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Tonight! Williamsport PA to Toronto ON Canada

Hiya Hounds!

I am leaving tonight to drive to Toronto. I will probably leave at 1am to get there by 7am or so. Then I drive back first thing Wednesday morning, to get back Wednesday afternoon.

Any suggestions? Tonight I would probably be looking for something open 24/7, or at least really late. Coming back could be anything. I enjoy pretty much all genres, but prefer something not too far off my route. Probably prefer something I can take out, but if it is terrific, I will sit and dine. =) [I will post to PA and Tri-State boards as well.]


THE ROUTE (by Mapquest)
4: Merge onto US-15 N via EXIT 29 toward MANSFIELD. 56.5 mi
5: Keep RIGHT at the fork to continue on US-15 N (Crossing into NEW YORK). 17.3 mi
6: Merge onto NY-15 N via the exit on the LEFT toward JAMESTOWN/ROCHESTER. 40.0 mi
7: Merge onto I-390 N. 16.6 mi
8: Take the RT-36 exit, EXIT 6, toward MT MORRIS/LETCHWORTH PARK. 0.2 mi
9: Turn LEFT onto NY-36/SONYEA RD. Continue to follow NY-36. 8.8 mi
10: Turn RIGHT onto YORK RD/NY-36. Continue to follow NY-36. 4.1 mi
11: Turn LEFT onto GENESEE ST/NY-63. Continue to follow NY-63. 19.6 mi
12: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto NY-33/NY-5/MAIN ST/NY-63. 0.3 mi
13: Turn RIGHT onto OAK ST/NY-98. Continue to follow NY-98. 1.1 mi
14: Merge onto I-90 W/NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY W toward BUFFALO (Portions toll). 30.8 mi
15: Merge onto I-290 W/YOUNGMANN EXPY via EXIT 50 toward NIAGARA FALLS. 9.8 mi
16: Merge onto I-190 N toward NIAGARA FALLS (Portions toll) (Crossing into *CANADA* ONTARIO). 15.2 mi
17: I-190 N becomes QUEENSTON-LEWISTON BRIDGE (Portions toll). 0.5 mi
18: Take PROVINCIAL ROUTE 405 W toward QEW/TORONTO. 5.2 mi
19: Merge onto QEW toward TORONTO. 63.1 mi
20: Keep LEFT to take GARDINER EXPY E toward GARDINER EXPWY./TORONTO. 8.4 mi

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  1. Depending on whereabouts you'll be in the city, at some point you might consider picking up poutine at Smoke's (Adelaide & University area) or a smoked meat sandwich at Caplansky's, which also has poutine (Clinton & College, Little Italy).

    (maps at placelinks


    356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H, CA

    1. if you bring a 12 pack of Rolling Rock Beer I will treat you to a sandwhich at Caplansky's..with fries of course..and the slaw...and a pickle..you get the picture...

      1. I guess the first thing you might want is breakfast with a strong coffee. www.thesenator.com

        1. I'm confused... You posted this morning (Tuesday), thus won't get to Toronto until 7am on Wednesday morning, but you said you're leaving Toronto on Wednesday morning. Will you be having any meals other than one breakfast here?

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          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            Yeah, I was trying to figure that out too, until I gave up!

            1. re: JamieK

              Oops sorry folks! Looks like I am actually leaving tonight at 3am, instead of 1am.

              But to clear up the above confusion, I will be coming back Thursday morning, not Wed. My bad...

          2. You'll be able to find a hearty breakfast or snack at the St Lawrence Market, which opens at 8 tomorrow morning - crepes or peameal sandwich, sausuges, etc -

            Just get off the Gardiner at the Jarvis St exit, go north, parking lots are almost immediately on your left.

            St. Lawrence Market
            92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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            1. re: JamieK

              Good idea. I also agree with JamieK that you might want to check out Smokes for poutine, a (French) Canadian specialty. It's new and has generally been getting a positive response (I haven't been yet myself):


              You might also consider either Jamie Kennedy's Gilead Cafe (a bit east of the downtown core) or JK's new cafe (forget the name), right next to his wine bar on Church St. (south of Front).

            2. Ah, you've got a world of wonderful food awaiting you. What do you want to eat? Seriously, you could eat around the world in one city. Drinks, too?

              1. Hey, MD - when you get back from your great advenuture, let us know where you went and what you ate and what you thought about it!

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                1. re: JamieK

                  Sorry for not posting sooner!

                  I am afraid I did not get to try any of your suggestions. I ended up working until 3.30am, and did not hit the road until 4am. At that point I was so tired (not having slept in 21 hours), I ended up pulling over 3 times to sleep, so I could not stop anywhere on the way. I will be sure to keep this post so as to try Caplansky's and a few others.

                  When I got there, my friends who I was staying with treated me to Cantonese dim sum at Rol San (323 Spadina Avenue). I tried squid for the first time, which was good though the sauce was too buttery. Also the usual fare, dumplings, sticky rice, pork buns, and tofu, all above average.

                  Then they took me on a walking tour of the financial district and the University. We wound up at ROM, which I enjoyed for about 2 hours. I especially liked the Ancient Egypt hall, though the Shanghai photos were also good. On the way out I grabbed a "museum brand" chocolate bar...turns out it was made in NJ and very mediocre (www.astorchocolate.com).

                  Dinner was pasta at their house and then I was off to the event for which I came: Neil Diamond at the Air Canada Center. [Insert your chuckle here.] I am the only guy I know in his early 30's who loves Neil; but for you doubters know that while his albums are now easy listening, his concerts are still rock'n'roll. =


                  After the concert I grabbed a polish from one of the stands near union station, hot off the grill and tasty. Then it was back to old china town for midnight snack. I stopped at King's Noodle Restaurant (296 Spadina Ave.). There I had shrimp dumplings (very good) and Rice Flour Roll with BBQ Pork (decent).

                  The next morning I grabbed a muffin from Harbord Bakery (115 Harbord Street) which was pretty good.

                  Then I left and drove to Rochester NY, where I stopped at Dinosaur BBQ (http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/roches...). There I had their Tres Hombre (ribs, brisket and pork). All were solidly good as were the various sauces. The only thing sub-par was the key lime pie, which I would not have gotten, except they make it fresh there.

                  All in all a good trip---I only wish I had made more time to visit! Thank you very much for your posts, and I hope to branch out more next time!