I’ll start by saying that most of the places I’ve tried for takeout have been disappointments. Either the food itself doesn’t travel well or the packaging doesn’t do it justice. I have found a couple of exceptions: A Chau in City Heights and Thai Time on 30th in North Park. We hadn’t been to A Chau since the pandemic and were delighted to see that they were open on a Sunday morning! Their rice paper egg rolls and vermicelli bowl were as good as ever, and did not languish on the 15 min. ride back home. They were doing a lively business in take-out, assuring that those egg rolls were still fresh when we got ours.
As for Thai Time, I have eaten in, many times, for both their weekday lunch special and at dinner. The service has always been friendly. I’ve been several times for takeout since the lock down and have not been disappointed in the stir-fried items, the drunken noodles or the panang curry.
I hope to hear from some of our San Diego members regarding places they’ve tried for take-out that have been able to maintain quality in spite of the difficulties involved. I am looking for more options for pickup. I don’t like the gouging from the delivery services and frankly I think the food sits much longer.