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Takeout Talk: What are you ordering this weekend?

By Bruce Burwell and Kiersten Vuorimaki on February 26, 2021

In this weekly feature, Apt613 asks blog contributors and local figures about their takeout habits and highlights—to help you find new tasty treats to discover or revisit when you’re just OVER IT with making dinner. We want to hear about the takeout you loved! Leave comments below and if you’d like to contribute to a future edition of Takeout Talk, email <editors@apt613.ca>.


Highlights this week


Bruce Burwell
Lives in: Queensway Terrace North
Day Job: Itinerant Iconoclast

A few years ago, I had my very first bowl of pho at a small place in Gatineau. I was a bit confused at first. What was all this stuff on the side? If it was supposed to be in the bowl, why didn’t the restaurant put it in there? Was this DIY soup? But eventually, I figured it out and now love a good pho. There are some great Vietnamese pho places in Chinatown but, if you are out on the west side of town, Authentic Vietnamese Pho House is a great choice. The one I go to is on Greenbank near Hunt Club, but there are locations on Strandherd and Fernbank too. The pho broths are always tasty and the sides, which include fresh basil and bean sprouts, are plentiful. We’ve tried a few different things, but I keep coming back for their specialty soups – especially SP06 Bún Rieu Thập Cẩm! I also love their salad rolls and specialty spring rolls. The menu is a bit large and daunting, but it’s all good.

 

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This weekend I may order from Pita Bell Kebab on Carling. They have a charcoal grill right in the restaurant where they do a variety of Middle Eastern kebabs. If you’ve never had one, though, you have to try their Turkish pide. It’s sort of an open-faced flatbread loaded up with toppings. My favourite is the spicy beef. They are sliced up, so you could get some kebabs and share a pide between you.

 

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Kiersten Vuorimaki
Lives in: Chinatown
Day Job: History Nerd in Heritage Communications

My takeout philosophy lately is based on a desire to support the businesses that I love, regardless of the convenience of their takeout. I want to make sure that my favourite places to eat are still there for me the next time I can linger too long over a table with all of my crew. TacoLot is one of the very best places to get tacos in town (as evidenced here) and although authentic tacos don’t always travel well, I simply do not care. I always get the fish taco, which is crunchy and zesty and colourful, and a few of the traditional beef tacos, which offer the perfect balance between legit Mexican tacos and the juicy ground-beef tacos of our childhoods. The taco platter comes with salad, rice, and beans, a nice balance if you aren’t just looking to put five tacos in your face. I definitely recommend picking these up this weekend or next Taco Tuesday. If you don’t have wheels to get to either of the lots, they are available on UberEats, which is a delightful surprise! For true authenticity, I still recommend eating them in a parking lot, though.

 

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While nearly nothing can beat the cute sunny patio at Red Door Provisions on a nice day, I’m willing to settle for takeout for as long as they keep slinging gourmet grilled cheeses and pastries that make my eyes water. This weekend, my errands will take me to Beechwood, and lunch is already planned. I’m going to stop in for a grilled cheese with a cortado, and a half-dozen or so of their enormous cookies. Maybe a few hand pies. If there are brownies, those are coming home with me too, for a girls’ night in. If I see a date square or two, I’ll pick those up for my mom. You know how it is in these places. Whether I go for an old-school breakfast sammy on sourdough or grilled cheese with sriracha and gourmet fillings, I know I will 100% be demolishing it in the car before I even consider bringing it home. You can order baked goods ahead online if you want to be sure to get exactly what you want, or you can wing it and pick up whatever looks best that day!

What are you ordering in this weekend? Or maybe you are venturing out to a newly reopened restaurant? We want to hear all about it. Seriously. Tell us.