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Mar 19, 2009 05:25 PM

Most underrated food

I am just looking for some of the underrated foods in Toronto. I am not a screamish person, so internal organs are fine.

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    1. I don't think I'm quite up to seeking out the eminently-yucky but obviously-droll suggestions of MindGrinder (you WERE kidding, weren't you?), but I'd sure like to hear of any restos with chicken livers as a main dish on their menus. There used to be a joint, now out of action, on north Avenue Road that had it, but not for long The staff told me no one - but me - would order it, so they took it off the menu. Chicken livers: when done right, are mighty delicious - but clearly underrated. So where in Toronto can I find them now?

        1. re: redearth

          In a pate, indeed, and tasty it is - as an appetizer. But as a main dish, whole chicken livers, untransformed by a food processor: where, pray tell, might I find such on a Toronto restaurant menu?

          Incidentally, whatever became of MindGrinder's suggestions, to which I originally alluded to and responded, on this thread? It seemed like his/her post was little more than an innocent bit of droll tomfoolery. But that post has disappeared, abruptly jerked from the topic at hand. Regrettable. Perhaps MindGrinder, seemingly familiar with underrated - and hitherto-unknown - parts of animals, knows where I might find chicken livers (aside from in a pate). I'll take his/her or anyone else's tips on which resto menu I might find the treasure I seek..

          1. re: juno

            Juno, they're offered as an appetizer on Tabule's menu. I think you might also have luck at some Jewish joints, such as United Bakers Dairy Restaurant in Lawrence Plaza (Bathurst and Lawrence) or even the Centre Street Deli up near the Promenade. I'd venture to say that chicken livers strikes me as more home cooked fare, but then again, my SO had a killer pita sandwich in Morocco many years ago that was filled with chicken livers and kidneys (not sure from what beast) with olives that he'd love to encounter again somewhere in Toronto.

            1. re: 1sweetpea

              Isn't United Bakery a dairy (ie vegetarian) restaurant?

              1. re: Dimbulb

                Yup-no meat at United. But they have fish (lox and such).


            2. re: juno

              Le Select Bistro on Wellington has calf livers as a main course (I had it a couple of weeks ago and if you're a fan of liver it's pretty good).

              1. re: juno

                I don't remember if Southern Accent is still around but they had an amazing dish of blackened chicken livers...they were truly fabulous!

                1. re: pearlD

                  Totally agree. We order them as an app every time we go to Southern Accent and they've never let us down.

            3. re: juno

              Le Select has calf livers, although not chicken ones.

              1. re: juno

                Southern Accent has blackened chicken livers on their apps menu. Deeelish! I sometimes have and order of piquant shrimp and 2 orders of livers and call it a night.

                1. re: juno

                  I had some awesome chicken livers at Ouzeri a few years ago. They were an appetizer item, but I think dozen chickens died for that appetizer. I think they were cooked with white wine and bell peppers... delicious. I've also enjoyed the chicken liver app at Southern Accent, but also a few years ago.

                  1. re: juno

                    You can get them sauteed with loads of garlic and lemon juice Pan. Its an app, but generous.

                    Pan on the Danforth
                    516 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P6, CA

                2. Korean Soon Tofu and Pork Bone Soup. West Indian Doubles. Chinese egg tarts. Street meat. The vege lasagna from the East European deli in the basement of the St. Lawrence market.

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                  1. re: theel

                    where is the best place for pork bone soup?

                    1. re: Coffee and Choco

                      Ka Chi in Little Korea on Bloor...they also have a location on St. Andrew between Chinatown and Kensington Market.

                      1. re: childofthestorm

                        OMG! No way. Go to Owl of Minerva on Yonge st. close to yonge and finch. The one in downtown isn't good as before after the owner has changed in ~2005.
                        Ka Chi?! The food in this place is like MSG Soups.

                        Owl of Minerva(Btw, they open for 24hrs)
                        5324 Yonge Street, (416) 221-7275

                      2. re: Coffee and Choco

                        Wow Korean in mississauga by dundas somewhere.... the soup is awesomely cabbage-y and well spiked and the meat is ample and very very tender on the bones.

                        1. re: Coffee and Choco

                          we should start a pork bone thread. mmmm.

                        2. re: theel

                          +1 West Indian Doubles. :) mmm ...

                        3. More an ingredient but OXTAIL
                          i looooove oxtail in all forms
                          what a wonderful meat!

                          My coworkers can't stomach the thought but i grew up on korean oxtail soup and braised/stewed soy sauce oxtail. Yum.

                          Carribean style and western red wine braised oxtail is also awesome.

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                          1. re: CoffeeAddict416

                            Let's solve this chicken liver problem before we move on to oxtail and other unmentionable animal parts. Chicken livers as a main dish: where? Agreed, it's mainly a home-cooked dish, as 1sweetpea has mentioned. I've tasted Southern Accent's chicken liver appetizer, and damn good it was. But when I enquired if it might make a main dish, I was informed that chickens have but one liver and there's not enough to go around for a main. I tend not to believe that evasive answer. Mr. julesrules obviously went to Ouzeri when it was good, and enjoyed their chicken liver appetizer, but, alas, it WAS an appetizer, and I want a main dish. Cat123 mentions calves liver at Le Select - good, I had it once, though I think Pastis Express does it better - but that's not chicken liver. If Centre Street Deli has chicken livers on its menu, it escaped me. I'm intrigued by the chicken liver and kidney pita mentioned above, but that was Morocco, which is rather far to go. I'm reduced to getting my chicken livers at Whitehouse Meats in the St. Lawrence Market, when they have them, which isn't often. So the question remains: which resto in Toronto has chicken livers as a main dish? Surely the combined expertise of Chowhound can come up with an answer.

                            Then we can move on to oxtail and other underrated foods.

                            1. re: juno

                              Honestly the quantity of chicken livers we received at Ouzeri was more than enough for a main (but no sides of course). Two liver lovers split it, were more than sated, and were struggling with our mains after. But I figured the kitchen must buy whole chickens and had ended up with a surfeit of which we were the lucky recipients. But yeah, as to the decline at Ouzeri, this was 3.5 years ago, which I know because I was 9 months pregnant at the time.... so don't call me mister ;)

                              1. re: juno

                                Jacque's on Cumberland had a chicken liver omelet on the menu about a year ago. My friend loved it. But I don't know if it was a special or a regular menu item.

                              2. re: CoffeeAddict416

                                I got my taste of nice homemade Caribbean food when I was seeing someone who's family was from Jamaica. I recently satisfied my craving for oxtail at a nearby little take-out joint in Scarborough. Here's a pic of the food:
                                $7. Not bad. Have you located a great place to get your fix?

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                                1. Horse is on the menu at Czehoski (or at least it used to be).

                                  Kishka at Pancer's deli on Bathurst (cow intestines stuffed with breadcrumbs)

                                  my two cents...

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                                  1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                                    Haven't seen horse there since the management change last year (was regularly available at Coca rather than Czehoski).

                                    1. re: estufarian

                                      If you're looking for horse meat, I believe La Palette in Kensington Market is known for serving it. Black Hoof apparently has it on the menu as well sometimes (but not when I visited).