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Birthday dinner this Saturday! (Large group of gay/straight 25-30 yr olds)

So I have a friend in town for his birthday (26 yr old, gay, Indie'ish, fun-loving, social guy)

There will be about 20-25 of us and we plan to eat around 8:30. He originally wanted to head to Pizza Libretto (at Ossington and Dundas) but they don't take reservations and from what I have heard.. the place is pretty small anyways. So that won't work.

We plan to have drinks and food and then head out somewhere like the Beaver later, so a restaurant on the West side would be best. Nothing TOO pricey.. ($15-20 mains) Just somewhere with decent food and a good vibe that will accommodate that many people.

Any suggestions? Thanx !!

Best pizza in Toronto?

Yes, great pizzas!! Mmm

Best pizza in Toronto?

Not to overshadow Vivoli - because i like that place - but across the street there is a lesser known place called "The Standard" (college and beatrice) I ended up there on an extremely busy night - but was still completely impressed. It is completely affordable - (Pizza's were only $11 ) which is why i was so surprised by the quality of food. The atmosphere is also very pleasant - they were playing great jazz music and the servers were funny, friendly and personal.

The pizza's were very thin crust, not too crispy - more floppy and gooey with a TON of flavour. I was very impressed.

I also had the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with a rose sauce ($13) which was the perfect size and was DELISH!

This place is perfect for the Italian craving fix ! You get the atmosphere, the service, and the amazing food for a cheaper price.

Ideas for a Monday night special occasion?

I was going to suggest Sidecar's prix fixe as well... ive heard great things about it

Very serious topic - Where are the REALLY good burritos

I second "pancake's" posting.. Big Fat Burrito is delicious - again, not sure about how authentic it is .. but I could defiantly consider myself (as well as at least 10 other people i know) addicted to the 'Steak & Yam" burritos there.

I have also heard amazing reccomendations for Johnny Banana - supposedly more authentic.

Burrito boyz is really not my thing.

Winterlicious - Sassafraz & Bite Me

I ended up choosing these 2 resto's for my Winterlicious dining....

Sassafraz ($30 lunch): This experience was JUST okay. I know many people reallly enjoy this place so I will not write it off, but THIS experience specifically was very "meh" .
The beet carpaccio was very tiny and had an blood orange sabayon (foam) that I really did not enjoy. It didn't go well with the beet flavour at all. I wished I had ordered the baby spinach and toasted pumpkin seed salad, it looked great. The spinach was so small and cute with the perfect amount of dressing and great manchego cheese.

For our Mains we all ordered the apple Dijon crusted pork tenderloin with sweet potato puree. I could have licked the puree off the plate it was so yummy. But it was the ONLY thing that was keeping the pork moist. It was very overcooked and not very flavourful at all.

For desert the Chocolate Marquis was very rich but I enjoyed it as a splurge. My friend who I was with couldn't stomach it. The creme brulee was also said to be very good.

All and all, I wouldnt go out of my way to hit up Sassafraz again.

BITE ME ($45 Dinner): I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here. The dining room had a great rustic and calming vibe. It didn't feel too pretentious (which I was expecting for some reason - maybe all the buzz around this place right now) The appetizers were very small but good enough. I got the braised cabbage and pork belly. This was a little more bacony tasting than i was expecting, but maybe that is how pork belly is supposed to be. Either way I savoured each tiny bit and and loved the sweet potato agnolotti. My friend got the beet salad and didn't seem too enthused.

The mains were great. Most of us got the Dexter beef à l’Alsacienne and were very happy and actually very full too! Great portions on that one. The sauce was delicious and had a nice wine aftertaste. The texture of the noodles was amazing. It had similar shape to cheese curds but less squeaky. It was a nice change from a noodle or rice dish. The beef was tender and the waiter explained the dishes very accurately. The mushrooms were grilled to perfection. A very satisfying (hearty) dish.

One friend ordered the peppermint and miso glazed sea bass. She thouroughly enjoyed this and said the vegetables on the side were cooked perfectly (nice and crunchy and fresh tasting with lots of flavour) This one is a great option for a lighter/healthier dish.

Desserts were good. We had the Banana cream crêpe soufflé. Satisified my sweet tooth nicely. They didn't mention there was chocolate involved though. Which may have changed things for some people, as it was drenched in a chocolate sauce. The St. Jacobs apple gâteau was reccommended to us and was enjoyed by everyone who had it. This was had a great presentation with a dried apple slice and whipped cream.

All and all a nice experience. No complaints. The waiter was nice and explained things well. He gave us seconds of the fresh bread (nice and warm and moist) and hummus (could have been in a larger ramekin)

- This place could use some music. The seats were comfy. The waiter didnt notice that he completely missed the glass when he poured our perier water. haha. The plates and bowls were really neat looking and added to the experience (they were shaped like a one of those crispy tortilla bowls you sometimes get with a taco salad etc) The new cutlery was appreciated after each course.

Note: the poor girl sitting beside us had her shirt on inside out. Should we have told her? maybe she knew and would have been really insulted if we drew attention to it. Maybe its hottest new look =)

I heard "Lee" is amazing. I want to try it. Good? Reasonably priced? I still also need to try Jamie Kennedy's poutine.

Pennylicks in Kensington Mkt

Ive tried Pennylicks this summer when I was craving some sort of grilled sandwich.. The staff is AMAZING. They were super nice and friendly and put up with my indecisivness that day. This place has SUCH potential but I think they need to add a little variety to their sandwiches. They have 5 different sandwichs listed on their menu, which all look great, but they do not have ANY other ingredients to offer. I just wanted a something nice and basic- a pressed panini of some sort with tomato, turkey and cheese etc. But all of their options are very very specific. They sounded great but just not what i was feeling... I didnt feel like salmon with capers.. or sundried tomato with procciutto etc. I asked if i could make my own option and they were delighted to help.. but they didnt even have the basics, lettuce tomato etc. I ended up getting a creation they made for me.. which was decent but they should really think about offering other things. They side it with some plain ruffled potato chips. Im a chip fan so i was happy. (and i put them on my sandwich to tame down the strong proccuitto and sundried tomato flavours ..hehe)
All and all, I hope this place sticks around. They have the PERFECT location in Kensington Market (with patio!!), great warm staff, and an amazing sandwich press.
Hope they work on the sandwich options!!

Best Eggs Benny in T.O

I know its a chain and all.. but Eggspectation's (on Yonge, basically attached to the mall, in between dundas and queen) has never dissapointed me in the eggs benny department. Nice strong flavour for the sauce and a TON of different variations available..

Also - for a more quaint place - La Palette in Kensington has a delicious french twist on eggs benny - on a croissant, with frites and mayo

Where to buy Chorizo (from Spain) or French Saucisson in TORONTO?

FYI: ... Torito's Tapas bar in Kensington has a delicious Chorizo on the menu..

The Best of TO - IMHO...

Burrito Boyz is fine.. but I still say make your way over to Kensington Market and hit up Big Fat Burrito's ... so much better.. Go for the Steak and Yam ..so many different flavours all in one bite. addictive for sure.

Now Thats a Sandwich

Oh man..i've never been!!

Well, although its MUCH more of a chain... the Sandwich Box also has seriously amazing sandwiches.. It always blows my mind to find out SO many Torontonians haven't experienced Sandwich Box yet... DELISH ! and also under $10

You pick your fresh bread, pick your protein, pick your grilled veggie, pick your gourmet spread, pick a cheese, and they top it off with lemon and olive oil... grill that baby up.. and serve it in a nice box with some yummy tossed green salad.

Wings in Kingston?

Hey guys..
Just in case anyone stumbles upon this post again.. and is wondering about wings in kingston... There is a place call "Mcguiness Landing" that is a little bit outside of the downtown core.. along Bath Road ... They have my favourite wings of all time! I now live in Toronto .. yet still crave those wings! Delishhh! Saucy and meaty and messy and battered and yummy and crispy ! Go for the Medium Sauce.

Drinks after Sidecar

Reposada! .. how is it?
I have a Mexican friend that I think would love this place..
I hear they serve a shot of freshly chopped tomato/salsa with your tequilla ?
hows the food? I think that they only serve chips and a couple small appetizers..
is it more bar or more resto?
thanx for any help

What is your favourite upscale Saturday lunch location?

There was a 4 star review in NOW today for "Bite Me" (used to be Thuet)
Could be a great option for a high end brunch spot..
They have a bread, croissant and pastry basket, as well as items such as these:
"House-cured bacon and poached egg; seared smoked pork loin over house-baked brioche French toast drizzled with Quebec maple syrup."

I also stumbled upon something about Lulu lounge doing a good brunch....

What is your favourite upscale Saturday lunch location?

yep ..they are for sure open.. I've been on a Saturday before!
I think its just a popular lunch area...

What is your favourite upscale Saturday lunch location?

What about Baldwin street? Cafe la Gaffe for example.. or Bodega (although ive never been there) It's such a cute little street and the nicer restaruants in that area are usually really good. I took a friend to Cafe La Gaffe and they were very pleased. I think Bodega has a prix fixe menu for lunch as well.... Maybe not high-end enough for the occasion?
Just an idea

Is there any way to change my user name?

Or do I have to create a new account?
thanx for the help

Nov 17, 2008
andrea0guernz in Site Talk

Big Mamma's Boy - anyone been?

I ended up going on Saturday and we all really enjoyed ourselves!
I replied to another posting.. but I'll paste it here too. (see below)
thanx for all the tips/suggestions etc..

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We finally decided on Big Mamma's Boy..
My sister was into the idea of an old Victorian House.. so we went with it.

and we LOVED it.
The whole experience turned out great!
It was 6:30ish on Saturday.. I had made reservations.. and was happy that they put us right near the fire place for my grandma.. The room on the main floor had a great vibe to it... dark red walls.. candlelight..etc.. it was cute.
We were greeted right away by the owner herself.. who told us about the specials..
She was super nice.. as was the co-owner who i chatted with as well..
They had just gotten back from doing a demonstration at the Royal Winter Fair.. (how perfect -since my family was there all day) of their pork ribs (marinated 5 days..delicious smokey flavour) -the menu is now changed and only has the beef ribs.. but the pork were the special of the night..
We had wine and I appreciated that the owner came over to top up our glasses throughout the evening..
We had springrolls to start..and they were DELICIOUS. packed full of goodness..
We also tried the pizza special (mushroom based cream sauce, blue cheese etc) which was my favourite item, the Canadian pizza that my dad LOVED.. very hearty and bacon'y and delish, the Rosedale pizza.. which was still good, but a little bland.. i would try something more creative since they have so many options.. They are very generous with the toppings on these pizzas and they come on a nice tall display tray. We got mediums and they were a nice decent size! Probably good for 2 people.
We also tried the pork ribs special.. it came with baked beans that really impressed my dad..and decent coleslaw (we would have liked if they had a potato option too though) but dad said if you are in the mood for ribs these were great. The sauce was smokey and delicious. I'm not big on ribs.. so it was pretty neutral for me.
My mom got the cabbage rolls...which she usually isnt THAT into.. but she LOVED them.. it was also my sisters favourite item of the night. They were meaty and saucy, with a unique flavour. Very enjoyable. We also tried the Mac & Cheese. It didn't blow my mind or anything.. but it was still yummy and we ate the whole thing. The noodles were maybe a little too soft.. but it was creamy and good.
It was fun to share all of the different pizza's.. our table was packed with food..and there were no complaints. We didnt wait long.. we loved the friendly, inviting staff, the food was hot and fresh and delicious, we loved all the vintage plates they had (the owner picks up fun plates when she sees them at garage sales) and we had lots of pizza to take home with us. The service was very personal ..which i liked, and the food came out all at the same time and i nice timely manner. The place had an ecclectic and homey feel and was also very gay friendly... I sadly didnt get a chance to check out the upstairs.. but once it got later in the evening lots of people seemed to be heading up there.
Excellent experience!

Looking for home cookin' feel- Grandma (and family) in town for dinner

We finally decided on Big Mamma's Boy..
My sister was into the idea of an old Victorian House.. so we went with it.

and we LOVED it.
The whole experience turned out great!
It was 6:30ish on Saturday.. I had made reservations.. and was happy that they put us right near the fire place for my grandma.. The room on the main floor had a great vibe to it... dark red walls.. candlelight..etc.. it was cute.
We were greeted right away by the owner herself.. who told us about the specials..
She was super nice.. as was the co-owner who i chatted with as well..
They had just gotten back from doing a demonstration at the Royal Winter Fair.. (how perfect -since my family was there all day) of their pork ribs (marinated 5 days..delicious smokey flavour) -the menu is now changed and only has the beef ribs.. but the pork were the special of the night..
We had wine and I appreciated that the owner came over to top up our glasses throughout the evening..
We had springrolls to start..and they were DELICIOUS. packed full of goodness..
We also tried the pizza special (mushroom based cream sauce, blue cheese etc) which was my favourite item, the Canadian pizza that my dad LOVED.. very hearty and bacon'y and delish, the Rosedale pizza.. which was still good, but a little bland.. i would try something more creative since they have so many options.. They are very generous with the toppings on these pizzas and they come on a nice tall display tray. We got mediums and they were a nice decent size! Probably good for 2 people.
We also tried the pork ribs special.. it came with baked beans that really impressed my dad..and decent coleslaw (we would have liked if they had a potato option too though) but dad said if you are in the mood for ribs these were great. The sauce was smokey and delicious. I'm not big on ribs.. so it was pretty neutral for me.
My mom got the cabbage rolls...which she usually isnt THAT into.. but she LOVED them.. it was also my sisters favourite item of the night. They were meaty and saucy, with a unique flavour. Very enjoyable. We also tried the Mac & Cheese. It didn't blow my mind or anything.. but it was still yummy and we ate the whole thing. The noodles were maybe a little too soft.. but it was creamy and good.
It was fun to share all of the different pizza's.. our table was packed with food..and there were no complaints. We didnt wait long.. we loved the friendly, inviting staff, the food was hot and fresh and delicious, we loved all the vintage plates they had (the owner picks up fun plates when she sees them at garage sales) and we had lots of pizza to take home with us. The service was very personal ..which i liked, and the food came out all at the same time and i nice timely manner. The place had an ecclectic and homey feel and was also very gay friendly... I sadly didnt get a chance to check out the upstairs.. but once it got later in the evening lots of people seemed to be heading up there.
Excellent experience!

thanx for all the suggestions too! I'm sure I will be trying some!

Big Mamma's Boy - anyone been?

So, how is this Big Mamma's boy ?

From what I have gathered, it's a unique atmosphere (eclectic feel) with amazing (yet slightly expensive) pizza, friendly people, but slow service? Have I got it pinned?

- I know they have the Gluten free dough..etc but that's not really a priority for us.. I just want some yummy food, and a cool atmosphere for my family (from out of town) to enjoy..
-Food delish? Menu seems small.. hmm.. anyone?

Looking for home cookin' feel- Grandma (and family) in town for dinner

What about Big Mamma's Boy ? Anyone been ..
ive heard its good.. but maybe small portions? I like the idea that it is in a old victorian house...

Looking for home cookin' feel- Grandma (and family) in town for dinner

all good ideas! are there any home'y feeling italian resto's in little italy?

Looking for home cookin' feel- Grandma (and family) in town for dinner

That's funny that this is the first suggestion, as it was the first place I thought of as well, but I have never been.. a little more expensive than I would like but.. maybe..

best breakfast joint in Toronto?

Kensington market area / downtown- (nothing too fancy)

Fresh Wood Grill has unique eggs benedict options (goat cheese, charred tomatoes, organic sausage etc) and nice big portions (if your feeling really greasy and hungover order the garlic or curry mayo's for your potatoes, sickly delicious) $10

La Palettte - I've been there twice for breakfast and loved both times, cute french feel to the place, and yummy breakfast creations - I dont think they have a regular 2 egg breakfast, but they have savoury crepes, a delicious benny on a croissant, omlettes etc.. $11 - note they also have a couple higher end items w/ duck confit etc.. for like 26$

The Red Room or Nirvana - I believe these are owned by the same people, but they are always good if you are feeling cheap and greasy. Red Rooms 2 egg breakfast is under $5 and I always like it.. It's not huge, but its so cheap you could order other stuff if you are starving.. It comes with a salad and homefries.. i say ditch the salad, not that good. Omlettes arent bad either. Don't expect anything fancy here though..its students and indie kids..etc.. but cute atmostphere with couches, xmas lights, old church pews, and great music - Nirvana is the same deal but maybe a buck more, a little bigger and more variety.

Sneaky Dees - mexican style breakfast.. or just regular 2 egg breakfast. grundgy, loud and cheap ..if your in the mood for that. $6

Hair of the Dog - In the Gay Village, amazing breakfast spot. Good crowd, nice selection, great food AND they give you cute little muffins as you wait. $11

KOS - ive heard its just meh. fine food, nice service, but nothing super cool or unique, just basic eggs etc.. but lots of seating and options $8

Shanghai cowgirl - nothing spectacular..but decent .. lots of tattoed servers and good tunes $8

Eggspectation - It's a chain so nothing too unique, but delicious food. There is always a lineup on wknds, but it goes super fast. $12

Looking for home cookin' feel- Grandma (and family) in town for dinner

My family is in town this coming Saturday to go to the Royal Winter Fair with my Grandma. (None of us are under 27) My grandma is from a farming town, so I don't want anything stuffy or expensive. Something with a bed and breakfast feel maybe? Something in the downtown core where we can get some yummy food in a comfy, unique atmosphere. Thanx for any ideas!