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Real comfort food in Toronto?

lexxypie Feb 22, 2007 12:04 PM

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.

  1. Rabbit Feb 22, 2007 12:20 PM

    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).

    1. nummanumma Feb 22, 2007 12:24 PM

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

      1. pescatarian Feb 22, 2007 12:27 PM

        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
          orangewasabi Feb 22, 2007 01:09 PM

          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
            pescatarian Feb 22, 2007 01:37 PM

            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
              orangewasabi Feb 22, 2007 01:46 PM

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

              1. re: orangewasabi
                pescatarian Feb 22, 2007 01:55 PM

                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
                  sasgirl Feb 23, 2007 07:12 AM

                  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:

                  1. re: sasgirl
                    pescatarian Feb 23, 2007 08:10 AM

                    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.

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          tochipotle Feb 22, 2007 12:31 PM

          Soul Food on Bloor st

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          1. re: tochipotle
            Herb Feb 22, 2007 01:52 PM

            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.

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            tochipotle Feb 22, 2007 12:32 PM

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

            1. monkeyinthemiddle Feb 22, 2007 12:54 PM

              the roxton on harbord serves up some good comfort and warm atmosphere

              1. TorontoJo Feb 22, 2007 04:38 PM

                Have you tried the Mill St. Brew Pub yet? Lots of recent discussion on the board. The menu shows meatloaf, shepard's pie, chicken pot pie, ribs, etc. Good beer as a bonus...

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                  ishmael Feb 22, 2007 06:47 PM

                  Midtown restaurant (formerly Summit House) at Yonge and Eg has a very nice menu of updated comfort foods. Shepherds pie, pot pies, pot roast, mac and cheese etc. Had lunch there on Tuesday-- chicken pot pie was very tasty baked to order under very nice puff pastry with a fresh and tasty side salad.

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                    Bigtigger Feb 23, 2007 02:05 AM

                    Rosedale Diner
                    Fionn MacCool's
                    Tulip Diner

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                      miranda Feb 23, 2007 10:03 AM

                      I found myself in front of The Rebel House today around noon...good chance to try the Hound's suggestions....had the Leek,Cheddar and Ale Soup with the Spinach Apple Salad...one of the best lunches I've had in a while...will be back for sure...plan to try Weekend Brunch...Yum Yum...Miranda

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                        gentilesque Feb 23, 2007 10:04 AM

                        When I worked at the Church Street Diner (Church, north of Wellesley) of last year I was making a Drunken Chicken stew, Tipsy beef stew, delicious meatloaf, real mashed potatoes, etc. Don't know what they've kept on the menu.

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