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Takeout Talk: What are you ordering this weekend?

By Leah Geller, Hannah Manning, and Laura Gauthier on March 5, 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 <>.

Highlights this week

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

Don’t ask me why the best poutine in the city is also from the restaurant with the best Chinese food. (No, not Golden Palace. Fight me.) Chips and Dairy in Ottawa South is a neighbourhood favourite. I’m not kidding when I say I know multiple people who, when moving, decided it had to be within a reasonable distance of this family-run restaurant. Whether you go for Chinese mainstream staples like General Tsao’s or Almond Guy Ding, or a burger and poutine, you can’t go wrong. Also, if you want a taste of summer, try any of their milkshakes or ice cream!


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If you’re craving Vietnamese in Ottawa South, look no further than Di Noodle! They have an excellent array of dishes, from bahn mi (made with buns from Capital Buns Bakery across the parking lot) to pho, vermicelli, and even bubble tea.

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

On a cold winter’s eve, there is nothing as warming as a spicy Thai coconut curry. I’ve tried a few Thai restaurants for takeout in town, and have settled on Royal Thai. Their food is not too sweet, unlike some others, and they are not shy to add a bit of heat when I request it. On top of all that, it seems to be one of the least expensive of the bunch. A good, solid, “go-to” for traditional Thai.

The owner of Sula Wok makes it clear that their coconut curry is not a traditional Thai recipe. Still, it is delicious and not too sweet, and they will add heat if you want. The portions are substantial, the price is good, and everything seems so fresh, including the tofu and the big chunks of broccoli they throw in. I especially appreciate that they use a paper bag for delivery instead of plastic, and containers that are compostable. Yummy yum yum!


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Hannah Manning
Lives in: Lowertown
Day job: Public Servant

At the end of January, Bicycle Craft Brewery announced they were launching Bicycle’s Neighbourhood, a curated box full of local goodies and delicious Bicycle Craft beer. In other words, two of my favourite things. Each box has a theme and a portion of the proceeds are donated to local charities. Their Valentine’s box was a delicious treat, and while we passed on the dog-friendly box from a few weeks ago, as soon as I saw them post about their International Women’s Day box featuring women-owned Ottawa businesses, I quickly ordered one. The box includes six Bicycle beers (including their annual International Women’s Day beer, Freedom Machine Cherry Pale Ale), spiced nuts from Red Apron, herb focaccia from Bread By Us, curried vegetable samosas and pakoras from All Seasons Indian Catering, beef pepperettes from Enright Cattle Co, and doughnuts from Suzy Q. Each box comes with a Spotify playlist put together by the folks at Bicycle Craft. A portion of the proceeds from each box will be donated to Cornerstone Housing for Women, a local organization that provides emergency shelter and safe affordable housing for women in Ottawa. If you missed out on pre-ordering this box, you can still stop by this weekend and pick up a few cans of Freedom Machine Cherry Pale Ale. Cheers!

No weekend is complete without a trip to Union Street Café. Their homemade maple cardamon latte pairs perfectly with a fresh baked croissant (in my opinion, the best croissant in town). Whether grabbing a coffee before running some errands or picking up a treat to enjoy while strolling around Stanley Park, Union Street Café is the perfect pit stop.

Attention photographers: Takeout Talk needs more mouthwatering food photos to run at the top of future columns! If you’re into it, please take some landscape-oriented pics of your delicious takeout and share them on the Apt613 Flickr pool or send to us at and we’ll credit you.