This month, the Auburn Lane Eats posts is taking a different focus. The world is changing minute by minute, as fast as this pandemic struck, we hope that it will end just as swiftly. But in the meantime, while we’re all on lockdown, quarantining and watching our hair grow, our locals, our clubhouses, our watering holes are all suffering. Restaurants can’t pay rent, payroll, vendors, taxes and more on no income. The transformation from restaurant to bodega seemed to happen overnight. We’re getting our fave ready to go meals dropped off right to our door. The butcher that your fave steakhouse sources from is now your go-to. Unprecedented times indeed.
There’s been a solid effort from Canada Takeout to inspire more delivery and takeout, and we’re doubling down and sourced even more options to keep you fed and restaurants open.
Here’s our basket of goodies for May.

Parcheggio- Tagliatelle Bolognese

Gourmet Grocers

A $150 dollar minimum includes delivery for Oliver Bonacini‘s pantry, featuring ready to go lasagnas, picture perfect pot pies and access to their meats, produce and hooch for you to DIY into your own mise en place station. Grow, Gather & Co is another fabulous delivery option that would normally be supplying some of Toronto’s best restaurants but now you can snag some of that great stuff yourself – from fresh pasta and bread to truffles, choose one of their pre-made baskets or shop a la carte.

We’re missing the farmers market as much as the next, so fellow cheese junkies will be delighted to know Montforte Dairy is doing drop-offs.

For a more no frills delivery of pantry staples, snacks and produce, ASAP Delivery offers free delivery on orders over $50 and will get there in a couple of days, which beats the current 2 to 3 week window for most major grocery chains or try Food Share, a great local organization that helps the most food vulnerable people in the city and is now offering affordable food boxes during the Covid19 shutdown. You can donate to their Covid Emergency Food Relief Fund while you are at it

Our good friends at Canadian Women in Food have curated a shopping portal to highlight their collaboration with female-led businesses, featuring Mother Raw and more!

Open for Business- Restaurants

If you’re looking for some new new, our lusty friend Luke is the ticket to sensual eats, his well attended supper club in Kensington may be shuttered temporarily, but the food porn continues, with the inaugural delivery of LUST hitting the streets. Full dinner spreads are up for grabs, we highly recommend curating a dinner scene via virtual hangout, his playlist is one to bookmark. lust

Distillery District is still buzzing under the glow of the Gardiner, and while it’s much quieter than usual, Clunys Cafe and El Catrin are set to offer takeout and delivery, and the restaurant group is also adopting a partnership with Mealshare, for every $100 gift card purchased, they’re donating 20 meals to the charity that feeds youth in need.

Newly opened Lapinou Bistro made a quick pivot during this pandemic and is now offering grab and go bistro meals, including options from their well curated wine list. Find out what their weekly offerings are here.

Tabule

Tabule is getting in on the takeout game, with a drool-worthy offer including 10% off regular orders and 50% off beer and wine! Check their Instagram for details on picking up at their various locations.

Mother’s Day this May will look a lot different this year, but that doesn’t have to stop you from getting the royal treatment. Ufficio has a Mother’s Day brunch fit for a princess, so you can pamper in PJ’s and still feel proud. Takeout, delivery and more, check out their menus for all the latest updates.

In support of the Daily Bread Food Bank, you can sink your teeth into a 4 course prix-fixe from your bathrobe, prepared by Isolish– a collective of some of Toronto’s swishest restaurants offering feasts delivered to your feet. The feelgood idea donates $5 from every sale to the food bank, so guaranteed your food even tastes better too. It’s a win-win.
FIGO is offering their upscale Italian offerings through the main (don’t even get me started on) meal delivery app, or actually pick the phone up and call them to place your order. Lines are open Wednesday to Sunday. If you’re looking for some art to accompany the finer meals, Taglialatella x Mr Brainwash are donating a portion of each print to Street Haven, a women’s shelter. And Byblos is also bringing their flavourful Middle Eastern eats to your living room, with special dates for both uptown and downtown, check their site for details on how to order in.

And Wahlburgers is open for burger enthusiasts, and notably, also donating food to local hospitals, giving first rate food to the health care heroes we’re all counting on. Thank you Paul!

Restaurants We Lost

It’s closing time for the Prohibition Gastrohouse on Queen East. The owner came clean about missing payments for months, and his second location at Yonge and Eglinton never quite took off. Nando’s on Danforth, our spot for spicy chicken, has shuttered. Hogtown Smoke on Colborne has also closed their doors.

IQ at Yonge and Sheppard closed after just one year in business.

All photos by Libby Roach
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