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Black History Month - recs?

hungry_pangolin Feb 5, 2010 08:40 AM

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. jayt90 RE: hungry_pangolin Feb 5, 2010 08:50 AM

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

    1. Splendid Wine Snob RE: hungry_pangolin Feb 5, 2010 10:08 AM

      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
        Googs RE: Splendid Wine Snob Feb 5, 2010 01:34 PM

        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.

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          GoodGravy RE: Googs Feb 5, 2010 05:27 PM

          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
            Googs RE: GoodGravy Feb 5, 2010 05:45 PM

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

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              GoodGravy RE: Googs Feb 5, 2010 09:59 PM

              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
                millygirl RE: Googs Feb 6, 2010 03:59 AM

                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
                  Googs RE: millygirl Feb 6, 2010 05:18 AM

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

        2. mikeb RE: hungry_pangolin Feb 7, 2010 11:21 AM

          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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            bogie RE: mikeb Feb 8, 2010 05:52 AM

            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?

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