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Jul 29, 2009 02:04 PM


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.


        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?

              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 )


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                1. re: fogducker

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