Toronto Restaurants

Mamma Martino's | Toronto Restaurants with Patios

Ontario reported over 200 new cases of COVID-19 again today. That's the highest single-day increase since June 29, when there were 257 cases reported. The weather is cooling, there is no avoiding that, and it's concerning for restaurants and bars that have no outside seating. As the pandemic stretches past the six month mark there is no denying that many are tiring of the isolation and missing the things we did regularly in our "normal" life, including going out to eat. For the restaurants that are fortunate enough to have patios, many like Mamma Martino's have created beautiful, physically distant spaces that allow us, for even a short time, to forget how difficult a time this is. It's important to continue to support our local communities as best we can while staying safe, so even if your favourite restaurant doesn't have a patio, considering picking up dinner one night instead. Wear your mask and hang on, hopefully in a few weeks we'll see those numbers drop back down again. Rosie :)

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Pulcinella "Tough Times" Takeout Menu

It's tough that the COVID-19 pandemic has meant restaurants have had to come up with "tough times" menus, but supporting them means we can help our neighbourhood eateries stay in business until things aren't quite so tough. Pulcinella is a wonderful Italian restaurant on the Lake Shore in the Long Branch area of south Etobicoke. You can phone in your order and pick it up between 3pm and 8pm. Click here for the menu; pizzas are $10! Rosie :)

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Morocco House in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Algeria

When researching traditional Algerian food, we quickly realized that we had to have tangine and coucous. And we learned that one of the best places to have those dishes in Toronto is at Morocco House, on Brown's Line in south Etobicoke.

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Tangine is a North African stew of spiced meat and vegetables that is cooked slowly in a shallow earthenware dish. This beef tagine was loaded with vegetables and chunks of juicy braised beef that melted in your mouth. The olives were amazing salty flavour bombs and there were lots of them, which always makes me happy.

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The chicken couscous was filled with caramelized onions, raisins and chickpeas, cooked with spices that were fragrant and lovely. A great third stop on the #WorldInOurCity tour! Rosie :)

Mrakovic Meat & Deli in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Albania

For the next country on the list, I have to give a shout-out to Chowhound user Googs who gave me a great suggestion on where to find traditional eastern European food in Toronto. Mrakovic Meat & Deli is located in Etobicoke, in a plaza near the 427 and Eglinton area. While the Scoop will travel to any part of the GTA for amazing food, the west side of the city is a little more convenient and it's always wonderful to find treasures like this close to your hood that you didn't even know about! So thanks Googs! We had the ćevapi, which is a grilled dish of minced meat found traditionally in the countries of southeastern Europe (usually lamb, veal, pork or beef served with onion.) It was delicious, especially the bread the kebabs were nestled in which was so fresh, light and fluffy:

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Burek, which is flaky pastry stuffed full of any combination of meat, cheese, spinach and/or potatoes, is a staple in the cuisines of Balkans. It's so popular here at Mrakovic that they giggled at us when we tried to buy it in the late afternoon. All the fresh burek was sold out. So we bought a frozen meat burek and baked it the next day, and it was delicous.

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Mrakovic Meat & Deli serves daily-cooked homemade hot meals and salads. You can take-out or dine in. It is also a grocery store and deli where you can order all sorts of fresh meats and traditional southeastern European foods. Mrakovic is located in Etobicoke at 44 Wellesworth Drive. Remember go early for fresh burek so you don't get laughed at. Check back next weekend for the next country up in the #WorldInMyCity project, which is Algeria. Rosie :)

Mazar Kabob in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Afghanistan

The Scoop is very excited to start a brand new project today! For every single country in the world, we are going to find a restaurant in Toronto (or the GTA) & eat there. It's called #WorldInMyCity and we are starting in Afghanistan. There is no specific way we are choosing the restaurants... it's a mixture of recommendations, proximity, driving by and saying THAT LOOKS GOOD... so if you have a suggestion for any country please let me know! We started in the west side of Toronto at Mazar Kabob on the West Mall. The meals come with salad, grilled vegetables and perfect naan bread. The tandoori chicken was delicious and spicy:

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Chicken breast kabob was tender and full of flavour:

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The naan bread was so perfect, slightly charred at the edges:

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Meals come with a fresh green salad with a very spicy delicious dressing:

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Amazing! Mazar Kabob is located at 33 The West Mall #1 in Etobicoke, 416-620-9898. Afghanistan checked off. Next is Albania... if there is a restaurant you think we should check out let me know at rosie@mytorontoscoop.com. Thanks guys! Rosie :)

Just Greek | Etobicoke

Many restaurants have come and gone in the lovely Kingsway area of Bloor and Royal York in the west end of Toronto, but one that has stood the test of time like Merlot is Just Greek. Delicious food, efficient service and a cozy, contemporary atmosphere makes it a perfect place for lunch or dinner especially if you are heading to the wonderful Kingsway movie theatre just down the street.

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I'll make it easy for you... order the saganaki to start (pictured above) the house Greek red, a large gyro dinner and you will be very, very happy. Takeout is also available, park in the back for easy pickup. OPA! Rosie:)