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The poutine from No Forks Given. Photo: Laura Gauthier.

Takeout Talk: What are you ordering this weekend?

By Apartment613 on March 12, 2021

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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 stories or food photos to a future edition of Takeout Talk, email <editors@apt613.ca>.


Highlights this week


Laura Gauthier
Lives in: South Keys
Day job: Non-profit communications

Due to some unfortunate issues with Facebook and Google, No Forks Given has been unable to update their information, and so many people in the south end of the city might think they’re closed temporarily while they relocate as per their last update—but alas! They are open! Tucked at the back of the parking lot of a car wash, you might have missed them as you head south down Bank past Albion, but there is plenty of parking (and picnic tables for when it warms up) to grab some burgers, poutine and one of my favourites—cheese fries. Their spicy chicken burger has the perfect combination of crispiness, heat, and flavour and is a go-to in our house. They’ve got delivery options through the major online go-to’s as well.

Spicy chicken burger with cheese fries from No Forks Given. Photo: Laura Gauthier.


Bruce Burwell
Lives in: Queensway Terrace North
Day job: Itinerant iconoclast

Hey COVID! It’s been a year now that we’ve been suffering with you. So Happy birthday! During this time we’ve missed a lot of life events that we would usually celebrate with friends and family or, at the very least, would have marked by going out somewhere for a nice meal. Birthdays. Anniversaries. New Year’s Eve. We’ve dealt with this in various ways, but we’ve used Brassica’s takeout for two as our special treat for the special times during the year. Brassica is in Westboro and had just opened a couple of months before COVID hit. They had to scramble to come up with something they could keep doing during lockdowns. They started doing weekend takeout dinners for two last April, and often those sold out early in the week.

The takeout menu changes every week but usually has an appy or two, salad, a substantial pasta dish, a meat main and lovely desserts. You can check out past menus on their Instagram feed. We’ve had leftovers each time that we’ve ordered and always look forward to breakfast the next day! Some of the dishes that I can lovingly recall have been crispy pork belly, leg of duck confit and the slow-roasted beef brisket. These dinners aren’t cheap—ranging up to around the three-digit level for two, depending on what the menu is. But hey, think of all the money you’ve saved by not buying pants this last year!

Last weekend we tried something we’ll be having again, the ahi tuna poke kit from the Whalesbone retail store on Kent. It comes with a pound of poke-cut tuna, sushi rice, and all the extras you’ll need to make a memorable bowl. We marinated the tuna, cooked the rice and arranged the included fixings on the counter. On top of the tuna and rice, we sprinkled greens, chilli mayo, toasted sesame seeds, pickled ginger, crispy shallots, and wasabi peas. The contrasting combinations of flavours and textures on top of the tuna were outstanding.


New feature: Burger of the Month

From now on, we’ll be featuring a burger of the month in this column, courtesy of BytownBurgers, an Instagram account that documents Ottawa’s best burgers bite by bite.

This month’s pick: Is The King Eddy’s double cheeseburger REALLY fit for royalty? Bytown Burgers decides if the 1950’s-style sandwich reigns supreme:


Tell us what you’re eating this weekend in the comments (or else).