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Takeout Talk: What are you ordering this weekend?


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In this new feature, Apt613 will ask 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, Apt613’s foodie contributors share their latest recs and weekend food plans.


Highlights this week

  • Burrow Shop (50 Beech St.)
  • Casa Mexico (1491 Merivale Rd.)
  • Dumpling? Dumpling! (261 Centrepointe Dr.)
  • Taj Indian (3009 Carling Ave.)
  • The King Eddy (45 Clarence St.)
  • Jax (479 Bronson Ave.)
  • Fairouz (15 Clarence St.)
  • Chez Lucien (137 Murray St.)

Zachary Resnick
Lives in: Centretown West
Day job: Food writer and chef

Let’s normalize ordering takeout for breakfast on those days where you just can’t seem to get yourself out of your nice warm bed to cook. Lately, we’ve been starting our days with the Morning Glory Breakfast Sandwich from The King Eddy over on Clarence St. It’s everything you want in a breakfast sammie, with a generous patty of spicy-sweet homemade maple & herb sausage, fried egg, cheese and garlic mayonnaise. For only $11.99, it starts your day off with a bang!

 

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For an even more relaxed and decadent morning, we’ll look even closer to home at Jax on Bronson Ave. The menu changes from time to time to adapt to seasonal produce, but hearty breakfasts like their famous hash with fennel kimchi, kale, cherry tomatoes, seasonal vegetables, fried breakfast potatoes and poached eggs always impress and provide fuel for slow-starting days. They make all their own bread in-house and they’re all delightful, but if you ask me, the buttermilk biscuits are where it’s at.


Greggory Clark
Lives in: Hintonburg
Day job: Freelance musician

I am still working my way through this gem of a Twitter thread. Back in summer 2020, @apt613 asked folks to recall the best meal they had in Ottawa and those replies are a gold mine of takeout food ideas. I’ve yet to try everything once, but I’ve ordered Taj Indian twice.

At Christmas, I was lucky to find a Burrow Shop gift card in my stocking, so this weekend we’re going to order one of their meal kits. I have my eye on the North & Navy polpettes (meatballs in tomato sauce) and a House of Targ pierogi 12-pack.


Hannah Manning
Lives in: Lowertown
Day job: Public servant

It took me an embarrassingly long time to check out Chez Lucien for the first time. Suffice to say, I’m making up for lost time now. Located on Murray Street at Dalhousie, just a few steps from the hustle and bustle of the main ByWard Market square, Chez Lucien is one of my favourite spots in town to grab a beer with friends. These days, their takeout has been a staple in our house. Many will argue that the Chez Lucien burger, topped with bacon, mushrooms and cream cheese, is the best, but my vote is always for the Frida and Diego burger. Jalapeños peppers, onions and Monterey Jack cheese make my burger dreams come true. Burgers come with both fries and a salad, letting us experience the best of both worlds. Pro tip: get a side of mayo to dip your fries. You won’t regret it.

On the menu this weekend is takeout from Fairouz. I haven’t been to their new ByWard Market location at 15 Clarence Street but am looking forward to picking up a meal. During the lockdown, they’re offering takeout and delivery from Wednesday to Sunday, 4-8:30pm. Looking at the menu, it’s hard not to order one of everything, but contenders are hummus and baba ganoush to start, followed by beef kabab, shish tawook and fried cauliflower. If you’re looking for a full meal deal, they have a Middle Eastern Feast featuring their meat platter or a vegetarian option with fattoush salad and eggplant mashi. In addition to their wine boutique, they have a selection of products available to order online.

 

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Alison Larabie Chase
Lives in: Nepean
Day job: Freelance editor and writer

I’ve been loving the build-your-own-taco situation from Casa Mexico, a family-run joint in a strip mall on Merivale Road near Clyde. For $25 you get a half-kilo of braised, shredded carnitas (pork), chicken, or beef, plus fresh corn tortillas and an array of appropriate toppings like lime wedges, salsa, onions, and cilantro. It’s a spectacular deal and more than enough meat for lunch leftovers. They’re also now selling quesabirrias – like a quesadilla but with a bunch of shredded braised beef in it, sold in threes, with a side of consommé (braising liquid) for dipping. Messy and delicious.

 

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This weekend I’m planning a dumpling binge from Dumpling? Dumpling! in Centrepointe (they also have a recently opened Bank Street location). The pan-fried shrimp and pork dumplings are just too tasty to resist. This time I’m going to try some of their other items too, like smashed cucumber salad and perhaps a soup.


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.