While it’s been wonderful to be back safely eating inside restaurants this year as indoor dining returns to “normal,” carryout is still a huge part of enjoying local flavors and neighborhood favorites. 

Once you’re sick of Thanksgiving leftovers, I have to suggest a meal from Oak Park’s Pink Garlic, a very new carryout-only restaurant at 11 Mile and Coolidge. There are more than 100 items on the menu to try, but I keep returning to the generous serving of creamy butter chicken over lightly seasoned basmati rice. 

There’s a reason that the phone is always ringing when I come in, and a pick up during weekday dinner time can take 40 minutes to an hour. Don’t wait until you’re hungry to call in your order. Because Pink Garlic makes everything fresh to order and because it’s a popular new place with quality food and friendly service, there is often a long wait.