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The Ultimate Takeout Directory: Where to Go, What to Order
Caffrey’s Deli & Subs
3008 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-5551
What to order: The grilled hot pastrami sandwich on pumpernickel; the chicken cheesesteak; and the spinach salad with blue cheese.
651 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-698-0334, cecilsdeli.com
What to order: The matzo ball soup, the super-thick turkey or corned-beef sandwiches.
2795 Hedberg Dr., Minnetonka, 952-546-6595, crossroadsdelicatessen.com
What to order: The matzo-ball soup, which is rightly hailed as the best in Minnesota. The beef goulash or flanken-in-a-pot are also ideal takeout dishes.
Golooney’s East Coast Pizza Café
2329 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-377-8555
What to order: The best cheese-steak in the Twin Cities. Also the best calzones, with crisp dough enclosing your choice of fillings (the spinach-and-roast-garlic is a winner).
1746 Lexington Ave. N., Roseville, 651-488-1788, mavericksroastbeef.com
What to order: The house-made roast beef and brisket sandwiches are so good that regulars order 15 at a time, and use them to feed the whole family.
525 Winnetka Ave. N., Golden Valley, 763-544-2900, morts-deli.com
What to order: The pastrami and corned-beef sandwiches are sourced straight from New York’s Carnegie Deli.
Nelson Cheese and Deli
1562 Como Ave., St. Paul, 651-647-1288, nelsoncheese.net
What to order: The iconic “Town of Nelson,” made with ham, turkey, cheese, and more cheese piled high on tender caraway rye.
2280 Cliff Rd., Eagan, 651-895-1088, royalcliffineagan.com
What to order: Check out their “party-food menu” for deals on the ultra-rich eggplant Parmigiano and baked rigatoni with sausage.
Broders’ Cucina Italiana
2308 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 612-925-3113, broders.com
What to order: Family-style dinners for four, such as the chicken parmigiano with caesar salad, a loaf of focaccia, and lemon-pistachio bars.
Broders’ Pasta Bar
5000 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-925-9202, broders.com
What to order: Sturdier dishes like the lasagnas, such as the lasagna al forno made with porcini mushrooms and blue-cheese cream; or risottos, such as the one with shrimp, butternut squash, herbs, and mushroom truffle pesto.
211 Seventh St. W., St. Paul, 651-222-3476, cossettaeventi.com
What to order: From the restaurant side, get the Gorgonzola salad, veal Parmigiano, or lasagna and stuffed shells. From the deli side: bread, meats, olives.
D’Amico & Sons
Multiple locations, including downtown, Uptown, and University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis; St. Paul; Edina; Wayzata; Eden Prairie; Golden Valley; and Roseville.
What to order: The catering menu is a gold mine for great food fast. Try the chicken cacciatore, the butternut-squash ravioli in brown butter with fontina cheese, or the Tuscan pot roast.
Jakeeno’s Trattoria Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-767-1102
What to order: Take-and-bake pizzas.
Yarusso-Bros. Italian Restaurant
635 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4848, yarussos.com
What to order: Consult their “family takeout” menu for deals on meals sized for a crowd.
600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-871-4055
465 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul, 651-310-0111
What to order: Kaiso seaweed salad, oshinko (vegetable pickles), kinoko-sautéed mushrooms, deluxe sushi platter.
6534 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, 952-941-5115, kabukisushi.com
What to order: Chirashi sushi, “nara” sushi dinner.
251 First Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-333-1999, namisushi.com
What to order: Oshinko (vegetable pickles); hiya yako (chilled tofu with a ginger sauce); chirashi sushi; Nami special dinner.
30 N. First St., Minneapolis, 612-333-8430
12401 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, 952-746-3393
What to order: Ton-jiru, a hearty rib-sticking miso soup; chirashi; deluxe sushi.
Sakura Restaurant & Bar
350 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-224-0185, sakurastpaul.com
What to order: Something from their lengthy cold appetizer list, such as goma ae, or sushi deluxe. Sakura also has the state’s best vegetarian sushi.
Yumi’s Waterfront Cafe & Sushi Bar
28 Water St., Excelsior, 952-474-1720, yumissushibar.com
What to order: Yumi’s sashimi, a vast assortment of 30 pieces of sashimi for two.
Boca Chica’s Taco House
407 S. Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-222-8226
What to order: Make sure to order your burritos “enchilada-style” from this St. Paul institution, which makes them moister, tastier, and more of a meal.
4749 W. Hwy. 13, Savage, 952-736-8307
2501 Horizon Dr., Burnsville, 952-808-0068
What to order: Chile Colorado (beef in a spicy tomato sauce) or the parillada, a giant meal for two including everything but the kitchen sink, and lots of meat and quesadillas.
El Norteno Authentic Mexican
4000 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-722-6888
What to order: The veggie burrito or tamales—El Norteno offers the best vegetarian Mexican food in the Cities.
El Paraiso Mexican Restaurant
3501 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-4707, elparaisominneapolis.com
What to order: Carnitas, slow-roasted pork, is essential to Mexican cuisine. Who has the best in town? Probably El Paraiso. Try it in a burrito or starring in a combo platter.
Lone Spur Grill and Bar
11032 Cedar Lake Rd., Minnetonka, 952-540-0181
What to order: Smoked chicken with a couple of beef tamales on the side.
809 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-4978
895 Arcade St., St. Paul, 651-774-7623
What to order: The pozole is particularly homey and rich. Los Ocampo thoughtfully supplies a whole host of to-go ingredients so that you can flavor it to your tastes at home.
1515 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-728-5408
920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-870-3930
What to order: The chorizo and egg torta or, for the non-carnivorous, the veggie torta—one of the greatest vegetarian sandwiches in town.
1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-338-6272, masa-restaurant.com
What to order: Everyone loves Masa, Minneapolis’s premiere fine-dining Mexican restaurant, but did you know they have a special takeout menu sized for families or groups? Shrimp tamales with cilantro rice and ancho-lime roast pork are two spicy fine-dining finds.
Salsa a la Salsa
1420 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-813-1970, salsaalasalsa.com
What to order: Cilantro chicken soup or chicken pozole (soup with hominy), both available in 32-ounce portions, and the mixiotes de pollo, chicken and cactus strips cooked in a banana leaf.
Salsa a la Salsa Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St., Suite 155, Minneapolis, 612-872-4140, salsaalasalsa.com
What to order: Check out their various “corporate lunch specials,” such as enchiladas with rice and beans for five people.
Taqueria La Hacienda
1515 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-728-5424
334 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-822-2715
What to order: The two-meat alambres with al pastor and chorizo, in which pineapple-marinated pork and pork sausage are fried up with bacon and served on a bed of corn tortillas.