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Am I detecting a pattern here?? - Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants

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about 9 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Am I detecting a pattern here?? - Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants

Maybe because your post started as an attack against Toronto Life because they do not share your opinion.
You could have posted "Do you think TL ratings are out of whack?" instead of "Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants" it is like you are picking a fight right away.
Open and frank discussions start with the premise of exchanging ideas not asserting that your opinion is the only one that is correct and anyone who disagrees must be "half drunk" and "disturbed"?

about 9 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Am I detecting a pattern here?? - Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants

I read many positive review of places that I do not like and vice versa... just because you and your "friends" like a place does not mean that justxpete or everyone else will..

And I remember also seeing MANY mediocre reviews of Bero as well. I guess I will never know the truth on that one as the chef left so quickly after opening the place..

about 12 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Am I detecting a pattern here?? - Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants

Point it out, sure I totally agree with that.. but to say "there's a printing mistake or the TL reviewer must be half drunk" is over the top. Maybe the restaurant is inconsistent, maybe it went downhill since the last time Charles was there, maybe the reviewer just has different tastes .. Charles responds like the reviewer said his baby is ugly.. SOOOO over dramatic..

about 13 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Am I detecting a pattern here?? - Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants

OMG someone disagreed with Charles Yu! Stop the presses it must be a printing error! There is no way a professional food critic should have his own opinion, they should just copy Charles reviews from here why even have food reviewers when we have Charles!

about 14 hours ago
pourboi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

What id the benefit that you get at the Spoke Club for your membership $ that you cannot get anywhere else?

Bone Marrow Burgers?

Bone marrow is basically a "fat" it cannot be used as a "binder" if anything it would be an "un-binder"

Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

Second article is incorrect. The rooftop patio is not members only. The members area is the front 1/4 of the top floor (which was usually just wasted space at the old Remys) This "insides " 2nd floor space is now blocked off from the patio as is the patio balcony around the Yorkville side of the building. This will be accessed by a private stairway on the East side of the building while the main rooftop patio entrance will be on the West side of the building.

Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

The chef is the former Exec chef from Mortons. The new general manager is the Old GM from One across the street. They have about 20 heaters and are putting a removable roof over half the patio to extend the season. They have a Sommelier from another high end resto (I forget which one). They are not going for Hemingways customers they are going after One & Four Seasons. Everything was gutted to the studs and redone... None of the old staff is back it is all new...

Foodie dining, Yonge and Carlton area

Starfish is closed for rebranding and renovations...

Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

at least they do not put out fake media reports about fake restaurants..

Foodie dining, Yonge and Carlton area

Actually what might be good is Carbon Bar, they are at Queen E & Church. They have a good wine & cocktail list and the non-BBQ food is Bistro like... and the room is quite impressive..

Foodie dining, Yonge and Carlton area

Except I do not think any of these have "a great wine menu" as the OP requested...

Foodie dining, Yonge and Carlton area

There is Reds Uptown at Yonge & Gerrard, I have not been to that location but Reds downtown has been a Bay st staple for years. For more options you will need to go to Yonge & elm Barbariens has a great wine list but I would not call the menu "good clean food" it is old school steakhouse..

Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

I just heard the grand opening is pushed till Thursday...

Grand Opening: Montage Yorkville, Toronto

The food menu is not on your website only the drinks list... Are you concentrating on Liquor more than food? If not can you post the menu?

50th Birthday Venue - East End (DVP to Warden/Danforth and South)

Mr. Ciao (www.mrciao.ca) at Gerrard & Broadview... meets your location criteria - Great streetcar access plus they have free customer parking.

They have a patio for smokers and a large back area that will easily seat 50.

Menu is Pizza / Pasta. Large bar with 6 local beers on tap along with cider & red & white wine for $1 an ounce.

Where to take HK visitors for a night out?

Carbon Bar - it is BBQ but higher end, impressive space, great bourbon selection good people watching for his age bracket.. and price is not to bad.. Plus it is Beer week in Toronto so there should be a bunch of bars in the area with special one time beers on tap...

Chinatown East, Broadview and Gerrard: quality?

Strange I did not get the mushy grease taste on the pizza mine was crispy.

I found their wine by the glass was not badly priced but it comes in 6oz or 9oz pours. Many restaurants serve 5oz glasses so a 9oz glass may seem expensive but you get almost twice the wine that many others give. The also have Mike Weir wine on draft for $1 an oz.

Signs Restaurant and Bar

I walk by here every day around 6 on my way home from work.. for the past week they have between 2-5 staff on the sidewalk handing out flyers and looking in the window I see only a handful of diners... Does not look good for them.

Chinatown East, Broadview and Gerrard: quality?

Not ASIATIC/INDIAN but if you are looking for Italian... Mr. Ciao opened up at 598 Gerrard E, two buildings in from Broadview. They have a great 40 seat patio and do Pizza & Pasta.

Danforth Pizza House for sale

Probably should start a new thread to comment on the place now that it is reopened by new owners.. or at least ask mods to change the title of the post...

Anyone been to Cluny in the Distillery yet?

I went beginning of August had the Steak Frites, it was cooked well but WAY over salted as were the fries and no herbed butter like a good steak frites should have.. The girls loved the tartar and the asparagus fries (either the kitchen is inconsistent or our group had totally different taste then you...)

We ordered and sent back the pork belly we had a hard time cutting through it... was like a dried out truck stop pork chop the waiter came back and told us that is how the chef intended it to be...

And lastly the waiter brought the dessert "planks" without cutlery and just disappeared.. we had to scrounge forks and spoons that they forgot to take away from our dinner.

Green Egg

Are these things that badley built that a warranty is that important? It is not like it has many moving parts or any electronics in it... To me if it lasted 2years it should last another 10 more...

anyone else visit multiple stores to complete shopping trip?

Good points, "Cost of eating" should be all meals not just ones made at home as I can say I can eat for a $1 a week if I eat out 7 days a week. As Prima pointed out if you eat out and get doggy bags, or go out for desert a few times a week that really adds up to your weekly food "cost" but not your grocery bill.

anyone else visit multiple stores to complete shopping trip?

just looking at the price of milk if you have one glass with your meal you are looking at 35 cents out of your $1 add in fruit and veg and fish or meat.. you see where I am going...

anyone else visit multiple stores to complete shopping trip?

So you don't spend more than $1 per person per meal? I call BS

$60 per week / 3 people = $20 per person / 7 days = $2.86 per day / 3 meals = $0.95 per meal

And that includes milk and fish and 96% organic produce... No way...

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

There are many BBQ joints that have opened in the city in the last couple of years and I do not think that any of them cook the ribs so they fall off the bone. They range from high end places like Carbon Bar to little hole in the wall places... Here is a BBQ thread for you.. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8038...

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Gourmet Burger Company outlet on Charles St just West of Yonge has 3 big "For Lease" signs on it.

They still seem to be adding more locations around town though...

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Craft Dog at King & Church is closed...

They lasted just over a year... walked by today and there was a closed sign on the door and when I looked in the window they were totally cleared out.. all the equipment gone..