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Lots of high profile new restaurant closings, anyone know why?

Consistency in food and good service are what take me back to a restaurant. We were in NYC for Thanksgiving and had some lovely meals, one at a resto where we have eaten at several times over the last 5 years. In addition to eating some really good food, the service was great at all places we ate (which were all in the $$ or maybe $$$ categories). Good service elevates a meal and makes you want to return.

In Toronto, service is rarely really good or for that matter rarely even reasonably good, so the only reason to return to a restaurant is for the food. Hence, if the food is not consistently great, one simply moves on to the next place and good places come and go.

Weezies for sale

Same as what pourboi said... Why wouldn't this be it's own thread? No shortage of other threads here about what's opened, what's closed. Seems to me there was a lot of speculation on Danforth pizza before, during and after the sale and nobody asked 'why'. Is there something different about Weezies?

Sunday Night Suppers Prix Fixe

I've seen a few restaurants offering interesting prix fixe for Sunday nights, like Fishtail, Dovetail and Northern Spy (what's with the tails and fruit?).
Does anyone have any other recos or comments about the places listed above? We're staying mid-town and willing to travel somewhat (one member of our party is ancient so we can't drag him too far) and budget is pretty flexible, but a deal would be great.... let's say we'd like to keep it to $60/pp excl vino.
Suggestions?
thanks!

Sep 18, 2014
the_beezelet in Manhattan

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

We've never received the exec coupons. Do they even exist?

Danforth Pizza House for sale

We had a couple of pies with friends last Thursday. Asked for extra char and it was lovely, the still not quite to the Angelo standard (although to be fair, it was hit and the occasional miss with him too). Am just thrilled that we still have such a fabulous place in the 'hood.

Hipster Coffeeshop on Pape at Sammon Ave?

Rats. I thought we'd reached peak authenticity even here in Greektown, but I guess not.

Danforth Pizza House for sale

I am going from memory here, but I think the old sign said 'since 1964'.

Danforth Pizza House for sale

The char is pretty darn good, just not quite up to Angelo's, but then Angelo had 50 years to perfect his! We've had about 4-5 pies under the new owners, and each one is better than the last.

Morgans on Danforth

For those who live in the 'hood, Morgans just sent out 20% off coupons (food only) good until Oct 31.

Best baklava in Toronto?

We went to Meli today. Beautiful presentation, texture, and great honey taste, but too sweet for my taste. I will stick with Patisserie Royale.

Best baklava in Toronto?

Meli is relatively close to where I work... I may have to try theirs and compare it to Patisserie Royale, which is still the best I've ever tried. Will try to do the taste test this week!

Prince Edward County 2014 summer season

For lunch try the Tall Poppy in Wellington... Great spot with lots of interesting choices. Or for something traditional check out Schroeders (close to Huff). Really good breads that they bake on site and lovely soups and sandwiches. Last sumner Taco Girl had her cart in Bloomfield... Not sure where she will be this summer but she makes everything by hand including the tortillas. And of course pizza at Norman Hardie, but that might only be on the weekends.
For wineries you must go to Exultet. 100% county grapes and award winning wines. Also Hinterland makes fabulous sparkling wine.
Enjoy!

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - April to June

Just because it's from Alberta doesn't mean it wasn't finished in a feedlot... Southern Alberta is full of feedlots.

Lethbridge... Any recos?

Thanks... Looking forward to checking these out!

Lethbridge... Any recos?

I ate there about 4 years ago and maybe we'll go back, but that's not really what I was thinking about.

So to define funky (or at least what I'm looking for), I'd say I'm looking for something that is a little unique, for instance:
- do they make everything in house or is there a big food service truck that pulls up at the back door?
- do they use local ingredients (hard at this time of year)
- do they have any interesting vegetarian / vegan options

thanks!

Lethbridge... Any recos?

Greetings Prairie Hounds!

Heading to Lethbridge on Saturday for a week to visit family. Any recos for coffee shops, pizza and my childhood fav - Canadian Chinese?

Also any recos for funky lunch places?

Thanks!

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

thanks. i don't make it that far west often, but will try to get out there next weekend.

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

has anyone seen these tomatoes lately? am looking for canned unsalted tomatoes, preferably italian. we bought these at warden a couple of months ago, but haven't found them since at either warden or etobicoke.

Danforth Pizza House for sale

we've been regular customers for years. i'd say the pizza is marginally less magnificent than it used to be.
the crust - well, the crust was magic when angelo was alive - is not quite as good,but i can't say i've noticed a change in the amount of toppings, at least not on what we've ordered the last 2-3 times.
can't comment on price tho. we always gave angelo $25 for a medium pie as that was what is was worth to us.

Freekeh recipes and suggestions

Yup same here... bought it at costco and then had to figure out what to do with it.

The one thing I found with the cooking instructions on the bag is it left the freekeh a little too mushy, so next time I will reduce the liquid to a 2:1 ratio.

Mar 06, 2014
the_beezelet in Home Cooking

Freekeh recipes and suggestions

Freekeh with Brussels sprouts and pomegranate... it's either awful or awesome but I have to try it! Thanks for the link.

Mar 06, 2014
the_beezelet in Home Cooking

Freekeh recipes and suggestions

Hi scuba
I think the freekeh has a fresher taste than bulgar, buy the main advantage of freekeh is lower gluten and higher protein than regular bulgar.

Mar 05, 2014
the_beezelet in Home Cooking

Freekeh recipes and suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions. The kofte look amazing so will definitely give them a try, and the mujadara also looks tasty for a quick weeknight meal.
Anyone else?

Mar 05, 2014
the_beezelet in Home Cooking

Freekeh recipes and suggestions

Bought some freekeh at Costco and wondering what to do with it. So far have made a fabulous epicurious recipe with chicken, lentil, kale freekeh dish, and also a tabooli with freekeh instead of bulgar. Both very good but now what? Anyone else cook with if freekeh and are there any tips or tricks?

Mar 04, 2014
the_beezelet in Home Cooking

Toronto's Ethnic Buffet

Hear hear. Easy to be cynical about the writer's resto choices and miss the point of the article.

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

we just tried the freekeh in tabooli. it has a very fresh and bright flavour, and smells great when you're cooking it. we really liked it.

also using it tonight in an epicurious recipe with chicken, freekeh, kale and lentils which we haven't started eating yet but is shaping up deliciously!

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

they were near the canned tomatoes - at the etobicoke store.

The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

re: Kirkland Brand Oven Dried Organic Roma tomato, 1L - $9.99
we bought a jar a week or so ago and added it to homemade pasta sauce and they are great. not too salty and very nicely flavoured.

Cook on Sunday - eat all week?

Oh I love the idea of broc with preserved lemon and chili flakes!

Feb 20, 2014
the_beezelet in Home Cooking

Simone's Caribbean Restaurant, 596 Danforth Ave

We had lunch at Simone's on Sunday. Maybe it was an off day? The service was great, but the food was mixed.
The cod fritter was very tasty, the coleslaw was very strange - tasted like vanilla pudding? - couldn't eat more than a couple of bites and we LOVE coleslaw.
The goat roti was flavourful but the roti itself was tough and the goat had lots of little dangerous bones, although it was nice to have the option of channa instead of potato. The jerk chicken was okay but too many bony back pieces and the rice and peas was bland and salty.
They have homemade drinks on the menu like ginger beer but didn't have any, which was disappointing.
We left thinking we wouldn't try it again, but would love to support them as they are local and we love good roti and jerk. Should we have ordered differently?