All parents know those nights – you don’t have anything at home to make (not even some mac n’ cheese from the box…), but the kids are too tired/cranky/not willing to put on pants to go out to dinner. Plus, you’ve already ordered pizza delivery this week… twice. The solution? Take-out! Every parent needs a favorite place for take-out in their back pocket – somewhere to call on your way home, that’s quick and semi-healthy, where you can grab a delicious meal to-go and head home to eat in peace. The next time you’re having an empty-fridge/screaming-kids-kind-of-night, give one of these places a call. Bon appetit!

East Side Delicatessen
With easy spots to park right in front, a menu that you can print and fill out at home and a million different options for sandwiches, plus extensive vegetarian and salad choices, any of East Side Delicatessen’s three locations are great when you need to swing in and pick up lunch or dinner. And, for night-owl families or for when you need to grab something for the adults for dinner after a rough bedtime routine or busy day, East Side Deli is open until 11:00 pm!

Three locations in Portland:

4626 Southeast Hawthorne
Portland, Or 97215

2823 North Lombard
Portland, Or 97203

1438 Southwest Park Avenue
Portland, Or


Laurelhurst Café
A delicious step-up from your average café or deli, the Laurelhurst Café’s menu is available for take-out any time of day – including breakfast! They have a specific children’s menu at Laurelhurst Cafe with all the classics – grilled cheese, pb&j and more – all served with fruit and all made from organic, local ingredients and sources. If you can, leave the kids at home and enjoy a glass of wine or a quick beer while you wait for them to make your meal to-go! We won’t tell…

4611 East Burnside Street

Noodles and Co.
On those same nights where taking your exhausted kids out for dinner isn’t an option, trying to order take-out on the phone with a screaming chorus in the background sounds equally less-appealing. Thank goodness for Noodles and Co. and their online ordering! With four locations in the Portland area, there is sure to be one close to wherever you live for a quick and easy pick-up. Their menu is healthy and delicious – no MSG-filled take-out food here – and you can customize any of their meals – light on the cheese? No mushrooms? Sauce on the side? It’s never a problem at Noodles and Co.

100 Northwest 10th Avenue
Portland, Or 97209

Plus, three additional locations in the Portland area

Pastini Pastaria
When dinner for your family really needs to mean dinner – in other words, no sandwiches or lunch-esque food – order take-out from one of Portland’s six Pastini Pastaria locations. You can order straight from their website or download their online ordering app to your smartphone and order from wherever your kids are holding you hostage. We love that you can even order their delicious daily specials online and that they have a dedicated kids menu online that even includes, gasp, broccoli to-go!

Six locations in the Portland area


Where’s your favorite place to grab some take-out when you are desperate for a night-in? Share with us in the comments below!

— Katie Kavulla

(Photo courtesy of Noodles and Co.)