Your ultimate holiday delivery guide
Get festive—and well fed—when you order in from these exceptional Toronto favourites
For many Torontonians, the holidays can be a frenetic, frazzling, even-faster-paced-than-usual time of year, filled with to-do lists, parties, get-togethers, gift swaps and a veritable sleighful of activities that revolve around food.
Put your seasonal stress on ice with SkipTheDishes!
As Canada’s only homegrown delivery app, Skip is the quick, affordable and super-convenient one-stop shop for ordering in. Canadians can order from their favourite local spots, plus get groceries and holiday essentials delivered in 30 minutes or less, so they can enjoy a hassle-free holiday and spend more time truly savouring everything the season has to offer.
Christmas cravings conquered
Indulging at Christmas means different things for different people—but whether it’s a decadent family dinner or a gourmet meal for one, Skip has all the bases covered! Order from iconic Chinatown staple Rol San Restaurant for an expansive array of dumplings, buns and rice rolls, or dig into one of their many sizzling beef or seafood plates. The George Street Diner specializes in hearty Irish fare, including belly-busting breakfasts complete with eggs, sausage, and black and white pudding. Or, if you’re craving some fresh Japanese delights, Sushi Gen has everything from sashimi, special rolls and udons to bento boxes, teriyaki dinners and party trays.
Did you know? According to Skip data, miso soup ranked as one of the top three most ordered items in Ontario this year.
Help with Hanukkah hankerings
The Jewish festival of lights goes hand in hand with eating well, and the family-owned-and-operated United Bakers Dairy Restaurant has been serving tasty fare to Torontonians since 1912. Order some bagels and schmears, blintzes and rugelach, or opt for traditional “apps from the shtetl,” including gefilte fish, cabbage rolls and smoked Nova lox. Craving falafel, shawarma or a creamy hummus bowl? Look no further than Me Va Me. And, in addition to fresh-made Middle Eastern dishes, Parallel offers an assortment of pre-packaged products, halva, tapenades, spice blends and their signature tahini.
Did you know? Pickles have been a big dill in Ontario this year. In fact, Ontarians ordered 45 per cent of all pickles on Skip in 2023—so don’t hesitate to add a side of pickles to your order!
Crazy-delicious Kwanzaa cuisine
Each of the seven days of this celebration of African flavours includes a daily feast called Karamu, and Skip has plenty of amazing plate-filling picks to feed family and friends. Sample the traditional Nigerian food at Afro Spice, like a rich, savoury egusi (melon seed) soup to warm up, followed by one of their many hearty meat plates. Don’t forget a side of moi moi (bean pudding)! And home-style Nigerian breakfasts, lunches and dinners are on the menu at SK Cooks, where you can choose from popular meals such as efo riro (spicy beef and spinach stew), suya (grilled beef) and asun (roasted goat).
Boxing Day bites
Heading out to battle for bargains? You’ll want something quick and easy when you get home. With four locations across the GTA, Chiang Mai Thai Kitchen & Bar serves up authentic Thai soups, satays and noodle dishes—including coconut-broth-based khao soi and pad kee mao—using locally sourced seasonal ingredients. For fresh North Indian curries, biryani and made-to-order rotis, alongside creative-fusion poutine and wings, check out Mother India Roti. Or treat your taste buds to the elevated Italian pizzas, pastas, entrées and desserts with delivery from one of Terroni’s six locations across the city.
Next-level New Year’s Eve noshes
Instead of spending the last night of the year prepping food in the kitchen, celebrate in style with Skip. Whether you’re hosting a party or enjoying a quiet evening on your own, Grazie Ristorante’s locations in midtown Toronto and Vaughan offer traditional Italian pizzas and pastas and other entrees—including their Penza rigatoni, served in a spicy and creamy green-onion-and-pancetta tomato sauce—to suit any palate. And if you’re serving a group hungry for Asian seafood, the signature party platters at Robot Boil House include lots of lobster, crab legs, shrimp, mussels and clams. Or, at Eden Trattoria, choose house-made or create-your-own pastas, or one of their unique pizza-and-wine combos.
Did you know? According to Skip data, Ontarians’ favourite way to ring in the new year is with butter chicken, which was the most-ordered meal this past New Year’s Eve! That calls for a delivery from Mother India Roti, which specializes in both North and South Indian cuisine—with a mouth-watering butter chicken on the menu.
Happier holiday nights in
Amid all the hectic holiday happenings, sometimes a decidedly more silent night at home is the best gift you can give yourself. The “soulfully satisfying” pizzas, appetizers and dipping sauces from Piano Piano are great picks. Try their cacio e carne pizza, featuring ham, hazelnuts, mascarpone cheese and browned butter. Spice things up with the North and South Indian vindaloos, rotis, biryanis and broad selection of vegetarian plates from Banjara Indian Cuisine. Or explore the exciting French and Italian fusion menu at ēst Restaurant, where crackling Cornish hen meets cured-pork-and-ricotta-stuffed agnolotti.
Go-to solution for great gifting
Skip Express Lane is your holiday-shopping hero. With more than 1,500 groceries and household essentials delivered in 30 minutes or less, Skip Express Lane is the fastest, most convenient way to escape the retail lineups.
Secret Santa presents, hostess gifts, stockings and so much more—Skip has a wide variety of retail and gift options available. If there’s a foodie on your list, the fresh pastas, jarred sauces and heat-and-serve Italian meals from Sud Forno are destined to delight. And for a bounty of floral arrangements and teddy bear gift sets, browse the selection at Botana Flowers, or choose from the variety of the beautiful blooms and bouquets available through Toronto Flower Gallery.
Did you know? Canadians seized the opportunity to express their love on Mother’s Day by setting a record for the highest number of flower orders in 2023, with Ontarians ordering more than any province!
No matter what—or how—you’re celebrating this season, Skip is your go-to solution for restaurant, grocery and retail delivery during the holidays. Order on the app (for iOS or Android) or at skipthedishes.com.