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 <email@example.com>.
Highlights this week
- Holland’s Cake and Shake (229 Armstrong St)
- Gooney’s (360 Laurier Ave)
- Morning Owl (538 Rochester)
- Duna Bistro (2130 Robertson Rd)
- Fratelli (275 Richmond Rd)
Lives in: South Keys
Day job: Non-profit communications
One thing I miss about working downtown was the short walk over to Gooney’s for an arepa for lunch. It was worth the drive down to get one for lunch when I couldn’t stand the craving anymore! They’ve changed their hours during the pandemic, so be sure to check before heading over in case you were used to their old hours!
If you weren’t lucky enough to make it to Holland’s Cake and Shake back in the day, then you really must take advantage of their new setup. I had visited the brick-and-mortar store when they were open and I worked nearby but had honestly forgotten about their partnership with the Morning Owl on Rochester until recently. Every Monday or so, they post to their Instagram account what the weekly menu is and you order for a pickup time slot on Friday at lunchtime from Morning Owl. They have the most delicious cakes and always an interesting and mouth-watering sandwich. Last week it was my husband’s second pandemic birthday and I wanted to do something special. He’s the chef in our house, so I didn’t dare try to cook something. Instead, I left it to the pros at Holland’s. I got four mini cakes (I couldn’t pick just one!) and sandwiches for us for lunch on Friday. The cake flavours were margarita, churros, chocolate/peanut butter and blueberry—all to die for. The braised beef and cheese quesadilla sandwich on a milk bread bun was also the perfect balance of textures and heat.
Alison Larabie Chase
Lives in: Nepean
Day job: Cat servant
Last weekend we got takeout from Duna Bistro after hearing about it from my sister (who, ironically, lives across town in Orleans). She raved about their schnitzel, and I do love a well-made schnitzel, so we went for it. We also ordered a plate of perogies (with the typical farmer’s cheese and potato filling, though they have other options) and decided to share everything. It’s a good thing, because that schnitzel? Arrived in a PIZZA BOX. It was thin and crisp and so flavourful it needed nothing but a spritz of lemon to enjoy. The perogies were also perfect, fluffy and a wee bit chewy, laced with deeply caramelized onions. The sides were equally yummy: braised red cabbage, tender spaetzle, and one of the best coleslaws I’ve ever had (fresh dill! who knew?). This may become a regular occurrence.
Lives in: Nepean/Craig Henry
Day job: Therapist
I was craving a hearty Italian meal, something that would fill me up while reminding me why we like to go out to dinner. Fratelli definitely did not disappoint; the “Pappardelle Sila” was rich and full of flavour. Never being one to choose between pasta and pizza, both were ordered, and the pizza “Enzo” was heavily enjoyed. There were no surviving leftovers.