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bluebetsy Feb 11, 2010 05:16 PM

Hey Chowhounders, I need some help.

My aunt is a cookbook reviewer and food journalist from Vancouver, she is coming to visit in April and is looking for a culinary adventure. Last time she was here we went to the St. Lawrence Market and good times were had by all. So now, the question is where to take her this time?
We are less about fine dinning and more about good eating (not that fine dining does not involve good eating mind you), but I am hoping to show her what makes Toronto a unique place to eat and buy food!

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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    ibraineater Feb 12, 2010 07:45 AM

    Caplansky's for sure. Kensington Market most definitely. Check out a farmer's market at Dufferin Grove or Wychwood, have lunch at Osgoode Hall or brunch at the Gallery Grill. Cocktails at the Hyatt rooftop, lunch at Negroni, dinner at the Black Hoof, an espresso at Sam James and of course, Mother's Dumplings should be on your list too. Check out the crepe place in Yorkville or the one at Shaw and Queen, have some Ethiopian on Bloor and by all means revisit St. Lawrence market.

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      phoenikia Feb 12, 2010 07:08 AM

      Soma Chocolate (esp. for the dark chocolate English toffee & Cherry Bomb), and the Brick Street Bakery (for maybe the best Eccles cake ever) at the Distillery.

      Also like bringing CH visitors to Roncesvalles- usually take them to Chopin for their platter (although I think I'll try Cafe Polonez next time). Granowska's Bakery is nearby, as well as several indie coffee shops, and some Polish grocery stores.

      For another food tour, I like Bloor Street between Bathurst and Christie. Tuske (a dive aesthetically) used to serve a great bowl of goulash (haven't been for a while- is it still open?). Maroli serves great Keralan Indian food (esp. the shrimp curry), and the walnut cakes and syrup stuffed pancakes from the Korean bakeries are pretty tasty!

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      Maroli
      630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

      Granowska's
      175 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L3, CA

      Brick Street Bakery
      55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

      Chopin
      165 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L3, CA

      Soma
      55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

      Tuske
      586 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K4, CA

      Cafe Polonez
      195 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L5, CA

      1. jlunar Feb 12, 2010 06:57 AM

        Take her around Kensington Market! And nibble and snack in Chinatown.

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          gastronom Feb 12, 2010 06:40 AM

          Caplanky's i second.
          Pho Hung (it's very Toronto)
          Gastronomic-walking Tour of Kensigton Market (Empanadas, Tacos, Cupcakes, Pies, etc)
          Pomegranate on college
          Hoof (cafe for brunch, black for late dinner/drinks)
          Gourmet night of drinking and eating on ossignton (Libretto for Pizza, Union for Ontario spin on things)
          One of our many burger bars....my fav is harbord room with oyster (ok not really a burger bar)
          I would say highway 7 endavour but she gets plenty of good chinese food in vanvouver probably.

          www.nudifruti.blogspot.com

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            mobirose Feb 12, 2010 06:35 AM

            Our friends from Vancouver always love the Caribbean food in Toronto. Sorry I don't have any personal recs though.

            I've also been meaning to try 93 Harbord. Slightly upscale middle eastern food.

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            93 Harbord
            93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

            1. jayt90 Feb 12, 2010 04:36 AM

              Some places with good value,
              Mother's Dumplings (moved to Spadina below College)
              Ho Ho BBQ
              Calabria Bakery (Thurs. and Fri. for pizza)
              BBQ places (there are two three)
              Pho Mi Asia
              Caplansky's Deli

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              Mother's Dumplings
              421 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA

              Pho Mi Asia
              1008 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3K1G6, CA

              Calabria Bakery
              1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

              Pho Mi Asia
              1248 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4Y2C1, CA

              Ho Ho Bbq
              3833 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1V5L6, CA

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