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Restaurant "Har Gow" on Danforth

We got take out from here last night and were not disappointed. It's actually quite good, great value and made fresh. The place was pretty busy about 5:45 last night. Prices range from $2.70 - $3.30 so the value is good. There is a Dim Sum Combo, most likely for 1 person for $8.99 which we tried, which was a nice assortment of dumplings, siu my, ha gow, sticky rice, spring rolls and fried wontons. We also ordered seafood dumplings, pan fried pork dumplings, veg. dumplings and the stand-out: fried tofu with a spicy meat sauce - I could have eaten 5 orders of this tasty dish! The service was fast, friendly and attentive. The decor is very basic but clean, and they are now doing a dine-in service, although there are only about 5 tables. I don't live far so the take-out traveled well. We will be back to this place, probably many times, before we head to Chinatown again.

Kid Friendly AND good food?

Queen Margherita is kid friendly.
Also Gio's, 7 Numbers and L'il Baci.
Globe for brunch or lunch is very accommodating - they have high chairs.

Day trip to Kingston

The Wok-in on Montreal St.
Le Chien Noir
Cook's Fine Foods for foodie gifts and coffee to take home
Pan Chancho is definitely a can't miss!

Chien Noir
69 Brock St, Kingston, ON K7L1R8, CA

lobster - peterborough

Looking for fresh (not frozen) lobster in the Peterborough area. We are having a beach party at our cottage near Apsley and would like to purchase about eight 1-2 lb lobsters. I know where to go in Toronto, but would prefer to pick up on the way. Steaming service would be a great bonus.

The Burger's Priest - Queen and Coxwell

Not as of a few weeks ago, when I was last there.

Anyone know a good roti place near Shuter and Yonge?

I'd walk a few blocks west on Dundas, past Bay, to Coconut Grove. They have the best roti within a few blocks, IMHO.

Coconut Grove
183 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G1C7, CA

Fresh Turkey - Peterborough

Thanks everyone. I did a google search after I posted and found Franzs, on Lansdowne. We're picking up the turkey tomorrow on the way up. Thanks for your suggestions, which I will keep in mind for next time.

Fresh Turkey - Peterborough

We will be heading to the cottage on Friday for Thanksgiving, Toronto to Apsley, and would like to pick up a fresh turkey on the way. I am aware I can get one in Toronto, but we have a day's worth of business in Peterborough so I don't want it to sit in the car all day. Does anyone know of a place on the way, preferably in Peterborough or on the way to Apsley, to pick up a fresh turkey?

Where to find Frozen Cherries? Is this a seasonal thing?

I've seen them at Whole Foods.

Contemplating Pregnancy

I'm currently almost 30 weeks pregnant with my second boy. I definitely don't restrict myself in terms of what I eat, which isn't so much of a 'throw caution to the wind' attitude but a healthy knowledge about the guidelines for pregnancy, and the fact that common sense has to be legislated in North America. I have a tall Starbucks coffee every day, and occasionally when I haven't slept well I have more. I eat everything I ate before I got pregnant which did NOT include deli meats. We eat sushi about once per week, but where I live, sushi grade fish has to be frozen for 24 hours beforehand to kill bacteria. We buy most of our cheese from the grocery store so it is pasteurized, however I wouldn't avoid other cheese I came upon, if I liked eating a small amount of it. I eat tuna occasionally, when I feel like it but don't put much thought into how often or how much I've eaten - it's maybe once/week. I have the occasional 1/2 glass of wine or beer when I feel like it. FASD Is not caused by occasional drinking. I also eat chocolate daily, and often. I have gained no more than 17 lbs and probably will gain about 5-10 more.
There are enough rules, regulations, guidelines, opinions, misinformation, etc. to drive pregnant women and new parents crazy. Please don't restrict yourself so much that it negatively affects your pregnancy or coping - there will be enough of that. Happy mom = happy family.
Remember, pregnant women in EVERY OTHER CONTINENT drink wine more than occasionally and are encouraged to do so. French women eat unpasteurized cheeses and Japanese women eat sushi. There are no higher incidences of FASD, fetal mortality, etc. in those countries, based on these factors. North Americans just need too many rules to frame common sense and behaviour.

Aug 19, 2010
thenurse in General Topics

Quick lunch Yonge/St.Clair

I frequently find myself at Yonge/St.Clair these days for work, and would like some good take-out recs for lunch. Here is my criteria:

<$10 is my budget
not into sandwiches - can make that at home
can't be too far from the intersection for time and energy purposes (3rd trimester of pregnancy)

anything else goes! (including sushi)

I really like Sprout, the viet place W of Yonge on the S side of St.Clair, but I'm getting sick of it. Unless you can suggest something better than the OMG soup, I need something new. I've also been to the Indian place S on Yonge, but it's a bit too much food to get a full buffet container and a bit too $$ for lunch.

best burgers in T.O.

I had the BEST BURGER EVER at Lolita's Lust a few weeks ago. Better than Globe (my previous fave) and miles ahead of Allen's (which I wouldn't have voted for anyway). I have yet to go to GBK or Burger's Priest, but I will, soon. Maybe right now. The burger came with cheddar and bacon and was just the right kind of greasy a 7 month pregnant woman wants, but not too greasy to cause heartburn. It was cooked to order - medium rare, with a nice grind to the beef. Yum! If I weren't at work downtown right now I'd go get one!

Lolita's Lust
513 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P5, CA

Which restaurant serves the best meatloaf in the GTA?

DH loves the meatloaf at the Senator Diner on Victoria St.

Queen Margherita Pizza


Visited last night with a friend of mine. I can say NOTHING BAD about this pizza. It was amazing. We didn't have the prix fixe as it just seemed like too much food. I had the Diavola (spicy salami, fior di latte, hot peppers) and my friend had another - sausage, gorgonzola, etc. The pizza was large, larger than L'il Baci, which was our former favourite pizza place (haven't been to Libretto and probably won't go). Our pizzas were 16.95 and 17.95 respectively.
The crust was charred, it was cooked in the middle but not overcooked, the toppings were the perfect amount - not too much, not too little and it was just divine. I let DH have my leftovers when I got home and he wanted to go back and get more! Even after having eaten dinner and eating half my pizza!
One thing though, we felt a little rushed. The owner (John) came over to chat us up a little and finally admitted that they were waiting for our table, because the line-up was out the door. As we left, there were about 4 people in the doorway and a few at the bar, but it wasn't crazy. I won't hold it against him since we were getting ready to leave, but it was a bit rude.
Oh ya, we saw Galen Weston there as well. Guess the PC thin crust pizzas don't do it for him, either.

Queen Margherita Pizza
1402 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

Visiting Toronto on a student budget.

The Rooster coffeehouse is north of Gerrard, between Withrow and Riverdale Aves.

Riverdale Cafe Restaurant
304 Greenwood Ave, Toronto, ON M4L2R8, CA

ISO Cherry Coke

Just bought some today for a rib recipe at a little convenience store in the lower level of Toronto Life square, at Yonge/Dundas, right beside the Baskin Robbins.

Where to buy beef ribs in TO

Saw them at Metro today, but I bought pork ribs instead. I might just change my mind and head over to Price Chopper on Friday........

Viccino Pizzeria - gourmet wooden oven pizza in Beaches

Made a visit tonight with a good friend of mine who lives in the area. We were hoping for a decent pizza and a glass of wine and got neither, coupled with a big bill! We ordered both the medium quattro fromaggio with prosciutto, and gorgonzola chicken pizzas, and each drank water (they are NOT licensed). The pizzas were lukewarm verging on cold, not very big, ok crust, but pretty skimpy on the toppings. I'm not even sure there was gorgonzola on every slice. The prosciutto was actually bacon, and the cheese on the quattro formaggio was quite salty. Service was slow and unattentive which is why we weren't able to address the temperature of the pizza - the server never came by to ask and we were too hungry to wait. We didn't end up seeing her until the end of the meal.

Another table had ordered a pasta - fettucine alfredo - which was a HUGE portion, easily enough for 2, for 9.99 including a pop and salad. If you decide to go here for some godforsaken reason, at least order the pasta to get some value. Head to L'il Baci for better pizza, salad, and at least a glass of wine, for the $40 we spent on our 2 mediocre, lukewarm pizzas we wish we had gone to our old standby. (we haven't been to Queen Margherita, yet.)
Oh yeah, there were single flowers on each table and they were all DEAD! That should have been our first, obvious sign.

Fresh, juicy corn in Toronto

I had some decent stuff from the US, that I bought at Longo's. It was 2.99 for a pack of 5. It was really good, and I usually NEVER eat corn from somewhere other than local.

40th bday dinner/all guys weekend in Toronto, suggested alternatives to steak houses?

It's a weird suggestion, and I can't vouch for the food, but a friend of mine recently had his stag dinner at the Red Violin, on the Danforth. It's a Brazillian Steakhouse and it's all about meat. He said it was amazing. Not a true steakhouse, but a meat oriented, guy type place, with live music. Nearby are a ton of bars and watering holes for afterwards, including Allen's (great scotch menu) Globe (great food and a rooftop patio), Mambo Lounge (Cuban) and many others.

Red Violin
95 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N2, CA

TTC Subway Dash & Dine 2010

Sarah's? Are you kidding me? Not for food, anyway. Just do a search for Sarah's on this board and if you can find even 20% of positive posts about the food, I'll eat a menu. Same with Pan!!!

Average Grocery Bill-for 2

We spend about $750/month but we have an 18 month old son with a pretty big appetite. This does not include lunches during the week for any of us (DH's work revolves around client lunches, DS is in daycare, I eat cheap, quick, somewhat healthy <$5 lunches). We eat out about once a week (restaurant or take-out) which is also not included. What is included is beer/wine (I'm pregnant so this is probably quite reduced now) cleaning supplies, diapers, soap, paper, dog food, etc. Even the cleaning supplies are minimal since our cleaning lady only uses simple products like vinegar, scouring powder and the odd specialty cleaner, which she dilutes.
We live in Toronto and shop everywhere - Costco, local greengrocer, large grocery chains, organic (eggs and milk - always), seasonal farmers markets. I read the flyers and tend to shop at whatever store has the most appealing items on sale. We cook mostly from scratch, but DS does love canned baked beans and DH has a thing for Kraft Dinner and a few other horrific items.

Apr 27, 2010
thenurse in Not About Food

Birthday dinner for two in Toronto?

My b-day is today and DH and I are either going to 7 Numbers (Danforth) or Queen Margherita Pizza, both in the Riverdale/Leslieville area. On Thursday I will be at Gio's. All are good options and if you order modestly, should fit within your budget.
At one point, 7 Numbers was handing out $20 coupons in the neighborhood. They might have some on their website.

French-style Almond Croissants in TO

I've been enjoying the almond croissants at Sweet Tooth on the Danforth and also at Coffeehouse, at Broadview and Withrow. Definitely lighter than the ones at Jules (which I had a long time ago).

Can we revisit the PATH?

Tried this place today - took the subway from Dundas to satisfy a craving for Indian Food. Definitely liked the place - good, not great, SPICY! I got the goat curry and the chana masala. The goat could have been a little more flavourful, but the chana made up for it. I only ate 1/2 of it so will have the rest for tomorrow's lunch. I'll try it again next time I can swindle a metropass from a colleague.

West Scarborough brunch?

I've heard decent things about Vi Pei, at Kingston and Warden. Sister restaurant to Vi Vetha in the Beach.

Visitng Downtown Toronto - Recommendations

Beer Bistro at Yonge/King is very close to you and generally well recommended. It is both a decent restaurant and a bit of an after work bar.

Go to the St.Lawrence market for breakfast and pick up a peameal bacon sandwich and/or some pastries. Breakfast at the Senator (Dundas/Victoria) is good, but not cheap.

Where are you visiting from?

Beer Bistro
18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

Where can i find the best chicken shawarma?

Sammy's is not open on Sundays, which was a disappointment last time we were in Barrie :(

Kingston recommedations

Le Chien Noir for food, not sure about beer.
Kingston Brew Pub and Tir Nan Og for beer, ok pub food.
Pan Chancho for a nice lunch and great patio, esp. on this nice weekend.
The Wok In on Montreal St. for cheap, amazing Thai food (unlicensed, so get take-out).

I haven't been there since the summer, so I'm sure there are more recent recs, but these are pretty solid. (IMHO)

Chien Noir
69 Brock St, Kingston, ON K7L1R8, CA

Tir Nan Og
200 Ontario St, Kingston, ON K7L2Y9, CA

Riverside/Leslieville: groceries and farmers markets

Lots of options, which I why I love living here. I don't necessarily recommend all the places I'm listing, but each has a merit or two:

On the Danforth:
The Big Carrot (good selection of organic everything, including bulk, skin care, baby stuff, maple syrup, take-out counter)
IGA (always open on holidays)
Sun Valley (some unique items, decent produce)
Fruit King for cheap produce
Greek Butchers and fish mongers

No Frills on Carlaw/Simpson for basics like dog food, cleaning supplies, some Asian staples

Loblaws/Bulk Barn, Price Chopper at Leslie/Lakeshore - again, for staples. I find this Loblaws is one of the worst in T.O for selection, freshness but it's better than the one at Broadview/Danforth.

Chinatown East - search for specific recs on this board

T&T Supermarket on Cherry south of Lakeshore - Asian food supermarket with decent take-out counter. Take the Pape Bus if you don't have a car. Good place to get everything Asian at once.

Queen E - you seem to have the recs covered, but don't forget about Brick St. Bakery on Logan.