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Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

I really like Tinnel's patties. But again, I love the saucy filling that will run out if you're not careful. The spicy beef and the curried chicken patties are the ones I like best. I like the thin crust and the filling is spiced just right for me.

The curried goat patties at Fahmee (which I believe are Allens') are always good if you can get them.

Donalda Club

I worked there maybe 7 years ago and the food was good then. I know the majority of the chefs and cooks have changed since then. I have heard from a few people I know who went there for weddings or christmas parties have said the food was great.

The view and the ambiance is fantastic, no denying that!

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

that guy was terrible. He was condescending, arrogant and his food did not look appetizing. I am so glad to see his family was able to get healthy and lose weight, but man, he just stunk.

Jun 25, 2010
iheartpie in Food Media & News

expanding breakfast palette

There are countless options for Dim Sum all over the GTA. Try a traditional Jamaican breakfast of saltfish, ackee, calaloo and dumplins at any of the great West Indian restaurants too! (The Ritz downtown is great IMO) Greek pastries to be found on the Danforth, there must be countless others I'm missing I'm sure.

Restaurants I love, you hate

I like them now and then as well. Not the best wings ever, but my area seems to get coupons sometimes, so its not a bad option.

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Pizza Pino's has delicious pizza, IMO. Keep in mind its a big heavy pizza loaded with toppings and cheese. We usually need a knife and fork.

I have personally never had a bad meal at Mt Everest, either eat in or take out. I always enjoy the little buffet, and yes, the naan is great.

I like Halibut Time for fish and chips on Hwy 2 near Westney in the Sobey's plaza. I always get the halibut. Big portion, nice batter, nice fresh chips.

Not personally a fan of Tangerine, I prefer Federicks in Scarborough, but its ok.

Tried Tommy's on Bayly for souvlaki, NOT IMPRESSED. Over priced, oily pita bread and some of the worst calamari I've ever had.

I can always get a nice breakfast at Station st Grill.

Mt Everest Restaurant
469 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X9, CA

Pizza Pino
855 Westney Rd S, Ajax, ON L1S3M4, CA

Brunch at OddFellows

that looks really good! I don't think I personally would stir it though. Thanks for the great post!

Restaurants I love, you hate

I agree wholeheartedly. Go with what you like.

I will happily eat at Guildwood Pizza and Burgers knowing full well the patties are thin and frozen, but it tastes so good.

Just like you, Tex, if I don't enjoy my meal at a restaurant, I can choose not to eat there again, regardless of who told me how great it was. It's not ALWAYS because the food is bad. I've tried different styles of food, and certain spices I simply don't care for. (NUTMEG< BLEH) so if a dish is heavy on the nutmeg and I don't like it, I don't chalk it up to the resto being bad. I understand that I won't enjoy everything I try, but at least I tried it.

Restaurants I love, you hate

well I personally have never have a bad meal at Le Paradis. I have great memories of meals with my family there for birthdays. I loved their mussles and homemade ketchup on the frites.

Swiss Chalet is still yummy to me too, although I do agree it's not the same as it was when I was young..

I love a good nature burger from Licks, dripping with toppings.

I've had wonderful meals at Ruth's Chris, but last time I went the kitchen was really struggling with the steaks, I had to send my stead back TWICE. Asked for medium well and got rare both times. I know many love rare steaks, it's just not my personal taste.

I love dim sum and take out from Perfect in Scarborough, and will never pass up a burger and fries at Guildwood Pizza and Burger. I don't care if the patties are thin and frozen, it just reminds me of such great high school memories.

Le Paradis
166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA

Ruth's Chris
77 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, ON L5B 1M5, CA

Origin - review

my goodness what great reviews! I can't wait to give this place a try. Thanks so much everyone for all the details.

Suggestions for a good Indian buffet?

I've always enjoyed the buffet at Mt Everest in Ajax (yes I realize its out of the way for Toronto, perhaps you may be out east one day...). The restaurant is TINY. But the food is delicious and fresh. I believe they only do dinner buffet one night a week. I think on saturdays or sundays? Every otherday its buffet at lunch and menu for dinner. They have nice platters for one or two or more at dinner that give wonderful options to try different items. Good prices and good portions. Not the fanciest of places, but I've always had delicious food there, take out or eat in.

Caplansky's - You have got to be kidding me!

that really is a shame to hear. I am really debating making the effort to get down there to eat. If its so inconsistent I can't see myself going on purpose all the way there from Ajax. It would be a rare time when I'm actually in the area and would make an effort. Hmm. I'm conflicted now. I'd like to think I'm very open minded and should try it for myself and form an opinion, but geez this one is tough.

Secret Food Festivals

Although I'm not a vegetarian, I always enjoy going down the the Vegetarian Food Fest at Harbourfront. I believe it's in August? Lots of great veggie treats, delicious vegan baked goods. Reasonably priced. Low key, but a little busy. Delicious roasted seasoned corn, lots of Asian and East Indian options, a great burrito guy and vegan pizza just to start. Lots of art, info and products available. There is usually a big booth wth fresh cut fruit. A giant rip off, but hey, it's good (and they usually have fresh coconuts!)

Weezie’s – A breath of fresh air (review + pics)

is this place still open? It sounds so good, and has anyone been back recently?

Where's The Best Roti in Durham Region?

have to be honest with you, I've only ever had rot and doubles there. Doubles were ok, nothing amazing.

There's a Rolands' on Brock Rd, north of Major Oaks in Pickering, if you're interested. Same place as scarborough, food was good last time I had it

Jerusalem Buffet

am also interested to find out, I've always wanted to try it. I've heard from friends that have been there say it was good food. Nice variety, if a little pricey.

Where's The Best Roti in Durham Region?

not sure about Whitby, but Kiskidee in Ajax at Harwood and Hwy 2 has very good roti. (if you're willing to travel)

Kiskidee Restaurant
3 Harwood Ave S, Ajax, ON L1S2C1, CA

Best and Worst Cooking Shows

I have been a die hard Ina Garten fan since I first saw her show on TV. I have all of her cookbooks, and have never had one of her recipes fail on me. I've managed to change around most of her recipes to be a little more healthy (she loves her butter!) with excellent results. Her recipes can be used as guides to try your own thing, and i love that.

I think her Hamptons lifestyle is hilarious to watch. Her and Jeffrey are so adorable, her friends are goofy and they all love wine, all the time. A great show, I can always pick up a new idea for her.

Nigella has always been great to watch. Again, easy simple meals that are easy to build on.

I agree with Jamie Oliver. WONDERFUL! not all of his recipes may be to my taste, but I love to watch his enthusiasm. His Food Revolution has brought me to tears many times. I am so careful to keep my toddler away from junk food, and I know I have to be an example of healthy eating and a healty lifestyle to her.

Michael Chiarello always seems to burn his garlic, but his food looks so good. LOL

A real fave of mine is Chuck's Day Off. (this may only be on in Canada, he's a hot young chef from Montreal who makes wonderful homey dishes, very similar to Tyler's Ulitmate)

And come on, who can resist Paula Deen and her insane amount of butter, cream and over the top laugh? I smile all thru her show. She's such fun to watch.

May 06, 2010
iheartpie in Food Media & News

any good restos anywhere in south Scar close to guildwood?

Fratelli's is delicious. We get the grilled seafood platter as an appetizer to share as a family it's so good!

Ted's just a few steps away is always reliable for a good cheap breakfast.

I LOVE Guildwood Pizza and Burger, more from the nostalgia of growing up in Guildwood for anything else. Yes, their burgers and fries are frozen. I like the pizza there and their souvlaki and greek salad have always been tasty to me. I can always get a tasty meal, and I don't worry that it's not top quality products.

Perfect Chinese at Brimley and Sheppard is good, but a little out of the way.

Federicks at Bellamy and Ellesmere is wonderful. Their chicken wings are SO good.

I miss the Guildwood bakery. Sigh, it was so tasty.

Why Cora's sucks...?

we waited in a big line to try Cora's, only have to wait 40 mins for our breakfast. And it really wasn't worth the wait. Nothing great. Fancy fruit is nice, but I was not impressed and have not gone back since and I don't intend to. I'd rather go to another local breakfast place for less than half the price for a big breakfast.

Casual but nice breakfast place in Scarborough or Pickering

I realize this post is very old,but, if you're willing to go just a little further there's Station Street Grill in Ajax, On station st, which is off Harwood, south of the 401 (you can get off at Westney, go along Kingston rd to Harwood then go south. Good menu choice, good food, resonable price. Big waffles and pancakes with fruit, eggs with all the good stuff. Potatoes are fried sliced homefries. Yum.

Station Street Grill
40 Station St, Ajax, ON L1S1R9, CA

Breakfast in Scarborough

markham station is good IMO, only because of the sheer convenience of it. Yes, I love their big breakfast with the eggs, pancakes, sausage and bacon. But not the day my bacon was moldy. Granted, I had one bad experience out of what seems like 100 since i've been going there for so long.

Can't beat Perfect for good Dim Sum for a saturday morning. But if that's not your thing, I also agree with Ted's being yummy.

ISO - Best hash browns in Toronto

I agree, hard to find good hash browns. It's been a while, but I do remember the Rosti at marche being very yummy. I enjoy both a shredded potato hashbrown with nice crispy edges or big chunky homefries sauteed with peppers and onions. The most amazing crispy shredded potato hashrbown I ever had was at Morton's steakhouse. Obviously not a breakfast place, but man, soooooooo good.

Pearl Court on Gerrard (I think?)

Thanks so much for the info everyone! I hope to get back down there one day soon to see if the food is as good as I remember.

Pearl Court on Gerrard (I think?)

LOL good to know, thanks! I have a 2 1/2 year old. She would get a kick out of Dim Sum. It's a bit of a drive for us since I live in Ajax now, but I always love good cheap dim sum!

Pearl Court on Gerrard (I think?)

Does anyone known if Pearl Court is still open? I believe it was on Gerrard. My parents used to take me there when I was younger. We always tried to go to authentic chinese restaurants (all Chinese menus were always exciting to my Dad!) and I recall this place fondly.

I particularly remember them doing a whole, split and lightly deep fried pickerel, with stir-fried veggies on top and a delicious sweet and sour sauce on the side. It was a favourite of my family. I would love to try it again.

Does anyone know if they're open and if they still serve that wondeful fried fish?

Odine, Japanese-Thai Fusion Restaurant in Ajax, Ontario

well hopefully it's good. I still haven't managed to get there yet. Looking forward to it though!

The Un-Official "Go To" Restaurant Thread

I've always enjoyed Le Paradis. Delicious mussles and beouf bourginion. (sorry for the horrible spelling). I can always rely on Federick's in Scarborough, at Bellamy and Ellesmere for good Hakka food. And can't forget Perfect for Chinese at any hour on Sheppard, west of Brimley

Le Paradis
166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA

Farmer's Market - East GTA

I usually hit Stroud's Farms at Taunton and Lakeridge, but it's a little store, not so much an open market. Nice fresh produce though, prices aren't too bad.

Odine, Japanese-Thai Fusion Restaurant in Ajax, Ontario

that green curry does look good. Lots of veggies! Did you happen to try the Pad Thai? I've seen this location, but haven't had the chance to go in yet. I'll have to make the effort!