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The spicy chicken sandwich at Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger Bar
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Where to Find the Best Takeout in Lakewood

From burgers to bagels, these are the essential eateries that built Lakewood’s dad bods

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The spicy chicken sandwich at Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger Bar
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For those who live in Lakewood, the food is practically an amenity. In addition to tree-lined streets and attractions like the Dallas Arboretum, there’s so much incredible food in this happening East Dallas neighborhood that attracts both locals and discerning diners from all over DFW.

For those who aren’t in the know, Lakewood is technically defined as the area just west of White Rock Lake, bordered on the north side by Mockingbird Lane and lassoed by Abrams and Gaston on its southernmost end. Word to the wise: don’t call it Lakewood if it’s not. This map might stretch that definition just a little, but only to show off the area’s essential eats.

Geographic spats aside, this area is positively packed with excellent restaurants, all serving their best dishes for takeout or delivery. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, tacos, brunch, or a perfect bagel, one of these essential Lakewood eateries will fit the bill.

Lakewood locals: is your favorite spot missing from our map? Shout it out in the comments.

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Hello Dumpling

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Fans of dumplings of both pan-fried and steamed varieties flock to Hello Dumpling on Peavy. Best bets are the dumplings (of course), and the braised beef noodle soup. Note: Hello Dumpling is BYOB so don’t forget the vino. Cool off with specialty teas with or without boba, as well as custard from local fave Wild About Harrys.

Braised Beef Soup Noodle
Braised Beef Soup Noodle
Rachel Pinn

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

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Goodfriend is known city-wide for its award-winning burgers, full bar, massive beer selection and expansive patio. Over the past few months, the popular beer garden added a popup to its offerings called Good Citizen, which boasts a breakfast and lunch menu with options like beer biscuit sandwiches and pesto pasta salad. At Goodfriend Burger Bar, find the same beloved chicken wings, fried pickles, and decadent burgers as usual. Order from Good Citizen and Goodfriend via their respective websites.

Taco Joint

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Quarantine has brought with it the ability to order alcohol by the jug, and neighborhood haunt Taco Joint jumped right into that bandwagon. Rocks or frozen, grab 18 oz. of margaritas for $9.95 or a 1/2 gallon for $36.50. Pair them with a couple of Lester tacos, which feature a crispy beef taco wrapped in refried beans and a flour tortilla. Order online via Taco Joint’s website.

Hypnotic Donuts

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So much more than just a doughnut shop, Hypnotic churns out funky specialty doughnuts and massive biscuit sandwiches while serving as a community hub. Locals love the Canadian Healthcare (a long john topped with syrup, maple icing and a strip of bacon) and the Amy (a chicken biscuit with bacon, pickles, southwest spicy mustard, cheddar and honey). Call the shop at 214.668.6999 to order after browsing the menu on the Hypnotic Donuts website.

Barbec's

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Every neighborhood needs its old-school, greasy spoon-style diner with sweet-as-pie waitresses and a case full of actual pies, right? Barbec’s is Lakewood’s. Dig into hearty blue-plate specials served with fluffy, sweet beer biscuits, all available for takeout and delivery via GrubHub.

The Heights

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In a space long-ago occupied by popular spot Legal Grounds, the Heights has settled into its role as a neighborhood destination for date nights, breakfast meetings, and nightcaps. Share one of the family-style meals (options include barbecue glazed meatloaf and chicken pot pie with jalapeno-cheddar biscuits) or go a la carte with shrimp Louie and steak frites, which includes the Heights’s beloved steak fries. Call the restaurant at 214.824.5800 to place takeout orders, or score delivery via DoorDash.

Cock and Bull Pub

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Craft beers accompany a gastropub-style menu at this popular pub, where the menu boasts everything from steamed mussels to quesadillas and meatloaf. Visit the pub’s website to order family meals like quesadillas, chili mac, barbecue chicken or gyros for four for curbside pickup or takeout.

Liberty Burger

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Lakewood’s Liberty Burger has done a great job of pivoting for the pandemic. Call ahead or order online for a seamless, contactless pickup of your beef, buffalo, turkey or veggie burgers, skinny or sweet potato fries and more. Add a boozy adult milkshake, because why not?

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Matt's Rancho Martinez

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Lakewood has plenty of Tex Mex, sure, but five generations of Tex Mex family history (that, and the best queso in Lakewood) has earned Matt’s a spot on this list. Though this is the second location that Matt’s has occupied in Lakewood, it’s just as popular as the first thanks to its sizzling fajitas, saucy enchiladas, and more beloved dishes. Order online for takeout via Matt’s website.

Benny's Bagels Lakewood

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Tucked into the little shopping center on Skillman at La Vista is Benny’s Bagels, locally owned and quietly baking some of the best New York-style bagels in Dallas. Grab a dozen bagels with cream cheese for $15, or order the Pacific Salmon sandwich served open face with cream cheese, capers, red onion and smoked salmon. The number of patrons allowed inside is limited in accordance with state guidelines, which means that there’s often a socially-distanced line out front.

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Tacos La Banqueta

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Lakewood’s truest taqueria can be found on Gaston at Tacos La Banqueta. Though it’s far from the only one, this little taco stop boasts some of the neighborhood’s best tacos for takeout, along with along with tortas, gorditas, gringas, sopes and quesadillas filled with chicken, cabeza, suadero, lengua, and more. Get through all those tough choices, there’s one more choice left: red salsa or green?

BuzzBrews Kitchen

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With a proven, family-friendly concept and 24-hour service, Buzzbrews is Lakewood’s best option for late-night snacks. Don’t sleep on the spot’s banana pancakes, stuff-your-own crepes or all-you-can-drink drip coffee. Folks who are still staying home can order online for takeout and curbside pickup.

Cosmo's

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Cosmo’s is a dive bar (not uncommon in East Dallas) with vintage kitsch in spades. A drink menu full of strong specialty martinis, old- and new-school cocktails turns newcomers into regulars every night. Officially reopening September 28 after a few bouts of takeout, expect to find phở, Seoul tacos, Mekong tacos, and dumplings back at Lakewood’s quirkiest watering hole.

Cane Rosso

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There are neighborhood pizza joints, and then there’s the neighborhood pizza mecca that is Cane Rosso’s White Rock location. Grab the Honey Badger, a famed pie topped with hot sopressata, bacon marmalade, and habanero honey, for takeout or order delivery via UberEats.

Sa Sa Sushi

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One of the most popular spots for dinner in Lakewood is Sa Sa Sushi on Gaston. Locals love the ahi tuna tower, shiitake salad, superman burrito and truffle edamame dumplings served in a simple setting with excellent procedures for quick pickups. Use the form on Sa Sa’s website to order online for pickup, or call the restaurant at 214.484.7420.

Nigiri at Sa Sa Sushi in Lakewood
Rachel Pinn

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Hello Dumpling

Braised Beef Soup Noodle
Braised Beef Soup Noodle
Rachel Pinn

Fans of dumplings of both pan-fried and steamed varieties flock to Hello Dumpling on Peavy. Best bets are the dumplings (of course), and the braised beef noodle soup. Note: Hello Dumpling is BYOB so don’t forget the vino. Cool off with specialty teas with or without boba, as well as custard from local fave Wild About Harrys.

Braised Beef Soup Noodle
Braised Beef Soup Noodle
Rachel Pinn

Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

Goodfriend is known city-wide for its award-winning burgers, full bar, massive beer selection and expansive patio. Over the past few months, the popular beer garden added a popup to its offerings called Good Citizen, which boasts a breakfast and lunch menu with options like beer biscuit sandwiches and pesto pasta salad. At Goodfriend Burger Bar, find the same beloved chicken wings, fried pickles, and decadent burgers as usual. Order from Good Citizen and Goodfriend via their respective websites.

Taco Joint

Quarantine has brought with it the ability to order alcohol by the jug, and neighborhood haunt Taco Joint jumped right into that bandwagon. Rocks or frozen, grab 18 oz. of margaritas for $9.95 or a 1/2 gallon for $36.50. Pair them with a couple of Lester tacos, which feature a crispy beef taco wrapped in refried beans and a flour tortilla. Order online via Taco Joint’s website.

Hypnotic Donuts

So much more than just a doughnut shop, Hypnotic churns out funky specialty doughnuts and massive biscuit sandwiches while serving as a community hub. Locals love the Canadian Healthcare (a long john topped with syrup, maple icing and a strip of bacon) and the Amy (a chicken biscuit with bacon, pickles, southwest spicy mustard, cheddar and honey). Call the shop at 214.668.6999 to order after browsing the menu on the Hypnotic Donuts website.

Barbec's

Every neighborhood needs its old-school, greasy spoon-style diner with sweet-as-pie waitresses and a case full of actual pies, right? Barbec’s is Lakewood’s. Dig into hearty blue-plate specials served with fluffy, sweet beer biscuits, all available for takeout and delivery via GrubHub.

The Heights

In a space long-ago occupied by popular spot Legal Grounds, the Heights has settled into its role as a neighborhood destination for date nights, breakfast meetings, and nightcaps. Share one of the family-style meals (options include barbecue glazed meatloaf and chicken pot pie with jalapeno-cheddar biscuits) or go a la carte with shrimp Louie and steak frites, which includes the Heights’s beloved steak fries. Call the restaurant at 214.824.5800 to place takeout orders, or score delivery via DoorDash.

Cock and Bull Pub

Craft beers accompany a gastropub-style menu at this popular pub, where the menu boasts everything from steamed mussels to quesadillas and meatloaf. Visit the pub’s website to order family meals like quesadillas, chili mac, barbecue chicken or gyros for four for curbside pickup or takeout.

Liberty Burger

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Lakewood’s Liberty Burger has done a great job of pivoting for the pandemic. Call ahead or order online for a seamless, contactless pickup of your beef, buffalo, turkey or veggie burgers, skinny or sweet potato fries and more. Add a boozy adult milkshake, because why not?

Liberty Burger/Facebook

Matt's Rancho Martinez

Lakewood has plenty of Tex Mex, sure, but five generations of Tex Mex family history (that, and the best queso in Lakewood) has earned Matt’s a spot on this list. Though this is the second location that Matt’s has occupied in Lakewood, it’s just as popular as the first thanks to its sizzling fajitas, saucy enchiladas, and more beloved dishes. Order online for takeout via Matt’s website.

Benny's Bagels Lakewood

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Tucked into the little shopping center on Skillman at La Vista is Benny’s Bagels, locally owned and quietly baking some of the best New York-style bagels in Dallas. Grab a dozen bagels with cream cheese for $15, or order the Pacific Salmon sandwich served open face with cream cheese, capers, red onion and smoked salmon. The number of patrons allowed inside is limited in accordance with state guidelines, which means that there’s often a socially-distanced line out front.

Benny's Bagels/Facebook

Tacos La Banqueta

Lakewood’s truest taqueria can be found on Gaston at Tacos La Banqueta. Though it’s far from the only one, this little taco stop boasts some of the neighborhood’s best tacos for takeout, along with along with tortas, gorditas, gringas, sopes and quesadillas filled with chicken, cabeza, suadero, lengua, and more. Get through all those tough choices, there’s one more choice left: red salsa or green?

BuzzBrews Kitchen

With a proven, family-friendly concept and 24-hour service, Buzzbrews is Lakewood’s best option for late-night snacks. Don’t sleep on the spot’s banana pancakes, stuff-your-own crepes or all-you-can-drink drip coffee. Folks who are still staying home can order online for takeout and curbside pickup.

Cosmo's

Cosmo’s is a dive bar (not uncommon in East Dallas) with vintage kitsch in spades. A drink menu full of strong specialty martinis, old- and new-school cocktails turns newcomers into regulars every night. Officially reopening September 28 after a few bouts of takeout, expect to find phở, Seoul tacos, Mekong tacos, and dumplings back at Lakewood’s quirkiest watering hole.

Cane Rosso

There are neighborhood pizza joints, and then there’s the neighborhood pizza mecca that is Cane Rosso’s White Rock location. Grab the Honey Badger, a famed pie topped with hot sopressata, bacon marmalade, and habanero honey, for takeout or order delivery via UberEats.

Sa Sa Sushi

Nigiri at Sa Sa Sushi in Lakewood
Rachel Pinn

One of the most popular spots for dinner in Lakewood is Sa Sa Sushi on Gaston. Locals love the ahi tuna tower, shiitake salad, superman burrito and truffle edamame dumplings served in a simple setting with excellent procedures for quick pickups. Use the form on Sa Sa’s website to order online for pickup, or call the restaurant at 214.484.7420.

Nigiri at Sa Sa Sushi in Lakewood
Rachel Pinn

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