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Great News: Hooked Seafood moving into Sanagan's after he moves down the street

That's great news.

Jul 06, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Want Amazing Tortillas? Head Over to Maizal Quesadilla Cafe in Liberty

Whre did they say anything about performing a miracle? The reviewer just said they use a traditional Nixtamal techniques for grinding corn.

Jun 29, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Charcuterie in Roncy

Barque has a pretty good patio but I think you'll be hard-pressed to find a charcuterie board unless you head down to Queen to the Local Kitchen or Bar Salumi.

Jun 23, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Highway 61 Closing

I know, that's just weird. I don't get the delight either. It's obnoxious. Often times they don't even go or have any intention of doing so. It's just pathetic schadenfraude.

Jun 23, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Burger Press - Queen and Bathurst

Turkey needs to have tenderness increased, more moisture and meatiness. Good beef should already have those qualities so trying to add them with mushroom puree shouldn't be necessary.

Jun 21, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner for 5 adults, 4 kids near Roncesvalles? Anything!?

Thanks all -- looks like it will be barque.

Jun 19, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner for 5 adults, 4 kids near Roncesvalles? Anything!?

I'm pretty sure they're fairly adventurous. No one has mentioned any strong aversions to anything. Thanks!

Jun 19, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner for 5 adults, 4 kids near Roncesvalles? Anything!?

I need to find a spot for tomorrow night in the Roncesvalles area for 9 people, four kids five adults. I don't have a ton of experience eating with children so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Jun 19, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

La Carnita - 501 College

I don't think anyone is waiting three hours for grand electric, and as far as I can tell their aspirations don't extend beyond being a neighbourhood spot. I'm not sure what Carnita is doing that seems 'try-hard'. Sounds like they're serving tacos.

Jun 18, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

La Carnita - 501 College

So you haven't been there either yet you're not sold but also having a good laugh?

I believe atomeyes has had the La Carnita tacos many times in the past so it's not a completely blind, uninformed opinion.

Jun 17, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sanagan's Meat Locker expanding (taking over European Meats space)

Awesome news. Love Sanagan's.

Jun 12, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Burger Press - Queen and Bathurst

My reference to the ice cream scoop was more of a comment on the consistency and texture of the meat and the comparison to tuna at subway sandwiches. It does make sense for portion control and isn't a big deal unto itself.

And that's a good point about the mushroom puree being used as filler and selling it by weight.

Jun 11, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Burger Press - Queen and Bathurst

I don't think they advertise the mushroom puree. The person who was told this by the server said afterwards that she felt like the server kind of let it slip more than anything.

Jun 11, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Burger Press - Queen and Bathurst

We were just talking about this place yesterday. A bucnh of people went down at lunch and the report is as follows. They uniformly agreed it was not good. The burger mixture looks like Subway sandwiches tuna and is distributed with an ice cream scoop into the burger press machine. The server also explained that the consistency is due to the fact that much of the 'burger' is a mushroom puree. They don't serve fries but potato wedges that were very similar to those you would find in the frozen food aisle in the grocery store. The take-away containers don't fit the larger burgers so everything ends up piled on top and smashed down with all the steam making the bun fall apart. No one had any plans on going back.

Jun 11, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Noce Restaurant on Queen West: WagJag deal..is it a decent resto?

I've been to Noce several times over the years and I think it's safe to say that the place is a very solid restaurant. Not mind-blowing, but consistently very good. In particular I recall really enjoying a carpaccio there. If you get a seat facing bellwoods it's a nice view. It's a reliable restaurant, the kind of which likely doesn't get enough credit. If you can eat there at a discount it will be an exceptional value.

May 29, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food shopping suggestions across the Niagara Falls border? (moved from Ontario board)

I'm pretty sure Smart Food has been available in Canada for 20 plus years.

David Chang on his TO Outposts

Where does he say anything that references an issue with money, construction or partnering? And has the launch been 'oft-postponed?"

May 24, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

David Chang on his TO Outposts

It sounds like a pretty standard restaurant opening for Chang. It's not like he doesn't know what he's doing. Last time I checked he has a pretty good track record so I'm not sure how opening in Toronto is any different than the other locations or concepts. It's a little premature to be sounding the death knell.

May 24, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Chickery - Spadina South of Richmond (David Adjey's new casual spot)

I mentioned it above but I don't think this is Adjey's restaurant. He's a consultant now and the website seems to indicate he simply created the menu.

May 18, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Chickery - Spadina South of Richmond (David Adjey's new casual spot)

It just says the menu was created by David Adjey. Not sure if it's actually his spot or if he just consulted on the menu. Either way he's a goof. I actually bought his cookbook because it was on sale for 4 dollars at one of of those pop-up book sales in the Dufferin Mall. I was going to throw it away but I kept it since it's so comically terrible. Sorry though, I have no instructive feedback about the restaurant.

May 17, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burger's Priest vs. Holy Chuck vs. Stockyards

They've been pretty straightforward about their intentions so I doubt they would add more cheeses if time permitted. As for substituing the cheese would you walk into Bymark with a wrapped slice of American cheese tucked into your pocket and ask them to put it on the burger instead of Brie de Meux?

May 15, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Roncesvalles area

Just noticed that there is a fish store coming soon to Roncesvalles as well as what appears to be a gren grocers in the old Granowski space. The fish store is especially interesting as it's one thing totally lacking on the street.

May 07, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

PC Products to go Artificial Flavour and Colour Free

The Queens Quay location is decent and I like some of the black label products. It's directly across from my office so it's convenient as well. I wouldn't go out of my way to shop there, but that's true for most places. The hate-on boners for it's demise are as comical as they are predictable.

May 05, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need a foodie friendly "lux dive"

Weird - I went with a group of 5 and had no issues at all, other than a wait you would expect in a place that size.

May 04, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need a foodie friendly "lux dive"

My gf and I can usually walk out of county general satisfied without ordering multiple menu items. I think it fits the bill.

Might also want to look at Grand Electric

May 03, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Burger's Priest vs. Holy Chuck vs. Stockyards

"Where do I find such a burger in Toronto? Please don't suggest Johnny's, Golden Star, Apache..."

Habord Room, Nota Bene, Bestellen, Beast, Bymark, County General, Marben, Stockyards, The Westerly, Weezies, etc....

May 01, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Critique my "must try" list for Toronto!

I'd add Banh Mi Boys to the sandwich list.

May 01, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Banh Mi Boys

My gf and I popped in there today before a hot doc for lunch. There were maybe 6-7 people in line ahead of us. We ordered a pulled pork taco, a pulled pork steamed bun and we had just come from the gym so I threw beef cheek steamed bun on the order as well. In addition she got fries and a pop. Came to 16 bucks which was a good value considering the quality. The beef cheek bun was awesome. I'm a huge fan of beef cheeks and it was cooked well and the buns a perfect little pillowy delight. The pulled pork was also fantastic with a noticeable smoke flavour and seasoning that went well with the toppings. Overall, really, really tasty at a good price. We're headed out to another doc tonight and my gf is trying to talk me into going back there for dinner.

Apr 28, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

St. Lawrence Market - "World's Best Food Market" in National Geographic List -

I have had a few different cuts butchered by request as well at a couple different places. They are also definitely butchers that sell whole ducks as well and not just the shrink-wrapped breasts.

Apr 28, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

St. Lawrence Market - "World's Best Food Market" in National Geographic List -

Agreed Davwud and well said.

Apr 27, 2012
jamesm in Ontario (inc. Toronto)