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Question about Rowe Farms

Well said!

Question about Rowe Farms

Great, that is meat that is changing hands over far fewer times then going into a Rowe Farms, that's profits going directly into the pockets of the farmers and not greedy CEO's who short change their staff!

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Pastis has closed, sad but true.

Question about Rowe Farms

Not a house in Toronto and not in 2014.

Question about Rowe Farms

Holt's staff do quite well with commissions actually and their staff discount is significant.

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Wrap 'N Roll.

Question about Rowe Farms

They weren't looking for someone who is committed for the long term.

Question about Rowe Farms

$20-$25 an hour for what Rowe Farms was asking for, a chef who has worked in some of the better restaurants in the city but wanted to take a step back and work some day time hours. Skilled butchers start at around $18. Basically your staff should be able to afford the product.

Question about Rowe Farms

I tried to see if they fed their animals GMOs, head office told me they "try to avoid it."

Question about Rowe Farms

I'm going to bring this timely thread up again. This is not in regards to their farming practices but about their labour practices. Rowe Farms opened up a store in the Beaches, they were looking for a store manager, compensation was $13-15 an hour.
I am just as concerned about animal welfare as I am about human and I thought chow hounders would be interested to know that one.

Which wineries are worth a visit in Prince Edward County?

I like the ones in and around Wellington, Closson Chase, as was mentioned and for the price Sandbanks. Very independent minded and out of the way Long Dog is Chef Vegabond's favourite. Bring a picnic, pick up a bottle of gamay and enjoy the beach/bird sanctuary just south of the winery.

"Foodies: Culinary democrats or cultural snobs? "

I like that.

Charming French Bistro in Baldwin Village

Gaston was born in Paris to a Jewish family. Top man, he is truly missed on Baldwin Street.

Tati Bistro - Review

I have no problem waiting for the food, especially if it is worth the wait. I found the food at Tati to be not bad at all, in fact bordering on pretty good. Over priced but good. The service on the other hand, barely passable.

The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, poor final impressions

Aiello

Not too loud please

Exactly, good inexpensive restaurants are going to be loud. As many seats as possible have to be in the dining room and if the restaurant is good, people will flock. There is only so much one can do to improve acoustics. Therefore if you want quiet, you pay for it. On Harbord, Splendio is your best option.

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Harbord
147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

"Foodies: Culinary democrats or cultural snobs? "

I really don't like the term foodie, I heard someone define a foodie as one who has the inability to enjoy really good crap.
Nevertheless being into food just like being into anything else can have sections of people who are snobs (usually over compensating for something and have deep, deep issues) and there are those who aren't.

Joanne Kates' Top 100 Restaurants in Toronto

While there is plenty to criticize Joanne Kates on (although you may find your comments even here on chowhound to be checking into the null clinic, she really is everywhere I tell you. I feel this one should just be left alone. Everyone is going to disagree with her choices but that's what I got from reading the article, they were her choices, off the record. They were her personal favourite restaurants that she rated from 1 to 100 for a neighbourhood publication. If anyone actually cares what Joanne Kates thinks, (not that they are even at the reading grade level one needs in order to read the Village Post) even they should take this with a grain of salt.

ISO: Squid Ink

I saw it at Rowe Farms on Roncesvalles. That was a while ago so if you don't live in the area, give them a call first.

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Rowe Farms
912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, poor final impressions

.....and a lucrative little business indeed you have their, foodyDudey.
A funny little story I have for you all and it made me think of Local Kitchen and Wine Bar. I was going through Oakville yesterday when suddenly hunger struck, so, chef_vegabond does what he always does when he's in the suburbs, he stops into Lick's for a nature burger. Guess what, Licks serves fair trade coffee! Local Kitchen and Wine Bar doesn't but Lick's does.

Black Hoof

Well said. Unless a restaurant has a timed seating policy, how can the servers give you an exact time? A vague, ball park figure maybe. I find Torontonians to be impatient and a little spoiled when it comes to waiting in line (I'm a born and bread native here). When I'm in other cities I see people waiting in lines at the best places and there is a very joyful vibe because they know what awaits them is going to be something truly magical.
Even though I have no interest in dining at the Black Hoof due to the fact that their dinners are what I consider to be lunch I am grateful to them. I am grateful to them because they are making Torontonians stop and smell the roses. I am happy to see a couple of guys who were slugging it away in the kitchen, scrape together a little money to open up a place on such a shoestring budget and it got chosen as the top new restaurant for last year in Toronto Life (the 2 million dollar project that is Nota Bene got 2nd). Furthermore, I've heard no complaints about them from friends. To the staff and management at the Black Hoof all I have to say is, respect.

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Nota Bene
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Good spots in Toronto to eat alone

Cafe La Gaffe, food is okay, it's fine actually but the total package is amazing in the evening when the lights go down.

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Cafe La Gaffe
24 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L2, CA

The Un-Official "Go To" Restaurant Thread

Never in a million years will I ever say my first choice, it is my secret.
Second, Banjara right by Christi Pits
Third, Gio Ranna's Really Really Nice Italian Restaurant, Lesliville

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Banjara
796 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L7, CA

Big Ragu - Still good for a big birthday dinner?

The food is pretty good. My main criticism is they could trim the fat off of their braised meats a little more. Big, Flintstone sized beef short ribs with a huge chunk of fat on them. Silver membrane on the lamb shoulder untrimmed. Having said all of that, I love the atmosphere you are treated like family and the food is mostly good, pizzas are bang on in fact.

Looking for some of the best seafood restaurants of the city

For crab, dead smack on the north east corner of Spadina and Baldwin. Xam Yu Seafood Restaurant.

The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, poor final impressions

Folks, I gave the restaurant 3 stars for an overall dining experience. My title was poor final impressions. So I think I was fair enough with them on that end.
I cut and pasted this from Local's web site.
Local will maintain a fundamental respect for our food, where it comes from, and the people who help cultivate it.
........and the people who help cultivate it that is unless you are one of the worlds worse exploited workers, a third world plantation labourer.
This really isn't about voting for party x or party z. The flat screen TV was kind of funny when just right below it was a dual flush toilet.
I guess the problem for me is that I've been into where my food comes from and how it is produced since before it was cool. There are many reasons to be concerned about it and the fact that it is trendy shouldn't be your only one, that is the case with Local.

Madras Masala

Been there several times, everything I tried was a hit, especially the dosas.

Cheap Gifts-Undoubtedly Canadian

coffee crisp

Recommendations for 20 ppl party "western food"

You want fancy, western and $20 to $30 a head, I suggest you go for a prix fixed. Sunday to Wednesday there is Tati, Sundays for an extra $5 there is Cowbell. Not so fancy but very Anglo Saxon is the House on Parliament. Hope your guests enjoy their stay in Toronto.

The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, poor final impressions

Because this is what I caught them on, who knows what else they have going on.