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Oct 4, 2007 09:38 PM

Looking for deep-fried macaroni and cheese (balls?) in Toronto

Of the many things that we ate in San Francisco years ago I remember this app from the Cheesecake Factory (I know, not my choice...) that was deep-fried macaroni and cheese that was basically a very thick version of the pasta formed into balls and deep-fried. 10 of them at once could probably kill me. But they're yummy, so:

Is there any place that serves something such as this in Toronto?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. At Wild Wing in Unionville Ont, they offer fried macaroni and cheese bites that come with ranch sauce. They are really good but also rather expensive.

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    1. re: callitasicit

      I'm a downtown hermit but we do have a relative visiting from overseas so perhaps we will be visiting Unionville. Thanks!

      Is it a decent place in general?

      1. re: artificialard

        I have never sat down and eaten there, it's a saloon that specializes in wings. I believe they sell 80 different types of wings, interesting concept huh? The food is okay, nothing spectacular though.

    2. The Healthy Butcher has arborio rice balls stuffed with cheese that have been deep fried and they are amazing.

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      1. re: bitetoeat

        Those are arancini, which are absolutely delicious, but not exactly what the original poster may be searching for. Still, thanks for the tip, I may have to visit the Healthy Butcher soon. :)

        1. re: xtal

          They also have them at the oddly named North Pole Bakery at Danforth and Greenwood. You might have to call and find what days they have them.

          1. re: Leslieville

            Terroni occasionally has the rice balls on their menu as well. They are delicious!

      2. I don't think you'd want to go there but TGI Friday's has fried mac and cheese on the menu and I think the only one around GTA is at the airport....

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        1. re: JamieK

          I know this is off topic but I am interested in going to Tgifridays, is it in airport? A bit of a drag if I have to park at the airport just to eat there.

          1. re: JamieK

            A friend of mine was actaully craving something from TGI's and looking into heading out to the airport. The conclusion was that it was too much trouble, not because of going to the airport but that it was in the US terminal and would require a ticket and or going through customs to eat there.

            1. re: abigllama

              Thanks for that. That is a crying shame. I really liked TGI's when I was in Boston a few years back and was looking forward to going there. It's really too bad that we can have several Applebee's restaurant which are absolutely horrible but have not one TGI's in Ontario!

              1. re: callitasicit

                Well, depending on how strong your craving is, it looks like there are a couple of TGIs in Niagara Falls -

                In fact, they seem to have outlets in almost every country in the world.

                1. re: JamieK

                  Just another buzz kill heads up on TGI in Niagara Falls. The prices are insanly expensive. Along the lines of like $17.99 for a burger and fries. A chicken breast dish a friend of mine likes that's usually about $15 in the states is like $32 there. Not being too cheap but hate being gouged for branding purposes!

                  1. re: abigllama

                    Not to mention how horrible the food is at that one. I went to that location two years ago and the quality of the food was dreadful, nothing like what the TGI's are like in the States.

                    1. re: abigllama

                      i think the outrageous is due to their location...cliffton hill in niagara falls...i don't think they're expensive because they're a TGI resto

            2. They have deep-fried macaroni and cheese on the menu at Zelda's on Church St.

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              1. re: The Berserker

                i've had the deep fried mac & cheese at Zelda's in was interesting but not that good. maybe you'll like it. give it a whirl. it was pretty cheap too.

              2. I honestly don't remember how I ate before Chowhound!
                This is fantastic! I have a 'healthy' sensible version and a 'eat. mmm. good.' version. I'll definitely try Zelda's and take the time to get to the Friendly Butcher. bitetoeat, I understand those are ready-to-cook foods - are they frozen or actually served for reheating immediately?

                Thanks JamieK but while I wouldn't mind (rarely) going to TGIF's but traveling to the airport is just too much effort for a place such as that. Although I'll definitely keep it in mind for my next trip away...