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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Highlights this week
Lives in: Chinatown
Day job: Program Manager for History Nerds
Meatings BBQ (5380 Canotek)
BBQ season is right around the corner, but nothing beats the smokey deliciousness of legit smoked BBQ. In the east end, there is nowhere better to get your fix than Meatings BBQ.
Recently, my bubble friends and I were craving comfort food, and being in Gloucester, we had to check it out. We got the Family Platter which is two kinds of meat (2 lbs total), and three sides–all incredible. The brisket is fall-apart-on-your-fork-then-in-your-mouth yummy, and the sausage was juicy and smokey with a selection of hot sauces that weren’t too spicy for the less adventurous of the bunch. We ordered the tater tots for reasons of being adults who can do so now, and the cornbread that was crumbly, sweet perfection. The platter is $89.00 and could most definitely feed four people, no problem.
We have agreed to try all the proteins during lockdown, so chicken and pulled pork are next in the rotation. Not only is the food over the top amazing, it took them about 15 minutes from the time I ordered it online to have it ready for me in their enormous, safely spaced commercial kitchen on Canotek Road. Meatings BBQ does have an eat-in dining room and patio which they can hopefully open up once the summer hits, but until then, takeout is the quickest way to get slow cooked meat to your house. You can bring home cans of Beau’s and Beyond the Pale to complete the meal, or, popping over to Dominion City while you’re in the area isn’t such a bad idea either. If you don’t have wheels, or are playing it extra safe from home they are also available on skipthedishes, and doordash to order for delivery.
Lives in: Hintonburg
Day job: Arts marketing
Next stop on Jared’s Ottawa Pizza Rampage 2021, Heartbreakers. Like last week’s entry, Pizza Nerds, 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.
Tune in next week as the Pizza Rampage continues.