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I am looking for convenient take out options.

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I often have to work late - and find myself travelling from the downtown core to my place in markham....all the while racking my brain for something to eat. I do not like eating fast food for dinner (think like, mcDs or subway or anything chainy). I don't mind spending $$$ on my dinner either.

When I am leaving downtown, I will often stop and pick up a falaffel or a slice of pizza or even a burrito. I guess this is OK, but I am bored. Probably my biggest hurdle is time and parking. I don't want to park multiple blocks away - I want my food and I want to go home. I've thought of hitting PUsateri's or WF on the way home, but I work in Yorkville and basically eat my lunches at these places. SO, something else.

I would love some suggestions, keeping the fact that I am driving in mind. Can you make suggestions from the Lake (south), preferably east of spadina and definately west of vic park. I often take university to the 401, so anything up that direction is game.

No chinese, vietnamese, japanese, etc. suggestions. Sometimes I'd acutally like a square meal (meat and sides) or even a pasta. And, while I don't want BK or Wendy's, feel free to direct me to a great burger place or excellent pizza place.

Thanks!

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  1. Finding a parking spot and waiting to be served does not seem to be what you are looking for. For the price you are willing to pay I don't think that you want frozen dishes that - most of the time - taste awful once they stayed in your microwave for a couple of minutes. My suggestion? Google ''Toronto Traiteur''. They should be able to fax you their menus. Then you should be able to select what you want and make arrangements to have your selections ready for such time as you want to pick up your orders. Kind of a higher grade meals-on-wheels, you being the driver, if you see what I mean.

    1. Where is ''Home'' ? Past Bathurst and Steeles?
      As far as pizza is concerned, it all depends on the kind you like: thick or thin crust? IMO Pizzaville is the best.
      Dizzy on Yonge right beside "Amore" (dizzyonyonge.ca) 2419 Yonge (between Brodway and Roselawn) 416-544-1661 : should you be able to stop by and talk to the management, you might have a nice supper waiting for you every night of the week. It's not the place for a romantic supper but the food is great and portions are very generous. Perfect for a take-out. Also: Tabule 2009 Yonge delivers, so they should be happy to have you pick-up your own supper, wouldn't they?

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      1. re: lamaranthe

        tabule does pick up yes

        1. re: LemonLauren

          Tabule 2009 Yonge, South of Eglinton - www.tabule.ca - (416) 483-3747 Rave reviews.

          1. re: lamaranthe

            Karbouzi on Ave. Rd, just South of Wilson, West side. See www.karbouzi.com
            Take-out, yes, but they cook to order, so be prepared to wait. Otherwise, drop by and see what kind of arrangement could be done. Greek food, very fresh, simple and tasty. Very reasonable.

      2. How about Golden Star (Yonge north of Steeles) or Burger Shack (Eglinton & Oriole Pkwy) for burgers and California's (Dufferin, north of Eglinton) or Commisso Brothers (Caledonia & Castlefield) for a veal sandwich? You could even swing by Babos (Caledonia & Eglinton) for schwarma and Albert's Jamaican (St Clair & Vaughan) for jerk & oxtail. All of these places have parking so you can pop in, take out or eat in and then head home.

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        1. re: fickle

          Chicken or beef or half and half shawarma combo at Aladinn's Palace, Victoria Park and Tempo (south of Mc\nicoll. Generally superb and about $8.00 . Pita, pickles, three "salads" , sauces, falfafell (I pass) and of course the meat. Goo d parking.

          1. re: fickle

            Avoiding Asian severely restricts you as they are the ones that tend to open late. Plus they dominate your area (Markham).

            Cosign on Golden Star, great homeburger, open till 11pm.

            Me Va Me at Bathurst & Steeles is also open till 11pm, you can grab shawarma or falafel to go. They also have a strictly take out location a few blocks east on Steeles, not sure when that closes.

            There're a bunch of great jerk places on Eglinton W if you're willing to take a 5-10 min detour. Just past Allen, you'll find Rap's, Spencer's, open late w/ an oil drum charcoal grill outside cooking away.

          2. The Rebel House (yonge at roxborough) does take out... and they have specials that they post online every day. I often get the pasta special for dinner.

            Plus, you can quickly park across the street on Roxborough, or there is a little parking lot by the starbucks just 3 doors north of the restaurant.

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            1. re: AJMC791

              I'm awful with directions so please forgive me if this is not on your route home, but I always have great luck with Summerhill Market:

              446 Summerhill Avenue
              416-921-2714

              If you are driving from Yorkville, get over to Mount Pleasant Road, make a right on Whitehall, and a left on Highland (which turns into Summerhill Avenue) and the market is on your left.

              They have everything in terms of prepared foods to prepare a delicious meal (including sides).

            2. Sababa, steeles west of yonge - amazing lentil soup, tabule, falafel, etc.

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              1. re: LemonLauren

                Sababa Restaurant-Grocery-Bakery 390 Steeles Ave. West (between Bathurst and Yonge, at Hilda Ave.), Thornhill (905) 764-6440 - (Middle East, Turkish) -Very good.

              2. Thank you everyone - these are all excellent suggestions. Keep them coming... ;o)

                1. I second the reccos for Tabule and Burger Shack (especially Tabule, which would travel better, and is generally more of a proper dinner anyway).

                  Haven't been yet, but there have been some really positive posts about a new place on Avenue Road called French Quarter:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/601447

                  1. If you have time to order your meal a half hour or hour before you leave work, you'll increase your options. The downtown core is truly terrible for arrive-on-the-spot takeout after the food courts close at 6pm (I know!).

                    A lot of real restos (pubs, dining, etc. even if not officially take-out places) will let you call ahead and order a meal for pick up. If you work in the core you are probably near a lot of restaurants or pubs who would let you do this, or call your fave restos in Markham when you leave work, and let your driving time be their cooking time.

                    Also: I have never tried this service but have always wanted to, the flyer came to my door awhile ago:

                    http://www.orderit.ca

                    Basically, it lets you order food from a range of restaurants (not just fast food/take-out), in Toronto, Markham & Richmond Hill. You'll recognize a lot of these places: Il Fornello, The Real Jerk, various Greek places, etc. If you order a lot, you collect can collect loyalty points too. The service is open until 10pm, and you can download all the participating resto menus in a single .pdf per region. Easy, and you don't have to go hunting for restos. At one point Lai Toh Heen was on this service, they may still be (I know you don't want Chinese food, but maybe you'd make an exception for Lai Toh Heen :) ).

                    You'll have to see how the delivery areas work for you, but this may at least give you a bunch of options and lots of variety:

                    - order an hour before you think you will leave work, and have the TO restos deliver to your work address (avoid driving/parking/waiting!);

                    - order from a Markham place before you leave work, for delivery after you get home

                    - note that you can order up to six days in advance, for a pre-set delivery time.

                    If you use orderit.ca, post back and let us know what you think of it! I do love the idea of it.

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                    1. re: balthazar

                      I'm actually glad someone revived this thread because I've been curious lately if steak houses will also allow take-out.

                      Yes, I know steak is a volatile food that doesn't taste as good outside of the restaurant, but I'm willing to give it a try if anyone has done this and can share their experience.

                      1. re: czthemmnt

                        I think some do, and/or some may do it if you call ahead even if they don't advertise that they do take-out. It may depend on the restaurant. I remember seeing that Harbour Sixty does take out though.

                        1. re: balthazar

                          Why not stop at Whole Foods on Avenue just north of Bloor. They have free underground parking (great especially in the winter months!) and they have a ton of take out stuff. From salads, to soups to stews and pasta/rice dishes to fresh cooked meat, chicken and fish dishes. Best of all...most of it is good for you and VERY tasty.

                          1. re: jrabbit2727

                            He mentioned he goes there already a lot for lunch....

                            A lot of interesting suggestions here. I will have to check out this Summerhill market sometime even though I dont' live in the area at all..

                    2. There's also this little place that opened near Broadview & Queen:

                      http://www.loicgourmet.ca/

                      There have been some favourable reviews on this board, and it would probably satisfy your desire for a "square meal".