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Best Nachos in Toronto?

Also a statement like "anything Toronto can do, Montreal can do better" in the Toronto board is bound to draw heat. That's an extremely bold, indefensible claim. :)

Jul 23, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Best Nachos in Toronto?

Glad you have such pride for Montreal, but at the risk of taking this too off topic I have to disagree that Montreal destroys Toronto.

Vietnamese, Japanese (especially Ramen), Thai, Malay, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Singaporean, Korean are all done better and more varied here than in Montreal. Its not even close.

Montreals bistros (obvs), mid end, high end, middle eastern, wine bars etc. tend to be much better than Toronto's offerings.

Jul 23, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Advice for upcoming visit: Portuguese, local Ontario fare, tasting menus, etc. - research done

Agreed with churrasco - I'm portuguese and I constantly get asked what my favorite place is. I am partial to Costa Verde on Oakwood, but in reality any joint in the city will do fine. Especially if you eat the coal grilled chicken as opposed to rotisserie, because most places in town are inconsistent as to how moist the chicken is.

Not sure big crow is open for lunch actually, certainly not during the week? And agreed with BBYeezus, when you grill something on your backyard grill everyone calls it barbecuing it. Thats just a common Canadian term for it without any U.S.A smoker style connotations.

Its not a perfect place by any means, but the patio is awesome and with a bigger group its a unique, fun and delicious experience.

Jul 23, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Advice for upcoming visit: Portuguese, local Ontario fare, tasting menus, etc. - research done

Hi there,

1. With Portuguese it really depends on what you are looking after. Most people will tell you Chiado, and I would agree. Stick with their fish dishes or anything more "modern" or tapas-like and you will have a great time. It is higher end with an old school feeling to it. Nothing trendy about the place.

That being said, if you've never tried churrasco chicken then hitting up one of the many places around town would definitely be in order.

I have a soft spot for Amadeus, but mostly because of their great patio. Grab a pitcher of sangria, some grilled sardines and enjoy the kensington market street scene.

2. Here would be one recco for a unique take on Canadian cuisine. The patio at Big Crow does BBQ, but not southern BBQ with a smoker. Rather its an ode to Canadian cottage cuisine and a huge outdoor wood grill churning out stuff like a 2lb ham stake with honey hot sauce and a whole grilled chicken with salsa verde. Cocktails are expensive and weak, stick with beer and wine there.

3. You can have your local requirement and a tasting menu all at once with Actinolite, but read lots of reviews before heading there. Its an austere NOMA like experience that might not be for everyone. The other big tasting menu spots are Momofuku Shoto and Splendido. All 4 are completely different experiences.

I quite like Canoe although it is seen as too corporate by many here. It is very Canadian inspired and it turns out some delicious dishes. Edulis is european farmhouse and would likely be the cheapest of all the tasting menu options listed. Reservations may be an issue during the weekend.

Jul 22, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where's the best fried chicken in the GTA ?

I would give EM's fried chicken another shot, eaten there recently and its quite good. Porchetta's fried chicken special is also amazing when they have it.

May 22, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bridget, the roti lady is back!

She is back now! Apparently has been back for about 2 weeks, but I did not notice her. As usual she wont come out if the rain is too strong. Had a jerk chicken roti today (by 12:45 she was out of shrimp & pumpkin) and was as delicious as always!

May 20, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Bridget, the roti lady is back!

I work right by her usual spot, if I see anything I will post here.

Apr 29, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

Looking at Louros menu online, the only portuguese reference I see is Piri Piri shrimp. In the about section Louro is defined by its chef (who is Portuguese) as North American cuisine.

So not really a Portuguese restaurant in any sense of the word besides the chef being of Portuguese descent, no use comparing it to Chiado, Aldea or Cafe Ferreira who wear their Portuguese influences on their sleeve.

Apr 21, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need a bit of guidance for trip to atlanta

We are staying near Daddy Dz BBQ on Memorial Drive SE. Regarding BoccaLupo, much like the other gentleman from Toronto, going to an Italian place in Atlanta no matter how delicious, would be a tough call as Toronto is pretty well represented in that cuisine.

So we are mostly focused on Southern/New Southern, BBQ and Mexican or any other unique to Atlanta experiences.

Budget wise we are considering Empire State South to be the "fancy" dinner for the weekend, so other meals should be a lower in price then ESS will be.

Hope that helps!

Apr 17, 2014
themiguel in Atlanta

Need a bit of guidance for trip to atlanta

Hi there,

I am helping out in planning for a friend's bachelor party. We are a fairly large group (12) from Toronto, all young professionals staying from Friday night to Monday. I'm not going to bother trying to get reservations or worry about lunches/brunches because who knows when we will be up and ready to go so Im mostly focused on dinners.

Here is what I am thinking:

FRIDAY NIGHT L5P
DINNER - Either try our luck at Fox Bros or make a reso for dinner at Wrecking Bar
DRINKS - Porter Beer Bar then head on to Old Fourth Ward for Joystick Game Bar and other bars

ALTERNATIVE FOR FRIDAY
Our place is relatively close to east atlanta so making a reso at the Shed At Glenwood or maybe going to Holy Taco then doing Octopus Bar etc. could be an option, but I think the L5P route might be more fun.

SATURDAY
This is where I am a bit stumped. I think the move Saturday is Decatur but the big dining option for Decatur seems to be Cakes & Ales and Im not sure it can accomodate 12 people or if its the right food and vibe for 12 guys.

Of course the other big draw of Decatur are the cocktails at Paper Plane and Kimball House, so should we just have dinner at one of those places or is there somewhere else even better?

SUNDAY -
Dinner booked at Empire State South
Post Dinner Drinks- ??

Being from Toronto this recent thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/968733 was super helpful. We would be mostly looking for southern food, BBQ,fried chicken, burgers and Mexican. Was looking at maybe going to General Muir for their Fried Chicken on Friday but it seems really out of the way to anything else and with 12 of us using Uber or taxis want to avoid jumping around all over the city.

Any guidance you guys can give would be great, thanks so much. Am especially looking forward to any foodiebuddha recommendations, his advice in the other thread seemed right on the mark for my own tastes.

Apr 16, 2014
themiguel in Atlanta

CHRIS JERK Caribbean Bistro - A GREAT NEW FIND in Scarborough!

Charles you are always out and about finding gems! Cant wait to try it next time I'm out in Scarbs.

Apr 07, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

Perfect, thank you Vinnie. I'll add that to the list, Toronto has no good burgers. How about pizza,surely our pizza is horribly disappointing as well?

So it seem we can't do high end, mid range and even basic staples like burgers right. I'd love to keep this list going.

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

George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

So let me ask you this. Has Toronto ever had a restaurant approaching the calibre and international reputation of Alinea? I would hazard that we haven't, not even close.

In fact across the country maybe only Au Pied Du Couchon even comes close to the level of international renown that Alinea has had.

Is this not a case of the chicken before the egg? If something as groundbreaking as Alinea were to open in Toronto, with as much critical acclaim, I think it would do just fine. That establishment just hasn't happened yet.

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

George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

Right just like we tarred and feathered David Chang as quick as we....oh wait Momofuku is now thriving.

It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that Scarpetta was not very good would it? Naaaah, its probably because we hate Americans.

Apr 01, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

So we dont have good fine dining, and we dont have good mid range dining. Noted. What else is this horrid gastronomical backwater of a city lacking?

Apr 01, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"MAKKAH" - Delicious Indian Food at Insanely Cheap Price!!

Charles you should try the Danforth Location. They are more of a pakistani kabob/tandoori specialists however, dont go there for curries.

Bihari kabob
Chicken breast tikka
Fresh Naan.

You should be pleased with the results. One of my favourite places in the city.

Jan 07, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2014 voting

1. Buca
2. Electric mud
3. Bar Isabel
4. The Chase
5. Santouka
6. Oddseoul
7. Chantecler
8. Pho Thien Than
9. Porchetta & Co
10.Tahk E-Tavoos

Jan 06, 2014
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Caribbean food?

It's funny, I have a good friend who used to work in Oakville and swore by Kori's as well. He is vegetarian but im sure their meat offering are good as well.

Dec 17, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Globe and Mail top 10 new restos

Found the Dayali reviews...seems pretty mixed. Can be solid or can be terrible.

Dec 13, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Globe and Mail top 10 new restos

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/h...

All in all a pretty good list. Not much to complain about. Charles and other Markham specialists, is Dayali worth the trip? I feel like it has been reviewed here before.

Dec 13, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Momofuku Shoto (long)

Interesting, maybe its changed. I was there back when it first opened so it's quite likely they have livened up.

Nov 26, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Momofuku Shoto (long)

It's funny you say that, because it reminds me of the overall vibe of Shoto. Everyone is agressively severe, no time for a smile or pleasantries. I get that this is high end cooking and they're, but I dont really care for feeling like I am imposing on your day just by being there.

Nov 26, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

hudson's kitchen

I went there shortly after it opened and I thought it was fine, but kinda meh for the prices you are paying.

I think we were close to $100 a person with wine and cocktails after tax and tip, and that's just too much for the quality of what you are getting.

One and done for me.

Nov 26, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Barrio Coreano: The new resto from Playa Cabana.

They are obviously doing something right if you're making 10 mil a year. I thought the location on the Junction was one of the most disappointing dining experiences I had all year.

The apps were ok but it was all downhill from there, dry, flavorless tacos that were way too much money. Give me Grand Electric any day.

The whole vibe was also aggressively cheeseball, with loud reggaeton blaring at all times and this kind of faux-mexican sensibility that wasnt for me.

no thanks.

Nov 26, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Touhenboku Ramen

Whoaaaaa im intrigued!

Nov 21, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Touhenboku Ramen

Santouka is the best bowl in the city. I like Raijin quite a bit though. Calling Santouka the McD's of ramen means nothing, what are you trying to imply? That it's generic or cookie cutter ramen? That its made in a fast food cutting costs manner?

Nov 14, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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What would you LOVE as a midnight snack @ a wedding? [Do you even want one?]

We did McDonald's cheeseburgers and fishburgers (halal considerations) and they were totally crushed in 15 minutes. People loved them, we served it in silver platters. Fried Chicken or doubles also sound like awesome ideas. You want something that will hit the grease+salt+sugar midnight spot.

Nov 13, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"Sweet Note Dessert" - Gem of a find in Markham and offering the BEST Souffle in the GTA, period!!

Thanks so much for this Charles! My wife is mad for Chocolate Souffle - we used to love the version Grace on College had. Is it very sweet? Not a big fan of cloyingly sweet souffles like they sometimes do in Tokyo.

Nov 06, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gourmet Gringos Opens a Restaurant

Eaten at the truck a couple of times. Like most Food Truck offerings it was fine but nothing memorable.

Fidel Gastro is quite similar to them IMO. Lisa Marie is fine, but half the time the menu fails to live up to the exciting descriptions of the food. Would rather go to Oddseoul any day.

Oct 30, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Japan-Based Ramen resto coming? (Notorious PIG can you shed light?)

That is interesting. I wonder why Toronto?? There are so many challenges with accurately translating authentic ramen to another continent (flour, water, quality of ingredients), hope they do well!

Oct 28, 2013
themiguel in Ontario (inc. Toronto)