We’re definitely not alarmists, but if the future is looking iffy, things seem a bit brighter with a full belly. Welcome to 2020. While the city of Toronto has mandated restaurants be closed until further notice, they are legally allowed to stay open to deliver and offer takeout. We’ve bundled up a few of our fave Toronto food spots to give you a few nifty ways of staying sated, and hopefully sane too.
Stocking up on essentials takes on a new meaning under the circumstances. McEwan Fine Foods boasts three locations all stocked with concise gourmet offerings with a generous amount of prepared foods to take the burden off working from home. And because Mark is a demi-god, he’s granted us all with a juicy discount – use MARCH2020 to get 15% off all online orders.
Il Fornello and Ufficio
All six locations of Il Fornello are open through Door Dash, Foodora and Uber Eats, making this classic Italian comfort food accessible as it is delicious. Vegans will be rejoicing the extensive offerings crafted by their Chef and Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach Margie Cook. Over at Ufficio, Chef Ivana Raca is doing home deliveries of her gnocchi, lasagna and spaghetti too.
We’ve long celebrated Susan’s traditional empanadas, made with fellow family members in a tidy and easy to access pocket off Geary Street. With easy-freezability and a bounty of flavour options, you’ll want to stock up on these hand held pies of hope.
Now with two locations to serve you, Adamson BBQ is built for takeout. Stocking up on protein rich comfort foods seems like a fitting prospect should we be in this for the long haul. Both Aurora and Leaside locations are enforcing a strict policy for patrons entering in small groups to limit the number of people inside the restaurant as well.
Cash free and taking orders over the phone, Bloor Street’s Vit Beo is open evenings from 5pm-10pm, Tuesday to Saturday to satisfy. Chef David Huynh will be parceling up his delicious and spicy dumplings, banh mi’s and more, with colourful and fresh finds for everyone, including many gluten-free finds.
Housing themselves for easy grab and go takeout at the doors of Bisha Hotel, Akira Back is offering his delectable sushi creations, including the lust-worthy Mushroom Pizza, daily from 11am to 10pm.
While Mark won’t be flipping burgers, his staff will be, open at their Blue Jays Way location offering takeout and delivery for those craving a tasty burger in tough times. Generously, Wahlburgers is also giving first responders and government employees a 50% discount, and a nice $5 gift card for everyone on their next order.
Crave-able comfort food is always on our minds, now, more than ever. Slurping spicy bowls of equal parts protein and carbs keeps our spirits lifted, and with a bounty of locations and delivery options, a warm hug is just a finger-mash away.
All photos by Libby Roach.