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Zocalo - Anyone been?

eatravel Aug 15, 2010 04:54 PM

I drove by and saw this place today, on Bloor just west of Lansdowne. Has anyone been?

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    earthmomma Apr 28, 2011 12:24 PM

    I don't know why no one has responded to this. I've been and it's awesome. Fresh, creative, affordable food. Has awesome options for both meat lovers & vegetarians/vegans. Highly recommended.

    1. aser Apr 28, 2011 12:48 PM

      didn't work out so well for me. Generic brunch, things were overcooked and under-seasoned. I went a few months back so I can't say I recall exactly what I had. I do recall a overcooked to sawdust level sausage.

      maybe I just don't get brunch, it's not my thing.

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        Herb Apr 28, 2011 01:25 PM

        They don't really do a typical brunch — benedicts, omelettes, etc — do they?

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          aser Apr 28, 2011 01:46 PM

          No, but they advertise it as brunch, going for that vibe. That's what I was referring to, the feel.

          Food just wasn't good on my visit, lots of sloppy mistakes. I guess the raves in Now elevated expectations, it's just a local neighbourhood spot with a healthier angle to it.

          1 & done for me, gave it a shot since I live in the area.

      2. Anita Nap Sep 30, 2011 01:50 PM

        I live in the neighbourhood and go often. They have gotten over their first opening jitters and the food is really good. Flavours are spot-on and the prices are great.

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          Dean Tudor Sep 30, 2011 05:45 PM

          It was great when it was next to Avalon, don;t know about the new owner/location.

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            iMarilyn Oct 2, 2011 07:29 AM

            Different restaurant, same name.

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              Dean Tudor Oct 2, 2011 02:44 PM

              I was being a smartass, my apologies...

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            eatravel Oct 1, 2011 07:00 PM

            Since seeing the sign last year, I have had the pleasure of having dinner at Zocalo four or five times. We tend to go for the broken bread sandwiches, which usually consists of some bread (e.g. lat, olive, baguette, sour), a green salad, a protein (e.g. pomegranate chicken salad, homemade sausage, potted trout, etc.), a spreadable (fe.g. ennel slather, corn hummus), and a condiment (e.g. grape). The "sandwiches" cost around $12, and come on a large platter. My husband and I will normally split two, and the folks at Zocalo will put it all onto one large platter for us to share. For the money, I can't think of a more pleasant, casual, and healthy meal. Throw in a rather large glass of wine for about $8, and you've got yourself a fantastic meal.

            1426 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6P 3L5, CA

            1. miketoronto Oct 2, 2011 07:16 PM

              Have been a few times and always been great, especially for the price. Great americano in the mornings, beau's on tap, and great "deconstructed" sandwiches.

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                FoodieManTO Oct 18, 2011 07:43 AM

                Wow! Hard to believe how tepid these reviews are... I live in the neighbourhood and have been to Zocalo numerous times.The food has always been good to great, the menu is a bit short but the flavours range from subtle to intense and at time etherial... There is always an interesting cheese selection that introduces you to wonderful Quebec cheese, the sausages are fascinating and tasty, the use of common spices (caraway seed or mustard seed) to create uncommon flights of flavourful delight... They do a great job! I am totally appreciative of this little restaurant and a bit reluctant to endorse it, its already challenging enough to find a seat at dinner in this busy place...

                1426 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6P 3L5, CA

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                piccola Nov 26, 2011 05:12 AM

                Finally tried this place after moving to the neighbourhood. Loved it. I can totally see it becoming my go-to casual dinner spot.

                I had one of the "broken bread sandwiches" with roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower hummus, while the rest of the group had the warm kale, walnut and white bean salad or some chicken dish with bacon jam. It was simple and delicious -- and nothing more than $12. Service was friendly and attentive.

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