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New Q! Stack BBQ

I was taken to Stack last night by friends from out of town who were jonesing for bbq.

It was a revelation, but not a good one in fact it was appalling.

We shared the crispy calamari which was anything but crispy. Limp, greasy and barely warm.

Also shared the cheddar jalapeño sausage app which was burnt, very dry and crumbled when sliced.

I then had the brisket dinner. I ordered the sauce on the side. It came sauced and was drier than beef jerky. The accompanying fries were greasy and lukewarm, the slaw inedible, neither creamy nor vinagry nor crisp, but with an abundance of the funkiness of old cabbage.

The highlights were a little ramekin of baked beans which were about average and the beer which was good and cold Flying Monkeys. These were the only items I would not have sent back.

I would have sent every other dish back to the kitchen if I had not been in the awkward position of being the guest.

New Q! Stack BBQ

I was taken to Stack last night by friends from out of town who were jonesing for bbq.

It was a revelation, but not a good one, it was appalling.

We shared the crispy calamari which was anything but crispy. Limp, greasy and barely warm.

Also shared the cheddar jalapeño sausage app which was burnt, very dry and crumbled when sliced.

I then had the brisket dinner. I ordered the sauce on the side. It came sauced and was drier than beef jerky. The accompanying fries were greasy and lukewarm, the slaw inedible, neither creamy nor vinagry nor crisp, but with an abundance of the funkiness of old cabbage.

The highlights were a little ramekin of baked beans which were about average and the beer which was good and cold Flying Monkeys. These were the only items I would not have sent back.

I would have sent every other dish back to the kitchen if I had not been in the awkward position of being the guest.

Surprisingly different food at Forget Me Not Vietnamese Restaurant

First visit to Forget Me Not today.
This place is a winner (and clean and friendly).
Had the Vermicelli with salad, grilled pork, pork sausage and spring roll which for me is a nice, light summer lunch.
Thought it was somewhere between very good and great.
I will go back frequently on the excuse of a trip to Costco - 2 blocks away.
Some exotic items on the menu - crocodile, venison, boar, duck tongues etc. for when those cravings hit you.
Open 11 am - 10 pm closed Monday.

Flock

Love this place.

Juicy, slow roasted chicken perfectly cooked, Caribbean Pepper sauce and tasty sweet potatoes are a hit.

Handcrafted food at Swiss pigeon prices!

The Chimichurri sauce is good but I would buy the Caribbean sauce (habanero and mango) by the keg, I love heat and a bit of sweet with chicken.

Salads look good and my friend thought the sandwich was excellent.

Bar Isobel or Richmond Station , anyone been latley.

If I were you I would definitely go to Bar Isabel but would also swap out Queen and Beaver in favour of Richmond Station.

Sabai Sabai - Church & Dundas

Is Sabai Sabai still well regarded?
I have never been and know that Nuit is at best an influence but not directly involved.

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

I have seen chicken being roasted at both SW and Costco in the past month.

The smell of roasting chicken is a big part of the allure at Costco. It gets people salivating and buying high margin prepared stuff like cole slaw and mac salad.

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

Why not?

After all, loss leader prepared chicken from Costco, Loblaws et al has had a huge impact on SW by forcing it to branch out into main courses which have largely been failures.

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

Over a period of 40 years I ate at SC (we called it Swiss Pidgeon or the Pidge) twice a week - the arithmetic is a bit embarrassing! That is about 100 gallons of Chalet Sauce, a metric tonne of chicken and about 3000 lbs of fries. Scary I know but I am still alive.

After school 50+ years ago my friends and I frequently went to the SC at Yonge and St. Clair for fries $0.10 and split a sauce $0.05. The quarter dinner was $0.65

Among the things I have learned is that any divergence from chicken and fries will end in disappointment.

I now visit SC irregularly every 2 months or so and always order a double leg "skin crispy" and fries "hot". The instructions are printed on the order chit that goes to the kitchen.

This has worked very well. The legs have enough fat not to dry out and are grilled which warms them up, crisps the skin and eliminates the steam drawer taste and the fries arrive too hot to eat more than one at a time at first.

When ordered this way I have yet to send a plate back.

New Yorker looking for quintessential Toronto cheap eats

Try Faley for inexpensive Hakka cuisine at the NE corner of Overlea and Beth Nealson.
The bus stop is almost at the door.

Faley Restaurant on Overlea

Thanks, thought I had missed something.
The Bombay Chicken is very good though I have not tried it dry, I will soon.

Faley Restaurant on Overlea

I didn't know they did Tandoori Chicken at Faley. Do you mean Curry Chicken?

Faley Restaurant on Overlea

At HG I got it wet.
At Faley I usually get it wet but also like it dry on fried rice.
Because I prefer plain steamed rice I like the gravy at Faley.

The HG gravy was as you say a starchy slurry lacking depth, this si not the case at Haley IMHO.

Faley Restaurant on Overlea

I have been to Faley 25-30 times in the last 2 months and have tried virtually all their spicy chicken dishes.

Chili, Manchurian, Garlic and Faley Special Chicken are my favourites. They have excellent depth of flavour, are served piping hot and are reasonably priced.
Lunch specials with rice are under $6 and include tea or iced tea. Under $7 at dinner but no free iced tea (until you are a regular).

The place appears to be very clean and the front staff members, especially Flora, are very nice.

I went to Hakka Garden last night for the first time to try the Chili Chicken and was very disappointed. The flavours were muted and unexciting, the dish lukewarm at best and about 40% more expensive. I also found the staff a bit confused, the place not quite as clean and the room a bit dreary compared to Faley.

I took one for the team!

Going to Jacobs and Co tomorrow - Learn Me On Steak!

If you order "Chicago" style you can specify the degree of doneness.
In my experience people most often order "Chicago" Blue, Rare or Medium Rare.

Faley Restaurant on Overlea

Will check out spicy Indian fish, likely tomorrow.

Faley Restaurant on Overlea

They do take debit with a $0.50 charge if less than $10.

Faley Restaurant on Overlea

Thank you 'hounds and Estufarian.
I visited Faley for the first time today at lunch and thought it was outstanding.
The hot and sour soup ($3.95) was very rich and quite hot with a generous number of shrimp.
The chili chicken on rice ($5.75 lunch) was superb, spicy and again a generous portion.
The chili sauce is seriously hot!
I will be returning to try more of the menu and would welcome recommendations.

Best Lasagna for Take out in Toronto?

Pasta Pantry
1997 Yonge, 2 blocks north of Davisville.
Very good and very reasonable.

Stein, Burger and Koop (Richmond Hill)

If my order isn't taken within about 60 seconds of my being ready and I am being ignored in favour of a server gabfest I will approach and interrupt.
I am not the least bit patient under those circumstances and ultimately the quality of the service is reflected in the tip.

Stein, Burger and Koop (Richmond Hill)

Thanks Davwud.
Look forward to trying this place.
They appear to have some very reasonable wing and wing + beer specials too.

Fat Phil's Marlee no more-R.I.P

Fat Phill's is open on Yonge 4-5 doors north of Davisville.
This is great news for those who prefer burgers cooked over a flame as opposed to the flat top.
7 oz. burger on toasted bun $6.50 very reasonable.

Where to buy cheap bulk charcoal

I need to buy a lot of lump charcoal.
Has anyone seen any deals?

'Skyview Fusion Chinese' - Sorry folks! Another relatively new kid on the block. This one could be the best 'early-bird' Dim Sum in the GTA?!

The head chef and the manager, Carl, were both at Dragon Boat for a long time until it was sold last year.

Are There ANY Quality Hot Sauce Stores In Toronto?

Perola's in Kensington is very good and very reasonable.

New Dim Sum at Yonge & St. Clair?

If you live in or near midtown Kwan is a pretty good place to satisfy a dim sum craving without getting yourself to Spadina or Thornhill and points northeast.

The average price of $5/plate is tempered by the reduced travel and elegant and clean surroundings.

Very good Har Gau $5, generous Siu Mai $5, tiny Ham Zoi Gok $4, dry Cha Siu bao $3, quite good ribs $3, excellent and non-greasy stir fried sticky rice with pine nuts $8.

The almond based deserts were a hit too. Great flavour and mouth feel.

The bar and dining room are clean and nicely transformed to a light handed asian fusion of Rhodes and Didier.

Unless things go downhill I will be clicking my chopsticks here fairly frequently instead of making the drive to either the 'burbs or downtown.

Galette des Rois

Thobors will have them for sure.

Does anyone know how to make the chili paste/oil at Congee Queen?

LOL

Does anyone know how to make the chili paste/oil at Congee Queen?

Sorry! Usually I am a better proof reader.

Does anyone know how to make the chili paste/oil at Congee Queen?

They will seek the oil to you.

I have never made it but the version from Congee Queen contains hot chile peppers and the secret ingredient is star anise.