Toronto Takeout

Tokyo Sushi on the Queensway | South Etobicoke

One of my favourite takeout sushi restaurants in Toronto is Tokyo Sushi. I remember being very excited when it opened about ten years ago on the Queensway, because there weren't very many sushi spots in the neighbourhood. Many have come and gone since then, but I'm very happy that Tokyo Sushi is still here. It's been takeout only since the pandemic and that's just fine... just glad to see this is one of the businesses that is still around in 2021. A little tip: pay cash and you'll get a discount when you pickup. Rosie :)

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Rocco's Plum Tomato - The Original (Take-Out) | Etobicoke

Restaurants come and go in the best of times and we've seen many not survive months and months of this pandemic. I'm relieved one of my favourites is still going strong. I first told you about Rocco's in 2015 (see post below) and that was after years of enjoying their amazing food (it's been around since 1990.) The photo below, taken a couple of weeks ago, shows that nothing has changed- their veal sandwiches are just as huge, delicious and perfect as they've always been. Pandemic-proof comfort food. Rosie :)

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Rocco's Plum Tomato- The Original (Take-Out) post written in November 2015:

In this entry I'm telling you about Rocco's take-out, which is located right beside the Rocco's Plum Tomato restaurant on the Queensway in south Etobicoke. There is a separate entrance right beside the main restaurant. This is one of the best lunch spots in the west end. For many, many years we have been buying enormous veal sandwiches from Rocco's. For under $10, this is a sandwich that cannot be beat for taste, size and value. It comes smothered with authentic sauce, mushrooms, onions and peppers.

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The meatball sandwich is also delicious. The ingredients are so fresh and everything is made to order. On a busy day you may wait a few minutes but it's so worth it.

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A popular combination you will see many ordering is a sandwich and a slice. The pizza slices are freshly made and do not sit around for long. The selection varies but they are all excellent.

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You can call ahead and pick up your order if you really don't want to wait but I find the line isn't too bad even at lunch hour; they really hustle in there. Pros. This Rocco's Plum Tomato is located at 164 The Queensway. Rosie :)

Double D's | South Etobicoke

If you are looking to try some real Chicago-style deep dish pizza right here in Toronto, Double D's delivers the best in the city. There are two locations, one on Leslieville and the one we ordered from in the west end, in the Long Branch area of Etobicoke on the Lake Shore. Double D's is one of the Toronto restaurants offering takeout and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you are looking for a great local restaurant to support and are craving a classic deep dish with pepperoni and Italian sausage, give this spot a try. You can order directly from their website for pick-up or through Uber Eats. Rosie :)

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Chodang Soon Tofu in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Korea

If you enjoy tofu, especially tofu that is made fresh daily on site, you have to pay a visit to Chodang Soon Tofu in Etobicoke. They make their creamy silky smooth tofu every morning. The menu is traditional Korean and the tofu stews come with lots of tasty savoury sides including fried fish, bean sprouts, kimchi and cold tofu.

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An amazing way to start is with the tofu yaki... lightly grilled in a delicious sweet sesame sauce...

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Their specialty, the silken tofu, differs from the regular tofu because it is strained through silk instead of cheesecloth, making the consistency like a creamy custard.

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The soft tofu stew comes with a raw egg that you break into the stew to thicken it. There is a selection of flavours to choose from including beef, pork, oyster and mushroom. We had mushroom and beef.

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The stew comes with a bowl of whole grain rice which is prepared in a separate stone pot. Hot tea then poured into the stone pot to loosen the rice. You are meant to eat this soaked rice (it's called 'burnt rice soup') after your meal to aid your digestion.

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Cho Dang Soon Tofu is delicious, authentic and incredibly affordable. Two people can dine heartily, and quite healthily, for under $25. You can also get takeout and purchase their fresh tofu separately to eat later. It got a shoutout in Toronto Life as one of their favourite Korean restaurants. 5130 Dundas St. W., 416-234-1161. Rosie :)

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Trini Gardens in South Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Antigua & Barbuda

For many years there was a wonderful West Indian restaurant on the Queensway in South Etobicoke called Trini Gardens. The roti were absolutely perfect. They weighed about five pounds each but somehow were so light, perfectly seasoned, juicy and delicious. An explosion of condo developments along this area meant that Trini Gardens closed down and boarded up... but, it moved south to the Lakeshore 🙏 reopened and the roti are just as perfect as ever.

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Trini Gardens is now located on 3266 Lake Shore Boulevard West in South Etobicoke. 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! Rosie :)

Mazar Kabob in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Afghanistan: NOW CLOSED

Mazar Kabob permanently closed in 2020.

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. 3004 Bloor St. W. OPA! Rosie:)

Butter Chicken Roti | West Queen West

This delicious roti restaurant is right on Queen West across from The Great Hall. The Butter Chicken Roti menu features classic Indian dishes with a contemporary take. The food is so tasty and the service is excellent. I like their spice scale:

Mild- Is water a spice?
Mild/Medium- I like it a little spicy
Medium- I never turn down the heat
Medium/Hot- Go Big, but not too big
Hot- Come at me, I got this
Extra Hot- What on earth is wrong with me?

Pictured below is my (mild/medium) butter chicken roti to go. One of my faves. Rosie :)

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'ONO Poké Bar | Liberty Village

Poké bowls are such a great meal; fresh, healthy and full of flavour. 'Ono Poké Bar in Liberty Village offers a lovely selection of bowls including spicy mango salmon, ahi honey tuna and the torched ahi tuna, which is pictured here:

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This bowl is filled with avocado, carrot, edamame, green onion, pear, red cabbage tenkasu, fried onion, furikake and topped with the most delicious torched ahi tuna covered in sriracha aioli. You can choose from a poké bowl or sushi burrito base. This bowl was $15. You can use the Ritual app to order, which I lovvvvvve! Rosie :)

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