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Take-out or takeout (in North American and Philippine English), carry-out (in U.S. and Scottish English), take-away (in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Ireland), or parcel (in Indian English and Pakistani English) refers to prepared meals or other food items, purchased at a restaurant, that the purchaser intends to eat elsewhere.
The restaurant involved may or may not provide table service. Take-out is sometimes cheaper than table service for the same dishes. In the United States and Canada, food ordered this way (especially at fast food outlets) is ordered to go, and in the UK it is ordered to take away or sometimes to eat out, as opposed to eating in or dining in.
When dining in, a gratuity to the table server of around 10-15% would normally be expected (but not required, in most cases), depending on the customer's perception of service quality. Such a gratuity would not typically be required at all for a pickup order.
Some restaurants involved in making food for eating elsewhere may also deliver the food to the customer, such as pizza delivery. In the United States and Canada, the order can further specify for pickup, if the customer intends to stop by the restaurant, or for delivery, to indicate that delivery to the customer is expected.
Take-out food is packaged in paper, cardboard, plastic, or foam food containers.
- Condiment sachet
- Oyster pail, a type of paper container from America that later became used with Chinese American cuisine
- Pizza box
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