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Cafe St. Germain - Avenue Road

Full lunch menu. Food very good (toasted turkey, brie sandwich was excellent) but service leisurely -- don't go there if you're in a hurry,

Avenue & Lawrence update.

It's now Sakura Garden -- Asian fusion. Mostly sushi, but also Thai and Pho dishes. They just opened this week, and have a dinner $17 AYCE special going. The sushi was excellent when we went two nights ago.

Richlee's back on Avenue Road?

Just passed what used be Richlee's, then became Bakka, then went out of business. The sign says 'Richlee Ristorante, reopening November'. Is Manuel back? Could it be true...?

1959 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M4A3, CA

Need a little chowhound help - am going down to Sanibel next month

Finally had a decent meal here... our last night! Forget the seafood, which has been uniformly average at best. We had excellent Mexican at the Cantina Captiva, along with $6 margaritas. Not gourmet fare, but a solid recommendation. Great service too.

Cantina Captiva
14970 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924

Feb 08, 2011
buffytvs in Florida

Need a little chowhound help - am going down to Sanibel next month

Just came back from a very disappointing meal at the Green Flash. We got off to a bad start when they couldn't even make us some mojitos; then the MaiTais were very weak and watery. Even ignoring that the waitress got something significant wrong at every point in the meal from the cocktails onward, there were problems with the food. The blackened Mahi Mahi wasn't significantly blackened, even though we'd asked for it extra spicy, and it was rather rubbery. The Key Lime pie (claimed to be home made) was smothered in whipped cream, possibly to disguise its origin in the freezer, and tasted of very little, especially lime. My appetizer was unexceptional too -- BBQ shrimp with bacon (claimed to be a local specialty) was shrimp wrapped in bacon, grilled, and smothered in ketchup... rather greasy and way too sweet (I:"m not kidding about the ketchup BTW). However the conch chowder was quite good, and my BIL really liked the Oysters Rockefeller. The place was really crowded, but all in all a very average minus experience.

The Sunshine Seafood Cafe was quite good, although a bit pricy. Again, insufficient blackening for my friend on the salmon, but my pecan encrusted tripletail (the special) was excellent, and the KLP very good. $50 each for 2 courses plus wine plus 1 dessert shared by 4. Would go back though, which is more than I can say for the GF...

Consensus seems to be Doc Ford's here is reliable -- will probably try that tomorrow, our last night here. My brother in law was commenting that our best meal of the week was at Sweet Tomatoes, the salad buffet chain -- sad but true.

Green Flash
15183 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924

Feb 07, 2011
buffytvs in Florida

Best Bakery in Toronto

I know this is a really old thread, but nonetheless:

Best bagels: Bagel World, Wilson Avenue -- great crust, soft centre, not too sweet. The other half of the city likes Gryfe's (Bathurst) -- which for me are too sweet and soft and chewy.

Best lemon meringue pie: Harbord Bakery. No contest. The other stuff's not bad here either :) The LMP's are only available Thursday-Sunday.

Pain Perdue (Sty Clair West) has world-class quiches, but you have to be there early or order in advance.

Harbord Bakery
115 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

Bagel World
10 Disera Dr #150, Vaughan, ON L4J0A7, CA

Avenue & Lawrence update.

Went to both the Vault and La Cascina last week.

1) The Vault. Appetizers (crab cakes and mussels were outstanding). My cassoulet was somewhat dry, but my friend's short ribs were pronounced perfect. Did not try dessert. Wine list is incomplete --look in the vault before you eat, not after, if you want something special to drink -- according to their web site, you can also BYOB. Service was okay without being exceptional. Their menu changes in about 2 weeks, so I'll definitely go back.

2) La Cascina. Fascinating experience which we loved, but it won't be to everyone's taste. This is not your standard Italian restaurant. There is no fixed menu, as they insist on everything being fresh daily; if you want something specific, call them in advance, and they'll try to make it for you. Otherwise, you take what's there when you go.

We had the mixed antipasto -- the cold part was fairly routine, but the hot dishes were very interesting. My veal with lemon was superb, as was my friend's steak, which was served grilled, sliced, and served on a bed of salad. My wife's home-made pasta with tomato and basil was also good. A nice, fresh green salad big enough for two complemented it all very nicely. There were only two entrees offered (so we tried both) and several pastas. Dessert offering was minimal -- they need to work on this. Wine list decent, but not wide-ranging.

The owners are the chef and his wife, and we met both of them during the evening. The service was very attentive. We've been looking for a new favourite spot since Richlee's was sold, and since this is a 2 minute walk from our front door, I think we may have found it.

3) Safari After years of ignoring this place, we've been there twice in 10 days, and wondered why we don't go more often. Upmarket pub food -- good salads, sandwiches, pastas, nice weekend brunch menu. Lots of interesting Austrian beer on tap, and a nice patio for sunny days.

4) One of our sushi spots has turned into Pizzaiolo, which gets reasonable ratings from people who've been to its Queen St. location. Haven't tried it yet.

5) Fun'l Fun MY wife insisted on trying it once. I guess if $20 waffles are your thing, you'll like it. Mostly seems empty when I walk by there, and I really can't see it surviving the year.

6) Honey's didn't appeal to me in either incarnation so far, and still doesn't. I'd take the Firkin across the road long before this, or the old tried and true Karbouzi (Greek) and Satay on the Road (Thai mostly) just steps away.

1959 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M4A3, CA

Satay on the Road
2003 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

2048 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M4A6, CA

Where in Toronto to buy refrigerator water filter replacements?

I get mine at a place on Caledonia N. of Lawrence -- can't remember the name, but it's near the North end, almost at Orfus Rd., on the right.

Avenue & Lawrence update.

La Cascina (in the late unlamented Locavore's spot) looks terrific and I've seen some great customer reviews already. Trying it next weekend.

Where to go in NOTL?

Henry of Pelham is my favorite in the area -- wonderful boutique winery with some unique products. Great little cafe too. Try their Late Harvest Vidal -- better than icewine and half the price.

one special dinner in Vancouver...

My wife and I will be in Vancouver for 1 night (happens to be our wedding anniversary) in a couple of weeks, and looking for a memorable dinner experience. Used to go to the Raintree years ago -- is it still there/any good? Any other thoughts? Thanks all.