At any given moment you play chauffeur, lunch lady, soccer mom. Avoid mom burnout by relying on one of the below restaurants to feed your family dinner. These take-out spots will seriously cure your dinnertime anxiety and get a healthy, affordable meal on the table before your kids can even ask, “What’s for dinner?”

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San Diego

Tender Greens
Always fresh and affordable, count on Tender Greens for seasonal menu items and produce sourced from California. Choose a main and how you’d like it served: on a plate, sandwich or salad. We’re in love with choices here like albacore and falafel.

4 locations: UTC, Mission Valley, Liberty Station, and Downtown
Rancho’s Cocina

You’ll love their mole enchiladas! There’s something here for everybody who loves Mexican with plenty of vegetarian choices.

Two locations: Ocean Beach and North Park

Plant Power Fast Food
Drive through and healthy? Can’t be! Can be in Ocean Beach (and a location coming to Encinitas later this year). The burgers, tacos, and wraps made here are always vegetarian without GMOs or artificial ingredients (and they are getting rave reviews!)

Plant Power Fast Food
2204 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107

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Supannee House of Thai
Ever heard of a Thai restaurant with a kids’ menu with fried rice, satay, and pad thai? Fresh, affordable and always delicious, this Point Loma restaurant offers true farm to table options. Owner Supannee House oversees the local gardens where she and her chef sister grow the vegetables that grace tasty dishes like Drunken Noodles and Tom Yum soup that pack a major yum factor. Choose your level of spice, call ahead and order up.

Supannee House of Thai
2907 Shelter Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 619-795-8424 (THAI)

Kebab Shop
No matter what part of town you’re in, you’re likely to find a Kebab Shop nearby. With six locations, order a kebab, sandwich or plate filled with slow roasted or grilled meats. We love that their gluten free choices include way more than just salads!


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North County

Urban Plates
Local food blogger Jane Maynard of This Week for Dinner names this spot as her family’s favorite takeaway in the county. “It’s delicious and there are tons of healthy food options. Plus the whole family loves eating there!” With the weather still scorching as school gets under way, you’ll appreciate the many salad and sandwich options. Kids can choose from standards such as grilled cheese and mac and cheese or act like a grown up and order a plate with grilled meat and sides.

3 Locations: Carlsbad, Del Mar, La Jolla.


Tin Leaf Kitchen
Family style take away meals with a different special of the day- count us in! With home style choices like chicken cacciatore and turkey pot pie, you’ll feel good putting dinner on the table. Add to that made-from- scratch quality, locally sourced ingredients and high recycling standards, how can you pass up this delicious Carlsbad choice?

Tin Leaf Kitchen
6985 El Camino Real #108
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Luna Grill
Wraps, salads, plates, oh my! Mediterranean with so many choices: beef, lamb, salmon, chicken, mahi mahi and a kids’ menu. We love their promise of food made from scratch, no preservatives hormones or GMOs. You’ll love ordering online (select locations) while on the way home from piano lessons. You’ll find this chain all over North County, but also throughout the county including Eastlake, Rancho San Diego, and Mission Valley.



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East County

Greek Chicken
Another drive through healthy option, count on their Greek salads to be heaping, fresh, and delicious. They also offer gyros, pitas,  and family style meals with whole roasted chicken.

3 Locations: El Cajon and Lakeside

Himalayan Cuisine
Ready to spice up your weeknight with some of the best curry in the county?  Rated highly on Yelp, you’ll agree that the vegetarian curry and chicken tikka masala are delicious at this spot in La Mesa. The spice is quite mild but the flavor packs a delicious wow factor, suitable for little foodies.  Try their weekday lunch special for takeout, available until 3 p.m. Heat it up after soccer practice. You’ll be glad you did.

Himalayan Cuisine
7918 El Cajon Blvd., Ste.P
La Mesa, CA 91942

Where will you pick up dinner tonight?

— Cherie Gough