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Seaweed Salad

Costco at Wilson & Dufferin has it!!!!

Jan 10, 2014
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any idea of wait time at Txikito on a Saturday night for a table of 3 (at 8ish)?

just got a rez...thanks!!!

Sep 03, 2013
todc1996 in Manhattan

Any idea of wait time at Txikito on a Saturday night for a table of 3 (at 8ish)?

Also, do they call or text you if your table is ready? And what is a fun spot to grab a drink nearby if there is a wait?
(They don't take reservations, correct???)

Sep 03, 2013
todc1996 in Manhattan

Toronto hound needs a little advice (and confirmation) on my pending Washington visit.

My mom & I are doing a Washington sightseeing tour next weekend. We have 3 nights. I'm pretty sure about the first 2 nights but need help for our 3rd night.
Friday night we're booked for an early dinner at Rasika
Saturday night at Masa 14
Sunday I'm torn between Birch and Barley vs. Oyamel. I know they're not exactly directly comparable. (they both have availability)
Mexican food is lacking in Toronto so I'm leaning towards the latter but could be swayed either way. Which is best in terms of atmosphere & value? We're staying in Dupont Circle if that makes a difference at all.

May 26, 2013
todc1996 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Toronto Hound Needs A Little Help...

Thanks nsxtasy!! That's exactly the response I was looking for.....I haven't even contemplated brunches & snacks...That's a whole other endeavour!

Mar 28, 2013
todc1996 in Chicago Area

Toronto Hound Needs A Little Help...

3 nights the end of April. Here's what I'm thinking:

I have Sable booked for sure on the Saturday night...this one I'm 100% sure of.
Sunday night I booked GT fish & oyster (couldn't get a reasonable time on the Friday or saturday night I'm there).
Friday night I'm torn between Moto, Sprout & Mexique

Looking for interesting, buzzy atmosphere, maybe a little romantic (are those oxymorons?)...and of course incredible food.
Opinions? I'm leaning towards sprout...but Mexique sounds really interesting.
Is GT happening on a Sunday night or should I consider something else?
Thanks in advance!

Mar 27, 2013
todc1996 in Chicago Area

Anyone been to The Paintbox lately?

I have reservations tomorrow night but the most recent posts were from the fall....recommendations?

Mar 22, 2013
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fun business dinner downtown?

If you're willing to head west to Ossington (Ossington & Dundas) I would suggest The Saint. Sounds like what you're looking for.

Feb 19, 2013
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

noisy restaurants, as of Jan 2013

guu
bent
lee

Jan 13, 2013
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2013 voting

Ici
Keriwa
Starfish
Acadia
Oro
Harbord Room
Bent

Jan 02, 2013
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

For a food group in Toronto: The Grove, Farmhouse Tavern, Keriwa Cafe, or ?

what about woodlot? they have a great vegetarian menu.

Nov 24, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Saturday night in December- party of 6- food and scene?

agree about the saint. what about weslodge? not my cup of tea but definitely a scene.
bent fits the bill as well but they don't take reservations.

Nov 23, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

No reservations, where to go?

swish by han (maybe not that great for 'settling in'), cava, bestellen, the playpen, the saint, fishbar, lee...all have reservations available on open table.
i've been to all of the above...if you can get a booth at the saint, i find that it's cozy with great service and allows for leisurely meal).

Nov 22, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to go for drinks and apps tomorrow?

The Saint
Harbord Room

Oct 23, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Resto recommendation for bday celebration with twelve 20-something-girls??

Supermarket in Kensington Market sounds like what you're looking for.

Oct 19, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Nota Bene...worth it?

Nota Bene is on diningdatenight.com 30% off the entire bill including booze...makes the prices more palatable...i've never had a bad meal there. i actually find it a nice place to linger and i do find it celebratory....it's a big, open, sleek room. different than your above, previous experiences.

Oct 17, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

One of the best comment by a food critic - Amy Pateki on Susur Lee's 'Bent'

+ 1
i've been there twice and enjoyed it immensely both times. it's playful & fun. the hostess is sweet (no 'tude) and the servers are doing their jobs well...i personally can't stand the over-describing every item on the plate (i've read the menu- i ordered it!) but that's what they've been told to do.....i don't think it's trying to be splendido or per se.
re: the decor...again, creative, playful and fun. my biggest complaint about this place is the noise...it's loud!

Oct 17, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Relatively quiet with good food in the East end of Toronto?

i went to the playpen (gerrard & carlaw) last friday night. it was definitely condusive to conversation. the food was tasty...not necessarily mind blowing but some of it was creative and interesting. the service was attentive & friendly and the decor funky but not over the top. i also thought the prices were really reasonable.
would definitely recommend.

Sep 29, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fun Birthday Dinner Ideas in Toronto

what about swish by han?
pravda? i haven't eaten there but i heard the food is not bad (russian food?)....i've walked by during their dinner hours (before it turns into a night club) and looked like an interested place to eat with a group. the atmosphere & decor is certainly unique....then you can just stay there after dinner and drink & dance the night away!

Sep 26, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner around Yonge & Front

i haven't been to the 3 restaurants you mentioned in years...haven't heard much about them.
i'll second swish by han for fun & yum.
everything else that comes to mind would definitely have a 'corporate' crowd. especially on a thursday night...o & b, ki, blowfish, beerbistro.

Sep 26, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yonge/Avenue Rd and Bloor?

if yonge & summerhill isn't too far, the terroni's (upstairs) or bar centrale (downstairs) is fun. i prefer bar centrale but it's definitely more cramped on the lower level. upstairs, the terroni's menu is the regular terroni's menu (which i 'like', don't love) but the space is really nice upstairs and good for a group.

Sep 26, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Large Group looking for Downtown Toronto Restaurant!

Supermarket in Kensington Market

Sep 22, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Keriwa Cafe

wondering the same thing...we're booked for saturday night. now i'm re-thinking!

Jul 13, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food suggestions for a bday

Starfish or George would both fit the bill.

Jul 03, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Keriwa or bestellen? Or somewhere else to take a new yorker that takes reservations for this Saturday...

thanks for the replies!
foxley's doesn't take reservation....i like foxley but not 'special' or interesting enough.
campagnolo or enoteca? not sure i want to take a new yorker for italian here.
really really don't love buca (am i the only one??)
and gusto falls into the no reservation (not eating at 6:30!), italian category.....
hmmm.....right now i'm booked at bestellen....guess i'll keep it for now....the saint has time at 9 which is fine...are you suggestion the saint over bestellen??

Jun 29, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Keriwa or bestellen? Or somewhere else to take a new yorker that takes reservations for this Saturday...

I know it's last minute but need some help. Looking for great food first (of course) but something that also has a buzzy vibe. My guests first time in Toronto and has one night. Any food type any price. Something that shows him what toronto has to offer.

Jun 28, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

RestoLounge recommendations for a Sat Night in Toronto

Lee
Origin
Harbor 60 (I've seen a d.j. in the bar area on a Friday night)

Jun 10, 2012
todc1996 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Least Favorite Vegetable" Poll

Eggplant!

May 17, 2012
todc1996 in General Topics

If Price Isn't a consideration would you choose? Only have 2 night... Is it Crazy to go to 2 of the 3? Kyo Ya, Jungsik or Kin Shop

thanks sgordon...very helpful

Oct 27, 2011
todc1996 in Manhattan

Mas Farmhouse or ABC Kitchen. I have reservations for both on the same night. In terms of....

Food quality and creativity?
Ambience?
Wine selection?
Vibe?

Price point doesn't matter....Which should I keep?

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Mas (Farmhouse)
39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Oct 27, 2011
todc1996 in Manhattan