Madame Marie’s Weekly Roundup: Toronto’s Best Takeout, Delivery and Dining During COVID-19 – February 19, 2021

The city’s a winter wonderland, making it the perfect time to hibernate, stay cozy, and enjoy some good eats at home.

Get inspired with this week’s takeout and delivery picks.

Dave’s Hot Chicken
1582 Queen Street West

This Nashville hot chicken franchise that hails from L.A. recently opened its first Canadian location in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. With consistently long lines and all the fried chicken you could ever want, it’s entered the city’s food scene with a spicy splash. The takeout-only restaurant has a simple menu that consists of three different fried chicken combos (slider, tender or slider and tender) that are served with fries, kale slaw, pickles and Dave’s sauce. Single orders of the slider and the tender are also available for smaller appetites. And, you can dial up the spice as much or as little as you wish. If you really like it hot, try the “reaper” – the hottest of seven spice levels at Dave’s Hot Chicken. The tear-jerking, mouth-burning, nose-dripping reaper even comes with a liability waiver upon ordering: “Due to its extremely hot nature, eating a Dave’s Hot Chicken reaper carries with it the potential for certain risks, some of which may be reasonably foreseeable.” Yikes!

Dave’s Hot Chicken Combo #3.

80 Ossington Avenue

This elegant Greek taverna on the Ossington strip serves honest Aegean fare with a contemporary twist. And, everything is designed to share, which makes Mamakas a perfect option for your next takeout meal. Mamakas offers modernized Greek cuisine, like Shortrib Stifado and Kolokytha (roasted buttercup squash with hazelnut, pomegranate, yogurt and cumin), in addition to more standard fare that you’d expect to see at some of the city’s well-established Greek restaurants. Menu highlights from the traditional section include grilled whole branzino, gigantes beans, char-grilled octopus and calamari, moussaka, and a range of delicious dips and spinach pies. Recipes have been passed down through generations, and the uniformly excellent taste is evident in each dish.

A delicious Greek spread from Mamakas.

Goldstruck Coffee
130 Cumberland Street

The next time you’re sauntering through Yorkville, consider popping into Goldstruck Coffee for a comforting cup of Joe and a delicious baked good. Not only is the coffee stellar, but the baristas are friendly and gracious. While the shop offers many standard espresso-based, pour over and drip options, it’s known for its drink specials, particularly the Vanilla Raf, Halva Latte and Dirty Matcha Latte. Although there’s no seating at the moment due to COVID-19, consider taking your coffee across the street to the Village of Yorkville Park for some spur-of-the-moment people watching.

Enjoying a beverage from Goldstruck Coffee.

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.