Welcome to the seventh installment in a series in which we present the remarkable food and beverage experiences of a very strange year. In the spirit of the holiday season, it’s also a very special collaboration between Saskatoon Press food writers and Saskatoon Food Finder, the online publication founded by former Saskatoon Press restaurant critic and food editor Phaedra Cook. This seventh edition covers some of our writers’ favorite delivery and to-go experiences. Part eight deals with cocktails and spirits.
In March, when the restaurant’s dining rooms were closed to fight the spread of the coronavirus, many establishments switched to delivery. Some used third-party apps, others chose to hire their staff for direct delivery (and some did both). With delivery options often limited by distance, it was difficult to try many of the different options that Saskatoon offers. However, here are some of our favorites.
Bravery Chef Hall, 409 Travis: When the closings of COVID-19 hit, this well-stocked food hall was quickly delivered direct by its own staff and featured a diverse selection of kitchens at its eight food stalls. Customers can combine modern Vietnamese from Christine Ha is the blind goat With Cherry Block Craft Butcher + Kitchen decadent CB burger or Coconut well executed sushi with a bowl BOH’s homemade pasta and Beef empanadas of David Guerrero‘s Andean coffee (or all of the above). There are options for everyone and the food arrives instantly. Roadside pickup and dinner are also available.
Click Virtual Food Hall, 4901 Rose: Led by Chef and Kata Robata-alum Gabe MedinaThis ghost kitchen used to offer deliveries. Now its delivery is a reassuring stopover in times of limited food. With ten virtual “restaurants” – including collaborations with Burger-chan and Ninja Windows – From a blue bungalow there are delicious dishes for almost every palate, which is particularly useful for families.
Phat kitchen, 2616 Blodgett: Combining Katy’s favorites Phat Eatery, Alex Au-Yeung‘s Malaysian restaurant with soon-to-be favorites ICE, Cuc LamPhat Kitchen is the upcoming brick and mortar store in Bánh Mì, offering residents of Inside-the-Loop the chefs’ celebrated dishes for delivery and take-away. Order the savory and crispy Char Siu Xiu Mai Banh Mi., the warming Chicken Curry Noodle Soup and a warm Beef rendang bread tacoThen prepare to enjoy a well-deserved feast from the comfort of your home. – – David Leftwich, Associate Editor, Saskatoon Food Finder
Favorite family take away meal
Kim Son’s simple dinner salad with prawns.
Photo by Tao La.
Takeaway may have been a necessity this year, but it wasn’t always affordable, especially for families. For those who didn’t have the opportunity to cook every day, some Saskatoon restaurants developed creative ways to offer homely, everyday take-away meals at a cheaper price.
Who last, 10603 Bellaire: With 37,000 square meters of restaurant and event space at the Bellaire site alone (Kim Son has three locations), paying rent and looking after employees, restaurateurs Tao La had to consider not only expenses, but the employees whose families depended on him. So he devised a way to support his employees and families in the Saskatoon area and introduced a “simple family meal” to take away for four for the incredibly low $ 28 price. To give people variety and a reason to order every day, he published a new menu every Sunday for each day of the following week. There were a few days bo luc lacor shaking beef as a main course with Goi Tom Thit Salad with pork and prawns, a fried vegetables and maybe a Soup. Sundays were role days – spring rolls, Sausages in puff pastry, Skewers and Finger food. The Simple Family Dinner, which was on offer from the lockdown beginning until mid-November, provided the community with incredible service while it lasted. – Mai Pham, contributing writer, Saskatoon Press
Favorite food truck
Think Tacos Truck parked at Antidote Coffee.
Photo by David Leftwich.
Think tacos, different places: biting in Think of tacos’ Fluffy eggs with bacon and cheese were like a warm, comforting hug – something badly needed this year. Almost every Saturday during the pandemic, after my trip to the Urban Harvest farmers market, I drove to the Antidote Coffee parking lot, where the red and blue striped white bus from Think was parked and bought Breakfast tacos to take home to my wife and daughter. In addition to a variety of breakfast tacos, which contain both a fiery red salsa and a piquant green, Think offers tacos Street tacos and Quesadillas with a choice of fillings like Pastor, Carnitas and Fajitasplus truck specialty Candis potatoes – a decadent combination of fried potatoes, cheese, onions, and coriander. Fridays owner Candido Serrano lights a casserole and sells Birria tacos in the Black Hole Coffee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in the Heights Bier Garten from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. To communicate with other locations and occasional specials such as tongue and grillFollow Think Tacos on social media. – – David Leftwich, Associate Editor, Saskatoon Food Finder
Favorite takeaway food
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Thai food from the street to the kitchen.
Photo by Kirsten Gilliam.
With the food world upside down, restaurants offering take away definitely have a moment. In Saskatoon, that includes a date night favorite that tastes just as good at home, and sizzling new Thai cuisine that rocks a Theodore Rex alum and drive-through window to take away.
Squable, 632 West 19.: The buttery, raclette-smothered French cheeseburger At this point, the nightspot will absolutely hold up in a take-out setting as long as you polish it off the second you reach your dining table (which isn’t difficult to do). The restaurant quickly added a simple online ordering system and convenient roadside pickup process when the restaurant’s dining rooms were closed, and it’s still there, along with Squable’s reopened dine-in service. Take advantage of this and score points with this burger and house favorites like marinated mussel toast and fusilli a la béarnaise (or whatever pasta this talented team is running Mark Clayton, Drew Gimma and Terry Williams serves). Oh, they also have takeaway brunch options.
Street to Kitchen, 6501 Harrisburg: Chef Benchawan “G” Jabthong painter describes the food in their newly opened East End kitchen as “apologetically, authentically Thai”. That means no sub-par ingredients, no saccharin sauces, and no chicken in yours pad Thai – However, there will be plump golf prawns. The kitchen was initially only open for delivery and takeout from the drive-through window, but has since added socially detached dining on the patio. Visit to pick up traditional laarb (a northeast Thai salad with chicken, chilli, garlic, cracked rice, and more), fiery Drunk pastaand the painter is addicting Thai style fried chicken. – – Brooke Viggiano, contributing writer, Saskatoon Press
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