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Was curious and checked out the Waterloo location on Sat. Pizza (Sicilian style) Pasta and salad all very good. Very reasonable prices. Most of the food seemed to be made on premises from scratch (pizza dough, pasta)

Not a big fan of chains (though I do like Panera), but this is one of the best I have visited in Canada. Product is very much as advertised, IMO. Based on my initial visit, I will definitely return. The food is inexpensive, fresh and tasty. Probably worth checking out if you are close to one of their locations.


Looks like they have rebranded as Levetto?

They have a location in Waterloo and... Baden?

Same owners? Has anybody been lately?

Chowfind of 2014 (anywhere in Ontario)

Nice thread, Food Tourist!

Naturally (?) my chowfind is in KW. The Bread Baron is in Kitchener's downtown market, owned by 2 Stratford cooking school grads, who have spent time at some T.O. restos (Colbourne Lane, Lucien) prior to setiing up in KW. They do a great small menu of sandwiches, a grass fed beef burger, soups and sides from locally sourced stuff. Most of the ingredients are made in-house (side bacon, brisket, peameal, condiments like pickled pepper mayo, aiolis, etc.) and prices are very reasonable. Only drawback is the hours... only til 3pm Tues- Sat.

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Stockyards fresh cut fries are $2.50 extra with the sandwich. And yes, I am not the person who requires 2 sides, unless of course we are talking a small (6oz.?) sandwich.

So $11.00 for Stockyards PP sammich and fries. Works for me.


Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Wow... never been to Hogtown, but eighteen bucks for 6 oz...?

I had a HUGE pulled pork sandwich at the Stockyards Sat. night. I couldn't believe how stuffed full it was.

$8.50. An absolute bargain.

$7.90 for cup of takeout soup!

Check out the prices at Zoup by comparison. A Panera wannabe (not even close, IMO, but with 12 soup choices daily) Soups are pretty good, some just meh, but they range from $6.35 to $7.95 for 12 ounces. Granted $7.95 is for the "premium soups" (lobster bisque, crab & corn chowder) You probably a premium for anything in a bakery/café on Bayview compared to a chain, but those prices are not far off, I suppose.

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

+1 for the Fireplace and their amazing hot/sweet Fireplace Chicken! Plus a very cool "Victorian" vibe!

Huevos Rancheros 2014


Tasted a pretty good version last weekend at The Belmont, (in Belmont Village) in Kitchener.

Help - Fine Dining (Italian or French) K-W/Statford/Guelph area

Was going to mention it but have not been there since the change so I have no new information. Was not particularly impressed on a couple of visits years ago. I think it developed a reputation because of the lack of good Italian here. That being said, there is still a lack of good Italian here so it's probably worth a revisit.

I just remembered another Italian spot for the OP though. Marcelo's in Cambridge is in a very strange location (beside a tire store on Eagle St.) and is not run by Italians (Marcelo is Romanian) but is a very nice family run spot with good homemade rustic style food, and reasonable prices - though not particularly romantic.

Help - Fine Dining (Italian or French) K-W/Statford/Guelph area

Not much in the way of memorable classic French or Italian cooking in KW, IMO.

I found Janet Lynn's to be comfortable on a recent visit (nice ambience), but a bit pricey and food was just ok, no standouts.

If you are willing to stray from your original French or Italian food request, here in KW I would check out Red House, MPC Public Kitchen, or Gilt (though, IMO they still need to work out some kinks after being open only a short time) EDIT: None of these are particularly "romantic" it's more about the food...

Had brunch at The Belmont on Sat (good take on Fried Chicken & Waffles) just down the street from Janet Lynn's and they seem to be doing some interesting things for dinner as well.

Have also heard some good thing about Homage in Cambridge, but have yet to make it there.

Special occasion cake - help

Phipps Bakery on Eglinton Ave.

Looking for an uptown restaurant for a birthday dinner of about 8 to 10 people

winner! yay!


Looking for an uptown restaurant for a birthday dinner of about 8 to 10 people

again... let's keep it to the GTA. Scarborough is ok. So is Miss.

Easy enough?

Looking for an uptown restaurant for a birthday dinner of about 8 to 10 people

Well, we don't mention Barrie because it is not in the GTA, so your point re: RH, Markham and Thornhill is valid. While the city of North York border (N. of Roselawn on Bathurst IIRC, and a bit further north on Yonge) does technically constitute the North end of the City of Toronto, I suspect most people now view the city in the context of the GTA and could therefore consider York Mills, Sheppard, Finch and up to Steeles as "uptown".

Looking for an uptown restaurant for a birthday dinner of about 8 to 10 people


May I ask, where do these city descriptions come from?

I was under the impression that "Uptown" is more of a geographical term for the north end of any city.

I have heard Toronto's Eglinton/St. Clair area referred to as "midtown". (again I assumed that was simply due to geography) Is there a reference somewhere for Uptown (in a Toronto context) to mean "definitely not north of York Mills?"


SOS is good BBQ. I prefer the Lanc and my first choice is Hogtails BBQ formerly owned by Chris from the Lanc, but now operated by another owner - though they share a website and many of the old "recipes".(coincidentally, I will probably be there on Fri night for dinner)

Stratford lunch

+1 for Monforte. My new Stratford fave!
Had a "bowl" of trumpet(?) mushrooms, pork belly and pearl onions in a delicious broth last week... mmmmmm

Let's hear who has the best onion rings in Toronto!

They used to when they first opened, I asked a couple of years ago why they stopped and the owner told me they needed a dedicated fryer just for rings (onion taste?) and it was too much hassle.


"In the land of the blind..."

2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

I was there on Sat. My love of broasted chicken is well documented on Chowhound. However, I'm not sure these butter tarts would work for Kwass. I believe the preference is for a runnier filling. Pastry is nice though...

Now if your talkin' Choc Cream Pie...

The In and The Out Burger in the Toronto

Agree re: the pop ups (it's not really In N'Out unless they use their meat) BUT not sure why it's an excuse? This is their formula and their customers seem to appreciate it. They own their meat processing plant and will not open more than 1 day drive away from it. So, only CA, NV and UT locations. If they eventually open an east coast processing plant, then you will see east coast locations. I don't think they are in any hurry though...

The In and The Out Burger in the Toronto

no... I read they are using Ganzi's local meat supplier.

So it's not really an In and Out burger, is it?

The In and The Out Burger in the Toronto

Not until they open an East coast meat processing plant...

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

mrzee... kudos to you! The Pie Tree I remember, but your memory is far better...

I do remember a Dairy Queen waaay back, but somehow have no memories of Daddy's or the Fryin Pan. Ate at the Big Boy once or twice...

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

True, but do you remember what it was BEFORE it was the Shrimp Kitchen?

2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

Obviously not a bakery so I am not sure of the source, but I had a butter tart from Rocky Mountain Choc factory in Stratford on the weekend and it was pretty good. I am not really a butter tart enthusiast, and it was covered in caramel and chocolate so nothing I would recommend to purists, but I thought the tart itself (pastry) was good. Filling was not particularly runny (more gelatinous?) but I really didn't notice with the caramel and chocolate, etc. 8/10 as a treat, though I suspect the tart by itself would be rated somewhat lower by fans...

Grilled Whole Fish & Best Lobster & SLS Eats?

Re: Joe's, I can't handle the wait in Miami...

But I try to get there when I'm in Vegas :)

Aug 22, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Las Vegas

Crenshaw Melons APB?

Crenshaw melons seem to be missing from Produce sections this summer. I've been checking in T.O. and KW areas.

Can any hounds advise any recent sightings?

Need help with good place for lunch in Kitchener.


I recommend you check out Red House. Had a nice meal there last month. Former Charcoal Steak House chef who's out on his own now. Patio dining if weather permits.

Taco Farm at King and Erb is interesting. Tacos can be hit or miss (definitely unconventional - not trying for authentic) , but I enjoy their fried chicken (Honey, tequila, Lime, black pepper) Very sweet, but pairs up nicely with their 3 housemade hot sauces. Lots of different tequilas to sample if that's your thing...

If it's BBQ you want... Hogtails in Waterloo or the Lancaster Smokehouse are both good choices.

Just a heads up... Sabletine pastries on King St. for some great pastries, macarons, etc.

Let us know where you end up!

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

LOL... I forgot they call them "Mexican"! (the ones with the sauce, IIRC)

Nothing remotely Mexican about them! Hilarious!