I still think the roast beef at the Keg Mansion (Jarvis and Wellesley) is head and shoulders above Ed's. Yes, you have to put up with the hard-sell waiters, but roast beef, baked potato, and vegetable of the day shouldn't set you back more than $25/person (wine, tax, and tip extra).
But I will say Ed Mirvish loved Toronto, and did everything he could to make it a more colourful and interesting city. God bless him, and grant him peace.
And it was all because roast beef could be pre-cooked, served fast, and didn't require a real chef. I may not be remembering accurately, but I think he fired his opening chef and replaced him with his parking lot attendant.
Ed's famous roast beef, instant mashed potatoes, and canned green peas, served in Toronto's finest antique whorehouse ambiance, with Toronto's finest flat house band: "If you want home cooking, eat at home".
Toronto will miss this guy a lot.
Indeed, great roast beef served with Yorkshire pudding in a truly tacky environment. I loved it. Canyon Creek and le Biftheque do a decent prime rib roast, but nothing like Ed's. If I remember correctly, they served it with gravy, not jus. Before Ed's I didn't know the true joy of medium rare.