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best hole-in-the-wall takeout in TO

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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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    1. re: Pape foodie

      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.

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

        1. 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

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

              1. Mr. Jerk

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


                1. Focaccia Take-Out 13 Hayden

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                  1. re: gtw

                    I've heard good things about that place.

                    1. mr. jerk. (sherbourn/parliment)

                      Sqaure boy (danforth/jones)

                      coconut groove (dundas/university)

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                      1. re: chalenegirl

                        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

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

                          (a roti shop)

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                          1. re: mainja

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

                            1. 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.

                              1. 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...

                                1. Focaccia Take out on Hayden at Yonge & Bloor

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                                  1. re: tjsilverjeep

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

                                  2. 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.

                                    1. 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.