Gazedibles: Go-go-good 

Not every night is suitable for going out on the town. In fact, after a long day at the office, being seen by impeccably dressed swells is probably the last item on the agenda. But a night in doesn’t mean grabbing dinner in a paper sack from a drive-thru window or spending hours cooking. There are plenty of great restaurants that can prepare your dinner to go.

By Greg Elwell | Photos Garett Fisbeck and Gazette file

Hot bar at Provision Kitchen in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 21, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Hot bar at Provision Kitchen in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Provision Kitchen

6443 Avondale Drive

provision-kitchen.com

405-843-2310

Who has time to get out of the car these days? That’s the beauty of Provision Kitchen’s curbside service, in which customers can order from a variety of healthy and delicious meals and have them brought out to the car. Whether it’s a breakfast of banana pancakes, an order of chicken bolognese or a selection of nutritious delicacies from the hot bar, give Provision Kitchen a call and the helpful staff will pack it up and get it ready to go.

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Nhinja Sushi & Wok

13905 N. May Ave.

nhinja.com

405-463-6622

It’s a luxury to sit in a quiet dining room and leisurely indulge on plates of expertly made sushi, but it’s also pretty cool to veg out in front of the TV with a veggie roll. Nhinja Sushi & Wok makes perfectly portable rolls, like the spicy blend of yellowtail, tuna and salmon with dynamite sauce in a 911 roll or grilled steak, asparagus and eel sauce in the JoJo roll. For those hungry for something other than sushi, the rice and noodle bowls are easy to take home, too.

Botana and Special Salsa at Chelinos in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 17, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Botana and Special Salsa at Chelinos in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 17, 2015.

Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant

6509 Northwest Expressway

chelinosmexicanrestaurant.com

405-728-2770

Calling in an order is fine, but one local restaurant chain makes it easy to skip the human interaction and get right down to the great Tex-Mex food. Chelino’s is a metro favorite, and now it’s conquering the internet with online ordering of its expansive menu. Start off with botana, a platter of grilled onions, fried jalapeños and potatoes served with avocado and tomato slices. It’s perfect for a picnic on the go.

Taco at Tacoville, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Taco at Tacoville, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Tacoville

3502 Newcastle Road

tacoville.us

405-681-0661

Bring cash and an appetite if Tacoville is on tonight’s agenda. Since 1967, Tacoville has served OKC delicious crunchy tacos, stuffed burritos and chili with beans. This little restaurant packs them in at lunch and dinner, so feel free to get Tacoville to-go. The enchilada dinner or the tamales might be hard to handle on the road, but a Sancho burrito filled with beef, cheese, lettuce, onions and sour cream can be eaten with ease, even in a hurry.

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Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine

6014 N. May Ave.

zorbasokc.com

405-947-7788

Mediterranean food is built to move. Maybe that’s part of the reason the diet is considered so healthy — everybody eating is in constant motion. Zorba’s grilled beef, chicken and vegetable kebabs are easy to transport, as are its always-delicious gyros. Whatever the choice, those getting takeout should call ahead; Zorba’s cuisine attracts big crowds at lunch and dinner, so avoid any wait and order by phone.

Hong sui chicken at Tai Pei, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Hong sui chicken at Tai Pei, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.

Tai Pei Chinese Restaurant

5005 N. MacArthur Blvd.

405-787-7427

Takeout doesn’t get much more traditional than Chinese food from Tai Pei. Great for a quick bite on the go or a full-fledged feast at the kitchen table, this Warr Acres Chinese restaurant has been a local favorite for many years. Start off with a bowl of egg flower or wonton soup, and then check out the sweet and tangy tangerine-flavored beef or dig into the crispy fried goodness of frittered garlic chicken. It’s the answer to classic Chinese takeout cravings.

Coop Ale's Gran Sport Poirter with Barbeque Ribs at Iron Starr. Photo/Shannon Cornman - SHANNON CORNMAN
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  • Coop Ale's Gran Sport Poirter with Barbeque Ribs at Iron Starr. Photo/Shannon Cornman

Iron Star Urban Barbeque

3700 N. Shartel Ave.

ironstarokc.com

405-524-5925

If such a thing as diet barbecue exists, it’s definitely not in a plate of ribs. The juicy, succulent taste of ribs comes from fat that melts while they’re being slowly smoked. Some of the best in town are available at Iron Star, where the staff is happy to pack a portion of perfectly seasoned ribs, delicious whole fried okra and the restaurant’s signature fancy mac and cheese. Best of all, Iron Star’s portions are big enough that leftovers from tonight’s dinner can easily become tomorrow’s lunch.

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