Best Takeout to Stay In With Your Valentine

Woodstock's Pizza in San Diego, CA
Woodstock’s Pizza

Whether you choose to stay in this Valentine’s Day to beat the crowds, traffic, overfilled reservation list or simply because you avoid anything that requires dressing up, these restaurants have you covered with the perfect heart-warming meals. Fire up your favorite romantic movie, settle down on the couch and dig into the best takeout meals for your Valentine’s Day dinner cravings!

Tajima has locations all over San Diego, so no matter where you choose to spend Valentine’s Day, delicious ramen and rice bowls are only a short drive (or Uber Eats!) order away. Quelling San Diego’s cravings for traditional Japanese cuisine since 2001, Tajima has steadily retained the position of one of the city’s most coveted Asian eateries with premium selections made from scratch. Start with their Gyoza, pan fried pork dumplings served with gyoza sauce, before dipping into a bowl of their authentic Tajima Ramen with pork or chicken chashu, fried garlic, green onions, ramen egg, bean sprouts, baby arugula and Japanese seaweed.

Opt for a hot and smoky Valentine’s Day dinner with any of Wood Ranch’s take-out BBQ dishes. This Mission Valley destination for quality barbecue and homestyle eats leaves no one out when it comes to a delicious dining experience, using the best quality ingredients for their innovative recipes. Order up a plate of their Wood Ranch Tri Tip or Smoked Brisket, and pair it with your favorite side dishes from fries and mac & cheese to Brussel sprouts and loaded mashed potatoes. Finish the meal with Warm Chocolate Cake, with candied pecans, vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream to sweeten your evening.

Take The Taco Stand home with you this Valentine’s Day for a no hassle dinner option. With a focus on family recipes, handmade corn tortillas and top grade meats, this family-owned taqueria is curbing cravings for south-of-the-border fare with each bite. Whether you order their Sonora Taco, stuffed with Angus steak, melted cheese, beans, guacamole, onions, cilantro and salsa or their mouth-watering Al Pastor Burrito, you can’t go wrong. Plus, with The Taco Stand’s selection of Mexican flavored popsicles and freshly prepared Rosarito-style churros, your sweet tooth will thank you once the tacos have all been gobbled up.

Pick up one of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza’s at-home Pizza Kits, which include all the makings for a delicious, homemade heart-shaped pie. Best known for slinging perfect pizza pies, this longstanding local pizza staple brings authentic woodfired flavor to the table matched with crisp salads and tasty tapas for all of your takeout needs. After crafting your own pizza masterpiece, post a photo of your creation on Instagram and tag Sammy’s to have the chance to win a $100 Sammy’s gift certificate.

A favorite of students, locals and families alike in Pacific Beach and near SDSU, Woodstock Pizza’s handmade pizza dough and fresh ingredients ensure their pizza is a cut above the rest, making for the ideal casual option for Valentine’s Day at-home celebrations. Build your own custom pizza or order from classic combos, like the Monty’s Revenge, topped with pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms, and be sure to request your special heart-shaped CinnaBread for the occasion! Plus, they deliver, which means you don’t even need to change out of your fuzzy pink pjs to get your pie.

Natural Style Chicken’s brand new Hillcrest location means that there’s another takeout option for your Love Day needs. Get your Asian fusion fix at this hometown BBQ eatery, featuring an enticing array of fresh rotisserie chicken, ribs and beef infused with hearty Korean flavor. Go classic with their ever-popular Chicken or Beef Teriyaki plates or spice it up with Galbi, Korean-style beef short ribs. Counter service gets you in fast and feeds you even faster, making Natural Style Chicken your go-to stop for a deliciously simple Valentine’s Day dinner!

There’s no shame in skipping the fancy dinner date this Valentine’s Day: all you need to feel the love is your sweetheart, so grab some takeout and celebrate each other from the comfort of your home!