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Best Chip Truck in Toronto.

phade Apr 17, 2007 01:03 PM

Alright, I was in Port Hope for easter weekend. Port hope's a little town about an hour east of Toronto for what it's worth. There was a chip truck there, and we stopped to grab some fries. It was in the parking lot of the liquidation world, bottom of Walton st, across from KFC.

I sprayed them with the malt-vinegar-spray-bottle deal, and threw some salt on them, and no sooner had I taken a bite than I knew I was in pure chip-truck heaven.

I've yet to stop thinking about how great they were. Yes, I know if I really wanted some I could just make the trip back there, and I totally intend on doing so. That's not the question though.

The question is whenever I don't feel like making the trip all the way there for some fries, where can I find the best chip truck fries in my home city? I live at Sheppard and Yonge, but I know there's no chip truck around here.

Great things have been said about the truck down in front of city hall, and I totally want to check it out, but is it really the best?

Good chip truck fries in my mind are a lot like a fatter version of New York Fries. They've got a great potatoe flavour, with good oil. Bonus points for skin-on, and extra bonus points for fresh cut. Also, they must taste awesome with malt vinegar. OH, and HUGE PORTIONS.

Good chip trucks...GO!

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    LovesToEat Apr 17, 2007 01:07 PM

    I really like the chip truck that's parked across the street from CBC on Front. St. It's a white truck owned by Nick...fries are amazing! You got me drooling now!

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      orangewasabi Apr 17, 2007 01:45 PM

      both the trucks in front of the metro convention centre are good, imho. The portions are huge!

      the blue truck in front of Nathan Phillips Square is good too, but I hate all the pigeons around there

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        ghanima Sep 30, 2009 09:38 AM

        There are currently two blue trucks in front of Nathan Phillips Square. The one which I (and, seemingly, the rest of the fry-patrons) prefer is called Mr. Tasty Fries.

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        Bob Catt Apr 19, 2007 03:49 AM

        "Casablanca"'s original title was "Everybody Comes to Rick's". At the CBC Broadcasting Centre on Front Street "everybody comes to Nick's". Most CBC folk, me included, head across the street to Nick's truck for our chip fix. So that's where my vote goes, along with my appetite.

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        TwinklyTerrapin Apr 17, 2007 01:49 PM

        My favourite is the chip truck at Cherry Beach--it's a little-known fact that french fries have no calories if you eat them while walking the dog...

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          Ender Apr 17, 2007 03:56 PM

          Don Juan's, featured in many a magazine and television show. He's a crazy Spaniard and is only around when the weather is good (spring-early fall) but man does he make a good fry and he's a trick to order from. All guys are "Hey Ugly" and all girls are "Hey Beatiful" he's good fun, super cheap and can't be beat. Front and John across from the CBC building. 277 Front is the address he's infront of Don Juan is on the truck. Everything else is just playing.

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            LovesToEat Apr 18, 2007 08:41 AM

            Yep, Don Juan's was the name that I was trying to think of! His fries are excellent!

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              ghanima Sep 30, 2009 09:38 AM

              Don Juan's switched owners in 2008, the fries just aren't as good there any more.

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                Kelschippit Oct 1, 2009 06:19 AM

                Ask the new owner, if they use the same cooking oil as previous owner.. I find Canola Oil the best to use.

          2. TorontoJo Apr 18, 2007 05:51 AM

            If you don't want to head all the way downtown from Y&S, there is a chip truck in front of the Pet Smart at Eglinton and Laird. I can't vouch for the quality, as I've never indulged, but you could check it out and report back!

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              phade Apr 18, 2007 11:56 AM

              I'm definitely going to check it out at some point, thanks for the info. Tonite I'm going to Salad King for supper though, so it'll be a while before I get a chance to go.

              Don Juan sounds awesome too, thanks for all the great responses. Mmmm, I can taste the fries already.

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                Finnegan Apr 24, 2007 01:50 PM

                Big blue chip truck in front of Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street west)

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                atomeyes Sep 16, 2009 03:23 PM

                had them once. soft and undercooked. don't bother.

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                  ghanima Sep 30, 2009 09:39 AM

                  That truck changed owners in 2008. It really was fantastic before then.

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                philly cheeze Apr 24, 2007 07:57 PM

                ALL chip trucks on front st are great. had them from each @ the same time

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                  kerwintoronto Apr 25, 2007 03:26 AM

                  My fave from when I worked down at the MTCC a fair bit was .. Bozos.

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                    LissyDee Apr 25, 2007 05:14 AM

                    I just worked a trade show at the MTCC and my entire team's yearly guilty treat and ritual is some Bozo's fries ... and then trying to fend off the seagulls as we eat them in the wee park area opposite.

                    Delicious and totally worth the guilt.

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                      kerwintoronto Apr 25, 2007 12:46 PM

                      LOL...we used to sneak them into MTCC and eat them behind the curtains in our registration areas.

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                  macaco Apr 27, 2007 11:09 AM

                  the best fries are not in a chip truck but at starfish oyster bed and grill on adelaide st east. they are crunchy, skinny frites and you get a big bowl full, I MEAN A BIG BOWL FULL for around 6 bucks. they're served with aioli but they will bring out the ketchup and vinegar on request if you give that puppy dog look when asking.

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                    Scary Bill Dec 7, 2007 06:04 AM

                    The best chip truck is not in Toronto.

                    It is Alberts Rolling Lunch (since 1957) located under the Bluewater Bridge on the St. Clair River in Point Edward (Sarnia).

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                      Yongeman Dec 7, 2007 06:29 AM

                      Excellent, Scary. I agree.

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                        gypsy1 Sep 15, 2009 03:34 PM

                        Albert's Rolling Lunch is no more 'rolling' It lost it's lease
                        and moved to a fixed building just one block East of the river.
                        Fries are still good, the other food items on offer are bland.

                        My favorite is and has always been and still is the Scottie's Fry truck, still
                        under the Bluewater Bridges.
                        .

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                          Scary Bill Sep 16, 2009 09:45 AM

                          That's really too bad. I found a petition that was signed by over 1200 people from all over the planet, pleading to save the truck.
                          It won't be the same with Alberts in a non-rolling building. And IMO the others are not up to snuff, having tried them when the Alberts lineup was too long for my patience.
                          Bureaucrats truly can mess things up.

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                            Yongeman Sep 18, 2009 11:15 AM

                            Don't worry, SB. The new, permanent location is just as good, imho.

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                        Crispy skin Oct 4, 2009 02:13 PM

                        Tried the chips from Kel's today and can honestly say I have never had better. They were perfect. I got the family size there must have been at least 3 pounds. If the weather holds out next weekend we are going back for more.

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                          Crispy skin Oct 13, 2009 06:31 PM

                          I went to Kel's chip truck tonight loaded up the family excited kids etc. Brought plates and blankets to protect the car seats from ketchup etc.. I took the highway for the 11km it took me about a about a half hour to get there. Website said it was open until 6. I got there at 5:30 and it was closed. Gotta say I'm not very impressed to be planning an outing, a little somthing fun for the kids and they don't keep their hours posted on the website.

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                            CeeQueue Oct 13, 2009 07:11 PM

                            Oh dear, what a disappointment. I know she sometimes closes when the weather is bad, but I took that to mean pouring rain or blizzards. I wonder if she has reduced her hours now that summer's over?

                          2. cynalan Oct 14, 2009 10:01 AM

                            Not Toronto, but if you happen to be in Burlington, try Freshman's Fries. It's a chip truck just off Fairview and Drury Lane, near Holland Park Nursery. Maybe off the the beaten path for you T.O. folk but worth a detour if you're west of the city.

                            1. Thatcher Oct 17, 2009 06:02 AM

                              Not Toronto, but there's a great one in Milton on the way to Rattlesnake Point and another just on the outskirts of Stouffville. Both in parking lots of industrial malls. Small towns, where there can be only one...

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