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Best bets in the huntsville area?

Never been, and wondering if there are any great places in the area. Not 5 star heavy artillery French stuff, nothing served under domes, just good local food....?

Jul 03, 2014
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Please help me plan the ultimate 3-day dining experience in Toronto. Specifics within:

Agree with you justxpete - but Bar Isabel I have been told by friends who went is incredibly noisy, so the OP's guest, who is in her 60's, might not enjoy that.
I would vote for Scaramouch - very civilized, and also Chiado, both expensive but both worth the civilized dining experience. She's worth it, and she won't come away with tinnitus! And yes, take her up the CN Tower, and have a drink up there, but leave the dining to places at ground level.
Unfortunately, all the "hot" places in Toronto are incredibly loud - I'm amazed that the staff don't put in ear damage claims to WSIB.

Jun 19, 2014
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Steven Davey, 1950-2014

Great guy, had a huge history in Toronto music scene.
I read him every week too, always knew to expect the "boite" and the "carte" and the "beanery" and the "two top" - RIP

Jun 15, 2014
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Barsa on Market Street

So did you eat there? I posted before about this place. I don't expect it to survive. There seems to be an enormous number of staff, one guy's job seemed to be just straightening the stools at the bar. If they want to emulate a Barcelona tapas bar they need to drop the "club" vibe, and get really good traditional tapas happening fast and furiously so patrons walk in and smell intoxicating garlic prawns, and see Iberica hams hanging over the bar.

Jun 14, 2014
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Upcoming Toronto Visit

Agree - stay away from the Irish Embassy and PJ's, same owners, one diabolically noises, the other infested with awful "live music" - as Gary says, go to the Oxley.

Jun 12, 2014
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Upcoming Toronto Visit

Agree re Dimmi - (that spongy supermarket bread they roll out says it all!!) and anything they have you can easily make at home - so why bother. I like Zucca on Yonge Street south of Eglinton for authentic Italian food, although it is pricey, but worth it. Especially the fresh fish, grilled, and their anti pasta platter... yum.

Jun 12, 2014
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Yorkville! Help!

I know all the high end places, but don't want to spend that kind of money. My guest is very flexible and would prefer hot spicey food.
Any suggestions in the neighbourhood?

Jun 11, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Quiet restaurants?

A lot of these are expensive, and you should investigate before going - e.g. I found Le Paradis dirty (walls, floors) and the food forgettable.
http://www.zagat.com/c/toronto-cn/qui...

May 31, 2014
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Stock in trade, 1272 danforth

Very nice addition to the neighbourhood. Great heritage breed meats, very decent prices, nice people, and unlike at the "Friendly Butcher" you won't lose your hearing yelling your order above the stadium sound level angry grunge "music", which is played for their enjoyment, because it is, after all, all about them, not you.
Go to Stock in Trade, you'll like it.

May 31, 2014
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barsa taberna- has anyone been?

Barsa - went for late lunch - really great looking room, very friendly staff, but I was expecting a tapas bar as you'd find in Spain, i.e. a range of small dishes served at the bar, including the really basic classics such as garlic prawns, tortilla, (I don't have to tell Chowhounders the difference between Spanish and Mexican), great haunches of Serrano ham carved on the spot. But no. They only offer "tapas" as one menu item. Basically a plate of olives, pickles, chacuterie. You could assemble it from the market for half the price.
My friend had the burger and fries, the fries were overcooked and limp. I had a weird broccoli cauliflower salad on some kind of soggy grain, I couldn't finish - it was just such a bizarre and altogether unappetizing concoction.
This place is best approached as a wine bar, or a club, after you have dined elsewhere. I suspect that it is really LOUD when crowded. Some staff members are rude and clumsy (pushing past me instead of allowing me to return to my table). Bonus points - toilets are on the ground floor.
But I won't be back. If you want to try it, I suggest you sit at the bar and ask for an example of the chef's best tapa. That will limit your expense, and, if you are a fan of true tapas bars, will let you know if this is the place for you.
EDIT - Just noticed this post form the owner:
"Tapas are not supposed to be $13 and $14. You're supposed to order two or three plates each, and share. It's just ridiculous." On Barsa's tapas menu, everything will range in price from $6 to $9.
The lowest thing on the menu is $9 and up to the sky from there. This is not a Tapas bar at all, apart from its décor. But no napkins and toothpicks all over the floor as would be the case in a tapas bar - but after all we are not in Barcelona, so I give them a pass on the ambience.

May 31, 2014
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Market Street Redevelopment... new restaurants coming.

I like Bindia - and I know that everyone has their own level of spice tolerance, so I'm happy that this place will dial it up for me. They have a Chilli Chicken dish that they can do as Chilli Prawn - wow, it's great! Fresh, hot, sings with fresh ginger and chilli. May not be your thing, but I would recommend it if you are frustrated trying to find good Indian food downtown.

May 31, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Market Street Redevelopment... new restaurants coming.

Barsa - went for late lunch - really great looking room, very friendly staff, but I was expecting a tapas bar as you'd find in Spain, i.e. a range of small dishes served at the bar, including the really basic classics such as garlic prawns, tortilla, (I don't have to tell Chowhounders the difference between Spanish and Mexican), great haunches of Serrano ham carved on the spot. But no. They only offer "tapas" as one menu item. Basically a plate of olives, pickles, chacuterie. You could assemble it from the market for half the price.
My friend had the burger and fries, the fries were overcooked and limp. I had a weird broccoli cauliflower salad on some kind of soggy grain, I couldn't finish - it was just such a bizarre and altogether unappetizing concoction.
This place is best approached as a wine bar, or a club, after you have dined elsewhere. I suspect that it is really LOUD when crowded. Some staff members are rude and clumsy (pushing past me instead of allowing me to return to my table). Bonus points - toilets are on the ground floor.
But I won't be back. If you want to try it, I suggest you sit at the bar and ask for an example of the chef's best tapa. That will limit your expense, and, if you are a fan of true tapas bars, will let you know if this is the place for you.
EDIT - Just noticed this post form the owner:
"Tapas are not supposed to be $13 and $14. You're supposed to order two or three plates each, and share. It's just ridiculous." On Barsa's tapas menu, everything will range in price from $6 to $9.
The lowest thing on the menu is $9 and up to the sky from there. This is not a Tapas bar at all, apart from its décor.

May 31, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Pantry - the "new" one - on Gerrard East near Coxwell

Applause to the guy who is bringing great cheeses and as of next week, baguettes from Quebec, albeit resuscitated and baked from frozen, but since when could you get a decent baguette in Little India?
Could we hope for a little French bistro.soon?

May 18, 2014
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Greatest repects to Gerardo "Jerry" Scarangella - Jerry's Supermarket who has passed away

I was shocked and saddened to find out that Jerry passed away earlier this month. He was a very nice and decent man, and we shared a love of good lamb, and his lamb was always the best.
Those of you who are regular customers at Jerry's, my suggestion would be to extend warmth to the staff - don't shy away. What are you going to do? It's life.

May 18, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

TORONTO - WE NEED TURKISH FOOD

Sounds great - the menu doesn't list any drinks, is the restaurant licensed?

May 14, 2014
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Where to buy sweet melon

I realise that really sweet melons are completely out of season, but I was wondering if any hounds knew of a type of melon, or a source for imported sweet melon. I just brought back some very kick ass prosciutto from Italy and to serve it without a sweet juicy melon seems terrible.

May 06, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Krepesz European Palacsinta Cafe - Delightful!

You couldn't have described it better! Love this place. I like to have a latte and a plain crepe with lemon juice, and I get them to scale back the powdered sugar.

Apr 02, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

McEwan's - ripped off!

That's an outrage, an insult! Minute Rice? Who shops in this place - Bridle Path dwellers??

Mar 30, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

My only test for a restaurant is "would I go back?".
In the case of George, I wouldn't. For the prices they charge, I was extremely disappointed by the inept service, and I can't recall any dish that would make me want to go back.

Mar 30, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Single Traveler - Downtown Ottawa

Sorry to be replying too late - I too am an infrequent business visitor to Ottawa. The Westin at least has The Shore Club as its restaurant, and although I would call it an upscale Keg, it had the best Ceaser salad I have ever had in a restaurant, and crab cakes with real crab!
But for dining away from the hotel, I loved SIDEDOOR - Asian fusion, excellent dishes, very friendly, small plates, and communal tables IF you are into that
http://www.ottawafood.com/fusion/side...
If you can splurge, try Eighteen in the Byward market area, wonderful atmosphere.
http://www.ottawafood.com/fine-dining...

Mar 29, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

I believe I've made my point, gathered a lot of common opinions about LOUD Toronto restaurants, and took some static along the way, which is fine, Chowhound is a democracy, thanks for all who voiced your opinions, and I hope you still have full hearing.

But if you work in a really LOUD Restaurant, you might want to read this article about hearing loss - and remember one thing, hearing is IRREPLACEBALE, and I'd hate to see a large number of people in their 30"s wearing hearing aids.
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/heari...
Are you not protected by WSIB from working long shifts in an environment that will inflict permanent ear damage?
I'm sure there is some loop hole, otherwise there would be no DJs!

Mar 28, 2014
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Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

Did you mean Bar Isabel? One of the loudest places in the city? And The Chase???
I think we are out of synch on the level of sound that drives diners away.
Scaramouche I would vote to be the most civilized and most amenable to quiet conversation, but few can afford it.

Mar 28, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

Cars weren't involved in the all nigh bender I had imagined the staff to be involved in....

Mar 28, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Danforth Pizza House for sale

He was a legend in the area, and his pizza was damn good. Not your "Pizza Libratto" type gourmet pizza, but great when you just wanted the basics, with a nice char on the crust, to eat at home on a Friday night.
May Angelo rest in peace. With the angels.

Mar 25, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Me Va Me opening downtown

AWESOME! Can't wait to try their food, thanks for the update

Mar 25, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

I hope you're not saying that it's a GOOD thing that restaurants in Toronto are now entertainment venues, and not those lovely warm hospitable places we've all been to in European countries? Where we go to relax with friends, have great chat, great food, and we're not screaming at each other.
Can't we just go out for dinner in Toronto, to a place that's civilised and hospitable? Why is there so much aggression - the noise levels, the deafening misogynistic rap "music", the affectless staff, in the so called "hospitality" industry. Such an irony! And so very bad for the digestion.

Mar 25, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

I completely agree with you, I am not the right customer for restaurants with loud misogynist rap music - I will re-direct my large dining out budget elsewhere.

Mar 25, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant "Har Gow" on Danforth

I'll just add that the skins on the dim sum items are too thick and doughy for my taste.

Mar 25, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

WTF is up with the noise level in Toronto restaurants?

I did miss the sarcasm - thanks for pulling me up - but once again, I'll vote with my wallet!

Mar 25, 2014
KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

WTF is up with the noise level in Toronto restaurants?

OK, I'll bite.
So, art students have a reputation of being "right brain" thinkers, they like to create, and sometimes their creativity leads them towards opening a restaurant. But because their "left brain" is less exercised, they neglect to notice that it's actually a business they are running, and to sustain it, they need repeat customers who have lots of cash to throw their way. For BIG money (the sort that I would spend) they need to replace the Frat House party ambience and its eardrum destroying misogynistic rap "music" with something low and more civilised.
And really good food would be a bonus.
Are you really mad now? The moderators will probably kill our communications, but stay cool OK?I
I think my point is valid, and I'm not attacking art students, but it's a running joke out there, when you go to a new place, and all the staff are covered in tattoos and piercings, and so full of themselves, and the food is merely adequate to mediocre, the noise levels are damaging, the usual summation is "Yeah, another start up place by art students".
It's just a slogan, didn't mean to offend you. So get the joke, and laugh!

Mar 25, 2014
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