Madame Marie’s Weekly Roundup: Toronto’s Best Takeout, Delivery and Dining During COVID-19 – October 1, 2020

We’ve officially entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – with new case counts surpassing numbers from the spring. Due to the surge in new cases, all restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and food and drink establishments in Ontario are now required to stop serving alcohol by 11 p.m. and close their doors by midnight. These new rules came into effect on September 26 in an effort to control the spread.

Throughout these challenges, it’s important to continue supporting our local businesses in any way we can.

Here are my picks for delicious comfort food and outdoor experiences to ring in the cooler months ahead!

Happy Burger
76 Lippincott Street
(647) 352-7777

If a Happy Burger smothered in Happy Sauce doesn’t turn your frown upside down, what does? This new fast-food joint from Mamakas Food Group opened at the beginning of September. Its menu is full of smash burgers (beef and veggie varieties), hot dogs and irresistible waffle fries dusted in cajun seasoning. Order from the takeout window and enjoy your food on one of the picnic tables. If you’d rather consume your comfort food at home, Happy Burger is also available on several delivery apps.

Double Happy Cheeseburger.

202 Dovercourt Road
(416) 530-0008

Are you looking for a comforting meal that evokes all the nostalgia from Swiss Chalet, but is a thousand per cent better? Bernhardt’s, Toronto’s newest place for rotisserie chicken with all the fixings, is deserving of a spot on your dining list. Owned by Zach Kolomeir of Dreyfus, the daily French-inspired menu features rotisserie birds, locally-sourced vegetables and low intervention wines. Bernhardt’s is open for dine-in (walk-ins only) and takeout from Wednesday to Sunday. They also have a socially distanced outdoor patio.

Bernhardt’s chicken dinner.

Fall n’ Leaves
621 Richmond Street West

If you love everything about autumn, including pumpkin spice, comforting food and the cooler climate, Fall n’ Leaves, a new pop-up experience in the heart of downtown will surely make your heart happy. This outdoor pop-up — complete with hay bales, hanging leaves and outdoor fire pits — offers autumn-themed food, drinks, and seasonal activities, such as pumpkin bowling, wood-fired pizzas and a wine bar. Cozy up by one of the fires and enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule with an order of Thanksgiving poutine. Or, pretend you’re Picasso and paint a mini pumpkin. Don’t forget to pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch before you leave. This outdoor, social distance venue open from October 1 to 13, 2020.

Comforting pasta in a pumpkin.

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.