Madame Marie’s Weekly Roundup: Toronto’s Best Takeout, Delivery and Dining During COVID-19 – October 27, 2020

The hospitality industry is among the hardest hit as coronavirus continues to take hold of our nation, our province and our city. Although many restaurants have pivoted their business models to include takeout, delivery and pantry services, others have struggled to remain open. With an uncertain future, please consider supporting your local restaurants with takeout, delivery or gift card purchases.

Here are this week’s picks.

Planta Cocina
10 Temperance Street
(647) 812-1221

Planta’s plant-based empire has grown since 2016 with its mouthwatering vegan fare. The chain’s newest outpost opened this fall – albeit, very briefly before modified stage 2 took effect. Situated in the Financial District, it occupies The Chase Fish & Oyster Bar’s former street-level space. Chef David Lee and team bring plenty of Mexican influences to the herbivore menu including black bean taro tots, hot mess nachos, huitlacoche tacos with árbol, sweet potato and truffle, and an irresistible coconut tres leches cake. Until the airy space can reopen, takeout and delivery options are available so you can have a plant-based Mexican fiesta chez vous.

Coconut ceviche.

Back Road Coffee Roasters
133 Queen Street East, Mississauga
(647) 287-2727

Living up its name, Back Road Coffee Roasters can be found on a back road in the charming village of Port Credit. Despite its off-the-beaten-path location, it’s not unusual to see long lines of java enthusiasts any day of the week. The spot is owned by two brothers who have a passion for coffee, motorcycles and community – and this certainly comes across in the shop’s authentic vibe and friendly service. Enjoy a warm beverage on their spacious side patio or grab a coffee and a treat to go and explore the beauty of the nearby Waterfront Trail.

Gianna’s Patties and Pies
1554 Queen Street West (back entrance)
(416) 535-7777

Making its home in the former Tennessee Tavern in Parkdale, Gianna’s offers two of the most satisfying comfort foods – craveable burgers and Detroit-style pizza. Try the Old World Pepperoni for starters. It’s made with focaccia-like crust that ferments for a day prior to becoming a pizza. Toppings include a simple tomato sauce, plenty of spicy pepperoni and melty mozzarella that creates its own satisfying crunch after the pie emerges from the oven. Are you hungry yet?

Bon appétit!


Mme. M. xoxo

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Operations are subject to change during this crisis so please contact each restaurant for the most up-to-date information.