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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Also, Rare in the Eaton Centre food court is out…to be replaced by a Tim Hortons. It also looks like Pita Pure has folded.

Jun 27, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

I'm not sure if anyone caught this, but it looks like Paul's Tomato Pie on Marlee has closed and is being replaced by Mama's (Caribbean/Jamaican).

Jun 25, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Perhaps a bit off the Chowhound track, but Fat Phil's, which had opened on Marlee, has closed. There's a Bailiff's Notice in the window.

May 09, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

If I understood correctly, the owners rebranded as "the 8th deadly sin" towards the end of 2013.

Apr 20, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Denny's is opening on Dundas West, between the Eaton Centre and the Longos (sorry, don't have a street address).

Apr 10, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brisket Questions

Next time I'm going to try doing chicago-style italian beef. Meat is fun.

Feb 21, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brisket Questions

I don't think it was overcooked. It was marvellously tender, in fact. II think I just went to slice it too early.

Feb 11, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brisket Questions

In this case i was trying for what I'd consider more Vietnamese flavours (it evolved as I was cooking it). I wound up using cinnamon, star anise, cloves, lemongrass, chili, a bit of brown sugar, soy and bay leaves, in addition to the usual garlic, shallot, onion, celery and carrots.

Feb 10, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brisket Questions

Sliced acainst the grain, per butcher's marks. I did try to slice it while hot with a (sharp) chef's knife, so that could explain it.

Feb 10, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best french toast in toronto?

New Yorker Deli on Bay Street South of Bloor. Discussion over.

Feb 10, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brisket Questions

Ok, so I made the brisket last night. Turned out pretty good. Braised for 4 hours (tested it at 3, but it seemed pretty tough). Flavour is great, but when I went to slice it, it fell apart. So, no sandwiches to take to lunch, but I will use it for dinner :) Thanks for all the help.

Feb 10, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brisket Questions

Really? I sear pretty much anything I'm going to braise. I know it doesn't actually seal in juices, but I find it just gives deeper flavour and better texture.

Feb 07, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brisket Questions

Thanks! I prefer dry if I can get it, although since this is my first foray into brisketland, I'm more conscious of price (if it fails I'd rather not throw $50 into the bin).

Feb 07, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brisket Questions

I'm not at an official recipe yet; I'm thinking of something inspired by Pho/Banh Mi sandwiches. Thought I'd add a stick of lemongrass, 1-2 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf, 1/4 c brown sugar (or less; I know many people like their brisket sweet, but i'm more savory). , 3-4 cloves, some dried chili, 1 large onion, 2 shallots, a few cloves of garlic and ginger, a big carrot or two, tomato...

Season brisket liberally w salt and pepper, sear the living heck out of it, then braise w aromatics...I'm looking for it to be subtly flavourful. Not sure if I'll get proportions right but I'll let you know :)

Why is onion soup mix so good?

Feb 07, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Brisket Questions

I'm looking to make an asian-style braised beef dish this weekend. I'd like to get dinner for two out of it Sun and Mon, plus through the first part of the week. I'm a healthy eater, my wife is more reasonable. How much meat do I need? 3lbs or so? Also, how much does brisket cost these days?

Feb 07, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

First! Was walking by Sandwich Box on Bay Street this morning. Bike lock and keypad-combination lock over the front door. No letter indicating they were shut down, but that didn't look promising.

Jan 03, 2014
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Little House of Kabobs at Yonge/Dundas

Dragon Boat in Thornhill, and Cafe Cogo (same owners, but it appears there's been a split).

Mar 08, 2013
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2012 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Gill at Yonge and St. Clair has closed. It's a dumpling shop now.

Feb 15, 2012
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2012 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Garlic Pepper at Yonge and Wellesley has been vacated, with "For Sale" signs in the window.

Also, Biscotti on Bay Street just North of Wellesley shuttered and turned into "Portobello" overnight. I don't see a huge difference.

Jan 06, 2012
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Granowska's (sp?) the Polish bakery on Roncesvales.

Dec 30, 2011
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Sadly, Richman's Bakery has closed. It's a bad week for independent bakeries in the City of Toronto.

Dec 30, 2011
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Honey's Beestro at Avenue and Lawrence has closed.

Dec 30, 2011
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Looks like the Southside Grill in Forest Hill Village is finished. Overpriced, even by neighborhood standards. I don't think that it ever found it's niche.

Nov 29, 2011
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Chimichanga in Yorkville has bitten the dust. Big "For Lease" sign. I can't imagine why that location would have worked.

Nov 07, 2011
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2011 Food and Resto CLOSINGS

Bar One is gone, according to the Star.

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Bar One
924 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G6, CA

Jul 15, 2011
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

Lobby on Bloor Street across from the ROM has finally closed. Repeated attempts to sell overly cute, pretentious food and drinks with obscene markups to the hotel crowd. Not sorry to see it go. Unfortunately, it's turning into a Gabby's pub, which means that the Gabby's pub two doors down will also be closing.

Nov 25, 2010
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

There is a truly cursed spot on Yonge north of Wellesley. The building was carelessly painted a gaudy yellow; paint is spattered all over the upper windows.

At street level, the only activity was a sign promising the arrival of a middle-eastern/pizza buffet (???) but apart from some jumbled equipment visible through yellowing newsprint that apapered over the space, it never came to pass.

More recently, the ground floor was repainted adobo red, and a new sign and equipment announced "Chiltepe Mexican Chili and Burritos". I must have walked by a million times without noticing that it was open. More recently, Chiltepe was joined by "Mom's Jerk" a Carribbean place that apparently winked in and out of existence out-of-town. i walked into mom's jerk to find the place mostly empty and smelling of disinfectant. There was nobody working at the mexican counter, and no food for sale at Mom's jerk, other than a few sad patties.

Two weeks ago, a new sign appeared in the window. "FOR LEASE". Rest in Peace, Jerk-Mom, and you phantom prince of chili, wherever you are...

Oct 01, 2010
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

Not sure if this has been mentioned, but the Ciccio Sanwiccio on Yonge South of Bloor closed up this fall. It's now a thai place. i've been to both...NEXT!

Sep 20, 2010
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

Well, they're both gone now, with a large "business for sale" sign in the front window.

Sep 17, 2010
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

Ken Fong at Bathurst and Eglinton is finished; an all-you-can-eat sushi place is opening in its place.

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Ken Fong Restaurant
1010 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C2C5, CA

Sep 07, 2010
rationallawyer in Ontario (inc. Toronto)