Top 10 Must-Try Take Out Spots in the Bay Area
With the impact of COVID-19, many restaurants have quickly needed to find a way to adjust in order to keep their businesses alive, such as creating outdoor seating on sidewalks and parking lots, or new to-go packages. Just Enough Wines is here to bring awareness and support to some local restaurant owners who happen to have some of the best take out spots in all of the Bay Area. With help from a Marin local expert food blogger, Troy Quintillan Rios (@destroyeats), we’ve narrowed it down to the Top 10 must-try take out restaurants in the Bay Area. Just like our LA take out list, our Bay Area list includes a variety of foods from many different cultures which emphasizes the diverse background of this historic area. Don’t forget to call ahead to pick up from these local favorites of ours!
Troy, also known as Destroyeats, has a huge following on his Instagram where he posts delicious, mouth-watering food pictures. As a long time follower of Troy, we can tell you that 100% of the time, Troy’s Insta pictures and stories always have our stomachs growling. Troy’s IG is inspired by his innate compassion to support local businesses that don’t receive the media coverage it deserves, especially during this time. If you want to support more local businesses around the Bay Area, please follow Destroyeats to see which business he’s promoting next! Nonetheless, here are the top 10 must-try take out spots in the Bay Area.
1. World Famous Hot Boys – Oakland
Kicking off our list is World Famous Hot Boys in Oakland, CA. At this joint, Troy recommends their Chicken Sando. They have different spice levels to choose from but Troy’s personal favorite is their medium spice level. To Troy, this is the perfect heat level and the flavors are still rich. They don’t skimp out on the chicken and it’s cooked to perfection. It’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Tip: Keep in mind they do not accept cash, only cards.
At this restaurant, the Chef’s Choice Omakase is the only way to go. In Troy’s words, he says, “Chef Roy would never steer you in the wrong direction.” Kibatsu is located in Lower Haight, San Francisco, and only a few blocks away from the iconic “Painted Ladies.” Pick up from Chef Roy and head on over to Painted Ladies for some Instagramable pictures.
This restaurant is a staple in the city for Troy. This traditional American restaurant has a nice ambiance and now offers outdoor seating on Gold Street. Troy recommends starting with the Potato Pillows & Steak Tartare. Yum!
4. Restaurant Picco / Pizzeria Picco – Larkspur
This is a favorite spot for Marin County locals. This restaurant has a great menu overall but Troy emphasizes you cannot skip out on the house-made seared gnocchi. This restaurant is also just 10 minutes North of Marin headlands. Pick up from Picco and head on over to a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge!
The Bywater provides the great taste of New Orleans and is located right in our backyard. Owned by Chef David Kinch, the Bywater offers delicious, homey, Cajun/Creole food. Troy recommends the smoked brisket po’boy from this joint. This po’boy is tasty and perfectly seasoned.
Who doesn’t love some good dim sum? This award-winning restaurant has a wide menu and never runs out of your favorite dumplings or Peking duck! Tip: Call ahead or order online and get 10% off if you spend over $50.
7. Copita Tequileria y Comida – Sausalito
Sausalito is not only a place for beautiful views of the Bay, but also a great destination for a lot of great food. Copita Tequileria Y Comida is located right by the water and is bursting with flavors inspired by Mexico. Troy’s favorite is the fried pork belly tacos! These tacos are garnished with pickled onions and cilantro. It’s a must-try here.
Gott’s Roadside, an American restaurant, has plenty of amazing options on their menu and something for everyone. This makes this restaurant a great spot to pick up for family and friends. The western bacon burger is Troy’s favorite thing on the menu.
9. Blackwood SF – San Francisco
Blackwood SF is the perfect brunch spot with some Thai flair! This is one of Marina District’s favorite spots for locals. They have amazing morning coffee and delicious food. Troy’s go-to item on the menu is the Dungeness Omelet, especially when it’s crab season!
Oakland’s bustling Temescal district is lucky to have this award-winning Filipino joint in the neighborhood! Troy vouches for any of their Silog dishes, which is a type of Filipino breakfast usually consisting of rice, eggs, and meat. However, his favorite Silog is the Lechon Kawali Silog which comes with cooked pork belly, pickled red onions, thai chili soy, garlic rice, and sunny eggs. (This made my mouth water while writing this.) Follow Troy for more restaurants and pictures!