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Best Single Slice of Cheesecake in Toronto

What kind of cheesecake do you prefer?

Nam Sandwich Shop

It's not across from, but rather next to Trinity Bellwoods (old Parkette location).

I still prefer Banh mi Boys over these guys - food wise.

I have tried the thai chicken and all-veggie subs. I found the chicken a bit too greasy and the all-veggie subs on the soggy side. That said, the bread and the picked condiments hold up - good temperature and texture. A bit steep though, $7 for a sub - more than what Banh mi Boys are charging.

I love that they are right next to the park though, and has a much more relaxed atmosphere then BMB. I havent tried their Bao's yet - look forward.

Tree Top African Cafe - Opening!

Thanks.
It seems to be a difficult corner for business, hope they do well.
Will def drop by and check it out.

Il Ponte Cucina Italiana?

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/...

'"I don’t think that the residents outright didn’t want The Real Jerk,” said Garland. “They were looking for a restaurant that was a little bit more family-oriented and a little bit quieter.”
Il Ponte is just a “better fit".'

Well, I guess I would have expected more from the Riverside residents.

Tree Top African Cafe - Opening!

Where is this?

Anatolian's Turkish Halal Restaurant - WOW!

I have not been to either locations.
I think you are right though, fD, Rakia's Queen E location (1402 Queen E) is now taken over by Queen Margherita.

Any review on the Annex location?

Anatolian's Turkish Halal Restaurant - WOW!

Have you tried Rakia Bar (Queen E location), TF?
No shisha, but supposedly Balkan-inspired cuisine and, obviously, with well-stocked raki.

Wild Alaskan Canned Salmon in Toronto

Whole Food's 365 brand carries canned wild alaskan salmon. Boneless skinless, just under $5. I have used them for salmon cakes and they work just fine.

Papalo?

Beauty you got there.
An easy rule of thumb is, substitute papalo for when flavour/recipes call for cilantro. It cuts the grease with that unique fresh fragrance, and works really in combination with citrus. I like to have it sprinkled on top tacos, any pork belly dishes, and heavier meat stock (ie pho).

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Mamakas on Ossington, just north of Queen.
https://twitter.com/mamakasTO
"..Mamakas brings a fresh, new, authentic approach to Aegean food on Ossington".
Saw their private soft opening over the weekend. Would be great to have Mediterranean/Greek alternative in the hood.

Tiffin Carrier

I know this reply is obvious but I have definitely see them at Kohinoor on Gerrard in Little India - you are going to make a lot of new friends with a picnic spread using those.

Want to get a taste of Canada for a family vacation

My favourite spot to bring out-of-town friends visiting Toronto is Toronto Island.
Taking the 15min ferry, en route you get a perspective of the beautiful Lake Ontario. Either picnic or enjoy the seasonal menu at the Island Cafe (live music Friday nights) - you have the back drop of the Toronto skyline.

If you are a little bit short on time (what a trip, by the way!) - hit Kensington market. Sample some cheese and pick up some seasonal fruits. Some recommendations at the market:
7 Lives for tacos
El Trompo for empanadas
El Gordo for pupusas
Sanagans for meat pies/sliders/cold cuts
Black Bird for bread

here is a more comprehensive thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7875...

Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

Another pop-up from Drake/Momofuku collab:

"Twilight Tuesdays
This August, on Tuesday evenings from 5-9PM, Drake One Fifty, Momofuku + friends will transform the York Street parkette (west side of York St. between Richmond + Adelaide) into a mini night-market, offering gourmet street food, summertime treats, and notable Canadian indie musicians performing street-side, creating a twilight oasis in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District.

We'll be joined by our Financial District neighbours The Gabardine and Richmond Station on alternating Tuesdays, in addition to Drake One Fifty + Momofuku"

http://www.thedrake.ca/blog/2014/07/d...

Actinolite: earnest or pretentious?

Ah ok. Many thanks.

Actinolite: earnest or pretentious?

Now, I am really curious about the "soil" component.

Was it in a small mound, mixed in with the potatoes to a certain extent? What exactly was the server's explanation?

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

Happened to me last winter at Marben. We were a group of 4 and given an automatic 20% (after tax) on the two machines when we asked to split the bill. We called for the manager (who showed up almost 20min later) because we were told by our server that it was "standard" because of our party size and the fact we asked to "split the bill" (what??). The manager apologized but "couldn't get the machines to work properly", so we payed whatever that was prompted.

Too bad. I loved my first meal there since the new chef, but our last experience left a bitter aftertaste. Won't return any time soon.

Cocktails before Richmond Station this Saturday night.

Drake 150 is great. Loud but fantastic cocktails + good service.
<5 min walk from Richmond Station.

Food/Coffee deal via Paypal - $5 off at 25 cafes in Toronto to July 31, 2014

I, too, have taken advantage of the paypal pp.
Note that there are actually tons of restaurants participating in the $5-off special, if you allow the app locator to track you.
I was at Hello Meatball couple weeks ago. No hassle, easy to use.

Patois - Who's been?

Thank you for the review.
Many dishes look interesting. Dirty rice, O.G. Fried Chicken & Watermelon Pickle, and Spaghetti Vongole will def be my dishes to try.

Byblos

I enjoyed my dinner over the weekend at Byblos.

The highlight for me was the broiled fluke with a yogurt sauce. I rarely see fluke on the menu in Toronto and I was impressed by the complexity of the flavour.

The beet lebnah was also delicious. The hint of lemon and mint on the beet really woke up my palate.

The turkish manti dumplings were less impressive. The skin was chewy and the eggplant filling was too sweet and with nothing to counter the sweetness off.

The wine menu was lacklustre and limited by-the-glass options. I found the basement dining area a little suffocating but I heard from other diners that their upstairs is quite gorgeous- maybe next time. I will return

Where to Eat for Visiting Pescetarian NYers

Welcome to Toronto.
I will give a few suggestions categorized by price point, including info on its location/neighbourhood and type of cuisine/special dish

Higher end:
Chiado (Little Portugal, Portuguese. I have never had a bad dish there, but they do grilled fish and seafood stew impeccably)
Hopgood's Foodliner (Roncy, New Canadian. Specials are always good).
Ja Bistro (Financial District, aburi (toched fish))
Japango (Financial District, Omakase)
Bar Isabel (Little Italy-ish, any grilled fish, and ceviche)
Lee (King W, I know...but he still makes my favourite black cod in the city)

Mid Range
Solo Sushi Ya (U of Toronto -ish, anything from their daily special)
Oyster Boy (Trinity Bellwoods, oysters)
Rodney's (King W, Chowders & Oysters)

Inexpensive:
Fish Store (Little Italy, Fish sandwich take-out)
Buster's (St Lawrence Market, swordfish sandwich, fish&chips)
7 Lives (Kensington Market, fish tacos & ceviche)
Swatow (Chinatown, Shrimp wonton noodle soup)

Trying to remember which Greek restaurant I went to...

Avli is just a few doors west of Mezes. Is that the restaurant (because I don't think you meant Pantheon).

Suggestions for single girls' night out

I have been to County east side once, early spring this year.
Crowd wise, I still prefer the west side (yes, I do have a west side bias). I love the intimacy of the bar at Queen W, and I find the clientele more "open" to chats across table/bar.
This being said, I did love the bartender on the East side, and they have a nicer patio than Queen W.

Adding another venue to the list:
People Eatery on Spadina. Love the food and atmosphere.

Hopgood's Foodliner?

A weekend dinner once again reaffirmed my love for Hopgood's.
I have been a big fan of their take on seafood - everything I have tried had been well thought out and delicious. (Amazing scallop crudo with cherry, minimal treatment of the deliciously fresh steamed clams).

I want to point out their house-made boudin noir. Pillowy soft, packed with flavour, served with medley of wild mushroom and hen's egg - every bite was heavenly. My plate was licked-clean (almost literally).

Also, an amazing cocktail I had with pig's blood -their take on sour whiskey. Addictive, and went down too easy.

Lastly, in my opinion, they still have the able and knowledge servers in Toronto.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

That's really a shame. They were cooking up some consistently decent food with reasonable price tags.

Instant Breakfast Cereal

Hi millygirl, have you tried bulgar?
They have great texture and are super easy to prepare.
I like to pour some almond milk over it and refrigerate overnight. Microwave them for breakfast next morning and mix in some nuts, honey and berries. I love my oatmeal too but this one is hard to beat.

weekday lunch options near adelaide and brant?

Yes you are right my mistake! I was thinking of the burrito place near by.

weekday lunch options near adelaide and brant?

The Roastery Cafe at 401 Richmond has salad, veggie sandwiches and great coffees for a quick lunch.
Strong, reliable wifi and you can take your lunch to the rooftop garden or the nice courtyard if the weather is nice

Superfoods (behind TIFF) is a basement takeout place for super duper healthy salads. Price is about the same as Fresh, but they rotate their menus.

Tour de France

I was actually looking for the same thing over the weekend.
Quick twitter search and this came up:
https://twitter.com/CyclistArtist/sta...

Hitch Bar
http://hitchlimited.com/
1216 Queen St E, Toronto, ON

Best bets in the huntsville area?

You should definitely drop by Westside fish n' chips. I really like their grilled Lake Ontario whitefish. Not a fan of their spuds or coleslaw, but they do their fish well.

Also, Butcher's Daughters is on my list to check out next time I am up there - please report back if you visit.
http://butchersdaughters.ca/