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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

Jun 17, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Mar 24, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Mar 22, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Mar 16, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Today's LivingSocial Deal at Caplansky's

I was able to buy both.

Feb 23, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Katz's Deli - Owner is extremely rude

And he did eventually call and leave us a message. My wife returned his call and he followed a 5 second apology with a 3 minute justification of his actions. So he's not really very sorry overall.

Feb 20, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Katz's Deli - Owner is extremely rude

It has now been four days and the apology call promised to my wife by the manager did not come. Your opinion of him is reinforced.

Feb 16, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Katz's Deli - Owner is extremely rude

Thanks for setting me straight on the name. When I asked the manager if the owner was Katz, she didn't deny it. So I assume it's Jeff Dorfman that confronted me. Apologies to people named Katz everywhere.

Feb 14, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Katz's Deli - Owner is extremely rude

I didn't comment on the quality of their food beyond saying it was fine because people on this board generally know that their food is ok, but nothing special. Our corned beef and soups were cold by the time we paid, got settled at our table, and set up our baby in a highchair with food. That's certainly our own fault. My main goal was to make this post about the rudeness of the owner, the likes of which I have never experienced in my life. I won't miss much in boycotting Katz's as I can get better at many other delis in the city (I like Caplansky's). I know great deli. Last October I ate at 2nd Avenue Deli in New York. That's great deli.

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Caplansky's
356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Feb 13, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Katz's Deli - Owner is extremely rude

This is a true story. Today my wife and 1-year old son and I were in the Yorkdale area so we stopped into Katz's Deli and Corned beef emporium for Lunch. We spent about $25 there in total, the food was fine and the people who work there are very helpful and nice. Unfortunately this doesn't extend to everyone there. When we left, we were pushing my son in the stroller, so we took the ramp out, which feeds to the sidewalk on Dufferin St., rather than the staircase that goes directly into the parking lot. So we re-entered Katz's parking lot from Dufferin St. through the driveway, put our son's stroller in the car and were about to pull out of our parking space when a large grey SUV pulled in front of us and the couple inside rolled the window down.

The man in the drivers' seat asked me what we had eaten in there?

I guessed at first that they were just curious and wanted to know what the restaurant served (It's pretty obvious from the outside though). We had a Corned Beef Plate, I told him. He asked how much it was and I told him it was $8.95. He responded, this isn't a parking lot for goodwill. I was wondering at this point if he was trying to say I didn't spend enough in the restaurant. At that point I was no longer interested in the conversation and asked him to please move his car.

"I'm talking to you", was his reply. This was not a friendly conversation. He had actually boxed me in so I couldn't move my car. He then informed me that I was on private property and that the parking lot was for customers of the restaurant, not Goodwill customers (Goodwill is one door north of Katz's, I would later learn). When I insisted I was a restaurant customer, he yelled back, "I saw you coming down Dufferin". When I informed him very loudly that I used the ramp for my son in his stroller, I could see him realize that he had made a mistake and I think he rolled up his window and started backing away. He may not have even heard me when I shouted that he didn't have to worry about me using his parking lot again and that I would never eat there again.

We drove out but actually felt the need to return to the restaurant and discuss this incident with the management. So all three of us returned and met with a very nice manager who confirmed that it was, in fact, the owner who had harassed us. Katz himself. She gave us a complimentary meal voucher (which I don't plan to use) and took our number so Katz can call us later to apologize (My wife wanted an apology, I don't really need one). She said that people parking in Katz's lot to go to Goodwill is a real problem, but we all agreed that was no excuse for the owner forcibly confining us. I would prefer that he simply say he won't accuse people anymore without having his facts straight.

I went back into the restaurant to complain because if that had not been the owner, someone should be disciplining that person for harassing customers. Since that was Katz himself, I just have to assume that that's how he wishes to run his business and if it alienates customers, so be it. He just should know that there are consequences to such behaviour and if he is the owner he has to remember that the customers are his boss. That is why I am posting this comment here. I am not saying don't go to Katz's. They've lost my business and that's enough for today. Many good people work there and I wouldn't deprive them of their livelihood.

Katz should be focused more on his restaurant and his customers than his parking lot. But what made it really funny is that he does kind of look like the guy on the sign, That's my rant, thanks for listening.

Feb 12, 2011
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Dec 21, 2010
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Dec 20, 2010
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Nov 05, 2010
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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)

Nov 05, 2010
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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.

Sep 24, 2010
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

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

Sep 16, 2010
Sherm_TO in Ontario (inc. Toronto)