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Taco King at Donlands and Danforth

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bluedog Jan 18, 2010 08:59 AM

On a corner where resraurants keep opening and closing, a "Taco King" is set to open shortly at 988 Danforth. I can find nothing on this place. Anyone know anything about it? It seems too good to be true that an authentic taqueria would open near my home.

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    julesrules RE: bluedog Jan 19, 2010 07:17 AM

    Keeping a VERY close eye on this one! They have food-court style photos above their counter, they were lit one day and from what I could see from the outside it looked like real food, authentic rather than commercial photos IYKWIM. Closer to Jones, the newish latin internet/international calls place was advertising (in Spanish) helados & empanadas on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when they first opened, but that sign disappeared quickly. Did anyone check that out? How about Sunshine Carribean across the street? What with Tea Tree Cafe, the One in the Only and Circus Music and Books I almost have too many local places to patronize these days, I'm falling behind!

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      grandgourmand RE: julesrules Jan 19, 2010 07:33 AM

      The One in the Only is just a bar, right? No food? I was there last Saturday, and it's pretty cool. Laid back plus a great beer selection. Good prices too.

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        Pincus RE: grandgourmand Jan 19, 2010 07:35 AM

        The One in The Only is the coffee house operated by the bar The Only. I like both places.

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          julesrules RE: Pincus Jan 19, 2010 07:40 AM

          And they do share brunch and lunch menus, paninis etc that are apparently cooked behind the bar, although I guess the "kitchen" is closed at night? The cafe part also has baked goods, tasty scones in particular. I think they went through a few different suppliers/types of goodies but they seem to have settled on muffins, scones and cookies.

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      julesrules RE: bluedog Jan 27, 2010 05:57 AM

      They are open or nearly so but I am not optimistic. The owners are not Latin american and I see cheddar cheese and fried yellow taco shells. We'll try it someday because it is convenient & apparently even deliver, but I'm in no hurry.

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        bluedog RE: julesrules Jan 28, 2010 05:46 AM

        Yeah, I'm not optimistic either, though there's a menu in the window that says they make their own flour tortillas throughout the day. But I've a feeling the whole experience is going to be wierd imitation of the real thing. On the other hand, prices seem reasonable and I'm willing to give it a try. I was hoping for a tongue taco, but no such luck

      2. Davwud RE: bluedog Feb 4, 2010 09:51 AM

        Okay Hounds, I leaned into the strike zone a took one for the team.

        I tried this for lunch to day and now all of you don't have to.

        The owners are in fact not Latin American but Asian. As such, the menu kinda works like a Chinese food menu. You order by number.

        I had the #15b. A shrimp fajita that was just not good. The tortilla was okay but the shrimp were pretty tasteless.

        #20 Chicken Taco. In a hard shell, seasoned and grilled right in front of me, it was not good either. I didn't like the seasoning.

        #25 Jack Cheese and Tex-Mex Chili quesadilla. This was the best of a bad lot. The chili was just okay, nothing that beats out a canned chili.

        So all in all, go right ahead and skip it.

        DT

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          grandgourmand RE: Davwud Feb 4, 2010 11:14 AM

          Thanks for the review.

          Next time you're in the area, stop by Makkah. Order 12 tandoori chicken wings for $6 and enjoy. (tandoor is fired by Basque hardwood lump charcoal as opposed to gas)

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            Pincus RE: Davwud Feb 4, 2010 11:21 AM

            Thanks for your sacrifice. I passed by and saw the menu in the window and thought maybe that's what the experience would be like, but thanks to you I can live my satisfaction vicariously.

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              yunnage RE: Davwud Feb 4, 2010 11:27 AM

              Ooh, thanks for taking a hit for the team. I was going to try it out next week, looks like I don't have to now.

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                Marimba RE: Davwud Feb 4, 2010 11:48 AM

                How does it compare to Rebozos?...Marimba!

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                  millygirl RE: Marimba Feb 4, 2010 11:54 AM

                  We owe you one Davwud.

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                    Davwud RE: Marimba Feb 4, 2010 11:59 AM

                    Never been.

                    Quite honestly, I'll go to Taco Bell before I go there. I do have a guilty pleasure for that place though.

                    DT

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                    foodyDudey RE: Davwud Feb 4, 2010 12:21 PM

                    Asian... what does that mean? Are they Chinese, Japanese or ? Well I wouldn't expect them to make a proper taco. But if they were Indian or Sri Lankan, they'd probably do a good job. Check out the kitchens of many restaurants in Toronto and there will be some Indian or Sri Lankans cooking.

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                      Davwud RE: foodyDudey Feb 4, 2010 12:31 PM

                      I know. It's like Bourdain says. "The best French cooks in NYC are Mexican."

                      Anyway, I don't know but I think they're Chinese.

                      DT

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                        sumdumgoy RE: Davwud Feb 4, 2010 03:08 PM

                        Taco King is a disaster. They don't have a clue.
                        I admire free enterprise and feel sorry (in a way) for these people.
                        Had 1 bite of the Quesadilla w/pico di gallo (#26) yesterday at lunch.
                        It was not warmed through enough to melt the cheese and the pico di gallo bore no resemblance to any other I have ever encountered either in texture, colour or taste - scary.
                        Makes Taco bell look like "Cayote Cafe" or "Frontera"
                        So I dumped it and went to Makkah for a "footlong".

                        So, Davwud, next time I bump into you I have a large bottle of extra strength "Tums" in the car and I will give you a handful.

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                          arugula RE: sumdumgoy Feb 4, 2010 03:28 PM

                          I too, am grateful to Davwud.

                          Is Makkah worth trying?

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                            sumdumgoy RE: arugula Feb 4, 2010 05:38 PM

                            Yes.
                            Among other things they serve one of the city's great bargains which is a foot long beef (Sikh) kebob wrapped in a warm, freshly made naan with onion, lettuce, raita and tamarind sauce for $5 all in.
                            Some people love the tandoori wings. I am less enthralled as I like wings crisp and these of course are smothered in sauce.
                            I like the various meat and veg curries and a combo thali platter will set you back $5 or $6. Be adventurous.
                            It is a fun place to go with 4 or more friends, have a huge, tasty feast and waddle out for less than $10/head.
                            The eat-in area, up about 5 steps at the back, seats around 40.

                            Go and experiment.
                            When you walk in the front door, don't be put off by the down and dirty appearance and aroma of bathroom deoderizer. At some stage someone must have knocked over a 10 gallon pail of the stuff.

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                              Pincus RE: sumdumgoy Feb 5, 2010 09:14 AM

                              This is the place with the huge tandoor oven in the front and the spacious cavern of seating in the back?

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                                sumdumgoy RE: Pincus Feb 5, 2010 10:40 AM

                                Yes

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                                grandgourmand RE: sumdumgoy Feb 5, 2010 10:07 AM

                                Agreed on the kebab wrap. It's a great deal and tastese good.

                                Disagree on the wings. I don't think they're smothered in sauce. I really like them.

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                                  sumdumgoy RE: grandgourmand Feb 5, 2010 10:56 AM

                                  It may depend on the cook.
                                  Do you remember GG whether your wings were reheated on the grill or cooked fresh?
                                  My recollection is that they were not cooked enough to render the fat and crisp up. It may have just been bad luck.
                                  I haven't tried them again as I am still very happily working my way through the rest of estimable menu and, in all modesty, I can't buy wings that are as good as I make at home!

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                                    grandgourmand RE: sumdumgoy Feb 5, 2010 11:56 AM

                                    I forget. I think cooked fresh. It's true, they are not crisp. The outside is tender. I'd like a bit more contrast. Apart from that, I love the flavour. And at $6 for 12 wings, great value.

                                    I don't find the curries anything special. Not bad, but nothing special either. I rate the wings and the kebabs highly. As well as the naan. Tried the whole tandoori chicken once, it was just. A bit dry and pretty scrawny.

                                    Made at home wings are the best. can't disagree with that one.

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                                      Davwud RE: grandgourmand Feb 5, 2010 12:08 PM

                                      Any idea what time they open?? I drove by today and they were closed. It was about 10 minutes of 11.

                                      I love tandoori chicken and saucy chicken wings so that seems right up my alley.

                                      DT

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                                        julesrules RE: Davwud Feb 5, 2010 01:54 PM

                                        I'm not sure when they open but Friday lunch is a bad bet for many businesses around there, they go to mosque. I've been mostly unimpressed - less than fresh naan on occasion, and 4 scrawny breasts when I ordered a whole tandoori chicken. I'm going to try again though.
                                        Thanks for taking one for the team re: taco king. I also feel sorry for them, it just seems very misguided. We already have 2
                                        crappy burrito places between Donlands and Pape

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                                          sumdumgoy RE: Davwud Feb 5, 2010 02:10 PM

                                          12:00 noon to 11:30 pm everyday.
                                          They can certainly be a bit "hit and miss" but the price/quality ratio is pretty good.

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