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hungryabbey Nov 30, 2006 09:45 PM

Heard of this place on Queen W called Cadillac lounge? anyone been? whats it like? I think this weekend Im gonna need a place for some basic pub-type food that Ive been craving... any suggestions for the downtown area? Is shanghai worth checking out? or any good pubs you guys can recommend??

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    hungryabbey Dec 10, 2006 11:56 PM

    I was on my way to Brydens, parked the car a little far and on they way ended up seeing a pub called A Dark Horse.. it looked nice so we went in and had dinner there instead. It was really quite good, had some of the best fish and chips Ive had in a long time.. but next time Im craving pub, I'll be trying Brydens for sure. Have anyone else tried this place?

    1. Googs Dec 1, 2006 08:20 PM

      I'm just sayin' I think any pub would have better food than the Red Lion. If BloorWestie is suggesting Bryden's food is better than HoP then I'd say it's worth a try. Meet you there!

      Me I like Rebel House as so many Hounds do. Anticipating your next question I've had the meatloaf (terrific), wild game sausage plate (well done!), Rebellion Eggs at brunch (lovely, but I still prefer Chapter 11's hollandaise), and a few other things I can't remember. My hubby had some amazing pork chop dinner there one night that was on special. We always enjoy their food, service, and the fact that even though it's pub casual it has none of that seedy feel that some places have.

      1. Googs Dec 1, 2006 07:06 PM

        Hungry, for what it's worth I haven't liked the Red Lion since their ownership change several years ago. The food is beyond mediocre and I find at least one of the bartenders beyond surly. To boot, the taps always deliver flat bar mix. Where smells like old church wood comes from I'll never know. Unless your church smells like an old pub. You can get a decent pour of a Guinness though. Go west young woman. Bloor West.

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          hungryabbey Dec 1, 2006 07:08 PM

          haah so, your saying go to Brydens?

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          KMary Dec 1, 2006 04:38 PM

          Hey! For the Red Lion, I'd suggest their indonesian chicken wrap--nicely curried. My BF loves their chili nachos. We often go when his dad's in town and order a slew of apps: Calamari-lightly breaded; veg quesadillas- choc full of lettuce, sour cream, etc; tri-coloured nachos- large size is perfect to share! I usually get a side salad with my wrap...The greek salad is large and always fresh! Plus, when the weather permits (unfortunately, it'll be a while!), they have a large, tree-shaded patio. Ahhh...

          Enjoy the pub grub!

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            hungryabbey Dec 1, 2006 05:02 PM

            mm sounds good. I love a good chilli nachos for sure

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              BloorWestie... Dec 1, 2006 05:55 PM

              The Red Lion is based on Bryden's...Bryden's in The Bloor West Village is the original...The original owners opened a second location...but couldn't make a go of it...some similar menu items... like the Indo wrap & the nachos...Red Lion is good...but not quite like the one in the BWV.

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                hungryabbey Dec 1, 2006 06:48 PM

                are the prices at brydens the same as at red lion?

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            BloorWestie... Dec 1, 2006 11:22 AM

            The two at the top of my list for pub fare would be House on Parliment if your closer to the core(cabbagetown) & Bryden's if your in the west-end(Bloor West Village)...

            Both have very good food & are really neat places to hang out at...service & food is a bit better at Bryden's but the House has a really unique atmosphere...always a great time there...

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              hungryabbey Dec 1, 2006 01:55 PM

              yes, I am always a regular at HoP, but never been to Brydens.. hm, what do you suggest ordering? is it cheap?

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              KMary Dec 1, 2006 02:34 AM

              Okay, because the discussion has fallen on pub food, I must weigh in. I've been living in TO for over a year now and I have yet to find a pub that remotely resembles ANY respectable Ottawa establishment *Gasp*! I know--I find it hard to even make that statement, but really and truly, Ottawa destroys both Toronto's pub and patio scenes. Sigh. However, if you are interested in the over all pub experience (old wood smelling like a church with inlaid stained glass details, relaxed and friendly denim-clad servers and heaps of comforting food), I must must must suggest The Red Lion on Jarvis (just south of Wellesley). I love feeling welcomed and this place really does it for me!

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                hungryabbey Dec 1, 2006 01:54 PM

                what kind of food and prices are there at the red lion?

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                  hungryabbey Dec 1, 2006 02:04 PM

                  oh okay, after much searching I finally found a menu for the red lion, looks good and cheap prices!! what would you reccomend having?

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                    HarryLloyd Dec 1, 2006 05:25 PM

                    Abbey,

                    If you have done the research could you post a link here for us?

                    Chow!
                    HL.

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                      hungryabbey Dec 1, 2006 05:37 PM

                      oops sorry guys of course!
                      http://redlion.fcpages.com/index.html

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                tartetatin Dec 1, 2006 02:29 AM

                It is a nice neighbourhood place. They have a fairly extensive menu and specials every night. Very good beef burgers (bison and lamb too), fries, wings, fish and chips, beef dip, perogies, etc. They also have good salads and dressings. lots of good beers on tap too. It has been a local for my sister and me for years - reliable and cozy. Service is good and wait staff very friendly - you can also get take out.

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                  julesrules Dec 1, 2006 05:44 PM

                  We like the Jester too, more for friendlyness and familiarity than as a chow destination. If you are in the area hungryabbey, and you like pubs, do give it a try. They have a decent tap list. I usually prefer the specials menu. The chef tries to do different things, like I've had rabbit stew and (some kind of) game meatloaf there (both specials). But the regular menu doesn't do much for me and there are some "misses" with the specials too. They make two salad dressings in house, others are brought in, I recommend the herb/buttermilk. Prices are looking better and better compared to so many of the downtown pubs charging over $10 for a mediocre plate these days.

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                    hungryabbey Dec 1, 2006 06:47 PM

                    yah thanks for the suggestion!! My gym is rigth next door so I tend to read the specials as I walk by every day and it certainly does look more interesting them your normal pub food.

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                  tartetatin Dec 1, 2006 01:26 AM

                  what about the Court Jester on the Danforth?

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                    hungryabbey Dec 1, 2006 01:29 AM

                    Ive allllways wondered about this place, any info? I mean i live off the danforth, and walk by literally every single day, but I didnt know if it was any good? What do they have thats good? Also, I just read a thread about the granite brewery, has anyone been here lately? The menu looks pretty good

                  2. andreas Dec 1, 2006 01:23 AM

                    PJ O'Brien behind the King Eddie on King East do excellent food, and even better Guinness.

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                      childofthestorm Nov 30, 2006 11:20 PM

                      Last try: Rebel House.

                      If you didn't like the food there I give up!

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                        hungryabbey Nov 30, 2006 11:23 PM

                        haha actually I have not been there haha. Whats the best thing to order? and what are prices like?

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                          hungryabbey Nov 30, 2006 11:25 PM

                          okay found the menu so I know the prices

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                        childofthestorm Nov 30, 2006 10:31 PM

                        Hmm, what kind of pub food are you in the mood for? That might help narrow it down a bit.

                        Ever tried The Village Idiot on Dundas? I like it there.

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                          hungryabbey Nov 30, 2006 10:37 PM

                          yep I have.. um,okay well, something inexpensive (cause xmas is coming), and.. maybe a place that has a good variety, some good wings, maybe a nice beef dip or steak sandwich, or possibly good halibut and chips.. or maybe a good steak and mushroom pie? Those are typically my favourite things to order when I go to pub-type restaurants.. Yah, Ive been to villiage idiot, found it kind of mediocre I guess.. better for just beers in my opinion

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                          childofthestorm Nov 30, 2006 10:24 PM

                          The food at Cadillac Lounge is pretty meh. I end up there a lot because it's right near my office, but often opt to just drink and then eat later (which is out-of-character for me). Shanghai is not a pub at all, more of a rock and roll diner specializing in really greasy food.

                          Pub-style food - Hair of the Dog on Church is very good. I also find the food at The Foggy Dew on King to be way above average...they obviously have a chef who cares about details.

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                            hungryabbey Nov 30, 2006 10:28 PM

                            yah Ive tried foggy dew and I dont know, I didnt think it was as good as people say it is... Ive been to hair of the dog too and I did like that, but I wanted to try a new place. hm.. yah, I guess diner style suggestions are good too, but if its suuuuper greasy, I might be turned off haha. What about originals bar and grill? or.. arrow pub?

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