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Fresh Turkey

Both Reesor's and Stuart Carroll in the York farmer's market have fresh turkeys - 7509 Yonge Street. (A bit out of the way, I know, for some folks).

Where to get Great 'Fruit Cake' in town?!

I'm happy to report I've just ordered my Marks and Spencer pudding and cake from Flowers & More on Jane Street. Here's the link. They also have a variety of other brands of cakes and puddings from the UK, with real liquor in them (I think), so hopefully you can find something here:


Special occasion cake - help

I was just going to post the "new" Bake Shoppe. Their cupcakes were exceptional, so I would imagine their cakes would also be very good. Their new website says they need 4 days notice, but surely they can squeeze you in. Get on it!

Pie delivery for wedding - help needed

Wisey's Pies just opened at Eglinton and Laird. Their savory pies are lovely, but I have not tried their sweet ones.


2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

Smoked and Cracked seafood place on Mount Pleasant - they offer a "deep dish butter tart" for dessert. Anyone try them? They certainly look good.




Ok, how about this place: It seems to get good on-line reviews and their prices are more in line with what you are looking for:


here's an old chowhound thread about their other location:



Miller Tavern at Yonge & York Mills (maybe??). Their prices might be a bit high but they do have a 3-course for $27. Parking is easy, its right by the 401 and easy to get to by TTC.

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

Yes, or often we just put the exact amount on the credit and card and bring a few $$ in cash for the tip.

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

Sometimes Wegman's has it. But its not easy to find. I picked up the last 2 cans on the shelf last time I was there. A couple of other Wegman's had none. You can also order it online from a variety of sources but the shipping costs to get it up here are high.


Trio Restaurant in the North York Novotel today. I've never had a bad meal so we try to go every 'licious. Today we started w/ peach gazpacho topped w/ goat cheese, followed by beef sandwich on a brioche bun, fries and key lime pie for dessert. The restaurant was packed. Servers were hopping but we were well looked after - water glasses re-filled, plates taken away promptly. Soup was good but nothing really special, beef was moist and tender, they did not skimp on the meat. The bun was fresh and soft. Fries came in a cute little metal frying basket. Key lime pie was excellent - serving was a bit small but we agreed after it was more than enough as we were all very full. $15 well spent.


Agree. I would never tip on a post-tax total. I tip about 20% on a pre-tax total, always. Unless the service is poor, then it would be less.

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

B & M brown bread in a can
Pure Leaf unsweetened ice tea (I can only find the sweetened here)
Peet's whole bean coffee
Land o' Lakes half-fat butter
Burt's Bees honey cough drops (but I think they may have been discontinued)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Sea Witch Fish and Chip at 638 St. Clair West and Vaughan Road. They've got a website up w/ hours but does anyone know if they are actually open yet? Or how close to opening the place looks?

Best of Danforth Thread

I'm bumping up this old thread as I'm looking for the best Greek restaurant on the Danforth. I can't find anything recent. They'll be a group of 10, and it must be Greek. Cost is not at issue. Your suggestions are appreciated.

Coconut Cake and Napoleans -where to buy?

Phipps Bakery at 428 Eglinton West does a Coconut Lemon Snowball cake. Looks very nice,but I've never had anything from them.


Need North York recommendation for a 50th wedding anniversary dinner

I'll second Paese. They also have a very nice private room on the second floor (note -you have to climb one flight of stairs), prices are not crazy, parking is easy and I've always had a nice meal there.

Jetsun's Juicy Burger

Yes, its been closed for a while now.

Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto


Toronto’s Best Butter Tarts Aren’t in Toronto

Where is "Max's"??

Sullivan and Bleeker bakery cakes 45% discounted

here's the blog to article of a couple of years ago:


Chinese Food Delivery - Yonge & Eglinton area

You might want to do a bit of research on Sea-Hi. Just a suggestion.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

I know!. they've been there forever. No note in the window or anything....

BBQ cleaning service in the GTA?

Sobies at Willowdale Avenue and Sheppard. They know what they're doing, been there for yeas.

Where is Toronto's $5 plate of good food?

Fish Street at Yonge and Eglinton has a $5.50 fish taco. Their food is excellent, although I've never had this particular item.

ISO St. Joseph's Day italian Pastries in GTA

Rustic Bakery on Rustic Road (Keele and Wilson) is a traditional Italian bakery that does a very nice Zeppole. They have a few varieties. Never disappointed by their products.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Well, if they've been open since July'12, they must have been operating somewhere else other than where they are now. I'm a regular in that area and its only been in the last few months that the building has been complete (it was under construction forever) and they've been open. Thanks for the info, however.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Has anyone tried the Red Velvet Cake Company on Dufferin south of Lawrence?

Grilled cheese fest is a disaster!

Who would give these folks another chance?

Paczki Day 2014

It will soon be that time of year again and I'd like to be prepared. Looking for some suggestions as to where to find the best paczkis in Toronto and surrounding area. The only place I can think of is Amadeus in Thornhill.

'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 only Chinese food I really like is Mandarin and Asian Legend but I must say how much I love reading Charles' reviews. He is the best!