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What foods, available in the U.S. and not in Toronto, do you covet? [moved from Ontario board]

On a recent trip to the US, my husband brought me back quite a few butters (both American and European) and some excellent cottage cheese, all of which are not available here. (Plus a few other things that are, but are cheaper there...)

What foods do you make trips across the border for, or make a point of purchasing when you happen to be in the U.S. anyway?

 
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  1. Hi Tummy,

    One thing I do miss (it's one of my guilty pleasures) and you occassionally see up north is a chicken fried steak . . . whenever I'm down south I try to get my fix in . . . whenever you find one up north it's usually a let down . . .it's usually too greasy and the gravy is usually very dissappointing . . . If anyone knows where you can get a decent one let me know...

    I also miss really good BBQ . . . I have yet to have anything as good as when I lived in Texas

    Having said that . . . I love the variety of foods you get in TO would say we are very fortunate to be able to eat in this city!

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    1. re: snackboy

      I haven't tried it, but everyone in my circles talks about Southern Accent (In Mirvish Villiage, near Markham and Bloor) for the chicken fried steak.

      The best BBQ in TO has to be Phil's Real Barbeque, near Ossington and College. I think he does Carolinia-style rubs and sauces, but it's really good and smoky ( massive backyard smoker, almost unheard of here in TO).

      1. re: Ginsugirl

        Hi Ginsu,

        Thanks for the recs . . . I have tried the CFS at SA but was dissappointed . . . I'm not saying it was bad it (it actually was a pretty good attempt) I just found the steak a little tough and the gravy was very boring (bland)

        As far as Phils goes . . . I have to agree it is the best BBQ I have had in Toronto . . . The baked beans were fantastic . . . and the pork was great! . . . I still miss the great BBQ joints from texas . . . If you are ever near Austin go to the Salt Lick . . . It is awesome!!!

        Here is the link....

        http://www.saltlickbbq.com/

      1. The first thing that came to mind when I read the title of your post was butter and cottage cheese!! I bought some wonderful imported butter at Wegmans (don't recall ever seeing the stuff here), along with Friendship Dairy cottage cheese (I had heard US cottage cheese was different, so I was curious). On a more recent visit to Tops I bought Black Forbidden Rice for $3.35 a package, about half the price of here. And a bunch of cereals from the health food section, but for cheap. I And of course, King Arthur Flour. Don't get me started on SuperTarget, of which there is not one within close driving distance!

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        1. re: bigos70

          king arthur flour
          nancy's and brown cow yogurt
          plugra butter
          tiger milk bars

          1. re: bigos70

            Aren't we lucky to be just a 11/2 hr. trip down the road from the nearest Tops and Target and Wegmans!!!! That can't possibly be too long a trip for a Chowhound.

          2. Utz's Dark Russet Chips
            Unique Splitz Extra Salt and Extra Dark Pretzels
            TastyKake Pies

            The last time we crossed the border I sheepishly told the guard I was carrying back about $75 worth of chips and pretzels. She just laughed... well, almost.

            1. jars of pickled okra.
              pecans from Georgia
              pralines from the Savannah Candy Company!

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              1. re: pearlD

                I forgot to add "Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing".......