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Steamed Pork Buns & 4 More Great Takeout Options To Try This Week


Steamed Pork Buns & 4 More Great Takeout Options To Try This Week

Updated June 24th, 2020

All Bay Area counties have officially reopened for outdoor dining, with some having opened their dining rooms for indoor seating. But if you’re sticking with takeout for now, we totally understand. With that in mind, we’re going to keep highlighting the best takeout dishes we’ve had recently, from asada tacos and steamed pork buns to some of the best cookies in the Bay.

If you’ve had some great takeout lately that you want to share, feel free to email us at sanfrancisco@theinfatuation.com. Now, on to the dishes.

  • Steamed Pork Buns from Tao Yuen Pastry: The cash-only dim sum spot in Chinatown is one of the best in Oakland. You can get everything from chow fun, har gow, lo mai gai, and potstickers (trust us, you’ll look at the full spread from behind the counter and want it all), but you’re here for the steamed pork buns - they’re big and fluffy.

  • Carne Asada Tacos from Taqueria El Paisa: If you’re a quick lunch type of person, you need something that stands out. Like, really stands out. Order four carne asada tacos from El Paisa, the East Oakland taqueria off of High St. The asada is well-seasoned and comes on two corn tortillas. You’ll also get a side of pearl onions and nopales, plus a ton of cucumber, radishes, and your choice of salsa.

  • Spaghetti with Spicy Oil, Garlic, and Cured Fish Roe from La Ciccia: If there’s one thing we miss about eating at restaurants, it’s kicking back with a bottle of wine and some of the best Sardinian pastas at La Ciccia. This Noe Valley neighborhood spot is offering many of their great pastas to go (they also recently started outdoor sidewalk seating). We’re partial to the spaghittusu cun allu ollu e bottargia, which is the perfect example of three simple things coming together to make something great.

  • Carnitas Burrito from El Metate: There’s really no better way to say this - El Metate makes our favorite burrito in the city. They’re longer and thinner than most, but we’re not complaining. They’re exceptional. Order a carnitas super burrito to-go. The meat is perfectly cooked every time, and they come with a generous heap of guacamole and sour cream.

  • All The Cookies from Anthony’s Cookies: Thanks to, well, the world, we need pick-me-ups, a lot of them. And these days, this comfort comes in the form of excellent cookies from Anthony’s. We’ll just say it - they’re the best cookies we’ve ever had. Chewy in the middle, and lightly crispy on the outside. They’ll make you rethink all those Nestlé Toll House cookie dough tubes you bought in quarantine. If they have Dark Chocolate Chip or Walnut Chip on the menu, order it. Actually, get one of everything from the cookie menu and call it a day. Both their SF and Berkeley locations are open for takeout.

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