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Lynn Crawford buys The Citizen

miketoronto Nov 24, 2009 03:47 PM


Ohh, Food Network stars. I don't like many food personalities, but I admittedly like Lynn Crawford.

I haven't made it to Citizen, think I still have a chance to?

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  1. Charles Yu RE: miketoronto Nov 24, 2009 04:39 PM

    I am more excited to hear that there is a possibility that BOTH Lynn Crawford and her prodigy, Lori Kirk ( former chef de cuisine of Truffles ) will be working the kitchen. I have always enjoyed Crawford's cooking, some of her dishes were truly memorable. However, I was also most impressed by some of Lori Kirks' dishes. The 'lobster three ways' for example, which was part of the tasting menu I had a while back at Truffles, were truly tasty and refined ( even better than the Michelin 2* SF Michael Mina's version! ). The 'clear' lobster bisque was so intense and flavourful!
    Now, if Truffle's talented sommelier Sarah D'Amato would join them, then these 'dynamic trio' could come up with a product that could propel it to the top of Toronto's dining scene!!
    Let us foodies all keep our fingers crossed!!

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      2 cents RE: Charles Yu Nov 25, 2009 09:45 AM

      You mean Lora Kirk:


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        Charles Yu RE: 2 cents Nov 25, 2009 02:26 PM

        Yup! Spelling mistake on my part. At least I got the 'Kirk' part right! Ha!

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        bbbbubbbbaaaa RE: Charles Yu Dec 2, 2009 09:02 PM

        you mean Sara D'Amato.......................................................................................

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        JPJ RE: miketoronto Nov 24, 2009 08:45 PM

        The best news here is that Bowers will likely bring Lupper back to the Rosebud!

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          Charles Yu RE: JPJ Nov 25, 2009 08:24 PM

          What's so special about Bowers and Lupper??

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            JPJ RE: Charles Yu Nov 26, 2009 05:42 AM

            I think very highly of the combination.

            I start by saying I am a brunch junkie and I go out for it almost every Sunday. As a result I have tried many, many places in Toronto. Bottom line it's not easy to find a place that consistently produces a great brunch.

            Many of the dishes that would make appearances were home runs. The truffled sweet potato hash, his six minute egg dish, his fish cakes and his pancetta hash were all personal favourites. He also made a killer spicy breakfast sandwich and a great burger in case you over indulged the night before. Heck, the weekly risotto was normally better then I get in many of the italian restaurants in Toronto. Further, I also liked the fact it opened at noon (who wants to get up early on Sunday to go eat). Additionally, the menu would change up usually every few weeks to take advantage of what was in season. Once he bought and opened the Citizen the lupper menu stopped changing, the food quality suffered somewhat and it eventually disappeared altogether (although the Citizen was doing a brunch, it was never as good either).

            Anyway, I am looking forward to the possible return to former glory.

            It an added bonus that Crawford's restaurant will likely be very good, that is if she focuses on it and is not just lending her name to it.

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              Charles Yu RE: JPJ Nov 26, 2009 02:33 PM

              Thanks for the info, JPJ!

        2. Thatcher RE: miketoronto Nov 25, 2009 10:47 AM

          I am just SO happy!!!!!!!!! (Insert rampant soccer cheer here). I'll be lining up for opening day.

          Interesting to hear that she teamed up with Sheri Stinson, the only real design talent on Resto Makeover.

          Welcome back Lynn! We missed you.

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            embee RE: miketoronto Nov 26, 2009 07:35 PM

            I hope Crawford will be hands on and serious. When she did the Restaurant Makeover at Reliable F&C, she proposed adding dishes to the menu that would have sold for $20+ (hardly realistic for a chippy).

            This area, once a restaurant wasteland, is now drowning in restaurants, none of them consistent and few of them delivering satisfaction (at least to me) relative to their price points, even on a good day.

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              foodyDudey RE: embee Nov 27, 2009 08:30 AM

              It's definitely true that there are a lot of new places on Queen but non that I have felt I need to revisit on a regular basis. Is it just that the owners figure that don't need to set the bar any higher?

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                drjolt RE: foodyDudey Nov 27, 2009 10:25 AM

                Do both of you find Table 17 to be inconsistent or unsatisfactory? I have not found them to be either, particularly relative to other restaurants on Queen E.

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                  embee RE: drjolt Nov 27, 2009 02:08 PM

                  I haven't eaten there. The menu simply doesn't appeal relative to the prices. I tried the Citizen and found the food very good, but it wasn't worth what it cost. I did enjoy the Riverside when Signe Langford was chef there, but not after she left.

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                    Full tummy RE: drjolt Nov 27, 2009 04:28 PM

                    I ate brunch there a couple of weeks ago and have to admit it is the best of the Leslieville brunch bunch, that I've experienced. I'm not typically a brunch eater, though, as I resent paying big bucks for eggs and bacon. Them eggs and bacon were pretty good, though. One of our party ordered the "Sloppy Giusseppe", basically an "Sloppy Joe" style dish, but with a bolognese sauce, served with fried eggs & polenta which was very yummy. Another ate the "Farmer's Breakfast" which had wedges of delicious pork rillette, cheese, a deep fried breaded hard-boiled egg (!!!), and other goodies, all of which were eagerly consumed. I had the daily scramble which was very nicely done, not overcooked... on the light side, with a hearty side of delicious double-smoked bacon. It was all good. And the place is rustic and pretty and clean, like a French farmhouse all dolled up.

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                      foodyDudey RE: drjolt Nov 28, 2009 08:10 AM

                      I feel pretty much the same as embee - the food at both places is good but not worth the price charged.

                2. ddawnzer RE: miketoronto Nov 28, 2009 06:43 AM

                  So exited...If Lynn is involved it WILL be a hit for sure..

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                    jayt90 RE: ddawnzer Nov 28, 2009 06:50 AM

                    I'm exited from the place, too.

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                      embee RE: jayt90 Nov 28, 2009 07:32 AM

                      How can you leave a place that hasn't opened yet ;-)

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                        jayt90 RE: embee Nov 28, 2009 08:04 AM

                        Just a play on words.
                        Haven't gone to Truffles when she was there, but I wasn't enamored with her suggestions at Makeover, before she went to New York. So Citizen is not on the agenda, unless it gets good reviews.

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                    mexivilla RE: miketoronto Nov 29, 2009 05:37 AM

                    I missed the news she had left the Four Seasons in New York. What happened?

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                      finelydiced RE: mexivilla Nov 30, 2009 07:56 AM

                      Aside from getting back behind the fire at the new digs, apparently she just finished filming a new show for the FN...not sure when the air date is.

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                        embee RE: mexivilla Nov 30, 2009 10:03 AM

                        Her partner (at least as of a few years ago) was a Toronto School Board teacher who never left. This could very well be about simple personal reasons.

                      2. Full tummy RE: miketoronto Jan 8, 2010 06:27 PM

                        So, any updates? Has the place changed hands? And is LC at the helm? Anyone been?

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                          bytepusher RE: Full tummy Jan 9, 2010 05:38 AM

                          LC was on the Q program this week and she said that she took possession the day before. She also announced that it will have a new name which I heard as "Ruby Watch Co.". I got the impression that it may be a while before it opens.

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                            sarnya RE: Full tummy Jan 9, 2010 09:44 AM

                            They're renovating the restaurant so there's no longer a front patio...the interior of the restaurant will extend to the sidewalk. It may be a while before it opens.

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