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looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:39 AM

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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    looniePincher RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:40 AM

    I'll go first:

    Zucca Trattoria (Yonge and Eglinton)

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      dinin and dishin RE: looniePincher Dec 1, 2007 08:00 AM

      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 Zucca...it's been awhile.

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        KitchenVoodoo RE: looniePincher Aug 15, 2008 10:14 PM

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

      2. xtal RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:41 AM

        Great thread idea.

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

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          Mila RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:42 AM

          Batifole
          Broadview and just east on Gerrard

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            wordsworth RE: Mila Dec 4, 2007 12:37 PM

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

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              millygirl RE: wordsworth Dec 4, 2007 01:02 PM

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

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                Yum2MyTum RE: millygirl Dec 4, 2007 01:35 PM

                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.

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                  JamieK RE: Yum2MyTum Dec 4, 2007 01:44 PM

                  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.

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                    torontofoodiegirl RE: JamieK Jan 20, 2008 02:08 PM

                    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.

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                      Yum2MyTum RE: torontofoodiegirl Mar 13, 2008 06:10 AM

                      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!

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                T Long RE: wordsworth Dec 4, 2007 01:07 PM

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

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                pinstripeprincess RE: Mila Jan 20, 2008 03:05 PM

                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. pescatarian RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:51 AM

                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.

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                  hungryabbey RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:52 AM

                  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.

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                    phoenikia RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:54 AM

                    Tabule on Yonge north of Davisville.

                    1. Splendid Wine Snob RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:56 AM

                      My mom's kitchen in Northern Ontario for wild game (does that count? :)

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                        looniePincher RE: Splendid Wine Snob Nov 30, 2007 10:03 AM

                        Wow! Almost a reply a minute! Thanks for all the replies so far--after checking some of the restos' websites, this is exactly what I was looking for. I think some real gems are emerging.
                        (BTW, phoenikia--4 votes = cheating!) ; )

                        Pescatarian, I was going to say I agree with you on Tov-Li, but that would count as 2 votes, so I'll keep my mouth shut. :)

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                          phoenikia RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 10:30 AM

                          I re-read your initial post, and changed my reply to just 1 restaurant;)

                      2. estufarian RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 10:07 AM

                        Every time I travel, upon returning, my first stop is Linda's (Thai) at Yonge/Dundas.

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                          scarborough RE: estufarian Feb 27, 2010 10:12 AM

                          Ditto, except I usually get my fix downstairs at Salad King (or Linda's in Don Mills Centre)

                        2. pinstripeprincess RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 10:28 AM

                          i nearly never have a place that ends up being my "go to" but lately i've either over done it at or end up going back to pho phuong at dundas and brock.

                          fantastic vietnamese food, puts the rest to shame in the city. the banh khot is addicting.

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                            millygirl RE: pinstripeprincess Nov 30, 2007 11:02 AM

                            Ohmigod, this is a tough one!!! I'll have to think about it for awhile and get back to you. Would it be cheating to vote for one lunch place and one dinner spot :) ???

                          2. Googs RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 11:18 AM

                            Of all the places I dine at, it's Hernando's Hideaway on Yonge at Wellesley that I go to after a long while away or after a particularly hard day. The people there treat me like family. It's very comforting.

                            1. orangewasabi RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 12:15 PM

                              Jerusalem on Eglington West

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                                peppermint pate RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 12:38 PM

                                Well before, I would have said brunch at Sugar but since the thread implies a restaurant whose doors are still open...boo hoo...I'll go with Terroni. I like all locations but my "go to" hangout is the one at Balmoral.

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                                  Rabbit RE: peppermint pate Dec 1, 2007 06:15 AM

                                  Another vote for Terroni... Queen Street West location... at the bar/counter.

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                                  todc1996 RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 12:40 PM

                                  many will disagree with me i know but...
                                  starfish

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                                    looniePincher RE: todc1996 Dec 3, 2007 06:40 AM

                                    actually, from reading some of the other posts on starfish, I think many would agree with you.

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                                    Pincus RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 12:40 PM

                                    I have to say Quattro Raggaze (Danforth near Coxwell).

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                                      pearlD RE: Pincus Nov 30, 2007 12:49 PM

                                      Roma Ristorante...1090 Bloor Street West at Gladstone (one block east of Dufferin)

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                                        piccola RE: pearlD Nov 30, 2007 09:11 PM

                                        What specifically do you like at Roma? I live just nearby, but I've never tried it.

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                                          JamieK RE: piccola Nov 30, 2007 09:22 PM

                                          Exellent pizza!

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                                          1090 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1M6, CA

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                                            piccola RE: JamieK Dec 1, 2007 04:28 AM

                                            Oh, even better! Just what I was looking for.

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                                              pearlD RE: piccola Dec 1, 2007 05:48 AM

                                              They also make a really good 'roma' salad...better in the summer when produce is local but still...........
                                              The Pizza is really good (I like a 'white' pizza with goat cheese the best!)
                                              When I am craving that 'mama' flavour I order Gnocchi...don't know if they are home made but the Tomato sauce is excellent.
                                              They use a lot of fresh garlic..sometimes to the extreme....ask them to be 'light' or you'll be warding off vampires for a month!

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                                              SherylKirby RE: JamieK Dec 4, 2007 12:28 PM

                                              The pizza has been odd the last few times we've ordered from Roma - still good, but not quite the quality they were producing 5 years ago,

                                              I also agree with PearlD about the Roma salad - the best part being that I've never had exactly the same salad twice. There;'s different stuff in there every time.

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                                                pearlD RE: SherylKirby Dec 4, 2007 05:37 PM

                                                Just came home from Roma...had the Roma Salad...even at this time of year the salad was good...had Gnocchi (sadly a bit gummy tonight)Husband had Pizza...lots of pepperoni (as we don't get in in Jamaica) shshsh...don't tell...we have packed some in the suitcase! He said the Pizza was as good as usual...Roma is our usual goodbye/hello Toronto restaurant among other things. Used to be dinner upstairs at Senior's (Yonge Street) BBQ Ribs and all the sides! Just stopped going I don't know why.....perhaps the Ribs were too well done the last couple of times.........so for us "Roma Rules"!!!

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                                                  hungry_pangolin RE: pearlD Dec 5, 2007 06:16 AM

                                                  Where is it now?

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                                                    pearlD RE: hungry_pangolin Dec 5, 2007 07:06 AM

                                                    Roma Ristorante aka Roma Pizza
                                                    1090 Bloor Street West,
                                                    1 block east of Dufferin (at Gladstone)

                                                    or did you mean "Senior's"? Yonge Street corner of Pleasant Blvd. (east side, South of St. Clair.)

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                                                      hungry_pangolin RE: pearlD Dec 5, 2007 07:25 AM

                                                      Thanks for that. I meant Roma, sorry. I've read about it on the boards here, and it does sound good. I must try it.

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                                        Lizzie RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 12:54 PM

                                        Tomi Kro (Leslieville) for almost anything and Queen Mother (Queen & McCaul) for the ping gai.

                                        1. JamieK RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 01:18 PM

                                          Henry's Fish House, Ogden's Beach Rd, Midland

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                                          Henry's Fish House
                                          3282 Ogden's Beach Rd, Tay, ON L0K, CA

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                                            estufarian RE: JamieK Dec 1, 2007 04:03 AM

                                            I speculate you're into nostalgia - not food! (Joking - I respect your many other posts). But why not if you've been away for 30 years?
                                            Not my favourite meal of all-time (and never tempted to return).

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                                              JamieK RE: estufarian Dec 1, 2007 05:04 AM

                                              I know, I think you've mentioned your thoughts on Henry's before. But based on OP's criteria, that's what I came up with. I don't have a "go to" in TO and we go to Henry's every summer at least once.

                                              Nostalgia may indeed play a role but I love the battered fresh pickerel, the fries, the cole slaw and baked beans (the "shore lunch"). Quaffed down with a cold Creemore lager from the tap. I like the family-style service when we all order the same lunch, which we do. And the service has always been friendly and warm.

                                              We enjoy looking out over the marina at the boaters (we're not) and their million-dollar babies. And watching the thieving seagulls waiting for a chance to swoop down on leftovers.

                                              That, and spicy Mueller sausages hot off the grill (also accompanied by Creemore), is summer to me. And I miss it!

                                          2. Charles Yu RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 02:21 PM

                                            High end - Splendido
                                            Seafood - Starfish
                                            Chinese - Fantasy Eatery
                                            Japanese - Cafe Michi
                                            Mid/low price - Pastis Express
                                            Italian - Il Mulino

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                                              caitlink RE: Charles Yu Nov 30, 2007 02:58 PM

                                              For chinese, I still like Magic Wok in Markham.

                                            2. TorontoJo RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 02:28 PM

                                              El Bodegon for my comfort food fix.

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                                                obstructionist RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 03:22 PM

                                                Sauvignon.

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                                                  food_lover RE: obstructionist Nov 30, 2007 04:52 PM

                                                  Agra
                                                  Me Va Me (the restaurant not the take out place)

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                                                    ciaociao RE: food_lover Nov 30, 2007 06:07 PM

                                                    Toba - King and Sherbourne. Great food, great service - even if they are busy. Enjoyed it many times for dinner plus had a lovely brunch there.

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                                                      looniePincher RE: food_lover Dec 3, 2007 06:38 AM

                                                      The dip platter is amazing at Me Va Me!

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                                                        wordsworth RE: food_lover Dec 4, 2007 12:36 PM

                                                        Agra is great if you like dried and tasteless tandoori. Honest, they don't come much worse that that place.

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                                                      Sandybandy RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 08:15 PM

                                                      My low-end "go to" place is California Sandwiches..the one I always end up at is in Woodbridge at Hwy 7 and Weston Rd. I'm vegetarian so for me the Eggplant Parm sandwich is worth the drive every time....I even dream about it sometimes hahaha.

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                                                        LemonLauren RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:08 PM

                                                        low end - SABABA
                                                        girls night out - INSOMNIA
                                                        good food and good variety - MEZZETA
                                                        OMG i want a burger - UTOPIA
                                                        AYCE sushi - SUSHI ISLAND

                                                        i can't choose just one.

                                                        apparently, i like restos that end with "A".

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                                                          piccola RE: LemonLauren Nov 30, 2007 09:13 PM

                                                          What makes Insomnia a good girls' night place? I've been looking for somewhere to go with my former roommates...

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                                                            LemonLauren RE: piccola Dec 1, 2007 04:00 AM

                                                            for my girls, first and foremost it's affordability - mains are under $15/12 across the board. vibe is happening (for lack of a better word) - a mid-twenties crowd of couples and friends, chatting, good backgroup music, cool use of lighting, nice modern art on the exposed brick walls, and a swanky area with couches in the back. food is plentiful and generally good - the crab cakes are so good they make me cry, and they do a lot of tapas-ish stuff for sharing. and, they have a two page martini list that makes excellent use of fruity and fun liquers. that says girls night to me!

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                                                              piccola RE: LemonLauren Dec 1, 2007 04:27 AM

                                                              Perfect! Problem solved - thanks.

                                                        2. skylineR33 RE: looniePincher Nov 30, 2007 09:19 PM

                                                          Lunch with Chirashi sushi at Japango - best lunch deal if you are looking for fresh sushi, $12.95 with soup and salad.

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                                                            hungry_pangolin RE: looniePincher Dec 1, 2007 06:25 AM

                                                            The Town Grill (243 Carlton), before and after the change of ownership. Solid bistro.
                                                            The House on Parliament (456 Parliament). Solid pub with adventurous cuisine. (However, Andrew Loft, the chef, has recently left and not yet been replaced. They have had great luck over the years with their kitchen staff, so I hope that they find someone who will maintain the quality. My dinner yesterday was only a B.)
                                                            Pastis Express.

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                                                              hungryabbey RE: hungry_pangolin Dec 1, 2007 08:37 AM

                                                              eek, what did you have that was a B at HOP? i was thinking of going this weekend, perhaps i should wait

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                                                                hungry_pangolin RE: hungryabbey Dec 1, 2007 05:40 PM

                                                                It was funny, in the 'odd' sense. The dish read as though it was theoretically Andrew Loft, but the execution was not. It was veal scallopini in a red wine and mushroom sauce with gnocchi in a gorgonzola sauce, and some grilled veg. The gnocchi were tough, over cooked, the gorgonzola sauce was indifferent, and the veal was a bit tough. I remain loyal, but vigilent. I hope that it was just a blip.

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                                                                  hungryabbey RE: hungry_pangolin Dec 1, 2007 06:14 PM

                                                                  hm, that too bad .. was it a special or has their menu changed?

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                                                                    hungry_pangolin RE: hungryabbey Dec 2, 2007 06:11 AM

                                                                    The menu is currently unchanged. It was a special of the sort that you would recognise on paper. As I said, it wasn't the concept that was lacking, it was the execution.

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                                                                      hungryabbey RE: hungry_pangolin Dec 2, 2007 06:51 AM

                                                                      Hm, thats too bad, I hope their prime rib is still good , and the pulled pork :S

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                                                                        hungry_pangolin RE: hungryabbey Dec 2, 2007 10:43 AM

                                                                        I don't think that those items will suffer. Those recipes and techniques are tried and true. It's more the specials that Andrew Loft, and Joan Olsen before him, developed, that might suffer. Perhaps Milan will step up to the plate, but I doubt that he's interested.

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                                                                          pearlD RE: hungryabbey Jan 21, 2008 06:06 AM

                                                                          Was looking back at this old thread and this reply from 'hungryabbey' caught my eye......I am always looking for a good place to eat Prime Rib...please tell me about The Town Grill....this is a place that I have heard about but don't know anyone who's been there...looking forward to a good description because I LOVE A PRIME RIB ROAST!!!

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                                                                gps_shag RE: looniePincher Dec 1, 2007 07:32 AM

                                                                New Generation sushi at Bloor and Brunswick Ave. HUGE maki, low prices.

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                                                                  Yum2MyTum RE: looniePincher Dec 1, 2007 12:25 PM

                                                                  Great thread idea. But I can't name just one!

                                                                  "Uptown": Ruby's Chinese Restaurant (McCowan and Finch). Reasonable pricing and some of the best Cantonese in Toronto, IMHO.

                                                                  "Downtown / Midtown": Le Paradis. (Avenue and Davenport). Good value for money, solid bouillabaisse, delicious house made tarts.

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

                                                                  1. CanadaSweetheart RE: looniePincher Dec 1, 2007 01:29 PM

                                                                    My vote goes to Kubo Radio on Queen East. Asian fusion - always interesting - and their sake martinis are delish!

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                                                                      zoohort2 RE: looniePincher Dec 1, 2007 01:43 PM

                                                                      Ethiopian House

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                                                                      4 Irwin Ave, Toronto, ON M4Y1K9, CA

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                                                                        snackboy RE: looniePincher Dec 2, 2007 01:09 AM

                                                                        Hi Loonie,

                                                                        I love the thread!! . . . For me and my friends it's gatheing at our favourite greasy spoon on a weekend morning after a night out ...Sneaky D's baby!! . . . I love their breakfast and their nachos . . . The owner and staff are great there as well...

                                                                        SB

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                                                                          Bee2 RE: snackboy Dec 2, 2007 05:52 AM

                                                                          Konnichiwa on Baldwin and Terroni on Queen.

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                                                                          thebutcher RE: looniePincher Dec 2, 2007 08:27 AM

                                                                          Ferro on St.Clair West

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                                                                            snoobie RE: looniePincher Dec 2, 2007 10:26 AM

                                                                            Marvellous Edibles. It never disappoints. They are great in modifying any recipe. I always ask them to limit the oil and salt. They are fully responsive.

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                                                                              juno RE: snoobie Dec 2, 2007 01:30 PM

                                                                              One of the most appealing threads on this board in quite a while.
                                                                              It's hard to pick just one joint - a lot depends on my mood, my finances, who I might be with and how much I feel like driving - but if I ABSOLUTELY MUST pick one, I guess it's Mashu Mashu, a casual middle-Eastern-type spot on Spadina Rd. between St. Clair and Eglinton Aves. I've probably gone there more often in the past couple of years than any other resto. Lentil soup, filet of baked rainbow trout with flavored rice, and Mashu-Mashu salad. Not great dining, but very, very satisfying, at affordable prices and good service by an alert young staff in a modern setting.

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                                                                                millygirl RE: snoobie Dec 3, 2007 12:40 PM

                                                                                snoobie, I've been meaning to check this place out for dinner. We go for brunch all the time and love their frites. The dinner menu has so many options which have you had and recommend?? Do you require reservations for dinner? We love the food but sometimes I find the staff not entirely friendly, have you ever felt this?

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                                                                                  snoobie RE: millygirl Apr 12, 2008 02:38 PM

                                                                                  I have never been disappointed and have been there many times. Ioften eat their tiger shrimp dish with pasta... It is fabulous. I like their jerk chicken and their lamb shank. Ask them to reduce the oil when they cook. They have a great apple and cranberry cake. I think it is the best in the city... I feel like going there tonight......

                                                                              2. domesticgodess RE: looniePincher Dec 2, 2007 02:11 PM

                                                                                thanks to chowhound...here would be my list:
                                                                                ayce sushi: sushi island
                                                                                burgers: utopia
                                                                                sandwich: the fish sandwich shoppe on college (hey all three restaurants are on college..LOL)
                                                                                falafel: me-va- me
                                                                                pizza: panago (bay and gerrard)
                                                                                beer:. beer bistro
                                                                                girls night out: ultra supper club

                                                                                I'm getting hungry..LOL

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                                                                                  canadianbeaver RE: domesticgodess Mar 20, 2008 08:04 AM

                                                                                  Panago is amazing! Their Deluxe Hawaiian is so good.

                                                                                2. T Long RE: looniePincher Dec 2, 2007 02:40 PM

                                                                                  Great thread....but I think it would be so much better if everyone just followed the OP's request to pick ONE go-to favorite only...

                                                                                  For me, my one choice would be Café Arc De Triomphe at Cummer and Yonge, between Finch and Steeles. They specialize in Hong Kong style Western menus with a French cooking flair....bit upscale from its contemporaries, but still reasonably priced....eg Lunch specials are generally under $10 including soup and tea/coffee.

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                                                                                    tweenietoes RE: T Long Dec 2, 2007 03:05 PM

                                                                                    Is this the Arc De Triomphe at the Leslie/Finch Plaza? I know that one closed many months back and was replace by one of those pan-Asian (a la Spring Rolls) restaurants called Rice Paper. Ever since it closed and my other fav HK-style western place up at Bayview/HWY 7 shut down, I've had a hankering for some good HK western food.

                                                                                    My go-to place is definitely "Chicken & Noodles Chinese Restaurant" at Sheppard and Kennedy. Their corn and taro congee is the ultimate comfort food for me. Great for a sunday morning! The "Dan Dan" noodles (noodles with a peanuty sauce) with a couple deep fried pork chops are amazing too.

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                                                                                      T Long RE: tweenietoes Dec 2, 2007 04:35 PM

                                                                                      tweenietoes: I don't know if its the same, as I had never gone to the one at Leslie/Finch, but I've been going to the one at Cummer/Yonge (in the Food Basic Mall) for about a year now.... and given the uniqueness of the name, my guess would be that it is the same but relocated. Not the best HK western food I've had in the GTA...that would have been the little place at the corner of Yonge and Clark (ground fl of a medical bldg) that closed over a year ago, but the best I've found that's still around. Most of the customers are ethnic Chinese and I think a high percentage are regulars. The good thing for me is that the menus are in English....always a good sign!! Now if I could only find a great Cdn-Chinese food place with superior egg rolls.

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                                                                                        tweenietoes RE: T Long Dec 3, 2007 04:47 PM

                                                                                        thanks T Long! that's good to know. yeah, I've got to start searching for more HK western places once I get the time.

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                                                                                          T Long RE: tweenietoes Dec 4, 2007 12:25 PM

                                                                                          Hey tweenietoes: Just wanted to mention 2 other places offering HK western that I enjoy. In downtown Toronto on Dundas, East of Spadina (on 2nd floor) is Hong Kong Harbour and in Scarborough there is D&R Wings in the Bamburgh Circle Mall (Near Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant). Both have their features....HK Harbour for its location (don't know of another HK western place downtown) and D&R Wings for value for your money.

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                                                                                            tweenietoes RE: T Long Dec 4, 2007 04:11 PM

                                                                                            HK Harbour is a great tip! and yes, I have been to D&R Wings on a couple of occasions (love their red bean ice)...don't quite know why it never became a regular place for me, but usually i'm in that area for Pho 88, which is my go-to place for pho.

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                                                                                      apricotcake RE: T Long Feb 4, 2010 01:16 AM

                                                                                      I went to Café Arc De Triomphe along with my SO recently. I ordered the creamy seafood pasta and he ordered a curry noodle soup dish. Both were bland and kinda gross. The sauce on mine tasted like it came out of a can, and his smelled great but tasted like instant noodles. HK style tea was good and strong but it tasted an awful lot like Lipton's instant milk tea. I'm willing to give the place another try, but I don't want to be disappointed again, so what do you recommend? On a side note, this place has the BEST decor, it's so kitschy.

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                                                                                        T Long RE: apricotcake Aug 21, 2010 07:09 AM

                                                                                        Hi apricotcake: I've only been back to Café Arc De Triomphe once in the last year. The dish I liked the most in the past was a Chicken in Cream Sauce dish that was on their daily special list. It was not on the list the last time I was there, so I had their steak special which was quite chewy, so not that good. The HK style places I've been going to lately include D&R Wings which I've mentioned before and the restaurant in the Monte Carlo Inn in Markham (Woodbine Ave) which does the stuff a little more upscale...prices included.

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                                                                                      fickle RE: looniePincher Dec 2, 2007 04:07 PM

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                                                                                        Food4201 RE: looniePincher Dec 2, 2007 04:30 PM

                                                                                        North 44 Yonge & Eglinton (when every possible) or Mama Martinos on the Queensway around Royal York

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                                                                                          n8tr_grl RE: Food4201 May 22, 2008 08:34 PM

                                                                                          Mama Martinos got worse every time until a year ago i vowed never to return. Everything over-salted and atrociously unprofessional service

                                                                                        2. Recyclor RE: looniePincher Dec 3, 2007 05:13 AM

                                                                                          Though it gets panned more than not on these boards now, if I was out of town I would probally really miss Gandhi Roti, and once back would get one in hopes it was what they once were...

                                                                                          1. vorpal RE: looniePincher Dec 3, 2007 07:04 AM

                                                                                            It's not my favourite restaurant by any stretch, but I'd have to say Young Thailand. Really, it's mostly for sentimental reasons: it was the first restaurant I went to in Toronto, and it was the place that made me finally broaden my culinary horizons (the most ethnic I was willing to go before that point was lemon chicken at a Chinese buffet). I also have a lot of fond memories of dinners there with friends and family.

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                                                                                              vorpal RE: vorpal Jan 24, 2008 05:34 PM

                                                                                              Oh, and while this might raise some eyebrows, also Seabreeze Chinese Food, Tokyo Grill, Dukem, and Batifole. If I leave Toronto, those four will probably be the places I miss the most, each for their own reason.

                                                                                            2. spades RE: looniePincher Dec 3, 2007 10:21 AM

                                                                                              This will probably result in a chorus of eye rolling from Thai afficionados, but if I don't feel like screwing around and just want a comfortable, decent meal at a decent price, I know I will get it at Linda (NOT Salad King). Yonge/Gould, upstairs from Salad King. It's quite nice in there, too. A welcome respite from the madness downstairs.

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                                                                                                Googs RE: spades Dec 3, 2007 10:23 AM

                                                                                                Hey Spades, its about your go-to place, not necessarily what others would consider the best place in town. Its far more personal. For goodness sakes, I picked Hernando's!

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                                                                                                  orangewasabi RE: Googs Dec 3, 2007 10:43 AM

                                                                                                  Too true, Googs.

                                                                                                  When I've been out of town for a while, the places I go to 'ground' myself when I finally get back are never the high end places.

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                                                                                                    looniePincher RE: orangewasabi Dec 5, 2007 10:07 AM

                                                                                                    Exactly. The whole point of this thread was to get people thinking and talking about that one place that we all have but that may be unique to yourself....That place may invariably be different for different people and no one should have to feel the need to justify or defend their selection.

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                                                                                                gwill3 RE: looniePincher Dec 4, 2007 05:30 AM

                                                                                                My favourites are very open to change - recently ate at Siji on Dundas and was very impressed. Being adventurous the chance to eat 'live uni' was one I couldn't pass up, and the sashimi appetizer was more varied than other places I've tried. They seem to have a good source for very fresh seafood, and spend time on the presentation.

                                                                                                1. icey RE: looniePincher Dec 4, 2007 06:38 AM

                                                                                                  Yangs Sushi & Teppanyaki
                                                                                                  Vaughan Mills Plaza....in the same plaza as Montanas

                                                                                                  1. laurelmcg RE: looniePincher Dec 4, 2007 08:09 AM

                                                                                                    Lately, my go-to has been Sheba at College & Bath. Consistently fantastic!

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                                                                                                      DRD RE: looniePincher Dec 4, 2007 08:09 AM

                                                                                                      Weezies - King & Power - in one word: "comfort"

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                                                                                                        alisonb RE: looniePincher Dec 4, 2007 10:40 AM

                                                                                                        sorry, two faves:
                                                                                                        LaPalette on augusta south of college.
                                                                                                        JKWB chuch and front.

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                                                                                                          torontofoodiegirl RE: alisonb Jan 20, 2008 02:19 PM

                                                                                                          I second Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar. I don't get there nearly as often as I'd like but I have NEVER been disappointed by a meal there and would be so sad if it was no longer an option....

                                                                                                        2. SherylKirby RE: looniePincher Dec 4, 2007 12:31 PM

                                                                                                          Not necessarily the best food, but if we're stuck and can't come up with anything else, Rhino. The food is passable and the beer is plentiful and cheap, making this our "go to" when all else fails.

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                                                                                                            Sooo Goood RE: looniePincher Dec 4, 2007 05:30 PM

                                                                                                            Aunties and Uncles! Consistently good!

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                                                                                                              tochipotle RE: looniePincher Dec 5, 2007 07:22 AM

                                                                                                              Utopia

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                                                                                                                bluedog RE: looniePincher Dec 5, 2007 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                Aji Sai on Danforth. Its close, the whole family likes it, good quality for the price and friendly service (if sometimes spotty when it gets busy). Nothing fancy, but its satisfying.

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                                                                                                                  Foodiesmith RE: looniePincher Dec 5, 2007 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                  Great Thread idea...

                                                                                                                  In the spirit of a go to place that I would miss and have to hit if I left Toronto: North Pole Bakery for their Canoli's, Danforth Pizza House for a pizza and Smokeless Joe's for a beer. And if I was feeling like something a litle more refined, I would hit FARE on Queen east.

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                                                                                                                    snoobie RE: looniePincher Jan 24, 2008 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                    Marvellous Edibles on Laird never disappoints.... We have been going for years.

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                                                                                                                      JamieK RE: snoobie Jan 24, 2008 04:59 PM

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                                                                                                                        millygirl RE: snoobie Jan 26, 2008 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                        Hey snoobie, have you ever had dinner there? We go for brunch regularly and love it but never been for dinner.

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                                                                                                                        artificialard RE: looniePincher Jan 26, 2008 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                        For a dining experience, The Rosebud. Not always perfect but I'm never unsatisfied after a meal.

                                                                                                                        For more immediate needs, Sushi 930. Oh man, when I'm hungry and tired after work it's just amazing.

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                                                                                                                          JPJ RE: artificialard Apr 23, 2009 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                          I second the Rosebud, the food there never fails to put me in a good mood. It is sophisticated comfort food.

                                                                                                                          Someone else mentioned the Niagra Street Cafe and I would put that at the top of my list too. I have never had a single bad dish there and I have been many, many times.

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                                                                                                                            beaver2009 RE: artificialard Oct 17, 2009 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                            Sushi 930 is my favorite place. They never disappointed me. Superb quality and variety of fish. As a Japanese, I have no tolerance to poorly prepared sushi. Since I found Sushi 930, I stopped trying different sushi shops.

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                                                                                                                            LemonLauren RE: looniePincher Jan 26, 2008 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                            a new one for the cheap kids who like the red room like me: Nirvana, just east of Bathurst on the north side of College - nice ambiance, nice sangria, nice avocado and brie sandwiches...

                                                                                                                            1. Webdude RE: looniePincher Jan 26, 2008 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                              I'm putting in a vote for Jean's Vegetarian (near Danforth and Coxwell). Amazing variety of freshly-made vegetarian food, unpretentious atmosphere (and prices!) and the nicest owners in the city.

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                                                                                                                                pgroom RE: looniePincher Mar 12, 2008 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                When in the College St. area, I can't miss Utopia, but don't know why people keep voting for Sushi Island - it's been going downhill for months IMHO.

                                                                                                                                But if I could pick only one place in TO it would be Smokeless Joes on John St. Amazing oysters, best soups, a beer selection to die for, and the friendliest staff to compliment the cozy atmosphere. It's small, but it is my home away from home.

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                                                                                                                                  Wil RE: looniePincher Mar 13, 2008 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                  Great thread, whenever travelling for a long time, we always go to Congee Wong!!!

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                                                                                                                                    grandgourmand RE: Wil Mar 13, 2008 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                    It gets mixed reviews, but for Pakistani/Indian food, it's Lahore Tikka house for me.
                                                                                                                                    Batifole for bistro fare.
                                                                                                                                    Allen's for beer and better than average pub fare.
                                                                                                                                    Wheat Sheaf for after a softball game for some pitchers of beer and wings.

                                                                                                                                    Ok, that's four spots, I'll stop.

                                                                                                                                  2. sloweater RE: looniePincher Mar 13, 2008 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                    The Hart House Gallery Grill never disappoints. Beautiful room, high ceilings, original art, and great food and service to boot. Sadly, they only do lunch and brunch during the school year, but it's worth the trip, particularly for the desserts.

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                                                                                                                                      JamieK RE: sloweater Mar 13, 2008 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                                      any tips on where to park around there?

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                                                                                                                                        sloweater RE: JamieK Mar 20, 2008 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                        Sorry for the late reply... You can park on King's College Circle on the university campus. It is accessible off of Queen's Park. There is also a parking lot, albeit small, off of Harbord between Queens Park and St George.

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                                                                                                                                          JamieK RE: sloweater Mar 20, 2008 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                          thanks sloweater, I ended up parking on the circle no problem, but expensive!

                                                                                                                                          That was my first time to Gallery Grill and you are so right --- beautiful room, great food and really great service. We ended up having the cheese plate though instead of dessert. Would definitely go back.

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                                                                                                                                            sloweater RE: JamieK Mar 20, 2008 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                            Glad you enjoyed it. I've been going for years and it continues to provide great food and service.

                                                                                                                                            Do they still have cassoulet on the menu? Haven't been in a while and mean to get back before the cassoulet is off for spring.

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                                                                                                                                              JamieK RE: sloweater Mar 20, 2008 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                                              Yes, indeed, cassoulet was on the menu a week ago --- duck confit, lamb merguez, braised pork, Great Northern Beans. Suggested pairing with Chateau Grand Moulin syrah/grenache.

                                                                                                                                              No I don't have a phenomenal memory, quite the opposite. I took a menu home with me ;->

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                                                                                                                                                JamieK RE: JamieK Mar 20, 2008 02:13 PM

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                                                                                                                                                  sloweater RE: JamieK Mar 30, 2008 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I went a couple of days ago and had the Cassoulet. It's still as good as ever. I had the Norm Hardie Pinot Noir with it instead of the corbieres... not bad, but the wine is a little too pricey at $18 a 5oz glass.

                                                                                                                                                  The upside down apple cake was tasty too.

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                                                                                                                                                  gijoeanne RE: JamieK May 23, 2008 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                  How do you get away with doing that??? I've been tempted to do so more than once, but very few fit into my purse...

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                                                                                                                                                    JamieK RE: gijoeanne May 23, 2008 02:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                    At the Gallery Grill, it's not a fancy schmancy menu. They print off a new one every day using a template I guess but changing the menu items. On 8.5x11 sheet of paper, folded. There's a date on the menu so I suppose at the end of the day they shred and throw them in recycling.

                                                                                                                                                    I simply asked to keep mine and the waiter quickly offered everyone else at the table a menu to keep. It fit easily in my jacket pocket.

                                                                                                                                                    It's the same deal at JK Gardiner, a dated new menu every day, so I brought that home too.

                                                                                                                                                    I like to keep them as reminders and reference. And as both GG & JKG's menus suggest wine pairings, they give me ideas for wine pairings at home!

                                                                                                                                      2. TOchowgal RE: looniePincher Mar 20, 2008 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                        I love sushi! Its my fave and I can almost have it everyday.

                                                                                                                                        My current go to place is Big Sushi on Bloor, West of Spadina - actually sort of next to Sushi Time.

                                                                                                                                        I love their sushi rolls - they have a deal (not sure if they still do) for $13 - spicy salmon roll, spicy tuna roll and 3 pieces of salmon sushi. I get the booth at the back, order some tea, sit down with a good book and enjoy my food.

                                                                                                                                        I love going here!

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                                                                                                                                          neighborguy RE: TOchowgal May 3, 2009 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                          My preferred Sushi place is New Generation.

                                                                                                                                          I actually came to this posting from a search for Sushi Time. But not the one on Bloor, and not sure if they are related, but the one on Queen west. Was there the other night -- was in the area and needed to grab a quick bite and wanted to try something (other than Ho Su, our usual when around Queen/John, which is not bad at all.) It was terrible. Unspeakably so. The quality of the 'food' and it's preparation, presentation, all was just blech...Has anyone here on the board used the term 'McSushi?' If not just go to this place for the definition. So not chow-worthy.

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                                                                                                                                            staceya02 RE: TOchowgal Feb 26, 2010 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                            I Love big sushi too! I go every week with a big group of people... i generally go veggie so no complaints about not-great fish, which i know i've heard before - or I get a bento box... how can you complain when you get 2 full meal's worth of food in one box for 10 bucks??

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                                                                                                                                            RoryLR RE: looniePincher Mar 20, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                            I second La Palette (on Augusta, near College): http://www.lapalette.ca/

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                                                                                                                                            1. Davedigger RE: looniePincher Mar 20, 2008 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                              Mistura at Ave and Dav for me. Consistently yummy and fantastic service. It's always a feel-good evening when we go there.

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                                                                                                                                                LYuan RE: looniePincher Mar 24, 2008 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                Il Mulino - Bathurst and Eglinton...(Gnocci or Smoked Duck Linguini)

                                                                                                                                                - or -

                                                                                                                                                Mistura - Avenue and Davenport...(Terrific take on caprese and the kobe steak is fantastic!)

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                                                                                                                                                  JToronto RE: looniePincher Mar 26, 2008 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I'd like to say something sophisticated like Perigee or North 44 (both of which I do love), but the truth is that most often I end up at The Boulevard Cafe (Harbord Street) especially in the summer.... love that patio and they have the best pisco sour in the city.

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                                                                                                                                                    Wahooty RE: JToronto Apr 24, 2009 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I love that patio too. I kicked off my personal patio season last year there, and just did the same today for Patio '09. I've actually never eaten indoors there, but it just hits the spot when I want to park somewhere and have a glass of wine or sangria (or two) over a lazy lunch. I'll sit there and people-watch over my anticuchos, or take work to ponder over my salad when I can't stand being in the lab on a sunny Friday. I've also never taken anyone there because if they didn't like it it would somehow be tainted. Which I suppose is how I define my "Go To" place. :)

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                                                                                                                                                    vintage RE: looniePincher Mar 29, 2008 10:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I love the fact that this thread is still rolling and also some of the mentions that I will be sure to try!

                                                                                                                                                    It's a challenge to pick just one but I think I'm going to have to go with Restorante Pinocchio in Etobicoke at Islington and Dundas[ http://www.ristorantepinocchio.com/ ] as one of the very best overall for me over the years. Oh how I love their Alfredo style fettuccine (Fettuccine Pinocchio) !!

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                                                                                                                                                      juliewong RE: looniePincher Mar 30, 2008 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Excluding all the comfort food spots that I frequent, when Mr and I want a really nice meal it is Mye Japanese or Olivers both in Oakville. ( We live in Mississauga) Both are on the expensive side when you add drinks and wine however I can order anything off the menu and it will be great.

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                                                                                                                                                        Le Paradis for me...

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                                                                                                                                                          LTL RE: deejsylvis Mar 31, 2008 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I live nearby. What do you recommend from there?

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                                                                                                                                                            Cafe Pleiade (http://www.cafepleiade.com/
                                                                                                                                                            )557 Mount Pleasant Rd. Toronto, Ontario M4S 2M5 416-486-5207

                                                                                                                                                            - on Mt. Pleasant, south of Eglinton

                                                                                                                                                            I've never been disappointed.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Fizz RE: looniePincher Apr 2, 2008 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                              If I need food to comfort me, and staff to pamper me, I always go to Fieramosca on Prince Arthur. I never order from the menu, I just tell the staff what I'm craving and they throw something together, and always throw in extras on the house.

                                                                                                                                                              Lately I've been firmly planted on a bar stool at the Harbourd Room.

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                                                                                                                                                                mac n cheeze RE: looniePincher Apr 2, 2008 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                My consistent go to place, for food, wine, atmosphere has always been JKWB. I worked/lived in NYC for many years and when I came back to Toronto on business, that is where I aways wanted to go and now that I am permanently back in Toronto, Mr Cheeze and I, as well as friends, often go.

                                                                                                                                                                Recently, I have also been turned onto Hooks Grill in Port Credit - good fish at a good price

                                                                                                                                                                1. jfranklin RE: looniePincher Apr 14, 2008 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Kowloon Dim Sum. In hungry, out full -- all with major satisfaction! Check 'em out.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Pincus RE: jfranklin May 23, 2008 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh my God. I phoned and confirmed that they are the same Kowloon that was on Dundas Street so long ago. I loved their Dundas location, I will definitely be heading out there to try them out! Thanks for posting this!

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                                                                                                                                                                      deelicious RE: Pincus May 25, 2008 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Have to disagree bigtime. Kowloon on Baldwin is some of the worst re-heated dim sum I have had in the city. If you notice the place is mostly empty as it was when I visited 11:30am on a recent Saturday or Sunday, you will realize that there is GOOD reason it isn't busy.

                                                                                                                                                                      I suggest Rol San on Spadina for fresh great Dim Sum. There is also a place on Dundas just west of Spadina on the north side street level that I have now been to about 8 times. It is excellent most of the time - enough that I keep going back. Very tasty and fresh. The 2 times it disappointed was because some plates were over steamed with mushy textures. So it is a bit risky to try but being the next best to Rol San downtown, I think it is worth it. I don't know the name and will try to add it to this thread.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Pincus RE: deelicious May 26, 2008 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I am remembering what was, not necessarily what is. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                          deelicious RE: Pincus May 26, 2008 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Sorry Pincus, my response was to jfranklin. I was never at the Dundas location...that I am aware of.

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                                                                                                                                                                          pinstripeprincess RE: deelicious May 27, 2008 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          how far west? past huron? i've started going to the back of kim moon bakery for a cheap dimsum fix with all of it being fresh though not excellent but definitely great at the price.

                                                                                                                                                                          would love more options.

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                                                                                                                                                                            deelicious RE: pinstripeprincess May 27, 2008 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Hi,

                                                                                                                                                                            it is maybe a dozen doors west of spadina. it is a large place. when you walk in there are a few tables on the right side and most of the seating is on the left. big square room.

                                                                                                                                                                            hope you enjoy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                      irish lassey RE: looniePincher May 27, 2008 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      King's Noodles (Spadina and Dundas) Satisfy your congee cravings any day.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. janel RE: looniePincher Aug 21, 2008 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Italian - La Vecchia (Yonge and Eglinton)...love the penne alla vodka.
                                                                                                                                                                        Lebanese - Tabule (Yonge and Eglinton)
                                                                                                                                                                        Japanese - Sakawaya (Donlands and Danforth)
                                                                                                                                                                        Greek - Pantheon (Pape and Danforth)...love the calamari

                                                                                                                                                                        All reasonably priced places with good, authentic food.

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                                                                                                                                                                          anah RE: janel Sep 6, 2008 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I agree, Pantheon, has the BEST calamari.

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                                                                                                                                                                          tauceti RE: looniePincher Apr 23, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Don't see any Kingston restaurants on here! My favourite is Little Saigon in Kingston on Princess Street. I used to live above them; green curry with asparagus every time. I miss it so much!

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                                                                                                                                                                            towkay RE: tauceti May 20, 2009 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I am still looking for THE restaurant in the Kingston AREA!
                                                                                                                                                                            Any chow hounds around?

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                                                                                                                                                                              pinstripeprincess RE: towkay May 20, 2009 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              does wok-in still exist?

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                                                                                                                                                                                Delshan RE: towkay May 20, 2009 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Chez Piggy

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                                                                                                                                                                                  bluedog RE: towkay May 24, 2009 06:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Chien Noir. Never been to Luke's but heard good things...search this board.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    snoopyloopy RE: bluedog Jun 1, 2009 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    wok-in still exists, but for me it's Pat's restaurant (the original thai/cambodian in Kingston)

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                                                                                                                                                                                      neighborguy RE: snoopyloopy Aug 21, 2010 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Is this still the case? Passing through Ktown I noticed a few Thai/Cambodian (and Vietnamese) places.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Ediblethoughts RE: bluedog Oct 17, 2009 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      When I worked in Kingston for many weeks, I would go to CN once a week. And I generally don't like French food. Great ambiance too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Neverever RE: tauceti Jan 20, 2010 10:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    That's probably because kingston is a bit of a wasteland when it comes to restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Chez Piggy is not what it used to be.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Pan Chanco is mediocre at best..
                                                                                                                                                                                    The River Mill has turned into a retirement home cafeteria..
                                                                                                                                                                                    Chien Noir is alright, but it's pricey for what it is.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Casa Dominico is probably the best thing the town has going for it... what else is there, really?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      miketoronto RE: Neverever Feb 28, 2010 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Agree that Chez Piggy is a ghost of its former self, had a very mediocre and very expensive meal there recently. Pan Chancho has great bread and decent (albeit limited) prepared foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                      But don't say Kingston is a wasteland. Curry Original easily beats any Indian in Toronto. Atomica makes some tasty Italian. Casa Domenico is great, AquaTerra is expensive but great.

                                                                                                                                                                                      My go to in Kingston is admittedly Lone Star. Much better than the Front St location, amazing patio, plus I'm a former employee. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ttran88 RE: looniePincher Apr 25, 2009 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    great thread...

                                                                                                                                                                                    The Fish Shop on College for the sandwiches. The BEST sandwich in the city. I was just there last week and it tastes just as good as the first.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Big mentions to Marcellos at the Vaughan Mills plaza and Tsukiji Sushi Village on Main Street Markham. Great food and always great service at both.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Delshan RE: looniePincher May 4, 2009 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Cafe Polonez on Roncesvalles...Best Polish in Toronto...Unbelievable flavour and value

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                                                                                                                                                                                        kmacer RE: looniePincher May 17, 2009 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Utopia - College and Clinton. The best "burritos", but I hear the burgers and the nachos are killer too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          piccola RE: kmacer May 17, 2009 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't forget their soups.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. cynalan RE: looniePincher May 17, 2009 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Blacktree in Burlington. Chef Matteo Paonessa is into locavore cooking and offers up creative, intriguing, fusion cooking. One of the most interesting dishes I've tried is salmon gravalox served with marshmallow foam. Sounded bizarre so I just had to try it. 'Twas phenomenal. In addition, had the best foie gras appetizer there... seared foie gras with a cherry, port reduction... a match made in heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            bluedog RE: looniePincher May 25, 2009 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            This thread is so old now our goto place has changed....For a casual dinner, Lolita's Lust. Good food, well prepared, reasonably priced...for a fancier evening out, Globe Bistro. Never let me down despite some iffy reviews on this board and a few chef changes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              DLR14 RE: looniePincher Jun 1, 2009 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              go to italian: Terroni on Queen
                                                                                                                                                                                              go to french: Le Select on Wellington
                                                                                                                                                                                              go to sushi: Sushi on Bloor on Bloor
                                                                                                                                                                                              go to romantic: Grace on College
                                                                                                                                                                                              go to brunch: Swan on Queen

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kmacer RE: looniePincher Jun 29, 2009 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Rosebud - Queen and Bathurst

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  oakesec RE: looniePincher Aug 6, 2009 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Without a doubt Cafe Polonez is the best. My faves: Pierogies, Pork Chop (Schnitzel), Hungarian Pancake thingy stuffed with Pork goulash, beet soup with dumplings. Oh so good. Generous portions, fairly priced. Avg main $12.00. Been going for 8 years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    modusvivendi RE: oakesec Oct 17, 2009 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1) Hiro Sushi on King West
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2) Mistura on Davenport
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3) Terroni
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4) Libretto
                                                                                                                                                                                                    5) Nataraj for Indian
                                                                                                                                                                                                    6) Bistro 990 on Bay
                                                                                                                                                                                                    7) Kai

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    plasticanimal RE: looniePincher Jan 11, 2010 04:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    New York Subway. Any time out-of-towners are visiting I take them here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    520 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Pharah RE: looniePincher Jan 20, 2010 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bread & Roses cafe at Bloor & Runnymede in Bloor West Village is our go-to for lunch or a snack.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ginger at Bloor and Bathurst is our go-to for any time, and every time we're downtown. The prices make it very affordable, and they have a great selection of vegetarian meals, so I don't get bored.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sempre at Bloor and Royal York is our go-to for special occasions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        metalmicky RE: looniePincher Feb 21, 2010 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't think the people responding to this thred understand the meaning of the word "one."

                                                                                                                                                                                                        for me: Harbord Room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hands down. Good menu, changes often enough, really great beer list and a really, really well thought-out wine list, and the execution of the food is pretty much flawless.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Toronto Fastfoodie RE: looniePincher Feb 21, 2010 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Scaramouche Pasta Bar. Whether for an amazing dinner or late night dessert (I'm in my late 30's so late for me may not be late for you) the food is always amazing, the service impeccable, and the views unbeatable. And not to mention fair prices and valet parking. Makes a night out a "night out".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            teafortwo.c RE: looniePincher Feb 23, 2010 10:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chinese food: House of Gourmet (Chinatown)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pizza: Libretto
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dumplings: Northern Dumpling Kitchen (Richmond Hill)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. shekamoo RE: looniePincher Feb 27, 2010 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Taro's fish for a quick Toro fix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                skylineR33 RE: shekamoo Feb 27, 2010 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The toro at Taro are mostly big eye tuna or albacore. Blue Fin requires advance notice and depends it they have it in stock.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shekamoo RE: skylineR33 Feb 27, 2010 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have been happy with their Toro Special that you get as a walk-in. I should call ahead this time and inquire about blue fin. thank you

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Googs RE: shekamoo Feb 28, 2010 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does Taro's offer a sustainable sushi option?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shekamoo RE: Googs Feb 28, 2010 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      not to my knowledge

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                beachdemon RE: looniePincher Mar 2, 2010 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Depending on what you feel like:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chicken Wings - Grover Grub & Pub Main St. and Kingston Rd. (try suicide mixed with honey garlic)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sechuan Chinese Food - Backyard Garden Restaurant 3636 Steeles Ave E.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Peking Duck: Chunking Garden - behind Pacific Mall Steeles & Kennedy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dim Sum - Pearl Restaurant (Harbourfront)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bistro Fare: Joy Bistro Queen St. E (Wood St. I think, anyways b/w Carlaw and Broadview on North Side)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  iheartpie RE: looniePincher Apr 27, 2010 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've always enjoyed Le Paradis. Delicious mussles and beouf bourginion. (sorry for the horrible spelling). I can always rely on Federick's in Scarborough, at Bellamy and Ellesmere for good Hakka food. And can't forget Perfect for Chinese at any hour on Sheppard, west of Brimley

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bitondo's for a slice or two.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TexSquared RE: looniePincher May 2, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Buster Rhino's BBQ. My favorite is Camp 31 but since that's a bit of a drive from Durham Region, BR's is my "go-to" for BBQ.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. chef_vegabond RE: looniePincher May 2, 2010 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never in a million years will I ever say my first choice, it is my secret.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Second, Banjara right by Christi Pits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Third, Gio Ranna's Really Really Nice Italian Restaurant, Lesliville

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        796 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Googs RE: chef_vegabond May 8, 2010 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I feel you're obligated to bare all with the rest of us. Hey, if I can admit to Hernando's Hideaway at Yonge & Wellesley you can share your most personal and closely held secret too. I've said it before, this isn't about the best. It's about your home away from home. There will be no shaming. Promise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And to anyone who may shame him on his choice remember I'm have stilletos and I know what to do with them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            plasticanimal RE: Googs May 13, 2010 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I assumed chef vegabond doesn't want to start waiting in line at their favourite place, so it's being kept a secret for that reason. That's fair. My favourite restaurant doesn't get enough business so I don't mind sharing, but I'd never reveal my favourite watering hole on the internet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Davedigger RE: plasticanimal May 17, 2010 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boooooo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Googs RE: plasticanimal May 23, 2010 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Try not to love your place to death.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Ramsey RE: looniePincher May 17, 2010 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Best home cook food.. Food always fresh and price is good too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ekim256 RE: looniePincher Jun 17, 2010 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Fish Store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Black Cod burrito with avocado ftw!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                keshkul RE: ekim256 Aug 17, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seconded! Their sandwich and soups combos are truly comfort food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ekim256 RE: keshkul Aug 17, 2010 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yah! What's your favourite? I've tried so many of them, but Black Cod is still the winner..its so good with avocado and some chowder. The owners are super nice and I love sitting outside with a simple yet tasty sandwich, and I've introduced so many people to them. Every time I go, I eat my sandwich/burrito before I remember to take a picture!

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