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GLOBE EARTH comes to Bloor West Village

Enjoyed a very nice meal last night at earth Bloor West. Taking over the location for what was formerly Billy Bob's, they've done a nice transformation. Lots of dark wood and open doors at the front to allow breezes in. they also have a rooftop patio.

The service was good. Our waiter, Sean, was attentive and gave us a little history and said that they were still ironing the kinks out. The food is sourced locally or as much as possible.

We shared the pork bits to start: a piece of very dry, hard to crunch pork crackling; two small triangles of pork head cheese, and two small timbales of pate. The crackling was almost unbreakable. Our entrees were the vegetable tart and I had the chicken supreme, a small quarter on a hash of celeriac and berkshire pork.

Because it's in Bloor West Village, and conveniently located next to the recently reopened Humber Cinema, I'm sure I'll be back. I did see others enjoying the burger and fries which looked pretty good ... so lots more to try! 3 stars out of 5.

earth Bloor West
2448 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P7, CA

Toronto FC Chowhounds?

Great wings at the Wheatsheaf (King & Bathurst)

Looking to take a group of 30-40 people, Yonge/Bloor area - any suggestions?

Looking to take a group of about 30-40 people for a nice dinner, likely a Wed. or Thurs. evening in the Yonge/Bloor/Yorkville area. Budget is low to medium per person. Places like Bloor Street Diner come to mind but not sure they could accomodate a group this size.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

Caplanskys on College St - impressions?

Went there last week with friends. It was really disappointing. When Caplanskys was at the Monarch tavern, it was so cool. Great pub food. Amazing fries. Gravy you could stand a spoon in. But it was like you had stumbled on a little-known secret place that only got passed on by word-of-mouth to select friends. What a difference with the new place. To the point of glaring lighting. Abysmal service. The fries to our sandwich combo came out a long time before the sandwich appeared. When I commented to the server that it would be nice if we could get our sandwiches with the fries, he shrugged his shoulders. The chalk board advertised that the soup of the day was the pea soup, which we were really looking forward to. Our server informed us that the board was wrong and that the soup was carrot-parsnip. The soup was okay but the pea soup would have been better. The table next to us were already complaining about how stale the bread was. I'm not inclined to go back.

Unique Toronto Breakfast Recs.

In the west end there are some good places for breakfast that have a little different fare. Easy Diner at Queen & Roncesvalles has a pretty funky menu. Another great place is Universal Grill on Dupont at Shaw St. They make the most amazing stuffed french toast and always have an interesting menu, worth checking out.

Universal Grill
1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G3N4, CA

Easy Restaurant
1645 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R1A9, CA