There are some nights where you just don’t feel like cooking, right? One of our best amenities at Forest Village and Woodlake is location — student apartments by MU that give residents premium access to a culinary adventure whenever they want while enjoying it from the comforts of home. Check out this list of the best restaurants in Columbia for takeout. Order online and swing by these places for fast pickup, or opt for food delivery services such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, etc. 

El Maguey

For a taste of authentic Mexican food, El Maguey is a favorite. Enchiladas, burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas — all these menu staples are fantastic. Their queso fundido with chorizo and jalapeños is top notch, as well as the Guacamole Mexicano, which is a bed of fresh avocados, cheese, and pico de gallo served with house-made flour tortilla chips. Their soup options are perfect if craving a cozy bowl of flavor, and for something different, try Alambres: steak, grilled chicken, bacon, and chorizo topped with melted cheese and served with rice, beans, and tortillas.

Jimmy’s Family Steak House

If you’re craving a steak, Jimmy’s Family Steak House can be delivered to your doorstep quickly. Take your pick from sirloin, T-bone, KC strip, chopped steak, or ribeye with your choice of sides. The appetizers are winners, too, especially the cheese sticks, calamari, breaded mushrooms, spicy pub pickles, and more. If you’re not in a steak mood, they also have other options, including sandwiches, pasta, and Greek classics that are delicious — gyros, spanakopita, and souvlaki.


Known for serving world-class food with neighborhood comfort, Murry’s will not disappoint on those nights when comfort food is needed stat. If in a sandwich mood, the options are amazing — grilled eggplant, pork tenderloin, chicken Philly, oyster grinder, pastrami and Swiss, and the list goes on. If craving something on the hearty side, opt for ahi tuna, lemon pesto chicken, or a filet with your choice of savory sides. And their dessert menu? It’s out of this world! With everything made from scratch in house, you can’t go wrong with their cheesecakes, brownies, pies, cakes, tortes, and so much more.

Lutz’s Famous BBQ

The Lutz family has been satisfying Missouri-style Q needs for a long time with a renowned selection of ribs (baby back and St. Louis), chicken, turkey, brisket, prime rib, pulled pork, and hot spicy sausage. Lutz’s Famous BBQ has a great selection of sides, too — potato salad, mac and cheese, green beans, baked beans, coleslaw, cheesy potatoes, and more. Plus, you also have options for fish, salads, and even a delicious bowl of chicken gumbo!

Buffalo Wild Wings

If anyone understands the need for authentic Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings, it’s the owners of Buffalo Wild Wings — a college grub favorite. And the sauce options for your wings? The names alone should tell you the flavor is legit — Caribbean Jerk, Jammin’ Jalapeño, orange chicken, Nashville Hot, Blazin’ Carolina Reaper, and much more! If you want something different, their burgers and sandwiches are fantastic, or sample a bunch of starters, such as the hatch queso, pretzel knots, cheddar cheese curds, and street tacos.

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