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Back from Trinidad... craving doubles

Hi folks,

I'm just back from a business trip to Trinidad, and am craving doubles something fierce. Where can you go in Toronto for really good doubles? As a reference point to anyone familiar with Port of Spain, I keep dreaming about the doubles sold by the guy at the side of the road across from Long Circular Mall. Those were definitely my favorite.

I've had the doubles at The Jerk Spot on Queen -- before my trip -- and really liked those. Now my eyes have been opened and I realize that those are to *real* doubles, as canned no-name black olives (like you get on crappy cheap pizza) are to genuine Kalamatas. That is, I love the real deal enough that I could still eat the fake ones... but there is really no comparison.

Any recommendations for really good doubles? Maybe even with pepper and mango?

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  1. I had the best I've tried in TO at Ali's in Parkdale, get the tamarind sauce on it...yumm!

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      1. re: mariecollins

        OK, we hit up Ali's this morning and I am very happy! The barra was not quite as tender as the doubles we had in Trinidad but no complaints at all. The tamarind sauce was really awesome and the pepper sauce has a nice lingering burn to it.

        Going to try Caribbean Roti Palace too and will report back. Thanks for all the tips!

    1. Caribbean Roti Palace - a Trini spot - on the west side of Bathurst, just south of Bloor.

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      1. re: thought_for_food

        I couldn't remember the name of that one, it is good for roti too...I didn'y know about sweet sauce additions to doubles when I was there, I bet they have good stuff...

      2. The doubles I got from Roti Lady in parkdale were really, really good. You could tell the barra (bread) was freshly fried as it was slightly crisp on the exterior and soft and chewy inside. I seem to remember the outside better than the filling, but I think the chickpeas were good, too!

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        1. re: Delish

          when i talked to her, she said that she brought them in from somewhere else... i found them ok but not really all that great.

          the ones from caribbean queen are interesting and very fruity in flavour although doesnt contain fruit if my memory serves me right.

          loved d&d... too bad they're shut down, will be doing a search sometime soon.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            yeah, d&d was great. I also like the doubles from Island Foods--I'm only familiar with the location at Don Mills and York Mills.

            1. re: Yongeman

              I like the Island Foods doubles too, though I go to the one at King & Dufferin. Great chickpea filling, but sorry - no mango. Only problem is that I understand they make them ahead of time, so they're not as fluffy as fresh, and when they're gone, that's it for the day.

              1. re: urbnmns

                yeah i went yesterday to Island foods for doubles around 7 pm and they were already out of doubles....

                1. re: warlock

                  I find they can be out as early as post lunch-rush!

                  1. re: urbnmns

                    Anyways the Ramadan period is over,so I guess its back to BAU (Business as usual)....

                2. re: urbnmns

                  I can assure you that when Trini's are in Parkdale, they prefer Ali's to Island Foods.

              2. re: pinstripeprincess

                Interesting that you say she brings them in from somewhere... Honestly - my double was so hot (not in a microwaved kinda way - there's no way the outside would have been so lightly crisp) and fresh that I can't see how it would be possible. Maybe she's started making her own? Or maybe she buys ready made dough? I dunno - I've eaten many a double and this one was one of hte better ones I've had.

                Though I will say the best I've ever had in the GTA are from a place near Markham and Sheppard called "Roti and Pulau Shop" .

                1. re: Delish

                  Real doubles and roti can be found at ACR Hot Roti's and Doubles at 2680 Lawrence Ave (just east of Midland in Scarborough)...beware the hot sauce!

                  1. re: Finnegan

                    Oh yeah--Drupati's Doubles and Roti on Albion Rd. near Islington (I think). Excellent and Spicy!

                  2. re: Delish

                    sorry i got mixed up with caribbean queen.. which doesn't even do doubles!

                    anyhow, roti lady's pattis are brought in but she does her own doubles in a guyanese style. i find them fruity and sweet and the dough a bit too dense and chewy for my liking. i much prefer a fluffier doubles.

                    1. re: pinstripeprincess

                      Guyanese style, eh? That explains why the barra was thicker than what I normally get. Come to think of it, mine was pretty fluffy! in fact, I'd say it was fluffier than others I've had. I don't think I ate what you described. Maybe you got a bad one...

                      I liked Roti Lady for it's differences, and was a great change of pace, though when I crave doubles I crave the ones from Roti and Pulau shop which I mentioned above.

                      Their barra is much flatter and slightly chewier, but still soft and tender. They also make the best chickpea curry. And their hot sauce is great. And so is their roti. Can't go wrong with chicken or goat. Love it.

                      I know what you mean about fruity fillings. That's how I find the ones at Roti Palace...

                    2. re: Delish

                      En route to the zoo yesterday we decided to pop in to Roti and Pulau shop for a sack of doubles. Sad to say they we disappointing and not what we remembered them to be. The bara was too chewy, perhaps overworked, and is now a far too vibrantly yellow. We think ownership may have changed. The goat roti, however, was still delicious, but less juicy than we remember.

                2. A C R Hot Roti and Doubles 2680 Lawrence Ave. East. These guys make really good doubles and theres always a lineup, Sign inside says he's "The original doubles man" from some place in Trinidad. Doubles are only $1.00 and man are they good.

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                  1. re: squingy

                    Got that right...sounds like most Chowhounders never make it farther niotth than Blloor Street and no farther east that Church St....make the trek to Scarborough for some of the best cheap eats in Toronto, like Shahi Karahi...authentic tandoor ovens, great nan, etc. (Markham and Lawrence Area)

                  2. If you're in Hamilton, go to King St. E. and Connaught and try the Roti Hut. She makes amazing Roti, Doubles and Phulorie...complete with pepper for sure...

                    If you show up on Tuesdays she often has duck roti....

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                    1. re: Mike from Hamilton

                      Roti Hut in Hamilton, the roti is so good, it melts in your mouth. Too bad the place is now closed.