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Best Grilled/Fried Calamari Revisited

dlw88 Apr 20, 2008 08:59 AM

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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    millygirl Apr 20, 2008 09:14 AM

    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
      pearlD Apr 20, 2008 10:07 AM

      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
        phoenikia Apr 21, 2008 06:58 AM

        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
          pearlD Apr 21, 2008 10:04 AM

          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.....

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      miranda Apr 20, 2008 02:05 PM

      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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        pearlD Apr 20, 2008 05:22 PM

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

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        grilledcheese Apr 20, 2008 02:14 PM

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

        1. deelicious Apr 20, 2008 08:54 PM

          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!

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            Snarf Apr 21, 2008 05:37 AM

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

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              JamieK Apr 21, 2008 09:42 AM

              second Joso's. The calamari.

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              peppermint pate Apr 21, 2008 06:46 AM

              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.

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                kasey j miller Apr 21, 2008 08:35 AM

                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.

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                  Yum2MyTum Apr 21, 2008 09:09 AM

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

                  1. thenurse Apr 21, 2008 10:22 AM

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

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                      julesrules Apr 21, 2008 11:30 AM

                      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. Googs Apr 21, 2008 11:32 AM

                      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

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