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Dec 15, 2009 05:04 PM

My Place: A Canadian Pub

Has anyone been here lately, or at all?
Any suggestions for menu items?
Anything to avoid?
What are the portions like?

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  1. I was at My Place once, for dinner, about two weeks ago. It was a Tuesday so not busy and the service let our group of 8 take our time while staying attentive.

    I think everybody enjoyed their meals, with the biggest raves being my lamb shank the the pork special. Portions are generally appropriate, occasionally quite large (the pot pie was huge!), although I'm glad I started with the soup (cod cheek chowder, excellent).

    The vegetarian dishes may need a bit more care and attention, based on the feedback I heard about quesadillas, but overall everybody in a group should find something they like.

    The dining room doesn't totally have a pub feel so I found myself comparing to a regular nice restaurant, but when I thought about it as a pub, it was excellent. Prices are fair, not the greatest value in town but not unreasonable either.

    Definitely worth trying; I'd go back, happily.

    My Mom's Place
    309 Townsend St, Peterborough, ON K9J2K6, CA

    1. I went with two friends last weekend. The place was busy when we arrived and we were quickly seated close to the front door. We tried: mussels & clams with double smoked berkshire belly, the banquet burger, perch po' boy, and the chicken pot pie. Portion sizes were generous, particularly the burger. My friend was dissapointed with the po' boy, he said it was fine but no where near as good as the cheap take out po' boys he ate in New Orleans. I've been on a high end burger kick of late having tried My Place, Globe Bistro, and the Queen and Beaver within the last two weeks.

      My ranking:

      1)Globe- absolutely outstanding, the best burger I've ever had, extremely beefy flavour,
      2)Queen and Beaver- very juicy, hand chopped patty, cooked a little more than I prefer, but still excellent
      3)My Place-a finer grind than both Globe and Queen and Beaver, I was told that they cooked all their burgers to medium, I asked our server to ensure that my burger was indeed no more than medium. I received an almost rare burger, which was fine with me. A very good burger but not as beefy as the above two.

      The chicken pot pie was enjoyed. My friends comments: "Its plain but good".

      Overall, food was good but IMHO not very interesting and a little over priced. Service was efficient.

      My biggest problem with My Place is the ambiance, or lack there of. The place is large and has a corporate chain feeling to it. It's neither sophisticated nor cozy. Despite the quality of the food, I won't be making any special effort to return unless I'm in the area. There are better options.

      1. I've been there 3 times and each time I've gone downstairs to the "sports bar" area. I have had the poutine each time. The first two times it was really delicious (I am not a purist and I don't care about cheese squeaks so don't think this means "authentic"-- but it was a step above anything else I've had outside of Quebec). The most recent time I suspect they had run out of the delicious sticky pan drippings they use for gravy and had subbed in a less rich gravy that was seasoned differently. I liked it less. I had the portobello burger the first time (filling, tasty, but not worth a special trip) and the banquet burger the last time (large portion but $18, tasted ok, bacon was way too thick for me, burger was well done as I didn't specify otherwise). My friend had the pulled pork right after they opened and again last week and said that it was much better the first time as well. I also wish they had more interesting beer on tap.

        I really thought this place had promise when I first went there but this last trip was disappointing. I'm wondering if anyone else has been more than once and if they noticed a difference, or if they were just having one of those nights when we were there.

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        1. re: Manybears

          No, still up to par - try upstairs in the bar area or the resto, might be a better place to judge the place from. IMO the best place out that way & always enjoy the food when i go...
          can't wait to hit up the patio in the summer : )

          1. re: dannyboy

            I got the chance to try the patio a couple of times when it first opened. Beautiful space.

            Nice to see they're expanding the menu as well. I agree with the comments on the burger, definitely one of the bettter ones in the city. Everything else I've tried is very decent. They could probably expand the finger foods a bit.

            The space is going to be evolving. They're already doing well with the bands, and have the space on the second floor to figure out.

            Definitely beats the other pubs and casual restaurants in the area. Better service than the Griffin, and far more flavour than Dr. Mediocrity.

        2. I live in the neighbourhood and I've gone to My Place about 10 times. I'm not very anxious to go back. I've tried to love it, but I really have yet to find something on the menu (besides the fries, which are damn good) that makes me want to go back. As mentioned by other posters, the portions are generous. I've tried a number of different things - the burger I found way too seasoned, so salty I couldn't finish. I've written about the pulled pork and fish and chips in other posts. The po' boys and the fried chicken sandwiches taste remarkably similar - to me both very bland. The portobelo has been the best so far - but still, to me, there's something a bit off with it. I've tried the chicken drumsticks too and actually, I found them to be the worst thing there...pretty flavourless and not cooked as long as I would have liked. As you can see, I haven't really had any of their high end items, so I can't comment about them. Overall, the food isn't bad, but it's not fantastic - and I'd have to respectfully disagree with Snarf, I think Dr. Generosity's food has a lot more flavour. I really want to like this place, but so far, I'm finding it a struggle. It is a cavernous place and it doesn't seem to have much heart. We once invited a bunch of friends to try it and watch a Leaf game and we were embarrassed by our choice - nobody really loved their food, the atmosphere or the service.
          The patio is amazing though - so there's hope for the summer! Hope you have a good time.

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          1. re: tochipotle

            Went a couple of weeks ago on a Sat night at 6 and less than impressed. My husband had the po boy and it was on stale bread, and a measly portion without any flavour. He had poutine on the side and it was swimming in so much gravy the waitress made a comment about it when she came by to ask how things were. I had the pulled pork and it was dry and seemed like it sat under the heat lamp too long. No wonder they serve it with sour cream - to add some moistness. Pretty poor. Still searching for something good, I ordered the homemade nanaimo bar and it was good, if too cold. And 2 large pieces in the order. The atmosphere was dreary, plus the room was freezing. I actually kept my coat on. I'm not a complainer by nature, and hate criticizing a place to my dining companion, but in my head, I was thinking that we would not be back...

            1. re: andygirl

              hm. I might need to talk my dining companions out of this one. Thanks.

          2. Thank you for all of your help!