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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.

Dandylion

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.

Food:
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.

Auxiliaries:
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)

http://www.dine.to/bestof/2014-11-24/...

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"

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

Hopgoods Foodliner
http://hopgoodsfoodliner.com/

quieter restaurants

A fine addition to the list:
Ossington Stop (Ossington/Dundas)
- triple the accolades for them to be 1) a bar on Ossington, 2) great Georgian cuisine + affordable drinks, and 3) keeping a more than tolerable decibel level.

Was there again tonight - they are never that busy, hence I am conflicted. I don't want them to go out of business but still want to be keep the quaintness that's so hard to find in this neighbourhood. Thankfully, the newly opened sports bar next door seems to suck in all the rowdy bunch.

Visit them on a weekday - always hit the spot!

$7.90 for cup of takeout soup!

Really?
I have never dined in at Ravi's, but I think their soup/wrap combo is priced fairly.
I can't get enough of their corn+crab soup and veggie wrap.
Even if the portions are "reduced" for Ravi's takeout, the soup/combos still do me in every time !

Hot Chocolate, 2014

Has the hot chocolate landscape evolved much since this 2008 thread?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4873...
kwass's blogto link is a pretty good start:
http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

I was at Sweet Olenka's on Queen W. Delicious spicy hot chocolate with house-made caramel marshmallow.

Bar that has dice cups in Toronto?

Snakes and Lagers?

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

Nice, I am glad!
It should be an experience tromping the one two years ago at The Gladstone.

small plates/ tapas spot with veg options?

Bar Isabel doesn't have many vegetarian options.

These come to mind:
Grassland
Biblos
Hopgoods Foodliner (not that many options, but they cater very well to restrictions)
Woodlot
Giliead

Headed to Toronto--restaurant recommendations?

db's list is spot on.

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Wow, that'd be amazing - as long as it doesn't inherit the Susur price point.

Is there somewhere that I can buy chicken skin in Toronto

Ditto St. Andrews.
I don't remember the pricing, but do recall it was ridiculously inexpensive, and good quality.

I have also seen it at Ken's on Broadview, but never purchased them. It's an east end option.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

I was there a couple of weeks ago. I really appreciated their selection of olives and seeing the tiroler schinkenspeck. That said, some of the cooked dishes needed tweaking - the braised octopus dish was chewy, and the arancini was under-seasoned. Best cooked dish that night was the fried artichoke. My companion also noted the light-handedness of the cocktails ( I was pleased with their small-lot wine menu).
The place is intimate and the service was stellar. Chef Johnny brought many of his staff from his former restaurant Modus here. I hope they make it in WQW.

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

Taste of Iceland 2014 @ Luma
http://www.icelandnaturally.com/event...
Four course meal for $55

I am going to this:
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening...
Can't wait!

Goose oil

I have never had to use it but a quick googling:
Loblaws
http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/...
Also, I would be surprised if Cumbraes' don't carry them.

What are you making?

Smoke Signals BBQ @ The Derby on Dundas West

Fantastic news. Thanks for the tip!
They did a pop-up at cold tea earlier this year and did a fantastic job with the limited equipment/space.
Any info on price point and sides?

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Oct 25, 2014
happycamper in Chains
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TO's best Pierogi

I am surprised they didn't mention Saucy Pierogi on Roncy.
I have only had the Original and purchased a bag of the frozen ones. Delicious dough, solid filling. I didn't care much for their "novelty" pierogis, but according to my companion, the pulled pork is amazing.
They also have really good pickles.

My favourite restaurant version is still Museum Tavern.

Toulouse Sausage

I have gotten quality ones from Sanagan's last year. Better call ahead and inquire.

The Toronto Restaurants to watch the Chefs cooking in the kitchen

There are so many restaurants in the city with "open concept" kitchen.
I would endorse George Brown's Chef's House and support emerging talents.

Bathurst & Dundas Restaurants

Hudson Kitchen has a private dining room in the basement and delivers quality food and service.
Bent caters well to private dining/bigger groups, but I don't think (?) they have a private room.
Campagnolo is a good suggestion.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

With Yours Truly and now Ursa gone, Ossington is really losing its appeal.