chinatown.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mexicali Taco & Co.

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A constantly underrated taco gem, this enduring Chinatown-area taco spot has amazing grilled carne asada, chicken, and shrimp served in tacos, quesadillas, and vampiros. The salsa and agua fresca game here is incredible too.

Shrimp taco and carne asada tostada on a white plastic plate.
Taco and tostada from Mexicali Taco & Co.
Matthew Kang

Katsu Sando

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Daniel Son and his family churn out reasonably priced, flavor-packed Japanese-style convenience store sandwiches at this humble Chinatown restaurant. Classics like the pork katsu or chicken katsu sandos are excellent, while the slightly sweet crispy shrimp and candied walnuts sando is a gamechanger.

Honey and walnut encrusted shrimp between bread at Katsu Sando restaurant.
Shrimp and walnut katsu sando from Katsu Sando
Matthew Kang

Philippe the Original

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Rumor has it that Philippe the Original made the world’s first French Dip in 1918, so it is only appropriate to eat there before watching one of MLB’s oldest teams. Everything is made to order, especially the beef double dip with jus. But the sandwich must be layered with Philippes’ house-made mustard which packs a bit of heat, but in the best way possible.

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Playita Mariscos

An overhead look at an orange tray filled with different types of seafood, including tacos.
Mariscos and other dishes from Playita.
Farley Elliott

The Guisados team continues to operate one of the best pre-Dodger game spots in the area. The crew took over a former Mexican seafood spot and are now serving containers of ceviche with tostadas, quesadillas, and crispy shrimp tacos that should travel pretty well into the stadium.

An overhead look at an orange tray filled with different types of seafood, including tacos.
Mariscos and other dishes from Playita.
Farley Elliott

Cosa Buona

Zach Pollack’s Cosa Buona is an Echo Park staple on the corner of Sunset and Alvarado. Pick up some blistered pizzas, eggplant parm, and smoky mozzarella sticks to take to the game.

Lowboy

For a big, messy burger with a side of hope: Lowboy.
Smash burger from Lowboy.
Farley Elliott

One of LA’s more underrated burger spots, Lowboy has a handy takeout window with loaded smashed or lettuce-loaded burgers that should travel decently to the ballgame. Or just munch on the burgers right at the sidewalk tables.

For a big, messy burger with a side of hope: Lowboy.
Smash burger from Lowboy.
Farley Elliott

Quarter Sheets Pizza

Pizza from Quarter Sheets on white paper and plates with a can of beer.
Pizza from Quarter Sheets.
Allen Yelent

Pizza, especially the square type, tends to travel better than the thin-crust round variety. Quarter Sheets, which took over the former Trencher space in Echo Park, has creative takes on the Sicilian pizza genre, along with cake slices by House of Gluten. The carb-loaded one-two punch is great for taking to Dodger Stadium. Right now it only operates from Friday to Sunday.

Pizza from Quarter Sheets on white paper and plates with a can of beer.
Pizza from Quarter Sheets.
Allen Yelent

Moo's Craft Barbecue

Sliced barbecue meats with pink onions and chile pepper on butcher paper.
Moo’s Craft Barbecue.
Farley Elliott

Thursday to Sunday brings some of LA’s best barbecue to Lincoln Heights, a short hop away from Dodger Stadium. Load up on smoked meats and excellent sides and take the feast to the ballgame. Or just scarf it all down before the first pitch at the Texas-style indoor-outdoor space.

Sliced barbecue meats with pink onions and chile pepper on butcher paper.
Moo’s Craft Barbecue.
Farley Elliott

Eastside Market

Eastside Market

Nestled near the 101 and 110 Freeways, Eastside Market Deli was founded in 1929. Picture Italian sandwiches doused with red sauce, pastrami, and chicken parm. They also make a distinctly LA dish: the DA Special, with sausage, meatballs, pastrami, and roast beef. And, as always, take the cannoli.

Eastside Market

Broadway Cuisine

A plate of shrimp with walnuts. Halved cucumber slivers line the perimeter of the plate.
Walnut shrimp from Broadway Cuisine in Chinatown.
Wonho Frank Lee

Chinatown has plenty of amazing restaurants to try and grab takeout. While admittedly trying to shuffle takeout boxes of honey walnut shrimp and fried rice could be a challenge, there are more ridiculous things to try and enjoy in the loge seats of Dodger Stadium. This versatile restaurant opens before lunch, making it a good option after day games as well.

A plate of shrimp with walnuts. Halved cucumber slivers line the perimeter of the plate.
Walnut shrimp from Broadway Cuisine in Chinatown.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mexicali Taco & Co.

Shrimp taco and carne asada tostada on a white plastic plate.
Taco and tostada from Mexicali Taco & Co.
Matthew Kang

A constantly underrated taco gem, this enduring Chinatown-area taco spot has amazing grilled carne asada, chicken, and shrimp served in tacos, quesadillas, and vampiros. The salsa and agua fresca game here is incredible too.

Shrimp taco and carne asada tostada on a white plastic plate.
Taco and tostada from Mexicali Taco & Co.
Matthew Kang

Katsu Sando

Honey and walnut encrusted shrimp between bread at Katsu Sando restaurant.
Shrimp and walnut katsu sando from Katsu Sando
Matthew Kang

Daniel Son and his family churn out reasonably priced, flavor-packed Japanese-style convenience store sandwiches at this humble Chinatown restaurant. Classics like the pork katsu or chicken katsu sandos are excellent, while the slightly sweet crispy shrimp and candied walnuts sando is a gamechanger.

Honey and walnut encrusted shrimp between bread at Katsu Sando restaurant.
Shrimp and walnut katsu sando from Katsu Sando
Matthew Kang

Philippe the Original

Rumor has it that Philippe the Original made the world’s first French Dip in 1918, so it is only appropriate to eat there before watching one of MLB’s oldest teams. Everything is made to order, especially the beef double dip with jus. But the sandwich must be layered with Philippes’ house-made mustard which packs a bit of heat, but in the best way possible.

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