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Jul 15, 2010 01:22 PM

Duffernin Grove Market Dinners

I have looked at the menu a few times, and always thought it looked worth exploring. I have never made it to one of their dinners though, so thought I would ask here if anyone has been?

I know it will not be the most culinary experience, but are the meals good? Everything sounds fresh and interesting- but maybe that is just good menu writing

WOuld love to hear about anyone's experiences at their dinners


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  1. Dufferin Grove park is really one of those magical places in the city. If anyone reading hasn't been, then make the effort to see what that community did. The mud wall with tile work is really cool.
    They hold a theatre festival in June every year. Last year we ate at the community dinner before the show. Great vibe, lots of heart, tons of kids, and really crappy food. I think its more about community than eating well.

    Dufferin Cafe
    2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

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    1. re: dubchild

      I agree... the menu always sounds decent, and all their ingredients are from the farmers market at Dufferin Grove the previous day.

      This sounds extremely promising, but I feel as though they are inexperienced cooks that follow recipe books and the integrity of the ingredients is lost in an effort to make a mass quantity of affordable food. Mains go for $6, so its still a fun experience.

      Two days a week (Sunday and can't remember the other) they have wood-fired pizza ovens. Dough is $2.50 and you get free reign of the ingredients growing in their garden. Love this idea too, but haven't made it out for some reason.

      Dufferin Cafe
      2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

      1. re: jayseeca

        Took the nephews for the pizza making a few weeks ago - don't go expecting too much. Small piece of dough, Ragu type sauce, flavorless cheese and as the growing season was still young there were no toppings for the pizza.

        Although it's a wood burning oven you can't tell from the way they bake the pizza - the volunteers who man the oven are inexperienced. I also recommend keeping an eye on your pizza and who handles it.

    2. I quite like friday night suppers. The food is usually good, however can range from blech to outstanding depending upon the ingredients and the chef for the evening.

      The atmosphere is one of a true community, it is very welcoming people will be happy to show you the ropes. For a first timer knowing where to line up and find things can be intimidating.

      I recommend checking it out. Where else are you going to find a probably delicious dinner made from local organic ingredients for $6? Bring a blanket, tables go fast.

      They usually announce the menu on their website at about noon the friday of.