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Ruby Watch Co.

I've been twice as well, and noise issues aside, the meal was decent. However, if you're going to adopt the same menu concept/price point as a place like Ad Hoc in Napa, you better be firing on all cylinders, and Ruby is not.

Restaurant Recommendations

Thanks for the links nsxtasy, I shall check them out!

Jul 07, 2010
finelydiced in Chicago Area

ISO black lentils

Go to the south side of the St Lawrence market, downstairs at a place called Rube's. He has all manner of lentis and legumes.

Restaurant Recommendations

Good day Chicago board. I'm travelling with friends to Chicago in another month and was hoping you could provide me with some recommendations. Looking for something different, and ethnic. A colleague recommended Frontera Grill, would anyone agree? I've had my eye on Blackbird and Avec. Anything goes, but I would prefer to keep it centrally located. Does anyone have any 'must tries' they can recommend?

Sorry if this is a bit vague, however I'm travelling with some rather adventurous eaters, so pretty much anything goes.

Thanks!

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Avec Restaurant
615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

Frontera Grill
445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Jul 07, 2010
finelydiced in Chicago Area

Knife Sharpening Whetstones

Good day all. I've finally decided that instead of trusting my knives to sharpening services that seem to be hit and miss with regard to reviews on Chowhound, it's time to invest in some whetstones and learn the technique myself. Can anyone recommend a store in the downtown core that not only carries whetstones, but has a staff trained to answer questions about them?

Many thanks!

FD.

Chorizo

The Sausage King...south side St Lawrence Market, or Gaucho's in the north market on Satudays only.

Bulldog Coffee Toronto - A lot of bull, not a lot to write home about

I couldn't agree with you more. I used to live just down the street and the absolute arrogance showed by the owner, and this was before R.M. went in and gave it the two cent facelift, was simply overwhelming. While I am not a fan of the chain coffee shops, I would gladly switch to drinking tea at home full time if the Bulldog was only place in the city to grab a cup of coffee.

Lynn Crawford buys The Citizen

Aside from getting back behind the fire at the new digs, apparently she just finished filming a new show for the FN...not sure when the air date is.

Molecular Gastronomy ingredients in the GTA

Sorry to reply to an old thread, but I was wondering if anyone has had any luck sourcing liquid nitrogen in the GTA for cooking applications? If anyone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it!

Need Help in Charlottetown!

Hi there, I was hoping someone could give me some advice. I'm in PEI for the next 2 weeks and while shopping today I had trouble finding two things....creme fraiche and sherry vinegar. I have checked both Sobeys and the Atalantic Superstores on University Ave and no luck. I know there has to be a store in town that carries these things, but I don't know where to begin to look.

Any help from my island friends would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks very much!

FD.

Sep 09, 2009
finelydiced in Atlantic Canada

Best Single Order of Steak in Toronto

Jacobs & Co. is, for my money, the best steakhouse in the city. The 'youngest' steak they serve is dry aged 41 days, or if you like older, they have 50, 52, 54, and 58. Length of dry aging is very much a personal preference, but I've never had a steak from their list that I didn't enjoy...and when you want rare, that's how it is delivered.

Your favourite Kozlik's mustard?

They have one called I believe, 'Rib'i'Q' and it is quite wonderful on bbq'd ribs. Also, their horseradish is quite possibly the best you'll ever taste. During the busker fest the boys at Kozlik's take a montrous cast iron cooking pan outside and whip up a simply stir fry of just chick-peas, peppers, onion and garlic and then throw in a big dollop of the triple crunch mustard...fantastic stuff.

The Best of Toronto (article)

I would agree with the article that Mela on Church St was a great little gem of a restaurant...alas it's been gone over a year now. When was this list published?

Best Restaurant for Steak in Toronto

Jacobs and Co. hands down. But just for comparison's sake, Barberians is here http://barberians.com

Canadian or Torontonian food to take to Australia

Clamato juice...lest you be saddled with bloody mary's only...

About Cheese on Church

Sorry I didn't respond until now, I must have missed it. During the renovations Stephen extended his space in the back of both stores...added another huge walk-in and more prep/cooking areas. Currently the bulk of the wholesale work is being done at the Cumbrae's location on Bayview. Stephen had plans to move more of that work to the Church St location and to also feature more prepared foods at Church St. I'm not sure if this is still being planned, however the back wall of About Cheese does not appear to be 'permanant' so perhaps there's more installation work to come? Next time I see Stephen I'll get an update for all the CH's in the hood.

Winterlicious/Summerlicious experiences?

I think the 'licious concept is designed for those that rarely if ever eat out. It's hell on wheels to those who are used to the dining experience...and I'm speaking of patrons and kitchen staff alike. There's a reason Mark McEwan refers to it as winter/summer-vicious.

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

I attended on Friday afternoon. If the current lineup is the same next year, it should simply be titled, Wine Expo. While there were food options, you could not call it gourmet. When you have Big Daddy's pouring processed cheese sauce on crawfish cakes...you know you're not in Kansas anymore. Absolutely disgusting. The saving grace was Rodney's shucking perfect oysters. The wine selections were varied as always with wide ranges in costs, however, if you go next year for the 'food' aspect...eat before you arrive.

i know this has probably been asked before but....

High quality decent food and the term AYCE are mutually exclusive terms.

About Cheese on Church

So glad you liked it...it is truly sinful stuff!

Joanne Kates meets Caplansky's smoked meat

Joanne tends to write for herself...like a kid that enjoys the sound of their own voice. And I agree with duckdown, I don't care for her, however the influence of her columns can't be ignored.

Nov 15, 2008
finelydiced in Food Media & News

Good-Bye Dominion, Hello METRO

canadianbeaver I cannot agree with you more! That Sobey's at Yonge & Wellesley is just horrible. If anyone has ever visited a Sobey's on the east coast where the chain started, it makes you cry to see what the stores have become here in Ontario. And I've also had moldy cheese from them...never again!!!

Le Petit Castor - WTF?!?!?!

Restaurants accept reservations for tables...not bar stools. So even if we accept the excuse that they were fully booked...and that they were expecting to be slammed and in the weeds within an hour...to not let this small group sit at the bar is just beyond the pale. Pretty safe to say the owner wasn't in the room as this is the type of lazy behavior that tends to materialize when supervision is absent.

Authentic Fish & Chips in Downtown

I'm partial to the Duke of York on Prince Arthur...great portions and properly cooked. I don't believe it's served in the The Times, but it's great fish!

http://york.thedukepubs.ca/

About Cheese on Church

That's the one...give me that, a nice bottle of red, and call it dinner.

About Cheese on Church

This place is a gem. The staff is so knowledgeable and willing to help. They have a blue cheese from B.C. that is quite simply out of this world. Oh, and no, Cumbrae's doesn't own the place...Stephen (creator/owner of Cumbrae's)owns the entire building and invited Cole to become a tenant and use the empty space. Stephen is planning on having more prepared foods sold at the back of the cheese store in the future.

Romantic Dinner Spot?

Not sure if the $$ will be in the right range, but Lucien on Wellington is nice and intimate and you shouldn't leave hungry.

Who are the new people running Manos Meats at SLM?

Hey Googs...didn't realize there was a change, but I typically frequent La Boucherie on the other side of Brown Brothers on the east wall.

Newfie/Irish Pub

For an Irish pub in the heart of downtown, check out Grace O'Malley's on Duncan Street. http://www.gracies.ca/home.aspx Live music all the time and they even fly in the band Signal Hill about once a month who are the house band at the Lower Deck in Halifax.

Local/Organic Produce Delivery

Hey there fellow CH's, I need your opinions/advice. I'm thinking of finally taking the plunge and subscribing to a weekly delivery of local/organic produce. That being said there is more than one option available in Toronto. I live downtown and was wondering if any of you could share your experiences and make a recommendation or two.

Thanks very much!!

F.D.