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SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

It's all relative. 15% pre-tax on a $20 prix-fixe lunch with tap water is barely adequate; 15% pre-tax on a $35 prix-fixe dinner with cocktails, a decent bottle of wine and a post-prandial digestif should make servers and proprietors happy, given the markup. (Whether the opening of a $600 bottle of wine should be due more remuneration than the opening of a $60 bottle is a subject for another thread).

Best Dishes 2014

Great thread idea, Charles. First dish that comes to mind is Nota Bene's Crisp Duck Salad.

SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

Had lunch at Jump Wednesday and really enjoyed the carrot and lemongrass soup, and the sea bream with succotash, popcorn and jalapeño. Lots of flavour and good portions for $20.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

According to their Facebook page, the grand opening is July 11.

Stratford Restaurant Commentary (Long)

Looks like The Bruce (mentioned above) is open -- the menu looks appealing:
http://www.thebruce.ca/Dinner-Restaur...
Look forward to any reaction.

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

Nuit is not KSR's chef.

ACTINOLITE - An Updated Review with Photos

Nuttall-Smith sure likes it: http://bit.ly/1ofDzor

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Signage is up for "The Elm Tree Restaurant" at Elm and Bay, in the building formerly occupied by a Firkin bar (and, if memory recalls, by Csarda restaurant way back when).

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

East Thirty-Six in the former Lucien space on Wellington is now open: http://www.eastthirtysix.com/home
French-inspired small plates, O&B-alumnus chef de cuisine.

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!

Food Truck Bylaw Debate at CityHall

Good, cheap restaurant near Royal Ontario Museum.

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

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.

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.

Niagara Falls restaurants suggestions

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

Dinner near Roy Thompson Hall

Luma

Per Se/Alinea 'like' restaurant in Toronto?

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

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?

Distillery District Recommendations

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

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.

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.

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.

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'.

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

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

Black Hoof..what happened??

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

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/

Guy Fieri Spotted in Toronto

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

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 ...

Pre-Theatre Dinner close to Berkley St. Theatre

Mangia & Bevi and Mengrai Thai are within walking distance.

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.