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Vernor's Ginger Ale

The Zellers at Birchmount and Eglinton had cases of it on sale last week.

Oct 02, 2012
cadylee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Moving to Victoria Park & Eglinton. Need suggestions for a butcher, bakery, fishmonger, a decent produce counter, and restaurants. Is that asking too much?

May very well be. I've had them a couple of times and haven't asked what they use. If the place is Bosnian you're probably right, and thanks for clarifying. The ones I'm used to have been a pork/beef combo, so I listed both.

Oct 21, 2011
cadylee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Moving to Victoria Park & Eglinton. Need suggestions for a butcher, bakery, fishmonger, a decent produce counter, and restaurants. Is that asking too much?

Shudder-inducing or not, someone's ordering the food because they've stayed open for decades. You hate it, I like it, though we can both target our internet judgment at the pad thai. To each their own eggrolls.

What prompts the ominous warning about Sunny's?

Oct 21, 2011
cadylee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Moving to Victoria Park & Eglinton. Need suggestions for a butcher, bakery, fishmonger, a decent produce counter, and restaurants. Is that asking too much?

Hmm... how long ago did DM Garden change hands? It could explain why I had a less-than-stellar experience last time I ordered from there.

With Bamboo Garden, I'll start by saying this: I'm probably pretty biased because I've been going there so long, like the people, and appreciate that bell peppers only show up in a few dishes (bell peppers and I have an old grudge). That said, I'm a fan of the fried squid, egg rolls (though the spring rolls aren't bad, just a little plain), chicken balls, the chow mein, beef with rice noodles (the ho fun dish), the chicken and the mushroom fried rice, the veggie and seafood lo meins, the spicy and plain fried wings, and any dish with bean curd (except the pork one, which I haven't tried). Their shrimp dishes are pretty tasty, though I wasn't a fan of their lobster sauce. I also like the hot and sour soup, though it's a bit on the thick side.

Their roast duck, tamarind fish, fried eggplant and orange beef have been hit or miss. The spare ribs are too dry for my taste, but I know other people who love them. The pad thai and pineapple duck are the only things I've tried that I won't order again. The pad thai sauce was too bland, and the duck contained a lot of bones, but very little else.

In my experience, the delivery guys and people working there have always been pleasant, efficient and in 25 years of ordering from there, haven't messed up my order or changed the food, at least not noticeably. Is it the best Canadian Chinese place out there? Probably not, but I haven't found too many that are better.

Hopefully you find something you like!

Oct 18, 2011
cadylee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Quinoa in Sobeys / Metro?

Longo's carries it (not sure what brand), as does Loblaws/No Frills. They carry Bob's Red Mill and their own PC brand, and you can find it in either the rice section or in the sections with organic food (either the section entirely for PC organic products, or the bigger general organic section). I think I've seen it at Sobeys, but I'm certain about the other stores.

Oct 17, 2011
cadylee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Moving to Victoria Park & Eglinton. Need suggestions for a butcher, bakery, fishmonger, a decent produce counter, and restaurants. Is that asking too much?

This thread is a year old, and you've probably discovered everything by now, but in case you're looking for "Canadian-style" Chinese offering delivery, maybe try Bamboo Garden (www.bamboogardenfood.com)? It's in a little plaza on the west side of Vic Park, a couple of blocks south of Armenian Kitchen before Lawrence. Best eggrolls I've had, and pretty good prices/no extra delivery charge. Not remotely healthy or fancy, but so delicious. China Gourmet is another decent Canadian-Chinese place that delivers.

I drove by Angelo's Hot Table today - they'll be moving to a new location on St. Clair somewhere and closing the Bermondsey one on November 1. Their veal sandwiches used to be great. Now, they skimp on the toppings and the attitude of the new staff isn't worth the price. There's a California Sandwiches that has opened up next to Five Guys burgers (which might be the American chain that was mentioned earlier in this thread) on Warden south of Eglinton. Less scowling, more variety, more toppings, and the sandwiches are just as tasty.

Sunny Food Mart near Don Mills and Overlea is also pretty good for produce. There's also a Longo's grocery store on York Mills between Leslie and Don Mills. They have a good selection of produce most of the time, and a big selection of meat.

There's a Balkan market/deli on Lawrence near Underhill (MAK European Deli, i think?), a little west of Valleyfields on the south side of Lawrence. They have a small hot counter where they sell tasty cevapi (grilled pork/beef kebabs), and burek (phyllo pastry they fill with beef or cheese). The burek is too greasy for my liking, but by no means bad.

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Angelo's Hot Table
20 Bermondsey Rd, Toronto, ON M4B1Z5, CA

Mak Delicatessens
1335 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A, CA

China Gourmet
877 York Mills Rd, North York, ON M3B 1Y5, CA

Oct 17, 2011
cadylee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)