Top Five: Toronto’s best take-out dinners
Great home cooking, done by somebody else
Ossington’s old-world butcher shop has an array of gourmet classics, including a daily selection of meat pies, bolognese, potato salad and especially excellent duck confit. 130 Ossington Ave., 416-532-2333.
Chef Mark McEwan’s 20,000-square-foot grocery store serves ready-to-cook meals based on his signature recipes (Bymark burger patties and truffle mac and cheese) along with fully prepped soups, salads, sides and restaurant-quality meals like braised beef tenderloin with peppercorn sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes with caramelized onions and roasted heirloom carrots. Shops at Don Mills, 38 Karl Fraser Rd., 416-444-6262.
All of Rosedale comes to this Shops of Summerhilll stalwart for dinner and party provisions, chiefly the wide range of prepared daily-made food, including the top-selling chicken pot pie—a flaky, creamy, oozy staple known to every school kid in the neighbourhood. 1101 Yonge St., 647-351-4793.
In their small shop on Dundas West, Alex Tso and Melanie Harris prep fresh takeout lunches and suppers using quality ingredients. Creamy quiche is chock full of mushrooms, and the popular chicken stew (which reheats beautifully) has heaps of shredded meat in every bowl. 2066 Dundas St. W., 416-901-3355.
This bright, mostly-takeout place’s strengths are rotisserie chickens, brined and roasted, and virtuous salads—mash-ups of kale, pomegranate, edamame and seasonal vegetables, legumes and vinaigrettes. 722 Queen St. E., 416-850-8835.