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Peter's Denial - Chicken Sandwich at Burger's Priest

looking very "fast food corporate"...

about 8 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ben and Izzy's Deli

All beef is really expensive right now... The US is buying up Cdn beef because of the dollar exchange makes it cheap so the Cdn sellers raise the prices for everyone. leading to not only higher Cdn prices BUT also lower supply of cheaper Cdn cuts..

about 11 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food stations: How much food??

A lot depends on the stations... Roast Beef vs Smoked Salmon on a Cracker... If you have a Hot Pasta station it will fill people up and be inexpensive vs a Crepe station where you need a lot of toppings and someone to make the Crepes..

Aug 28, 2015
pourboi in General Topics

48 hours in Toronto recs?

Withrow Park is just a 3 minute walk from my friends restaurant: Mr. Ciao (598 Gerrard St East) if you want something close.

It is an Italian Pizza Place in Chinatown! They do "Pizza Fritta" which is a fried Neapolitan pizza ( they flash fry the dough then top it like a regular pizza and put it in the pizza oven for a few minutes) it is a thin curst pizza that is crispier than normal but the inside of the dough is still fluffy.
They do a Peking Duck Pizza that is great in honour of their location in Chinatown. There is a nice 40 seat street side patio to relax on and have wine on tap (draft) for $1/oz with $5 pints of local beer.

PS Withrow Park would be considered "East Side" of Toronto not really downtown. You are also close to "The Danforth" a street that is considered to be "Greek Town"

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

opps.. just noticed a typo: "The 3rd time there were at least 40 (not 4) people in the place"

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

Descendant Detroit Style Pizza ( on 1168 Queen East in leslieville opened last week. Have tried to go three time.. first two times they were sold out of pizza. The 3rd time there were at least 4 people in the place (in line and at tables) and only one table and one take out customer had pizza - everyone else was waiting!

Looking at their facebook they say they had enough dough for 100 pizzas and sold out in 2.5 hours! (they have sold out in a couple of hours each day since they opened.) You would think that they would use that extra time to make more than 100 doughs though.. start right away when you sell your last pizza and keep going till you open the next day..

Pizza does look good though.

Patios and rooftops

Try Mr. Ciao - they are at Gerrard East & Broadview.. owned by a friend of mine so I am partial to it.. nice 40 seat patio free parking $1/oz wine on tap some nice specials... Open 7 days a week from 5pm -2am

Capitol Event Theatre (Yonge and Eglington) -Service horrible, Food a Rip Off. Beware!!!!

And how would one go about figuring out who made the anonymous post 4 years ago? if it was even true as it was her first and only post... Probably divorced by now anyway :-)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Globe & Mail "Exposé" on Ribfests:

The Beef Behind Ribs: How a young upstart is exposing cracks in Ontario’s multimillion-dollar ribfest industry. The Rotary clubs are none too pleased.

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Right but the OP was talking about health regulations forbidding "Restaurants" cooking BBQ "low and slow" not home cooks..

Old School

Is it now open 24 hours?

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

it is called "cooked correctly" :-)

Checking Origins of Foods being sold at groceries

Checking Origins of Foods being sold at groceries


Checking Origins of Foods being sold at groceries

"Banning" vs "Labeling" is a big difference.. genetic modifications to create drugs to cure disease I have no problem with.. Genetic modification to make a potato taste like bacon I would want to know about on the package and make the choice whether I consume it or not.

I am curious what your 7% non homo sapien dna was? Radioactive Spider? or was it an other hominid variation? Like Neanderthal? which would be caused by bad dating choices of your ancestors not some alien genetic experiment.

when most people talk GMO they are talking gene
splicing ie inserting foreign species dna into a plant /animal and not anything that could ever happen "naturally"...

Checking Origins of Foods being sold at groceries

But does your dog now contain genes from another animal species? Like a goat that was genetically modified with spider genes to produce spider silk (web) in its milk. ( ).. and I doubt no matter how hard farmers would try that they would not be able to cross breed a goat an a spider "naturally" whereas breeding two different breeds of dog to produce another breed of dog happens in nature all the time with different animals.. even without human intervention. (

Checking Origins of Foods being sold at groceries

if you ever read the Canadian Food Recall list you may stop eating... And Yes many of these products are made in Canada no overseas..

NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

or when people are willing to spend millions for the land in order to build a condo.

Summerlicious 2015

Thankfully there are no such thing as stupid customers...

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

I have heard from one of his food suppliers that Cara foods bought out the rights to the McEwan grocery stores but not the restaurants.

Checking Origins of Foods being sold at groceries

But is T&T not the Chinese store Loblaws (No Frills) purchased? maybe it was T&T (Chinese store) bread not T&T (Trinidad & Tobago) bread?


This is Toronto you can get away with jeans and a t-shirt in any fine dining spot in the city. The want your money more than they care about being snooty.

Uncle Tetsu

Usually with things like this it is not a sink "disappearing" more like petek said.. it is being used for another purpose.. if the inspector walked in and the sink was full of frozen fish being defrosted (not that you need frozen fish to make cheese cake!) then it could not be used for the staff to wash their hands ergo no separate hand washing sink.. or say the tap was broken so there was no water to the sink.. same result.

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Markys is doing a buytopia deal $15 for $30 of BBQ..

Uncle Tetsu

I have seen many worse inspection results.. I do not care if they have the proper hand washing sink.. as long as they wash!

PanAm - food related events/extended hours/etc?

Mr. Ciao Pizza & Pasta at Broadview & Gerrard is offering 20% off to anyone with a Pan Am ticket or athlete / volunteer pass during the games.

(note: I am friends with the owner)

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Segovia near Yonge & Wellesley is closed and is auctioning off all of the equipment

I lived a block away from it for 15 years and never stepped inside.. Everytime I passed it, it seemed empty don't know how it lasted this long...

Non Summerlicious Outdoor Dining

Can you expand a bit on type of food, price range, location, number of people, etc..

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Hastings snack bar (Leslieville - Queen E & Hastings) has closed the owner has a sign out front that he has retired.

Rumour on the street is that the guys from the barber shop in the same building are taking over and are going to do a Pierogi place

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

There are many restaurants that make a very large net profit in this city and there are many that go broke just like in any other type of business. There are also many other reasons to sell a business. Look at the Markey & Sparky split and Carbon Bar & Note Bene.. granted these were not the sale of a restaurant but a splitting of partner which affected the ownership of the restaurants. Illness, Partner disputes, better business opportunity, divorce, etc... can come into play as much as going bankrupt...