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I've been long time reader but just recently started to join in the postings. I've found several "gems" of restaurants that I never would have come across, thanks soley to the postings of fellow chowhouders. These are not places that are repeatedly listed and rated and flouted by toronto life and other mainstream food related writings.

thanks to you guys I've discovered:

Frida's - love the small friendly atmosphere and the original food a beverage offerings - especially the oaxaca queso! It can be a dress up "event" dinner or a last minute spur off the moment event. Never would have ventured here except for the repeated raves from fellow chowhounders

Aoyama - out of the way in suburbia (but good for me when I don't want to venture too far) in a non descript strip mall sharing real estate with KFC. But what a great omikase dinner. the best finish with my favorite black sesame ice cream.

High Street Fish and Chips- I used to go to McNie's before I moved away from that neighborhood. Imagine my surprise when on the recommendation of chowhounders i arrived at High Street only to find that they were owned by the very same owners, the McNies! It like arriving at fish and chip heaven!1 new discovery was that they have what I think is the city's best sticky toffee pudding.

I wanted to know which places you've found soley through chowhound as well as special places you've shared with chowhound.

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  1. Buster Rhino's - smoky meaty goodness. Awesome brisket.

    Perfect Chinese - good, inexpensive...service not so much.

    Allen's - love the burger and sweet potato fries. Have never had bad service there
    (but almost didn't go because of some of the reviews here...glad I didn't heed them).

    Agincourt Bakery - great veal sandwich (of the meat sitting in sauce variety). Generous and flavourful. Bun holds up if you don't get too many squishy toppings.

    Still want to try:

    Calabria Bakery pizza
    Montreal Fries & Steames in Oshawa (for the poutine)
    Teddy's in Oshawa

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      1. re: CeeQueue

        I definitely agree with Zen and Buster Rhino's (brisket and pulled pork available in cryovaced packages from Buckingham Meats in either Brooklin or Oshawa Mon. - Sat.).

        Partly through this site and another food blog, http://kalofagas.ca/, Kosta's Meats on Ellesmere west of Warden for souvlaki, lamb and barrel aged feta (so good). The barrel aged feta is sold by the kilo, and then they give you a bag of brine to keep the feta until you eat it.

        1. re: CeeQueue

          Make sure you're really hungry if you order the turkey dinner at Teddy's. :>)

          1. re: Wiley

            (and the strawberry pie for dessert, if you can manage it)

          2. re: CeeQueue

            Why Calabria bakery pizza? I am intrigued; do tell.

            1. re: itryalot

              I tried Calabria pizza for the first time last week and it is superb, at a reasonable price ($8 to $12 for a 12").
              It is made to order (in front of you) and quickly baked in a log burning oven. Takes about 12 minutes. Thin crust, and simple but very fresh toppings.
              The pizza maker is an older gent who has probably been making pies for many years, and perhaps he only wants to do it on Thursday and Friday now.
              I haven't tried Fratelli's yet, but I'm very happy to have found Calabria.

              1. re: jayt90

                jayt90, Fratelli's pizzas are similar to Calabria, but I'd say theirs are made with a little more care (and more toppings,but, at a slightly higher price). Fratelli's also has a larger variety.

                In terms of atmosphere, Fratelli's wins hands down (it's an established restaurant). For a wood burning pizza on the go, you can't beat Calabria.

                1. re: Dr Butcher

                  In my limited experience with Calabria I think they actually put quite a bit of care into their pizza! Which I really appreciate. It's refreshing to see.

                  I also must say, their canolis (esp. the ricotta), when fresh, are to die for. Best I've had in Toronto. Even when not fresh they are probably better than most.

                  Fratelli's sounds interesting. Will have to list that puppy up.

                2. re: jayt90

                  I think they only do pizza Thursdays and Fridays because the wood is pricey for them and they try to make their wood supply last. At least that is what someone there told me. She seemed to know what she was talking about. Makes sense. Might be other factors too, who knows.

                  The pizza maker is a real sweet guy. Last time I was there, when they were in a slower period, my pizza took 5 minutes to come after ordering. If that. Quick!

                3. re: itryalot

                  They serve wood oven baked pizzas 2 days a week (Thursdays and Fridays). They are a thin crust style 12" pizza, cooked upon order.They start at $8 and range to $12 or so for more exotic varieties. A bargain and pretty darned tasty. I've tried the pepperoni and the Calabria (capicolla, hot peppers, black olives) and they were both great, I'd avoid the seafood pizza at all costs, it's made with pickled seafood.

                  1. re: Dr Butcher

                    Ewww! Thanks for the warning on the seafood, I won't order it when I go.

                    1. re: Pincus

                      I don't know if you've ever tried pickled herring. Imagine it on a pizza and you'll know what I'm talking about. I was so disappointed with that particular pizza.

                      1. re: Dr Butcher

                        My most recent visit to Calabria yielded a slightly doughy, or non crispy pie.
                        There was almost no charring on the crust (maybe 1"), and the toppings (pancetta, olives, and hot peppers) could have withstood more time and heat.
                        This pizza was still good, and I scarfed it down.
                        But I mention this because next time I'll ask the pizza cook to give it extra time, for a crispy crust.

                        Calabria Bakery
                        1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

                    2. re: Dr Butcher

                      Yeah, the dough, the oven, the people working there, and above all, the atmosphere of the joint, are all fantastic and worth checking out. The toppings on the pizzas, not so much. Put some simple pureéd san marzano tomatoes, some fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, sea salt, and a drizzle of good olive oil on that crust and in that oven, and now we're talking! Otherwise, it simply isn't worth the trip, at least for me, as I live in Etobicoke...

                  1. re: SocksManly

                    Frida is on Eglinton between Bathurst and the Allen. I'm told it is the old spot where Boujadi used to be.

                    999 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

                  2. Excellent topic. Despite all of the hot debates, I owe so much to Chowhound.

                    Chowhound has led me to: Maroli, King Palace, Mother's Dumplings, Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu, Lahore Tikka House, Gandhi Roti, Pain Perdu, Caplansky's of course, and surely countless other places.

                    Thanks, Chowhound.

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                    1. re: Fwagra

                      How could I have forgotten Caplansky's? It's on my list of pilgrimages to the downtown core.

                    2. Great idea for a thread, Jelly Belly.
                      We went to 93 Harbord last night based on Chowhound recs. We regularly go to Loire and Harbord Room, but decided to try 93. The mezze are quite wonderful. I especially liked the parsley dip, tabouleh and green olive dip. The mains were also pretty good, though I probably overindulged on the first courses.
                      We normally wouldn't have tried this restaurant if it weren't for this board. Thanks for the rec. fellow Chows

                      1. The Breadhouse Bakery, in Pickering, for rye, Austrian, whole wheat, and French loaves, all made by Terrance who hails from Hong Kong.

                        Also Steame's hot dogs and poutine, in Oshawa. The address in the link is only approximate, as it is on Bond St near Simcoe..

                        Breadhouse Bakery
                        893 Bayly St, Pickering, ON L1W, CA

                        36 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON L1G4S1, CA

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                        1. re: jayt90

                          I want to try the Breadhouse!!

                          Also Open sesame lebanese bakery in Ajax (on bayly across from pizza hut) - Best Lahm-b-ajeen I've tasted from what I've tasted in the GTA. The other mana'eesh are good too, sausage and cheese and cheese alone. Mmmm.

                          Not exactly a restaurant but Foody's in Pickering is a wonderful gourmet bulk store that stocks a lot more - thanks to another chowhounder for posting about it.

                          1. re: jayt90

                            I finally made the trek out to Steame's (approx 70 Km round trip) and it was quite the experience. The owner is a real chatterbox and definitely a character. I ordered the in-house special of two steamies and poutine, with a can of pop or bottle of water, for $8.50 + tax. I really enjoyed the steamies, all-dressed with choux, relish and mustard. Steamed buns are so different. My expectation was of something kind of soggy, but steaming develops this lovely squishiness with a hint of elasticity to it. They were perfectly dressed and delicious, though that would never have been a way I would have ordered a hot dog. The cabbage is chopped very finely, not like cole slaw, as I had imagined it.

                            The poutine is probably quite authentic compared to what I've had at places like Poutini's. The sauce is definitely not a gravy, but more like a chicken dipping sauce (blander than Swiss Chalet...it reminded me of St. Hubert's chicken sauce, which I have to admit I never much liked). If I drive out there again I'd order it with waaaaay less sauce. I was a convert to the taste of the sauce by the time I finished my enormous serving, but it was really drowning in it and all the fries got soggy quite quickly. The curds were really fresh, and a couple even squeaked a tiny bit. They melted into the gravy much more than the ones at Poutini's do (which is something I like, to a point, but not as much as these did. Less gravy would probably fix that). It was served in a large, round aluminum container like you'd get fried rice in. Very easy to make the cheese last through the whole order that way.

                            Overall, I enjoyed the whole experience and would go back again. I stopped at Buster Rhino's on the way home and bought some frozen brisket and some freshly made hush puppies. Those things are addictive, though more heavily spiced than I was expecting (not that I knew what to expect). They aren't hot spicy...more savoury but pungeant. I couldn't place the spices; maybe a hint of cayenne or hot paprika and some cumin and/or cardamom...among others.

                            Being able to hit both of these gems in one trip makes it worthwhile to make the trip, though not as often as I'd go if I lived closer.

                            1. re: CeeQueue

                              Nice review. My trek to Oshawa is less than 20 minutes each way, so I can go once a month or so. In addition, I hit the Oshawa farmers market, at the Oshawa Centre, open Friday's.

                          2. This is gonna sound a little weird for a 'chowfind' but I decided to take my son, who's not a big fan of sushi, to Aji Sai on Bayview for a quick lunch. I wasn't expecting it to be very good from what I heard on this board but it was cheap and if he didn't like it, I wasn't out much. Well, the hounds were pretty right on. It wasn't very good according to my tastes, and I'm more of a sushi expert than my son. They skimped on the rice and the service was horrible. BUT.............. my son liked it because the flavours were on the bland side and it was light on the rice. Go figure!!!

                            This place seems a good way to introduce him to sushi a bit at a time. Hopefully he'll graduate to more discerning tastes. Still, I wouldn't have known about it without this board.

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                            1. re: zeva

                              Quite a few but Buster Rhino's, Caplansky's, and Ravisoups would likely be the top 3 on my list at this stage.

                              1. re: magic

                                Why the hell isnt Busters open on weekends!?

                                I would go, but weekdays are not when I want to make a trip all the way out there, let alone if I could with my work schedule!

                                1. re: Sadistick

                                  Buster Rhino's is in an industrial complex, and is in fact a processing plant (not sure if that's the best term, but you get the idea). They have a service counter where you can buy take-out or vacuum-sealed (fresh or frozen) products, and a few tables to sit down at and eat. But I'd guess their primary business is smoking ribs, briskets, etc., for restaurants and retail facilities. There would be very little traffic in the area on a weekend.

                                  It's unfortunate for foodies who can't get out there during the week (plus they close at 4pm Mon & Tues and 8pm Wed-Fri).

                                  I'd love to see them have a stall at some of the weekend Farmers Markets or the like. I know they do sometimes participate in Ribfest, but probably only in the Eastern areas.

                                  There are a few retail shops that carry some of their products. Perhaps you could get a store in your area to get some of their frozen or vacuum-sealed meats in on a trial basis. Might be worth a try.

                                  1. re: Sadistick

                                    They're at Oshawa Ribfest this weekend...good chance to try. Otherwise yes, unfortunately closed on weekends. I've only managed to make it out there twice ever because of the limited hours.

                                    1. re: Sadistick

                                      A tweet says he is considering a second location, as a lot of locations are available at good price levels.

                                2. I owe quite a bit to Chowhound. Some of the best eats I likely wouldn't have had without this board:

                                  Chicago Pizza Kitchen
                                  Yummy Stuff
                                  Lai Wah Heen
                                  Rebel House (poutine)

                                  1. I'm going to go a bit more obscure with my special chowfind. If it weren't for this board, I probably wouldn't have known that there is now a farmer's market at Fairview Mall twice a week. But it's not the market itself that's the find - there are others I like a lot better. However, there is a woman set up there selling roti. The roti was good - a little different in style than any of the other places I've tried - but I would make the trip back just for her homemade ginger beer. It's VERY gingery, non-carbonated, and makes me inexplicably happy.

                                    As far as my favorite chowtips, I'm gonna have to go with Caplansky's (can't wait until the day years from now when Zane retires and I can grouse about the good old days when he was just a tiny operation in the back of the Monarch) and Volo (still my favorite place to stop for a beer and unwind for a while).

                                    1. Brick workers farmers market! My fav thing to do on a Sat (except this summer that they are doing construction)

                                      Sukhothai! Takes me back to Ko Tao every time.

                                      School Bakery Cafe and Mitzies.

                                      Also waiting to try La Wa Heen, the little French place Danforth East and the Argentinian steakhouse near Lawrence on avenue.

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                                      1. re: gastronom

                                        Argentinian steakhouse? With Argentinian beef? Do tell.....

                                      2. Chicago Pizza Kitchen
                                        Mother's Dumplings
                                        Dumpling King (place off Yonge south of Finch)

                                        All great leads and all made possible through the community here!

                                        1. I'm going to have to say Stone Road Grille in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I finally made it there last weekend and really enjoyed it. I've driven past it dozens of times and never realized there was a gem hiding in that little plaza!

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                                          1. Sukhothai
                                            Mother's Dumplings
                                            The Pie Plate (in Niagara on the Lake)
                                            Emporio Latino for pupusas
                                            Kim Moon Bakery
                                            Dessert Trends/DT Bistro

                                            And many, many more. I'd say 85 - 90% of the restaurants I frequent are based on research done on Chowhound.

                                            1. So funny - I've imagined starting this exact same post many times but never got around to it.

                                              I'm sure there are many, many more but the ones that stand out as "probably never would have found my way here but for the Toronto hounds" are Maroli, Sukhothai, Treadwell, Congee Wong and Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu. There are other places, like Manic, Gilead, Caplansky's and Aroma, that ultimately got lots of press but they were on this board WAY ahead of time. And probably the best place that I "broke" on this board was Black Camel (with the upcoming Guu outpost as a close second).

                                              1. Thanks to Chow poster burlgurl's great title "Southern BBQ in Mississauga"

                                                Blue Sage on Eglinton at Tomken.

                                                1. Blue Danube - superb schnitzels, Hungarian pastries and the like - Islington

                                                  1. Thanks to you Chowhounds for lots of terrific meals. My fave chowfinds:

                                                    * Sashimi: Zen (who'da thunk that seedy strip mall would yield such a gem)
                                                    * Dim sum: Yang's (excellent tea too), Regal Palace (thx for the tip about the Best Buns Under the Sky)
                                                    * Soondobu: Traditional Korean Restaurant (+ lots of tasty banchan)
                                                    * Cheap 'n' cheerful: Bistro Camino, Dragon Boat's $2.60 dim sum special, Dumpling King

                                                    Dumpling King - 15 Northtown Way (off Yonge St.), North York

                                                    Bistro Camino
                                                    2750 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

                                                    Traditional Korean Restaurant
                                                    6016 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M3V9, CA

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                                                    1. re: ghoti

                                                      zen, caplansky's, new bilan, gandhi the list is quite long and i'm indebted for the wonderful picks!

                                                    2. Pretty much every great restaurant I've been to in Toronto was thanks to the hounds. When I moved here I had no idea where the chow was at until I hit this board.

                                                      1. Thanks to Chowhound I discovered a couple of little gems, next to where I live:
                                                        Lolo Restaurant 2590 Yonge
                                                        Hazel’s Diner 3401 Yonge
                                                        Dizzy (Dizzyonyonge.ca)
                                                        Grano Restaurant 2035 Yonge (Grano.ca)
                                                        La Salumeria

                                                        1. oh chowhound. i have you to thank for...
                                                          ...sending my fiance to harbord room for my birthday dinner reservation surprise - turned out to be our favourite place, ever!
                                                          ...for leading me away from the horrible Cupcake Shoppe for the greeener pastures of Yummy Stuff - worth the trip to Roncey!
                                                          ... for tipping me off to Sidecar, which I will always recommend for the best mid-week and/or patio dining on a dollar the city has to offer
                                                          ...for helping me find little Hibiscus in Kensington with its hearty lunchtime soup/salad dealio - and so affordable!
                                                          ...for also sending me to Camros for a healthy lunch option
                                                          ...for letting me know that Il Gelatiere, right down my block, is the best gelato in the city
                                                          ...for helping me find the wonder that is the beer/wine list at Cafe Volo
                                                          ...for alerting me when the oh-so-dreamy Sam James opened his coffee bar

                                                          ...and so many. thank you CHers. you are the reason my friends call me a foodie.

                                                          1. The best finds I have gotten from Chowhound...

                                                            Flaky Tart
                                                            The Wedding Cake Shop (for the best cupcakes in town!)
                                                            The Stockyards

                                                            I am sure I am forgetting others...

                                                            and a special shout out to Chow Hounder Teep who told me a Chinese dish I was looking for was offered at a restaurant I already knew - but I didn't know it, since I can't read Chinese and the name of the dish in English was different in Vancouver!
                                                            (Shrimps in scrambled egg sauce on rice noodles VS Prawns with egg sauce noodles)

                                                            That was my best Chow Hound moment ever! Thanks Teep!

                                                            1. My best finds in the past year, all due to Chowhound recommendations, have

                                                              Buster Rhino's
                                                              Pho Mi Asia, (Wilson av)
                                                              Ho Ho BBQ take out
                                                              Steame's and Deli (Oshawa)

                                                              All of them are small, owner operated places, isn't that a co-incidence!

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                                                              1. re: jayt90

                                                                Here's another vote for Pho Mi Asia, in a serviceable but somewhat dreary mall on Wilson Ave., east of Keele St. Smallish, well run, superb service, exceedingly tasty, and attractively priced, as attested to by the lively local crowds of just about every ethnic group known to man happily slurping up the fragrant Vietnamese soups the place specializes in. Also quite good pop Vietnamese background music. Whoever tipped me off to this one, much thanks.

                                                                Also, at a much higher price point, Yang's, up Bayview Ave. till you get to the Arctic Circle or thereabouts. It seems to me it was the omniverous Charles Yu who first spotted the first-rate dim sum at this place. Good service, a well-designed room, easily worth the price - for dim sum. (I've never been for dinner, though, not wanting to go bankrupt just yet.) Charles rarely steers you wrong.

                                                                Indeed, I've rarely been steered to a outright dud on this board. Maybe it's because there are about a dozen hounds who seem to be perceptive, analytical, articulate and - more to the point - seem to have similar tastes to mine, that I pay particular attention to. And maybe about a couple dozen more who are at least enthusiastic, entertaining, and - in my view - reasonably knowledgeable. It was one of this latter group, if I recall, who touted me on Pho Mi Asia. In short, you never know where a good tip will come from, as good a reason as any to read even the subject headings that don't at first particularly interest you.

                                                                1. re: juno

                                                                  I believe I tried Pho Mi Asia many years ago but haven't been back even though it is just a short drive from work but it probably because I am a huge fan of the pho at Pho Con Bo. Jane and Wilson on the the south side just East of the first light in a small plaza next to the larger plaza with the asian supermarket. The place is always full of regulars and was packed on a Saturday at 3pm once when I was driving by and just had to stop with my wife. However, Con Bo is all about the pho for me. Everything else is pretty good, some dishes even very good (Hue style beef noodle and banh cuon particulary) but the pho ....

                                                                  Pho Con Bo
                                                                  1625 Wilson Ave
                                                                  North York, ON M3L 1A5
                                                                  (416) 249-5611

                                                              2. I only started reading this board about a year ago, but it has resulted in my family's best year of restaurant dining ever. True gems include:

                                                                Solo Sushi Ya in Newmarket --- fabulous meal, only drove that far because of Chowhound

                                                                Buster Rhino's -- even though my daughter went to a music lesson within half a mile of there every week, I never would have known about Buster's without Chowhound.

                                                                Nota Bene -- BokChoi's enthusiastic review really got my attention. If only they would ever change the menu, I'd go back more often.

                                                                Colborne Lane Tasting Menu -- multiple points of view expressed here gave me the courage/knowledge to make the splurge, and it was great

                                                                Diana's Seafood - takes us only half the time as going to St. Lawrence Market, and it's got lots of fresh oysters as well as fish.

                                                                Plus about a dozen more places we've tried for the first time in the past year. Thanks everyone!

                                                                1. My two from the past year would be:

                                                                  Calabria Bakery in Scarbrough, wood oven pizzas on Thursdays and Fridays. A steal starting at $8 depending on the pizza ordered.

                                                                  The Bakers Table in Oshawa. Some great Italian pastries (sfogliatelle, cream horns, cannoli, tarts) breads and coffee.

                                                                  They haven't received a lot of love on the board but should.

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                                                                  1. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                    I just tried Calabria last week after reading about it here. My friend, who is very fussy about his espresso, though their offering was excellent. The owner mixes up his own blend of different beans, and changes it when the consistency isn't there (well, that was the gist I got from her explanation). They had decaf, which is practically unheard of in Italian cafes, so I was happy. We only had pastries that day, but will definitely be back to try the pizza one of these Thursdays or Fridays. The woman who served us said the lineups are crazy at lunch time on those days. The oven gets turned off around 4 pm. She also told me all the toppings on their veal sandwich are included in the price, except it's 25¢ extra for cheese. You can't even get an extra slice of processed crap at McD's for that.

                                                                    1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                      Renewed request for a recommendation for a pho place that doesn't use MSG. Doesn't even have to be all that good.

                                                                      1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                        Does Rua Vang (Golden Turtle) use MSG?

                                                                        1. re: acd123

                                                                          Yes! I get a terrible MSG reaction there.

                                                                        2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                          I have asked this many times in many different Toronto foodie communities and have yet to hear of of any place that does not ue MSG, unfortunately :(. I believe that Pho 88 was recommended to me at one point, but when I tried it, I ended up extremely ill.

                                                                          1. re: vorpal

                                                                            I wonder if any of them would cook without it if requested?

                                                                      2. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                        Bakers Table rocks, it definitely is a hidden secret even in the city it resides. Easy to get too off the 401 as well (less than 30 seconds from the ritson road exit), good call Dr Butcher

                                                                        1. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                          The pizza is indeed terrific. Old school, salty, cheesy, with a surprisingly light and thinner crust than you might otherwise expect. Nice charred taste at points. The whole place has a heavenly smoky smell on pizza days. The oven itself is stunning. Not that I'm an expert but it's the most striking wood burning oven I've seen in person. It’s huge and beautiful. Too bad they only do pizza Thursdays and Fridays! Before 4 pm no less. Not super convenient. But ah well. It's a rare treat.

                                                                          The canoli are delish too.

                                                                          Their hot table is ok. Had worse hot table veal sandwiches but I've certainly had better. Run of the mill I guess.

                                                                          Worth the trip for the pizza though. And for the wood burning smell (the pizzamaker said they burn spruce and pine logs! Far out). Also, nice staff!

                                                                          1. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                            Great wood fired pizza, made to order in about 12 minutes, Thurs and Friday only, $8-$12 for a 12"
                                                                            Most of the Friday noon line up were ordering steam table, or sandwiches, for faster service. I thought the steam table looked typically tired; I'm glad to have ordered the freshly made pizza.
                                                                            Thanks for the tip, Dr. Butcher.

                                                                            Calabria Bakery
                                                                            1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

                                                                          2. Ghandi Roti, Oympic 76 Pizza, Daybreak, Mother's Dumplings...........plenty of others that I mean to try. Many thanks.

                                                                            1. These are the gems I found through Chowhound:

                                                                              Cafe du Lac
                                                                              Megrai Thai
                                                                              Nota Bene
                                                                              Stone Road Grille

                                                                              After having enjoyed so many finds on this board, I'd like to share one of my own finds: try the tikka kabob from Bamiyan Kabob located at 62 Overlea Blvd. The food is simple, inexpensive and very tasty. Do not expect much in terms of ambiance or service though.

                                                                              1. I found two Mexican restaurants thanks to chowhounds - Mex I Can in Hamilton and El Sombrero in Mississauga both of which I go each opportunity I have.

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                                                                                1. re: juliewong

                                                                                  nice, you probably got el sombrero from me :) good place for sure!

                                                                                2. For those nights when I just can't bring myself to cook, I'm indebted to Chowhound for sending me to Vesuvio's for delivery pizza. It comes quickly, they have excellent ingredients, it always tastes freshly made. What more can you ask of delivery pizza? Thank you, chowhounders of TO!

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                                                                                  1. re: Kitchen Imp

                                                                                    Great delivery pizza!

                                                                                    Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House
                                                                                    3014 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z3, CA

                                                                                  2. The roast beef brisket sandwich at The Corned Beef House downtown. Holy moly is that a good sandwich. The convection oven baked fries are also unique and really good.


                                                                                    1. Thanks to all the enthusiastic posts to this thread! I just wanted to update you on some of the places I've tried since this original post, based on your replies.

                                                                                      Nota Bene - Fantastic meal, service and atmosphere!! probably helped that I was with great friends there. We wanted to try everything on the menu and will definitely try our best to do so.
                                                                                      Calabria bakery - I don't get out to that area of town too often but one day found myself driving by. Lucky for me it was a friday and the wood fired pizza oven was working full blast. Also lucky for me I got the last pizza before they ran out of dough. Let's just say I ate the whole pizza myself in the middle of the afternoon.
                                                                                      Sidecar - Loved the prix fix menu where everything on it was delicious or delicious sounding! I'm always wary of ordering chicken in a restaurant as more often than not I find it overcooked but their roast chicken was perfectly crisp on the outside and moist and juicy delicious on the inside. And fantastic warm bread!!

                                                                                      Thanks guys for tips to wonderful places I never would have gone to otherwise!!

                                                                                      1. Definitely Sukhothai, Nota Bene's burger, Le Petit Dejeuner's brunch, and most recently, Weezie's. Thanks for the fabulous recommendations and keep them coming!

                                                                                        1. Here are a few of the delicious items I enjoy now on a regular basis thanks to this board -

                                                                                          - the pot pies at Summerhill Market, particularly the chicken and turkey pies

                                                                                          - the haddock and chips at Old Yorke (drove by this place countless times before a CH post prompted me to try it out, and then another post got me to try haddock instead of halibut)

                                                                                          - Kozlik mustards

                                                                                          - Bona Pizza

                                                                                          As far as restaurants go, thanks to Chowhound, Gallery Grill, Weezie's, Globe, Carens, and in my own neighbourhood, Melanie's Bistro. Mad Michael's up in the Midland area.

                                                                                          5 Replies
                                                                                          1. re: JamieK

                                                                                            I've changed my mind about Bona. In the last few months, the pizzas and salads don't seem to be up the same standard/flavour as before, like as if they're cutting corners on ingredients or quality or something. I'm currently on the look-out for good pizza that will deliver in the Danforth/Coxwell area.

                                                                                            1. re: JamieK

                                                                                              Have you tried Danforth Pizza House? I doubt they deliver, but it's quite close to you.


                                                                                              Danforth Pizza
                                                                                              920 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L9, CA

                                                                                              1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                They don't deliver, but yes, that is good old school pizza... a Chowfind for me.

                                                                                                JamieK, have you tried Pizzaiolo? I like it much better than Bona...

                                                                                                Edit: And Pizzaiolo delivers.


                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                  yes, I've tried Pizziaolo at the St Clair location and liked it a lot. I assumed the Beaches location didn't deliver where we are because I'm north of the Danforth but now, thanks to you, I've checked their website and it looks like we're just within their delivery area. So next time!

                                                                                                  foodydudey - I'm hoping to check out Danforth Pizza one of these days but we usually order out on Fridays after coming exhausted and having a couple of end-of-the week victory glasses of wine or beer and driving (even walking, ha ha!) is not a good idea.

                                                                                                2. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                  LOVE Danforth Pizza House!!
                                                                                                  Real, old-school neighborhood-style pizza, one of the last of his kind.
                                                                                                  Sooo goood!
                                                                                                  No delivery, no slices, take-out only, and they take the phone off the hook for a while when the phone-in pick-up orders get too backed-up!
                                                                                                  No, seriously, just go!

                                                                                            2. Thanks to this board, I am hooked on the lunch at Boccone at Yonge and St. Clair, particularly the giant sandwich selection . Would never have gone in without reading it here.

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