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Toronto's Best Steak Frites

EarlyDrive Jul 30, 2008 11:07 AM

Where say you?

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    noshthis RE: EarlyDrive Jul 30, 2008 11:37 AM

    I've had a nice one at Le Papillion, lovely french resto in downtown off Front St.

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      Bigtigger RE: EarlyDrive Jul 30, 2008 11:41 AM

      Early, I presume you are looking for non steak-house Steak Frites - otherwise Barberian's and the other usual suspects would clean up.
      Amongst the bistros:
      On a good day, the steak frites at Le Petit Dejeuner are as good as anywhere.
      La Pallette used to be great but they changed their sauce a few years back.
      Batifole is also good but I don't like the bone marrow taste of the sauce.

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        garlicandwingnut RE: Bigtigger Jul 30, 2008 02:02 PM

        The usual suspects - Barberian's et al - often don't do very good frites, and I think it is much more difficult to do first rate frites than it is to do good steak.
        For that reason I would suggest that Didier and Jamie Kennedy, both of whom make excellent frites, are the best.

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          DishyDiva RE: garlicandwingnut Jul 31, 2008 05:12 AM

          I second Jaime Kennedy! His frites are consistently delish.

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            Rabbit RE: DishyDiva Jul 31, 2008 05:36 AM

            JK's frites are fab... but the OP is looking for steak frites. I've never seen this dish at JK - and it would presumably be a small-plate rendition which might be a rather less satisfying meal than the trad version.

      2. ParsleySage RE: EarlyDrive Jul 30, 2008 12:35 PM

        beerbistro does a very tasty Steak Frites.

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          cheesymama RE: EarlyDrive Jul 30, 2008 01:13 PM

          Weezie's on King East has great steak frites.

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            jayzie1 RE: cheesymama Jul 31, 2008 11:41 AM

            I have to second the recommendation for Weezie's. Recently had the same dish at Craft Steak (Tom Colicchio's resto in Las Vegas) and Weezie's was comparable, if not better.

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            LJS RE: EarlyDrive Jul 30, 2008 02:05 PM

            Used to be found at Le Select bistro on Queen St. West, but I gotta be honest, haven't been there since they moved to Wellington.

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              miir RE: LJS Jul 31, 2008 01:23 PM

              Their steak frites is still delightful.

            2. thenurse RE: EarlyDrive Jul 31, 2008 06:26 AM

              Loved the steak frites at La Coquine and Batifole. Both are under/around $20.

              1. Recyclor RE: EarlyDrive Jul 31, 2008 06:29 AM

                The bavette at Le paradis has never disappointed me, and the price (around $14 last time I was there) can't be beat...

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                  Vise RE: Recyclor Jul 31, 2008 07:27 AM

                  Second the recommendations for Le Paradis and Batifole. Le Select is decent as well... to me any good french bistro would be your best bet.

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                    torontofoodiegirl RE: Vise Jul 31, 2008 01:21 PM

                    The frites at Le Paradis are fabulous, but I didn't think much of the steak.

                2. jayt90 RE: EarlyDrive Jul 31, 2008 06:34 AM

                  Starfish has a great steak frites for $30. Until recently it was a Cumbrae strip, and a super quality effort. It may still be, but I haven't been there recently, and it is difficult for me to order steak there when the seafood is so good. They apparently changed steak suppliers because of cost, so it may be different now.

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                    frito RE: jayt90 Jul 31, 2008 01:09 PM

                    I have to agree Starfish has a great Steak Frites. Was very surprised.

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                      restaurantarian RE: frito Aug 1, 2008 09:46 AM

                      I have to say that Scaramouch pasta bar has the best steak frites. Counter-intuitive I know, but honestly delicious and very addictive frites in the sauce (even my veggie husband couldjn' keep his hands off them).

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                        grandgourmand RE: restaurantarian Aug 1, 2008 11:47 AM

                        Haven't tried, it but I believe you. However, this dish was panned in a recent review in the National post.

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                          estufarian RE: grandgourmand Aug 1, 2008 12:02 PM

                          Yes, but that review wasn't believable anyway.

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                            Vise RE: estufarian Aug 1, 2008 08:48 PM

                            That Scaramouche review was by Gina Mallet so no big surprise, pretty sure she hates every restaurant in Toronto. :-)

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                              estufarian RE: Vise Aug 2, 2008 03:22 AM

                              I had a superb meal at Scaramouche last night. Perfect service, excellent food and pretty good wine matches. Of course I didn't have the steak frites (so can't comment on that) - but one of my dining partners (who regularly orders steak frites - his standard bistro choice) couldn't recommend ANYWHERE in Toronto that came close to France. But he did compliment the steak frites served at the Stone Road Grill in Niagara.

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