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The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Beef knish with gravy--they were the best.

Feb 14, 2014
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

Just want to add a short note to thank all who recommended Buster Rhino's. Had to be in Whitby so had lunch at the Thickson Rd location--first taken back by the look of the place but quickly charmed by the server, delighted by the food and totally grateful to the hounds who lured me there. Wouldn't have wandered in there on my own but will be back--quite honestly, probably the Oshawa location which I'm told is a little nicer and has a bigger menu. Thanks everyone! Best barbecue ever!!

Jan 12, 2013
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LCBO Food & Drink Magazine - Holiday Edition 2012

I might not call it a must-make but I tried the Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe and it was very nice. So far, no desire to try any others in a hurry.

My pet peeve about this magazine is that they don't publish any nutritional information about their recipes. I have written to them and suggested a couple of easy ways they could do this as a service to their readers but they are massively uninterested. So you just have to figure them out for yourself.

Nov 28, 2012
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Nice Birthday lunch in Cobourg

I'd recommend The Oasis. We've had countless meals there, lunch and dinner, and have never been disappointed. Also, if we have told them it was a special occasion for us when we were booking the reservation, they have often done something special to recognize it--balloons or a glass of sparkling wine. I would recommend reservations since they have such a small seating area now that the patio is closed.

Oct 26, 2012
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Family friendly in Belleville

The Greek Oasis (290 North Front) is a suggestion. This is a new place--they closed their old takeout spot and opened up here. The food was very good with the typical Greek standards as well as burgers, sandwiches and other stuff that might appeal to the kids.

Aug 05, 2012
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Where to get Hardy Kiwi (Kiwiberries) in the Toronto area?

You are correct about the time frame. I grow them and they usually aren't sweet until after a frost or two. But sorry, can't help you find them since I've never shopped for them. And I don't sell mine--eat them all myself!

Jul 22, 2012
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Dim Sum at Dragon Dynasty - Could be some of GTA's best!

Thanks for the tip on Dragon Dynasty. Had dim sum lunch there last week on our way to the airport. Everything was good and we got some buns to go at Aromaz to take on the plane. Have been hoping for a dim sum place in the east end near the 401 ever since the demise of Ruby. We don't get back to Toronto often so haven't the chance to explore and experiment. Again, appreciate the info and happy to know that we have a go-to place.

Apr 27, 2012
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Quiet, old-school Italian in GTA?

Another vote for Pinocchios, Dundas and Islington. We've been going there for more than 25 years and it never changes. Always a good meal served by professional waiters. Also very accomodating--a while back we wanted a quiet place near the airport to meet up with someone passing through town. They let us sit for a couple of hours chatting before we ordered dinner.

Nov 26, 2011
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A good restaurant in Trenton

If you live in eastern Ontario or occasionally find yourself in Trenton, you will be happy to know that finally, finally, there is a chow-worthy place to eat. Located on the spiffed up Front Street strip, this Japanese/Thai restaurant delivers good quality food, well prepared and served by charming wait staff.

Don't be put off by the voluminous menu, which was why I hadn't tried it in the year it has been open, they deliver on everything as promised. Maybe a little mild on the spicing but that's hardly a complaint. Prices are very reasonable--4 of us had dinner and shared desserts for $60.

Apr 06, 2011
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Chefs Are Masochists, Culinary School Is a Scam

I took a one year program at community college at the age of 50. No interest in working in restaurants--couldn't keep up the pace and had no illusions about fame and/or fortune. I did have the best year of my life with not one single regret. Now I have a small catering/personal chef business where I can work at my own pace, put love into everything I cook and be a happy person.

As for the next star of the Food Network, I join in the majority who recommend he do a serious reality check by spending some time in a busy restaurant kitchen. Then decide what he really wants to do.

Mar 06, 2011
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Recommendations for Cobourg, Ontario

I would strongly recommend the Oasis--been going there forever and never been disappointed. Buttermilk Cafe is hit and miss though the breakfasts are probably the best bet. I've heard good things about the Northside but still haven't been. They seemed to be closed every time I was interested. Maybe soon.

Oct 20, 2010
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Any decent restaurants in Belleville Ontario?

I agree. Seems like it's the go-to place in B'ville these days. And for good reason.

Jun 09, 2010
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Dinner suggestions for Cobourg ?

I also highly recommend the Oasis. I've eaten there countless times and never had a bad meal. And that's saying something.

Mar 27, 2010
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Maple syrup trip?

Next weekend (Mar 13 & 14) is the Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival. www.warkworthmaplesyrupfestival.ca Lots to see and do. Can't say I recommend the food at the sugar bush (taffy excepted, of course) but ya never know.

Mar 06, 2010
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Kathmandu restaurant: best tandoori chicken in Toronto?

I'll add my kudos to the lunch buffet here and I, on principle, loathe buffets. I ended up having the one there because it was the path of least resistance--I was having lunch with someone who I wanted to talk to about a bunch of topics and while the waiter gladly brought us the menu to order from, we couldn't seem to get our act together. So we decided to just get the buffet and be done with it.

The food, with the exception of (sorry to say) the tandoori chicken, was fresh, hot and delicious. The butter chicken was perfect and I rarely use that term. There were a number of salads and nice condiments to go with the meal and for the price, it was a good deal.

I can't say I'll go back for the lunch again but I will definitely go back for dinner.

Nov 26, 2009
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Boat Dishes Needed

We use Corelle dishes. While you can get the marine style plates, etc with the anti slip stuff on the bottom, they are still plastic plates. At least Corelle is somewhat china-like but can still survive a good knocking around in your storage area.

If you are determined to go with the marine style dinnerwear, you might be better to wait until the spring when the boating stores get new stock. I've always seen fairly nice stuff in the store at Port Credit.

Nov 07, 2009
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Produce at Farmer's Markets really from farmers?

Another agree here. Certified Farmer's markets are just what they say they are. Go and talk to the people who grow and raise the food. Ask them how they do it. And don't just ask "is it organic"? Many small farmers, often the type that come to markets like these, cannot afford the certification process but will gladly explain to you what they feed their animals or how they manage their crops.

Just ask.

Aug 27, 2009
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Best Cheddar in Ontario?

If you purchase cheese at their store, they have discounts for large orders. They will also make up trays but it's easy enough to make your own and spend what you save on a big bag of curds to squeak on for the drive home.

May 23, 2009
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Capers in Campbellford - very good.

Yup, your nose took you to the best place in town. Never had a bad meal there. I usually order the schnitzel, which is always good and the soup of the day is also good. Sometimes even spicy--yes, spicy food in Campbellford!

They've been around a long time--testiment to their good quality. I do hate that they don't put prices on their special board nor do the staff mention them at the table. Sometimes the suprise on the bill is a big surprise, unlike the prices you mention. So either ask or stick to the menu.

May 16, 2009
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Hidden away, independent cafes, worth making a special trip to visit.

I'd suggest The Cajun Bajan Cafe at 17 - 133 Manville. It's tucked away south east of Eglinton and Warden but worth the effort to get there. Great ribs, good specials, comfortable and very cool vibe.

Jan 25, 2009
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Belleville and area eats

You don't have to drive to Trenton or Belleville to get a decent meal but it will be neither Chinese nor Indian. Brighton has two Chinese restaurants but both are fairly dismal buffets.

Your best bet in Brighton is the Brighton Antiques Cafe. Skip The Gables as it's overpriced. Both Dougall's and the Harbourview Marina Cafe are near Presqu'ile and offer pretty water views but nothing special food. As for the rest of Brighton, there's lots of little spots, none so remarkable as to mention.

IMHO, the only chow-worthy restaurant in reasonable driving distance is Rubb's in Warkworth. The same people are also operating the former Warkworth Diner and are calling it the 100 Mile Diner. Good food and lots of it at fairly reasonable prices. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Aug 16, 2008
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