Diners and Dives - markham /RH preferred
May have been watching too much of 'Guy' from 'Diners and Dives' on Food Network.
But got me thinking - what is a good diner and dive restaurant in TO where you can get meatloaf, corned beef hash or pot roast? Looking for both comforting food and ambience and I don't mean the fine dining kind.
If possible, markham and richmond hill recommendations preferred. pls provide name, location and your favourite comfort food dish. Thanks, everyone.
By the way, I once tried the flying saucer restaurant in Niagara Falls and found it to be simply a 'dive'. Very disappointing.
I love that show too and I am curious to the answer to your question. I live in Markham so I eagerly await some replies as well.
There is a legendary place in Oshawa called Teddy's (sorry, a bit out of the desired zone). Truly diner style - mashed potatoes served with an ice-cream scoop kind of place. No alcohol still as far as I know. My favourtie is the club sandwich with real shaved turkey - hubby likes the veal parma with spaghetti. The fries aren't the best - that would be my only complaint. Wait can be long to get in, but they have signs along the way telling you what to expect. Once you are in, service is quick.
There are a few places in Markham/Gormley/Stouffville that I would VERY highly recommend.
#1 is Famous Sam's Restaurant at the North East corner of Stouffville Sideroad and Woodbine Avenue (seconds from the 404). Excellent everything! Cheeseburgers, Bacon & Eggs, FRENCH TOAST!, Souvlaki, and hot roast beef with mashed.
#2 is the T&T Bakery just north of the corner of Hwy #7 and Markham Road on the East Side (Green Sign). Breakfast, any of their "never ending list" of fresh baked that day pasteries, cakes, cookies, and quiche.
#3 is The Milliken Restaurant at the North East corner of Birchmount Road and 14th Avenue. (Check for open times). Amazing down home breakfast!
I'm a huge Tripple "D" fan as well!
I've been to a few of the places Guy visited. (be sure to check out Joe's Gizzard City and the Tripple "D" Burger, I ate it!)
Famous Sams Restaurant
12275 Woodbine Ave S, Gormley, ON L0H1G0, CA
7725 Birchmount Rd, Markham, ON L3R9X3, CA
i live in markham (and have for an embarassing amount of time) and can vouch that there is nothing worthy of your description. my husband and i often drive out to zetts (which is on airport road, right by the ...duh...airport). the burgers and sovlaki are very good. the tzatiki is to die for and the fries are a religious experience. it's unfortunate that the menu is limited (ie: not meatloaf and the like, and a lot of the other menu items are your standard burger joint items)....but i will say, they do what they do very well.