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TV dinners at Grace

dubchild Jan 13, 2010 06:37 PM

We recently had a good dinner at Grace. Desserts are some of the best in the city, I'm still dreaming of their butter tart. Eye magazine has listed that Grace upstairs is now doing a TV dinner theme night. $20 gets you a retro style TV dinner and they show M*A*S*H* and other shows. It sounds kind of fun, has anyone been?

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    MeMeMe Jan 13, 2010 06:41 PM

    Do you get the hot pink gooey pineapple just like the Swanson dinners? If so, I'm in!

    1. Notorious P.I.G. Jan 13, 2010 06:51 PM

      I was frequenting their Thursday night BBQ's for awhile in the summer. I was addicted to their pulled pork in cocoa bread. Can't really go wrong with that. I'm gonna go tomorrow night so I will report back. I guess this is a continuation of their theme nights which so far have been really good.

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        stonedtoronto Jan 13, 2010 10:54 PM

        This place confuses me. I've been only once. Decor was really nice, but service and food was really blah. Off night? But now they serve a tv dinner? I love stuff like this, but it just makes me want to not visit Grace again.

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          childofthestorm Jan 14, 2010 06:14 AM

          Um it's not going to be an ACTUAL TV dinner, probably going to be a meat, carb, veg, and dessert done up to look like one, right? A restaurant is not going to roll out the Swanson's.

          BBQ nights were awesome value and I bet this is too.

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            fluffysouffle Jan 14, 2010 09:55 AM

            Black Dice on Dundas West proudly serves Swanson dinners! They're definitely a bar and not a restaurant though.

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              childofthestorm Jan 14, 2010 11:01 AM

              Yup, I had one there when I was, um, feeling the effects of a long night. It tasted like the best thing ever.

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            Notorious P.I.G. Jan 14, 2010 08:39 AM

            Should be noted that the themed nights are held upstairs and not in the main restaurant itself. Totally separate areas. I've read mixed reviews here on the actual restaurant but I have to say that the one time I went, the service and food where great.

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              dubchild Jan 14, 2010 10:11 AM

              We been about seven times and find it consistently good. We recently had a very mediocre meal at Colborne Lane, a restaurant which I've praised many times. There are no guarantees, do your research, see for yourself and hope its not an off night.

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            eastendpioneer Jan 15, 2010 07:14 AM

            I was there last night and it was awesome! They roasted up a 20 lb bird and served it with potatoes and corn and house-made cranberry sauce and a teeny little dessert on a tray. Nice vibe and warm atmosphere!

            1. Paulustrious Jan 15, 2010 07:39 AM

              What nights are these on? There calendar still shows December:


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                gregclow Jan 17, 2010 06:29 AM

                The TV Dinner nights at Grace run on Thursdays, in the upstairs bar.

                I was there this past week for the launch, and I agree with eastendpioneer that it was excellent. They'll be doing a different meal each week, each inspired by a different TV dinner - roast beef, fried chicken, Salsbury steak, etc.

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                  chocabot Jan 17, 2010 09:32 AM

                  only on Thursdays?! - booo...

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                    abigllama Jan 17, 2010 09:08 PM

                    That sounds awesome! Curious, what's the cost on the tv dinner special?

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                      gregclow Jan 18, 2010 06:25 AM

                      The dinner - which includes meat, veggies, potatoes/carbs and dessert - is $20.

                      For last weeks dinner, it was turkey (w/ gravy & cranberry sauce) with peas & carrots, whipped potatoes, and apple crumble. This week will probably be roast beef.

                      Oh, and they will accommodate vegetarians as well. When we were there, someone asked if they could have a veg option, and the owner Lesle arranged for them to get a serving of mushroom gnocchi from downstairs in place of the turkey (which was a score, because the gnocchi is AWESOME!).

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                        Platoputas Jan 19, 2010 12:59 PM

                        Sounds delicious! I'll be there this Thursday and I can't wait to try it out. Will report back. This may be a totally silly question - but are there actual TVs up there too?

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                          gregclow Jan 20, 2010 06:26 AM

                          There's one flat screen mounted beside the bar. Last week they were showing I Love Lucy DVDs, and there were some M*A*S*H DVDs in the stack as well. The sound is off, but you can watch it if you want by sitting on the couches that are across the room from it.

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                          abigllama Jan 19, 2010 07:14 PM

                          That's a great deal thanks for the info!

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                    katieeeb Jan 19, 2010 01:32 PM

                    Details on the TV Tray Dinners at Grace:
                    Held every Thursday from 7pm onwards in their upstairs lounge. No reservations are taken. $20 for a tray plus tax and gratuity. And totally awesome!

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                      Platoputas Jan 22, 2010 07:28 AM

                      Went to check out the TV Dinner Thursdays at Grace Upstairs last night (its second week). For $20, the menu yesterday was roast beef wtih jus and mushrooms, mashed potatoes, organic carrots and peas, Yorkshire pudding and an apple crumble for dessert. There was also homemade horseradish that was to-die for.

                      The beef itself was extremely tender and so good. The only thing to keep in mind is that this isn't a Hungry-Man sized meal. It was a perfect portion for myself, but if I was someone with a big appetite I could probably pack away a bit more than what was served.

                      The vibe is really casual, you just head up to the bar, pay for your meal plus a drink if you desire, they hand you a tray, then you take it to the serving station where the Chef de Partie (Bryan Laver) will serve up your meal and engage in a friendly chat. In fact, while I was there I conducted a fun interview with Bryan and took pictures of the event and food for anyone who's interested:


                      The menu changes every week (they're continuing it all winter) and roast ham dinner, pork chops with mushroom gravy & biscuits will be on future menus. Bryan also mentioned they're hoping to perfect the Salisbury steak. Ha! Now that will be interesting. And thanks to gregclow for the heads up. There was a TV, this time showing M*A*S*H episodes. But the food was so good, TV was the last thing on my mind.

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                        Notorious P.I.G. Jan 22, 2010 09:48 AM

                        I agree with all of the above. It was definitely a meal that made me sit back and say "I needed that."

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                          Paulustrious Jan 22, 2010 11:15 AM

                          When I saw one of your pictures...


                          ... I thought we had a new type of fusion ... Anglo-Thali

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                            pinstripeprincess Jan 22, 2010 12:31 PM

                            oh darn, i was hoping they were using the nice ceramic white ones i've seen lately.

                            i hope i catch porkchop week!

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                            abigllama Jan 22, 2010 08:01 PM

                            I wish there was a schedule up of what they were serving. I really want to check out the Salisbury steak! Suppose I could just call on Thursday and ask.

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                              gregclow Jan 23, 2010 08:41 AM

                              If you're on Twitter, follow @graceresto - they plan on tweeting the menu early on Thursday each week.

                              Otherwise, calling will be you're best bet.

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                          peppermint pate Jan 23, 2010 11:33 AM

                          This sounds like a really fun idea. If only they would run some old Starsky 'n Hutch episodes, it would be perfection.

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                            childofthestorm Jan 28, 2010 09:15 AM

                            Tonight's TV dinner at Grace is baked ham, scalloped potatoes, creamed corn, housemade mustard, peas and carrots, cheesecake. Wishing I didn't have other plans.

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                              abigllama Jan 29, 2010 02:52 PM

                              Me and a buddy went to Grace last night for the TV Dinners and it was amazing. We both HATE cream corn and it was one of the tastiest things on our tray. Child listed the menu and the ham was delicious and super tender you could cut it with a spoon. Amazing comfort food that hit the spot on a cold night. They were not positive but thought that next week will be salsbury steak!

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                                abigllama Mar 26, 2010 01:43 PM

                                Last night was probably the last of the TV dinners as they transition into the BBQ on Thursdays. We had an amazing BBQ chicken dinner with potato salad, corn bread, peas and carrots and apple crip. Sadly staff mentioned that that the TV dinners were not very successful. I addition to it being slow apparently no one was tipping the staff. I sort of get that since it's self-service on the food but staff still has to set up and clean up. I noticed a fairly messy table of 8 get up and leave without any tip. What a shame. I hope they have this comfort food greatness next winter but wouldn't hold my breath.

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