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Feb 15, 2007 12:06 PM

Where to get Deep Fried Ice Cream

Does anyone know if there are any restaurants in the GTA that serve deep fried ice cream?

Everytime I mention this dessert to friends they also pipe up about having cravings for it. However since Chi Chi's no longer exist in Canada , we haven't found any other place that serves it. Has anyone found anything comparable in the GTA area?

Thanks in advance

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  1. I think Mexicali Rosa's has it...There's one in Oakeville

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    1. re: Trice

      All stores in the Mexicali Rosa's chain have fried ice cream including Hernando's on Yonge at Wellesley and that other one downtown that doesn't have Dollard working there.

    2. Sado Sushi, on Eglinton a couple of blocks east of Allen Rd., has a fabulous fried, battered ice cream dessert.

      1. Margarita's on Baldwin has it.

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        1. re: Delish

          hows the food there otherwise? im kind of feeling like some basic cheap mexican style food this weekend...

          1. re: hungryabbey

            the food isn't amazing by any means but the best things on the menu are usually the specials.

            i don't ever remember the enchiladas, burritos, etc being all that different from what you get normally but whenever i go there i convince someone into sharing a special and i get my favourite thing.... camarones shrimp. cactus and shrimp in a tomato onion salsa like stew sauce over rice and beans. awesome. the last time i was there i fear they may have begun skimping as the cactus was in strips rather than full leaves and the shrimp were of rather crappy quality that they were tough and overcooked or old or something! i hope they haven't kept that up.

            seafood based dishes have quite a hefty amount of seafood in it. haven't encountered the water issue, but find the service rather laissez faire.

            1. re: hungryabbey

              I have been there a few times, never by my own choice.

              The food is really bad.

          2. NOTE: This is in response to hungryabbey's question about the food at Margarita's - don't know why it's not in the right place....

            I've only eaten there once. I got the chicken fajitas, just cause we were kinda rushed so I couldn't be my normal indecisive self and it seemed to suit my mood at the time. They were OK. It all arrived sizzling on a plate, but the sauce was nothing special. The tortillas were actully really good, they seemed fresh. Not bad, but I think there are probably better things on the menu. My friend got spicy shrimp, which she has had before, and claims to love. We started with the guac - which was yummy, but nowhere near the best I've had.

            The one thing that irked me about the whole thing was when we were asked for our drink orders. We both said water. We were asked sparkling or still - to which I replied, "still- tap water is fine." Apparantly she didn't hear that, or chose not to, and we received two small bottles of water. I should have spoken up, but didn't, and ended up getting charged $2.25 for the bottle. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.....

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            1. re: Delish

              uh, i hate that. well, if it doesnt exactly sound great. but god, no mexican restaurant in this city sounds great. i guess im just looking for some yummy nachos and maybe fajitas or tacos of some sort.. any recs?

              1. re: hungryabbey

                I'd say Mexitaco is pretty solid, if a bit expensive for some things.

                I've also enjoyed El Sol in the past - hubby and I quite like the El Sol Platter for 2 (2 kinds of soft flour tortillas, 2 kinds of corn tortillas which includes sausage, beef and chicken - there is also a vegetarian version). Gonzo's on O'Conner was really tasty (but I've only been there once, and that was years ago).

                1. re: Delish

                  yah, honestly, i hear so many great things about el sol, and I do live in the neighborhood, but i good and fairly quick service is a huge priority for me so even if it was the greatest meal ever, I probably would be so frustrated by the slow service I wouldnt enjoy it. wheres Mexitaco?

                  1. re: hungryabbey

                    At Bloor & Shaw, between Christie & Ossington, north side.

                    1. re: fickle

                      I alwasy fill up on things like guacamole, queso fundido (amazing) mole wings (delicious, but too few), and tacos pastor to make it to the desserts, but I just noticed that deep fried is cream is available here, too!

                      1. re: Delish

                        Same here! We always load up on a small bowl of pozole and the mexitaco platter. We should really bring a third person to share everything with us so we can make it to dessert. Somehow we always manage to pick up a few korean walnut cakes to snack on afterwards for our long walk home though ;-)

                      2. re: fickle

                        thank you so much! sounds really good, is it grungy in there at all?

                    2. re: Delish

                      The owners of El Sol used to run Gonzo's. That's probably why you liked both of them.
                      It's mentioned here:

                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        Having tried both recently I'd stay away from Gonzo's and stick with El Sol... much, much better.

                        As for the topic at hand... I am one of the many that crave a good deep fried ice cream. Tried it at Hernando's (Yonge & Wellesley) a few months back and it was ok but not as good as the mythical Chi Chi's version. Will have to try Day and Night Firewood mentioned below as its just down the street from my work.

                        1. re: Vise

                          Yeah, the El Sol people sold Gonzo's years ago and it was all over after that.
                          Abbey, it's called El Slow for a reason, but if you are a small party of one or two and you go on a slow weeknight - they can be reasonably efficient.

                          1. re: julesrules

                            Hahaha Yah, I know, soemtimes good qualitiy takes time, perhaps on a night when Im not feeling to hungry by dinner I'll check it out.

                2. If you are willing to come to the Markham/ Scarborough border, there is a place called Day and Night Firewood Steakhouse on Steeles Ave. E which has terrific deep fried ice cream.
                  From what I remember they had several flavour options, including vanilla, chocolate, coffee, red bean. I had the coffee, and boy was it ever addictive :)

                  Hope this helps!