A different kind of restaurant thread - best take out that still tastes good when you get home (1 Viewer)

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Granted, I know that good restaurant food tastes best when eaten fresh. But there are certain circumstances when that is not possible.

My wife is pregnant. We love good New Orleans restaurant food. But unfortunately she does not have the energy to endure the time it takes for a good restaurant meal. So I often am sent on take-out missions. These often are disappointing. Not because the food is not good, but rather because the take-out process leaves it a shell of its original self.

Certainly there are plenty of great restaurants that accommodate take-out. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the end product will be great. For example, I love crispy tacos. But by the time you get crispy tacos home the shells are soggy and sad.

Any suggestions of places and/or dishes that are good for takeout and also pass the test of still being good after getting home?
 
Royal China on Veterans.

Don't ever use the Microwave to heat anything that has "died" on the way home. Use the stove and oven. Use a pizza stone for anything fried.
 
Granted, I know that good restaurant food tastes best when eaten fresh. But there are certain circumstances when that is not possible.

My wife is pregnant. We love good New Orleans restaurant food. But unfortunately she does not have the energy to endure the time it takes for a good restaurant meal. So I often am sent on take-out missions. These often are disappointing. Not because the food is not good, but rather because the take-out process leaves it a shell of its original self.

Certainly there are plenty of great restaurants that accommodate take-out. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the end product will be great. For example, I love crispy tacos. But by the time you get crispy tacos home the shells are soggy and sad.

Any suggestions of places and/or dishes that are good for takeout and also pass the test of still being good after getting home?

Whatabuger and Krystals are a tie.

They're the best if you buy them late at night on your way home from drinking and save a few for the morning. Cold dried out burgers rock!
 
where do you live? I prefer Star Wok on W. Esplanade. Even comes with free tupperware.
 
I get Outback To-Go on occasion. It's still pretty good when I get home.
 
It's been a while since I've had any, but in my experiences, Copeland's and The Cheesecake Bistro were two of the few restaurants that withstood the take-home test for me. In my opinion, some of the dishes were even better when re-heated the next day. The biscuits, the onion strings - the whole shebang.

I used to always order the Bananas Foster to go and they set it up perfectly so that everything was fit for consumption when I got home - even the ice cream was neatly packed into a container that kept it fairly frozen until you got to your destination.
 
get an insulated bag and put your togo stuff in the insulated bag - should buy you a few minutes
beans, gumbos, etouffees, etc should keep it's taste/texture for awhile
tomato-based stuff (pasta sauce) tastes better the next day
breads and things breaded seem the most time sensitive (but i'm going to have to try buzd's pizza stone recommend)
 
When I get something that's battered, like fried shrimp, I always open the container for the trip home. The heat forms condensation on the lid and everything gets soggy very quickly. I always reheat in the oven.

Great idea, however, I'd have nothing left when I got home. That would be torture trying not to eat it.
 
I live in Metairie. And we want something a little better than burgers. Chinese usually works well (Jade Moon on Airline FTW!), but I was hoping to find more variety.
 

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