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Takeout Talk: What are you ordering this weekend?

By Bruce Burwell, Elio Peterson, and Leah Geller on January 15, 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, some of Apt613’s regular contributors share their latest recs and weekend food plans. 

Editor’s note: Under the Ontario stay-at-home order, restaurants offering takeout and delivery are permitted to operate; please follow all recommended public health and safety protocols when picking up food or accepting delivery—and tip generously if you can. Check the hours of the restaurant prior to ordering as those offering alcohol must close by 8pm.


Highlights this week


Bruce Burwell
Lives in: Queensway Terrace North
Day job: Freelance curmudgeon

For several years, my favourite kabob place in the West End has been the Supreme Kabob House on Iris, tucked in behind the IKEA. As you’d expect, they do a variety of kabobs (lamb, chicken, beef) that come with salad, rice, and naan. When the restaurant is open you can see (and smell!) them making the naan in their tandoor oven. There are some interesting sides that are definitely worth trying: Mantus are cute little Afghan beef dumplings that are served with a delicate yogurt sauce. Eggplant korma is a mildly spiced eggplant curry. It’s great for dipping your leftover naan into!

This weekend I might get a wood-fired pizza from Biagio’s on Richmond. They have an onsite pizza trailer right in their parking lot. On Fridays, they do a nice fish and chips in a box that I’ve picked up a few times. And just inside the front door, they have a “Mercato” where you can pick up pre-packaged meals for the rest of your week.


Elio Peterson
Lives in: Centretown
Day job: Freelance writer and editor

Nothing warms me up in the winter better than soup. When I’m especially hungry, I love to satisfy that craving with a deep bowl of Vietnamese pho from Saigon Boy Noodle House. Their generous servings of fresh veggies and fixings (think Thai basil and sprouts) paired with their made in-house broth pack a powerfully tasty punch. Best part? They offer a vegan-friendly version of this traditionally beef soup. I like to plan ahead and skip lunch if I know we’re having Saigon Boy for dinner. Lets me save some room to add on an order of their Vegetarian Summer Rolls with a to-die-for dipping sauce.

When the end of a long week comes around, I love to treat myself to takeout for lunch. I’m a person of simple pleasures and Italian deli sandwiches are one of my favourite indulgences. Subito Sandwich on Gladstone Ave is my go-to spot. Their hot staples include chicken (and veggie-friendly eggplant!) parm, meatball, and roast beef. If you’re like me and prefer a cold cut sandwich, their menu boasts capicollo (hot or mild), prosciutto, Italian ham, turkey, mortadella, porchetta, chicken, and of course salami—meats you’d swear were cured by the gods. My next sandwich? The mild combo with provolone. I’m working my way through their menu one lunch at a time.

They also offer pasta dishes to go, like manicotti, ravioli, and spaghetti with meatballs. Sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner? Pick up one of their side salads too and you’re set for the whole day. Top it off with one of their delicious cannolis for dessert. I must also give them kudos for transforming the meaning of “takeout” by offering to-go 100g portions of their delicious meats and cheeses. Order a tasty lunch, stock up on roast beef and grated parmesan for the weekend, and support a local deli. Three birds, one takeout order.

 

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Leah Geller
Lives in: Sandy Hill
Day job: Health and science writer

For New Year’s Eve, my boyfriend and I wanted to do something special, so we ordered from our favourite spot: Pili Pili Grilled Chicken on Dalhousie Ave. We ordered the “spicy” version of the half-chicken along with plantain, and added our own brown rice and steamed green vegetables. We ate it with a beautiful California rosé and it was really a perfect NYE feast!

In case it’s not obvious yet, I am addicted to spicy food, especially spicy chicken. So this weekend I’ll probably order from our other favourite spicy chicken spot in Ottawa, YKO Chicken BBQ on McArthur Ave. A little spicier than Pili Pili, it is equally addictive.


Tell us about your takeout plans! Leave a comment about your recent discovery, your all-time fav, or that place you’ve been meaning to try.