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Spruce Street Staff Picks: Our Favorite Takeout in Philly

Ordering takeout is a great way to support local small businesses while enjoying a fun evening at home. With so many restaurants offering takeout these days, the only dilemma is picking a place to order from! 

To make your decision easier, we asked the Spruce Street team for their favorite takeout spots in the city. Read on to see something catches your eye or excites your taste buds:

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Mexican: Mission Taqueria

Mission Taqueria is known for its colorful drinks and flavorful tacos. Veggie lovers and carnivores alike rave about the 4 Cauliflower tacos, suitable for vegans and those on a gluten-free diet.

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Mission currently offers carry out as well as delivery through Toast. Along with their regular menu, they also offer the Mission Fiesta Kit that feeds 4-6 – perfect for sharing a meal with your quarantine group or ensuring there are tasty leftovers for days. Add on a bottled margarita and you can celebrate Taco Tuesday all week long!

Bagels: Spread Bagelry

Start your day off on the right foot with a bagel from Spread Bagelry in Rittenhouse. The bagelry specializes in Montreal-style bagels made fresh on-site in their wood-burning oven. You can top your bagel with one of their numerous spreads or use them as a base in an unforgettable breakfast sandwich.

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Spread Bagelry is located near Rittenhouse Square making it the perfect place to pick up a meal to enjoy at the park. If you’re not the picnic type, try Spread’s Weekend Bagels & a Paper Subscription. The weekly delivery includes bagels, smoked salmon, homemade cream cheese spreads, veggies, and the Sunday Philly Inquirer. Supporting local restaurants, and local journalism has never been so easy or delicious.

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Ethiopian: Abyssinia Restaurant

While there are a few options for Ethiopian in Philly, our team at Garden Court Plaza Apartments always raves about Abyssinia. The restaurant offers a wide variety of flavorful sauces ranging from meat dishes with beef or lamb to numerous vegans and vegetarians picks. The variety is perfect for a pod of mixed pallets, and everyone will have fun bonding over learning to eat the meal with the accompanying sourdough bread using only your hands.

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Abyssinia isn’t into the online scene so you won’t find a website or any social media profiles in their name. However, they are available on several delivery sites, including Grubhub and Yelp, as well as call-in orders. There’s no time like the present to dive into new cultures and cuisines.

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Vietnamese: Vietnam Cafe

If you’re looking for authentic Vietnamese cuisine from a family-run shop, look no further than Vietnam Cafe. The restaurant brings people from all over the area to their West Philly shop. With pickup options and delivery via Caviar, you can enjoy the delicious cuisine from the comfort of your home.

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On the menu, we recommend any of the spring rolls or pork dishes. As the weather gets cooler, you can’t go wrong with Pho. Vietnam Cafe grew out of adversity: the owners opened the restaurant after immigrating to Philly as refugees of war. By ordering in we can ensure that their doors stay open for years to come.

We hope our restaurant picks gave you some inspiration for your next meal! If you’re not in the mood for anything on this list, there is a whole city of locally-owned restaurants for you to choose from. Pick your fave and help your neighbors get back on their feet – one order at a time.

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