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Best foodie experience in Toronto?

merlot143 Jan 22, 2011 07:12 PM

It could be a cooking class or a meal at a restaurant. Or the hot chocolate at Soma. What's the most not-to-be-missed foodie experience here?

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  1. Charles Yu RE: merlot143 Jan 22, 2011 08:38 PM

    O'Mei's Giant lobster 4 ways! No one does it better in TO!
    Stockyard's Southern Fried Chicken. Unless one heads down south.
    Simple Bistro's Elk or Venison. Great sauce as well.
    Saigon Star's Curry Dungeness Crab
    Peak Top's B-B-Q suckling pig. Especially fresh out of the oven.

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      Pigurd RE: Charles Yu Jan 26, 2011 05:25 AM

      what four preparations do you order at o'mei?

    2. justpete RE: merlot143 Jan 22, 2011 08:52 PM

      Parpadelle truffle butter pasta at Splendido during truffle season. Best dish in the city. Period.

      88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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        BeachHeath RE: merlot143 Jan 22, 2011 08:55 PM

        The pine nut tart at Massimo's is my fav desert in the city

        1. meatnveg RE: merlot143 Jan 22, 2011 10:27 PM

          As an overall experience that instills that sense of "This could be nowhere but Toronto", I would say 360 at the CN Tower. Yes the food is OK, but the views are great and doubly enjoyable in good company.

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            petek RE: meatnveg Jan 23, 2011 06:10 AM

            +1 on Stockyard's fried chicken!
            Love Mother India's Butter Chicken Roti

            Mother India
            1456 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K1M2, CA

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              Charles Yu RE: meatnveg Jan 23, 2011 08:07 AM

              Canoe offers the '2nd best view' but the food is much, much better!! As a foodie, I'll chhose Canoe, as a tourist, the CN tower?!

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                uhockey RE: Charles Yu Jan 23, 2011 08:09 AM

                Agreed. The creamless mushroom soup while sitting in Canoe, followed by the Sticky Pudding for dessert.


            2. VivekS RE: merlot143 Jan 23, 2011 12:08 PM

              I'd say dinner at Ruby Watchco. It's all local foods, a different menu every day, super awesome food and LOTS of it. A really great experience.

              Ruby Watchco
              730 Queen St E, Toronto, ON , CA

              1. Breadcrumbs RE: merlot143 Jan 23, 2011 05:18 PM

                The St. Lawrence Market, especially Saturday morning.

                St. Lawrence Market
                92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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                  meatnveg RE: Breadcrumbs Jan 23, 2011 06:29 PM

                  PEAMEAL ON A BUN!!! :-P

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                    Charles Yu RE: meatnveg Jan 23, 2011 07:49 PM

                    With peameal bacon and good quality buns readily available in all good supermarkets. What's so special about 'Peameal on a bun'??!!

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                      justpete RE: Charles Yu Jan 23, 2011 08:04 PM

                      The ":-P" emoticon ( sticking your tongue out in a silly manner) would seem to indicate that this particular individual was being sarcastic... :)

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                        meatnveg RE: Charles Yu Jan 23, 2011 10:22 PM

                        Absolutely nothing. It's one of those "Oh so Torontonian" stories I have heard from folks who were born and brought up here. It usually involves, taking a kid to hockey practice and then the market for this sandwich.

                        Akin to a day out in NYC that includes a hotdog

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                          T Long RE: meatnveg Jan 24, 2011 12:19 PM

                          meatnveg: Totally relate. Long before I was reading CH or even knew there were people called foodies, an older work colleague would drag me along for noon-hr walks and we would often end up at SLM. He introduced me to a Peameal bacon on a bun "with fried onions". Good old days!

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                        PoppiYYZ RE: meatnveg Jan 25, 2011 03:50 PM

                        P on a Bs at the SLM are good. Just can't duplicate them at home, must be their oh so seasoned flat top...

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                          petek RE: PoppiYYZ Jan 26, 2011 05:57 AM

                          The peameal bacon on a bun at St Lawrence market are overrated.I can make better at home and I don't have to put up with the crowds,line ups and lack of parking.

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                      JPJ RE: merlot143 Jan 26, 2011 04:54 AM

                      Black Hoof's charcuterie.

                      George's tasting menu.

                      A meal at Haisai (alright its not quite in Toronto).


                      The Black Hoof
                      928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                        bytepusher RE: merlot143 Jan 26, 2011 06:18 AM

                        I know this will probably get some strong objections but my answer is Charlies Burgers. At their best the CB dinners are truly unique experiences. Certain aspects of the CB schtick are deeply frustrating but the actual dinners I've been to have been top notch.

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