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New Mexican on the Danforth (Soon)

bluedog Jan 26, 2007 12:15 PM

Plaza Garibaldi closed a few months ago, with little fanfare, and the place has been boarded up ever since. However I walked by the other day and there is now a small sign for "La Companas", opening soon. Anyone know anything about it? Same owners as Garibaldi?

  1. sierramum Jan 27, 2007 08:15 PM

    I saw that sign too, when we drove by it yesterday. I wasn't aware at all that Garibaldi (and the Cuban place next door!) had closed, but I'm a little eager to see what's coming up.

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      bluedog Jan 28, 2007 08:09 AM

      Me too. I didn't mind Garibaldi, though it NEVER came up in discussions of Mexican food in Toronto. Always overshadowed by El Sol and the like. They had a steak tampiquena that I rather enjoyed (with a tomatilla sauce). And with all of the hot debate on this board about the lack of decent Mexican food in Toronto, I am VERY curious as to what La Compana (note that the "n" has a tilda over it), might be like.

      The Cuban place died a slow death once the original Cuban owner sold the place a few years ago to a non-cuban. I visited the place ONCE ofter this and while the menu didn't change, the new owner was overbearing and kept insisting we order specific dishes. it was beyond irritating and I did not feel sorry for her when the place closed about 1.5 years ago.

      1. sierramum Jan 30, 2007 04:44 PM

        I never minded Garibaldi either. Back when we lived in walking distance, we would go for dinner once in a while and my daughter (who was around 3-4 years old at that time) just loved the trio that would walk around from table to table, singing and playing their instruments. Their food wasn't outstanding, but it was okay for a Mexican fix. I hope this new place turns out good.

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          wolfa999 Feb 15, 2007 12:36 PM

          Does anyone know why Plaza Garibaldi closeD?

          1. Kagemusha Feb 15, 2007 01:42 PM

            Hope springs eternal with the prospect a new Mexican joint! Very curious to see what's on offer.

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              proof Feb 16, 2007 11:03 AM

              Let's hope it is good. Toronto has a poor selection of Mexican restos. There are wonderful Mexican restaurants in Montreal and even a pretty good one in Ottawa, Pancho Vila, don't know what the problem is here in Toronto. Mexicali Rosa SUCKS big time, why there is so many I'll never know....stop the chains!

              1. spigot May 27, 2007 06:52 PM

                Is the new place open now?

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                1. re: spigot
                  foodyDudey May 28, 2007 04:33 AM

                  It's been open for over a month. When I look in as I pass by, the food looks pretty good. (as I see it being served) But of course most people here already know it's not possible to find any decent Mexican in Toronto so why try it?

                2. foodyDudey May 29, 2007 05:12 AM

                  I had dinner there last night. There were three of us - myself, my wife and another friend.

                  The first thing the owner said as we walked in the door was that they didn't have a licence to serve alcohol yet. He said he expects to have it in another month or so.

                  We decided to try it out anyway, even though we really wanted to have a beer. We arrived around 8:00 pm and there were only 4 people in the place.

                  I ordered some tortilla chips and salsa ($2.95) and they were fine but not as good as what Mexican restaurant I went to in Missouri gave us for free.

                  Since it was getting late, we didn't order a great deal of food. I had chicken lime soup ($4.95) which was the soup of the day. It was very good. My wife and I each ordered an item from the tapas menu, she had grilled calamari on a bed of lettuce with a mango salsa and I ordered shrimp with tomatillo sauce and cilantro. ($9.95 each) Our friend ordered the fajitas. ($14.95)

                  We all enjoyed the food and would go back again. The total before tip was around $53.

                  The owner said they have been open two months now. I forgot to ask him if he is the same owner as Plaza Garibaldi. I only ate there once a few weeks after they opened and didn't like it. The current owner seems very freindly, I hope business picks up for him.

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                  1. re: foodyDudey
                    hungryabbey May 29, 2007 03:15 PM

                    thanks for the review! whats it like in there? I know its small, but is it clean/set up so that is comfortable?

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                      foodyDudey May 29, 2007 03:35 PM

                      It's clean, and it appears all the furniture is new. It definitely has a better feel than the previous place. There are items on the menu that I haven't seen anywhere else. There's a good selection of seafood on the tapas menu.

                      1. re: foodyDudey
                        hungryabbey May 29, 2007 04:48 PM

                        thanks for the reply, sounds like a good neighbourhood spot to try!

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