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Nov 30, 2007 09:39 AM

The Un-Official "Go To" Restaurant Thread

O.k. so here's the deal:
What's the ONE restaurant you'd consider to be at the very top of your personal "go to" list? The one place you can always count on. This is usually the place you think of when you're disappointed after trying that new place your co-worker suggested. Or it's probably the place you'd think of if you were away from Toronto for a long time and say to yourself, "Boy, I really miss going to <fill in the blank>". While you don't have to justify your selection, you do have to only pick one.

This doesn't have to be a fancy place or a romantic place. Maybe it's McDonald's.
Doesn't matter as long as it's your "go to" place. Anywhere in Ontario qualifies.

Please keep the responses as short as possible and include the major intersection/area unless the restaurant is generally well-known.

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  1. I'll go first:

    Zucca Trattoria (Yonge and Eglinton)

    2 Replies
    1. re: looniePincher

      Zucca was the first that came to mind for me also.
      I agree with others like Batifole, Tabule and Starfish. But Zucca never fails me. I was just trying to thing about a place for an upcoming event, and now I think I'll make a res at's been awhile.

      2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

      1. re: looniePincher

        Zucca. That antipasto platter, the grilled fish..... need I say more?

      2. Great thread idea.

        My choice changes by my mood, so at this moment I'm going with Chinese Traditional Buns.

        1. Batifole
          Broadview and just east on Gerrard

          8 Replies
          1. re: Mila

            Vastly overrated. La Paradise is a far better choice and cheaper too.

            1. re: wordsworth

              Do you mean LeParadis??? Far from about a place vastly over rated!!!

              1. re: millygirl

                Aw, I like Le Paradis. I think most reviews haven't been absolutely astounded by the bistro but there seems to be consensus among Le Paradis' fans that it is a solid, reliable and well-priced bistro. Significantly cheaper than Batifole, and that means a lot to a student like me.

                1. re: Yum2MyTum

                  I like Le Paradis too! Was there two weeks ago, didn't find it dark at all. Service was attentive and friendly. Food was great. Finished off with a lovely banyuls and blue cheese. The whole meal was delicious. And reasonably priced.

                  Le Paradis
                  166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA

                  1. re: JamieK

                    Went to Le Paradis last night for the first time. It wouldn't be my "go to" place, but you get fabulous value for your money. The wines are inexpensive, the apps are all in the single-digit range, the entrees run about $14-15, and the food doesn't diappoint. I had the braised lamb shank with cannelini beans and it was fantastic. The chicken tangine was also quite tender and delicious. Our server was very attentive and helpful. I'll definitely return.

                    1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                      That's fantastic, torontofoodiegirl. It's definitely an excellent place to go for value bistro fare.

                      Another place I recently discovered - thanks to CHers - is Niagara Street Cafe. It's also reasonably priced (slightly more expensive than Le Paradis - all mains at $18-19, all starters at $6-9), and the chef there has a way with pork. Plus, it's a great place for a date - all low lights and soft music; very romantic!

              2. re: wordsworth

                Hey Wordsworth...noted 2 of your posts on this thread, but didn't see your go-to place...did I miss it?

              3. re: Mila

                adding batifole as another go-to.

                had a recent dinner there and devoured an excellent dish of escargots in father sauce and amazing promini liver (thuet has nothing on them). rounds of drinks and got away ridiculously stuffed and trying to pawn the rest of my delicious but disastrously un-reheatable... for $60 each. oh.. and not to mention the bread, dear god i think i ate a whole loaf.

              4. Sofra (Dufferin and Langstaff) or Tov Li (Bathurst, 2 locations). Both casual, but delicious and I am always in the mood for delicious middle eastern dips.

                1. oh its hard to pick one..but I am never disapointed with House on Parliament
                  which is on Parliament in cabbagetown, near Gerrard I believe.