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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

I tried searching but couldn't find anything - I noticed Blowfish at King/Bathurst is being gutted or renovated.

Jan 09, 2014
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food you can't find in Toronto.

- pan de yuca (ecuadorian style, not the slightly more available pan de quesos found along dufferin / north york)

- brazilian bobo de camarao

- (even pseudo) authentic uruguayan / argentinian parillas

Dec 24, 2013
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A-ok foods (ramen by yours truly)

care to explain the lack of surprise? i take it you're not a fan at all.....i for one am sad to hear they're closing as i really like A-Ok

Oct 02, 2013
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The porchetta sandwich at The Sausage King in the SLM

had the oliffe porchetta sammy today. while it was very good, i've got to say porchetta and co's blows it away.

Mar 16, 2012
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Square Scottish Sausages in GTA ?

But N' Ben in scarboro

http://butnbenbakery.com/

also, allen's scottish butchers on weston rd near lawrence.

Feb 01, 2012
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Advice from fellow TO 'hounders on the best Manhattan Sushi [moved from Ontario]

Hi All,

I'd like to know your opinion on the best sushi / sushi experience in NYC (it's for lunch, mind you). Price isn't really an option, either. Of course, I've been trawling the NYC-based forums, but I'd like to know who here has gone, where you'd advise I go - in general, I'm looking for a Torontonians take on the best sushi in Manhattan. I'm told to go for something along the lines of Kurmuazushi, 15 East, Masa, Yasuda types.

Cheers!

Mar 11, 2011
Sam I Am in Manhattan

St. Patricks Day Festivites....

THE best place by a mile is the brampton irish centre (the cultural irish society).....but, it's in brampton, and among the industrial sprawl. however, easily the best., hands down.

otherwise, authentic and good = tara inn, mcveighs, mccarthy's, shamrock & thistle, dora keough to name a few.

Mar 10, 2011
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Guu - Second location opening in the Annex!!

The wood paneling has been taken down as of last night. looks ready to go.

Mar 08, 2011
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

David Chang x Shangri La ... here's hoping!

Whoa, this would be a very high-profile grab for the city's culinary scene.

Mar 04, 2011
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Boho Closing???

Just heard from an inside source. That this weekend might be final service. Anyone confirm?

Oct 21, 2009
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shawarmas in Toronto

I love Anoush. My buddy and I go all the time and we're pretty chummy with the owner, who is a complete legend and Cumberland foodcourt player. We're convinced he's Marcelino (from the Seinfeld rooster episode) or his twin brother.

Sep 03, 2009
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good food in Caledon

for pizza - very casual - 'airport pizza' is a must. best pepperoni ive ever had. on airport rd, in mono road just south of caledon east.

Aug 31, 2009
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Robbie Burns Day

fellow chowhounders a few of us are looking for an authentic as possible (see: food and just as important atmosphere and ability to have pints) robbie burns dinner.

ive heard the usual, abbott on the hill, brazen head, etc but any and all thoughts would be appreciated - even off the beaten path suggestions and more 'private' (but not exclusive, obviously) ones.

thanks!

Jan 05, 2009
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BOHO/ Liverbird Pub

The pies are awesome. Homemade from scratch and it shows. None of the typical frozen british pies from some cannery-style plant in Hamilton.

Oct 22, 2008
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Jamaican Patties - GTA

this might sound dumb, but the newstand in the jones subway station has patties that aren't half bad.

Sep 24, 2008
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blue Fin Toro @ Kokyo

The GF and I went to Kokyo Sushi at Yonge/Alexander last Friday night, randomly, and noticed they had Blue Fin Tuna in (wild blue fin, I may add). Just before that supply ran out, in just under 2 days, we snagged a couple pieces of otoro. Good God, what have I been missing out on?!?! I would eat a whole plate of that stuff every week if I could afford it and if it were available to me.

Anyways, they said - not surprisingly - they only get it in a few times a year but the next would be on a weekend before christmas sometime.

Sep 24, 2008
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

El Yucateco Mayan hot sauce

Any of the little latin bodega's in Kensington Market will carry El Yucateco - the brown one, right?

As a gringo, they're surprised when i go in asking for hotter than that (not believing i can handle that amount of heat). I've found some deadly, deadly hot sauces at Cajun Corner on queen st. w - many that i can't handle, which is what i want.

Apr 02, 2007
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Aging Beef at Home?

Hi All,

Does anyone know how to dry age beef at home to get something close to the aging that restaurants do?

Thanks!

Mar 12, 2007
Sam I Am in Home Cooking

st patricks day

hands down, the best st. paddy's day experience in the GTA is not at a pub, but going to the brampton irish centre which is tucked away in an industrial area. i imagine the food - if they even have it - wouldn't be terrific but the atmosphere is second to none!

Mar 08, 2007
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Planet Kensington???

that really REALLY SUCKS!!!

Mar 06, 2007
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

st patricks day

McVeigh's at Jarvis and Richmond (i think)

Mar 06, 2007
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Planet Kensington???

Does anyone know what will become of the recently deceased Planet Kensington (R.I.P.)??

I loved this watering hole in the middle of that cultural stew, and will sorrily miss it. I would love to know if it will re-open, have new management, re-locate or is it really dead for good?

Thanks!

Mar 05, 2007
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yueh Tung or Spadina Garden...

I third the chilli chicken - awesome. And their hot and sour isn't bad either.

At Spadina Garden, one dish - Crispy Ginger Beef.

Oct 20, 2006
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blue Fin Tuna Sushi

Hi all,

i remember seeing at a sushi place in mississauga (in a strip mall off winston churchill) that they had one side of blue fin tuna and it was extremely rare - it only comes into these parts a few weeks a year.

does anyone know of sushi places that may currently have this?

thanks!

Oct 18, 2006
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Irish Black, White pudding

Does anyone know where i can buy these irish puddings (not restaurant, but instead retailer) in Toronto?

Thanks!

Oct 17, 2006
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Moqueca?

Does anyone know of a place in Toronto I could get the Brazilian fish stew, 'Moqueca'?

Thanks!

Jul 26, 2006
Sam I Am in Ontario (inc. Toronto)