Parkdale! - (suggestions for this weekend??)
I'll be in Parkdale for a friend's party on Saturday and am hijacking this opportunity for dinner in the nabe.
1. Cowbell - I know recent reports here at CH have been semi-ruinous, but this place made Chatto's recent Top 10 (new restos), and Mr. Rab is all about grass fed beef since he read Pollan. I remain curious.
2. Delux - admittedly not really even in Parkdale, but close enough... getting good press.
3. Foxley's... see above.
4. The Drake - I know this place actually gets bad press around here, but my mom says she had a very respectable meal here recently - and I think the space is still gorgeous (if you eat before the weekend S&M crowd gets in (Scarborough and Mississauga).
What would CH-ers do (... any alternate suggestions?)?
Delux and Foxley are good picks. Delux is pretty busy these days, so if you choose to go there, I'd recommend making a reservation now.
As for Polish food on Roncesvalles, I really feel that the food at Cafe Polonez has Chopin beat. Their goulash w/ potato pancake thing is excellent. Great homemade soups... and I really like the Polish beers on offer.
Fat Cat (also on Roncesvalles) has nice oysters. I like their tapas style menu. Great outdoor seating too, but I guess that doesn't help you this weekend. Ha ha.
Swan's nice too. I haven't been there for dinner in a while (they do a great brunch) but I'm sure it's still pretty good. They partner with Oyster Boy next-door so they almost always have fresh oysters available.
892 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G3, CA
195 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L5, CA
Fat Cat Wine Bar
331 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2M8, CA
If you consider the Drake to be in Parkdale (personally, I think you have to be west of the Dufferin bridge) then I'll recommend Nyood, which is about four doors west of Dovercourt on the north side of Queen. It's Hanif Harji's new restaurant (he of Kultura, Blowfish and Colborne Lane). Just opened about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I had a very good meal there the other night. It's tapas-style, Mediterranean and Asian. The plates are fairly large and it's not deadly expensive. Two people could eat four tapas (they are big enough) and two desserts, with wine by the glass and get out for $140-$170. Roger Mooking from Kultura is running the kitchen. Cooking is excellent, for the most part. Clean flavours. Very cool space. Well worth checking out. You might not be able to get a reservation at this late date, though.
The dinner menu at the Gladstone is pretty nice. There's a couple of decent Ethiopian places in the hood as well. Have only heard bad things about Kitchen and the crapas menu makes me too testy to check it out myself, but YMMV.
The Drake is taking part in the Taste of Iceland event, so if you head there, check beforehand to see what they're serving.
Both Foxley and Delux are worth a visit. Foxley has more unique offerings, while Delux is more standard comfort food done well. Up to you really, but I'd recommend calling ahead as both are small rooms that get busy.
Another idea is Nyood, which only opened a few weeks ago. It's located on Queen just west of Dovercourt (next to the Social). The space is beautiful, and the menu is extensive with lots of tasty food. The charcuterie was very good, as was the beet salad and the ribs. Similar idea to Foxley, where everything is meant for sharing, and they just bring out what's ready. Another good option in the hood. Enjoy!