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Staff Picks: Our Team's Favourite Spots for Takeout in Toronto Right Now

Staff Picks: Our Team's Favourite Spots for Takeout in Toronto Right Now

Staff Picks: Our Team's Favourite Spots for Takeout in Toronto Right Now

Takeout might be tired year two of the pandemic but with frigid temperatures what better time to succumb to order in. If you're finding yourself in a takeout rut (aren't we all?) it might be time to venture beyond your usual takeout go-to's. As whispers of the city reopening end of month might be exciting, we still have two more weeks of takeout-only dining so check out our staff picks this month for takeout in Toronto we are eating right now.

Souvla by Mamakas

Souvla by Mamakas

This pop-up operating within Bar Koukla is dishing out gyros, chicken and pork souvlaki plates with potatoes, rice and greek salad and feta fries! Initially launched in the summer and back again after current restrictions were announced, Souvla hands down has some of the tastiest souvlaki we have tried.

Harry's Charbroiled

Harry's Charbroiled

This beloved burger joint on Palmerston, adjoined with Bar Raval, is delivering everything you want in comfort food, charcoal-grilled burgers accompanied by thick-cut fries. With an influx of burner joints popping up around the city, Harry's is most definitely a contender for the best and manages to uphold its quality from the restaurant to your door.

181 Dovercourt Rd

Pizzeria Badiali

Pizzeria Badiali

This Brooklyn-style pizzeria located just off the Ossington Strip is whipping up traditional 16” pies and slices alongside salads and housemade dips. The Vodka pie is certainly a standout, with spicy vodka rosé sauce, fior di latte, pecorino, Padano and Sicilian oregano.

Flora’s Deli

Flora’s Deli

Operating out of the kitchen at Grape Crush on Dundas West, Flora’s Deli is dishing out some of the best sandwiches in the city from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stuffed to the brim, a couple of favourites are the Norma Gina (eggplant cutlet, whipped ricotta, arugula and hot honey) and the Anna (chicken cutlet, provolone, pickled sweet pepper relish and pesto aioli).

Sukhothai

Sukhothai

Celebrity Chef Nuit Regular is the mastermind behind this mouthwatering brand serving up thoughtful Thai-inspired dishes. Though the menu differs slightly at all three locations, you can’t go wrong with any of their curries, crispy starters, soups, and of course, Chef Nuit’s famous Pad Thai.

494 Front St E

Souk Tabule

Souk Tabule

This Canary District spot is a neighbourhood favourite. With few options in the area as of now, this Middle Eastern eatery is a delightful treat, serving up a delicious menu that travels well and is prepared fast. Unlike their more dine-in-centric locations around Toronto, Souk Tabule promotes a fast-casual service, making it an excellent addition to your takeout rotation.

8 Pardee Ave

Brodflour

Brodflour

Listed as one of Afrim Pristine’s (Cheese Boutique) hidden gems in the city, this urban mill and cafe is more than just tasty sourdough and incredible coffee. Fresh sourdough slabs with cultured butter and jam, lox and labneh-smeared Jeruselam bagels and likely the best dang turkey sandwich in Toronto can also be found here.

KASPACE Cafe

KASPACE Cafe

This gallery-like cafe in Leslieville serves up some of the most flavourful Jamaican-inspired dishes, and most of them plant-based, apart from a few egg-focused brunch dishes on the menu. Helmed by designer Kevin Allwood, this spot has grown into a community hub for residents of the East. You’ll also find a slew of local and internationally-curated marketplace items and art riddled throughout the space. They aren’t available through any delivery apps, and we recommend that you place an order ahead and expect to wait up to 30 minutes for your food to be ready.

323 Spadina Ave

Rol San

Rol San

Sometimes, there’s just no beating the OG’s. This Chinatown staple has long been known as the spot for dim sum, no matter the hour. Whether you’re in the mood for braised chicken feet and har gow, or Cantonese chow mein and sizzling beef skillets, their extensive menu has more than enough options to offer.

31 Howard St

Tinuno

Tinuno

Silogs and kamayans––this spot keeps it incredibly simple and delicious with the Filipino fare. What began as a mom-and-pop grocery and takeout spot has grown into a generational, multi-location Filipino food haven.

1419 Bloor St W

Thai Nyyom

Thai Nyyom

An underrated home for Thai food in Toronto with three mains on the menu, one being a chef’s special that rotates daily. Run by a husband and wife team alongside their close friends, they’re most-recognized for the depth of flavour in their aromatic khao soi. Filled with spices, the thick Thai curry soup keeps a tenacious grip on the egg noodles dunked within it -- you’ll be slurping up every drop of that rich broth. Though savoury is the focus, you’ll never want to skip dessert. Their refreshing lod chong, an iced coconut milk treat filled with pandan noodles and melon chunks, will leave you reminiscing on warm summer days.

4810 Sheppard Ave E

Mona's Roti

Mona's Roti

Well worth the drive out to Scarborough, Mona’s Roti is a family-run institution that actually started in 1983 in Trinidad and Tobago. Famous for their roti and doubles, you’ll quickly adjust your gaze and lead with your nose to follow the welcoming aroma of curries, spices and fresh roti -- watch workers prepare the dough from scratch. If warmth and comfort had a scent, you’d find it here. Regardless of your choice between dhalpuri (stuffed with ground split peas) or paratha (plain) roti, you’ll end up with a wrap that’s absolutely stuffed with meat and vegetable curries, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes, pepper sauce and tamarind sauce.

Munay

Munay

A new addition to Toronto’s restaurant scene, only appearing in the past year, this vibrant mother-daughter operated spot has been quickly paving their path to food fame through their salteñas. Sweet, golden yellow pastry encases a hearty stew filling of potatoes, peas, olive, egg and spices, with the choice of a beef, shredded chicken or vegan mushroom base. Described as “Bolivia’s Juiciest Secret Recipe,” these baked treats made from scratch are truly a labour of love, taking three days to create. One makes the perfect snack, but why not try all three for an unforgettable meal.

1193 St Clair Ave W

Pho Rang Dong

Pho Rang Dong

Look beyond phở at this husband and wife operated restaurant that’s been in the Corso Italia neighbourhood for years. Though you can’t go wrong with an order of Vietnam’s national dish, their vermicelli dishes, specifically #21, is what will keep you coming back. Their bún riêu is made with minced crab, shrimp and tender homemade fish cakes that bathe in a tangy tomato broth rich in umami -- it’s comfort in a bowl. Cap off your meal with a creamy soursop milkshake and keep in mind that this spot is cash only.

Curry Twist

Curry Twist

This decades old, family run restaurant in The Junction serves up a small menu of Northern Indian classics, cooked mughlai-style. Dishes as indulgent, as they are fragrant, all spices are ground in house, complementing their sauces made from scratch. With many gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan-friendly options available, Curry Twist should be on everyone’s takeout list for their versatility alone. They say they’re famous for their veggie samosas, but you’ll resent yourself if you leave their haandi chicken, goan fish curry or baigan bharta (with Garlic Naan to compliment them all) out of your order.

Staff Picks: Our Team's Favourite Spots for Takeout in Toronto Right Now

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7 months ago

Staff Picks: Our Team's Favourite Spots for Takeout in Toronto Right Now

TasteToronto

TasteToronto

Takeout might be tired year two of the pandemic but with frigid temperatures what better time to succumb to order in. If you're finding yourself in a takeout rut (aren't we all?) it might be time to venture beyond your usual takeout go-to's. As whispers of the city reopening end of month might be exciting, we still have two more weeks of takeout-only dining so check out our staff picks this month for takeout in Toronto we are eating right now.

Souvla by Mamakas

Souvla by Mamakas

This pop-up operating within Bar Koukla is dishing out gyros, chicken and pork souvlaki plates with potatoes, rice and greek salad and feta fries! Initially launched in the summer and back again after current restrictions were announced, Souvla hands down has some of the tastiest souvlaki we have tried.

Harry's Charbroiled

Harry's Charbroiled

This beloved burger joint on Palmerston, adjoined with Bar Raval, is delivering everything you want in comfort food, charcoal-grilled burgers accompanied by thick-cut fries. With an influx of burner joints popping up around the city, Harry's is most definitely a contender for the best and manages to uphold its quality from the restaurant to your door.

Flora’s Deli

Flora’s Deli

Operating out of the kitchen at Grape Crush on Dundas West, Flora’s Deli is dishing out some of the best sandwiches in the city from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stuffed to the brim, a couple of favourites are the Norma Gina (eggplant cutlet, whipped ricotta, arugula and hot honey) and the Anna (chicken cutlet, provolone, pickled sweet pepper relish and pesto aioli).

Sukhothai

Sukhothai

Celebrity Chef Nuit Regular is the mastermind behind this mouthwatering brand serving up thoughtful Thai-inspired dishes. Though the menu differs slightly at all three locations, you can’t go wrong with any of their curries, crispy starters, soups, and of course, Chef Nuit’s famous Pad Thai.

494 Front St E

Souk Tabule

Souk Tabule

This Canary District spot is a neighbourhood favourite. With few options in the area as of now, this Middle Eastern eatery is a delightful treat, serving up a delicious menu that travels well and is prepared fast. Unlike their more dine-in-centric locations around Toronto, Souk Tabule promotes a fast-casual service, making it an excellent addition to your takeout rotation.

8 Pardee Ave

Brodflour

Brodflour

Listed as one of Afrim Pristine’s (Cheese Boutique) hidden gems in the city, this urban mill and cafe is more than just tasty sourdough and incredible coffee. Fresh sourdough slabs with cultured butter and jam, lox and labneh-smeared Jeruselam bagels and likely the best dang turkey sandwich in Toronto can also be found here.

KASPACE Cafe

KASPACE Cafe

This gallery-like cafe in Leslieville serves up some of the most flavourful Jamaican-inspired dishes, and most of them plant-based, apart from a few egg-focused brunch dishes on the menu. Helmed by designer Kevin Allwood, this spot has grown into a community hub for residents of the East. You’ll also find a slew of local and internationally-curated marketplace items and art riddled throughout the space. They aren’t available through any delivery apps, and we recommend that you place an order ahead and expect to wait up to 30 minutes for your food to be ready.

323 Spadina Ave

Rol San

Rol San

Sometimes, there’s just no beating the OG’s. This Chinatown staple has long been known as the spot for dim sum, no matter the hour. Whether you’re in the mood for braised chicken feet and har gow, or Cantonese chow mein and sizzling beef skillets, their extensive menu has more than enough options to offer.

1419 Bloor St W

Thai Nyyom

Thai Nyyom

An underrated home for Thai food in Toronto with three mains on the menu, one being a chef’s special that rotates daily. Run by a husband and wife team alongside their close friends, they’re most-recognized for the depth of flavour in their aromatic khao soi. Filled with spices, the thick Thai curry soup keeps a tenacious grip on the egg noodles dunked within it -- you’ll be slurping up every drop of that rich broth. Though savoury is the focus, you’ll never want to skip dessert. Their refreshing lod chong, an iced coconut milk treat filled with pandan noodles and melon chunks, will leave you reminiscing on warm summer days.

4810 Sheppard Ave E

Mona's Roti

Mona's Roti

Well worth the drive out to Scarborough, Mona’s Roti is a family-run institution that actually started in 1983 in Trinidad and Tobago. Famous for their roti and doubles, you’ll quickly adjust your gaze and lead with your nose to follow the welcoming aroma of curries, spices and fresh roti -- watch workers prepare the dough from scratch. If warmth and comfort had a scent, you’d find it here. Regardless of your choice between dhalpuri (stuffed with ground split peas) or paratha (plain) roti, you’ll end up with a wrap that’s absolutely stuffed with meat and vegetable curries, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes, pepper sauce and tamarind sauce.

Munay

Munay

A new addition to Toronto’s restaurant scene, only appearing in the past year, this vibrant mother-daughter operated spot has been quickly paving their path to food fame through their salteñas. Sweet, golden yellow pastry encases a hearty stew filling of potatoes, peas, olive, egg and spices, with the choice of a beef, shredded chicken or vegan mushroom base. Described as “Bolivia’s Juiciest Secret Recipe,” these baked treats made from scratch are truly a labour of love, taking three days to create. One makes the perfect snack, but why not try all three for an unforgettable meal.

1193 St Clair Ave W

Pho Rang Dong

Pho Rang Dong

Look beyond phở at this husband and wife operated restaurant that’s been in the Corso Italia neighbourhood for years. Though you can’t go wrong with an order of Vietnam’s national dish, their vermicelli dishes, specifically #21, is what will keep you coming back. Their bún riêu is made with minced crab, shrimp and tender homemade fish cakes that bathe in a tangy tomato broth rich in umami -- it’s comfort in a bowl. Cap off your meal with a creamy soursop milkshake and keep in mind that this spot is cash only.

Curry Twist

Curry Twist

This decades old, family run restaurant in The Junction serves up a small menu of Northern Indian classics, cooked mughlai-style. Dishes as indulgent, as they are fragrant, all spices are ground in house, complementing their sauces made from scratch. With many gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan-friendly options available, Curry Twist should be on everyone’s takeout list for their versatility alone. They say they’re famous for their veggie samosas, but you’ll resent yourself if you leave their haandi chicken, goan fish curry or baigan bharta (with Garlic Naan to compliment them all) out of your order.