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OKG Eat: Lazy takeout

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Sweatpants feel so good. You slide into them and all your cares fade away. Except for one: You can’t go out to eat wearing them. As comfortable as they are, there’s a tear in the crotch and a suspicious stain on the leg. You don’t want to cook and nobody wants to see you rocking the drawstring. Time for takeout. Here are seven spots we love to go when we’re getting it to-go.

— by Greg Elwell,

photos by Mark Hancock, Garett Fisbeck and Keaton Draper

Beverly Lance gets food to-go from Lemongrass Modern Thai Cuisine in Edmond often, today it was Pad Thai Curry.  mh
  • Beverly Lance gets food to-go from Lemongrass Modern Thai Cuisine in Edmond often, today it was Pad Thai Curry. mh

Lemongrass Modern Thai Cuisine

253 S. Santa Fe Ave., Edmond

330-6888

Thai food is one of the rare cuisines that gets better with age. Do your taste buds a favor and get some pad thai and evil jungle curry from Lemongrass Modern Thai Cuisine and take it home. There, you can chow down with a box of tissues at your side when the spice sweats hit and enjoy the burn.

Suya Turkey Leg at Mama Sinmi's Chop House in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 10, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Suya Turkey Leg at Mama Sinmi's Chop House in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 10, 2015.

Mama Sinmi’s Chop House

2312 N. Macarthur Blvd.

mamasinmi.com

947-6262

It’s a delight to dine at Mama Sinmi’s Chop House, where the staff is so friendly and the food so good. But if you’re in a hurry, you’ll find its menu translates well to-go. Get the moin moin bean cake appetizer or go nuts on chicken jollof rice. Best of all, no one will be there to judge when you polish it all off yourself.

Elodio Santillan poses for a photo at Taco Rico in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Elodio Santillan poses for a photo at Taco Rico in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

Taco Rico

3838 N. Lincoln Blvd.

521-1330

Was Taco Rico originally co-owned by ’80s synth pop group Taco and ’90s Latin rap heartthrob Gerardo? No, it wasn’t, and the cashier in the drive-thru is sick of you singing “Rico Suave” before ordering your food. Taco Rico isn’t about the music, man. It’s about delicious crispy tacos, smothered tamales and churros.

Stop by and see Thit Kim, owner of the Donut Palace at 900 S.W. 4th Street in Moore, and get a dozen donuts to go through the window.  mh
  • Stop by and see Thit Kim, owner of the Donut Palace at 900 S.W. 4th Street in Moore, and get a dozen donuts to go through the window. mh

Donut Palace

900 SW Fourth St., Moore

408-3072

Real talk: Until you are age 70, it’s not okay to eat your donuts at the donut shop. They won’t kick you out — they’re too polite — but it’s a little unnerving to see a grown man polish off two dozen apple fritters and long johns in one sitting. Oh, is that just me? Nevermind. When you hit Donut Palace, you’ll want to get a box to-go just to avoid me.

Ann Mao with Mandarin fried rice to go which comes in small, medium, or this, large size, at Mandarin Chinese & American Restaurant in Del City.  mh
  • Ann Mao with Mandarin fried rice to go which comes in small, medium, or this, large size, at Mandarin Chinese & American Restaurant in Del City. mh

Mandarin Chinese & American Restaurant

4401 SE 29th St., Del City

mandarinchineserestaurantgroup.com

672-3983

Nobody disputes that Mandarin Chinese & American Restaurant in Del City is cozy and comfy. Still, is there any food we associate more with takeout? There’s just something magical about taking home a big container of mu shu pork, eggs Cantonese and a bucket full of egg rolls so big you’ll never need to leave the house again.

You can call it in or order your take-out at the front counter at Rays Smokehouse BBQ in Norman.  mh
  • You can call it in or order your take-out at the front counter at Rays Smokehouse BBQ in Norman. mh

Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ

1514 W. Lindsey St., Norman

raysbbqok.com

329-4040

Everybody loves barbecue, and almost nobody can cook their own. That’s what makes places like Ray’s Smokehouse so important. It will pack you up a rack of ribs, chopped brisket, collard greens, potato salad and more messy, homestyle favorites for you to enjoy in your messy home. And takeout means never having to say, “Pass the napkins.”

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Mama Mo’s Pizza

501 S. Mustang Road, Yukon

mamamospizza.ok.mightypages.com

494-7979

“Always order too much pizza” should be a popular tattoo because it’s a universal truth. You’ll never be sad to have one more slice, especially from Mama Mo’s. And as it serves up an XXL pie, you’re sure to have enough for whatever sleepover, cram session, game night or Antiques Roadshow watch party you’re hosting.

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