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Real comfort food in Toronto?

I'm talking meatloaf, chicken stew, pot pies, gravies, corn on the cob, etc.

I have a real problem finding this kinda stuff in Toronto. Same goes with soul food. If someone just opened one damn stand that sells good comfort food, it'd make a killing.

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  1. Rebel House - meatloaf, pot pies, ale stews, sausage plate. No corn on the cob.
    www.rebelhouse.ca (don't be put off by overly "design-y" web-site).

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      1. funny how when someone starts a statement with 'with respect' what follows will, most assuredly, be disrespectful.
        I second the Rebel House.

      2. As soon as I started reading your thread I was thinking Rebel House.

        I might get tarred for this, but for lunch comfort food, if you don't mind it being veggie, there's Naturally Yours in First Canadian Place. They have 3 hot meal daily specials. I find some of their specials to be "comfort" food - veggie shepard's pie with mushroom gravy, etc. Comes with a side green salad, couscous or coleslaw.

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        1. re: pescatarian

          pes, are those entrees at Naturally Yours pretty flavourful? I walked by them today and thought they looked rather 'comforting' but food from a healthfood store scares me.

          1. re: orangewasabi

            it depends, some of them are a bit carb-heavy, the ones I like are the mexican lasagna, the shepards pie with the mush gravy (you have to specify you want the mushroom gravy), and the roti (they are huge). The mushroom lasagna is pretty good too. They are all pretty flavourful. I usually get the coleslaw (a little oily but better than the green salad they give you). After you pay at the cash, there's a bottle of hot sauce you can apply as you want (I use it on most things, but I like extra spice). Stay away from the pastas (mac and cheese, etc.) and the paella, IMO. In general, there food is good to have once in awhile. If you have too much of it, it all starts to taste the same after awhile. They are rather comforting to me though and very filling.
            Also, in the case where you can weigh the different salads, there is an excellent black bean seaweed salad.

            1. re: pescatarian

              cool, thanks. I will give it a try. the food in the PATH gets quite dismal by Feb

              1. re: orangewasabi

                I know what you mean ;(
                You might of already had it, but what I also find a bit comforty is the noodle soups from the Japanese place in Commerce Court. I think there's one in FCP too, but I always get mine from CC. With tofu and veg and rice noodles and I add tons of sirhachi and some soya sauce. It's big and warm and lots of veg.

                1. re: pescatarian

                  I find their dishes comforting as well!

                  Another two that I like are the vegan souvlaki (they will ask you if you want garlic sauce on top, say yes!) and the greek tart. You may get bad breath from the garlic sauce, but it's worth it! :)

                  Here's their website where they list the dishes they're serving each day:
                  http://www.naturallyyours.ca/daily-sp...

                  1. re: sasgirl

                    Hey, thanks Sasgirl! The dish I was referring to above as the Shepard's Pie is actually the Lentil Loaf - comes with the Mushroom Gravy.

          1. re: tochipotle

            I think you mean Tasty across from Clinton's on Bloor. It professed to serve southern US-style soul food. Long gone. The restaurant called Soul Food is St Lucian/Caribbean and on Lansdowne. Comforting, no doubt, but not the request.

          2. Oh, and forgot to mention - love the Rebel House too...