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Jun 18, 2009 01:38 PM

I have to eat dinner at Fran's - what should I order / avoid at all costs?

Yes, I'm being roped into Fran's on the weekend for dinner; the one on College, if it matters. Any recommendations as to what to order / avoid. Personally, I've only ever been once, to the now-defunct Eglinton location - alcohol played a role in that decision, no doubt.

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  1. I haven't been to one in a long while, but when I have to eat somewhere like Fran's, I stay away from anything remotely fancy-sounding (those things always disappoint), and eat stuff that requires a minimum of "artistry", as you're not going to find any there... So, things like eggs & bacon (not pancakes, tho), BLT sandwich (which I notice they advertise on their menu as "the best in town"), grilled cheese sandwich (keeping in mind you're not going to get some fancy aged cheddar), etc., Apparently, the rice pudding and apple pie have been reviewed well by some (there are even quotes on the menu).

    You may luck out with a knowledgeable server who will give you the inside scoop on what's good; I often ask in such a situation, and sometimes they will open up with "not the ...; stay away from the ..., but the ... is quite good..." Obviously, if he/she tells you everything is good, then go with simplicity.

    1. I happen to really like their Monte Cristo sandwich!

      1. Get the Grilled Chicken Avocado club with Onion rings. hmmmm...

        1. Oh! Stay away from all the wraps, salads, pastas. Stick to the sandwiches (almost all are good), burgers, and other things that seem "diner like".

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          1. re: canadianbeaver

            I haven't been for dinner since they dropped the 'Canadian' sandwich (back bacon, Cdn cheddar and a spicy mayonnaise) - but for brunch the corn beef hash was quite aceptable (OK - greasy, but tastes good).

          2. I have nothing new to add except that Fran's has been repeatedly mentioned in the posting 'Worst in Toronto'. So all I can say is 'GOOD LUCK'!!! and oh! stick to only sandwiches if you have to eat anything!