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Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Ranu Thai is pretty good for this corridor. Better than Nimman.

Jul 29, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

TORONTO - WE NEED TURKISH FOOD

Don't tell them about Folia et al.

Jul 29, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

TORONTO - WE NEED TURKISH FOOD

I've heard Canadians say there's no good Greek food in Greece, no good Mexican food in Mexico, no good Spanish food in Barcelona…we must be right.

Jul 29, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anatolian's Turkish Halal Restaurant - WOW!

Not to be confused with this west-end Anatolia http://anatoliarestaurant.com

Kebab 49 even further west on Dundas near Kipling is really authentic and tasty Turkish. Not just the usual kebobs. Lots of interesting unusual dishes, many made in their wood oven.

Jul 29, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to bring back from Quebec (Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City)

Very good reminder about true ice cider. Agreed on "funky" for many ciders.

Jul 29, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to bring back from Quebec (Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City)

I was just thinking any North African food or ingredients in general.

Jul 29, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to bring back from Quebec (Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City)

I agree that The Main smoked meat is just as chow-worthy as Schwartz.

Jul 29, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Tartistry is terrific. $16 gets you 6 flavoured butter tarts. $9 gets you 2 savoury tarts (mini quiche or mini beef pot pie or mini chicken tourtiere) and a lovely salad (better than most). It's on the Queensway on the north side just east of Kipling but well worth the extra effort to go a bit north.

Jul 29, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to bring back from Quebec (Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City)

I've done a bagel to bagel tasting. Fairmount wins.

Jul 25, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

I almost never order home delivery (maybe once every 2 years) but due to illness I ordered in from FBI -- got panzerotti and fennel radicchio salad. The order arrived in 30 minutes with great delivery service (friendly guy). The panzo was much bigger than expected, with some tasty fillings (I tried garlic, gorgonzola, porchetta, pancetta). Good value compared to a similar size pizza. Came with side of nicely seasoned tomato sauce for the panzo.

The choices in this area for Just Eat delivery are getting a bit abysmal.

Jul 24, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to bring back from Quebec (Montreal, Gatineau, Quebec City)

I usually stock up on Quebec microbrew beer (not sold at the SAQ -- must search out at markets or small locavore shops), Qui Lait Cru and other local cheeses, fresh bagels (Fairmount, of course), Crudessence raw snacks, Liberte cream cheese (I've still never seen it in Ontario), spruce beer (pop), local sweets (chocolate, maple, sugar pie), local cured meats, etc. Anyone else have favourites that we don't easily get in Ontario that you bring across the provincial border with or without refrigeration?

Jul 24, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

The bun used on sandwiches today was rock hard. But otherwise, fillings are tasty. Great customer service.

Jul 24, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Patois - Who's been?

Email me. :)

Jul 24, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Patois - Who's been?

I actually drove all the way to the real Harlem to eat chicken and waffles and candied yams at Amy Ruth's. THAT'S HOW WE ROLL.

Jul 24, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Patois - Who's been?

Close…
It's a bunch of people who care about their spiritual journey but who also care about really, really good food and how eating builds community. Hence, my other thread on religious food.
We are not limited to Harlem-style food, thank goodness! One time, at a polenta party...

Jul 24, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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The Pilot - curious

I used to love the patty melt but I went back this week and it (the burger) was pretty standard and a bit too salty. The fries were limp and greasy. Great patio, though.

Jul 23, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Prince Edward County 2014 summer season

Pizza and wine trail map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/vie... The problem is it doesn't list days/hours of pizza service.

Jul 23, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Patois - Who's been?

My soul food group went on Friday but I was sick so had to bow out. I trust their food opinions: they said the potstickers were the highlight and everything else was average. They would return for apps and drinks only.

Jul 23, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

A restaurant manager told me that the servers are so busy in the front of house that for them to take a break to bring you your bag deserves a tip. Not sure I agree.

Jul 23, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Zucchini blossoms (squash blossoms) in GTA

The Gabardine seems to have them. Niagara Gold stuffed zucchini blossoms, sweet pea salad, radish and green goddess dressing.

Jul 23, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

I am good at arithmetic so I ALWAYS bypass and figure out my own tips. That way it's 15% or whatever I choose as pre-tax amount, not what they choose as post-tax amount.

I don't often tip on takeout. It really depends on the level of service but most often they aren't doing much other than handing me a bag that the kitchen produced. Some restaurants will offer a glass of water and a place to sit and make conversation and then I'm a bit tempted to tip.

Jul 23, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Not sure as I normally pay on credit card.

Jul 23, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Sense Appeal has changed their tip option yet again. Now they offer 15% and other % options (with the $ value listed) when you swipe your card. It's a bit of overkill if doing takeout and takes effort to override.

Jul 23, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Yakisoba & Sushi at 2875 Lake Shore Blvd West is a mysterious but clean hole-in-the-wall where the owner takes pride in healthy mung bean pancakes and black rice sushi rolls.

Jul 23, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burgers Priest to open West End Location

Thank you. Though I've since learned that mainline ordained Presbyterian leaders can be referred to as Reverend or Minister. Evangelical branches use Pastor.

Jul 22, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

AZARIAS - Great New Restaurant in Etobicoke - June 2013

Which dishes should I order if I go again (unlikely)?

Jul 22, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Zucchini blossoms (squash blossoms) in GTA

The new and ever-changing Sparrow on Bloor West has zucchini blossoms on their new summer menu.

Jul 21, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

AZARIAS - Great New Restaurant in Etobicoke - June 2013

Azarias has great decor and super friendly service.
The oysters are great value at $2 each. 4 varieties shucked to order, all from PEI this week.
Tapas are average. Some misses. Ranks about the same quality and cooking technique as Ember Hot Stove and Social House on Lake Shore.
This is not a must-try. Several flat screen tvs are mounted overhead, 4 of which were playing sports. Like Ember, combining a contemporary tapas restaurant with sports bar just doesn't work. Not sure why they want to be everything to everyone.
Some tapas are $8, some are $14-18, and cocktails start at $10. Not-great wines by the glass.

Jul 21, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

We're going tomorrow night for this Jamaican-Chinese soul food. Juicy jerk chicken; and pineapple burgers among other delicacies.

Jul 17, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burgers Priest to open West End Location

I hate to be sacrilegious and will certainly seek confession if I'm wrong here - but the jarge-style cheeseburger didn't cut the mustard. Literally, it was missing the mustard taste I've grown fond of at the Beach location (the only BP I've ever eaten at until today). Yes, it had the fried onions and the up charge on my receipt - but mysteriously the patty had no additional taste. As for the coffee shake, well - there's a reason it doesn't appear on most top 10 milkshake lists. Okay, give me my penance.

(Note: it feels weird to be mixing Catholic and Protestant analogies. I wish he had just named the place The Burger's Pastor, for heaven's sake.)

Jul 16, 2014
Food Tourist in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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