Even as summer winds down, there's still plenty of time for dining in the great outdoors. Here are some new offerings that make picnicking a breeze, whether you're headed to the beach, the park or the Hollywood Bowl. Tip: Call a day ahead for easy pickup.
Street Select six dishes from the world-cuisine menu to fill an oversize bento box (pictured, $25 per person). Chinese red-bean-filled sesame cakes or Ukrainian spinach dumplings topped with sour cream make hearty starters; for entrees, the supermoist rice flour-fried chicken and crispy lamb tacos are easiest to share. The rich and buttery PB&J cookies are a Susan Feniger family staple. 742 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; 323-203-0500 or eatatstreet.com
Locali Takeout options at this socially conscious convenience store include organic and vegetarian dishes like the tempeh BLT ($9). Try the slightly sweet edamame-and-black bean salad as a small side ($2.25), or combine it with two others such as vegan potato salad and eggplant caponata for a full meal ($10). Everything is packaged in compostable containers, and orders over $75 come in a reusable tote. 5825 Franklin Ave., Hollywood; 323-466-1360 or localiyours.com
Tavern Suzanne Goin's larder offers a Southern-style picnic box ($25 per person) with two pieces of juicy buttermilk-fried chicken (thigh and leg; all-white meat is $5 extra) and a vibrant succotash-inspired salad. For dessert, cornbread and a peach or blackberry crumble come direct from the in-house bakery. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood; 310-806-6464 or tavernla.com