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Best Grilled/Fried Calamari Revisited

I can remember having fantastic fried Calamari at Mezes on the Danforth years and years ago, and also a wonderful grilled calamari and chorizo dish at Rosebud. For the amount of times that I've ordered or split it, I wish my other experiences had been more memorable.

Has anyone had any standouts lately?

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  1. I've not tried it myself (yet) but I've heard that the calamari at Scaramouche Pasta Bar is the best in the city. Keep meaning to check it out....hopefully very soon.

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    1. re: millygirl

      The Parthenon on Danforth.....grilled and served with a lovely fresh Salad, it's fine for a Lunch or a light Dinner (probably need something else to eat if it's for Dinner).

      1. re: pearlD

        Pantheon;) They have a dinner size version (fried or grilled) that comes with potatoes,salad & vegetables, too. http://www.pantheonrestaurant.com/men...

        1. re: phoenikia

          Thanks 'phoenikia'.......I also just noticed that I spelled the Restaurant wrong and you picked it up , I think that's the 2nd or 3rd time I've done that with the same place...must be a 'mental block'!
          Glad to hear they have a 'dinner' size as well.....

    2. The Rushton on St Clair West has excellent deep fried Calamari....and Marcello's farther West at Dufferin also has great Calamari....Miranda

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      1. re: miranda

        I 'd forgotten about Marcello's....I agree with Miranda, Marcello's is very good indeed!

      2. I no longer order grilled calamari. Everywhere I go, it is overcooked, even in the best restos.

        1. Grilled at Pantheon is always more than excellent. For fried I get my fix at Dessert Trends - they make an above average sandwich of crispy tender calamari!

          1. Best fried in the city? Joso's. Not just for the artwork.

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            1. For fried calamari, I second the rec for Scaramouche pasta bar - greaseless and light with a nice lemon aioli (iirc). I also like the calamari picante at Rosedale Diner - there's a great hot sauce drizzled on top along with a mayonnaisey type sauce (tastes better than it sounds) - very tasty. I was actually at Pantheon a couple of weeks ago and I thought the grilled calamari was just so-so - there was a nice charred taste but it was a bit overcooked.

              1. The fried calamari at Jump (also available at Oliver & Bonaccini Cafe at BV) is great, but my recent favourite is from Seven Numbers on Eglinton. Lightly pan fried, tender and delicious.

                1. Third vote for the fried calamari at Scaramouche Pasta Bar and Grill. Delicious, tender, fresh... perfect!

                  1. Ten Feet Tall on Danforth E of Greenwood has great fried calamari. Comes with a choice of dipping sauce.

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                    1. re: thenurse

                      That's the last place I had good calarmari too. I never order it because it's so often rubbery but friends shared theirs and it was great. I think it has a cornmeal coating no?

                    2. I adore the grilled version at Fieramosca. That's one well-seasoned grill they have there. Lovely patio in the back too.

                      36A Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1A9, CA