Saskatoon – 5 Delicious Take-out Experiences Ready to be Savoured

By Jim Bamboulis

Saskatoon’s food scene has never been hotter. Over the past few years, chefs and restaurateurs have confidently put the Paris of the Prairies on the foodie map, offering delectable culinary journeys while celebrating both local farmers and international influences. 


While pasta, nachos, wings and even Greek Ribs with sprinkles of salt, pepper and lemon are wildly popular, 13 Pies and Pizza Bar features, you guessed it, 13 loaded pizzas, making it an obvious takeout favourite. The go-to’s include The Hitchcock, topped with BBQ Chicken and Provolone, The Bridge City Butcher with beef, bacon and sherry onion, The Midnight Meat Train with sausage and meatballs, and The White Walker with whipped ricotta and truffle oil. 


Located along the city’s trendy Broadway strip, Odla sources the freshest ingredients from over 50 local farmers and producers, and partners with holistically managed Farm One Forty, who grow the pasture-raised meats for the restaurant. Shop the market for everything from Cherry Mustard to Pastrami Cabbage Soup, or take your meals to go, including their delectable sautéed, smoked and pickled mushrooms with garlic butter, Bao Buns with lamb, donair sauce and pickled beet slaw, and the Pickerel with roasted cauliflower, charred corn, and bacon gremolata.


Inspired by Asian ingredients and cooking techniques, Odd Couple is a family-owned and operated restaurant that blends Canadian and Asian favourites. Case in point, the Bacon Fried Rice with maple-glazed Cherrywood smoked bacon, organic mince pork and jasmine rice is a must, while the Pork Thai Basil Stir Fry and Roasted Pork Belly with basil cilantro lime soy sauce is aromatic and delicious. For dessert, try the Dark Chocolate Jin Deui, a house-made Chinese fried pastry made from glutinous rice flour, coated with sesame, filled with dark chocolate, and served with chocolate ice cream. 


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For brunch and lunch in Riversdale, Hometown Diner beckons, where chef Cole Dobranski uses seasonal, local ingredients to create dishes from scratch. While omelettes and benny’s are aplenty, the Carrot Cake Pancake is truly unique, and comes with cream cheese butter cream, toasted walnuts and maple syrup. The Mediterranean Bowl with veggie falafel, Israeli couscous, crispy chickpeas, olives, feta and Tzatziki is a hit and for an added twist, try the Ukrainian Brekkie featuring perogies, sausage, ham, and sauerkraut, of course. 


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Translated from Ukrainian, Baba means Grandma. And that’s exactly who’s making these old-world beauties by hand at Baba’s Homestyle Perogies. A multi-generational favourite, Baba’s even has a drive-through where diners don’t even have to get out of their vehicles to order everything from house-made perogies topped with sour cream, bacon bits and fried onions, house-made cabbage rolls drenched in traditional tomato sauce, Borscht soup made with beets, and Smokies on a Bun topped with chili and cheese. 


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