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Jan 19, 2009 01:01 PM

Toronto street food dumbness

Street food is such a good, simple concept. Why must the city complicate it so much??
Toronto will never have a vibrant street food scene if this keeps up.

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  1. Totally agree with you. Over regulating will kill street food in Toronto. Why can't this be simple? Because this is Toronto.

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      1. That article does not mention something else which was in the Jan 10 article in the Globe and Mail.
        Here is that paragraph from the G and M article:

        "As well, several hopefuls questioned why all food sold on the cart must be prepared at a premises inspected by a public health agency, such as a restaurant, commercial kitchen or banquet facility, a requirement that will preclude anyone from cooking at home and then transferring their meals to the cart."

        That means it NOT street food after all, just restaurant food reheated and served on the street.

        If you want to read the complete article I refer to, it is here:

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          "food sold on the cart must be prepared at a premises inspected by a public health agency" because you do not want to kill people... that is why.. All food sold to the public must be made at an inspected location that does not mean a restarant you can get your home kitchen inspected and certified just have to meet some health department criteria.

          1. re: OnDaGo

            'have to meet some health department criteria.' That's FINE by me and anyone else who might patronize a toxic taco truck. Getting a home kitchen through a clear inspection isn't easy or cheap which I find comforting. The real hitch is exorbitant municipal licensing and fees. I'd rather kill street food before it kills me, thanks.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Really not that bad actually as long as you use an electric stove they do not require a commercial hood. Biggest thing is a greese trap but they have these really small ones now that would fit under your kitchen sink... biggest is the extra handwashing sink besides a two compartment dishwashing sink. A freind just went through it...

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          1. Well, it may not be a big step, but it's better than nothing, right?