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blintzes for brunch/lunch in Toronto

phoenikia Nov 12, 2006 01:58 PM

Which restaurants serve good blintzes? I'm having a craving but I don't really want to go to Freetimes because I'm avoiding buffets right now.

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    robb RE: phoenikia Nov 12, 2006 02:21 PM

    United Dairy at Lawrence and Bathurst-very old school-very good. Decent Greek salad also.

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      embee RE: phoenikia Nov 12, 2006 02:34 PM

      I think Free Times blintzes are better than United Bakers, but both are good. You can just have the blintzes - you don't need to have the buffet. Unless they've changed their setup, you can order from the menu even at Sunday brunch.

      Though we don't agree on Greek food, so perhaps we won't agree on Jewish food either ;-)

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        phoenikia RE: embee Nov 13, 2006 01:10 AM

        Thanks for letting me know it's possible to order the blintzes separate from the buffet at Free Times...

        Will try both places out & report back sometime soon.

        But I agree that Mamma's serves the best chain pizza...so maybe we'll agree on the Jewish food ;)

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        FlavoursGal RE: phoenikia Nov 12, 2006 08:20 PM

        I don't like much of the food at United Bakers, but I do like their blintzes. They're quite plumply filled with a cheese mixture that's thankfully not overly sweet, and come with sour cream and a choice of apple sauce or blueberry sauce (perhaps other sauces as well). They're pan fried golden crisp.

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          DDD RE: phoenikia Nov 13, 2006 02:52 PM

          I've heard that Free Times blintzes are good...However, I usually go to Mimi's for blintzes (bathurst, just north of queen - hard to find...right next to some steam bath house). I love blintzes, and usually get my in-laws to bring them in from Montreal, but Mimi does a good job, usually served with blueberry compote and sour cream...mmmm. If she runs out of blintzes, I usualy go for the eggs and chili

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            phoenikia RE: DDD Nov 13, 2006 04:30 PM

            I didn't realize Mimi's had blintzes...I've been meaning to try their brunch for a while...gives me one more reason to go. Thanks!

          2. Cereal Killer RE: phoenikia Nov 13, 2006 03:05 PM

            Boho on Roncesvalles serves a tasty brunch, including delicious blintzes.

            Bagel World does a pretty good old world blintz as well.


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              phoenikia RE: phoenikia Nov 13, 2006 04:31 PM

              Thanks for letting me know about Boho- didn't know about their brunch. And will try to remember to stop at Bagel World next time I'm in the neighbourhood- seems people have been talking about their bagels a lot lately.

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                peppermint pate RE: phoenikia Nov 13, 2006 05:16 PM

                I've never had the blintzes at Bagel World so I can't comment on those but if you're going to visit "the World", I suggest you go early in the morning for the best experience. You will jostle for a table with the older men who have been eating their bagels with a shmear there every day for the last 40 years. Great people watching.

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                  phoenikia RE: peppermint pate Nov 14, 2006 02:41 PM

                  I didn't know they had tables inside Bagel World...thanks for the
                  suggestion of an early morning visit;) Love people watching...

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                    Cereal Killer RE: phoenikia Nov 14, 2006 03:24 PM

                    And if I'm with any of my relatives from NJ or Long Island, you will hear:

                    Cwahffeee liite aynd sweeeet, Baaygul with a shmeah.

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                      prima RE: phoenikia May 11, 2012 03:54 AM

                      Are Bagel World and United Bakers my best bets for cheese blintzes on a weekday? Has anyone ordered blintzes at Free Times recently?

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                        magic RE: prima May 11, 2012 06:08 AM

                        Pretty sure Habord Bakery does blintzes, if you're thinking the Free Times neighbourhood....

                        I'm sure Nortown's line of "So Delicious" blintzes are also good.

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                          pearlD RE: magic May 11, 2012 11:52 AM

                          DAITERS make decent blintzes as well...not sure if you could eat them at their newly(?) established 'snack/panini' Bar......but you can buy them 'fresh' and take them home to eat.....I don't know if HARTMAN'S across the street from Daiter's makes them but you could have a look in there if you're in that area..

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                            prima RE: pearlD May 12, 2012 02:33 PM

                            Thanks magic & pearlD ;-)

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                              magic RE: prima May 12, 2012 04:03 PM

                              You bet :)

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                              Tatai RE: pearlD May 12, 2012 03:14 PM

                              Hartman's is a kosher butcher shop. Wouldn't expect that they'd make or sell cheese blintzes.

                              I buy Daiter's packaged blintzes regularly at What a Bagel in Forest Hill Village and fry them up at home. They're very good and are made with low-fat cottage cheese.

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                                pearlD RE: Tatai May 12, 2012 04:50 PM

                                HA HA! My 'bad'...I totally zoned out on that...I am in that area at least twice a , week and am thrilled to see someone actually doing well in that location, I know that "What A Bagel" was a hard act to follow....Have been going to Hartman's specifically for their choice in Salami (Mehedrin brand..really good) and also Hot Dogs..lots of good looking prepared foods as well...the plus for me..the Staff is very cordial and obliging...sometimes not the case in other places on the "Bathurst Strip"..That doesn't include Daiter's because they are super nice!!!

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                                  sharmj RE: pearlD May 12, 2012 06:23 PM

                                  There is also Kiva's at Yonge and St Clair now with take out and a restaurant.....blintzes are pretty good.

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