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Apr 9, 2008 11:54 PM

It used to be called Toby's Goodeats

Interesting to see tonight that Toby's has been reincarnated on College St., south side, just east of Bathurst. Now calling itself something like Toby's Famous Restaurant. I'm going to run right over and have a burger, chunky fries and melted cheese sauce. This was a staple hangout 20+ years ago when I was a teenager.

Anyone been there yet? Anyone know if it is the same owners?

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  1. That brings back old memory's! My mom used to take me there for their milkshakes. I remember they used Haagan Daaz ice cream..

    1. There are a few places around Toronto that have been using the Toby's Goodeats name. At least one of them was an original Toby's location. There's no connection with the original and they aren't any good.

      The new place is unknown to me, but there's no way the original owners could be involved.

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        1. If this picture is accurate it can't be the same people. I don't recall sliced cheese ever being used, just that ooey goey good cheddar cheese sauce or cream cheese for one of their burgers. I'd kill for a Strikes It Rich or a Courage.

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          1. re: Googs

            "Toby’s is popping up like a delicious burger-filled cold sore on College Street" - ew - how is that supposed to make you want to try a place out?

            1. re: Googs

              Looks like a stock photo of a generic burger. I doubt highly it's a photo of a Toby's burger.

              1. re: redearth

                It's certainly not a photo of a Toby's Good Eats burger. I'll wait for someone else to take Famous Eatery out for a test drive rather than guess.

              2. re: Googs

                Disgusting aspect aside, martiniboys is suffering from an historical accuracy failure. Ain't never been a "Toby's Famous" before.

                The original owners also owned Bemelman's, Rhodes, Nekah, the Copa, and the Ports of Call. They've been out of the business for many years.

                1. re: embee

                  Yes, it used to be called Toby's Goodeats (or Good Eats). I think I'll go check it out this weekend.

                  1. re: embee

                    Yea but I bet they sold the rights to the name so theoretically it is a "Tobys".. Martiniboys ALWAYS uses stock photos...

                    1. re: embee

                      The owner was Tom Kirstenbrunn(sp?) I believe. I knew of his empire, but didn't realise that he owned Nekah. I ate there when Stadlander was there. I quite liked it, but, sadly, it didn't last very long.

                      And, oh, for a Toby's Courage or Texarcana from back when they were good!

                      1. re: hungry_pangolin

                        Oooooh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, the Texarcana. I loved that one too! Sniff.

                    2. re: Googs

                      I realize this is an old thread - but there is a Toby's at Yonge and Sheppard or so, that has absolutely lousy reviews. I soooo miss Toby's - late night burger after bowling, Strikes it Rich, with a side of Rich Sauce to dip those amazing fries into! I want one now!

                    3. Pretty nice place overall, but I'd stay away from the nachos. The cheese was as though they'd mixed cheddar cheese with cheese whiz. Grainy and runny, and not very tasty, imo.