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Moving to Victoria Park & Eglinton. Need suggestions for a butcher, bakery, fishmonger, a decent produce counter, and restaurants. Is that asking too much?

Googs Oct 31, 2010 07:00 AM

I know Diana's Seafood will be my go to despite not being thaaat close. Do I really have to go as far as Kostas at Warden & Ellesmere to have a decent butcher? Are there any simple bakeries around there? I don't need fancy, just good bread. Produce. Please tell me No Frills isn't the best I'll do for produce. Please.

I'll be living right on top of Armenian Kitchen and Blue Water Curry plus Zen is relatively nearby. Is there any hope of finding more?

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Diana's Seafood
2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

Armenian Kitchen
1646 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

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    Chatty Cathy RE: Googs Oct 31, 2010 07:55 AM

    If you like a lot of variety in produce you could try Bestwin, an Asian supermarket on Victoria Park between Eglinton and St. Clair. They have a lot of ethnic produce and some hard-to-find items, like donut peaches this past summer. I don't shop there often so I can't vouch for their freshness but this supermarket is definitely one of the busiest along the Vic Park corridor so I imagine the turnover in produce must be good.

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      Smorgasbord RE: Googs Oct 31, 2010 08:49 AM

      For your butcher, I highly recommend Close to the Bone on Kingston Road just west of Vic Park. Really good quality, prices, and variety, & the owners are great. They also sell amazing bread [buns, loaves, etc. in Red Fife, Sourdough, challah, etc.] from Knead Bakery [for your bread needs] and other things like spices from the Spice Trader. Across the street from them is Courage Foods which sells really good produce [if you wanted to hit the meat/bread/produce trifecta in one shot].

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      Spice Trader
      805 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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        Otonabee RE: Smorgasbord Oct 31, 2010 09:23 AM

        I go to CTTB all of the time. The bread from Knead really is excellent!! Knead also sells their stuff at Grinder at Main & Gerrard and Courage as well. Art of Cheese is also next door to the butcher so it makes for some easy shopping.

        If you wanted to go up to Lawrence, Arz has excellent pita and is a great spot to pick up some other bits. Great baklava!

        If I think of some other spots I'll have to post them but right now I am lacking in good recommendations...

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        Arz
        1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

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          Googs RE: Smorgasbord Sep 17, 2011 08:51 AM

          Finally found The Butcher Shop and it's just too far from Cliffside Hearth (sorry, CH) to be convenient. For my next frou-frou shop, I think I will take a run at the trifecta. Close To The Bone, Courage Foods, and Knead Bakery here I come.

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          Close To The Bone
          929 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

          Knead Bakery
          283 Scarborough Rd, Toronto, ON M4E 3M8, CA

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            Otonabee RE: Googs Sep 17, 2011 06:19 PM

            Enjoy! Its a great little section of town. (but again.. I am biased.)

        2. scarberian RE: Googs Oct 31, 2010 06:14 PM

          For restaurants you can try along Lawrence Ave. from VP to Kennedy. There's a decent filipino resto called Cucina Manila (Lawrence and Pharmacy) or you can try the various middle Eastern restos right on Lawrence between Warden and VP. On Eglinton all you've got are mostly your typical chain restos. There was a decent Greek resto there, between Warden and Birchmount on the south side of Eglinton. Pho Saigon, the first couple of years, had very good pho, recent reviews here though have indicated their pho quality headed south awhile back. Crispy Roll is on Warden south of Eglinton and has had okay reviews. Eglinton Square has/had (?) a British store where you could get British pastries and candy. Sorry Eglinton Square only has Metro =(.

          Since you're not that far from Don Mills, drive north to Lawrence and go west, you'll hit the Don Mills Centre with McEwan's grocery store. On Lawrence you'll find P.A.T. which is one of several Asian supermarkets (on Lawrence west of Warden on the north side in a small plaza). Another is Lon Tai at Kennedy and Lawrence on the north side in a large plaza. Lon Tai also sells barbecue pork, sometimes Peking Duck, and roast chicken. Kennedy has several restaurants from Lawrence to Ellesmere. There's also the Nature Depot on Lawrence east of Warden on the south side if you want all organic.

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            Googs RE: scarberian Nov 3, 2010 04:59 AM

            Filipino sweets I'm familiar with. Filipino dining, not at all. Are there any dishes you would recommend scarberian?

            In case you're interested, Mrs Bridges British Bakery is still in Eglinton Square. They have all the dishes you can't buy in a regular grocery store to assemble a proper Irish Breakfast. However, I may not need to resort to that now that I'll be so much closer to the Tara Inn on Eglinton.

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              scarberian RE: Googs Nov 4, 2010 04:09 PM

              Ah good old Mrs. Bridges =9. I can't even count how many sausage rolls I've scarfed down over the years. I've tried the ones at the Distillery and, IMO, they just tasted weird. The Eglinton Square ones were just right for me. I wonder if they still sell the Pear drops candy?

              As for Filipino dining, the various lumpias are always good (types of spring rolls - from deep fried - lumpia shanghai - to lumpia sariwa which is a very healthy version with a crepe like wrap filled with vegetables and a bit of meat). Then there's the Adobo (chicken, pork or squid stew or a combination of chicken and pork), as well as the different types of pancit (noodles) from palabok (thicker noodles) to bihon (vermicelli style noodles). Filipinos love their soups and our national dish is a sour soup called Sinigang usually made with fish, but it can also be made with pork or shrimp. Another excellent soup is Nilaga baka which is a beef soup or if you can find it bulalou which is nilaga but with bone marrow added to it. We also have a marinated fried fish called daing bangus. Bangus is a milk fish and it's marinated in vinegar and garlic and then fried. The skin is crispy and addictive. Then we have the barbecue which is mostly pork, but there's a chicken version and beef version. They are marinated skewers of meat that's cooked on a grill. Out east in my end (near Pickering) we have Bella's Lechon (Morningside and 401) which sells roast pig (lechon). This is one place you gots to go! Best lechon I've had in T.O. and they've tweaked their homemade sauce (made from pig's liver). I've mentioned them on another thread. There's also a pork blood stew called Dinuguan which can come spicy or mild depending on the cook. Okoy is a bean sprout and shrimp fritter sort of like a pakora, but flatter.

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              Googs RE: scarberian Sep 17, 2011 08:55 AM

              The "decent" Greek restaurant is still there. Given the state of Greek food on The Danforth, Arkadia House will do just fine. I've had pleasant, not mind-blowing, dining experiences there. Now if only every place in Scarborough hired a wine consultant, I'd be a happy girl.
              http://www.arkadiahouse.com/

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              Arkadia House
              2007 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1L2M9, CA

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              phoenikia RE: Googs Oct 31, 2010 06:46 PM

              The Vic Park location of Athen's Pastries is relatively close, on Vic Park near Sheppard, if you're in the mood for spanakopita/tyropita/galatoboureko/bougatsa/loukamades.

              1. Wahooty RE: Googs Oct 31, 2010 07:10 PM

                You planning on getting a car, G? For produce, if you can manage to wander as far as Kennedy and Ellesmere, there is a Highland Farms that is a marked improvement over NoFrills. Combine it with a trip to Kostas (and if you're at all into Polish goodies, Kmicic in the other half of that plaza), and stop at Diana's on the way home. ;)

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

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                  scarberian RE: Wahooty Nov 1, 2010 04:39 AM

                  Forgot about Highland Farms on Ellesmere. It's big Googs with a decent bakery and large deli. BTW the movie theatre at Eglinton Town Square is decent with large screens and reclinable seats in some rows. There is an Imperial Buffet if you're into that. There's also a burger joint in the plaza with the mega-Walmart. Someone told me it's an American chain, not sure the name nor the quality. Drive north on VP and you'll hit Johnny's which has been discussed on this board several times.

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                    Midknight RE: scarberian Nov 1, 2010 11:34 AM

                    That burger place that scaberian mentions would be Jetsun's burgers. I've only been there once so far, but the place is amazing! Nicely charred on the outside, but juicy on the inside. And the fries are freshly cut in the back. One of the better bugers I've had. Easily on par, if not better than Johnny's IMHO.
                    Wow, you'd thing I worked there. lol

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                    Googs RE: Wahooty Nov 3, 2010 05:01 AM

                    No, the rocket will still be my transport. That and my sexy, sexy bundle buggy. S'ok. Will look ridiculous for good food.

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                    wontonfm RE: Googs Nov 1, 2010 06:42 PM

                    The produce at that No Frills is decent compared to a lot of other locations. As someone else mentioned Bestwin is another option. They do great on variety (I counted 12 varieties of mangoes over the summer) and prices but they definitely keep produce past its peak.

                    WON
                    http://whatsonmyplate.net

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                      DUH CAR RE: Googs Nov 2, 2010 11:17 AM

                      We like Thai Angels on Ellesmere in the strip plaza just west of Pharmacy, north side. They have $6.99 lunch specials and the regular dishes are are all freshly cooked and tasty. Ichiban Sushi in there on the end is good for run of the mill takeout sushi.
                      There's a good Caribbean roti place on the north side of Lawrence just east of VicPark.
                      You also have High Street fish and chips on Underhill.
                      Costco's at Warden and Ellesmere is good for meat.

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                      High Street
                      55 Underhill Dr, Toronto, ON M3A2J8, CA

                      Thai Angels
                      80 Ellesmere Road, Toronto, ON , CA

                      Ichiban Restaurant
                      668 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L2, CA

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                        Wahooty RE: DUH CAR Nov 2, 2010 02:18 PM

                        I'm not sure how much (if at all) they've changed since they moved out to Scarborough from downtown, but I used to frequent them for quick lunches when they were on College. Beware of specials - they seem to be the most dumbed-down dishes - but the regular menu had some salads and things on it that I rather enjoyed. And the chef struck me as the sort that, if you showed interest, would gladly go off-book for someone that wanted something more unusual.

                        Oh, and I know I don't have to tell Googs about the shawarma joints on the Lawrence strip, but if you haven't tried the Fritou fried chicken place (same plaza as Patisserie Royale), then you should.

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                        AverageJo RE: Googs Nov 2, 2010 12:05 PM

                        If you like samosas, Sultan of Samosas isn't far from Vic Park & Eglinton, just a little southwest on O'Connor Drive.

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                        Sultan Of Samosas
                        1677 O'Connor Dr, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

                        1. Googs RE: Googs Nov 3, 2010 04:54 AM

                          Wow gang, this is already far more bounty than I thought I would harvest. Thank you all so much. I'll be sure to report back as I try each suggestion. PLEASE keep 'em coming!

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                            neighborguy RE: Googs Nov 3, 2010 06:21 AM

                            Hmmmm...what else that has not been covered:

                            If you're on Bermondsey there's Angelo's the hot table place that does veal sandwiches.

                            North on Vic Park/Sheppard on the west side is another veal place that I've never been to myself but I've only ever heard positive reviews.

                            The asian grocery store (Lone Tai?) on VP on the east side just north of the 401 is decent.

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                              Googs RE: neighborguy Sep 17, 2011 09:10 AM

                              Have you tried Angelo's since the new owners took over this year? The idea of an Italian style breakfast appeals if they have it.
                              http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/...

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                              pinstripeprincess RE: Googs Nov 3, 2010 07:01 AM

                              *nudge nudge* mikado.... nigiri-ya isn't much further at that point either but i still have yet to make it there.

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                                Googs RE: pinstripeprincess Nov 3, 2010 07:40 AM

                                I will if you will.

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                                DanieDines RE: Googs Nov 13, 2010 09:53 PM

                                When it's -25 and blizzarding your best bet for what you need will be Dickie's No Frills, or take home what your need from downtown. Parkway Plaza has an Open Window Bakery, European Bakery for perogies and a Metro, best to get to know the produce manager at Dickies to get you through the winter. Turnover is frequent in produce department and fairly decent. There
                                are not many other options for bundle buggy shoppers. I know. Anyway you have Araz Bakery downstairs, unless it has left in last few months, with lots of goodies in their pantry and sweets. Hope this is helpful (former resident of Dijon Mustard building across the street) ...

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                                  DanieDines RE: DanieDines Nov 13, 2010 10:07 PM

                                  While the weather is good, Victoria Park to O'Connor, O'Connor bus to Cosburn to Pape.
                                  Hanson's, Danish Pastry, 2 Great Veggie Markets sells B & A Bagels and bread, C-Market has great poppy bread, french loaves, baguettes, and you can pick up some great floral stuff at 2 spots, also Folio Grill for fried Zuch and Gyros, on to Donlands, Select Bakery etc.
                                  If you plan your route you can go home with what you need at a reasonable cost.
                                  East York my new hood,

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                                  Select Bakery
                                  405 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

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                                    Googs RE: DanieDines Nov 14, 2010 06:47 AM

                                    You have no idea how many miles I can do with a bundle buggy and warm clothing. Thanks so much for taking that into consideration.

                                2. Googs RE: Googs Nov 13, 2010 06:10 AM

                                  Well Hounds. Should I be adding Lime Leaf Thai-Malaysian and Churrasco Portugril to the roster?
                                  http://www.lime-leaf.com/
                                  http://www.portugril.com/index.html

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                                  Portugril
                                  1733 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1K, CA

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                                    knusprig RE: Googs Nov 13, 2010 06:04 PM

                                    welcome to our hood Googs.
                                    south of Science Centre, Afghani food: http://www.bamiyankabob.com/
                                    Knusprig

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                                      Googs RE: knusprig Nov 14, 2010 06:53 AM

                                      Will they throw me out if I say Afghani Naani?

                                      That looks deelish. Are there any dishes in particular you'd recommend?

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                                        knusprig RE: Googs Nov 14, 2010 11:03 AM

                                        The people at Bamiyan are friendly. My first try was a take out order over the phone and the lady was very patient. I and my children (16 and 12) like the Barg Kabob best. Kofta is too spicy for us. Tikka is also good. We have not tried the chicken or others (wrap, etc). The rice is delicious and the salad (bamiyan mista) is very fresh.

                                        Knusprig

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                                          neighborguy RE: Googs Nov 14, 2010 11:17 AM

                                          I'd qualify Bamiyan as a chowfind!

                                          It's not fast food as the Star review on their website mentions, and the dining room is nice enough. I liked my Kofta meal -- the meat moist and spiced well (mild for my taste) with a generous portion of good rice. Naan was not light and fluffy like out of a tandoor, but hot and crispy and appetizing.

                                          Googs, get back to us on your impression of Limeleaf if you ever go.

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                                            Googs RE: neighborguy Nov 14, 2010 11:52 AM

                                            Lime Leaf being halfway between my new home and my BFF's home, it's first up. No worries there. I'm a sucker for a good mee goreng.

                                            I'll be reporting on any new finds and thanking those who helped as I try the suggestions.

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                                              Davwud RE: neighborguy May 16, 2011 07:37 AM

                                              I talked to an Afghani not too long ago and he told me Bamiyan is the best Afghani food in the city.

                                              DT

                                      2. Googs RE: Googs Jan 16, 2011 06:56 AM

                                        Anyone know of a decent Chinese restaurant that delivers?

                                        1. Googs RE: Googs May 15, 2011 11:59 AM

                                          So far, the hands down winner for best find has to be Montmartre Bakery. I haven't had bread that good since my mom was buying loaves from Gus & Maria's. Terrific danish and not bad carrot cake too. Before tasting, the one really noticable thing is the finish on their baked goods. The skin is just perfect on everything I've seen so far.

                                          Many more places to try. I haven't been to Vienna Fine Foods yet. Can anyone tell me how it compares with Kostas Meat Market?

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                                            Pincus RE: Googs May 16, 2011 07:49 AM

                                            Just adding a link.

                                            Montmartre Bakery

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                                            Montmartre Bakery
                                            105 Midwest Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3A6, CA

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                                              Googs RE: Pincus May 17, 2011 06:49 AM

                                              It didn't seem to take. Have another one.

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                                              Montmartre Bakery
                                              105 Midwest Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3A6, CA

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                                                Pincus RE: Googs May 17, 2011 08:44 AM

                                                Weird, I can see the link in my post but you can't?? I love the advanced features here!

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                                                  Davwud RE: Pincus May 17, 2011 10:01 AM

                                                  Works for me.

                                                  DT

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                                                    Pincus RE: Davwud May 17, 2011 11:25 AM

                                                    Must be a browser caching thing, then. Or some site weirdness. Thanks for checking.

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                                            shpToronto RE: Googs Sep 25, 2011 12:40 PM

                                            I still think Kostas is one of the best choices, even though it's a bit of a trip for you. We no longer live in the area, but still go to Kostas fairly often, and almost always when buying for a special occasion. Find their selection and prices to be great.

                                            The Blackhorn Restaurant in the same little plaza as Kostas has been there for ages and is rather old fashioned, but their food is very good - especially the steaks.

                                            Our go-to place for weekend brunch is Valleyfield's Restaurant on the north side of Lawrence at Curlew. The portions are generous, prices good and food delicious. If you go on a Sunday, it can get a bit busy around noon and you may need to wait for a table, but it's worth it.

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                                              Googs RE: shpToronto Sep 30, 2011 05:46 AM

                                              I like Kostas, but I wish they were a little friendler there. I always feel like i'm on a conveyor belt moving along from butcher counter to cash.

                                              Sis, Beau, and I took a boo a Blackhorn some months ago. Absolutely a blast from the past. Aside from steak, is there anything you'd recommend there?

                                              You're now the 2nd person who's actually been to Valleyfield's that recommends it. I'm thinking Beau and I are either going to try it or High Street Fish & Chips along the way to Highland Farms this weekend. Are there any lunch items that are particularly good?

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                                              High Street
                                              55 Underhill Dr, Toronto, ON M3A2J8, CA

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

                                              Valley Fields Restaurant
                                              1222 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A1B9, CA

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                                                Googs RE: shpToronto Sep 30, 2011 05:52 AM

                                                About time someone made a link for Kostas. Which I'm sure will show up eventually. Sigh.

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                                                Kostas Meat Market & Deli
                                                259 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1R 4E4, CA

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                                                  shpToronto RE: Googs Sep 30, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                  I understand your comment about Kostas -- it can get pretty busy in there! They have so many guys working in the place, we've never waited long for service. I also like the fact that they will cut what you want to order and will trim and de-bone if you want them to. We've always been happy.

                                                  RE Valleyfields -- to be honest, I almost always order from the all day breakfast menu. They do make a good club house sandwich - they use real turkey unlike some restos that use the processed slices (yuk). My son and I also really like their home fries. We've been going to this place for years - even before it was Valleyfields.

                                                  There is also a fish and chip restaurant in the little plaza on Underhill, about 3 blocks north of Lawrence. I've forgotten the name of it at the moment, but their food was quite good. It's located between the Shopper's Drug Mart and Antonio's Hair Salon.

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                                                    Googs RE: shpToronto Oct 1, 2011 07:57 AM

                                                    Kostas' custom cuts aren't always just the best. I say this from experience where I've practically had to perform surgery to put my meat into one cookable piece again.

                                                    Good homefries are hard to find. I'll give Valleyfields a try.

                                                    LOL. That fish and chips place you refer to IS High Street, the very one I was asking your opinion on. Thanks for the rec.

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                                                    High Street
                                                    55 Underhill Dr, Toronto, ON M3A2J8, CA

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                                                  rayrayray RE: shpToronto Oct 1, 2011 08:40 AM

                                                  I also enjoy Valleyfeilds for the all day breakfast and agree the BLT is pretty good as is the bbq chicken on a kaiser. Have you tried the doner place in the Golden Mile mall, I think its Turkish? A little different then what I am used to as they serve it on some kind of bun but very tasty.

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                                                    Googs RE: rayrayray Oct 1, 2011 09:08 AM

                                                    That's Kebab Shirin and I went a few times in the past. It was pretty good. They've recently and unfortunately gone out of business. So sad.

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                                                      rayrayray RE: Googs Oct 1, 2011 09:21 AM

                                                      Really huh? Too bad, the owner was really nice and the lamb was very tasty. Have you tried the Jamaican place just down from Eglinton in the little plaza. Samsimian, Sansiman...something like that. The oxtail is redic good and they serve Michideen patties.

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                                                        Googs RE: rayrayray Oct 1, 2011 11:56 AM

                                                        The place at VP & Sunrise? Nope, haven't tried Sansimian yet. Do they deliver? Caribbean, but not necessarily Jamaican places I can think of are Scarlet Ibis and Mainsha on O'Connor and Blue Water Curry & Roti on Victoria Park. How does it compare to these?

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                                                        Scarlet Ibis
                                                        1880 O'connor Dr, Toronto, ON M4A1W9, CA

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                                                          rayrayray RE: Googs Oct 1, 2011 06:46 PM

                                                          I really like Sansimian for ox tail, jerk is pretty good too although its not drum pan. They do not deliver and the jerk and oxtail seem to sell out early sometimes.Tasty rice and peas and lots of gravy with a fresh crisp cole slaw. For Roti I like Blue Water best, delicious fresh dhal puri, best I have ever had. The jerk there is a little to wet for me and the ox tail is decent. I do like Scarlet Ibis but for West Indian Chinese only. There is a chicken noodle dish that has a whole fried chicken leg in it. Wicked stuff.

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                                                        Googs RE: Googs Oct 17, 2011 05:51 AM

                                                        rayrayray, I was wrong. Shirin Kebab is still in business. Paper over their windows led me to the wrong conclusion.
                                                        http://www.shirinkebab.com/

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                                                    cadylee RE: Googs Oct 17, 2011 10:53 PM

                                                    This thread is a year old, and you've probably discovered everything by now, but in case you're looking for "Canadian-style" Chinese offering delivery, maybe try Bamboo Garden (www.bamboogardenfood.com)? It's in a little plaza on the west side of Vic Park, a couple of blocks south of Armenian Kitchen before Lawrence. Best eggrolls I've had, and pretty good prices/no extra delivery charge. Not remotely healthy or fancy, but so delicious. China Gourmet is another decent Canadian-Chinese place that delivers.

                                                    I drove by Angelo's Hot Table today - they'll be moving to a new location on St. Clair somewhere and closing the Bermondsey one on November 1. Their veal sandwiches used to be great. Now, they skimp on the toppings and the attitude of the new staff isn't worth the price. There's a California Sandwiches that has opened up next to Five Guys burgers (which might be the American chain that was mentioned earlier in this thread) on Warden south of Eglinton. Less scowling, more variety, more toppings, and the sandwiches are just as tasty.

                                                    Sunny Food Mart near Don Mills and Overlea is also pretty good for produce. There's also a Longo's grocery store on York Mills between Leslie and Don Mills. They have a good selection of produce most of the time, and a big selection of meat.

                                                    There's a Balkan market/deli on Lawrence near Underhill (MAK European Deli, i think?), a little west of Valleyfields on the south side of Lawrence. They have a small hot counter where they sell tasty cevapi (grilled pork/beef kebabs), and burek (phyllo pastry they fill with beef or cheese). The burek is too greasy for my liking, but by no means bad.

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                                                    Angelo's Hot Table
                                                    20 Bermondsey Rd, Toronto, ON M4B1Z5, CA

                                                    Mak Delicatessens
                                                    1335 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A, CA

                                                    China Gourmet
                                                    877 York Mills Rd, North York, ON M3B 1Y5, CA

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                                                      erly RE: cadylee Oct 18, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                      cadylee,
                                                      Is there anything specific that you like at Bamboo Garden?
                                                      The Menu is vast.
                                                      We were underwhelmed with Holima, especially the ribs which fell off the bones and tasted like they were stewed.
                                                      The only thing we enjoyed out of the dishes we ordered were the Shrimp in Lobster Sauce.
                                                      Want to try Bamboo Garden, as we can't find Canadian Chinese we like since Don Mills Gardens changed hands.

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                                                        cadylee RE: erly Oct 18, 2011 11:05 PM

                                                        Hmm... how long ago did DM Garden change hands? It could explain why I had a less-than-stellar experience last time I ordered from there.

                                                        With Bamboo Garden, I'll start by saying this: I'm probably pretty biased because I've been going there so long, like the people, and appreciate that bell peppers only show up in a few dishes (bell peppers and I have an old grudge). That said, I'm a fan of the fried squid, egg rolls (though the spring rolls aren't bad, just a little plain), chicken balls, the chow mein, beef with rice noodles (the ho fun dish), the chicken and the mushroom fried rice, the veggie and seafood lo meins, the spicy and plain fried wings, and any dish with bean curd (except the pork one, which I haven't tried). Their shrimp dishes are pretty tasty, though I wasn't a fan of their lobster sauce. I also like the hot and sour soup, though it's a bit on the thick side.

                                                        Their roast duck, tamarind fish, fried eggplant and orange beef have been hit or miss. The spare ribs are too dry for my taste, but I know other people who love them. The pad thai and pineapple duck are the only things I've tried that I won't order again. The pad thai sauce was too bland, and the duck contained a lot of bones, but very little else.

                                                        In my experience, the delivery guys and people working there have always been pleasant, efficient and in 25 years of ordering from there, haven't messed up my order or changed the food, at least not noticeably. Is it the best Canadian Chinese place out there? Probably not, but I haven't found too many that are better.

                                                        Hopefully you find something you like!

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                                                          Googs RE: cadylee Oct 19, 2011 07:14 AM

                                                          Are we talking about the same Bamboo Garden? The one on VP north of Eglinton? I tried that place twice when I first moved in. Once because it's the closest and the second time to be certain about dropping it. It was absolutely terrible, especially the egg rolls. Pad Thai has no place on a Chinese menu. Ever. I don't care what part of town you live in. To hear that people would consider ordering squid or duck from them makes me shudder.

                                                          My one experience with Don Mills Garden was what led me to conclude I will never, ever order from any place other than Holima so long as we both shall live in this neighbourhood. Erly, Holima was never meant to overwhelm anyone. Just do the job better than others around it. I'm sorry if you had another impression.

                                                          Angelo's Hot Table, if I read their sign correctly, appears to be moving into the space currently occupied by Venice Pizza. What that means to Venice Pizza I don't know. Hopefully a return to the quality level the pizza coming out pf that location had a few years ago.

                                                          I'd be careful at that location of Sunny's.

                                                          Beau, sis, and I checked out Mak recently. Not bad, but somewhat limited in selection. I prefer the variety and selection at Vienna Fine Foods.

                                                          There's so much burek out this way you'd think it was the municipal dish of Scarborough. What's with that?

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                                                          Angelo's Hot Table
                                                          20 Bermondsey Rd, Toronto, ON M4B1Z5, CA

                                                          Vienna Fine Foods
                                                          1050 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1K 1S4, CA

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                                                            erly RE: Googs Oct 19, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                            Thanks Googs,
                                                            Might just give up Chinese Canadian Takeout at home.
                                                            Almost hate to admit it, but we really like Chop Suey, probably a throwback from our youth, when it was on every Chinese Menu.
                                                            The Holima version was very poorly executed.
                                                            Probably ordered the wrong things.

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                                                              cadylee RE: Googs Oct 21, 2011 01:10 AM

                                                              Shudder-inducing or not, someone's ordering the food because they've stayed open for decades. You hate it, I like it, though we can both target our internet judgment at the pad thai. To each their own eggrolls.

                                                              What prompts the ominous warning about Sunny's?

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                                                              erly RE: cadylee Oct 19, 2011 12:28 PM

                                                              Thanks
                                                              Will try it.
                                                              Don Mills Gardens went downhill rapidly when Congee Queen (another Restaurant that people love that I think is dreadful) opened in the same strip, but the owners were there for a while.
                                                              It changed hands probably (guessing) a year ago, and really bad!!
                                                              It was our regular Canadian Chinese take out for over 20 yrs

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                                                              Congee Queen
                                                              895 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C3L2, CA

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                                                            radiopolitic RE: cadylee Oct 19, 2011 07:16 AM

                                                            I'm fairly sure, though I could be wrong, that the cevapi at Mak do not contain pork as it's a Bosniak establishment.

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                                                              cadylee RE: radiopolitic Oct 21, 2011 01:15 AM

                                                              May very well be. I've had them a couple of times and haven't asked what they use. If the place is Bosnian you're probably right, and thanks for clarifying. The ones I'm used to have been a pork/beef combo, so I listed both.

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