Toronto Takeout

ALBANIA: Mrakovic Meat & Deli in Etobicoke #WORLDINMYCITY

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

AFGHANISTAN: Mazar Kabob in Etobicoke #WORLDINMYCITY

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

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:)

Just Greek 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

'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 :)

Ono Poke Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Caplansky's Deli | College Street

So glad the deli king is back in business! Zane Caplansky made news in June when he had to get an injunction against his landlord for terminating the restaurant's lease because of failure "to effect repairs not authorized by the landlord." Caplansky said it was completely out of order, fought it, and now he's back making the best deli food in the city. And it's a good thing because Toronto was freaking out. The 6ix needs their smoked meat fix... where is Beyonce supposed to nosh when she's in town? This is the OG location of Caplansky's and the food is great whether you dine in or take it to go, which we did. My little man's favourite are the perfectly fried potato latkes, which did not make it home.

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