You may be hunkering down at home and sharpening your chef’s knife, but if you’re jonesing for a jaunt – and a good meal – Toronto’s top takeout spots have got you covered. Whether you’re after mouthwatering bbq, Neapolitan-style pizza, or Korean bento boxes, here’s a list to get your tastebuds tingling.
Cherry Street Bar-B-Que
Owner and pit master Lawrence Lapiante serves up Southern bbq classics with meat from local producers, including sausages from the St. Jamestown butcher in the east end neighbourhood of Cabbagetown, alongside some vinegar-glazed ribs. Go for the brisket or pulled pork with a side of coleslaw or mac ‘n cheese, on offer at both downtown outposts. cherrystbbq.com
The Carbon Bar
Carbon Bar may be known for artful (and abundant) meat and seafood platters, but the Regent Park restaurant has a little known secret: an excellent takeout menu. Comfort foods like the Pitmaster Platter and mac n’ cheese are available everyday from both the 99 Queen Street and Kitchen Hub locations. Takeout is available through Ritual or by calling (416) 947 7000. thecarbonbar.ca
Elm Street Italian Deli
The folks behind Cherry Street Bar-B-Que opened Elm Street Italian Deli last February. Choose from a selection of hearty artisanal subs with names that nod to Italian (pop) culture, like The Don or Sergio Leone. Revenge is a dish best served cold – like these sandwiches! twitter.com/ElmStDeli
Porchetta & Co.
Toronto’s porchetta and fried chicken specialists have expanded to three locations in the core. Grab and go or get it delivered to see why they’ve been around for a decade. porchettaco.com
North of Brooklyn Pizzeria
Started by three friends with real pizza-making chops in both Toronto and New York, NoBro now makes some of the best Neopolitan-style pies in town, like this decadent truffle and mushroom pizza. northofbrooklyn.com
Hawk & Chick
Chef Joe Kim got his start in the kitchens of the city’s most popular restaurants, including Hanmoto and Momofuku. Now, he’s opened Hawk & Chick, a family-run, quick-service counter of Korean bento boxes. The spicy bulgogi pork with kimchi will bring you back to life. facebook.com/hawkandchick
The crispy chicken from this tiny takeout counter on College St. is drippy, messy, impossible to eat – and unbelievably tasty. Hence why it’s been rated the best friend chicken in Toronto AND Canada. Always a line, always worth it. pgclucks.com