Brothers Alex and Mark Rechichi always enjoyed constructing hearty, Dagwood-esque sandwiches, but noticed that most of the breads they employed in these edible masterpieces literally crumbled under the pressure of supporting a glorious quantity of healthy meats, veggies, cheeses, and sauces. Naturally, the brothers fell in love when they discovered the sturdy pita, which was both nutritious and versatile. Flatbread in hands, the two brothers founded Extreme Pita in 1997 with a goal of delivering enormous, structurally sound sandwiches to the masses. Since then, the eatery has spawned franchises throughout the U.S. and Canada, where customers can enjoy a variety of pita-based creations ranging from made-to-order wraps to pizza-style flat bakes to jalapeño cheddar chips. Extreme Pita's locations put an emphasis on reducing their carbon footprint by implementing an array of green practices, such as recycling and reusing, using energy-efficient light bulbs, and warming pitas with the sighs of a dragon.
Buffet World beckons growling stomachs into its 260-seat dining room with an eclectic lineup of Chinese, Japanese, and Canadian offerings. With the buffet, diners peruse and discuss ideal first dates with more than 100 items before piling plates high with tasty choices such as roast beef and pizza. Kick off voyages around the buffet line with a trip to the salad bar, sample sushi selections, and then cap off feasts with desserts such as ice cream and fortune cookies. From the takeout menu, dry noodles blend with bean sprouts and pork in a chow mein (a $5.45+ value), spicy satay sauce drizzles over beef (an $8.50 value), and shrimp weaves into a bed of mixed vegetables (an $8.50 value). Finally, expert chefs fry up veggies, rice, eggs, and chicken to stuff hungry patrons and their plastic-lined pockets with chicken fried rice. With an eye toward healthy eating, Buffet World's culinary wizards whip up their dishes using vegetable oil and fresh herbs and spices.
Nestled in the heart of Durham region, Signature Indian Cuisine beguiles tastebuds with the potent aromas and evocative flavours of authentic Indian dishes. Signature Indian Cuisine imbues succulent meats and fresh produce with meticulously mixed spice bouquets of coriander, cinnamon, clove, and saffron to concoct traditional and tasty curries, vindaloos, kebabs, and more. The lamb roganjosh ($10.99) invites tender chunks of lamb to take a vow of silence along with onions and yogurt in an enchanted sauce of saffron and mint, and the palak paneer ($8.99) nestles cottage cheese cubes into a purée of fresh spinach and fragrant spices. The warm, attentive staff help guide naan neophytes through an extensive menu, soothing parched palates with imported beers and wines and mango lassis all presented in an authentic Indian super soaker.
The team of grilling maestros at Lick’s Homeburgers & Ice Cream bring a menu of burgers, wraps, and diner fare to life with quality ingredients, such as lean ground steak and fresh vegetables delivered daily. The Lick's homeburger ($4.99) is a savoury patty made from steam pasteurized Canadian beef, that can be topped with mango chutney or zucchini relish before it chugs toward expectant mouths atop a fresh-toasted bun. Lick’s soy-based vegan Nature burgers ($5.49) sate palates with their hefty quarter-pound composition virtually devoid of cholesterol. A Chick’n Lick’n wrap ($6.99) snuggles barbecue chicken breast and melty cheese into a soft tortilla, and trans-fat-free regular fries ($2.89) cooked in 100 per cent canola oil before dutifully accompanying main dishes on the harrowing voyage from kitchen to human stomach to whale stomach.
The friendly staff at Oishi Maki serves up authentic sushi, sashimi, maki, and more in the intimate eatery. Peruse the appetizers and start an oral trip to the island country with an order of mixed veggie tempura ($3.99) or load up on podded protein by splitting a bowl of salted edamame ($3.49) with a bean-loving date. Oishi Maki's extensive selection of simplistic hand roll, sushi, and sashimi options ($2.49+) showcases its fresh-from-the-sea finds, while specialty rolls swaddle the seafare with inventive accompaniments. The house-specialty Oishi Maki sushi roll ($4.99), with its homemade seafood salad, offers a delectable delicacy to serve to a date by the chopstickful, while a rice or noodle dish is sure to set off a flavour explosion that can be heard from the next province.
A Canadian chicken depot for more than 40 years, Chick-N-Joy emphasizes fresh ingredients and a homemade approach to chicken dinners. All chicken is sourced from inspected farms, hand-processed (never frozen), lightly seasoned, tenderized with Shiatsu massage, and pressure-cooked in trans-fat-free Canola oil. The three-piece chicken dinner (a $7.90 value with tax) pairs pieces of rib, thigh, and leg with fresh-cut fries and gravy. A salad and buttermilk biscuit, both made fresh daily, complete the posse. A small soft drink (a $1.18 value including tax) seals victory over humanly hunger and thirst, freeing the sated to walk the streets without salivating on lampposts.