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Harbord House

Has anyone been recently? I went a few weeks ago and personally had a wonderful experience. I have a weak spot for Canadian comfort food.... :P
I never see Harbord House mentioned on here, so I was just wondering what you all thought of it.

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  1. One of my favourite places in the city. Everything is just delicious and they make everything themselves. Great service and great beer!

    1. Yup, its the perfect local. Very comfortable and the staff are great. The sticky toffee pudding alone is worth a trip.

      They also do a great fish and chips, medium rare hamburger, and cottage pie. Diablo eggs at brunch are great too - spicy hollandaise on poached eggs and jalapeno cornbread.

      Prices are reasonable and they've got a great draft list.

      1. I love the Harbord House! I think I've been really happy with everything I've had there. Their sweet potato fries are the best I've had in the city, hands down, and their sticky toffee pudding is to die for. The service is always friendly and efficient. A lunchtime favourite for me and my coworkers.

        1. I love Harbord House because it's one of the nicest places to get reasonably-priced, tasty and healthy food close to U of T campus. Service is great, and we have always been impressed with the speed.

          Their beer list is great, especially the "guest tap" spot. The sticky toffee pudding (mentioned above) is great, really gooey (have had bad experiences elsewhere with really dry ones, essentially cake with warm caramel sauce, but HH gets the texture right IMO) and rich without being too sweet. I'd still recommend splitting it because of the richness, and because it's a good size.

          Calamari comes with a tasty saffron aioli, which is also paired nicely with their fries. Personally would have liked the fries to be crisper, but anyone who likes fries a bit "softer" like my dining companion would like these.

          A couple times we have had issues with food being less than warm. This included their mac'n'cheese, which was not as gooey or cheesy as one might like. Theirs is made from large, round pasta (like giant penne, am not familiar with the proper name) and the cheese seemed almost like an afterthought. Surprising, because they use a 3 cheese blend. It was almost room temp when served, and some pasta pieces were entirely bare, so I wasn't thrilled with it.

          I do recommend their dips as a shared appetizer - the fava bean and rosemary is especially good, but the spicy black bean was a bit difficult to spread. It's a bit much for one person, and I have found a lot of their portions, especially for appetizers, are more than generous.

          The last thing I'll mention is the beef stew, which my dining companion highly recommends. I think he's had it a few times now and would gladly have it again. Very flavourful and filling, and the garlic toast it is served with is nice, too.

          Sorry if this is a bit jumbled! Has anyone else had the Mac and Cheese? I would be interested to hear if my (bad) experience was unique...

          Harbord House
          150 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H2, CA

          1. I went to Harbord House this past Friday based on the comments on this board, and we were in the neighborhood.
            Overall I was really impressed - decent, well executed comfort food, in a relaxed, friendly setting. We started off with the calamari with the aioli. It was nice and crispy, seasoned well and not over cooked like many calamari are.
            I had the Hoser burger, peameal bacon and cheddar cheese on the burger - The burger was quite good - a bit over cooked, but at least it was a hand formed, tasty, fresh beef patty, which puts it above 90% of the burgers out there. It came served with the usual lettuce tomato, bun - but everything was good quality. The fries that came with it were great, crispy outside, soft inside, perfect.
            My partner had the special that night, Porkchop with a maple ginger glaze, served with mashed potatoes and green beans. I had a few small tastes and it was exactly what was advertised, well cooked, and well seasoned. Tasty.

            I'll definitely be back - it seems to rare to find simple, decent food, cooked well at a reasonable price these days.

            1. I went there for a birthday party a few weeks back. There were 40 of us upstairs at 4 large tables. The food, I have to say, was surprisingly incredible. Inventive, reasonable and delicious.

              And yes - the sticky toffee pudding is OUT OF THIS WORLD.

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              1. re: MeMeMe

                Ask for the cheesecake but with sticky toffee pudding sauce on it instead of the normal sauce they put on the cheesecake. You will not be sorry!

              2. I finally checked out this place a few weeks ago. The food is quite good. It was the little touches that made it for me: for example, the salad that came with the mac n cheese (which was excellent, heavy on the blue ermite) had actual veg in it instead of just baby greens, and a lovely dressing. The coleslaw with the pulled pork was also really nice, not just an afterthought if you know what I mean. My husband goes often and is always coming home to tell me about the latest interesting guest tap offering. He says the owner is often in-house and is extremely friendly. It's a pub with a comfort food menu but someone cares about the quality and details, and prices are reasonable unlike so many of these new wannabe gastropubs (Queen and Beaver I'm looking at you - charging a fortune for your food does not make it taste better),

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                1. re: julesrules

                  Harbord House has become my new neighbourhood spot. Easy to get parking close by, great selection of beers on tap (most of which you don't find at too many other places), really good, tasty food and a very comfortable and lively atmosphere.

                  I think by now I've sampled most of their menu with a few things standing out as definite repeat orders - chicken pot pie, lamb sausage and when it's available the fried chicken. The only thing I haven't enjoyed is the roasted vegetable sandwich, almost seems like a throw in for the vegetarian crowd. Other than that one item I have absolutely loved everything else on the menu. I am wondering what their menu will be like in the summer as I love the heartiness of it during the colder months.

                  1. re: edible n

                    I´d avoid the Mac´n´Cheese. A small gripe was that the pasta was not macaroni but rigatoni. Okay, that´s not really a big deal. More important was that the breadcrumbs were like this clump dolloped onto the pasta: I was unable to mix it into the dish so I ended up just eating a clump of breadcrumbs. The cheese was certainly good but, overall, the dish did not make a big impression. I hope I can return and try something else, especially when I´m not in a mac´n´cheese mood.