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Aug 29, 2008 10:59 AM

Looking for good take out in Etobicoke

Looking for something besides burgers for a good take out dinner in etobicoke...any suggestions? i've read some previous posts, but i'm just wondering if there is anything new around here - I grew up here, but live downtown.

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  1. A couple of my faves:

    New Toronto Fish and Chips (on 5th Street, north of lakeshore); Old school fabulous. everything made fresh to order, homemade fries, tender fish, and crispy well seasoned batter. Sometimes a tad greasy, but that's the nature of the beast...

    Thyme 4 Pasta (on Queensway between Islington and Royal York); pretty decent italian food. We love the Penne Arrabiata, and even the take-out orders come with a square of house made foccacia bread, wrapped in wax paper.

    Astoria (Dundas W of the 427- technically in Mississagua, but very close to me in the south west end of etobicoke); large pieces of freshly grilled chicken souvlaki, flavourfullt seasoned rice and potatoes, good quality feta on the salads and super garlicky tatziki

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    1. re: savannah

      I always enjoy green mango, just east of royal york on the north side of bloor. On that same block is a good little sushi place, as well as ViBO and Magic spot (they have greek meals beyond their burger and fries).

    2. There's a new pho restaurant just opened at Six Points Plaza. My husband and I went for lunch recently for lunch and enjoyed it. They have take out available.

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      1. re: Deborah B

        Really? what are their prices? I usually hop off the subway at Islinton, but might have to try kipling just for this little gem.


        1. re: craigger

          I would manage your expectations around this one, craigger. I found the ambience, service and presentation to be pretty good, but the food itself to be lacking. The springrolls were small and not very vietnamese (my faves are at Saigon Palace, to give you a sense of what i think of as good). I had a "spicy chicken curry" which was not spicy, and had very little flavour (nice white dishes though, which you won't be enjoying because we're talking take-out). My spouse had the vermicelli and it was just ok. Overall, not nearly as good as some of the Vietnamese places downtown, but a passable change of pace for those of us in the west end.

          1. re: savannah

            I found myself near kipling subway saturday night and decided to give it a try - I only had pho and a bit of tea, but I have to say I agree with you, although the pho is passable to anyone but the most picky of 'hounders.

            I will be going back there, especially after having to try out the Chinese place on the north side of Bloor a few weeks ago. blech.

          2. re: craigger

            I tried Pho House last week. The prices are reasonable but the flavour of the pho broth is underwhelming. There wasn't much depth. Atmosphere and waitstaff are very friendly though and given its location, I'd probably return for the convenience factor alone. I didn't have an opportunity to try any of their Thai dishes so I can't comment on those.

            If you're interesting in looking at the menu, I do believe they have a website.

        2. I am often in this area, keep the suggestions coming ;)

          I drive by that Thyme place all the time but never thought they did take-out -- I am glad to hear they do! I will be trying this very soon

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          1. re: duckdown

            They make a good penne arrabiata and some good pizza. They also deliver.

          2. MayFlower @ Royal York and Lawrence is my Favorite "Canadian style" Chinese take-out spot around.

            1. This is my ongoing nightmare. There is nothing new. There are not a lot of places in the west end that are worth going to. That said, I have been able to navigate my way around.

              Chinese - I agree Mayflower is as good as you can get for white folk chinese. There is good (fancy) dimsum at the Grand Chinese in the Doubletree on Dixon.
              Sushi - Gojima on Bloor near Islington (don't go to the place beside it)
              Pasta - Ottimo on Bloor at RY or Queens Pasta (Bloor west village) are staples for the $10 pasta and salad. It is what it is.
              Better than a burger: - Try the Cevap sandwich from Royal Meats on Kipling (ask for the white stuff and the tomato relish stuff
              Sangueech - go to California on the Queensway for the Hot veal
              Chicken - Bom Apetite right beside the DeWalt moose on Queensway east of Kipling (get it grilled)
              Indian - Everest on the Lakeshore just west of Palace pier (beside the new Quebec place) looks scary but the food is really good

              Welcome to my world. And there are really no good wings out this way. I was hoping Longest Yard would be salvation, but they're way below the original location. Some ok wings but nothing good. Good luck.

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              1. re: Westwardho

                I agree with most of these.
                BTW, The sushi "other place" has closed and re-opened as Sushi 2 Go. We usually go to Momiji - good sushi, much better service that Gojima

                We did find very tasty chicken wings at Bert and Ernies on Dundas at The East Mall, of all places. Good chips, too. Haven't eaten anything else there, and I'm not sure I'd want to. But the wings were very good by west-end standards.

                1. re: jacu

                  This past spring Bert and Ernies served my husband and I the WORST meal we've had at a restaurant in a very long time. We shudder every time we go by there and will never return there willingly again. I can't remember exactly what I ordered but what stands out (still) in my mind is that the "vegetables" that came with my meal were so freezer burnt I thought the waitress at least would have been embarassed to bring them out to the table. Apparently she didn't bother to look at what she was carrying to the table (neither did the chef when s/he was cooking it, so no difference I guess...) because once I pointed them out to her she did, at least, have the decency to blush. I generally don't make a huge fuss over my meal in a restaurant but I actually did send my meal back there. Additionally, the room was freezing cold (most people were wearing their outdoor jackets, zipped up). We mentioned it to the waitress and she looked at us like we were crazy and said she was hot (she was the only waitress and was running around so that's understandable--however, when the diners are shivering in their seats one has to remember who the customer is...). Sorry, a little long, but I just really think Bert and Ernie's is a really bad restaurant.

                  1. re: spicecat

                    I'm not surprised. Like I said, we are not at all interested in eating anything else on the menu.

                    All I can say is that the wings were very good each of the three or four times we have been there in the last year.

                    1. re: jacu

                      When B + E was between Bloor and Dundas across from where that A + P was they had excellent food and service. A place I worked at had their Christmas dinner there and it was fabulous. Used to return ocassionally for their stir fry plate which again was first class. Hadn't been in quite a while so decided to try their new place on Renforth Dr. Ordered some kind of a hot hamburger plate and it was horribly salty, so bad I could not eat it. Won;t be going back anytime soon. The Wild Goose on Eglinton (W/ Renforth) has a wing night on Tue. or Wed.and I hear they are really good, no first hand experience here.
                      Heard good reviews on Cahoots Bar and Grille at Renforth and Rathburn, typical greasy pub food and was not impressed with it either.

                      Can second that Astoria choice on Dundas, we are regulars there. They make a perfect salad everytime. Chicken souvlaki is a winner.

                2. re: Westwardho

                  Just to clarify - according to their staff, the meat in the burger and the meat in the cevap at Royal Meats are exactly the same recipe, just different shapes.