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Originals/Scallywags?

Anyone been to these pub type restos? Are they any good? Im lookin for a good cheap casual spot in the Bayview/Yonge/Eglington area.. any tips?

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  1. Been to Scallywag's many many times (used to work nearby). Let's not kid ourselves, the food isn't "outstanding" (it's a local pub, after all) but is consistently good. I have found only one dish that I would avoid (satay) but the rest of the stuff I've tried, inlcuding various daily specials, has been pretty solid. They have 3 dining areas: the street level bar area, a much nicer dining room on the 2nd floor that only seems to be open during busy times, and a covered, heated rooftop patio. They're owned by the same people as Hemingway's in Yorkville, so that might tell you something about them if you've been to Hemingway's before.

    1. Stay away from the burger at Originals. It is a pre-formed frozen patty of nastiness.

      The sangria is terrible there as well. Go for a beer and chicken fingers. Though the last time I was there, the chicken fingers were raw inside. So... maybe just don't go there. :)

      1. I've never eaten at Originals but friends and I used to go there a lot on Friday and Saturday nights. Really good fun place.

        DT

        1. Bow & Arrow on Yonge just north of Davisville offers excellent beer choices with better than average pub food.

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            1. re: hungryabbey

              I think they used to offer a bison burger. Don't know if they still do, but it's been talked about on the board before. (I've never eaten there, sorry.)

              1. re: sierramum

                They still do offer the bison burger as well as a chicken, salmon and lamb (I think.)

                For my recommendations, keep in mind that I'm a picky eater and don't sample menus enough at places I repeatedly go to. For regular menu items I've had their BBQ beer chicken pizza (thin crust), caesar salad (quite good with big chunks of bacon), chicken caesar wrap and some pasta specials. Don't order the pasta if you like it al dente. I've had samples here and there from my girlfriend's orders like the beef pot pie. No complaints there.

                1. re: lister

                  mm I certainly like beef pot pie.

          1. McSorleys, further south on Bayiew than Originals, gets much better comments for its food. It is certainly cheap. I don't like it much myself, but I know many others who do.

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            1. re: embee

              do you have any recomendations, maybe what your friends like?

              1. re: hungryabbey

                I've heard raves about their burgers (I don't like them), beer can chicken (I didn't like it), and fries (OK, nothing special).

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  Their sweet potato fries are decent, so is the pulled pork sandwich. A co-worker likes the pulled pork sandwich with cheese - some kind of pork take on Philly cheesesteak?

                  Please note, I said decent, not best in town. Pub atmosphere but family-friendly.

                  1. re: julesrules

                    hm interesting. Have you tried House on Parliament pulled pork? Im obsessed with that one, how does it compare?

                    1. re: hungryabbey

                      No I haven't tried it. I wouldn't say McSorley's version is something I would go out of my way for. It's a little too sweet (don't order it *with* the sweet potato fries) and I don't think it had the richness aka fat that I'm looking for in pulled pork.

                      It's more like, if you are at McSorley's because it's convenient for other reasons, this is a menu item I've tried and enjoyed, and unlike wings, nachos and burgers it's not something every pub has.