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Lucky Red

I liked the fried oyster bao and pandan ice cream bao but wasn't keen on the yuzu lemonade (it tasted just like that jarred honey-yuzu syrup stuff you get in Asian groceries). I was surprised at how big the oyster bao was; it seemed bigger than any of the baos I've gotten from BMB.

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

weekday lunch options near adelaide and brant?

Superfoods is definitely 2nd floor, I was just there a week or two ago.

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

has anyone eaten at Pai Northern Thai Kitchen?

I've been for brunch a few times; both the crispy omelette and the filled omelette are really good. The green curry inside the coconut was also really nice and I'm a sucker for morning glory so I was glad it was on the menu.

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

Please help me plan the ultimate 3-day dining experience in Toronto. Specifics within:

I'd opt for Osgoode Hall or Hart House Gallery Grill for lunch if either of them are open on the Monday that you'll be dining. Jacobs could be an option for Monday night - they have a piano bar and you can still order the full menu if you sit in the bar. Or maybe JaBistro for lunch/dinner - if it's nice weather, they have a patio.

Jun 20, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

I saw a sign for One Love on Queen West (south side of the street, near where St. Patrick Street is). I think it might be the same as the one at Bloor/Bathurst (corn soup!).

Jun 20, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Kinton 3 is open now - 402 Queen Street West (it's just a few doors from Banh Mi Boys).

Jun 15, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Cream, 2014

Was this the Distillery location? I was at the King West location a week or two ago and they didn't have fior di latte but they did have some that you didn't mention - just wondering if maybe the locations have slightly different flavours :)

Jun 15, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Cream, 2014

I used to love Stoney Creek vanilla but I'm not sure who sells it now?

Jun 08, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blue Goose at the Harbourfront -- seriously outstanding hamburgers

I think you can buy their sausages at Loblaws.

Jun 08, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

Thanks for the write-up and photos Charles! I really liked the pork dish actually - but I made sure to spoon up the sauce from the bottom ;) It was lovely to meet everyone! Oh and I'm not sure the sauce for the morning glory had mint in it? I remember it had pork, tomatoes, and onions.

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

richmond station -- what to order?

Their seafood dishes are good; if I'm there for a la carte I tend to get a fish dish for my main.

May 26, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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