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Jul 31, 2010 07:42 AM

best jamaican patties in the gta

i searched and found the usual on randy's and the patty king...looking for authentic in-house made patties....there was one place in missisauga near battleford and montevideo (i think) but i can't remember the name...

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  1. Back in the day (late 70`s) I basically lived on Jamaican patties. I would buy them from a small independent bakery on Jane just south of Lawrence. I would get there just as they came out of the oven. Hot, flaky, and spicy with a meat filling that was not of dubious source. I have not been able to find anything similar since they went out of business. The commercial patties today have tough pastry with lots of yellow colouring, a very watery meat filling that I don`t trust because it must be the cheapest meat available, and most have dried out from sitting in the warmers. If you find a bakery making the real thing, please post.

    1. Queen of Patties on Bloor at Lansdowne made on the premises.

      The Caribbean Queen of Patties
      1279 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1N7, CA

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      1. re: curnonsky

        I agree, she makes some amazingly addictive patties, absolutely the best I have ever had.

      2. Randy's patties are made onsite, as are Allen's in the Peanut Plaza. Also Tinnels. They are hot, fresh and tasty at all three of these bakeries.

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        1. re: Yongeman

          Thanks for the responses. I will definitely try Caribbean Queen asap. I`ll post back.
          The Randy`s, Allen`s, and Tinnels sound more like a prepared product that is just heated up (cooked) at the bakeries like Tim Hortons does with their product rather than totally created inhouse.
          If I`m wrong, please let me know!

          Caribbean Queen
          25 The West Mall, Toronto, ON M9C1B8, CA

          1. re: longolame

            Hi're definitely wrong. I've never tried Caribbean Queen, but the other three bake onsite. Randy's only has one location that I know of, also Allen's (Allan's). I think that Tinnels has a couple, but all patties are baked from raw, onsite.

            Caribbean Queen
            25 The West Mall, Toronto, ON M9C1B8, CA

            1. re: Yongeman

              Good to hear. I'll be trying them all. Thanks...

        2. I've had Queen of Patties', Allen's, Timmel's, and Randy's. My favourite is Randy's by a country mile. Nice pieces of meat in a salty, well-seasoned sauce (slightly saucy too), in a nice tender crust.

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          1. re: Atahualpa

            People rave about Randy's and i never got it.
            i used to eat at Patty King across the street - its since closed. they had 2 types of patties - homemade and the "Patty King" patties. their homemade beef patties were great.
            I've tried Randy's infrequently over the past decade and its still the same mess.
            Incredibly salty, incredibly aqueous and SCALDING hot.
            there isn't ground beef in it - just some broth/paste.
            I just don't get how it has the reputation that it has.

            1. re: atomeyes

              I like it runny. I like it salty. I don't mind it being hot – I can be patient. I am happy it doesn't have ground beef because it does have small chunks of beef instead that actually have some texture.

              I am an east-end person, so I have Allen's much more than Randy's. My father works at Bloor and Dufferin, so Queen of Patties isn't an infrequent stop. However, above either, I prefer Randy's for the exact reasons you don't like them.

              Chacun a son gout.

              1. re: Atahualpa

                Agreed, Randy's IMO is the undisputed champion in TO for all the reasons you mentioned.

                On another note, does anyone in the GTA make Lobster patties? Ive personally never found any.

                1. re: Matt H

                  Also agree that Randy's is the best. At least the best I have tried. They are scalding hot though as mentioned but I just (rather impatiently) wait until they cool down a bit.

                  1. re: Aardvark

                    I'll put Randy's in a tie with Tinnel's.

                    I will say that the shrimp patties from Patty King are very good too. Only when fresh though.


                    1. re: Aardvark

                      Best way to cool a Randy's patty--carefully take a bite of mostly pastry at one end. Start driving, and hold it out the window, with the air blowing into the patty. Second best way is to buy it in winter. Otherwise, it's too hard to wait while it cools down.

                      1. re: Yongeman

                        sounds like xiao long bao.

                        i find the crust too crunchy and not very flakey at all. the thin gravy really doesn't appeal to me either.

                        1. re: Yongeman

                          Getting a lot of useful info from this thread. I still don't want to pay $2 for a reheated patty (eg. Wilson subway station - think they are Patty King, but I'll find out for sure in the next few days). The 'holding out the window' technique is great if you have a car, but the TTC subway and bus windows are sealed shut. As for winter, it's still 3-4 months away...

              2. I like Tinnels at Queen & Kennedy here in Brampton

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                1. re: duckdown

                  Allens is the correct answer. These can be found at the Peanut Plaza on Don Mills South of Finch, as well at Warden Subway Station and Bathurst Station. They might be at Islington but i forget...

                  1. re: jmarcroyal

                    I think I'm totally out of date, but how much does a regular spicy beef patty cost these days?

                    I passed through the Wilson station today and the donut/snack store was selling the patties for just under $2. I didn't stay to find out where they were sourced, (there was a lineup and my bus was waiting) but they certainly weren't baked there. Also being late Sunday, I figured they might have been on display for a while.

                    Sure wanted one, but I had homegrown heirloom tomatoes in my carry bag, so I passed. Tonight is Ontario peaches, backyard tomatoes, and some imported Valencia oranges (from Mexico). The oranges were about $1 each, but I can't find non-organic Valencias. They taste sooo gooood! The basket of Ontario peaches was $3. Both Highland Farms.

                    No matter I still crave a hot and fresh patty. Are there times to visit the recommended bakeries in order to get the treat hot and fresh from the oven?

                    Highland Farms
                    850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

                    1. re: longolame

                      the queen's patties are based on her mood and her mood only. they're not always great, but still my favourite in the city and have been for a long time. i've never caught a fresh batch out of the oven but she makes them fresh daily and runs out daily. your best bet is probably within an hour of opening time.

                      1. re: longolame

                        Beef patties usually go for $1 to $1.25 these days. At Patty King, a dozen baked beef patties is $8.49, unbaked $7.75. $1.25 each? They also have shrimp and ackee patties for $2 and calaloo and goat for $1.45.

                        1. re: curnonsky

                          The patties at the Wilson station are from Allen's. I asked today.
                          They are being sold for $1.90 each.
                          Much as I want one, I can't justify the cost.
                          At this time I spent my limited money on another basket of fresh and juicy Ontario peaches for $2.99. Much better deal, but come the winter those hot and spicy patties will be sending our their siren call. All this talk really does make me hungry!

                      2. re: jmarcroyal

                        The patties at the Bathurst station cafe are definitely NOT Allen's.

                        1. re: ParsleySage

                          I love the patties from the cafe inside Bathurst Station. Do know who supplies them?