Since Covid-19 isn't going away any time soon and restaurants continue to stress alternative options to dining in, we'll bring you each week a roundup of takeout dinners recently enjoyed by dining editor Timothy Malcolm.
If you're in the mood for takeout Korean barbecue, Spring Branch stalwart Korea Garden does it quite well. You can order online and pick up at the host's stand, and the food (especially the beef bulgogi with sautéed onions) keeps well in transport. There are several traditional sides (cucumber salad, spinach, sticky rice), plus a well-balanced kimchi with minor but flavorful heat. Add lettuce wraps and enjoy. I paired my meal with the steamed egg, another dish that could've gone horribly wrong in transport but, in fact, didn't dry out at home.
Burgers are a lot like pizza: Often your favorite can be found at the neighborhood spot closest to you. While in the Westbury area last weekend, I got a dose of that with the old-school Annie's Hamburgers. If you've been to Annie's, then you know you can only get a single burger, a double burger, a bacon burger, a double bacon burger, or a grilled chicken sandwich on the burger menu. Extras like cheese and jalapeños cost 50 cents each, and you have to pair with onion rings or fries and finish with a shake (and/or brownie). The burger is hefty, the fries are greasy (with a tangy little Thousand Island sauce on the side), and my stomach was happy. I'll be back for breakfast, when egg plates with sausage and home fries and good ol' fashioned biscuits and gravy rule.
Every time I order breakfast tacos at Chilosos, I swear they get bigger and bigger. Two tacos seems like overkill, and yet there I go ordering dual chorizo, egg, and cheeses inside soft corn tortillas. Getting takeout from Chilosos also means you get the same amount of focused and personalized ordering you can get when you go to the shop. If you want jalapeños and sour cream on one taco but not the other (uh, like I did), just check the right boxes on the website. Wait times for pickup are pretty good too (25 minutes or so). Just consider your hunger level before pressing send on that order.
Betsy's at Evelyn's Park
Al fresco pick: Not since arriving in Houston two years ago did the concept of waiting out the rain by sitting outside make any sense to me. But here I was underneath a canopy at Evelyn's Park recently while a moderate shower bringing an unseasonably chilly breeze passed through, and it felt nice. Even better was the Green Goddess salad with the titular dressing mixed in with kale, brussels sprouts, roasted tomatoes, and a hard-boiled egg. The chicken salad sandwich unfortunately lacked flavor and texture, but the accompanying sweet potato fries were hard to put down.