WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Who wants to cook in this heat? When the temperature soars and you feel yourself dragging, there's only one thing to do -- head to your favorite gourmet store to pick up dinner to go. A list follows, though feel free to tell us some of your go-to places.
A & S Fine Foods, Croton, Port Chester: Authentic Italian and Mediterranean specialties await you at A & S Fine Foods where you'll find a wide variety of pastas, chicken cutlets, Italian sub sandwiches, antipasto, and wraps. Get It To Go: 171 S. Riverside Ave., Croton on Hudson, (914) 271-2216; 12 Bowman Ave., Port Chester, (914) 481-1811, www.aandsfoods.com/ .
Bedford Gourmet, Bedford: You can always count on something unique and delicious here, thanks to a constantly rotating menu. Among the offerings: Local heirloom tomato salad, quinoa taboule, Santa fe bean salad, Mediterranean chick pea salad, Thai tofu and rice, turkey or veggie chili or grilled vegetable lasagna. Get It To Go : 460 Old Post Rd., Bedford, (914) 234-9409, www.bedfordgourmet.com/ .
Cole’s Market, Montrose: This homey gourmet food store -- a third generation run shop -- has it all including a wide range of hot and cold foods, among them any kind of deli item you can imagine, as well as fresh fish, seafood, meats (there's a butcher on site) as well as 10 varieties of sausage all made on the premises with no preservatives. Get It To Go: 2147 Albany Post Rd, Montrose, (914) 737-7737; www.colesmarket.net/ .
Cooked & Co, Scarsdale: The food case is constantly changing at Cooked & Co. What you can expect: interesting, well thought out healthy fare like salmon, teriyaki steak and turkey meatballs. Get It To Go: 128 Garth Rd., Scarsdale, (914) 205-3939, www.cookedandco.com/ .
DeCicco Family Markets, Cross River, Jefferson Valley, Scarsdale, Katonah: A salad bar awaits at Decicco's where you can mix and match your own items or get something from the deli counter where there are always grilled vegetables, meat dishes, quiches and more. Get It To Go : www.deciccomarket.com/ .
Geordane’s, Irvington: Paninis, wraps, salads, tartines and more make up the repertoire at this local institution -- in business since 1988. Get It To Go: 61 Main St., Irvington, (914) 591-6911, www.geordanes.com/ .
Janniello's Specialty Foods, Briarcliff Manor: Fresh, simple and good is the motto of Janniello's where you'll find a variety of soups and salads -- including the store's infamous chicken salad and "Uh-mazing" shrimp salad. Get It To Go : 1191 Pleasantville Rd., Briarcliff Manor, (914) 923-3240, www.janniellosmarket.com/ .
SF Express, Bronxville: Quiches, chilled gazpacho, sandwiches and tons of salads including tuna cranberry, egg Salad with chives, chicken salad with pineapple and walnuts, fresh fruit salad and more are on the menu at this quaint take-out shop where Fridays they offer a 16 ounce strawberry lemonade for $2. Get It To Go: 82 Kraft Ave., Bronxville, (914) 337-2735; www.scarboroughfaironline.com/ .
Standing Room Only, Scarsdale: You can watch your waistline - and still get delicious food -- at SRO where a long list of pre-made salads with names like Fox Meadow, Heathcote, and Quaker Ridge (all sections of Scarsdale, for those who don’t know) await. Among the other in-demand items: the cracked-peppercorn salmon, the Canyon Ranch double-baked potatoes, and the honey-ginger chicken with light soy. Get It To Go: 1491 Weaver St., Scarsdale, (914) 472-3002, www.srofinefoods.com/ .
Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods, Chappaqua: Summer is served at Susan Lawrence where the kale salad practically has a cult following. Also popular: herbed tuna salad, fresh silver corn salad, paella lobster salad, shaved asparagus and linguine salad with truffle cheese, toasted pine nuts and chives and tomato gazpacho soup. The dishes are forever changing so best to check the website. Equally enticing: the Ricciarelli cookies that are taking Chappaqua by storm. Get It To Go: 26 N Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, (914) 238-8833; www.susanlawrence.com/ .
The Rye Country Store, Rye : You'll find everything from just grilled veggies to salads, fried chicken, meatloaf, and poached salmon. If you have even the slightest sweet tooth, the giant chocolate-chip cookies or Instagram worthy fruit pies artfully displayed atop the glass cases will no doubt end up among your purchases. Get It To Go: 41 Purchase St., Rye (914) 967-3450; www.ryecountrystore.com/ .
Turco's, Yorktown : A 75-foot-long deli counter features rows and rows of of fresh sliced meats and cheeses, along with a host of just prepared salads including quinoa, wheat berry, edamame, couscous, wild rice, kale, red potatoes and more. Get It To Go: 380 Downing Dr,. Yorktown Heights, (914) 243-9100, www.turcos.com/ .