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best hole-in-the-wall takeout in TO

ognir Sep 9, 2006 07:21 PM

What are the best, non-chain, hole-in-the-wall take out joints across Toronto? I mean places with no (or few) tables that do the bulk of their business in takeout.

I like...

-the churrasco chicken place on the south side of College between Beatrice and Montrose (though there's one guy in there whose is incredibly rude)
-Burrito Boyz on Peter St
-Black Camel on Crescent Rd (pulled pork)
-Cake Master on Cumberland
-Albert's Real Jamaican on St Clair West (goat!)

I've heard good things about Penrose Fish & Chips, Groucho's Gourmet Burgers, but have not been. Any others that are amazing....?

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    Pape foodie RE: ognir Sep 9, 2006 08:16 PM

    B&B fish and chips on Queen E

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      Full tummy RE: Pape foodie Dec 8, 2007 06:54 AM

      I ate there a couple of years ago after reading a positive review and found the fish just too greasy. I much prefer Reliable, for fish & chips.

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      sweetspotlee RE: ognir Sep 9, 2006 08:30 PM

      Fish & Chips: British Style Fish & Chips (Coxwell/Dundas E.) HANDS DOWN THE BEST IN TOWN!

      Burgers: Johnny's Hamburgers (Victoria Park/Sheppard)

      Tex/Mex/etc: Tacos El Asador (Bloor/Christie)

      Pizza: Bitondo's, Colombos (Danforth/Coxwell)

      Lunch Sandwiches: Sandwich Box (Queen St.)

      Bagels/Dairy Lunch: Bagel World, Haymishe Bagel, Bagel Plus

      Vegetarian/Dairy/Falafel: Tov-Li, Me Va Me Takeout(Steeles between Yonge and Bathurst),

      Roti: Bacchus Roti and lots of others - a matter of opinion on depending on the style you prefer

      These are just off the top of my head...

      1. Googs RE: ognir Sep 9, 2006 08:42 PM

        It may be a humble chop suey joint, but I love Peking Express on Parliament just south of Shuter. Take-out & delivery only.

        1. xtal RE: ognir Sep 9, 2006 09:08 PM

          Gandhi (Queen & Bathurst)
          - great rotis

          Ghazale (Bloor & Bathurst)
          - fantastic falafels and shawarma

          Akram's (Kensington Market)
          - fantastic falafels and shawarma

          Banh Mi shops (Spadina & Dundas)
          - great for takeaway banh mi, as well as other prepared vietnamese dishes

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            zia RE: ognir Sep 9, 2006 09:09 PM

            Ghazale for falafel, shawarma, giant zesty lima beans and other saucy veg delights. On Bloor east of Bathurst, under the Bloor Cinema marquee.

            Hodo Kwaja (green sign) for Korean walnut/almond cake and pancakes. On the north side of Bloor, about midway between Bathurst and Christie.

            Kom Jug Yuen for char sui/Chinese BBQ pork. Also for large-portion, mild-flavoured noodle and rice takeout to hit that comfort food zone. On the east side of Spadina, south of Grossman's.

            1. Super Nintendo Chalmers RE: ognir Sep 9, 2006 09:43 PM

              New York Subway for Indian-Mexican burritos (Queen halfway between Bathurst and Spadina).

              1. Davwud RE: ognir Sep 10, 2006 02:00 AM

                Mr. Jerk

                Peanut plaza beside the Mac's Milk. Absolutely fantastic.


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                  gtw RE: ognir Sep 10, 2006 09:34 AM

                  Focaccia Take-Out 13 Hayden

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                    ognir RE: gtw Sep 10, 2006 06:20 PM

                    I've heard good things about that place.

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                      Davwud RE: gtw Sep 10, 2006 08:28 PM

                      What do they have??


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                      chalenegirl RE: ognir Sep 24, 2006 06:52 AM

                      mr. jerk. (sherbourn/parliment)

                      Sqaure boy (danforth/jones)

                      coconut groove (dundas/university)

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                        hungryabbey RE: chalenegirl Sep 24, 2006 11:42 AM

                        I second square boy, the men in there are soo friendly, and its just pretty good 'hole in the wall' kind of food for the cheap prices

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                        Yongeman RE: ognir Sep 24, 2006 11:58 AM

                        Yung Sing Pastry Shop, 22 Baldwin St. is probably my all-time favourite place to go. Light flavourful buns (beef, curry beef, bbq pork, veggie, etc), lots of deep fried stuff (battered sweet potato, shrimp in batter, seafood salad in batter, etc), har gow and siu mai on weekends. A real Toronto institution.

                        Rose Cafe for my favourite Toronto banh mi.

                        1. mainja RE: ognir Sep 24, 2006 01:36 PM

                          island foods, it's a chain, but it's a small chain...

                          (a roti shop)

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                            Full tummy RE: mainja Dec 8, 2007 06:55 AM

                            Albert's Jamaican (Bathurst & St. Clair) have great rotis too.

                            Edit: Sorry, now I see this was mentioned in the first post, so now I second the recommendation.

                          2. koko RE: ognir Dec 6, 2007 04:59 PM

                            I've pretty much had all the ones listed, and by far the best quality, flavour, price, is hands down.... Ghazale

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                              julesrules RE: ognir Dec 7, 2007 04:03 AM

                              Danforth Pizza house. I live nearby and I can't believe I walked past this place for 3 years... because for me pizza is all about delivery, and they do pick-up only. You can eat in I suppose but it's very bare bones. Anyway, I think they have a grand total of 6 or 7 toppings available but it's really good old school pizza. He will keep putting it back in the oven until the crust is just right. I still love Bona for all the toppings and of course, they deliver! But Danforth pizza house rocks.

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                                fussychow RE: ognir Dec 7, 2007 04:28 AM

                                Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!

                                Tacos El Asador (Bloor/Christie) - almost anything there is good, and if you're not in the mood for something heavy it's nice to be able to get a decent cup of soup from a takeout spot...

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                                  tjsilverjeep RE: ognir Dec 7, 2007 04:29 AM

                                  Focaccia Take out on Hayden at Yonge & Bloor

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                                    Connoisseur RE: tjsilverjeep Dec 7, 2007 05:13 AM

                                    Focaccia is great. The meatballs OMG and the sauce is awesome

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                                    bluedog RE: ognir Dec 7, 2007 05:25 AM

                                    Great question! Thanks for reviving it!

                                    A few of mine have already been mentioned, but I'll add the little Pakistani places East of Donlands on the Danforth...Al Madina and Makkah. Cheap and delicious tandoori and curries.

                                    BTW way, if anyone's interested, the mosque across the street is currentyl undergoing renovations to add a large dome and turrets. Should be a landmark when its done:


                                    So soon you'll be able to pick up kickass tandoori with a kickass view.

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                                      mikervin RE: ognir Dec 9, 2007 08:54 PM

                                      Coconut Grove has a variety of chicken dishes, jerk, tanduri, curried..it is near the bus station on Dundas St.
                                      The food prices are great and it probably does most of its business at lunch time. Kind of an old lunch room decor rather drab white. Nevertheless with the fair prices and servings this ought to be on your agenda if downtown near city hall. All the food is ready and served at the counter on your tray. Paper plates etc.

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