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Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

Yongeman, I appreciate your thoughtful post. My 'dead horse flogging' response was aimed at other posters in this thread, and alas the Caplansky-hater thread has started anew, several hundred posts and several years later. I eat at Caplansky's about every six months and have never been disappointed with their smoked meat. If you saw the Guy Fieri DDD episode shot at Caplansky's, you know they smoke their own briskets and use their own spice blend that differentiates them from the Montreal / New York style. Best of luck with your deli work!

Jan 17, 2014
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Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

Jan 16, 2014
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Good, cheap restaurant near Royal Ontario Museum.

The Duke of York at Bedford and Prince Arthur offers reasonably priced pub food.

Oct 31, 2013
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Where do you take a carnivore that isn't boring?

Hudson Kitchen is now open to hoi polloi and is taking reservations on Open Table.

Oct 02, 2013
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Niagara Falls restaurants suggestions

It was just the one visit. I like JK's food so it may have just been a bad night. The main (coq au vin) doesn't seem to be on the menu any more, so it may also have just been a faulty dish. I did appreciate the service, wine list and view.

Sep 25, 2013
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Niagara Falls restaurants suggestions

My dinner at Windows about a year ago was disappointing -- overcooked and underseasoned.

Sep 23, 2013
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Dinner near Roy Thompson Hall

Luma

Sep 21, 2013
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Per Se/Alinea 'like' restaurant in Toronto?

I think Perigee tried pretty hard to deliver the 'whole package'. Location and ambience were problematic, however.

Sep 13, 2013
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Buskerfest

I took a short stroll on Yonge St yesterday and noticed that the Buskerfest event on through tomorrow includes a number of food trucks and tents. Some of them are unsurprising (chip trucks, tiny donuts) but I was intrigued to see some of the local restaurants getting involved: Barberian's is selling pulled pork and roast beef sandwiches, and Salad King is selling mango salads. Anyone else come across anything noteworthy?

Aug 24, 2013
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Distillery District Recommendations

Beer aside -- no dartboard required when you realize that Sleeman and Unibroue are Sapporo-owned.

Jul 29, 2013
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Stratford Restaurant Commentary (Long)

When you say "Bijoux (now closed)" you mean Bijou Restaurant, right? When did they close? I have a reservation for the end of August.

Jul 23, 2013
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Origin - review

Every credit/debit card machine I have encountered is preset to tip after sales tax. You have the option to tip $ vs % in order to bypass the machine's calculations.

Jul 09, 2013
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Blue Jays Fans! Whaddaya eat when you're at Rogers Centre?

Budweiser King Club, to be precise. I like the roast beef sandwich, but beware the stone-cold gravy they offer - best eaten au naturel.

Jul 04, 2013
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Quinn's Steakhouse on a coupon- Sheraton Centre Bay &Queen

Last paragraph -- exactly. Quinn's competition is Milestones and Canyon Creek, not Barberians or Jacobs & Co. They simply don't 'cater to feinschmeckers'.

Jun 25, 2013
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2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Le Commensal has a landlord's eviction notice in the windows.

May 27, 2013
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Black Hoof..what happened??

And sometimes the customer unwittingly asks for a vodka-based cocktail in a restaurant, and gets treated with contempt.

Apr 01, 2013
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2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Jazz Bistro in the old Senator Steakhouse building on Victoria is now open for lunch, grand opening scheduled for April 3. Menus here: http://jazzbistro.ca/the-bistro/

Mar 15, 2013
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Guy Fieri Spotted in Toronto

According to Toronto Life, this episode airs tonight at 10 on Food Network Canada.

Mar 15, 2013
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Cafe Boulud or Splendido ?

Agreed ... then there's the Café Boulud decor to consider, which can charitably be called whimsical, uncharitably a bit of a joke ...

Jan 16, 2013
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Pre-Theatre Dinner close to Berkley St. Theatre

Mangia & Bevi and Mengrai Thai are within walking distance.

Jan 12, 2013
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Sabai Sabai - Church & Dundas

The name of the restaurant is Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar, and they are indeed open today at 225 Church St. So far they don't have a website but they have a Facebook page.

Nov 30, 2012
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Cafe Boulud

Had dinner Saturday before a concert at the RCM and enjoyed it -- look forward to going back when in the neighbourhood. I quite enjoyed the crispy duck egg with mushrooms and confit duck app and the sea bream with romesco sauce main. I would rank it with Nota Bene or Bymark -- not spectacular, would not go out of my way to go there, but pleased with what they offer.

Nov 12, 2012
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New Five Guys Burgers Location coming soon!

Sign on the window says they open Sunday.

Oct 24, 2012
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Openings 2012 (Toronto)

I am very interested in details on the Jazz Bistro opening in the building previously well known as the Senator Steakhouse / Top of the Senator, then briefly as the Savoy Bistro ... http://www.jazzbistro.ca

Oct 18, 2012
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Any Word on Buca @ Four Seasons?

Are you thinking of Café Boulud?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/812848

Oct 10, 2012
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Crown Cooks - Grant van Gameren's new restaurant

Grant van Gameren is planning to open Crown Cooks at College and Shaw in January. "The ingredient-driven menu at Crown Cooks will be tapas-style, along with four to six larger sharing plates. There will be offal, vegetable dishes, and his brand of cured meats." More details here: http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/ch...

Oct 06, 2012
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Boulud in Toronto?

I see the menus are now online: http://www.fourseasons.com/toronto/di...
and they are now accepting reservations on Open Table.

Oct 04, 2012
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Where would you want to celebrate your 40th birthday in TO? Or, where did you celebrate your 40th Birthday in TO?

Canoe -- had the tasting menu with local wine pairings. One of my all-time favourite Toronto restaurant experiences.

Sep 07, 2012
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Day Drinking in Toronto. You know you're out there.

If you're in an Irish mood, PJ O'Brien's is worth a visit in the daytime.

Aug 07, 2012
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Niagara Falls

Had dinner at Windows on Canada Day weekend and was disappointed. The Coq-au-vin was dried out and the pickerel underseasoned. Portions are much more generous than typical JK (the server said they tried the small plates concept initially but it didn't work for the tourists) but at $200 for two with cocktails and wine I found it a bit pricey.

And don't be fooled by the website photo -- the Horseshoe is a fair distance from the Sheraton (excellent view of the American Falls, however).

Jul 20, 2012
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