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Feb 22, 2008 08:11 AM

Best grilled calamari downtown?

I've got a craving for perfectly cooked calamari - any suggestions?

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  1. a lot of people swear Joso's is the best....

    202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

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    1. re: JamieK

      Then they haven't been to Imperia.

      1. re: JamieK

        I am one of the people who swear Joso's is the best.

        1. re: T Long

          I am sorry to disagree. Too much bready batter.

          1. re: cocolou

            funny, but one reason we liked it was the light use of batter...each to their own.

        2. I eat a lot of grilled calamari - and although I'm sure people will disagree - two of the places that I think make it the best are: Astoria (on the Danforth) and Grano (at Yonge & Davisville)

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          1. re: dontyuckmyyums

            I also eat it a lot and have never had a 'rubber one' as yet at The Parthenon on the Danforth...also have it at that place on St. Clair just east of Dufferin..the name begins with M/ (yah.. the mind is slipping..cannot remember) but it is also good there (well, 3 times out of 4). I will only eat it 'grilled' ...just really like the simplicity of it with some lemon and not charred beyond recognition..........

            1. re: pearlD

              re above "PANTHEON" I knew that! but since others have also
              suggested I know it is the same place...the brain truly was not up to snuff today!!!

            2. re: dontyuckmyyums

              Grano - really??!! I've really enjoyed other things at Grano, but the second-worst calamari I've ever eaten was there. It was unbelievably bland. Maybe it was just an off-night...

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              1. Again not grilled, but I heard that the fried version at Scaramouche Pasta Bar is the best in the city!!!

              2. OK, not downtown, but the best grilled squid I've had by a long shot is at Via Allegro.