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Takeout Talk: What are you ordering this weekend?

By Apartment613 on May 21, 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.

This week, in honour of the May long weekend, when absolutely none of us want to cook, we’re rounding up some of our fave past Takeout Talk recommendations to get you through three days of slightly questionable weather and plenty of relaxation.


From January 29, 2021

Sonya Gankina
Lives in: Hintonburg
Day job: Freelance Digital Marketing Consultant

For my birthday last week, we wanted to indulge in some elevated takeout. One of my all-time favourite restaurants is Lexington Smokehouse so we decided to order from there. After browsing their mouth-watering menu and definitely not getting into any fights about what to order, I settled on the Fork and Knife Chicken ($20). The food arrived quickly, beautifully packaged and hot. My order had three (!) huge signature fried chicken pieces on top of a delicious biscuit with a mountain of creamy coleslaw. I got mac and cheese as my side, which complemented the sweetness in the fried chicken beautifully. It was truly decadent and luxurious fried chicken experience, plus the comfort of my couch made it even better. Highly recommend.


From February 12, 2021

Aileen Duncan
Lives in: The Glebe
Day job: Not a cat
Actual day job: Policy analyst

I’m pretty sure I’ve had dreams about The Manx’s lamb wrap. They make one of their classic dishes as good as always with a great takeout deal – two sandwiches with sides and two tall cans for $40 (!!) The salad is a beauty, with spiralized root veggies and fluffy greens. The fries are chunky – and each order has at least one full potato. The lamb wrap was decent as always, and served with a side of sour cream. You cannot go wrong. My Scottish side has to share that it’s a tiny bit less expensive to get a DIY kit from the Burrow Shop. Though I have to tell you, I think my favourite part was picking up my takeout and stepping inside The Manx. I had flashbacks of Rémi Royale and crowded basements, and the tears seasoned my food perfectly. Oh The Manx, I miss you. We’ll be back.


From February 26, 2021

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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From April 9, 2021

Jared Davidson
Lives in: Hintonburg
Day job: Arts marketing

Heartbreakers launched into an oncoming pandemic, on March 6, 2020. That’s no easy way to start a business, but possibly fuelled by the sheer enthusiasm of their team, they made it work and work well. And if one thing stands out about each visit I pay to Heartbreakers, it’s the people. They are so into pizza. It’s hard to tell if they’re motivated by the pizza itself, or if they’re just naturally great at customer service.

Either way, it’s the pizza that motivates me to return to Heartbreakers, a name that becomes increasingly ironic every time I indulge only to find myself conspicuously not heartbroken. Their Fun Guy pizza is delicious, as is their vegan number. And their dipping sauces are amazing, breathing new life into crusts.


From May 7, 2021

Hannah Manning
Lives in: Lowertown
Day Job: Weekend Roundup-er and public servant

Forget tulips—the true sign of spring is the return of Yakko Takko. The Mexican food truck shut down over the winter but has recently reopened and is back serving up some of the tastiest food in Ottawa. Currently closed Mondays but open for lunch from 11:30am–3:30pm and dinner from 5:30-9pm Tuesday to Sunday, a recent order was the highlight of my week and I’m already planning a return visit. Literally everything I’ve tried has been delicious. The menu is composed of chips and guacamole, takkos (or tacos, if you’re a stickler for spelling), quesadillas and burritos in a delicious variety of flavours. You can even specify how spicy you want your food when ordering. We learned the hard way last year that guacamole is limited so order early to be sure you get some. The truck is parked at 1082 Somerset Street West in a parking lot behind an apartment building and has ample space to socially distance. Note that payment is cash only. If you go at peak dinner time, you might find a bit of a wait, so today’s pro tip is to call ahead and place your order. Alternatively, while waiting for your order, you can go for a stroll down Somerset/Wellington and pick up some beer from Tooth and Nail or some dessert at Suzy Q. The food is well-packaged and travels well, but I’m looking forward to a summer day in the hopefully-not-too-distant future where I can pick up a few takkos and enjoy a picnic in a local park.

 

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Now 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>. Tell us what you ordered over this long weekend and we’ll feature you in our next column.