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Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 06:09 AM

Ok. So as you can tell from my name, I love junk food. I have been even been known to go on fast food road trips (i.e. visiting the very first KFC). But its all good because I also run marathons.

But aside from the deep affection I have for waffle house and the food at small-town country fairs, I love the fast food in Toronto, particularly street meat (hot dog vendors), strawberry-filled timbits, and fries & gravy from Mt. St. Louis ski resort.

And now that I am back training for a new marathon & can up my caloric intake, I want to know: What else am I missing?

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    JJLOVESFOOD RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 06:34 AM

    Gandhi Roti on Queen St West

    1. num nums RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 07:53 AM

      i haven't tried it yet, but at the newish Reggie's Old-Fashioned Sandwiches they have deep fried mac 'n' cheese.

      the "fresser" at caplansky's ordered fatty should also meet your requirements. wash it down with his poutine!

      356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

      571 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

      1. sleepy RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 08:48 AM

        deep fried mars bar :o

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          Toronto Fastfoodie RE: sleepy Apr 19, 2009 09:48 AM

          From where?

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            phoenikia RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 11:11 AM

            C'est Bon near Yonge and Lawrence has it on their menu.

            Here's a recent thread on deep friend mars bars in TO:

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              JamieK RE: phoenikia Apr 19, 2009 02:54 PM

              Olde Yorke on Laird does deep fried Mars Bars but I've only seen it marked on their chalkboard so don't know if it's part of their regular menu or not.

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                wontonfm RE: JamieK Apr 28, 2009 05:18 PM

                it's not on the regular menu but one day I asked for it and they had them.


          2. re: sleepy
            fickle RE: sleepy Apr 19, 2009 12:32 PM

            Had a deep fried mars bar and a deep fried easter creme egg last Saturday at St Andrews. It's good thing we only indulge once a year!

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            ttran88 RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 01:10 PM

            mary browns fried chicken and wedges...mmmm!

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              deelicious RE: ttran88 Apr 19, 2009 02:21 PM

              Where do you go for MB FC? I went to dufferin street a month or so ago and it was not special at all - greasy and slimy. Popeyes is much better than that. As a kid I ate at MB and it was good - where is the good location...or 2?

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                pinstripeprincess RE: deelicious Apr 21, 2009 07:51 AM

                i tired mary browns recently and don't get the fuss. though in the past i've only really known people to enjoy it in certain states of lucidity.

                the shake and bake crumb type texture doesn't appeal to me more than a nice bubbly batter.

            2. deelicious RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 02:29 PM

              I think the fried panzerorri at Bitondo is the best fast food treat in all of Toronto. Fish and Chips is always good on Broadview. Swatow sweet and sour pork and fried rice! California Sandwich chicken with cheese! Those are my greasy fatty heart stopping pleasures! That's a good start.

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                ziggystardust RE: deelicious Apr 20, 2009 09:12 PM

                The panzi at Bitondo is good, but a bit dear at $6 considering there's nothing in it but sauce and cheese.

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                torontofoodiegirl RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 03:16 PM

                I'm no marathon runner, so try my best to avoid fast food (some days I do better than others), but one of my favourite guilty pleasures is Burger Shack on Eglinton at Oriole Pkwy. So bad, but so good....

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                  Toronto Fastfoodie RE: torontofoodiegirl Apr 19, 2009 05:00 PM

                  Oh Yum! Thanks for the reminders! I forgot about Bitondos and The Shack; the best onion rings.

                  I think I am going to have to try Mary Browns. I had the fried chicken at Harlem a couple weeks ago, and while the outside was crispy and delicious, honestly, I have had a better balance between crunchy outside and juicy inside at Popeyes.

                  What about an awesom eclair with REAL whipped cream? I know that bakeries do not like to use it because it does not hold its shape the same way the fake stuff does, but it is all the difference between edible and inedible. I may love junk food, but I won't eat it if it doesn't taste good or if the place I am buying it from is not clean.

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                    thenextbite RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 28, 2009 03:07 PM

                    Eclairs with fabulous REAL whipped cream can be found at the Mrs. Bridges Bakery in Eglinton Square - Victoria Park and Eglinton on the Scarborough border. They are soooo good!!!! They don't always have them though, so check before you go:

                    Mrs. Bridges British Bakery

                    Best of luck to you!

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                      Full tummy RE: thenextbite Apr 28, 2009 04:12 PM

                      Woooahhhhh! That is exciting. Thanks for the tip. I'm so tired of ├ęclairs with pastry cream or chocolate mousse...

                2. food face RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 05:03 PM

                  Nice thread. Me, I'm into:
                  Pizza Hut ((Original with a thick Oily crust)
                  Smokes Poutine
                  a Pogo stick every couple years at a white trash travelling carny,
                  Chicken balls at the China House
                  A 10 pack of Chicken McNuggits with 2 sauces (spicy mustard and sweet and sour)
                  A good Hunk of Shnitzle

                  I've been on weight watchers for the last 6 months so you are all bad influences!!!

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                    abigllama RE: food face Apr 20, 2009 07:33 PM

                    Just a sad note on the McD's nuggets. They seem to have discontinued the Hot Mustard sauce at least in the GTA. I used it to dip fries and put it on McChicken sandwhiches too. I don't know if this is company wide but it's gone here.

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                      OTFOODIE RE: abigllama Apr 20, 2009 08:17 PM

                      That was at least Canada-wide and quite some time ago

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                        food face RE: abigllama Apr 21, 2009 05:58 AM

                        This shows how often I eat there! Shame, it was tasty sauce.

                    2. JamieK RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 05:25 PM

                      I wouldn't call this "junk "food (rmore fast-food than junk ) but for me, my greasy temptations are the samosas at Sultan and the fish and chips at Olde Yorke.

                      Olde Yorke
                      96 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

                      Sultan Of Samosas
                      1677 O'Connor Dr, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

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                        Toronto Fastfoodie RE: JamieK Apr 28, 2009 05:26 PM

                        I had the Samosas today. So good. I bought a 1/2 dozen thinking I would have 1 on the way home and the rest for lunch tomorrow. Fast forward 20 minutes and I have ruined my dinner and have no lunch for tomorrow.

                      2. sloweater RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 05:28 PM

                        Randy's beef patties on Eglinton near Oakwood.

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                          piccola RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 05:47 PM

                          Definitely New York Subs on Queen St. West.

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                            Pincus RE: piccola Apr 20, 2009 07:37 AM

                            Oh yeah, I had a jumbo mixed veg there Saturday. Not at all healthy with all the oil and sauce, but so tasty.

                          2. Squeakycheese RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 05:59 PM

                            FUNNEL CAKE! not sure where you can procure these beauties other than Canada's Wonderland!

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                              hippotatomus RE: Squeakycheese Apr 19, 2009 07:48 PM

                              I think I might have seen them at Ontario Place....not 100% sure, but I do know they have Beaver Tails at Ontario Place!!!! I love beaver tails!
                              They also had funnel cake during Taste of Danforth.

                              1. re: Squeakycheese
                                phoenikia RE: Squeakycheese Apr 19, 2009 07:52 PM

                                Not funnel cake, but equally tasty and deep-fried are the loukamades at Athen's Pastries on the Danforth- warm bite-sized balls of deep fried dough drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

                                Athens Pastries
                                509 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA

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                                  foodyDudey RE: phoenikia Apr 19, 2009 08:00 PM

                                  Or you can try the Indian version, which is called a "jalebi"

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                                    hippotatomus RE: foodyDudey Apr 19, 2009 08:08 PM

                                    I think I've tried jalebi, don't remember where but I remember it was too sweet for my preferences. Were you suggesting the jalebi is similar in taste to the loukamades? 'cause the loukamades sound really yummy, but if they're like jalebi then I can save myself a trip.

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                                      phoenikia RE: hippotatomus Apr 19, 2009 08:48 PM

                                      If you get them fresh, right out of the deep-fryer (and they make them fresh several times an hour) and freshly drizzled with honey, the honey hasn't soaked in yet and they aren't too sweet. If they're making a fresh batch when you get there, you could probably ask them for less honey.

                                      But if they've been sitting in honey for a while, they soak up the honey like a little sponge, and end up on the supersweet side.

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                                        hippotatomus RE: phoenikia Apr 20, 2009 05:54 AM

                                        I just googled them and they look delicious.. they look like bite-sized timbits~ I'll remember to check them out. thanks

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                                        Full tummy RE: hippotatomus Apr 20, 2009 12:28 AM

                                        I think the texture is quite different. You should definitely try the loukoumades!

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                                          merlot143 RE: Full tummy Apr 28, 2009 07:32 PM

                                          I also really enjoy the loukamades at Athens. They're great when paired with mint tea. I've had jalebi, and I don't like them. Loukamades at Athens are light, airy creations. Jalebi taste like honey-coated golf balls.

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                                      Davwud RE: phoenikia Apr 20, 2009 04:35 AM

                                      Make sure they have cinnamon on them. One of the Greeks here at work doesn't like them with it. He brings them in and I thought they were okay. One day he brought them and didn't realize they had cinnamon on them. What a difference. They went from okay to great.


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                                        Toronto Fastfoodie RE: Davwud Apr 20, 2009 06:34 AM

                                        Speaking of delicious, unhealthy Greek treats, where can I get the best Baklava in the city without going all the way to the Danforth. Not too dense, somewhat flaky& fresh. I tried the ones a Pusiteri and it was not that fresh.

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                                          LemonLauren RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 20, 2009 04:33 PM

                                          not sure your 'hood, but Mezzetta on St. Clair West has my fave baklava in the city.

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                                            goaneat RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 21, 2009 12:36 PM

                                            try Arz Bakery on Lawrence Ave E at Warden Ave...the Baklava is
                                            good and fresh...

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                                              Wahooty RE: goaneat Apr 21, 2009 01:43 PM

                                              Arz has unbelievably good baklava, but if Toronto Fastfoodie doesn't want to go "all the way to the Danforth" I'm guessing they REALLY don't want to go all the way to Scarborough. :)

                                              For what it's worth, though, it is flaky, fresh, and delicious, and available in lots of varieties. But it's Middle Eastern-style, not Greek.

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                                                Toronto Fastfoodie RE: Wahooty Apr 21, 2009 06:33 PM

                                                Lawrence & Warden is not too far; it is on the way to a (pregnant) friend's house so I am thinking it will make a sweet housewarming gift we can both enjoy.

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                                                  Wahooty RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 21, 2009 06:42 PM

                                                  In that case, enjoy! I think Arz is a wonderful place. It's actually a little closer to Pharmacy than Warden. Also in that area (right at Pharmacy and Lawrence) is Patisserie Royale, which also comes highly recommended on this board.

                                      2. re: Squeakycheese
                                        cupcakez RE: Squeakycheese Apr 20, 2009 09:23 AM

                                        Shoeless joes on the dessert menu...yummy!!

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                                          Teffub RE: Squeakycheese Apr 20, 2009 09:44 AM

                                          A Funnel Cake restaurant will be opening up at Avenue Road and Melrose, taking over the Timothy's coffee location.

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                                            Yongeman RE: Teffub Apr 20, 2009 05:33 PM

                                            A funnel cake restaurant? That's all it serves?

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                                              Teffub RE: Yongeman Apr 28, 2009 05:03 PM

                                              Yup - apparently. Its not opened yet.. web site isnt up yet either:

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                                            Toronto Fastfoodie RE: Squeakycheese May 24, 2009 05:11 AM

                                            Good news, Squeakycheese! A new funnel cake cafe is opening on Ave. Rd, south of the 401 & North of Lawrence. The sign promises the best funnel cakes in the world. We shall see....

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                                              always_eating RE: Toronto Fastfoodie May 24, 2009 07:52 AM

                                              In the world?! That's quite the promise! :) I totally have cravings for funnel cake every now and then, especially in the Summer, so thanks for the info on this new place.

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                                            c_snapper RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 19, 2009 07:59 PM

                                            infinite supply of chicken wings for me.

                                            Mary Brown's Fried Chicken + Wedges is VERY VERY good

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                                              deelicious RE: c_snapper Apr 19, 2009 08:10 PM

                                              where is this mary browns?

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                                                morefoodplz RE: deelicious Apr 20, 2009 07:12 AM

                                                Try: http://www.marybrowns.com/locator.html

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                                                  deelicious RE: morefoodplz Apr 20, 2009 03:21 PM

                                                  Sorry...I am just trying to find out which location comes highly recommended because I didn't like my chicken on Dufferin street at all because it was so greasy and slimy feeling. Was it a bad visit or is there a better location?

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                                                    Yongeman RE: deelicious Apr 20, 2009 05:36 PM

                                                    I've had the chicken at the Dufferin St. Mary Brown's a few times and it's always been very good...certainly never slimy--yuck.

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                                                      ttran88 RE: deelicious Apr 20, 2009 06:37 PM

                                                      i go to the one on dufferin south of Yorkdale. I too have had bad experiences there but its only at certain times. ive been there numerous times after that situation and its been much better. i now go around 2- 4 pm. At this time its slow and the chickebn is fresh. never fails. hope this helps.

                                              2. grandgourmand RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 21, 2009 07:31 AM

                                                Guilty pleasure (i.e once a month) is a double cheeseburger at McD's "dressed like a mac". For 30c more (i.e. from $1.39) you get to almost the same level as full fledged Big Mac.

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                                                  OTFOODIE RE: grandgourmand Apr 28, 2009 02:54 PM

                                                  I tried this the other day & they didn't upcharge me for the sauce!

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                                                    Full tummy RE: OTFOODIE Apr 28, 2009 04:12 PM

                                                    Which location????

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                                                      OTFOODIE RE: Full tummy Apr 28, 2009 06:22 PM

                                                      7 between Bayview & Leslie.

                                                  2. re: grandgourmand
                                                    sleepy RE: grandgourmand Apr 28, 2009 05:17 PM

                                                    ok i tried this the other day at bayview and eglinton location, they put lettuce/tomato/mayo/bigmac sauce and didnt charge anything :o

                                                    1. re: sleepy
                                                      Toronto Fastfoodie RE: sleepy Apr 28, 2009 05:28 PM

                                                      This is good information to know. I tried the new Mac Wrap. Just so not the same. The bun is part of what makes it so good.

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                                                        Toronto Fastfoodie RE: Toronto Fastfoodie May 24, 2009 05:12 AM

                                                        Just told my class of pre-teens about the "dressed like a Mac" thing. I am now almost cool in the eyes of the middle school student.

                                                  3. Muffin__Top RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 21, 2009 10:21 AM

                                                    I'm going for a 8k run right now- then to the Blue Jays game tonight for ONE DOLLAR HOT DOGS YEAH

                                                    Before it was Big Stan's Burger with sweet potato fries after my long runs (but before their health violations)

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