It’s always a treat to eat your favorite local restaurant meals in the comfort of your own home, particularly on say, a Sunday. But while most meals can be made for takeout, it doesn’t mean they all should be. It’s a fact that some food just travels better, like pizza, dumplings, wings, barbecue, and more. These New Orleans restaurants are serving up some of the most delicious food for takeout and delivery in town, with most menus available for delivery on third-party apps, and at least a handful that offer their own delivery services (always the preferable option). And remember, taking out or ordering delivery doesn’t get you out of tipping.Read More
Where to Order Great Takeout and Delivery in New Orleans
20 to-go-friendly restaurants in New Orleans, serving pizza, dumplings, wings, barbecue, and more
Hummus & More
This Lebanese restaurant that Huda Aldisi and Lisa Labit first opened in Metairie in 2015 is a top-notch option for to-go Mediterranean. Serving a vast menu of falafel, lentil stew, mousaka, stuffed kibbeh, and more, the wide-ranging dishes are fresh and refined. In addition to takeout, Hummus & More is now on ASAP and Uber Eats.
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China Orchid in the Riverbend neighborhood has been around for more than 25 years, first opened by the mother of Joe Ming, proprietor of Ming’s in Lakeview. Ming’s mother, Susan, taught him how to cook Chinese food in the kitchen of the family-owned Uptown restaurant, which changed hands in 1992. It’s still a neighborhood go-to for Chinese takeout, with an extensive menu and third-party delivery available.
Lebanon’s Cafe is consistently good, serving traditional specialties in a pretty dining area and outside patio. Portions are large, the rosemary lamb chops are a treat and the just-right homemade hummus is creamy with tahini. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via Doordash, Grubhub, and Waitr.
The Crazy Italian
This New York-style pizza place on Harrison Avenue is a gem — a no-frills, traditional Italian joint for calzones, paninis, lasagna, and cheesecake. The family-friendly menu is available for takeout or local, in-house delivery for dinner during the week and lunch and dinner on weekends.
A Carrollton Avenue standby for decades, Mikimoto is a lowkey local go-to for takeout sushi. Favorite rolls include the maki, Utah, paradise, and dragon rolls, but the special rolls menu in general is one of the most extensive, varied, and creative in town. It’s also open until 10 during the week and 10:30 p.m. on weekends, a bonus.
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Loya's Mexican Restaurant
Loya’s is an awesome spot for delicious classics like tostadas, pozole, menudo, as well as fresh, modern dishes like aguachile, quesabirria, and cauliflower tacos. It’s on the apps, but is in an easy-to-access location for pickup as a better alternative.
Frey Smoked Meat Co.
This Mid City barbecue spot not only turns out incredible sausage, barbecue sandwiches, and platters (try the St. Louis Ribs), it’s also home to some of the best biscuits and cornbread in town, and is host to a wealth of snack options, from loaded brisket fries and four different kinds of mac, all available for delivery.
Shawarma On The Go
Shawarma on the Go is in residence in the Jetgo gas station on Magazine Street between Louisiana and Napoleon, where cones of shwarma meat glisten and the falafel is some of the best in the city.
Banh Mi Boys
There’s now a second location on Magazine Street of Banh Mi Boys, a longtime favorite with a menu ranging from Vietnamese specials like spring rolls, vermicelli plates, and banh mi to mash-ups of Cajun and Korean. It stands out from the many excellent Vietnamese restaurants for being open on Sundays, the ultimate takeout day (it’s also on all the third-party delivery apps). Try the bulgogi beef banh mi, the wings, and the soft shell crab po’ boy.
How wonderful to have Bao Mi in New Orleans. This downtown shop specializes in grab and go Vietnamese food — favorites like banh mi, bao, and vermicelli bowls, not to mention the ridiculously good bulgogi fries. With a number of longtime Vietnamese restaurants closing in recent years, it’s heartening to see a new, modern Vietnamese option for downtown workers and city residents alike. Find Bao Mi in the Louisiana State University Health Foundation building, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed weekends.
Aroma Indian Cuisine
Everything at Aroma is delicious, including malai tikka, vindaloo, and curries, as well as two kinds of fried cauliflower appetizers, and a refreshing number of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. While there are tables inside, this is a takeout and delivery joint — Aroma is on most of the third-party delivery apps.
McHardy's Chicken & Fixin'
McHardy’s is the spot for chicken, anywhere from a 10-piece to a 100-piece (or get wings, nuggets, catfish, shrimp, or burgers). Pickups are quick and easy, but this beloved Broad Street spot is also on all the third-party apps.
Paulie Gee's Crescent City Slice Shop
Paulie Gee’s is a fabled Brooklyn pizzeria that’s expanded outside of New York with multiple locations, including Baltimore, Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago. The Warehouse District shop serves 20-inch, neo-Neapolitan thin-crust pies and rectangular, Sicilian-style pizza, also served by the slice daily, and delivers via third-party apps.
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J's Creole Wings Claiborne
Located in the Seventh Ward on Claiborne, J’s serves up honey heat, Jamaican jerk, Sriracha lemon pepper wings, and more along with perfect fries. It’s shipping container locale is built for takeout and delivery orders, and it’s on all the apps.
Budsi’s Authentic Thai
Formerly a pop-up and now a lovely, always-packed restaurant, Budsi’s brings specialties from the Isan region of Thailand to the Marigny. Try chef specialties like waterfall pork, mushroom and tofu larb, and mango sticky rice. Order takeout online for fast pickup.
Verti Marte is the French Quarter’s longtime neighborhood deli, known for its breakfast, extensive menu of sandwiches, no-nonsense counter service, and 24/7 hours, a top late-night eats destination. It’s loved equally for the hot sausage po’ boy, a sloppy roast beef version made with a secret sauce, and the All That Jazz, a po’ boy stuffed with a stack of grilled turkey, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, fried shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, and “wow sauce.” Best of all, it offers free delivery to the French Quarter, Marigny, and Central Business District.
The need for delivery food often emerges later at night. Here shines Turtle Bay, a legendary French Quarter haunt with a menu of classic pub grub: wings, fries, potato skins, pizza, sandwiches, and burgers. Turtle Bay delivers in the area for a $5 service fee — a much preferable option to third-party apps.
Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant
Gretna’s Banana Blossom dishes some of the best Thai on either side of the Mississippi thanks to Jimmy Cho’s creativity— try the ka pao chicken ramen, a riff on the popular Thai street food. His tasty version of steamed or fried pork dumplings, served with a sweet soy ginger sauce, are comfort food and its best, and curry is served six ways, from an elegant green curry studded with fresh vegetables to the egg noodle-based Chiang Mai style.
What’s better for takeout than dim sum? Here, try the xiao long bao, made with ground pork, ginger, and garlic swimming in a searing hot broth, the pan-fried pork dumplings, and shrimp har gow. The wings, popcorn chicken, fried pork ribs, and chive cakes are also particularly to go-friendly.
This hip, industrial-chic Bywater pizzeria is considered by many to be New Orleans’s best. Cheese, pepperoni, and Margherita are always on the menu at Pizza Delicious; otherwise, specials rotate. A small selection of worthy housemade pastas and salads make for many options, and it delivers to most of the city via d’Livery NOLA.