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Best grilled calamari downtown?

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fussychow Feb 22, 2008 08:11 AM

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

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  1. JamieK RE: fussychow Feb 22, 2008 08:20 AM

    a lot of people swear Joso's is the best....
    http://www.josos.com/

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    Joso's
    202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

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      Googs RE: JamieK Feb 22, 2008 09:20 AM

      Then they haven't been to Imperia.

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        abscissa RE: JamieK Feb 22, 2008 11:51 PM

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

      2. T Long RE: fussychow Feb 22, 2008 09:41 AM

        The Keg on York St.

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          cocolou RE: T Long Feb 24, 2008 11:29 AM

          I am sorry to disagree. Too much bready batter.

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            T Long RE: cocolou Feb 27, 2008 07:27 AM

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

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          dontyuckmyyums RE: fussychow Feb 22, 2008 09:55 AM

          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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            pearlD RE: dontyuckmyyums Feb 22, 2008 10:09 AM

            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..........

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              pearlD RE: pearlD Feb 22, 2008 03:16 PM

              re above "PANTHEON"....now 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!!!

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              torontofoodiegirl RE: dontyuckmyyums Feb 23, 2008 07:07 AM

              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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              millygirl RE: Baelsette Feb 22, 2008 10:10 AM

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

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                Scary Bill RE: fussychow Feb 22, 2008 10:32 AM

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

                1. pinkprimp RE: fussychow Feb 22, 2008 11:04 AM

                  i dont remember if it was octopus or calamari, but i had it at Pangaea and it was incredibly tender and lovely with tomatoes, capers, lemon juice and olives.

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                    Charles Yu RE: pinkprimp Feb 22, 2008 03:55 PM

                    Agree! Pangea's calamari is still amongst the top two or three. Lots of copy cat though!

                  2. pinstripeprincess RE: fussychow Feb 22, 2008 12:07 PM

                    i really loved senhor antonio's.... it was perfection and i would have eaten it in multiples all evening if i knew it was that good before i ordered everything else as well.

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                      fussychow RE: fussychow Feb 22, 2008 12:41 PM

                      Thank you everyone! I will carefully consider my options and report back with the delicious results!!

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                        deelicious RE: fussychow Feb 22, 2008 02:01 PM

                        Pantheon squid is always fantastic!

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                          koknia RE: deelicious Feb 22, 2008 02:40 PM

                          My ex-S.O. was a major fan of the grilled squid salad at Parthenon.
                          It's excellent, but I haven't eaten enough of it around town to know how it stacks up.

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                            foodyDudey RE: koknia Feb 22, 2008 07:59 PM

                            Where is Parthenon? Perhaps you are thinking of Pantheon?

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                        phoenikia RE: fussychow Feb 22, 2008 03:36 PM

                        Agree that Pantheon and Zee Grill have good versions.

                        Gatto Nero's version is great, too. It's one of the better things on their menu.

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                          SMOG RE: phoenikia Feb 24, 2008 05:18 AM

                          I very strongly second Pantheon. Huge portion, incredible flavour and super tender! Now you're got me craving it...

                        2. Googs RE: fussychow Feb 24, 2008 07:28 AM

                          I think Fieramosca deserves an honourable mention in the calamari category. Not sure if I would call it the best, but the well-seasoned grill has a huge impact on the overall pleasure of the dish.
                          http://www.fieramoscatoronto.com/

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                            exquisite RE: Googs Feb 27, 2008 06:10 AM

                            i am not a fan of chain restaurants but i do enjoy milestone's calamari with andouille sausage. thick meat, light batter, decent sausage sauce accompanied by capers.

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                              SMOG RE: exquisite Feb 27, 2008 08:56 AM

                              I'm with you 100% percent. The calamari at Milestones is truly exceptional!

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                            jacquieF RE: fussychow Feb 27, 2008 07:01 AM

                            I like the grilled calamari served in a herb/oliveoil/garlic sauce at Porquois Pas - yes it's a French resto on Sheppard just west of Yonge (south side) but a nice change from Greek style.

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