Toronto Casual Restaurants

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 :)

Morocco House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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 :)

Mrakovic Meat And Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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 start in Afghanistan (yes we are going alphabetically.) 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 :)

Mazar Kabob Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Katz's Deli | North York

My dad and I have been eating our way through Toronto and the GTA since I was a little girl. Trying new restaurants was always a wonderful way to explore the city and discover new delicious places to eat. Recently we decided to embark on a deli crawl and check out every. single. deli. in. the. city. Where better to begin than Katz's on Dufferin?

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The perfect deli lunch... corned beef on rye, pickles and a Vernors gingerale:

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Knish special:

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The deli salads and pickles all look so good. Coleslaw, potato, macaroni, carrot, cucumber, bean salad...

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It's been there since before I was born and it's great. They have all the meats including beef tongue and they only use Canadian beef. They also only use Ontario cucumbers to make their amazing dill pickles. And they are good at the pickle-making... Katz's cranks out over 7000 pounds of pickles every year. The perfect way to start our Toronto deli crawl. Katz's is open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 8:30pm at 3300 Dufferin Street. Rosie :)

Katz's Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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Butter Chicken Roti Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato