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11 Killer LA Takeout Options for All Your Netflix Needs

Your couch is your new favorite restaurant

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If it’s Netflix and chilling with a styrofoam box of food you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place — your couch. It's the kind of intimate dinner destination where a "selection of small plates" refers only to your smaller-than-average dinnerware, and the only "wine pairing" is the half-finished bottle oxidizing in your refrigerator door. And, best of all, you couldn't be happier about it.

As thrilling as the Los Angeles dinner scene is, there’s little that can keep a weekday warrior from heading directly to the couch come six o’clock. And why should you be stopped? With takeout programs and drive-thrus that are as eclectic and interesting as the main event, there’s something for the pad see ew-minded and the pizza fanatic alike.

While the most traditional spots on this list are still cash-only, click through and you’ll find several capable of delivering your online order faster than you can say "binge watch." These aren't just sit-down restaurants that happen to offer some level of takeaway service, either; this list is full of tried-and-true takeout options where leaving with your meal is entirely the point (or at least the smart move). Here now, presented in alphabetical order: 11 quintessential Los Angeles takeout spots that give you a license to chill.

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Bludso's BBQ

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The takeout-only Compton classic (which now has a full restaurant and bar off of La Brea) serves the best no-frills ribs and tips, delivered in aluminum foil. Just remember to BYOWipes.

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GTA (Gjelina Take Away)

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By now, Travis Lett’s trio of Venice restaurants are an L.A. mainstay, but his real ingenuity may be in the to-go counter he built adjacent to his mother ship, Gjelina, which serves wood-fired pizzas at a Domino’s level of convenience.

Handy Market

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From takeaway sandwiches to weekend barbecue, eating on the go never tasted so good in the Valley as at Handy Market. Known for their Saturday barbecue sessions, this longtime spot serves up some of the best takeout in the area.

Jim Dandy's Fried Chicken

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Should you find yourself in the heart of Inglewood (or hungry on your way to LAX), make a pit stop at Jim Dandy Fried Chicken, where the menu is limited, but the chicken comes in two options: fried and spicy. Either is correct, just so long as you grab an order of fritters for dessert.

KazuNori Hand Roll Bar

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Another brainchild of the Sugarfish-Nozawa team, this “fast food” hand-roll joint (with locations Downtown and in Westwood) only asks that you pick a number from three to six. They do the rest, by selecting the fish based on the number of rolls you’ve picked, then packing it into a beautiful box.

Mozza2Go

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Mozza2Go is the takeout version of Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton’s joint venture, Pizzeria Mozza, but even the person manning the cash register will tell you it’s “mostly Nancy’s.” This means a menu bookended by her classic chopped salad and wood-fired pizzas, with a killer wine selection that’s reason enough to stop in.

Orean's Health Express

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No one told Orean’s The Health Express that drive-throughs are for grease-soaked burgers—and thank goodness for that. Otherwise, the dream of diving into bean burritos, vegan pastrami sandwiches, and tofu scrambles from the comfort of the driver’s seat would be a figment of our imagination.

Pine & Crane

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The Taiwanese menu at Pine and Crane is exactly what your green juice-drinking friend would put in your hands if you suggested, “Chinese takeout.” It diplomatically balances the heavy-hitters like mapo tofu with locally-sourced vegetables and lots of love, so everyone wins.

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Sack Sandwiches - Sunset

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Remember sack lunches? Now reimagine them with spicy tuna sandwiches, homemade Old Bay potato chips, and nitro tea, delivered in neatly-wrapped packages, begging to be spilled onto your dinner table.

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Secret Chinese Delivery

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This hole-in-the-wall self-proclaimed “American-Chinese” restaurant is self-aware enough in its title to know it might not jump out at you at first, but it’ll become your go-to when you discover that their online ordering system is as convenient as their food is delicious.

SUGARFISH | Santa Monica

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The to-go menu at this cult-favorite sushi spot includes all of their greatest hits, like their original omakase “Trust Me” menu, accommodated for at-home dining. The compartmented white boxes that hold the sushi come with separately-packed sauces and do-it-yourself instructions for recommended pairings.

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Bludso's BBQ

Bludso's

The takeout-only Compton classic (which now has a full restaurant and bar off of La Brea) serves the best no-frills ribs and tips, delivered in aluminum foil. Just remember to BYOWipes.

Bludso's

GTA (Gjelina Take Away)

By now, Travis Lett’s trio of Venice restaurants are an L.A. mainstay, but his real ingenuity may be in the to-go counter he built adjacent to his mother ship, Gjelina, which serves wood-fired pizzas at a Domino’s level of convenience.

Handy Market

From takeaway sandwiches to weekend barbecue, eating on the go never tasted so good in the Valley as at Handy Market. Known for their Saturday barbecue sessions, this longtime spot serves up some of the best takeout in the area.

Jim Dandy's Fried Chicken

Should you find yourself in the heart of Inglewood (or hungry on your way to LAX), make a pit stop at Jim Dandy Fried Chicken, where the menu is limited, but the chicken comes in two options: fried and spicy. Either is correct, just so long as you grab an order of fritters for dessert.

KazuNori Hand Roll Bar

Another brainchild of the Sugarfish-Nozawa team, this “fast food” hand-roll joint (with locations Downtown and in Westwood) only asks that you pick a number from three to six. They do the rest, by selecting the fish based on the number of rolls you’ve picked, then packing it into a beautiful box.

Mozza2Go

Mozza2Go is the takeout version of Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton’s joint venture, Pizzeria Mozza, but even the person manning the cash register will tell you it’s “mostly Nancy’s.” This means a menu bookended by her classic chopped salad and wood-fired pizzas, with a killer wine selection that’s reason enough to stop in.

Orean's Health Express

No one told Orean’s The Health Express that drive-throughs are for grease-soaked burgers—and thank goodness for that. Otherwise, the dream of diving into bean burritos, vegan pastrami sandwiches, and tofu scrambles from the comfort of the driver’s seat would be a figment of our imagination.

Pine & Crane

Bill Addison

The Taiwanese menu at Pine and Crane is exactly what your green juice-drinking friend would put in your hands if you suggested, “Chinese takeout.” It diplomatically balances the heavy-hitters like mapo tofu with locally-sourced vegetables and lots of love, so everyone wins.

Bill Addison

Sack Sandwiches - Sunset

Sack Sandwiches

Remember sack lunches? Now reimagine them with spicy tuna sandwiches, homemade Old Bay potato chips, and nitro tea, delivered in neatly-wrapped packages, begging to be spilled onto your dinner table.

Sack Sandwiches

Secret Chinese Delivery

This hole-in-the-wall self-proclaimed “American-Chinese” restaurant is self-aware enough in its title to know it might not jump out at you at first, but it’ll become your go-to when you discover that their online ordering system is as convenient as their food is delicious.

SUGARFISH | Santa Monica

The to-go menu at this cult-favorite sushi spot includes all of their greatest hits, like their original omakase “Trust Me” menu, accommodated for at-home dining. The compartmented white boxes that hold the sushi come with separately-packed sauces and do-it-yourself instructions for recommended pairings.

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