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Three's Company--mediocre, go in with low expectations

melnumnums Jan 14, 2010 08:37 AM

I've been consistently recommended Three's Company at Pape/Danforth recently, for a few months now.
Accordingly, I went with high expectations. The poutine, featuring a greasy, brown-ringed fried egg atop bbq pork and orange-and-white cheddar topped freezer fries was okay.

My friend's spinach Benny was bland and soggy.

Hopefully this saves you a trip. Drinks on the menu were not available.

Three's Company
673 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

  1. Dimbulb Jan 14, 2010 10:22 AM

    Didn't the ownership change a couple of years ago (ie back when it was good)?

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    1. re: Dimbulb
      millygirl Jan 14, 2010 11:06 AM

      I have to agree with foodydudey. Really wanted to like their new spot, but for us it did not offer anything worth returning for. We went twice and that was it. We have other haunts that are far better. Food was ho hum, and service was terrible on both visits. Apparently they have a good catering business which really surprises me.

      1. re: millygirl
        currycue Jan 15, 2010 11:31 AM

        Myself and some friends interviews the co owners a few years back for a TV pilot we were producing (at their old location). Really nice people, but I wasn't too impressed with the food back then either. Their waffles and pancakes were from a mix. They boasted about how good that mix was. IMO, if you're a good restaurant, NO MIXES PERIOD. Not to mention mediocre coffee and those crappy sausage links you get "in your grocer's freezer" I really wonder how so many of these mediocre places get consistent business.

        1. re: currycue
          foodyDudey Jan 16, 2010 08:35 AM

          It's very simple, and shows you that the standards of many diners is so low that these mediocre places can survive! Everybody has to eat dinner, and this place obviously fills a niche somewhere between McD's and the better places.

          1. re: foodyDudey
            millygirl May 6, 2012 12:22 PM

            Ha, Ha....jokes on me. I should have known better. 2.5 years later and not much has changed at Three's Company.

            Starving, rushed for time and disappointed to find that Mocha Mocha doesn't open until 11 AM....what's a girl to do? I know, let's give Three's Company another try.

            Walked in, seated at the very back of the room, half way between the kitchen, the fridge and another couple's table - in what obviously should not even be a table but there it was as luck would have it - just waiting for us!!

            That crappy table, along with the death stare from the staff person that greeted us, was enough for me to very proudly proclaim - NOT THIS TIME THREE'S COMPANY - WE'RE OUTTA HERE.

            And that was it - left. But not before shaking our heads and vowing NEVER EVER AGAIN....THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

            Didn't even so much as look at the menu :)

            1. re: millygirl
              Full tummy May 6, 2012 03:46 PM

              Were they so busy you had to be squished in? Never understood their popularity...

              1. re: Full tummy
                sloweater May 6, 2012 04:27 PM

                For me, it was Chrissy, but Jack was pretty funny too!

                1. re: sloweater
                  Full tummy May 6, 2012 05:29 PM

                  Haha... If I were any younger, I might not know what you're talking about.

                2. re: Full tummy
                  millygirl May 6, 2012 05:40 PM

                  I suppose, yes they were busy and it was the last 2 top - but more to the point for me, was that this table should not have even been there. It was the most undesirable spot and I cant see how anyone would be pleased sitting there.

                  That, and the miserable person behind the counter. Blech!

                  1. re: millygirl
                    Full tummy May 6, 2012 07:03 PM

                    Well, they had such tables in their old space. I remember being seated at a very uncomfortable bench. Not sure if it was too low or too high or too squishy or next to something inconvenient, but the whole experience was so not fun and the food so mediocre that unless I heard things were much better, I would never eat there again. Too bad they are still squishing them in somehow...

                3. re: millygirl
                  prima May 6, 2012 08:15 PM

                  In case you're ever looking for breakfast or brunch on the Danforth before 11 am again, Detroit Eatery opens daily at 8 am. :-)

                  1. re: prima
                    millygirl Aug 17, 2012 05:39 AM

                    If you're a fan better go soon. Word is their closing at end of month.

                    1. re: millygirl
                      dalton48 Aug 20, 2012 03:14 PM

                      There's now a sign in the window -- closing as of August 27th.

                      1. re: dalton48
                        shelovesfood Sep 12, 2012 01:58 PM

                        they sold the business, the paper is up in window. i hope it's something better then a glorified breakfast/brunch spot.

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          Pincus Jan 14, 2010 10:00 AM

          Went there for brunch once and it was OK. It's unfair to review a place on one visit, so I will return, but the brunch I had isn't a strong incentive to return too quickly. I was there near closing time, which affected things I think.

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            LexiFirefly Jan 14, 2010 09:49 AM

            That's strange. I've never had anything but good wexperiences there. I haven't been in since they opened their second location however. Maybe what you experienced was a case of training syndrome. You know how all the good staff go to the new location to train new staff. I've seen it happen to a lot of really good places.

            That is upsetting though I always liked it, even if it's small and uses liquid egg.

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            1. re: LexiFirefly
              foodyDudey Jan 14, 2010 10:34 AM

              It couldn't be "training syndrome" when the new place has been open at least two years now, We went there once, were not impressed, and don't see any need to check it out again. But since many people have lower expectations than we do, the place is still around.

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