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Is there any restaurant that makes fried okra and/or real sweet tea in Toronto?

alysha.elizabeth Jan 4, 2010 09:09 PM

I spent quite some time in the south this past year (specifically Alabama) and as anyone would, fell absolutely in love with southern cuisine, particularly fried okra and sweet tea. When I came back to Canada I more or less searched high and low on blogto.com and toronto.com and even in restaurants in the Burlington/Oakville area where my mom lives for some place that made the two, but much to my dismay, every menu of every "authentic" southern restaurant I looked at I was disappointed with as fried okra and sweet tea were no where to be found. Is there some place that I'm overlooking? Anywhere that anyone knows of in Toronto or the GTA? There is mac n cheese, bbq and iced tea galore, but come on, fried okra and sweet tea are as southern as you can get. anyways, if anyone knows of anywhere, could you post a response?


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  1. Davwud RE: alysha.elizabeth Jan 5, 2010 03:27 AM

    We just got back from Bama. Mrs. Sippi is as I'm sure you can tell a southerner. She has been here 10 years now and she will tell you without hesitation, NO.


    1. foodyDudey RE: alysha.elizabeth Jan 5, 2010 03:40 AM

      Well since you asked.... there is a place called Southern Rub on HWY 7 and I was there with some others in November. They had fried okra but I did not try it. (someone else did)
      I don't see it on the current menu but you can always call and ask.

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        Davwud RE: foodyDudey Jan 5, 2010 07:38 AM

        Mrs. Sippi wasn't all that impressed by them I don't think.


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        ggom1 RE: alysha.elizabeth Jan 5, 2010 04:20 AM

        Not sure about fried okra, but I don't think any place has sweet tea. I switched to making my own a while ago.

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          badrockandroll RE: ggom1 Jan 5, 2010 05:14 PM

          Excuse my stupidity, but what is sweet tea, especially in comparison to iced tea (not the packaged stuff, but the stuff you mke yourself with simple sirop)? I have never had good homemade iced tea in Toronto, but I've never heard of sweet tea, so maybe I've been ordering the wrong thing?

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            alysha.elizabeth RE: badrockandroll Jan 5, 2010 06:58 PM

            backrockandroll...this would be the easiest way to explain it...


            basically, it is an iced tea, but the process is a little different. most of these places that sell "iced tea" are using lemon slices or a lemon syrup in their mix, or some other fruity flavouring, sweet tea is loaded with sugar, so more than anything its really really sweet. though you can put lemon in your sweet tea, it's not an overwhelming taste or a major ingredient, i really like mint in mine. in my opinion, sweet tea is waaaaaay better than regular old iced tea. hahaha, i doubt that helps??

            i don't know how close to gerrard and jarvis you are, but there is a convenience store inside the condo building that sells arizona sweet tea cans. it doesn't compare. it's either a little too lemony or metallic for my liking. i can't quite place it. but you could give that a shot.

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              mrsleny RE: alysha.elizabeth Jan 5, 2010 07:15 PM

              I don't quite understand the difference either.

              Then again I always thought iced tea was supposed to be sweet until I traveled to the US (not the South). When I ordered in restaurants it usually came unsweetened.

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                badrockandroll RE: alysha.elizabeth Jan 5, 2010 07:47 PM

                why thank you, alysha elizabeth. I've had some of the Arizona stuff, and to me, it's the best available in T.O (damming with faint praise mind). My dream tea is the stuff that sits on the tables in barbecue joints in North Carolina: not too terribly cold, sweeter than coca cola, and no trace of lemon whatsoever. mmm, then pulled pork (tangy, not spicy, not sweet) on a wonderbread bun and slaw: time for a road trip since such simple food doesn't appear to travel here!

          2. sweetie RE: alysha.elizabeth Jan 5, 2010 08:02 AM

            Yeah I make my own fried okra...Southern Rub charges $5 for a tiny portion. I could make okra enough to feed 5 people with $5.

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              Tatai RE: alysha.elizabeth Jan 5, 2010 09:30 AM

              I've had fabulous fried okra at Jaipur Grille on Yonge. East Indian style, not Southern U.S., but delicious, nonetheless. www.jaipurgrille.com

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                picholine RE: Tatai Jan 7, 2010 07:02 PM

                I second fried okra at Jaipur Grille. So good!

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                SNACKeR RE: alysha.elizabeth Jan 5, 2010 08:11 PM

                I would love to see this on T.O. menus! When I lived near Red Bones in Boston, I ordered it every time.

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