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pub fare & Allen's

Hey guys,

how is Allen's lately? Can anyone suggest, if bad, another pub that has a great atmosphere, and some good food, entertainment on a Thursday night would be good, too. Thanks!!

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  1. House on Parliament is a nice option (no entertainment) and I notice that the former Bistro Aubergine (on Carlton) is now calling itself a "gastro pub" - and are advertising entertainment...but I can't vouch for quality of food or song...Rebel House is another fave pub of mine (not sure if they do entertainment - not when I have been there anyway)...as for Allen's - I haven't been recently, but I recall a rather long thread of rants on this very board not too long ago...

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    1. re: redhead

      Has anyone in the neighbourhood eaten at Aubergine? I'd like to drag hubby there, but you can't fake good French food. It's either done well or it's a sopping brick. I'd like to hear at least one rec.

    2. Not sure about entertainment, but The Longest Yard on Mt. Pleasant is my hangout. Guiness on tap and awesome pub grub to boot. Burgers are especially delicious, with a generous pile of Yukon Gold fries.

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      1. re: bogie

        I used to work here so you may choose not to believe me but seriously, The Abbot On The Hill (summerhill location) has great food. I worked there for a year, knew what went on in the kitchen, and still ate there religiously. Everything is made fresh. Tons of import beer. Good luck getting a table though. Since I left, it's turned into a zoo it's so busy. Great burger, the buffalo shrimp are totally addictive....I could go on. Best Schnitzel. It's pounded really really thin. Ribs. Everything is good. Well no, the veg chili is boring.

        1. re: torontofunk

          do they have a website?

          1. re: torontofunk

            I ate there twice.
            Still not sure why I went back the second time.
            There won't be a third!

          2. re: bogie

            Bogie, I keep meaning to ask ppl about this place I always drive by it on the way to York. It looks so cute, what are the prices like?

            1. re: hungryabbey

              Very reasonable, mains are in the teens and apps are mostly around $10. In addition, many of the meats are organic and the menu clearly identifies which dishes use them.

              1. re: bogie

                oh thats so good to know, thanks! I migth try that out this weekend!!

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  checked out the longest yard tonight, and I gotta say, I wasnt too impressed. The place was filled with kids, which I dont usually mind, but when I saw a clown emerge from the kitchen, I was a little turned off... We had nachos (smallish portion, but very fresh tasting) and garlic bread (reallllly good, nice and crispy edges)... I had the pork ribs which was a special for 14$ (which, I know is cheap for ribs) but it was a really small portion which only a few fries, and the bbq sauce seemed to just be poured on right before being served, and the ribs themselves were pretty tasteless.. the fries were good though! Another had the ribs too, one had the fish and chips, which was fine, but small again, and another had some chicken curry with rice, which I tried, and it was very bland. The bill with 2 pints and 2 pops was 100$.. yah, not bad, but I've better spent 100$ elsewhere many times. The wings and burgers I saw did look good, so maybe I ordered the wrong thing?

                  1. re: hungryabbey

                    As I said earlier, the burgers and fries are awesome. I've had both the wings and nachos. I thought that the wings were good, but not as good as Duff's (I'm spoiled). I also thought that the natchos were tasty, but small. The sandwiches are generally good. I'm not sure if it's the type of place that I would order ribs or a curry, though. I can't say I'm suprised by your experience with them. The best stuff is their pub grub, for sure.

                    1. re: bogie

                      yeah, I'd try it again, but probably on a night when I feel like a burger

                    2. re: hungryabbey

                      i live about ten steps from the Longest yard and haven't been in four years. I think it is horrible, but obviously some people love it because it is often busy, too many kids- blah food- not cheap- annoying service, I can't find a saving grace.