Lunch in Oshawa
We went for lunch at Simcoe Jazz (used to be Chicago's) on Simcoe Street North and the food was great! They have a cook from Sri Lanka so I decided to try the Vindaloo chicken....sooo good! My boyfriend had wings which were also great and under $6 for a pound is a good deal.
Planning to go back for sure!!
Hi and thank you for the replies. We went out and had lunch at Teddy's. Let me tell you, I grew up in NJ so I spent most of my first 19 years on this earth in diners, and Teddy's made me feel like I was back on Rt. 17 in Paramus NJ right away (that's a good thing). There was no line when we got there, which was about 1PM, but when we left at about 2:30 there was a big line, I don't know late lunch? Anyway, besides being a diner aficionado I am a NY deli expert (self appointed) and let me tell you something, Teddy's pastrami is way better than Katz's, close to the original 2nd ave deli. I am not kidding, get thee to Teddy's and have pastrami on rye. It was AMAZING!! So tender and wonderful. Stick to pastrami alone with the table mustard (the "hot" mustard was some sweet thing I was unfamiliar with) The green salad with house dressing as bad, sorry, drowning iceberg. I need to be honest. The fries were good that my wife got, crunchy hot and not oily. I will drive to Oshawa now and get that pastrami sandwich now every time I get a chance to go through that town. It is a true gem!
I cannot comment on the corned beef or other items, but when you find something wonderful stick to it, next time I go i'm having the pastrami on rye again.
Maybe they can get Dr. Brown's cram soda? If that happens, I'm moving to Oshawa!!!
An Oshawa friend tipped me off to Teddy's years ago, and I've been going - whenever I'm in those parts - ever since. It's the best classic diner food I've ever experienced, and I've been in diners all over North America. I've never had the pastrami you're raving about, but the soups, sandwiches, main dishes (the turkey dinner is first rate) and desserts are all eminently satisfying. A long, long menu, all done with panache. Terrific staff, many of wom look like they've been there forever. Little wonder it's almost always jammed with locals, who know a good deal on solid, straightforward eatin'.
Finally tried Teddy's. I found it so so.
I went for a Bacon Burger and, haha, pancakes. I wanted to try both.
Burger was so-so, though they let you choose your doneness which is nice. Nice char but couldn’t really pick up a char taste. This was the first time I've ever had to add salt and pepper to a hamburger while dining out. It was exceedingly bland. Once the S+P was added it was much better, but not sure I'd make another trip in from the city for it. The fries were frozen but actually pretty good. I almost never eat/like frozen fries but I enjoyed them a lot to my surprise. The couple of onion rings that came on the burger were tasty.
Pancakes were from scratch and not bad. Although certainly better than industrial supply mixes most breakfast in Toronto places serve with indifference, again, not worth the gas to get to (for me at any rate).
My friend's home fries were undercooked, glutinous, and generally meh. Did not try their scrambled eggs. But they looked nice.
Pies: so so. Strawberry pie. Meh, had better. Coconut cream: decent, but fairly bland. I like pies that aren’t too sweet, but this one really could’ve used some more sugar or some sort of flavour extract or vanilla… or something. Again, bland. I personally find it annoying when coconut cream pies do not include coconut in the filling, but only as a garnish on top, which is how it is done at Teddy's. To me, that is not coconut cream pie. I really appreciate the fact that both were made in-house. Who makes their own pies these days?! No one, that’s who. So I really respect that. Kudos to Teddy’s for that. They just didn’t rock my world.
Portions are very good, and prices are super reasonable. If I were local I might return but as it stands now I'm not sure I will. It was fine, just not mindblowing enough for the gas. Again, so says me. But what do I know. A lot of people sure seem to like it.
Although my particular server was a bit gruff around the edges, generally service was good. They were certainly on top of their game and efficient.
Thought I’d provide a follow-up for anyone that cares.
Went back and enjoyed my second experience a lot more than my first go.
Again, I had the pancakes, but this time I actually added the butter and drenched them in syrup. Also ate them with a side of sausages, which although certainly not housemade were so good. The butter, extra syrup and sausages made for an awesome pancake experience. They all really bumped up the flavour of the pancakes, which although made-from-scratch and fluffy are a tad on the plain side in terms of flavour. But mixed all together I was dyin’. So good. The homefries were also given a second chance as they looked like they had better colour on them than on my first visit, so I was hopeful they’d be better. This time I also added lots of S+P and ketchup. They were slightly improved than on my first visit but still could use some significant improvement in both flavour and texture. More butter, more colour, and more seasoning would really help them.
My friend’s messy turkey sandwich was fantastic. Loads of white and dark meat, so tasty with such a great roasted flavour. Not dry at all…. even the breast meat. Their cream of broccoli soup was also delicious. Very oniony. Lovely. Oh yeah, coffee has been piping hot and tasty both times. Thumbs up on that front, Teddy’s.
Skipped the desserts, because as mentioned on my initial post, they really weren’t all that great. Plus I was damn full.
Looking forward to returning in a couple months maybe. Will likely be getting the roast turkey dinner on that visit :)
It's like an hour before lunch. A bit short notice, no?
Anyway, I highly recommend Hot Rocks in Whitby, just 2 minutes west of Oshawa. Teddy's is great for diner food. Starr Burger in Whitby is phenomenal for burgers.
Starr Ave Burger
900 Brock St N, Whitby, ON L1N4J6, CA
Hot Rocks Creative Diner
728 Anderson St, Whitby, ON L1N3V6, CA
If they're open, you could try the Montreal Deli - steamies and poutine that are from what I hear pretty authentic. They never seem to be open when I'm out there, though, so I haven't had a chance to try it yet. It's at Simcoe and Bond. There's also Teddy's for diner food, at Park and King.