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Apr 4, 2010 11:17 AM

Steak Pit-Avenue Road

A friend from Peterborough was visiting this weekend. She used to live in North Toronto wanted to go to the Steak Pit last night for dinner.

I used to go there a lot but had not been for a few years. It was a Saturday night and the place was 90% empty. Some guy greeted us and I asked him if it had changed ownership. He said no, I have been here for 22 years. I don't recall ever seeing him. None of the regular waitresses were there and our waitress said she had been working there for many years. Again, I cannot recall ever seeing her before. In the past the same guy was there at lunch and dinnertime. The restaurant had been in his family for many years. He was not there last night. This is the first time tI can recall him not being there.

The food was very much the same but it felt errie in there. Neither of us want to go back because it just doesn't feel right. If that makes any sense. I wonder what is going on.

Steak Pit Restaurant
1666 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M3Y1, CA

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  1. It is definitely the same owners. The crowd that frequents the Steak Pit is largely Jewish and given it is Passover, it could explain why the restaurant was almost empty.

    Steak Pit Restaurant
    1666 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M3Y1, CA

    1. The food is the same, as is the decor, as it has been for years. I do agree with you about the service, though; something has changed. When I went there last month with my family (and it was quite busy, btw), I asked the waitress about the difference between two steaks and she said, "Gee. I don't know. I'm not the right one to ask." Isn't she the waitress at the STEAK pit? Hmmm. Obviously not one of the originals, as you said. Other than that, yummy food, especially the ribs. PS, Get the house salad with the two dressings mixed, so sinful and old school but when you are out for a steak dinner, who's counting?

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      1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

        My hubby would concur with your salad dressng mixture. He loves to mix blue cheese and french on his put salad. He gets extra sauce on his Mexican ribs.

        1. re: sherry f

          YES - the salad dressing mix. Blue cheese and french all the way!! I like to dip the celery sticks in this too. But for the ribs, I like to mix blue cheese with the "Mexican sauce", which I get on the side. Torontofoodie, it's funny what you say about the steak -first time I went there with my husband, he was asking about the steaks on the menu. And I looked at him with a weird look on my face, as in - steak? who orders steak here? It's a rib restaurant. He pointed out to me that it is in fact called STEAK pit, which I suppose is true but honestly, through my years of going to Steak Pit, I had never seen or heard anyone order a steak there!

          Steak Pit Restaurant
          1666 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M3Y1, CA

      2. Yes, the food is exactly the same. The ribs are great. I guess it was quiet due to the holidays. Our waitress was a bit strange. I love their blue cheese dressing. Which two do you mix? Remember the old days when they used to leave a silver serving tray with 3 dressings so you could dip your celery sticks and dress your own salad. In those days nobody worried about double dipping!

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        1. re: red twizzler

          We live close by and pick up at least once a month. Have been for 30+ years. Ribs are very good, but partially disagree about the steaks. New York is too thin but the fillet is decent. Not Motrons/Harbour 60 quality but more than just passable. For $35, you get a 10 fillet, salad, potato, relish tray and garlic bread. I personally mix the French with the 1000, Kids love it !! The guy you are referring to is Victor..a little creepy and old school but I go for the food.

        2. I agree the fillet is very acceptable. It is not a large steak but it does come with the works. I've had the fillet steak on several occasions and have never been disappointed.