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Sep 24, 2006 09:12 PM

(Toronto) The Cobourg at 533 Parliament (Cabbagetown)

I noticed the Cobourg for the first time at the cabbage town festival, I didn't even know it existed. I was just wondering if anyone had anything to say about it, good or bad, whether it's a bar or restaurant, if the food is any good, etc etc.

I can't seem to find a website for it, but since the space itself has no signage I'm assuming they're aiming for low-key and may not have a webpage.

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  1. what kind of food is it? do you know?

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    1. re: hungryabbey

      nope, i know *nothing* about it, other than looking it it's kind of funky decor. and so here i am, on my quest. *grin*

    2. They don't serve any food there, though it is a gorgeous space and a pretty cool vibe. Lots of sofas etc, and reasonably priced drinks. Here's hoping it'll last—that stretch of Parliament is a disaster for most new places.

      1. Excellent, good to know. It would be nice to find a haunt close to home other than the House on Parliament.

        1. If there's another place in the neighbourhood that looks like it needs support from the locals, it's Chapter 11. They never seem to have as many diners there as their food would merit. Excellent brunch on the weekend too.

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          1. re: Googs

            I've been meaning to check Chapter 11 out. Good to hear they do brunch, may wander by this weekend.

            1. re: artgeek

              artgeek, the brunch is worth the wander. Dissenting opinion aside, they make a very nice, tangy hollandaise sauce from scratch and know what soft-poached means. I think supporting local business and nurturing them into improvement really helps. Your money and your opinions can help give them shape. We all know Cabbagetown should have more nice places than it does. We shouldn't have to take the streetcar to the west side of Carlton.

          2. Chapter 11 is one of those Parliament St. places that very clearly opened with little planning and almost no ambition. They're a dime a dozen on the street. The menu is almost entirely comfort food of the sort—and quality—that you can buy in the frozen foods section of any decent grocer. There is absolutely nothing interesting/surprising/inspired about the place. I ate there a few months ago. Bleeeech.
            I used to feel a need to support these places, to show them some neighbourhood love. Now I just wish them good riddance. What would it take for a good restaurateur to open up around here, and for the locals to actually support it?

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            1. re: pimentdespelette

              I don't think Chapter 11 has been open that long. Are you sure you're talking about the current owners, or the previous ones (I think they were called "Everybody Eats")?

              1. re: pimentdespelette

                There's a new Liquor License application sign in the window of the half of the Winchester Hotel that is not a Tim Horton's. Any idea what that's going to be?