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I just wanted to know where I can find the best Jamaican Patties in the GTA. Thanks

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  1. "The Roti Hut" off McCowen Rd, on Pitfield St. ( just north of the 401 ) Amazing doubles and roti there as well...yum!

    1. Randy's on Eglinton W., east of Oakwood on the south side

      Allan's in the Peanut Plaza, inside the mall (it's a small mall).

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      1. re: Yongeman

        Are Allan's the patties that have more of a trapezoid shape rather than half-moon shape?

        If so, they're great.

        1. re: Goober

          Yeah that's their shape, Goober. Spicy or not. In a coco bread is good too.

      2. Allan's in Peanut Plaza for sure, had many a jamaican patty and their's are the best.

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        1. re: Vise

          Allen's are sold in Aurora too in a new Caribbean store called Soca Home, I think. It's off Bayview at Hollidge.

          1. re: Vise

            Allan's also has a warehouse where the patties are cheaper on Kennedy North of McNicoll on the east side.

          2. In the west end, Pattie World makes some really good beef patties. Good dough to filling ratio, with a tiny bit of gravy which makes the crust even better.

            Sorry I don't have an address, its located behind danforth market at albion and martingrove.

            Zaheen

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            1. re: Zaheen

              I believe you are referring to Grace's Pattie World near the corner lights off Albion 1 set of lights east 0f Hwy 27 or 2 sets of lights west of Martingrove. Tiniest take out area from which you can see the preparing/baking area. Buy varieties by the dozen!

              1. re: Jar

                Thanks for the directions. I just went there today and got 6 spicy beef patties. Will be going back again. Will try Allen's and Randy's as well.

            2. Hey, has anyone heard of Patty Time on Lawrence, between Brimley and McCowan? Here's a little blurb about them: http://www.bestbuys.ca/FoodProducts/F....

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              1. re: jennjen

                This is where my parents go from time to time. I went to highschool eating that stuff, delicious.

              2. There is a really good patty shop on the south side Bloor first block east of Lansdowne. IIRC it's called Queen of Patties.

                1. As a followup question, are there any purveyors of "healthier" patties around? I used to get patties made with a lower-fat crust delivered when I lived in Winnipeg...

                  1. Thanks to everyone for the replies. This list will keep me busy for awhile!

                    1. I agree with Allan's. Used to go there nearly daily for lunch when I was in highschool. They also make amazing Hardo bread. I haven't been there in years, but I may just head there this weekend for a box.

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                      1. re: Askosrose

                        Vanier? ;)

                        I'll fourth Allan's.. their patties are the only thing that make me miss the North end.

                      2. I used to be an Allan's gal until I got my hands on a Randy's patty! While Allan's are the commercial patty of my childhood, I have to say that Randy's are much closer to the patties my grandma used to make back in JA. The crust is much more delicate and the filling has recognizable bits of beef and onion and it's heavier on the spices (i.e. allspice, black pepper...etc). This may be a bit out of date but my grandma told me that Randy's only produces patties out of their little shop on Eglinton west and they don't deliver to the far reaches of the city like Allan's do. Some patty sellers do make the treck out there to pick up their supply of Randy's so if you can find them grab one, but if not, Allan's will definitely do in a pinch!

                        Randy's sellers across the city will usually post a red patty bag on thier "patty pans" with white outlined text that reads, "Randy's" in a diagonal pattern. They do cost more, so you may have to ask for it.

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                        1. re: Pantagruelia

                          Just wondering...y'know those two outdoor bbq places where they serve up those jerk chickens late at night...is that where Randy's is? or a few doors down?

                          1. re: Chester Eleganté

                            Yeah, in that same block, but a bit further west, toward Oakwood, I think. I really have to stop some night and check out that jerk chicken too (I think one of the places that has the bbq is Spence?)

                            1. re: Yongeman

                              Cool. Yah we stopped there at about 2:30am the other night... it's decent if you need a fix that late but it wasn't anything special (bought from the bigger bbq, forgot what it's called though). Much better is Roti King (a little more west on the north side). It's a nice chill sit-down Trini place, you got the fresh music playing and the World Cup games on the telly, and, dare I say it, some of the food comparable to Albert's (and at about two-thirds the price). I found their curries, and rotis in particular to be of the same class, the oxtails not quite up to par, but better rice and peas. The service is nice, as are their doubles. All in all, quite the little gem!

                          2. re: Pantagruelia

                            I agree, Randy's on Eglinton is far the best commercial patty I've tasted. Just be warned it is on the spicey side. They do not make mild patties. Everytime I've gone there the place is packed. The patties freeze beautifully. The price is great, at $12 for a dozen.

                            1. re: hanc

                              Is Randy's accessible by the ttc line? Just wondering on how I could get there without a car as I've been wanting to try these patties for awhile!

                              1. re: deabot

                                Get off at Eglinton West and walk a couple of blocks west. It's on the south side just before Oakwood.

                                1. re: deabot

                                  And there are a couple of other places on that strip of Jamaican/W. Indian restaurants where you might like to try different patties. I agree about Randy's being best, but I think Spence makes their own, too.

                            2. Inside Bathurst Station, hands down! It's worth paying a token to get in just to get em.

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                              1. re: lexxypie

                                Funny, in a fit of nostalgia I picked up a patty at Bathurst station half-an-hour ago, and it was no prize. Too much heavy pastry, & very dried out around the edges - too bad!

                                I used to love them a lot but now I guess I don't. Possibly I am not a patty girl.

                              2. I second the Bathurst Station pick ~ amazing! I subsisted on them when I lived in the Annex.

                                1. Love the spicy beef patties from Bathurst Station. They have really good sugar twist donuts too.

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                                  1. re: fickle

                                    So who actually supplies the patties to the Bathurst Station patty place? They obviously don't bake them there(??).

                                  2. Fahmee Bakery & Jamaican Foods
                                    Rosewood Plaza
                                    119 Montezuma Trail (near Brimley & Finch)
                                    Scarborough, Ontario M1V 1K4
                                    (416) 754-2126

                                    Fresh made patties everyday. Cheap too. I love getting 6 spicy patties for $5. All my friends tell me to bring them to any gatherings. They have good curried goat too.

                                    Randy's patties (1569 Eglinton West, 416-781-5313) is good as well, but I like my Scarborough place better - the crust is nicer. Plus, Randy's is farther from my house.

                                    I guess it's a matter of preference. Both places have good patties.

                                    Perhaps I will check out the Bathurst Station place people are talking about.....but can it really be better than a place where they bake the patties in the back?

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                                    1. re: ghetto_scarlem

                                      Went to Fahmee based on your suggestion. I found it to be too doughy with little filling and very bland. The crust is rock hard. So far, Randy's is my favourite.

                                      1. re: hanc

                                        Sorry that you had a bad experience. I guess sometimes the crust can be a little hard, but usually it's very good and fresh.

                                        Randy's is good too - no doubt.

                                    2. I second Fahmee, great patties. I use to go there for lunch in High School(20 years ago lol), brings back some great memories. Patty, coco bread and kola champagne, Yah Man!! Also this place was originally Allans until they had some sort of family disagreement and they parted ways, so basically Allans and Fahmee are the same type of patty.

                                      1. We just had patties from Randy's this weekend based on recommendations here. They are really good! Quite spicy and the filling is juicier than any I've had before. The patties I've had at Bathurst Station are not as good.

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                                        1. re: crawfish

                                          Here's a new place I tried today: Tinnel's W. Indian Food and Patties. I love Allen's and Randy's patties, but these may have been the equal! Nice flaky pastry and a very well-spiced, peppery filling. Tinnel's is further west on Eglinton than Randy's, at 2571 Eg. W., just east of Keele. They sell them frozen at $9.00/dozen.

                                        2. Are Randy's patties available at any of the Kensington places? Or anywhere between Bloor & King & Bathurst & Church?

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                                          1. re: orangewasabi

                                            I have to DRIVE from Scarborough to Randy's for the best patties in the GTA. Call me crazier buy I buy them buy them cold at the store rather than frozen because they make ti to your belly faster that way.

                                            The only place where I've found Randy's within your boundaries are at Ritz's restaurant at Roy's Square (SE corner Yonge & Bloor) OR at the Ackee Tree on Spadina & Queen.

                                            1. re: palmwine416

                                              Randy's for sure, that's the one on Eglinton W, killer patties

                                              1. re: dannyboy

                                                i found randy's filling way too sparse and while i can appreciate them for what they are (distinctive meat and spicing with very obvious onion) they also just had way too much gravy for me. dripping out is just too liquid.

                                                i love love love.. carribean queen on bloor by landsdowne. her spicy tends to vary in heat but they're fantastic. it's a nice fruity burn with a perfect ratio of meat to patty. it's always crisp and fantastic. good beefiness. i've reheated many of them with much success as i tend to walk way with a dozen or so at a time.

                                                1. re: dannyboy

                                                  I love Randy's although they're much better fresh from the store (let them cool a bit) than reheated from the fridge. Still the best I've had but I'm now going to try Carribean Queen.

                                                  1. re: Aardvark

                                                    she's open from 11-11 btw.... many a time have i dropped in at 10pm to snag the last of the spicy beef.

                                                    got her chicken roti last night, it's not too densely chicken but instead of tonnes of potato filler she has a nice chickpea spinach curry to fill it out. for stewed white meat it takes on the flavour wonderfully and is dry yet not unappropriately dry, can't explain it. the thing is massive (fills out a whole take out box and easily over a pound) for only 6.99. roti shell is full of dahl but it's a bit tough and dry for my liking. good curry flavours but not spicy at all unfortunately! will ahve to ask her to toss some on next time.

                                                2. re: palmwine416

                                                  There is a place in scarbough you can buy Randy'd patties it call PJ'S

                                                  1. re: palmwine416

                                                    I was curious about Queen of Patties and Randy's so I thought I would check them out today for a mini taste test. I swung by Queen's first but she didn't have them ready yet (it was 12:45) so I dropped by Ritz's at Roy Square to check out Randy's but they only carry Patty Time. I detoured back to Bathurst Station and picked up a couple there (along with my fav sugar twist donut) so I could have more than one variety to compare. The Patty Time ones were nice and light but lack the punch needed for a good spicy patty. I still like the Bathurst Station one (completely forgot to ask the fellow where they come from) despite the heavier crust, the spicy has a good kick. I'll have to trek back to Queen's again but later in the day and head over to Randy's to continue my taste test. I don't have the best of luck scoring on my destination treks but I'm hoping it's changing soon, I went back to Sinai Sushi on my fifth attempt last night and they were OPENED. Fantastic little spot. Thanks for the rec Orangewasabi.

                                                3. There's a really good bakery / patty shop at the Cliffwood Plaza. Don Mills, between Steeles & McNicoll. Tastee Bread & Patties.

                                                  Been there for a LOOONG time...used to get patties there when I was in Junior High School over 20 years ago.

                                                  Yum.

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                                                  1. re: naomicatgirl

                                                    I'm not a fan of Tastee paties. Nor am i really a fan of Alans. The best patty, hands down is Randy's.

                                                  2. George's Tastee Food makes them all?
                                                    Many / most caribbean food joints I have been to do not make their own patties. They all seem to be supplied by george's @ 600 Denison St Markham, ON , L3R 1B9. Since I know about george's I ask.
                                                    You can buy boxes of frozen (maybe fresh as well?) patties in their wholesale store. George's also seems to be the local supplier of Ting and many other things caribbean.
                                                    That said, the post was about where can you buy them & not where were they made.
                                                    I would be interested in knowing how many places made their own and/or other local suppliers.

                                                    1. ..I gotta try some of these suggestions (Allan's & Randy's)...for now my fav is from Mr Jerk over by sherborne and wellsley...

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                                                      1. re: Recyclor

                                                        Joyce's, on Bathurst just north of Bloor, has excellent patties.

                                                      2. Has anyone been to Randy's recently? Since the summer I haven't found them very good but keep on giving them a shot since that's what I grew up eating.

                                                        All of their patties these days have been soggy. The beef has had a strange tin taste to it and has lacked good spicing AND has been really runny (like someone ladled soup into the patty). I couldn't eat it, I thought it was going to make me sick. The chicken has also been runny but was better than the beef.

                                                        Out of desperation I tried the veggie patty which wasn't bad at all except for being on the soggy thoughts.

                                                        Did they get a new cook? Are they under new management? SOMETHING has to be going on over there.

                                                        WON
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                                                        http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com

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                                                        1. re: wontonfm

                                                          I haven't been to Randy's lately, but here's a place that I posted about in this thread close to a year ago:
                                                          "Tinnel's W. Indian Food and Patties. I love Allen's and Randy's patties, but these may have been the equal! Nice flaky pastry and a very well-spiced, peppery filling. Tinnel's is further west on Eglinton than Randy's, at 2571 Eg. W., just east of Keele."

                                                          1. re: Yongeman

                                                            I haven't tried Tinnel's yet, but Randy's are the best I've had. The pastry is good, but the filling is what sets them apart.

                                                            1. re: Yongeman

                                                              I like Tinnels too -- and they have a location here in Brampton which makes it nice and convenient.. They are my pick

                                                              1. re: duckdown

                                                                Tinnels are great. Mrs. Sippi used to work right down the street from one of their locations and she'd eat there once a week it seemed. Their's more than any other I've had are fantastic on coco bread.

                                                                DT

                                                          2. Another vote here for Randy's. Allan's is a good alternative as well. Fahmee in my opinion makes a mediore patty, crust is too hard and the beef isnt seasoned the way they do at Randy's.

                                                            1. Without a doubt, Randy's Rules! I have never been to its Eglinton location, but you can pick them at at PJ's which is on Kennedy rd in a little plaza just north of Huntingwood or at Nicey's in Pickering on Liverpool just north of the 401. Worth the trip either way I used to drive to PJ's from Ajax before I found them at Nicey's in Pickering. I can taste them now..MMM!

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                                                              1. re: phlyerphan

                                                                phlyerphan, I drove up to Nicey's in Pickering this morning and they had a protection notice up on their door and were closed for business. Not sure they're going to reopen but with that location being threatened with seizure of goods on the premises, it doesn't look good.

                                                              2. this might sound dumb, but the newstand in the jones subway station has patties that aren't half bad.

                                                                1. Mmmm...like all good Jamaicans, I love patties but lately have been wondering what the hell they are made with...to me, the ground meat reminds me of Taco Bell's beef --- low grade and full of fat...I wonder if there is a homemade patty to be found? With real meat. Maybe Randy's is the closest thing? i still love 'em, i'm just sayin'.... I wish those neighbourhood convenience stores and small coffee shops wouldn't put them out so dry looking and stale looking...but, hey, people eat 'em anyway....

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                                                                  1. re: simonetai

                                                                    Warden station patties (bathurst station too) forget about it, the best.

                                                                    1. re: Bobby Wham

                                                                      Who are the suppliers for the bakeries at Warden and Bathurst subway stations? Heard both are from the same source, anyone know?

                                                                      Should have asked when I had one at Warden subway yesterday! ;)

                                                                      BTW, there are actually two bakeries that sell beef patties at Warden subway. I remember last year I did a taste test and both are actually good. However, it is actually the first bakery you see named BAKERY ON THE GO which is the better of the two.

                                                                      Somebody has a little blog about them:

                                                                      http://www.torontoslop.com/2009/01/wa...

                                                                      Bobby Wham, what a fluke or coincident. I just noticed the name and the blog after posting and it is your blog. Cool. LOL

                                                                  2. Are there any good brands of patties (frozen) in the supermarkets?
                                                                    I see a big box for about $10 at Costco, but it would be a risky buy, if I lost interest after one or two feeds.
                                                                    I'm no expert, just want a patty with a flaky crust, and a generous spicy filling.

                                                                    And, yes, Nicey's closed in Pickering. Maybe T. Phat in the old Knob Hill has something worth looking at. They recently added a halal counter (haven't tried it yet.)

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                                                                    1. re: jayt90

                                                                      jayt90, Michidean are becoming more popular in the Pickering/Ajax area, keep your eye open for them. I have seen them around, smaller shops though, not in supermarkets yet....

                                                                      I pick mine up at Charley's in the Sobey's plaza at Morningside and Sheppard. They have a few brands in there, Michidean are reasonable, have a good crust and decent filling.

                                                                    2. is anyone is interested there is a good deal on patties today at Graces Pattys. it's been mentioned here a few times although i have no tried it myself.
                                                                      http://www.stealthedeal.com/deals.php...

                                                                      1. Ackee and saltfish patties from Patty King in Kensngton market! I don't think I can go back to eating beef patties now! Not when I know there are ackee and saltfish patties that taste that fantastic!

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                                                                        1. re: tj2007

                                                                          Try the shrimp patties. Also excellent.

                                                                          DT

                                                                        2. The very best patties in the city, and I've tried virtually all of them, can be found at:

                                                                          Mr. Jerk
                                                                          (416) 961-8913
                                                                          Cabbagetown location ONLY
                                                                          209 Wellesley St E - Toronto, ON M4X

                                                                          Yes, there are other locations, but it's the folks that run this one that do the magic. The patties are flaky, moist, meaty and fresh - none of that rubbery yellow pastry with bland meat paste inside.

                                                                          Trust me - Just go!
                                                                          .James.

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                                                                          1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                            I'll admit that I haven't tried these, but which ones do you rank next in terms of deliciousness, TT?

                                                                            1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                              Interesting. I've never tried these either. Do they bake their own In house? Because from my experience the Mr. Jerks I have been to usually buy from other sources and just re-heat and sell.

                                                                                1. re: William Taft

                                                                                  Randy's aren't the best anyways IMO.. Was thoroughly underwhelmed after hearing all the comments on this board regarding them.. I prefer Tinnels and Allans. Randy's are definitely better than Michidean though, bought a box of Michidean patties last week and found them to be just like a supermarket Patty King box

                                                                                  1. re: duckdown

                                                                                    May I ask what about Randy's you did not like? I find that people that don't care for Randy's are usually ones who like alot of pastry (Like Allans for example) It is a matter of taste of course, so nothing wrong with that, but was just wondering.

                                                                                    1. re: Matt H

                                                                                      yeah the pastry is thin
                                                                                      coco bread is a must

                                                                                    2. re: duckdown

                                                                                      Allan's is overpriced and understuffed. Plus, what filling there is is pretty much a gravy with little pieces of beef floating throughout. Bleh.

                                                                                      http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v30...

                                                                                      Michidean have a great crust, flaky, tender and tasty, nowhere near Patty King quality IMO. The filling needs some work I will agree, but, at least there is filling......

                                                                                      http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v30...

                                                                                      Randy's filling is the best I've tried but the crust is ordinary. They are small, expensive but well stuffed.

                                                                                      http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v30...

                                                                                      I've said it in the past if Randy's filling could go into a Michidean crust I'd be a happy guy.

                                                                                      1. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                                        wow, you must hate Tinnels then if you think Allans are runny!

                                                                                        Sorry but i gotta disagree on almost everything :)

                                                                                        Randy's, the filling is good I guess but as you said, crust is ordinary.. Michidean was disappointing to me bigtime on the filling catagory, seemed thick and gummy like a patting king patty

                                                                                        I stand by it, Tinnels and Allans for me :) Randy's in 3rd I guess

                                                                                        1. re: duckdown

                                                                                          I go with Tinnels as well. Great patties and Randy's would be second.

                                                                                          DT

                                                                                2. Bathurst station on the bloor line has a great place that gives really spicy jamaican patties. mmm. probs one of the best.

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                                                                                  1. re: genkav

                                                                                    Randys rocks.. its always packed and the pattys are always fresh.. I love this place. I buy at least 4-6 each week!!

                                                                                    1. re: setofdueces

                                                                                      Was just thinking, anyone like Tastee patties? For some odd reason I like them too.. Its more of a microwave, lots of msg kinda patty but i like them... anyone else think so?

                                                                                      1. re: setofdueces

                                                                                        Personally Ive always hated them (My family actually calls then "Nastee" Patties) but hey we all have different tastebuds so if you enjoy them that is really all that matters.

                                                                                        1. re: setofdueces

                                                                                          I actually work on Don Mills on a daily basis and for the first time a few weeks ago I went to Tastee's and I really enjoyed the Extra Spicy Patties. The filling is tasty, the breading or crust was good, no complaints, although I like Allens a bit better. Maybe the trick is getting them fresh from the store instead of bringing them home and heating them?

                                                                                          Anyway, worse case, I could always go down the street a bit to Allens and get those, unfortunately they open at 10am and at that time im usually not near there...

                                                                                    2. I really like Tinnel's patties. But again, I love the saucy filling that will run out if you're not careful. The spicy beef and the curried chicken patties are the ones I like best. I like the thin crust and the filling is spiced just right for me.

                                                                                      The curried goat patties at Fahmee (which I believe are Allens') are always good if you can get them.