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Is Carman's steakhouse really back?

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

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Hot Chocolate, 2014

SOMA is incredible but sometimes a less rich version is preferred. Has anybody had the hot chocolate at The White Squirrel? I love their ice cream cookies but haven't tried the hot chocolate. thanks!

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Really? I find Bent to be of good value.

Casual brewpub or gastropub for party of 14 just before Christmas

Many, many, months ago we twice visited Bellwoods and found the food to be at best mediocre. Did we order the wrong items, or have they stepped it up?

Advice please: which McEwan establishment?

My response was, What the fuck are you talking about?

Schmaltz Appetizing


Schmaltz Appetizing

With accoutrement I imagine.

Schmaltz Appetizing

No coincidence at all. It is the way it works on purpose. Snoop, hound and report. Do some restaurants call themselves in? Of course. I am just responding to what you wrote so emphatically.

"If you think that it's the "media", out of the blue, that's calling up restaurant groups the day of opening to do a non-review preview, I have a number of highly favourable real estate investments for you..."

Schmaltz Appetizing

I KNOW for a fact that the media watches like hounds and often approaches first to get the scoop. It sounds like you do not have a grounded understanding of the relationship between "rag" and restaurant. Yes they do call out of the blue.

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

To read is one thing. To heed the advice/input of others; totally different ability.

Stoney's opening on Queensway!!

I've learned to lie at such places.

Holy Chuck... Priest has nothing on this place.

Just another obnoxious post here on Chowhound. Yes, I can un-read the post after I read it, sure, but what these types of posts do well, is deter good people from posting.

Best Single Slice of Cheesecake in Toronto

Sorry to jump in on the OP, but I would love to find out from happycamper which sliced cheesecake is the best, regardless of style?

Where to find Split Top Hot Dog Buns in GTA?

I saw them last week at Portland/Queen location. They may have been PC brand but don't quote me on that.

Queen Margherita Pizza

Oh I'm light. And I too thought of the golden arches when I wrote that...weird.

Queen Margherita Pizza

Do you eat at the restaurants which have never served pre-meal bread and oil/butter, of which there are many?

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Wow. So little is the same ethnically. I hope there will one day soon be a meaningful documentary about the market. One that accurately depicts the decades of change and perhaps the link to the growth and evolution of Toronto itself.

Ripley's Acquarium

Always best to have a second email account for such matters. ; ) Although in this case I doubt they will be all that aggressive.

Additionally, any Canadian company worth a damn won't mess with CASL.

Ripley's Acquarium

I believe OP means this - https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canad...

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

Sorry but bad VPN is BAAAAAAD!

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

"Unless you're spending $$$ most servers can't be bothered."

That is not even close to true!

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Tried them out today. Good luck to them but my pulled pork sandwich was served on a terribly stale bun. The sauce was a very thick and very sweet molasses-based concoction that did nothing to help the lack of moisture. Had to throw it out.

Restaurant Chantecler - Parkdale

The other advantage it seems is that post-hype brings clearer vision. Skip the other items you saw on the menu - the place has always been over-rated.

weekday lunch options near adelaide and brant?

Not cheap but fresh and solid options at Zoe on King St.

BBQ Joint near Collingwood?

Happened to be driving by The Smoke this weekend on the way back from Blue so we stopped in. Pulled pork and brisket - not god awful today, but just average. Not much smoke detected. Also on the expensive side.

Please help me plan the ultimate 3-day dining experience in Toronto. Specifics within:

Fortunately the OP knows Toronto but I still must add that the Scaramouche view is nothing compared to 360 or Canoe.

Casa Victoria - A Michelin Star Calibre, Cantonese 'Surf & Turf' Chowmeet

Looks fantastic!

barsa taberna- has anyone been?

Read your review KV. Limp AND overcooked fries is a nasty combination not easy to attain when making fries properly. I hope the fryer was broken that night ; )

I agree it is fair to compare this restaurant to one in Barcelona, as they have set us up for that expectation, but I can't imagine why you thought it was going to be the same small inexpensive plates found at a great bar in Spain? One look at the menu and it is apparent that they are not attempting to be that. When I first looked at the menu I was disappointed but quickly realized it wasn't going to be a bar with small cheap plates. So what will it be I wondered? I hoped it would be great food with wonderful combinations so that the pricing would make sense. Now with your review of the food, I will surely wait on the sidelines for more entries.

barsa taberna- has anyone been?

I hadn't read about the people behind Barsa but simply remarked on the menu. Now I've quickly sifted through their list of concept shops. I must say that back in the day Chambar was the place to eat. Fortes always had awesome seafood - the tower was ridiculous. Meat & Bread - fantastic. And then there are the places we know in Toronto. Verdict remains to be seen.