Editor’s Note: Click the titles to read full stories on each takeout spot. While many of these restaurants are open and eager for support, please note that due to COVID-19, we suggest checking with each individual establishment before ordering.
Angelo’s Pizza: The Lakewood pizzeria is known for its classic pies, inventive takes as well as make-your-own options — all perfect for those nights where you want to stay in. 13715 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-221-0440, angeloslakewood.com
Balance Pan-Asian Grille: Carryout is the name of the game at this downtown Asian-fusion spot dedicated to fresh ingredients in dishes such as Asian tacos, customizable build-your-own bowls or dishes such as the Budda Bowl with chickpeas and Indian-inspired butter sauce. 515 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-523-1111, balancegrille.com
Barroco Arepa Bar: What started out as one small restaurant that offered takeout and limited seating has expanded to three locations. But what remains is a menu full of tasty arepas, empanadas and fried plantains. Various locations, barrocoarepabar.com
Black Box Fix: Chef and owner Eric Rogers kicks things up at his Legacy Village spot where gourmet sandwiches come with a Creole and Cajun twist. The OMG 2.0 comes filled with grilled chicken, buttered lobster, jumbo shrimp and a spicy crab mayo. 25359 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-675-3129, blackboxfix.com
Chapati Indian Grill: This fast-casual outlet is a gateway to Indian cuisine, especially street food such as crisp tandoori wings seasoned with a house dry-rub of spices. 2215 Chester Ave., 216-303-9780; 11440 Euclid Ave., 216-505-5470, chapatiindiangrill.com
Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant: Even for carryout, dishes such as Pad Khee Mao or Gang Keow Wan don’t lose their authentic Thai flavors at this Akron restaurant that also features dozens of sushi options. 326 S. Main St., Akron, 330-434-2876, cilantrothai.com
Cleveland Vegan: To-go options here include vegan prepared meals, a menu full of entrees, smoothies and milkshakes. But don’t miss the always-stocked grab-and-go case with salads, parfaits and more. 17112 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-221-0201, clevelandvegan.com
Dang Good Foods: Each dish at this Lakewood spot is inspired by different street vendors from a variety of Asian cultures. The Char Bee Hoon is a close cousin to fried rice with eggs, veggies and your choice of shrimp, tofu or char siew pork. 13735 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-785-9321, danggoodfoods.com
Express Deli: Find deli favorites with a Middle Eastern twist at this popular Brook Park convenience store that caters almost exclusively to carryout orders. 5185 Smith Road, Brook Park, 216-267-7878, loc8nearme.com
Flour: Known for house-made pastas and wood-fired pizzas, the East Side spot offers an abbreviated comfort-food oriented takeout menu. We’re fans of the classic Italian tagliatelle Bolognese with a meaty red sauce. 34205 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills, 216-464-3700, flourrestaurant.com
Good to Go Cafe: Feel great about the takeout food you’re eating with the options at Anna Harouvis’ cafe that features many vegan or gluten-free sandwiches, snacks and desserts. IMG Building Lobby, 1360 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, 216-533-7973, annaintheraw.com
Gourmand’s Deli: This 23-year-old breakfast and lunch spot in Valley View has a stellar menu of 57 sandwiches to choose from such as the impressive Hawaii Five-OH, a smoked turkey sammie served with pineapple chutney. 5345 Canal Road, Valley View, 216-328-0942, gourmandsdeli.com
Great Lakes Brewing Co.: What would the Ohio City brewpub be without beer to go? Its takeout menu features popular gastropub items (think mac ’n’ cheese and bread pudding) with crowlers and growlers of its award-winning ales. 2516 Market Ave., Cleveland, 216-771-4404, greatlakesbrewing.com
Green Rooster Farms: The standouts at this Playhouse Square restaurant are its assortment of deli sandwiches, including many made with chicken cooked in its in-house rotisserie oven, as well as sides and house-made soups. 2033 E. 14th St., Cleveland, 216-862-7557, thedriftwoodgroup.com
Hecks Express: This fast-casual version of the popular Hecks of Ohio City and Hecks of Avon offers the famous burgers from those spots, but also introduces takeout friendly options such as pastries, smoothie bowls and wraps. 515 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-303-9494, heckscafe.com
Herb ‘n Twine: Call ahead if you want a sammie from this Ohio City shop because it often runs out of its filling and affordable offerings, each of which are served on bread baked fresh in-house. 4309 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216-465-9600, herbntwine.com
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland: Bring home this beer hall’s selection of takeout goodies including salads, sandwiches and huge family-sized portions of sausage and schnitzel and more. Don’t forget to grab a growler or crowler of beer to go. 1550 Chester Ave., Cleveland, 216-621-2337, hofbrauhauscleveland.com
Irie Jamaican Kitchen: Omar McKay’s fast-casual Jamaican restaurant offers bowls and boxed meals inspired by core dishes such as jerk chicken and braised oxtail, all made lickety-split. 621 E. 185th St., Euclid; 4162 Pearl Road, Cleveland, 216-350-6112, iriejakitchen.com
Jade Dragon: The heaping portions of dishes such as sweet and sour chicken and a popular General Tso’s chicken are as delicious as leftovers as they are fresh out of the kitchen at this Akron Chinese restaurant. 875 E. Exchange St., Akron, 330-475-0727, jadedragon88.com
Larder Delicatessen and Bakery: James Beard Award-nominated co-chef and co-owner Jeremy Umansky’s Hingetown deli offers everything from meat boards and fried chicken to chocolate babka and seasonal goodies. 1455 W. 29th St., Cleveland, 216-912-8203, larderdb.com
La Plaza Supermarket & Taqueria: Home to some of the most authentic tacos in The Land, this taqueria’s celebrated handhelds come filled with one of eight meat choices, house-made salsas, onions and cilantro. 13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Cleveland, 216-476-8000, facebook.com/laplazacle
Li Wah: The AsiaTown spot is among the best Chinese restaurants in Cleveland. Li Wah offers traditional entrees, but the signature here is its dim sum goodies such as dumplings, sweet buns and black pepper beef short ribs. 2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, 216-589-9552, liwahrestaurant.com
Lox, Stock & Brisket: With all the staples of a traditional Jewish deli, this University Heights restaurant focuses on counter service and delicious sandwiches and soup. Don’t miss the Lincoln Park chicken schnitzel sandwich. 13892 Cedar Road, University Heights, 216-471-8175, loxstockandbrisket.com
Mr. Zub’s Deli and Bar: Snag one of 38 specialty sandwiches named after movies and movie characters, pizza or to-go beers on tap at this spot that started out as a late-night takeout option for hungry bar crowds. 795 W. Market St., Akron, 330-252-0272, mrzubs.com
Munch: The focus at this Solon spot is on healthy soup, sandwiches and salads with plenty of vegan and vegetarian fare such as its small-batch Thai coconut and black bean chili. Make sure to pair it with the Mediterranean-inspired Julie’s Tabbouleh sandwich. 28500 Miles Road, Suite J, Solon, 216-231-0922, munchasimplekitchen.com
The Proper Pig Smokehouse: Best known for beef brisket, co-owners Shane Vidovic and Ted Dupaski are used to cranking out high-quality barbecue quickly dating back to their days running the Proper Pig food truck. 17100 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 440-665-3768, properpigsmokehouse.com
Sanabel Middle East Bakery: Owner Norma Touma and her three-person staff go through 100 to 200 pounds of flour each day to make enough pita — some that will get filled with falafel or kafta. 308 E. South St., Akron, 330-253-4505, facebook.com/sanabelbakery
The Square Scullery: Take a foodie trip around the world without leaving your kitchen thanks to this spot’s inventive and globally inspired menu featuring ramen, poutine and burgers. 783 W. Market St., Akron, 330-983-9387, akronfoodtruck.com
Superior Pho: For the freshest pho to go, president Chris Nguyen says to ask for uncooked noodles. Just take them home and drop them in boiling water for about five seconds. 3030 Superior Ave. E., Cleveland, 216-781-7462
Sushi 86: The downtown eatery, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer, is known for its fresh and inexpensive sushi rolls and noodle bowls. 509 Prospect Ave. E., Suite No. 45, Cleveland, 216-621-8686, sushi86.com
Zaytoon Lebanese Kitchen: Located in the heart of Playhouse Square, come here for authentic Lebanese food such as the shish tawook wrap packed with roasted chicken, hand-cut fries, coleslaw and a savory garlic sauce. 1150 Huron Road E., Cleveland, 216-795-5000, zaytoonlebanesekitchen.com
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