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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Hasta la vista, patties!!!

Now, you KNOW that I have destroyed some pretty massive burgers on this blog, whether it’s the triple-double cheeseburger at Holy Chuck or the multiple layers of flavour in The Burger Priest’s 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I even took down a double fried-chicken, double beef burger a couple months back… this is definitely not my first rodeo, bro!

So when I heard that The Burgernator, this funky little joint in Kensington Market, was serving up its signature, namesake triple cheeseburger, with mushrooms and onions, between two grilled cheese buns, I was like, bring it on, son!!!

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This burger was like a Fistful of Dynamite in Flavourtown! You’ve got not one, not two, but three patties, oozy American cheese, mushrooms, onions and special sauce — plus I paid an extra $2.50 to add beef bacon, the only kind of bacon they have, cuz the Number One Rule of Flavourtown is Always Add Bacon, bro!!!

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As if I didn’t already have enough on my plate, I topped off my order with a side of Burgernator Fries, with chili, cheddar cheese and sour cream. These fries could be a meal on their own for most people, but let’s just say that between the Burgernator Fries and The Burgernator burger, I didn’t have room for dessert!!!

(Their deep-fried Mars bar explosion does look pretty legit, though!)

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Thai-style chicken wings & poutine!

Bangkok Garden is one of the OG Thai joints in this city, serving up authentic Thai dishes downtown since the early 80’s. When we ate here in person, a couple years back, I scarfed down some succulent seafood skewers — but this time, for takeout, we’re going with their take on a couple Canadian classics… poutine AND chicken wings!

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Now, I think you actually can get chicken wings in Thailand — or at least at other Thai restaurants in town. But I always thought that Thai wings were a little too sweet. These ones definitely weren’t though, nice ‘n crispy with a little bit of Sriracha heat, and then some fish sauce for dipping. For 10 bucks, I definitely can’t complain!

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But the Thai poutine is where they really take it to another level! First of all, the fresh-cut fries were fricken delicious — definitely the best fries I’ve ever had from any Asian joint! But what kicks it up another notch is the red curry sauce. I mean, you wouldn’t think that fries, cheese and curry would go together, but the end result is magically delicious. I would totally order this the next time I dine in at Bangkok Garden!!!

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: This stacked deli sammy is a delight-mare on Elm St!

That’s right, with restaurants shut down for indoor dining again, it’s back to takeout and delivery. And this gives me an opportunity to check out this funky little sandwich shop, serving up all kinds of Italian classics, the Elm Street Deli.

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Now, with sandwiches that eat like a meal such as the Sergio Leone, Il Capo, Paulie Porco and Double WOP Burger, it’s hard to pick just one. But I had to go with The Godfather of Italian sanguiches… this is the Don of Elm Street:

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OK, now let’s break it down. This sandwich is fully loaded with mortadella, pepperoni, salami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onions & peppers, along with a basil aioli and some muffaletta spread, served on a crusty, fresh bread. Now, I gotta say, this sammy was a mess and a half — I took one bite, and everything slid out the back! But 27 napkins later, I kinda got the hang of things — you gotta hold it from behind, bro!

elm_street_home_fries (6)Of course, the name of this blog isn’t Burgers, Bacon & Small Green Salad, so instead I went with a side of home fries, these crispy, twice-fried potatoes, nicely seasoned with some donkey sauce for dipping. Cuz why settle for salad when you can have some great big potatoes, capiche?

 

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Wagyu katsu to go-su!

Now, you probably already know I like steak, and I’ll eat pretty much anything that’s battered and deep-fried… So when I heard that Gyukatsu Kyoto Katsugyu, this funky Japanese joint on Dundas, specializes in deep-fried katsu steak, then you KNOW I had to check it out, bro! But we’re not going for a sirloin, a strip steak or even a tenderloin, but rather this grand poobah of deep-fried steak dishes, the Premium Wagyu Gyukatsu Zen:

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So, what you’ve got here is 4.5 ounces of Wagyu beef, chopped up and breaded, then served over rice. They also had all sorts of sauces and an egg on the side, which I’m assuming that you were supposed to pour over top?

Anyways, the steak was nice ‘n tender, lightly breaded, but well past medium by the time it got to my doorstep. The egg added a nice breakfast element to it, which worked for me, cuz I’m eating this around noon. And hey, because it’s 12 o’clock somewhere…

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We’re washing this down with an Ochame, this hazy, green tea IPA from Godspeed Brewery, which fits the Japanese theme quite nicely. Now, I’m not sure if this beer contains antioxidants, but it’ll definitely cure what ails ya, bro!!!

 

 

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: $7 pizza shaped like Garfield’s head!

Now, Skip the Dishes is probably my third choice of delivery apps, even though they’ve got my homie Jon Hammie in all their ads (Rabbity Babbity Doo, bro!) But that might be about to change, since I just discovered their $10 lunch category of places offering lunch specials for just 10 bucks. And, when I was scrolling through the list, I found a place that’s servingup pizza not for 10 bucks, but only 7…so you KNOW I was all over that like Garfield on lasagna, son!

Speaking of Garfield, that’s what this pizza place is all about — Garfield EATS is dishing out pizzas that are shaped like his face. Since their pies are normally 13 to 17 bucks, I figured this was a pretty sweet deal. And the craziest thing about this offer is you could add any (non-meat) toppings for freakin’ free!!!!

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So, I kept it simple with their Garfield Peroni pizza, only adding mushrooms and extra cheese — dude, Extra Cheese is the name of my 80’s cover band! I also went with the Garfield Secret BBQ Sauce over the regular tomato, which added a nice sweetness. Obviously, this pie was super cheesy, with a  meaty beef pepperoni, and it was still nice ‘n hot, coming in all the way from Bloor and Dovercourt!!!

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Now, I wouldn’t say this was the best delivery pizza ever…but for seven bucks, I definitely can’t complain. I mean, if given the choice between, like, two slice of pepperoni at Pizza Pizza, or an entire pizza shaped like Garfield’s head, then I gotta go with Garfield, any day of the week!!!!

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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Whole pile of Thai-style squid!!!

Now, to be honest, I’ve been ordering a lot more delivery than takeout… hey, I don’t wanna get the Camaro dirty, bro! But when Uber Eats gave me a code for $10 off an order — as long as I pick it up — that means I’m heading on over to Salad King, this funky local Thai joint that’s been serving it up since the early 80’s.

This place is known for super-spicy food, with its choose-your-own-chili level of heat. So when I saw that this squid dish called Sea Queen was “already a bit spicy,” well, I’m just glad they put the sauce on the side!!!

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Now, it might not look like much in those little containers, but this is actually quite a lot of food. Squid is nice and chewy, lightly breaded and seasoned, and it turns out the sauce isn’t too spicy. And then, for another six bucks, I got three super-sized spring rolls. You definitely get your money’s worth here, bro!!!

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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: I think I’m turning Japanese for this chicken katsu with cheese!!!

Now, I gotta admit, I’m not a huge sushi fan. I mean, I’ll eat it — especially when it’s all-you-can-eat — but it’s not really my go-to. When it comes to Japanese food, I’m all about the breaded and fried, and if there’s cheese involved, that’s the icing on the cake. But we’re not eating cake, though — this is chicken katsu from Mr. Tonkatsu, bro!!!

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Now, you get a pretty decent-sized lunch here for 14 bucks. There’s actually more chicken than meets the eye — with a double layer at the end — and then you’ve got rice, slaw and some miso soup that stayed warm, cuz this delivery order only took about 30 minutes. Hey, it’s nice to get a little something on the side, but you KNOW it’s all about the chicken, bro!!!

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Dude, this chicken is cheesier than an 80’s power ballad! You’ve got a nice temperature, some crispy breading, and then all that cheesy goodness. While I like the katsu sauce, I think it actually tastes better without it. Every rose has its thorn, son!!!

 

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: I’m soooo hungry for Hungarian, bro!!!

Now, a couple years back, when we hit up Country Style Hungarian, this little family-run joint in The Annex, I saw a couple college kids order the platter for two, and not even come close to finishing it. Ever since then, I wondered if I could eat all that by myself — and now we’re about to find out!

Y’see, Country Style’s platter for two comes with cabbage rolls, dumplings, sausage, potatoes, beets and not one, but two kinds of schnitzel — Wiener AND Parisian!

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Now, the wiener schnitzel is the more traditional kind — crunchy, munchy, and so big, it barely fits in the container! Throw in some sour cream, and a couple potatoes, and it’s the perfect hangover food…and I ain’t even drunk yet, bro!!!

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But if anything, I think I prefer the Parisian schnitzel. The meat is thicker, breading is lighter, kinda like a chicken-fried steak…gravy not included!

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Cabbage roll was too legit to quit! Stuffed with all kinds of meat, swimming in a sea of hot sauerkraut — dude, Hot Sauerkraut was my nickname in Call of Duty, son!!!

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But what really makes it are these Hungarian dumplings. They’re sorta like spaetzle, made with egg noodles and dropped into boiling water for that nice, soft, texture. Man, I could eat a whole container of these…oh wait, I just did!!!

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Now, because they ain’t serving up Malnaszorp in a to-go cup, I’m washing this feast down with a Rosee d’Hibiscus from Dieu Du Ciel brewery. This fruity wheat beer is brewed with hibiscus flowers, giving it a nice, tropical flavour. Man, I could slam at least seven of these…if I wasn’t polishing off a full platter of food!!!!

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Now, I know what you’re thinking — did he really just eat all that? Well, in the end I came pretty close. I only left a few beets behind…cuz you know what I say, why eat beets when you can eat meat!!!

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Double red chorizo burger…with a pineapple on top!

Now, with all the businesses that have shut down during the pandemic, it’s rare that you hear about a restaurant that closed last year reopening in the middle of all this — but that’s exactly what happened with Harry’s Charbroiled, this legendary Parkdale burger joint. The place shut its doors in October, but reopened in April on Uber Eats, serving up real-deal burgers and fries out of an address on College St.

Now, this is body by burgers, bro, so you KNOW I had to check it out — and when I saw they had a funky red chorizo burger, I made mine a double! This is the Red Burger:

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What I like most about this burger is there’s no veggies whatsoever. You’ve got two charbroiled red chorizo patties, melty Swiss cheese, bacon (which costs $2 extra) and grilled pineapple, shoved between a not-quite-big-enough bun. There’s a nice texture on the pork, some added chew from the bacon, a bit of sweetness from those pineapple chunks, and then the cheese, which really brings it all together. Now, I know that small buns make the sausage patty look bigger, but I *maybe* couldda used a little more bread here…

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On the other hand, I really can’t complain about the size of these spuds. The thick ‘n crunchy fries were nicely salted, and stayed warm and crispy after delivery. Man, normally I would go for some chili cheese fries or loaded tater tots or something, but these plain and simple taters really hit the spot — just like the burger did!

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Sushi and tacos and dumplings, oh my!

Now, sometimes deciding what to order for lunch can be tricky. Do I want tacos, or do I want sushi? And how bout a couple dumplings on the side? Well, at The Haam, this funky Japanese inspired Mexican joint on Adelaide, you can get all three with their sushi and taco combo, bro!!!

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So you KNOW I gotta start off with the taco, son! This gochujang barbacoa piles lots of guac, lettuce, crema, queso and cilatro on top of tasty braised beef inside a hard-shell taco…which got pretty soggy cuz it took an hour to deliver, sadly.

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On the sushi side, I settled on a six-pack of Spicy Crunch Salmon rolls. Dude, Spicy Crunch Salmon is the name of my fishing boat, bro!!!

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Now, if you order the sushi and taco combo from DoorDash — and only from DoorDash — they throw in two beef gyoza for free. The only problem was that my DoorDash delivery took so long that these dumps were cold as ice, ice baby! But I gotta say, the flavours from this joint were on point. So I would probably order from them again — only next time, Imma stick with Uber Eats…