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Adjusting to the “new normal” means getting takeout from my favorite Downtown Phoenix restaurants a few times a week. Downtown Phoenix has over 100 restaurants to choose from, and it can be overwhelming when you’re trying to select a takeout spot. So I rounded up my top ten picks for takeout in Downtown Phoenix (and even threw in a bonus option). Happy eating!
Arizona Wilderness DTPHX has great brews and great burgers. Build your own burger or earth bowl and choose a pint for $13.99 Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Upgrade to “Confetti Fries” for extra toppings and flavor. Mention this special on the phone, and call 480-462-1826 for takeout. Address: 201 E. Roosevelt Street.
Dating back to at least the 13th Century, the Cornish pasty originated as a hearty hand-held lunch for miners in Cornwall, England. The thick, crisp edges of a pasty are perfect for holding while devouring (but you can also use a fork). With over forty pasties to choose from, Cornish Pasty Co. provides a pasty for everyone. You can go for the traditional pasty “The Oggie,” with steak, potato, onion and rutabaga. Or try one of the many other varieties, like “Rosemary Steak” or a Thanksgiving-themed “The Pilgrim.” Order online or call 602-374-8500 for takeout. Address: 7 W. Monroe Street.
If canned cocktails and Asian bites are up your alley, look no further than Bitter and Twisted’s new bento boxes, dim sum and cocktails to go. Pair up things like “Cheesy Egg Rolls,” “Shrimp Siu Mai,” and “Bao Royales” with canned cocktails like the “Canhattan” and “Lemongrass Collins.” To keep the party going, choose a combo of three classic canned cocktails (3 Classic Can Mix & Match) for $60. It serves six people. Order online or call 602-340-1924 for takeout. Address: 1 W. Jefferson Street.
Craving a creative hot dog? Try the newly-opened, Dog Haus Biergarten, where all the dogs are served on sweet King’s Hawaiian rolls. Try the“Pineapple Express,” or of course, “The Downtown,” or even the acclaimed “Sooo Cali,” ranked America’s 20 Best Hot Dogs by Food & Wine magazine. Order online or call 602-607-5308 for takeout. Adress: 1 E. Washington Street, Suite 120.
La Madeleine’s French Bakery & Café’s is a quaint Parisian bistro where French classics transport you away from Downtown Phoenix — and now you can taste this experience at home. Offering group orders for up to four people, order “The French Feast,” which includes succulent beef simmered in red wine sauce, creamy red-skinned mashed potatoes, as well as sweet, caramel crème bruelee. Opt for “Breakfast & Brunch for 4” or “Picnic Lunch for 4” if you want to try homemade quiches and pastas. Order online or call 480-436-8152 for takeout. Address: 45 W. Jefferson Street.
Elevate your takeout with Mancuso’s, a family-owned fine dining Italian restaurant that has been operating for over forty years. With dishes like the refreshing “Crab Stack” and creamy “Gnocchi Meatballs,” you can create a sophisticated date night right in the comfort of your home. Bonus: Receive 20 percent off the regular menu for takeout — order online or call 480-556-0770. Address: 201 E. Washington Street, Suite 201.
At Paradise Hawaiian BBQ, this fast-casual joint is passionate about bringing the “Aloha Spirit” to Downtown Phoenix. The menu includes Hawaiian favorites, and one particular dish uniquely brings them all together. For under $10, the “Chicken Katsu Burrito” includes all your Hawaiian favorites: chicken katsu, rice, macaroni salad, coleslaw and topped with three sauces: tonkatsu sauce, sriracha mayo and chipotle aioli sauce. Order online or call 602-254-7174 for takeout. Address: 18 W. Adams Street.
Spend your next Taco Tuesday swimming in tacos. Paz Cantina is offering 10 tacos for $25 (including rice and beans!), and for 20 percent off the whole menu, use code PAZ20. Paz provides all the ingredients for DIY taco kits at home, and you can upgrade to barbacoa, carne asada, shrimp or mahi mahi for a marginal fee. Add an award-winning 64-ounce margarita to complete your order. Order online or call 602-281-2930. Address: 330 E. Roosevelt Street.
Vegan food can get a bad rep, but at Vegan House, the Asian dishes are both flavorful and colorful, and can convert even the most carnivorous of eaters. Try the “Green Curry” — a combination of coconut milk, onion, bamboo, bell pepper, eggplant and basil, with a side of tempura sweet potato and taro to fill you up. Order online or call 602-258-3426 for takeout. Address: 20 W. Adams Street.
Zen Thai, formerly Tom Yum, specializes in Thai cuisine “with the freshest ingredients, exotic herbs and spices from all over Thailand,” according to the owners. Find the “Chef Specials” section of the menu for big portions and specialty dishes like the “Hawaiian Fried Rice,” which includes fried rice with onion, pineapple, cashews, chicken and shrimp. Or opt for the crispy “Orange Chicken,” and take your taste buds on a trip overseas. Check out the menu online and call 480-420-8424 for takeout. Address: 110 N. Central Avenue.
If traditional Midwest dogs are your go-to, grab takeout from Detroit Coney Grill. The “Detroit Coney” is topped with chili, mustard and onions, and is an example of a classic dog done right. Ranked one of the Best Dogs in Arizona according to ABC 15, grab a side of crispy fried onion rings to complete your meal. Order online or call 602-253-0292 for takeout. Address: 16 W. Adams Street.
About the author: Freelance writer and founder of the local food blog She Moves PHX, Mer Norwood loves to showcase all the city has to offer, from local spots to creative business owners, and the community that supports them. Follow her at @shemovesphx.