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The Anti-Licious

sloweater Jun 6, 2008 12:43 PM

This posting is for anyone that has ever suffered through a substandard summerlicious/winterlicious dining experience. I think it would make sense to compile a list of the best restaurants NOT participating in summerlicious.

Think of it as an oasis in a desert of rushed service, tiny portions, and substandard preparation.

  1. JamieK Jun 13, 2008 11:50 AM

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    Fusilli
    531 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A1V1, CA

    Pastis
    1158 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L9, CA

    Opus
    37 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1B2, CA

    Rosebud
    669 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1E6, CA

    Jacobs & Co
    12 Brant Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2M1, CA

    Simple Bistro
    619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

    Terroni
    57 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

    Black Skirt
    974 College Street, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

    2 Replies
    1. re: JamieK
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      Negaduck Jun 17, 2008 11:21 AM

      Rosebud is participating and is listed as The Rosebud.

      1. re: Negaduck
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        georgebell11 Jun 17, 2008 11:44 AM

        Toba - King/Sherbourne, SW corner. Great neighbourhood restaurant, friendly service, one of my favourite places to go.

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      Negaduck Jun 11, 2008 04:56 AM

      Perigee.

      Also I remember Le Select being so anti-licious last winter they even mentioned it on their site.

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      Perigee
      55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

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      1. re: Negaduck
        JamieK Jun 11, 2008 06:09 AM

        lol, yeah, I remember that too

        Adding Cava and Didier to the anti-licious list

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        Le Select
        432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

        Didier
        1496 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Z6, CA

        Cava
        1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

        1. re: JamieK
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          Negaduck Jun 12, 2008 08:48 PM

          C5 is no longer on the 'licious. Hooray!

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          C5
          100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

          Cowbell
          1564 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R1A6, CA

          Jacobs & Co
          12 Brant Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2M1, CA

      2. JamieK Jun 10, 2008 03:49 PM

        and, of course, Spendido, another licious-free option...

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        Splendido
        88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

        1. JamieK Jun 7, 2008 03:57 PM

          oh yeah, and Scaramouche, another non-licious

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          Scaramouche
          1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1, CA

          1. JamieK Jun 7, 2008 01:43 PM

            Here are a bunch of places on my to-go list (plus a few I've been to) that are not on Summerlicious. These are all over the map in terms of type, budget and geography.
            93 Harbord
            Abbot on the Hill (I know pubs aren't on Summerlicious but still)...
            Alice's
            Amuse Bouche
            Barrio
            Bravi
            By The Way (I know this will get dissed but I like it)
            Carens Wine Bar
            Cru
            George
            Grace
            Kultura
            any of the Jamie Kennedy restos
            Lai Wah Heen
            L'Unita
            Mengrai
            Niagara Street Cafe
            Rebel House (again, a pub)
            Tabule
            Weezie's
            Zucca

            JamieK
            (NOT a chef)

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            George
            111 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2, CA

            Rebel House
            1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

            Weezie's
            354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

            Tabule
            2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

            Lai Wah Heen
            108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

            Niagara Street Cafe
            169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V1C9, CA

            Barrio
            896 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

            By The Way
            400 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X5, CA

            Jamie Kennedy
            9 Church St, Toronto, ON M5E1M2, CA

            93 Harbord
            93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

            Bravi
            40 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

            Amuse-Bouche
            96 Tecumseth St, Toronto, ON M6J2H1, CA

            Cru
            946 Royal York Rd, Toronto, ON M8X2E5, CA

            Abbot on the Hill
            1276 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1W5, CA

            Mengrai
            82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

            Zucca
            2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

            Carens
            158 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A8, CA

            L'Unita
            134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

            Kultura
            169 King St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1J4, CA

            Alice's
            856 College St, Toronto, ON M6H1A2, CA

            Grace
            503 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1A5, CA

            4 Replies
            1. re: JamieK
              happycamper Jun 8, 2008 06:36 PM

              What a fantastic list you have got.
              My list also include
              George
              Scaramouche
              Amuse Bouche
              Grace
              (Carens interests me, I have never heard of it)

              I will add,
              Colborne Lane
              One
              Dessert Trends
              Luce
              Foxley
              Oyster Boy

              1. re: happycamper
                JamieK Jun 8, 2008 06:41 PM

                Good call on Foxley, that one should have been on my list ...

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                Foxley
                207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

              2. re: JamieK
                jennjen18 Jun 11, 2008 06:52 PM

                why would by the way cafe get dissed (brings me back to the 90's... ;)

                1. re: jennjen18
                  JamieK Jun 11, 2008 07:03 PM

                  just because it has in the past when I've recommended in other threads. I always have such a good time there with my friends I can't even remember the food but I know it certainly wasn't bad. That I would have remembered.

              3. hippotatomus Jun 7, 2008 09:30 AM

                STEAK (the restaurant) was absolutely awful.. the most bland and chewy steak i've ever had.. it was basically them giving you a big slab of tasteless meat.. even the fries were bad... the only thing good was the key lime pie... but that you can get anywhere... the soup was a bit weird tasting as well... will not return even if they paid me.

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                1. re: hippotatomus
                  sloweater Jun 7, 2008 09:47 AM

                  Hi hippotatomus,

                  I'm not looking to bash restaurants that participate in Summerlicious. I'm trying to find great restaurants to go to during Summerlicious that are NOT participating. Why? Like pinkskittles, and others that post on Chowhound, I am usually disaapointed with the Summerlicious experience - even at restaurants that I am normally quite happy to go to the rest of the year. My experience with Summerlicious is that most, but not all, restaurants are more concerned with cashing in on the Summerlicious craze. The result: rushed and harried service with meals that are not as good as they usually are leaving me feeling disappointed.

                  Where is one to go in early July?

                2. pinkskittles Jun 6, 2008 02:19 PM

                  i love banu on queen west. fabulous if you like organic meat. ezra's pound is good for smoked salmon.

                  neither of these places are pretentious w/ small portions, but the latter is a little more laid back, it's a cafe.

                  live organic food bar is nice fresh for summer.

                  summerlicious isn't too bad, i like it, but i always feel disappointed by the places i go to..

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