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The Dakota Tavern?

Juniper Mar 13, 2008 09:52 AM

Okay, so I'm having a serious hankering for fried chicken and collard greens. I recently noticed that The Dakota Tavern actually has this on their menu. Just wondering if anyone has even eaten at The Dakota yet and if so, what were your thoughts? This is a once-a-year kind of craving for me so I would like not to waste it...

Thanks in advance!

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    Gary RE: Juniper Mar 13, 2008 09:57 AM

    I'm not familiar with the Dakota, but another option might be Harlem Restaurant at Richmond and Church. They have both collard greens and fried chicken on their menu; I haven't tried those particular dishes, but the other meals I had were great. They've been getting many rave reviews of late.


    67 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C1N9, CA

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      Juniper RE: Gary Mar 13, 2008 10:05 AM

      Thanks, Gary. Harlem looks interesting, but I was hoping to get some feedback on The Dakota because it is closer to home for me than Harlem. But Harlem is definitely on my radar now, particularly if the consensus on The Dakota is not so positive! :)

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        Kasia RE: Juniper Mar 13, 2008 10:38 AM

        this is only a second hand review as i haven't het been. but i have 3 friends who have now gone there for the sunday brunch, and are seriously addicted. in fact, every time we try to get together they suggest to go there:) they loved everything about the brunch - the food, the atmosphere. the brunch is more tex-mex, so i'm not sure that they'd have those items on the menu, but my friends really enjoyed the food (and i trust their judgement), so the kitchen seems to be quite competent in general. i sounds like a fun place and i definitely would go - now that you mention fried chicken, it won't be hard to persuade my s.o. to go with me:)

    2. JamieK RE: Juniper Mar 13, 2008 10:00 AM


      67 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C1N9, CA

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        singe RE: Juniper Mar 13, 2008 11:26 AM

        Hi, sadly the fried chicken was rather disappointing. It was very oily and bland, and the greens and rice on the side were almost stone cold. The one high point was the flavour of the greens, they were tasty, and I would have happily given up one of the two legs in favour of more greens. The piles of rice and greens were TINY too. The old-time bluegrass saved the day! I too am craving real, down-south, fried chicken and collards.

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          Juniper RE: singe Mar 13, 2008 09:47 PM

          Thanks, Singe. That's disappointing to hear. I'll get around to the Dakota at some point regardless. But perhaps I'll try to satisfy my fried chicken and collard greens craving elsewhere...

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            pinstripeprincess RE: singe Aug 11, 2008 08:15 AM

            gave it a try myself last night and just didn't do it for me. although my experience was a bit on the opposite side of the spectrum.

            found the chicken at dakota to be juicy, the least oily friend chicken i have ever had and some decent spicing in the batter. the problem came from the fact that the chicken just tasted old and meh itself. the batter was also crunchy, way too thin and seemingly slightly burnt.

            the rice was bizarre as it looked and tasted like uncle bens with a few kidney beans thrown in for good measure but i could not tell you anything about the collard greens since i have no basis for comparison except that they seemed sweeter than others i've had.

            just looking at the po-boy said a lot about the food though. was not tempted to touch it one single bit.

            music was great fun though.

          2. happycamper RE: Juniper Feb 26, 2014 10:03 AM

            Sadly, I just learnt last night that The Dakota no longer serves food in the evening.
            Brunch is still available though.

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              Jacquilynne RE: happycamper Feb 26, 2014 01:30 PM

              D'oh! Seriously?

              That would be a major component of my dinner plans for this evening.

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                FrenchSoda RE: happycamper Feb 26, 2014 02:30 PM

                It's an old comment above re the Tex-Mex brunch, but just in case anyone is wondering, it's not Tex-Mex anymore. AYCE scrambled eggs/sausage/pancakes. It's about the music, not the food. Very welcoming to kids though. I don't have any munchkins myself, but there were quite a few running around boogie-ing to the tunes the time I checked it out.

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