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Feb 5, 2010 08:40 AM

Black History Month - recs?

Now that we're into Black History Month, I was wondering whether anyone had any good recommendations for places to eat. Aside from the plethora of Ethiopian, Eritrean, Jamaican, and to a considerably lesser extent, Somali places, I am aware only of Teranga (Senegalese) on Augusta, and The Simba Grill (Tanzanian) on Donlands. Suggestions?

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  1. I would like to see jerk, and southern U.S. included. That can include fried food, BBQ, and 'low on the hog.'

    1. Although I haven't been, the first place that comes to mind is Harlem. Its focus is on Caribbean/Southern style cuisine. It gets pretty good reviews on this board.

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      1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

        If you choose Harlem, I highly recommend reservations. It's popularity is earned. I'd add a place link, but that function isn't functional at the moment. Please do look it up.

        1. re: Googs

          Harlem's a nice place, but the food didn't light my fire. It's good, but because it's fusion Caribbean & soul, you can't compare it to straight soul food. And straight soul food is amazing when done properly.

          1. re: GoodGravy

            Having been a fan of the Underground Railroad, I understand where you're coming from. Where can you get straight-up soul food nowadays?

            1. re: Googs

              I'm a two city person so I get my soul food/Nathans hotdog/hamburger/bbq fix in NYC. I'd really like to know where to get good soul food in Toronto though. Making it myself takes time and reminds me how unhealthy it can be (fried chicken, mac n cheese, ribs, etc.)

              1. re: Googs

                Now those were the days, The Underground Railroad. I worked nearby, and I swear our office went in to deep depression when that placed closed down.

                If I recall correctly, before the closure, it was sold to someone else and immediately began it's decline.

                1. re: millygirl

                  Perhaps we should follow Archie Alleyne around on his gigs and pester him into cooking again. I mean with something other than drums.

        2. Did someone say Southern US food? The best southern fried chicken that I've had in a restaurant in Toronto is available at the Stockyards on St Clair at Christie. Their ribs and onion rings aren't bad either. There's not a ton of seating, so they also do a booming takeout business.

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          1. re: mikeb

            mikeb, I absolutely agree and second your rec. The fried chicken at the Stockyards is a must. It's properly brined, marinated and fried with a medium-spicy crust. I'm drooling on my keyboard just thinking about it OK?