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Aug 12, 2006 09:24 PM

Kensington Market

Great day at KM today.

Stopped at Patty King for one the better Jamaican patties in town. Very delicious.

Then got a chorizo empanada with mixed vegetables and cheddar at El Gordo. Not bad, but a little understuffed and not enough chorizo. Next time, I will try the plain chorizo. And, had their Dulce de Leche pastry; quite good, but the pastry didn't seem fresh. The DdeL filling was scrumptious.

Finally, a latte at Louie's Cafe. Excellent.

Didn't have room for Akram's falafel or a comparative empanada at Jumbo.

What a great neighbourhood for grazing and chilling. Did I miss any chow-gems?

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  1. I don't know the name of the place, but there is an ice cream place on Baldwin that is great. We were there last weekend. Also tried El Trompo (before the ice cream) - really enjoyed it - reminded us both of Mexico, especially the chicharones de queso.

    1. Yes!

      The Latin grocers have ladies that make papusas in the back of the shop on the weekend. For $2 you get a papusa (either meat and cheese or beans and cheese or meat bean and cheese) plus some coleslaw-like salad and loads of hot sauce.

      These are really good!


      1. I just have one problem with some of the Latin grocers. They have open bushels of various food stuffs and the pigeons seem to like them a lot. It's bad enough they eat them but they often have their rear ends over another bushels. Echh.

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        1. re: faijay

          Agreed! It is gross. I just don't buy the bulk foods they offer.


        2. I had a great day in Kensinton market yesterday as well! Started off the day with brunch at the Bellevue Diner with a decent egg's benny. Then I made a pit stop at El Gordo as my friend wanted a vegetarian empanada. I'll have to go back there myself to try on of those along with the dulce de leche pastry you described. A few minutes later, we stopped at Patty King as I picked up a beef patty. It was my first patty I've tried since coming to Toronto in October and I've a found a great new snack! Hoping to try ones from Randy's or Queen of Patties to compare though. After buying groceries for the day, we stopped at Market bakery where I picked up a strawberry rhubarb square for later. What a glutinous afternoon!

          1. Akram's is one of the best places in the city to get quality falafels- he doesn't use chickpeas which means they're not soggy and greasy like other places make them. El Trompo as was mentioned is always a good choice. I like the pupusas at Perola's- the oldest running Latin Grocery Store (operated by a Potuguese family) in the area- over 30 years and going. I'm also a fan of Torito- it's more of a night spot- where you can graze on excellent Tapas with a contemporary twist, a good selection of Jerez (Spanish Sherry), great Sangria, or good Spanish Rioja wines. I'm also a huge fan of the Kensington Organic Ice Cream shop- yummy flavours to boot!
            As for patties- Randy's on Eglinton makes the best in my humble estimation... Happy chowing.

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