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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Wow! Never heard of that before. They go through so much at lunch time...it's hard to imagine it would have time to get mouldy. Did you take it back?

May 30, 2014
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

I've been spoiled by having the opportunity to spend a week in Portland OR, where the food truck scene is insane! So many delicious places to eat, that they have an app for it!

May 24, 2014
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Hi cwheeler, very inconsistent with my experiences there. I often get the burgers sans toppings because I do find too much 'sauce' sometimes, but I have always found the burgers to be juicy and well cooked. I have never had the pontine, but have always liked the fries. Perhaps I have been lucky with the right cook on...or perhaps you were unlucky? I have been there >5 times.

May 24, 2014
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

I tried Stuttering John's at the Food Truck Festival on Saturday. Very disappointed. Bland chicken and pork, over priced small portions, and corn bread was very dry...
Actually, quite disappointed at the FTF in general, the food was not worth the line ups.

May 12, 2014
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

I highly recommend the mantoo. It is fresh made dumplings with a yogurt sauce, and is deliciously fresh tasting. I agree with the 'too many carbs' sentiment, I find the same most everywhere though. I do like the Tikka kabob, very tasty and tender.
I have found when the older owners are there, they are very friendly, and chatty.
Agreed the menu is not very broad, but I stop in once a month at least for the mantoo...and usually get something to go with it!

Mar 18, 2014
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Hi Teach,
Great list! I am going to use this as my 'try next' list, as there are a few on there, I have not had the pleasure of yet.
Teddy's is actually in Oshawa, rather than Whitby. I have not had anything there I would shout out about, save the strawberry pie.
I would include Beeno's in Oshawa, as comparable to Pino's.
Trin and Bago's, Whitby. I have only eaten there twice, but am definitely going back. The flavour in their gravy is great!
Maimana in Ajax, again, have only been there twice, but the mantu is fabulous!

Jan 28, 2014
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

I tried this a couple of weeks ago too. The wait was very long, but they were doing some party trays.
I found the food okay at best. The saag paneer was very unusual, looked like it had mozzarella instead of paneer.

Jan 23, 2014
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Agreed. I have been there several times. Not the best Pho, I've had, but quite good. Great to have this restaurant close by, and not have to travel to Scarborough!

Nov 05, 2013
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Tall order...I have tried several in the area. Maple Garden (Dundas and Garrard) has good chicken balls, and the rest of the food is decent. Jade Garden is okay. New Hong Kong is okay. Jet Garden is okay, with better canotnese chow mein then Maple Garden. Hunan is mediocre at best. I have tried Sam's kitchen only for dine in...but the food was quite good. I will try their take out also. Asia Express offers delivery, portion sizes vary. Garlic Steak is very good. Yellow curry chicken is quite tasty, but small portion. If you eat in, the staff is wonderful...uncommon for an AYCE. Great Moon also does take out...did some party trays from them one time, and it was good. Eat in there, the staff is also very nice. I still have yet to find a really good place, so I wait with baited breath for other responses...Hope I've missed something. Oh yeah...tried WinWin as well, but was not very impressed.
Coming here from Scarborough, we were spoiled for choice!

Sep 21, 2013
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

RYP, welcome to the home of the BigBox, cookie cutter restaurants. It's hard to even get a good slice from a mom & pop joint.
I concur with Gormlaith with Nice Bistro, you get a real 'Old World' feel from it, the owners are very nice, and the food is very good.
Bella Notte in Whitby is another favourite of mine, we have always had good food, and excellent service.
You'll find a lot of good rec's in this thread, everything from burgers at Starr Ave. to pizza at Pino's, to steak on a kaiser at Massey's.
While we do swim in a sea of mediocrity (i liked that reference Gormlaith), there is the occasional outcrop of good eats...you just have to look a little harder to find them.

Dec 05, 2012
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Greatest Burger Restaurants in Canada

NonStickSteel,
I have no problem paying $10 for a good burger. It's not an everyday thing, nor an every burger thing...occasionally, you need the real thing, and can fill in with others in the meantime. That being said...I have never found Five Guys to be worth the hype. I live in Whitby, and there are a few burger joints I frequent that are decent...Starr Avenue, Shake Rabble and Roll, and Big Guys. My favourite in the area is Patty Shack. They do some awesome toppings, if you want a "gourmet" burger.
I used to go to the Real McCoy on Markham, still served up a homemade patty a couple of years ago. Famous Sam's in Gormley used to be good, but now serve the ubequitous frozen patty too.

Nov 28, 2012
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Second the Bella Notte recommendation. I have been a few times, and always had a great experience. I particularly like the veal carpaccio and the grilled calamari is awesome!

Jun 03, 2012
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Just tried out Big Boy Burgers...relatively new (5 months) at the corner of Consumers and Thickson. A righteous burger...Had the Big Boy with all the trimmings. A tad expensive when you get it this way $9, but quite a good size(1/2 pound) and fresh ground, real cheese...etc. Looking forward to trying out the Philly, supposedly made from fresh prime rib. Anyone had it?

Jun 02, 2012
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Hey Teach! It's been a while, but Angelique's used to have a good breakfast...never tried their lunch, and the Bayly (I think now called Chef Tommy's was pretty good also.

Jun 02, 2012
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Really TEX? Used to be one of your faves! They have just expanded, took over what used to be Best Friends. Probably been a year or two since I've been there. Have you been lately?

Apr 03, 2012
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

The two Sushi Mountain restaurants used to be different. The one in Whitby was better than the one in Ajax IMHO. Also, is 2min from my house, so very convenient. Admittedly, it was never the best sushi, but was AYCE, and I have a big appetite Will definitely try Kobo and Zen. In Scarborough, I usually go to Ten-Ichi, Tora, or Niji. Thanks for the recs!

Apr 02, 2012
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

I second (or third) on the Patty Shack. Burger artists! The topping selection is incredible, and follow them on Twitter for some excellent bargains!
Sushi Mountain in Whitby I find has declined since new management. I second the Sushi T&T in Ajax, but haven't been there in a while. Tokushima in The shwa is hit and miss, as is Go Believe.

Apr 02, 2012
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Where to Eat in Halifax : 4-day Trip in July

Thanks for the rec's everyone. I am in Halifax on business for a few days, and decided to check this out. Unfortunately, the Westcliffe closes at 6...so not able to have dinner there. Checked out Five Fisherman, but ended up at "the Shoe" Economy Shoe Shop. Bouillabase was awesome, little too much lemon on the veg, but the pan seared haddock was good also.
Maybe will try the Westcliffe tomorrow!
Thanks,

Sep 19, 2011
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Thanks for the rec, "iheartpie"! I have been waiting to try this place for a while, and I was not disappointed! Had the Mediterranean Pino, truly a pizza pie, you weren't kidding when you said knife and fork! It was reminiscent of Columbo's on the Danforth that we used to frequent. I will definitely be going back.

Sep 10, 2011
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Thanks for the rec jjmellon! My wife and I just tried this place out. Aside from a little too much salt on the mango salad (IMHO, and I have been on a low sodium diet for the past 4 weeks so...), the food was excellent. We had the ginger garlic shrimp instead of trying the basa (not deep fried...diet...) and it was amazing, great ginger zing, and just enough heat. The green curry was also excellent, very flavourful, aromatic, and spiced just right. Also had the Tom Yum soup, which was very good. We will definitely be back!
We were comparing this to Go For Thai which just opened up on Dundas, just East of Thickson, and it was much better. At Go For Thai we had green curry chicken, which was good, but not great, and bami goreng, which was disappointing.

Aug 23, 2011
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Thanks Breadcrumbs. I don't get the attraction to 5 Guys. It's a decent burger, but pretty pricey, and I would take a Shake/Rabble/Roll or Starr burger over it. Or "The Mojo" at the Real McCoy in Scarberia. Perhaps I need a second taste?

Jul 26, 2011
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Just discovered this little gem...had seen the signs for a couple of years. If you're looking for a good deli sandwich, at a very respectable price, this is the place. Some of the items are available hot. Have tried a couple of different soups, and very happy with them. I have been back twice already, and plan on becoming a regular!

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Great Canadian Meat Company
1390 Hopkins St, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

Jul 26, 2011
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

I have lived in Whitby for just a few years now, and moving from the Danforth area in Toronto, it was tough to go from all of that variety to mostly "big box" Whitby. If you're ever in the Coxwell/Gerrard area, try Sidhartha for some excellent indian, or Babu at Shepherd and Markham.
I have tried Nice Bistro only once, but had a most excellent experience. The food was very good, but the ambiance, and the owners were fantastic! Had a real "bistro" feel.
Bella Notte, we hav been there a few times and have never had a bad experience, food is always excellent (love the grilled calamari and the veal carpacchio), and the service has been outstanding.
Starr burger, as others have said, very good burger, reminiscent of the old "Johnny's" inScarborough (which is nowhere near the same now! :>( Beside the burger, try the Philly!
Pita Deli, now also at 5 points in Oshawa, excellent sandwich, monsterous portions, and I like that they slice your (warm) smoked meat to order. Not a fan of their shwarma (no spit){the upright kind}, but their falafel was good.
Like Sushi Mountain, and will try Kobo based on these reviews...especially from Tex Squared who mentioned J-Town and Ten-Ichi which are frequent stops of mine.
Take-out Chinese, Maple Garden has great chicken balls, and Jet Garden is good also.
The Prince used to be good greek, sad they went out of business. Los Cabos was ehhh. I have yet to find really good Mexican in Whitby.
The Sikorski Hall in Oshawa has excellent homemade Polish food every Sunday.

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Pita Deli
1600 Champlain Avenue, Whitby, ON L1N 9B2, CA

Apr 22, 2011
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diners, drive-ins and dives

I used to call this place Gormley Burger when I was a teenager! Can't remember if it was called Sam's at the time, but I remember it as being a great burger. Went back a few years ago, still a good burger, but lost some of it's lustre for me. Probably built up too much in my head from nostalgiga.

Dec 02, 2009
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diners, drive-ins and dives

Cali, If you find a good Mexican, please let me know. I have been on the hunt for quite some time. Got turned on to good Mexican while visiting Cali, my wife would be eternally grateful for a tip here!

Dec 02, 2009
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diners, drive-ins and dives

mmmmm....Toby's, that place would have been perfect for the show, big, juicy burgers.

Dec 02, 2009
sandymctyre in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diners, drive-ins and dives

I would have to second Gale's as a dive destination! For the price, you can't beat it...3 can dine for $10!! Not sure I could see Guy Fierri there, but it is certainly a place I take all visitors to the city/country. I did notice that the prices have recently increased though...$0.75 now for the fried egg sani instead of $0.65...steep! The club is my favourite....not bad shakes either.

Dec 02, 2009
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