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Mar 23, 2010 04:36 PM

Marky's on Bathurst - please help me

I have no choice in the matter - dinner at Marky's this weekend. What can you recommend that would cause the least damage?

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  1. Haven't been for about 7 years, but the chicken soup was good the last time I was there. The tuna sandwich was regrettable.

    If I were to return, I'd order a corned beef sandwich and keep my expectations in check.

    Here is Marky's menu, in case you want to figure out your plan in advance:

    1. Do you like liver? If you do, the liver and onions is probably the least damaging item on the menu.

      1. I recommend that you say you are sick and don't go out with whoever wants to eat there.

        If you really have to attend, why not just order a salad?

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          No! Don't order a salad!!! Stick with the corned beef, its the best option.

          1. re: ddelicious

            OMG, I'm actually scared!!! Unfortunately I cannot not go. Believe me, I thought about it but it's not an option. Pray for me.

            1. re: millygirl

              Don't be too scared, millygirl.

              This isn't saying much, but I found the food at Marky's to be better than the food at Gabby's, Mr.Greenjeans in recent years, or Hemingway's ;-)

              If you just get the "city's best" chicken soup ("city's best" according to the menu, but it did taste better than most TO chicken soups when I last ordered it), you could always pick up a take-out shawarma at Yakamoz across the street after dinner :-)

              1. re: phoenikia

                I only remember Marky's from the one they had at university when I went and well, there was nothing to remember!

        2. Funny, I just talked to my dad the other day about how terrible the place is. He agreed but said that if hehad to get anything there, it would be the liver and onions.

          1. I've had some of the worst food I've ever eaten at that place. I'd probably order the corned beef, and have something to eat before I go.

            I've never had liver there, so I really shouldn't pass judgment, but one requirement for making liver kosher is that it must be overcooked before it's cooked (yes you read that right) - thus the popularity of chopped liver with lots of fried onions and schmaltz.

            Given there are now other, much better, kosher options, that's so sad....

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            1. re: embee

              When I drive by Marky's - which is often - I'm always astounded that it's still in business. I suppose the local Orthodox Jewish population keep this long-time Glatt Kosher outpost going somehow. My more religious acquaintances inform me it's as abysmal as ever, but they belly up there just the same. Still, when I find myself trapped in a situation similar to which you find yourself, millygirl, I adopt a posture of kosher defensive eating. In Marky's, I'd have a soup - not the borscht, though - and be prepared to send it back to the kitchen if it's not hot enough (a common failing there). After that, try to avoid anything that demands actual cooking. Stick with cold dishes. The chopped liver sandwich should be acceptable. Maybe a side salad of sliced cucumbers or cole slaw. Nothing more except water.

              I'd be intrigued to read a debriefing report of your experience there.

              1. re: juno

                "I adopt a posture of kosher defensive eating" - LOVE it!

                1. re: juno

                  I had an unforgettable lunch with my bank ( a nice boy withy Leumi) 20 years ago. Nothingwithstanding that I wanted to be polite, not make waves and not offend his orthodox sensitivities, I sent back the potato salad because it looked disgusting. Yopu would think potato salad would be safe, no?

                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                    Probably not after 7 other people sent back that same potato salad over the previous 4 days.