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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

In the former "Big Fish" space at 406 Queen West (basically across from Burger's Priest) there's a hanging sign that says "Rose City Food Co." (or something like that) that's been up for about a week. I can't find any info on google but a name that comes to mind is Anthony Rose. Anyone know anything else?

Must try vineyards in Niagara

If you want sometime a little different, there are two breweries on Niagara Stone Road that are making great stuff: Oast House ( and Silversmith (

Silversmith is my personal favourite. It's built in a beautiful former church in Virgil. Their Oyster Stout is fantastic as is their Bavarian Breakfast Wheat. If you're there at lunch time on Saturdays they have Tide and Vine Oyster Company shucking oysters and making lobster rolls and other seafood.

Fun dinner out with some teens

For what it's worth, I find Sakabar a little quieter. They also have a little side room where you kneel on mats instead of sit at a table. It could be worth seeing if you can reserve your table in that area specifically.

Me Va Me opening downtown

Me Va Me Express is opening in January 2014 where Spring Rolls used to be on Queen West, across from MuchMusic. Say what you want about Me Va Me, but it's definitely better than the Ghazale's and Ali Baba's that are all over downtown.

Yuba, beancurd or tofu skin... where can you get it in Toronto?

I should have been more clear that I don't mean prepared mock meat. They have a lot of dried bean curds and similar ingredients so you can make their type of food at home.

Yuba, beancurd or tofu skin... where can you get it in Toronto?

I feel like they might have this at King's Cafe on Augusta in Kensington Market. They're a vegan Chinese place and they have a small shop in the back where they sell a lot of mock meat stuff.

Wiggle Room at 707 Market, Scadding Court

I've been to this place several times and everything I've had is fantastic. The owner is the nicest guy in the world and he cares a lot about what he's doing and I'm so happy to support him.

I've had the donair burger twice, and it's just something really unique that you can't find anywhere else. I love the sweetness of the sauce with the juicy burger.

The newfie poutine was surprisingly tasty. I didn't know what to expect. His fries are good quality and thick-cut, and they're topped with stuffing and a thick gravy. It sounds weird but it was really tasty.

I had the Blue Wiggler burger today. He just packs it with caramelized onions and he puts just enough blue cheese so that it doesn't overpower the burger and onions. Nothing else in there other than cheese and onions and the simplicity is really refreshing. This place is definitely worth a shot if you're in the neighbourhood.

Grand Electric

They are opening a permanent location in Kensington:

Going to be closed on Tuesdays though.

Best Chinatown eats?

It's one of the few (if not the only) place in Chinatown that serves Singapore-style turnip cakes (lo bak), which is one of my favourite dishes.

ISO Mason Jar Mugs

By fancier I meant pricier.

ISO Mason Jar Mugs

They might be fancier than your looking for but I saw something like that at Blue Banana in Kensington.

What a Bagel Spadina & Richmond

I've heard through a friend of a friend that it will open April 29.

Taste of the Danforth

Yes that is right.

If you have a calamari craving hit up Diners Thai near Danforth and Chester. It was kind of weird - a Thai place run by what appeared to be Sri Lankans serving calamari. That said, for $5 the biggest calamari portion that I've seen. Sauce was a little too thin to eat properly if you kept the calamari and sauce separate and it was a bit unwieldy but still tasty.

Diners Thai
395 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

Taste of the Danforth

Yeah I too live in the area. There were some interesting eats. Lots of pulled pork / chicken tacos or sandwiches this year. There was this new place a couple of blocks west of Chester that had porchetta sandwiches with fresh cut porchetta out of the barbecue that looked fantastic. The place has a red sign. Maybe "*something* Cafe".

The crowds weren't terrible for the more interesting places. It was just a long line if you really wanted a Messini gyro or a grilled quail.

445 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

Guu is Guu(d) – review + pics

For those that haven't heard, it's Guu's first anniversary this weekend and they're offering $6.99 pitchers of Sapporo and a bunch of specials. Went last night and it was definitely worth it.

398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

fixed price lunch on the Danforth?

Summerlicious will be over, but I'm pretty sure both Ouzeri and Pan offer the same prix fixe all summer long.


There's a lady in the food court of the Downsview flea market that makes them as well.

Downsview Restaurant
2865 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3M2G7, CA

Sandwiches near Queen and Bay

There's the Sandwich Box on Richmond, just west of Bay. You can get a pre-made sandwich or a custom one, and they have soups and sandwiches and all that.

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

I'm thirding this. I go to Ryerson and I go to Bulldog usually once a week in the mornings. I haven't had anyone but the owner make my coffee is a long time, and he's always friendly and I never get rolled eyes or anything when I get it to go (which is almost always).

I asked him about the RM paninis and he says that he would love to do it but he only has room for a couple people on the floor so he just doesn't have the staff to dedicate someone exclusively to paninis.

Fun Place for Drinks with Out-of-Towners?

How about the Gladstone Hotel? They have karaoke on Saturday nights which is always a blast, and a serviceable bar. It starts at 10, but you should get there early if you want to get a table.

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Liberte Coconut Yogurt

Sue's Produce on Major Mackenzie east of Bathurst has it

Yonge and Clark - delicious, reliable, inexpensive

There's an indian restaurant at the bottom of the condo on the southwest corner of the intersection called the Indian Kitchen that is pretty good. I haven't been there in a long time, but I've seen good reviews of it. There are also a bunch of mostly Korean restaurants in the plaza at the northwest corner, can't comment on the price nor quality, however.

Really, that's about it. Short of the Octagon ($$$) there isn't much along Yonge in that area.

Where to Find Instant Tea?

If you're going for a chai latte, you can swing by a Starbucks and pick up the chai tea concentrate. You heat equal parts of it with milk and you have a chai latte. It might take a visit to a couple stores before you find it.

Toronto: Harvey's drive-through locations?

Bayview and Cummer

Student-friendly restaurant in Toronto for 20th birthday

If you want to try something different, you could head out to Addis Ababa (Queen, west of Ossingston) or another Ethiopian place. Lots of vegetarian options, great in a group, and definitely roughly than $20 per person.

Best places around Ryerson University!

I've been a couple times. It's nowhere near as good as the Boyz - their burrito just doesn't flow as well, but they have geography on their side. I do like that fact that you can get whole wheat tortillas.

Best places around Ryerson University!

Fellow Rye student here.

For breakfast, take a walk to Daybreak at Church and Carleton. Huge portions and you'll get out for less than $10-15 a person.

Just moved from the city to Vaughan/RH (Bathurst and Rutherford)

If you like good Canadian-style Chinese food, try Dynasty on Major Mack one light east of Bathurst on the north side. My family has been going there since the day they opened, and the owner treats her regulars really well.

Across the street from Dynasty is Sue's Produce, a nice little grocery store with really fresh produce and meat, and they have an in-house sushi chef that makes some of the best sushi I've ever had, which is great for a quick take-out dinner.

My sister swears by Hannah's Schwarma in the same plaza as Tresca, but I go to Joe's Hamburgers at Yonge and Elgin Mills if I want great shwarma, felafel, and fries.

Sofra is also a great choice at Dufferin and Langstaff, and it's in the same plaza as Grains Eatery, which is a beautiful little midday lunch place. They serve burritos that are very similar to those at Utopia at College and Clinton.

If you like Indian food, Taj Odyssey at Yonge and Oxford (one light south of Elgin Mills, southwest corner) is excellent, and they do a great lunch buffet.

Finally, you can always make the trip down Highway 7 to Leslie for some of the best Chinese in the GTA