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Flourless Cupcakes Toronto

Bobbette & Belle on Queen E serves great GF cupcakes.

Road trip to Toronto, weird shirts, art, coffee, and doughnuts.

If you are heading to County General, don't miss their IPAs from Collective Arts Brewing! Each bottle showcases artwork of up-n-coming designers. Good brews to boot.

Not on your list:
Bellwoods Brewery. Another great local brewery. They have fantastic t-shirts.

I got my SO the "Monogamy" Tshirt. He loves it but we always have to coordinate so that we don't wear the same shirts and become one of those gaggy couples...

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

Old space of The Grove now has a new sign reads "Nuovo Ufficio 2015".
Will it still be a restaurant?

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

Saw a basement space on King West, just west of Portland, with both signs of Prochetta & Co, and Pizza Libretto on the window.

New Restaurant - On Roncessvalles at Queen - Asian?

A korean place on Roncy close to Queen opened...but this was maybe a year ago. The facade was very dark and "minimalist". I am not sure if this is the place you are referring to.

West African restaurants in GTA?

You will Love love Tree Top on at Kensington Market (Dundas West).


The chef is from Cameroon. Their daily specials rotate. Some staple favourites: amazing sakora (I always opt for this over the jollof, which is always on the menu as well), goat stew, grilled chicken, house-baked bread. Whatever baked goodies they have that day...grab a few to go and share!
Their hours are odd (closes early) and the winter hours have not been consistent, but you should drop by for a weekend lunch.

Western African is a very general category, but you'd be surprised how many talented chefs from the region are cooking away in the GTA kitchens.

ISO Good Virgin Cocktail Menu (tonight!)

Barchef on Queen West is some distance from your dinner destination, but in my opinion, makes the best non-alcoholic cocktails in town.

Otherwise, I remember seeing expansive virgin cocktail menu at Cafe Boulud. That'd be a gorgeous place to start off the night.

Need an alternative to Bar Buca

There are quite of a few alternatives in that King W neighbourhood serving similar calibre of food, with more comfortable seating.
Portland Variety

$100 for two, all in.

Beast's Happy Hour
Union's half-price bottles on Mondays
Rush Hour
This End Up

I actually think the $100-all-in-for-two is more than generous.

$50-all-in-for-two (food+booze+tip for two, central Toronto), on the other hand, would be a challenging list to make!

Super Bowl 2015

Ribs, wings and cornbread from Smoque n' Bones.
Pizza from Forno Cultura.

Japanese Artist Creates Tasty Vegetable Weapons...

Jan 15, 2015
happycamper in Food Media & News

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

1. Dandylion
2. Hopgood’s Foodliner
3. Richmond Station
4. Byblos
5. Ossington Stop
6. Karelia Kitchen
7. Atlantic
8. Black Hoof
9. Geraldine
10. The Saint

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

That is sad news. They were serving up some delicious morsels (although, consistency wasn't their strong suit in my past experiences). I hope the chefs are moving on to even better projects.

Looking for large-party "special meals" in Toronto

I had an amazing family style dinner at Queen and Beaver. Ridiculously good roast and Yorkshire pudding. Top notch/laid back service and beautiful room.

Beast's Whole Animal offerings have been rated highly on the board:

iso: galette des rois

I love the ones from Thobors in Davisville.
Best to call ahead and pre-order.

627 Mt Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON M4S 2M9
Mount Pleasant and Davisville
Get Directions
Phone number (416) 544-1733

Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

Ici's special dinner events will be interesting to watch after the chef's one month respite...

Has anyone done the "Culinary Events" with 'licious?
The Globe's Bees & Honey and Campbell House's Georgian Dinner look intriguing.

Keg Mansion vs. Bardi's

Schnitzel Queen ???

Great info thanks!

Icelandic Cuisine in Toronto

We were gifted with a few tins of cod liver over Christmas.
Quite delicious actually, on toasted breadsticks with sour cream and chopped dill pickles. They were purchased at Metro in Little Italy.

Just arrived by air! Live East Coast Jumbo size Diver scallops available at T&T.

Good looking creatures! Thanks for the heads up, Charles.
Which T&T location were these from?

Great Restaurant for Group of 16-20

Table 17 is just 1 block east of Broadview. They have a private room that seats 24. I was there last year for a private event. Seasonal menu, solid execution, fantastic service.

The Burger's Priest - Queen and Coxwell

I am loving this guy.


Hands down, one of my favourite meals in Toronto this year.
Two doors east of The Gladstone, the unassuming facade conceals this beautifully renovated brownstone.

Small and concise menu (3 app, 3 main, 3 dessert) - same goes for the wine list. We had a delicious bottle of dry Greek Muscat for under $50.
Rye bread with shallots and whipped butter - Delicious start.
White fish - tangy horseradish and dill cream cheese (?). Perfect balance of tart and rich.
Confit Chicken - Celery root and fried rye bread crumbs. Chicken packed with flavour. Execution of the celery roots was one of best I've tasted.
Medley of Wild Mushroom - with egg and "salty Granola" (assorted toasted nuts).
Definitely the winner of the night. Complex flavour profile, subtle sweetness from the cabbage and mushroom, and every bite was balanced with the nutty richness from the "granola". Clean. Beautiful.

Food plates range from $15-30.
PS. The "appetizer" and "main" are not indicative of their portion size. Two appetizers and one main were enough for the two of us. The most filling dish was actually the Confit appetizer.

God is in the details. From the delicate rice paper menu, to the hand-made wool bread basket, to the aptly chosen utensils - everything felt precious and well-thought-out. The basement toilet also had some British nostalgic elements.

They were busy on a Tuesday night. We will be back for more.

best coffee and/or best pastry within a 10 minute walk of Union Station?

Lavazza at Harbourfront is great in the summer time (the patio should be much better next year with the construction on Lakeshore nearly finished.) My coffee experiences there have been more consistent in quality over the year.

Looking for Salt Pork

I had no idea there is a difference between salt and salted pork. Can you elaborate?

Hot Chocolate, 2014

Very good news!

best breakfast waffles?

I have only had pancakes at Boom, and they are delicious.

best breakfast waffles?

Give Hotel Gelato (a block east of Second Cup on Eglinton) a try.
I've been there a few times for coffee and quick breakies. Solid coffee and delicious pancakes. Companions had enjoyed their waffles.

American Thanksgiving celebrated on Canadian Chowhound Community Boards Ontario (inc. Toronto)


A couple of my American expat colleagues are going to Southern Accent. I am personally more interested in Whippoorwill's rendition - the service could be a bit tardy, but I found the food satisfying and space cozy.

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Ontario for "Best of 2014"