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2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Ozzero's on Mount Pleasant where Cambalache was has a for lease sign up. Noticed it coming out of Bread and Butter last weekend.

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Ozzero
505 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON , CA

Toronto CHer in Philly for 24 hrs - Baby on board

We're going to be there from Thursday AM to Friday AM and then we are driving to the Jersey Shore. This will be over the long weekend so we probably need to get somewhat of an early start on Friday, leave before lunch.

So one lunch, one dinner and one breakfast in the Center City/Rittenhouse area. Our boy is your typical toddler, so depending on his mood, he can be well behaved but he does like to express himself so I don't want to be sitting near the couple that wanted a romantic candlelit dinner. We'd probably be dining around 6:30. It breaks my heart that Zahav is unavailable that night.

I've gotten some good Greek suggestions but Toronto has tons of good Greek food.

Jun 16, 2011
Sherm_TO in Philadelphia

Toronto CHer in Philly for 24 hrs - Baby on board

Thanks. I've changed my hotel reservation from The Independent to the Sofitel. What's good around the Sofitel that we can bring a toddler to?

Jun 15, 2011
Sherm_TO in Philadelphia

Toronto CHer in Philly for 24 hrs - Baby on board

And Zahav has a special event that night so no luck. Anyone with any other suggestions?

May 30, 2011
Sherm_TO in Philadelphia

Toronto CHer in Philly for 24 hrs - Baby on board

Thanks,

I've actually booked a suite at the Independent for $150+taxes, the Alexander rooms seem a lot smaller.

I'm wondering if I'd be able to bring our baby to Zahav if it's early enough, say around 6pm. Is that impossible/undesirable?

May 26, 2011
Sherm_TO in Philadelphia

Toronto CHer in Philly for 24 hrs - Baby on board

Hi All,

Visiting Philadelphia this summer for one night before we head off to the Jersey shore. I'm there with my wife and our 16 month old son. Will be staying at The Independent on Locust Street and we will have a car.

Any recommendations for one lunch and one dinner? Independent covers Breakfast. Ideally want to have a great Cheesesteak for Lunch. Dinner's open but would love something that's local and unique - we have plenty of everything in Toronto.

Thanks.

May 26, 2011
Sherm_TO in Philadelphia

Yet another visitor (From Toronto) looking for Rec's

Thanks for all the advice:

Thursday -

Breakfast - On the way in from the airport, got off the El in Wicker Park and got breakfast at Bongo Room. I had the White Chocolate, Caramel & Pretzel pancakes, my wife had strawberry banana pancakes, both were amazing.

Lunch - Cheezborgers at original Billy Goat tavern. Tasty but nothing spectacular. Gave us both indigestion.

Dinner - Giordano's Pizza - Split a small with Pepperoni and Mushrooms. Delicious...

Friday

Breakfast - Starbucks and Bananas - rushing to catch a tour

Lunch - Followed a Lonely Planet guide to "Gold Coast Dogs" in the Loop that had changed its name and was a disappointment in Chicago Dog terms.

Dinner - Adobo Grill - Guacamole and Margaritas amazing. I had a very good Tilapia and my wife had the Chicken Enchiladas which I think were just ok. Flan Dessert was good, not mindblowing.

Saturday

Breakfast at E'Leaven - Wife had a decent omelette, I had Corned beef Hash, was ok, nothing special.

Lunch was at Rooftop club at the Cubs Game - Standard Buffet fare

Dinner at David Burke's Primehouse. Delicious but wallet-destroying. I had the 40 day Ribeye, Wife had the Filet au Poivre. Sides were fantastic, especially the Frites. Over-ordered, right down to the Cake in a Can dessert which is meant for a table of 6 I think?

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Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

David Burke's Primehouse
616 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Billy Goat
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Apr 25, 2011
Sherm_TO in Chicago Area

Yet another visitor (From Toronto) looking for Rec's

Thanks...We're on a Sunday 8:30am flight out of O'Hare back to T.O., so the Sunday brunch is out of the question. We're considering stopping at Bongo Room on our way in from O'Hare on Thursday morning. Is Thursday breakfast as creative as the Saturday brunch?

Alinea's not happening, time or money-wise. We are probably skipping the "Cutting-Edge" cuisine altogether.

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Apr 19, 2011
Sherm_TO in Chicago Area

Yet another visitor (From Toronto) looking for Rec's

Thanks nsxtasy!
I suspected you'd respond given how active you are on this thread, but I had no idea how quickly that would happen!

That definitely helps fill in the blanks on a lot of things - I think we will pick Adobo grill for Pre-second city. My only exposure to Chicago Mexican was a trip to Pilsen in '05. Had a decent but forgettable burrito at a restaurant I don't remember the name of. Toronto is actually wanting for decent Mexican.

I have kind of a fetish for dry aged steak so David Burke sounds like a worthwhile splurge.

For the game, we're actually seeing it from the Wrigley Rooftop Club (Got a Groupon), so we'll be well fed as it includes their buffet. By the time we were booked for the trip there were no good tickets left inside Wrigley.

Manny's didn't seem like that much of a stretch. Bongo room sounds insane and we will have to look into it.

I was at Buddy Guy's in '05 and I think I actually remember eating well there. We may eat somewhere else on Saturday night. Will have to give it some thought.

For Deep Dish Pizza (Probably a Lunch for us) - does it make sense to go to Malnati's if we're right near Uno and Due anyways?

Apr 14, 2011
Sherm_TO in Chicago Area

Yet another visitor (From Toronto) looking for Rec's

Hi all,

Seeking advice on good restos while my wife and I are in town from Thurs. April 21- Sunday April 24. Arriving and leaving first thing Sunday AM, so looking to fill Thursday, (Good) Friday, and Saturday, and nothing Sunday. We are limited in that we won't have a car. We're generally very open to various styles, but Toronto already has very eclectic cuisine so we're looking for unique Chicago dining experiences that don't require me re-mortgaging my house. Alinea and Charlie Trotter's are pretty much out of the question.

I've been to Chicago once before so I know the lay of the land. We're staying at the James, and I know for one breakfast, we'll go to Pancake House on Bellevue. Thinking of Manny's for Breakfast one of the other days (I love CB Hash and theirs is supposedly excellent)

Thursday's our most open day, but we'll probably be dead on our feet by the end of it and I am thinking dinner at David Burke's in our Hotel and then crash. I remember eating a one person pie at Uno's and not being blown away. Is Lou Malnati's all that much better? Or are the one person pies not as good? May also want to try Giordano's for a different pizza taste.

Friday's more open, and we'll probably play it by ear but dinner is going to have to be near Second City in Old Town. Any recommendations for good pre-theater dinner up there? The guidebooks don't show much in the area. Last time I ate at a middle eastern restaurant near there.

Saturday's a Cubs game and we may go to a Blues club that night. Any blues clubs with a really good menu?

Apr 14, 2011
Sherm_TO in Chicago Area

Inexpensive AYCE buffets downtown

Korean Grill House? One at Yonge and Dundas, One at Yonge and Bloor, one at Queen and Simcoe.

Everyone will come out stuffed and will probably need a shower afterwards.

Worst in Toronto 2010/2011

Having Mediocre Corned Beef at Katz's Deli by Yorkdale. Then getting harrassed by the owner because I used the wheelchair ramp for my son's stroller to exit, and re-entered the parking lot through the driveway. He didn't see me come out of the restaurant so he accused me of parking in his parking lot to shop at Goodwill up the street.

Leaside area lunch

Used to live in the area and I like Simple Bistro on Mt Pleasant.

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Simple Bistro
619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

Today's LivingSocial Deal at Caplansky's

I was able to buy both.

Dragon Pearl Buffet

They had the Miso soup pouches I love at Galleria! Unfortunately the Lactancia Milk I bought there had a sour taste. I'll definitely come back but stick to buying Staples at Metro.

Montrealer visiting Toronto for first time!

I would say not far from you is Kathmandu on Yonge South of Wellesley - Haven't been there in a while but I always loved their Thali plates.

I second Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu in K-Town, Crepes-a-gogo in Yorkville

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Buk Chang Dong
691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

Visiting AZ with a baby - Recs?

Thanks all for the advice!

In Tusayan, we ate at the Squire Inn. My Bison was excellent but my Wife's NY Strip was bland and barely seasoned.

We had excellent Fish Tacos at San Felipe's Cantina in Flagstaff.

In Sedona, we loved our meal at Ken's Creekside (Wife had the Short Ribs, I had the Kurobota Pork Chop) - The Mexican resto in Tlaquepaque was also quite good (Had lunch there).

I had a great Black bean soup at the Flatiron Cafe in Jerome.

In Scottsdale our meal at the Capitol Grill was a big splurge and we loved it. My wife had stuffed Lobster and my porterhouse was excellent (Parmesan Truffle Fries were a standout). Ate at Ken & Lil's in Tucson, OK BBQ. Le Rua's was very good Mexican.

Nov 22, 2010
Sherm_TO in Phoenix

Best splurge dinner?

Ours was Mark McEwan's ONE. But we stayed at the Hazelton on our Wedding night.

Toronto Wedding Venue Help!

I got married at Estates of Sunnybrook and would definitely recommend. Everyone loved the food and it was reasonable overall (We had 110 guests as well)

Visiting AZ with a baby - Recs?

Great advice all, thanks! We're staying at the Squire Inn, so that's probably our easiest option in Tusayan, and J&G at the Phoenician sounds like a nice splurge, too...

Oct 29, 2010
Sherm_TO in Phoenix

Visiting AZ with a baby - Recs?

Torontonian here visiting your fine state next month with my wife and our 8-month old in tow so we need baby friendly (and good) suggestions for:

Tusayan - Saturday and Sunday
Sedona - Monday and Tuesday
Tucson - Thursday and Friday

We'll have a rental car - on the other days we'll be in Phoenix, I've posted on that board too.

We're not picky, just seeking good local favorites.

Oct 28, 2010
Sherm_TO in Southwest

Visiting AZ with a baby - Recs?

Thanks, I figured as much - I saw the Southwest Board after and realized I probably should have posted there. My native board is Ontario(Including Toronto), so I wrongly assumed the Phoenix board included Arizona in the same way.

In terms of Phoenix and Scottsdale, we'll have a rental car and we'll be staying at the Phoenician on a Wednesday night and near Sky Harbour on Saturday night. We're not picky eaters and my wife and I do well with most food styles, but Toronto has pretty good international cuisine so we would want local favourites, Southwest style, etc.

Oct 28, 2010
Sherm_TO in Phoenix

Visiting AZ with a baby - Recs?

Torontonian here visiting your fine state next month with my wife and our 8-month old in tow so we need baby friendly (and good) suggestions for:

Tusayan
Sedona
Scottsdale
Tucson

Also, I've been hearing about Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix being one of the best Pizzerias in the country - our only possible night to try is a Saturday night. Is this mission impossible with a baby? Does the place even allow babies? We would want to go eat around 5 pm since our flight leaves early the next morning, Would we actually have to line up at 3:30 to eat at 5?

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Pizzeria Bianco
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Oct 28, 2010
Sherm_TO in Phoenix

2010 closings

I was driving down Bay Street and it looks to me like Blini Czar has been emptied out.

2010 closings

And the restaurant replacing Steve's is called MALBEC - which means Bad Mouth. Not sure that bodes well.

Eating In & Around the Toronto Film Festival

Open door at the new location with a sandwich board outside saying something about being Toronto's best kep secret, I think? But this was before 10am so it may just have been open for moving.

2010 closings

Steve's Place Steakhouse and Seafood on Merton has closed down after 25-30 years. I lived across the street for 3 years and we only went once.

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Steve's Place
234 Merton St, Toronto, ON M4S1A1, CA

Eating In & Around the Toronto Film Festival

Drove by today - their door was open...

Good Hash in Toronto?

I personally love the Corned Beef Hash at Mars on College. It is vastly better than the same at Mars at Yonge & Eglinton.

Estates of Sunnybrook red wine recommendations? Please help!

I am by no means a wine connoisseur - My Wife and I got married at the Vaughn estates, we did a Sunday Morning Brunch and we selected the Chilean La Palma Cabernet Sauvignon. We got no complaints, not that anyone would have come to tell us on our wedding day how bad the wine was!