Sacramento-Area Takeout & Delivery for When You Don’t Want to Cook
December 27, 2023

Sacramento-Area Takeout & Delivery for When You Don’t Want to Cook

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it makes sense that not everyone wants to spend even more time in the kitchen. Home-cooked meals are great, but sometimes you want to let someone else do all the work. If you need a break, consider ordering a great takeout or delivery meal from one of the Sacramento region’s local restaurants. You can get a satisfying meal for the whole family, minus the effort!

While most restaurants do takeout these days, some are better choices than others. For starters, some foods don’t travel well (think soggy nachos). Another consideration is the setup the restaurant has for takeout orders. Parking should be easy, pickup should be quick, and meals should be packed up properly for the car ride home. Ease of ordering is important too — it’s no fun to call and be stuck on hold forever when you can easily order online. And while there are plenty of great spots for pizza in Sacramento, sometimes you want something different, so we left pizza off our list.

With those considerations in mind, following are our picks for the best takeout and delivery options in the Sacramento region when you don’t want to cook.

Roostarz | El Dorado Hills & Rancho Cordova

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If you’re craving a little heat, head to this hot chicken shop, with locations in both El Dorado Hills and Rancho Cordova. Hot chicken sandwiches, sliders, tenders, and mac & cheese are all on the menu. You can choose your heat level, ranging from zero to S.O.S. — Save Our Souls!

Wally’s Café | Rocklin

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Wally’s Café is a popular takeout spot in Rocklin, having established a bit of a cult following for its authentic Lebanese cuisine. Gyros, shawarma, kebobs and falafel are just a few of the dishes you can find here, all of which can be ordered online for pickup. They also have a family meal that feeds six, complete with salad, soup, appetizers and entrees.

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen | Davis

Thai food is a popular takeout option, and this eatery in Davis is one of the best! They have a convenient online ordering system and offer all the traditional Thai dishes, including pad Thai, satay, curries and stir-fries.

Fukumi | Folsom, Roseville & Citrus Heights

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Craving a hot bowl of ramen to warm you up over the winter? This Japanese eatery, with locations in Folsom, Roseville & Citrus Heights, offers a dozen varieties, plus Japanese snacks. Their Folsom location also specializes in katsu, Japanese-style breaded cutlets. They also have a sister sushi restaurant, Its Sushi, in Roseville.

Hog Wild Bar-B-Que | Placerville

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Barbecue isn’t just for the summertime! This Texas-style joint in Placerville offers slow-smoked meats like brisket, ribs and chicken along with all the classic fixins, including slaw, cornbread, and mac & cheese. You can also order bottled sauces and rubs to go.

Everest Chilli Pepper | Roseville

Nepalese curries and steamed, filled dumplings known as momo are the mainstay at this friendly takeout spot in Roseville. They also offer Indian curries such as tikka masala and butter chicken, as well as Chinese-style dishes such as chow mein and fried rice.

Burger & Cream | Auburn & Grass Valley

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Nothing’s better than a burger and a creamy shake, and this spot, with locations in both Auburn and Grass Valley, specializes in both! They have a range of burgers as well as hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and tacos. Desserts include creamy soft-serve that can be blended with your choice of topping, candy or sauce.

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Broderick Roadhouse | West Sacramento

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If hearty American pub fare is on your mind, this burger joint in West Sacramento is a good option. They have a variety of over-the-top burgers stacked sky-high with toppings like bacon, onion rings, even mac & cheese. They also have stick-to-your-rib sandwiches including hot chicken, steak, and pulled pork banh mi. You can even order weekend brunch to go.

Pangaea Bier Café | Curtis Park

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This friendly neighborhood brewpub, located in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento, isn’t just known for their wide selection of beers —it’s also known for their great food, which includes an award-winning burger, pork belly sliders and fried chicken sandwich.

Allez! | Diamond Springs

Roughly translated, “allez” means “let’s go” in French. So it’s unsurprising that this restaurant in Diamond Springs is all about great food to go! The menu offers classic French dishes including coq au vin, boeuf Bourguignon and cassoulet. They also feature house-made sausages, crepes, salads and baguette sandwiches.

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Hokee Poke | Elk Grove

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You can build your own poke box at this casual spot in Elk Grove. You choose your base, protein, toppings and sauce for a personalized meal that suits your taste. They also have poke kits to go, as well as Spam musubi.

Selland’s | Sacramento & El Dorado Hills

With locations in East Sacramento, Land Park and El Dorado Hills, Selland’s is one of the most popular takeout spots in town. For starters, you can order online. Pickup is easy as well, with convenient designated parking spots. Plus, they have a weekly dinner for two special that comes with a bottle of wine.

Doggeros | Woodland

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This laid-back spot in Woodland combines the best of both worlds: American comfort food and Mexican flavors. Burgers and hot dogs have a south-of-the-border flair, with toppings such as carne asada and chorizo. They also have hot link tacos and grilled elote.

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