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Vienna Area - Take-out or Delivery Food That Travels Decently

MikeR | Nov 21, 201412:04 PM

My Sunday night dinner companions have been shut-ins for the past few weeks. He broke his arm in a very inconvenient place and has a sling that makes it very difficult for him to put on a coat, so he's been staying in . . creating much chaos and confusion for her. So I've been coming over there and either picking up dinner or we've had it delivered.

I never do this myself and my only experience with take-out is leftover Chinese (some is OK, some blah) or a bhan mi sandwich. So far, what's come in the door hasn't been very good, even the same things we've ordered in the same restaurants. Even a 10 minute ride in the car seems to make things look unattractive and not re-heat well. So far we've done:

Pick-up from Chateau East - probably the best of the lot but not as good as going there
Pick-up pastas from Maggiannos - Not all that great in the restaurant but gluey by the time they got home and to the table
Delivery Kabobs from El Nareel - worst of all, dry meat, soggy pita, delivery quoted an hour, but arrived about half an hour after that.

These are not terribly adventurous eaters (Thai = drunken noodles, Chinese=Crispy beef, General Tso's Chicken - you get the idea). She can't do very spicy, he likes ribs from Famous Dave's but isn't sure how well he can eat them one-handed. Cooking is out, kitchen is a disaster.

Any suggestions? I don't know about my friends, but I'm getting tired of eating mediocre restaurant food that I know can be better.

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
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