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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Tavern by Trevor on Spadina is open now.

Mar 31, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Red Sauce - 50 Clinton Street

I popped in here a few nights ago because I was in the area and had the knuckle sandwich. I don't think I'd go out of my way to come here, but I quite liked the sandwich and the atmosphere so I'd likely return if I was in the area. It's nice having a place like this open late. The knuckle sandwich kind of made me think of scrapple. It tasted good; I just wish the bun didn't get so soggy.

Mar 07, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Itinerary help (esp. Tex-Mex and Mexican)

Hi all! Reporting back from the trip - bottom line, I'm extremely jealous of Austin ;)

Veracruz tacos: Al pastor taco. I really liked the sauces here! Tortillas were so good too; throughout the trip we were basically jealous of how good tortillas were compared to what we can get.

ESK at Liberty: Beet fries and Thai chicken karaage. Not bad. I liked the beet fries just b/c I like beets :)

Mexitas: My introduction to migas. I quite like them!

Franklin bbq: The wait was actually quite fun; perfect weather, beer, and my migas. Such ridiculously moist brisket! Pork ribs were great; we regretted not ordering more. Turkey was good too - I actually liked it better cold the day after (if I lived in Austin, I would use this to make club sandwiches all the time!). Bourbon banana pie was good too.

Amy's ice cream: I like that they mix the topping into your ice cream!

Uchi: Got lucky wandering in on Valentine's Day with no reservation. Yokai berry, hama chili, a scallop special, and the foie gras sushi. The foie gras sushi was awesome! Everything else was just ok for me - it was good but didn't seem special enough that I'd go out of my way for it.

Easy Tiger: Beer cheese and pretzel were ok. I just wanted to know what beer cheese was lol.

Bar 96: I had Live Oak Hefeweizen and now I think this is the greatest beer ever <3

Black's bbq: Brisket flavour was nice but one bite and I was like "urg, so dry compared to Franklin's". Beef rib was fun to order but we were kind of overwhelmed by the fattiness. And jalapeno-cheddar sausage was just ok.

Alamo drafthouse: Alcoholic milkshake and a giant bowl of popcorn are never a bad thing.

Bomb tacos: Campechana taco was pretty good; I liked the pineapple but the tortilla wasn't as fluffy as other tortillas. By this point we hoped to stuff ourselves as full of fluffy tortillas as possible before going home.

And that was it for Austin!

FYI we did make it to La Gloria in San Antonio but I thought it was just ok. It seemed a bit similar to places up here; I liked Rosario's and Tito's better. I tried a machacado taco at Tito's and liked it! I also tried a ham-cheese-jalapeno kolache at Buc-ees (lol) and they remind me of Chinese buns :) I also really enjoyed Buc-ees beaver nuggets haha.

Feb 22, 2014
ggom1 in Austin
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ISO: Siopao

It isn't quite the same, but I've been getting bola-bola siopao from one of the vietnamese sub shops on Spadina (not the bigger green-sign one, the littler one a few doors north of it). I think I've usually come across them on weekends; there's a box at the back corner of the counters and they're fresh, not frozen.

Feb 19, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Itinerary help (esp. Tex-Mex and Mexican)

Thanks for all the input!

Feb 11, 2014
ggom1 in Austin

Itinerary help (esp. Tex-Mex and Mexican)

Thank you!

Feb 09, 2014
ggom1 in Austin

Japanese birthday celebration downtown Toronto

What about Ematei? The tatami rooms can be reserved.

Feb 09, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Itinerary help (esp. Tex-Mex and Mexican)

Hi Austin CHers!

My friend and I are going to be visiting at the end of the week and I need a bit of help. We're visiting from Toronto and will be in both Austin and San Antonio over 6 days. We'll be staying by I-35 and 6th St in Austin and will have a car for part of the time.

Thurs: We may not get into the city until around 9pm or 10pm so maybe ESK at The Grackle? Someplace walkable from where we're staying would be ideal.

Fri: Franklin barbecue and I want my friend to bring me a breakfast taco while waiting in line. Maybe dinner at Uchi or Uchiko.

Sat: We're day tripping to Lockhart so breakfast has to be pretty small (breakfast taco? machacado?). Smitty's + Black's in Lockhart for lunch. Dinner may be a combo of snacking at the Alamo Drafthouse/Hey You Gonna Eat or What/Polvos (this dinner might be swapped with Friday's).

Sun: I want Tex-Mex or Mexican brunch but don't know where? Takoba? My guess is we'll eat brunch in Austin then drive to San Antonio.

Main questions -
1) Franklin bbq: 9am should be early enough for the line right? And where am I getting a breakfast taco from; is Cisco's the best option?
2) Tex-Mex/Mexican: I googled a bunch of the places I saw mentioned here and most of them seem a bit far from where we'll likely be (downtown/East Austin/South Congress). Apart from the places I mentioned above, are there other Tex-Mex/Mexican places which are recommended?

Thanks for your help!

Feb 07, 2014
ggom1 in Austin

Delight Chocolates: brief review

It closed months ago :( I think the only location is the original one in the Junction now. Not sure about the Junction but I don't think the Queen location ever had baked goods? Ice cream and chocolates were always good though.

Jan 30, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Great Tonkatsu

Seconded! I've always liked the tonkatsu there and Yuzu.

Jan 12, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Taiwanese Chicken Nuggets

For Taiwanese popcorn chicken downtown try either a bubble tea place like jlunar said, or the dessert place in Dragon City Mall (main floor - they also serve apps and have the popcorn chicken).

Sep 26, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant OPENINGS

I've been there once for brunch and really enjoyed it. I think that the menu changes semi-frequently?

Sep 14, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Brew and Cold Brew in Toronto? Also Horchata!

You can get horchata at a couple places in Kensington (El Trompo and the shop that sells tamales/pupusas). Good for a fix, but I didn't think either one was that good (I've also seen horchata 'mix' in one of the latin american grocery stores in Kensington). And there's a cocktail at Samuel J. Moore which I thought was sort of reminiscent of horchata (the one with oatmeal milk in it).

Aug 08, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

White Brick Kitchen (Bloor and Euclid), Anyone been?

I normally opt for savoury but had the Blueberry Cheesecake Waffle for brunch here and it was really good! I was also a fan of the way it came with bacon :)

Jul 31, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

The Rock Lobster on Queen West is open now, I think. I saw people dining inside when I walked past yesterday.

Jun 19, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pain au chocolat

Have you tried Epi? You can find them around town, like at Leslieville Cheese Shop and The Healthy Butcher.

Jun 17, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Weeknight dinner near Royal Alex

There's also an Il Fornello nearby, near the Elephant and Castle.

Apr 08, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lard

Sanagan's in Kensington has lard too.

Feb 27, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Orlando - Atlas House (Uzbek cuisine)

I was down in Orlando visiting family this weekend and came across an ad for Atlas House in one of those free tourist guides. I'd never been to an Uzbek restaurant before so dropped by to check it out and was pleasantly surprised. We ordered the eggplant rolls (probably our favourite dish), chicken kebab (really moist!), chuchvara (small boiled dumplings with sour cream - very nice) and lula kebab (we didn't like this much, it was a bit too salty). It's quite inexpensive and the service was really friendly. Only downside is that it took quite a long time to get our food since they were making everything fresh and it took us a few tries to order because we discovered that they didn't have all of the menu items available for lunch. But I'd definitely return if I lived in the area. They have a website: http://www.atlashouserestaurant.com/

Feb 21, 2013
ggom1 in Florida

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Tortilla Flats on Queen West is closed.

Feb 07, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tasting/Chef's Menus in Toronto - Post existing/new offers here

Japango (http://japango.net/) and Yuzu (http://yuzunohana.ca/) also have omakase ($80). It's been years since I had omakase at Japango but I enjoyed it.

And Beast (http://thebeastrestaurant.com/?page_i...) does tasting menus (doesn't have to be a whole animal dinner, you can work with them to decide what you want). Costs vary but I think minimum is around $65 for 5 courses. I've had a lot of fun with these; I've had both a whole animal and regular-type tasting menu. It's nice having some control over the menu while keeping the surprise of a tasting menu.

Feb 07, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant OPENINGS

I saw a place called Dumpling King on Dundas, near Huron. I think it's pretty new?

Feb 04, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Momofuku Shoto (long)

We gave Shoto a list of dietary restrictions that were confirmed by the restaurant, but when we arrived the information hadn't been communicated to the kitchen and we got a bit of attitude about the list (auberginegal goes into more details in one of her posts above). I thought about leaving to find someone who could explain what happened but I felt that would've made the meal even more awkward.

Feb 01, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Momofuku Shoto (long)

I think that there are many restaurants in Toronto that are good value for money, but not high-end ones. I've only been to a few high-end places in general, but the Toronto places were all a bit disappointing in terms of food/service compared to the places I went to elsewhere. I had really low expectations going in to Shoto and unfortunately I still felt they fell a bit short. While "value for money" is going to be different for each person, when you're paying this much for a meal, I think that for most people it would be a special treat so it makes sense that expectations are a bit different. I felt uncomfortable at the start of dinner and seriously considered walking out, then there were one or two dishes that I found so underwhelming I started laughing - so, for me Shoto was poor value for money since I probably only spend this much on dinner once a year or so.

Jan 31, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant that will accommodate custom seafood request?

Maybe ask Beast? They're pretty accommodating.

I also remember my friends went to La Societe and they have a seafood tower on the menu.

Jan 28, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

David Chang is the Man

Wow this is a great story...so different than when my friend and I had problems at Shoto and essentially no response from management =S

Jan 18, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Chinatown eats?

+1 for Kom Jug (welcome back e!)

+1 for House of Gourmet (i'm here a lot because it's cheap, easy to get a seat and most of the dishes are pretty decent. i like their roast pork better than the other places i've tried in chinatown)

+1 for Chinese Traditional Buns (chinese hamburger!)

Jan 11, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

This one goes out to the breads I love...

+1 for cheesy bread!

I have a bit of an obsession with Epi Bread's cheese/potato/chive loaf which they stopped making a while ago. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with all the bread I'd need to order to get a special order made up...mmm...cheese potato bread...ooo and I also love Epi's pan au chocolat! And almond croissants!

Jan 11, 2013
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Decent afternoon tea in Toronto?

I've been to the Ritz. We had the $38 basic tea; from what I remember the two higher levels only differed by the inclusion of a glass of champagne and they cost quite a bit more. Nothing we had at the Ritz really stood out for me, but everything we ate was pleasant, the service was very good, and there was so much food everyone was stuffed, plus we packed some up. From what I remember it was pretty standard afternoon tea fare, except for little tweaks like instead of an egg salad sandwich there was an egg salad canape.

Nov 19, 2012
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Momofuku Shoto (long)

I don't think it's consistent - Daisho seemed more conscious of allergies and restrictions when I went, which is why Shoto was so surprising. We almost ordered a shrimp dish at Daisho, not realizing our friend had a shrimp allergy - she was fine ordering and just not eating that dish but the server was really concerned and made a point of wanting to know of allergies so she could mention it to the kitchen.

Nov 19, 2012
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)