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Caplansky's - You have got to be kidding me!

consistency is the biggest problem. it's more hit than miss; but, it misses enough where it won't be a regular spot for me.

Aug 10, 2010
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Romagna Mia - a quick review

sshhhhh...this was my little secret...

Mar 09, 2010
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone been to Rosebud lately?

closest McDs are at King & Bathurst and Dundas & Bathurst.

having said that my last trip to Rosebud was certainly not memorable. mediocre at best. it was several months ago, maybe the spring. can't really remember, but do remember leaving with an unsatisfied feeling.

Feb 01, 2010
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

it's been like that for several months. i think it was in the 2009 closing thread.

Jan 18, 2010
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ribs at the Bar-B-Barn

i lived in Montreal from '97 - '09. i couldn't see what was so great abt Bar B. mind u, i was coming from Chicago were there were some awesome rib joints.

Jan 07, 2010
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ribs at the Bar-B-Barn

i've had jerk ribs at the Olde York Tavern on Niagara. pretty tasty.

Jan 05, 2010
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

La Palette - Suited for special occasion?

i like La Palette; but, i think of it as casual. how about Le Select?

Dec 07, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Alex Rei dos Leitoes

both

Dec 04, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is there a restaurant in Toronto worth getting dressed up for?

because i've dined at most of the restaurants mentioned for work, i've worn a suit and tie to all of them. if i'm going on my own, i will be semi-causual. no place in Toronto warrants formal attire.

Nov 30, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Feudi di San Gregorio in Ontario?!

$73 per bottle at the SAQ and i get to enjoy a weekend in Montreal.

their Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio is one of their best values at $19.95. not as polished as the Serpico but opens up nicely.

Nov 24, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Feudi di San Gregorio in Ontario?!

unfortunately not. i have to buy their Serpico in Montreal everytime i go there.

Nov 23, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fish And Chip Franchises In GTA?

Chippy's has a couple of shops. not sure if the Bloor location is a franchise. both locations hit or miss. one day i'll have an awsome cod, next time i'd have a questionable halibut. very inconsistent.

Nov 12, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy the best steak?

used to love Whitehouse. started going to Gasparro's and can't beat the value. high quality steaks (i'm a bone-in ribsteak fan). got to know the sons and they set me up with a few nice dry-aged cuts.

Oct 30, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Salty Dog on Queen...anyone?

good place to watch football

forgettable food.

Oct 26, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NFL Bar needed

typical roadhouse food; but, bar at Loose Moose on Front St. has 9 big screens together that can form one really big screen or 9 separate games. enjoyable to watch on a Sun pm or Mon night. beer's cold and waitresses are cute.

Sep 08, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BLOWN OFF AT BLOWFISH

i'm not surprised. i used to like the food when i moved back in 2002. it was creative and tasty. like all things, people move on and i'm doubting that the same people are working the kitchen. i'll only drink there now.

Aug 11, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

lunch suggestions that will make my "staycation" more like a vacation...

how about Gilead

Aug 10, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BLOWN OFF AT BLOWFISH

they actually rely on selling booze and don't care about the food anymore. they want to pack the place as a club, not restaurant. i was actually across the street at the Wheat Sheaf for a quart and saw the doormen ready for a club night.

Aug 07, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best patios this summer

i like the patio there; but, if u like to people watch on a patio, wrong place. you'll be staring at the back of the Globe and Mail building.

Aug 04, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Who is doing seared foie... right now?

i think Opus usually has seared foie gras

Jun 30, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What was your favourite restaurant that went downhill after they solidified their status

i like ribs. when i can, i like to take my time and do my own up the way i like it. that usually means going to my parents and taking over the charcoal grill.

my 2 disappointments are rib joints. places that i LOVED when i first went; but, have since deteriorated to the point that i won't bother going anymore (one, mercifully, has closed).

Phil's Ribs. when i moved back to Toronto in 2002, ribs were awesome. i would do takeout, eat-in whatever. i always had time for Phil's. something happened in the last couple of years and i the quality is down and the prices are up. i don't bother with the place anymore.

Cluck, Grunt, and Lo. first time there, i loved it. got their platter with pork & beef ribs, and smoked brisket. i was smitten. i later ordered take out, both Kansas City and Texas style. i continued with my dine in and take out flirtation for a while. i thought i found a new long term relationship. then, like a girlfriend that thinks she doesn't have to look good for you anymore, things changed. ribs ordered became incredibly dry. you would order Kansas City ribs and the server would bring Texas ribs and tell you that's all they had. take out orders would not be process, so when you showed up, illegally parked outside, you would have to wait. i had to end the relationship. mercifully, they're gone now so i don't have the lingering memory of good times past...

Jun 16, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pizza Libretto - family friendly?

i'd say it depends on your family. if your toddler is running around sticking their fingers in people's food, no it isn't. get a babysitter or go to pizza hut. if they can behave in public, i don't see a reason why they wouldn't enjoy a meal at Libretto.

May 25, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lou Dawgs - King & Portland

is it a chain? with a name like that, it looks like it belongs in a Mississauga strip mall.

May 25, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cluck Grunt and Low

i thought the ribs were great at the start, then they got really dry and tough, then the service got so bad that they would screw up your order and give u the Texas rub when u wanted KC bbq. it was due to close.

May 04, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2009 closings

Coca closed again. Globe management took a walk from what i understand.

Apr 15, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

wood fired pizza at queen and bathurst???

i'd say it depends what u do while u wait. if u stand there and watch people get served, it would be frustrating. if u go across the street and have a beer, talk w friends, etc. and have them call u when a table is available, definitely worth the wait. when i go out, it's not just about the food. it's about what i'm doing and who i'm with.

Apr 06, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

anyone attending the GLOBE BISTRO winemaker's dinner today?

attended.

foie gras amazing, duck carpaccio awsome

lamb stoled the show for me.

Quarry Road Chardonnay top wine for me.

Mar 27, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Solo dining - Bloor/Spadina to Queen/Shaw

try Oyster Boy

Mar 26, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good sushi with lots of non-sushi options

was just gonna suggest that. i think non-sushi items there way better than sushi

Mar 25, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

what breakfast dishes do you like best at Brassaii?

their croissant and breakfast pastries are very good. their coffee is forgettable

Mar 19, 2009
dickiegreenleaf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)