Where to find an inexpensive cast iron grill pan in T.O.?
I had the square Le Creuset grill pan and lid and I mis-placed it... don't ask. I loved that pan and it still pains me wondering where it is...
Anyway, I'd like to find an inexpensive version of the Le Creuset (I think the set is currently about $200), preferably with a weighted grilled press lid. I have already have a great Villaware pannini grill, but sometimes I like to go low tech and use the stove.
I know Tap Phong on Spadina has a ton of cheap cast iron pans, but I don't think they have any with grill lines. Thanks.
You partially answered your own question. China town = cheap = crap. It may be heavy cast iron - but filled with crap you don't want released in the air.
Le Creuset, Calphalon, All-Clad etc....really are the only way to go for quality. I may be against much of snobbery you see here - but that type of quality does pay off.
I don't know if this is what you're looking for but Loblaws (I was at the Laird one) had a two burner grill with flat surface on the other side. If you're making a couple of sandwiches or several steaks it works really well, though it is really just for grilling as the sides are very low. It is not Le Creuset quality but it was also only $12.
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I do love my higher end pots and pans I've managed to collect over the years, but in the case of cast iron I'd go with Lodge, $30 or so & I bet available at CDNtire, they make the full range in all shapes and sizes and have been long tried and tested, they sell round or square presses separately, granted the style is "campsite" not sleek beautifully colored Le Creuset -- which is nice but not really necessary...Mario Batalli also has a line of stuff that features one of those, but I don't know anything about it's quality or where to get it...