Takeaways are something of an international institution, and have been ever since they were first conceived.
The takeaway was first accidentally invented in 1999 by an American man, Howard Christ, who, when leaving a restaurant after a meal, realised he had absent-mindedly carried a half-eaten burger to the car-park. He was struck by both inspiration, and a heavy-set Polish security guard who, presuming him to be stealing food from the restaurant, tackled him to the ground. A short 3-month period of physical and emotional rehabilitation later and Howard Christ was ready to unleash his idea upon the world - a food-cart that allowed you to buy carrier bags full of hot, hot soup to be eaten, wherever you so chose. Obviously, this business model proved unviable, and his business went into liquidation weeks after opening. The idea however proved sound and was refined by others, perhaps most notably, a certain Ronald McDonald. And lo', the idea takeaway was born .
Some 20 years after their advent, takeaways have taken over the world - metaphorically. And it's no surprise to see why. Before takeaways you simply had to either eat at home, or stay on the premises of whatever restaurant you'd visisted to purchase food. Takeaways entirely destroyed this stiffling hegemony. Suddenly, you could buy a burger and eat it in a car-park; have a curry in a lay-by; chow mein by a canal - all of these, now every day realities were, prior to the invention of the takeaway, but the stuff of a madman's fantasy.
Well, to celebrate the ubiquity of the takeaway, an annual award has been launched by the team behind YesChef food and drinks magazine. The awards, dubbed the Irish Takeaway Awards, doled out their inaugural round of accolades yesterday.
They allowed members of the public to vote for their favourite takeaway across a range of categories. Indeed, this range of categories is so broad that it would be churlish of me to try rattle off a few here considering that immediately below this paragraph each of the categories and winners are listed. So, simply shift your gaze an inch to the south and begin to survey these dispensories of deliciousness.
American Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Cranky Yankee Corn Dogs, Dublin
Newcomer of the Year 2019 - Johnny’s Ranch, Ramelton, Donegal
Italian Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Fire & Stone Pizzeria, Limavady, Derry
Kebab Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Sphinx Stranmillis, Belfast
Mexican Takeaway of the Yearn 2019 - Vocho, Galway
Vegetarian Takeaway of the Year 2019 -The Gourmet Offensive, Galway
Innovative Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Boxty’s, Galway
Sweet Treat of the Year 2019 - Mammy Johnston’s, Sligo
Indian Takeaway of the Year 2019- Chandpur, Donegal
The Champion Chip Award 2019 - Mangans Traditional Fish & Chips, Wexford
Asian Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Miyazaki, Cork
Takeaway Team of the Year 2019 - Genoa Café, Warrenpoint, Down
Burger of the Year 2019- Denjoes Family Restaurant & Takeaway, Castleisland, Kerry
Café Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Café Nova, Castlebar, Mayo
Food Truck of the Year 2019 - Pyke ‘N’ Pommes, Derry
Healthy Takeaway of the Year 2019 - Bia Rebel Ramen, Belfast