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Feb 28, 2010 04:13 AM

Restaurants with lineups

Are there restaurants you go to where they typically have line-ups and crowds?

I don't mind going to stand in line and waiting to get in. It means the food is great, that people must really like the place and more importantly there's good turnover in the kitchen.

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  1. Explain Spring Rolls and Hot House Cafe, then.

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    1. re: Herb

      Agree!! Spring Rolls is always packed, but their food is terrible

      1. re: ekim256

        Honestly, one of the busiest places downtown late at night is McDonald's. Always line ups. Sad:(

    2. I'm not a huge fan of waiting in line to eat considering that we live in a city with so many fabulous restaurants.

      I really want to try Guu but a two hour line (if you get there after 530... or whatever the time is these days) is just crazy talk to me!


      1. Utopia on College always has a lineup in the evenings. I waited for about 45 minutes. Their burger was alright, but I'm still not sure if it was worth it or not.

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        1. re: stet

          Grazie. Good food, cheap prices.

          1. re: stet

            I have and would wait for their burritos...nothing like a Utopia fix. Turnover is fast enough if you're only 2 people.

            1. re: stet

              It's not worth it, It only has line ups because everything else on College sucks, better off going to Bitondo's, at least you leave satisfied

            2. There's also a handful of Chinese resto's up north that are packed w/ line ups esp around lunch and dinner hr on weekends, and it's mostly because the portions are huge and prices low. Not necessarily "good" food though at some of these places, so beware that lineups doesn't always equate to good quality food (esp in GTA).

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              1. re: Royaljelly

                We always leave early for dim sum on weekends, which is not necessarily cheap and/or large portions, to, as my Chinese wife facetiously says "Get there before all those Chinese people do."

                And I agree - one place that always seems to have a lineup on weekends is China King Buffet, which is OK for what it is, but hardly quality food.

              2. I don't necessarily agree with your logic, neighborguy (see: Herb!)...

                but a few spots that might thus suit include Terroni, Pizza Libretto, Foxley's, Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, the notorious Guu (as WON noted), Black Hoof, or Caplansky's.

                Some of these spots (PL, Foxley's, BH) will take a cell number (a very civilized gesture) so that you can hit a neighbouring spot for cocktails while you wait.