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anyone know where one could get good doubles in the GTA? preferably downtown-ish....

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  1. Patty King in Kensington is downtown.

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    1. re: chocabot

      True, but they're not very good.

      That said, I haven't had a good doubles since D&D closed.

      1. re: Atahualpa

        I've only had doubles in two places. The first time I thought it was good but nothing special. The second time was at Patty King and it was excellent. Loved it so much the next time I was there I dragged a friend in and he loved his too.
        Take that for what it's worth.

        DT

        1. re: Davwud

          I have tried Patty King's doubles on three occasions. They have never been more than lukewarm and twice the dough was notably stale. If you avoided those issues, they might be alright.

          I'm no doubles connoisseur (as evidenced by my lackluster attempt to find another place to get them), but, what I got from Patty King was simply bad food.

    2. Island Foods in the Grange but go before September, they're leaving when their lease is up and La Limonada (the little place in the rotunda just off Wellington street at Metro Hall) both make good doubles.

      1. ACR Roti and Doubles in Scarborough (2680 Lawrence) is the best doubles in Toronto, but if you're willing to settle for something less Cocount Grove (Dundas, east of University)used to be pretty good (though I haven't been since the new owners took over)

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        1. re: Finnegan

          Sorry to say, but I didn't much enjoy anything I had at ACR; I also didn't appreciate the attitude from the staff. The doubles, as I remember them, were limp and soggy.

          I prefer Roti Hut on Pitfield, though it's a much crispier dough than I've had anywhere else, so not sure how traditional. That said, it was my favourite. Island Foods doubles, which I have eaten at the Don Mills location, are pretty good.

          1. re: Full tummy

            Funny I am the opposite. I liked the soggy mess at ACR, I found it messy but tasty. Roti Hut on the other hand was eh... my first impression was dry, not as flavourful as others I have tired. Although I too do not know what authentic is as far doubles are concerned.

            1. re: Full tummy

              I love Roti Hut for roti, but have never had the doubles...IMHO going to rot ihut and not getting the roti, would be like going to a Oktoberfest and not ordering a beer

              1. re: Finnegan

                Go extra hungry and order both, haha!

              2. re: Full tummy

                Not sure about authenticity either but You dead on FT, Roti Hut on Pitfield THE BEST EVER

            2. Not downtown, but decent doubles (that are better than Patty King's, but I haven't tried ACR, LL or Island Food's versions)- can be found on Yonge north of Eg at Caribbean Bistro.

              Haven't tried Ali's in Parkdale, but I've heard they also serve doubles. Haven't heard much about Ali's lately- has anyone dined there recently?

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              Caribbean Bistro
              2439 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

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              1. re: phoenikia

                I haven't tried ACR yet, Finnegan, but some of my Trinidadian friends swear by Drupati on Albion Rd. So far, that's my favourite place, too.

                1. re: Yongeman

                  recently drupati's just didn't satiate me.... someone had so kindly brought back a few dozen to share and made sure they were mild so that i could adjust the heat as i saw fit (i'm rather terrible with spice) but they were so very bland without the extra spoonfuls of spice. i liked the texture overall but the greasiness was really offputting after one or two. it's frustrating because they still are the best in the city but not quite right to me. i recall making several attempts out to acr (closed for various reasons) and when i finally had one they were just... meh.

                  do i ever miss d&d now... i'm not as fond of most of the doubles along that small parkdale strip. roti lady brings them in from elsewhere and hers are very very fruity and the barra rather chewy. ali's skimp on the filling and have thick incredibly chewy barra that isn't worth the hassle since i like light and fluffy. i'm not even sure what it is that island foods is filling it with, it's a bit of a liquid mess. sigh, too many great eats gone.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                    Agreed about ACR - I think they're good, but not destination-worthy like some others seem to. In Scarborough, I'd rather get them at Roti Hut where I've always gotten freshly-fried barra. Mona's and Roti & Pelau Shop both have soggier, but fruitier and very tasty doubles in the same area. R&P's filling on Roti Hut's bread would be my own personal doubles nirvana.

                      1. re: Davwud

                        In a strip mall on Sheppard, between Markham and Neilson.

                        Roti & Pelau Shop

                        15 Lapsley Rd, Scarborough M1B 1K1, Ontario

                        p: 4163213755

                          1. re: Davwud

                            Nope, sorry. Just been there the one time, for a doubles and a roti. Which were both quite good, but not good enough to justify the extra distance from my house.

              2. Mona's Roti - not downtown - Sheppard between McCowan and Markham. I like both her roti and doubles ( $1.50 )

                http://www.monasroti.com/

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                1. re: fogducker

                  I agree Mona's doubles are pretty good, but not as Good as ACR

                2. Caribbean Roti Palace on Bathurst just south of Bloor has excellent doubles.

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                  1. I live in Pickering, and I only buy my doubles and other meals at Roti 'N Ting.
                    NE corner of Liverpool and Highway 2.
                    They now sell their doubles with chicken, beef or goat.
                    Yes it would be unconventional, but oh so much better.
                    On Saturdays, I go there for Shark and Bake.
                    Never had a bad meal there.

                    1. A slightly non-traditional spin are the doubles at Channaman's Caribbean Corner, 2480 Eglinton Avenue East,. Scarborough. Huge, expensive ($2.50 I think) but one is a meal, two is pigging out. I also like their rotis. The filling is slightly wetter than Roti Hut.

                      Anyone have any idea where to get mannish water?

                      1. The posts above do a good of summarizing the doubles offerings. Here are my two cents...

                        Patty King - skip it. The two times I've been there the doubles have been be pre-made and pre-wrapped and sitting in the heat case. They were lukewarm and soggy at best.

                        Carribean Bistro - good doubles and love their hot sauce. BUT the doubles are $2.50 each I think. I get its a high rent area but I have issues with paying more than $1.50 for doubles. It's totally a personal thing.

                        Island Foods - Love their doubles! The have them often but do sell out. But be worth a phone call before you head over.

                        ACR - (not downtown at all) LOVE LOVE LOVE their doubles. Easily my favourite. I have never had a problem with service and think they are very nice. The doubles are always hot and fresh and people are always in their buying a TON of them. I wrote about ACR here: http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com/2...

                        Roti Hut - next on my list to try..

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                        1. re: wontonfm

                          re:Caribbean Bistro- I realize their doubles cost more, but when you factor in travel time, and effort, I don't mind spending the extra buck to find a decent double close to Eg station:)

                          Even if the food at Caribbean Bistro costs more than most WI restaurants in TO, it still ends up being one of the more affordable restaurants in the Y & E area;) IIRC, their roti are around $8- it seems difficult to end up spending much more than $15 per person in there.

                          Much cheaper and much tastier than Grazie imho:) (to compare apples to oranges!)

                          1. re: phoenikia

                            ok so after reading this thread i HAD to have doubles. i was going to go to Island Foods but thought I'd listen to phoenikia and just go to CB since I have to walk past it to get pretty much ANYWHERE.

                            I used to like their doubles but the ones I had the other day were not lovely. The chickpeas were kind of bland and had a weird earthy taste to them. The chutney/sauce on them was delicious but not enough to revive the chickpeas. The barras was good though and it was a pretty sturdy doubles.

                            Sadly, I think CB is off my doubles list... but will consider revisiting their rotis :)

                            WON

                            1. re: wontonfm

                              Roti Hut is going down fast! Paid for doubles tonight, waited 20 minutes - they told me they were struggling to make them because "the dough is too stiff" and gave my money back.

                              The goat rotis which I've been buying for years now have little meat and are so dry I can't eat them without a soup or beverage. All the tables were empty too.

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                              Roti Hut
                              351 Pitfield Rd, Toronto, ON M1S3E5, CA

                              1. re: Guzzler

                                Whatttt! Anyone else have problems there?

                                1. re: Guzzler

                                  I really didn't want to know that. I don't do there very often, usually just in passing. I hope someone else posts some good news so we know it is a one-off.

                                  1. re: Paulustrious

                                    I'll go there next week, Paul.
                                    This sounds like untrained staff who didn't want to be there, hopefully a rarity.

                          2. Just a thought.Has anyone tried the east indian snack chhole bhature? Its similar to doubles.

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                            1. re: garfield

                              Doubles originated from the the Chole Bhature......The Barra is just a miniature version of the Bhature...I enjoy doubles when I want a no nonsense fast snack...Chole Bhature requires more of a sit down optionj....

                              1. re: warlock

                                Why are they called doubles?

                                cf: sandwich, pita

                                1. re: Paulustrious

                                  Someone told me that they are called doubles cause there are always two of them, them being the barra.

                                2. re: warlock

                                  warlock,
                                  Thats what I thought. I am a big fan of Chhole Bhature I was unaware of doubles until recently though I had been frequenting Carribean restaurants for a long time for the roti.
                                  I threw in that comment because Chhole Bhature is not that easy to find downtown. People may instead try this.

                              2. I am intrigued. What is a "double" ?

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                                1. re: Metatron

                                  Two pieces of mildly-flavoured fried dough with a Trinidadian flavoured chick-pea and potato curry in the middle.

                                  First entry: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Doubles

                                  Even if you only have one, it is still a doubles (not a double).

                                2. I highly recommend Danforth Roti House. It's at 2844 Danforth (out near Dawes). It's strictly bare bones, mostly a takeout joint, but doubles are fresh to order and delicious.

                                  So is Island Foods at the Grange really gone? They were my downtown favourite...

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                                  Island Foods
                                  1182 King St W, Toronto, ON M6K1E6, CA

                                  Danforth Roti Shop
                                  2844 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1M1, CA