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Turkish pizza in the east end - some new players

I've noticed that, in addition to Pizza Pide, there are a few new Turkish pizza restaurants in the east end. One's on the west side of Pape and O'Connor and another is on the north side of the Danforth, just east of Pape (sorry for the lack of names).

Anyone try the new places? Any idea how they compare to Pizza Pide?

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Pizza Pide
949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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  1. We Hounds need more details please - names and adresses, and if possible some tasting reviews! (We're picky that way!)

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    1. re: KitchenVoodoo

      I have to write down the name the next time I drive by. Its two words. I think it may be as simple as "Turkish Pie".
      I don't have any time for the next month to go and eat there, so I'm wondering if anyone else has stumbled upon either resto and tried it.

    2. I'm surprised there could be any store on the west side of Pape near O'Connor, that side is completely residential. Did you mean the north east corner?

      And I'm not sure which spot you mean near Pape and Danforth - there is a "Champion Doner" at 721 Pape Ave, is that the one? I don't think they sell much more than doner. I have not tried it only because when I tried a place called Champion that used to be on Danforth near Jones a few years ago, I didn't like it at all. Maybe I'll have to try this location, but I assumed it's where the other place moved to.

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      1. re: foodyDudey

        No, further north. Around 1040 Pape, on the west side beside Benny and Cleopatra's (the barber shop) and the gas station.

        It was a shwarma restaurant for a year and I reviewed it ages ago (Hot and Roll). Then it switched over to doing Turkish pizza. I haven't been there and, to be honest, i cannot remember its name. I think its something silly like Shwarma King (even though they make turkish pizzas)

        a link for the street view is here:

        http://www.google.ca/maps?f=q&sou...

        1. re: foodyDudey

          The new place on the Danforth is Mr. Pide. I have not made it there yet:
          http://kalofagas.ca/2010/12/13/mr-pid...

          I don't see it in the google view but I'm pretty sure I've tried the place on Pape too. They have an extensive pictorial menu of lots of Turkish food but the guy was only ever willing to make me a few items at lunch. I think he was prepared mostly for shwarma/falafel business and he would somewhat reluctantly make up cheese or meat burek. The falafel was pretty bad. The bureks were okay, kinda doughy, but I've never had them anywhere else to compare to.

          1. re: julesrules

            in the street view, its the empty storefront :)

            1. re: atomeyes

              Sure, but that street view is from a few years ago, not real-time!

              1. re: foodyDudey

                hang on...i'll walk down there and take pictures and send to both you and Mr Google. :)

                1. re: atomeyes

                  I live a 5 minute walk from there also. Are you saying it is currently an empty storefront?

                  I just called Mr Pide at 800 Danforth and he is alive and kicking!

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    1. you're probably my neighbour :)
                    2. the google map is for the place on Pape and O'Connor. It was an empty storefront 3 years ago when google did their street view. don't blame me on the pic - blame Google.
                    3. you are talking about Mr Pide, and julesrules was talking about the place on pape and o'connor

                    now git off your butt, go eat at Mr Pide and give us a review!

                    1. re: atomeyes

                      Yes I could be your neighbour. I can walk to the Withrow Park farmer's market in one minute.

                      I'm pretty busy for the next few weeks and usually cook at home but may go and try it out, are you too busy to try it and write a review? I don't think anyone reads my reviews anyway.

                2. re: foodyDudey

                  I've tried Mr. Pide a couple of times - both eat-in and takeout. Friendly service but I found the "assorted" pides were more greasy compared to Pizza Pide.

          2. I still consider Pizza Pide the undisputed heavyweight pide champion in the GTA, but if any of these new contenders are any good let us know!

            I was disgusted by Zeitoun Restaurant that opened at Donlands/Danforth in the same block as Danforth Pizza House and The Only Cafe.
            That was hideous hideous pide.

            A family member of the owner of Pizza Pide, used to own Leaf Donair in Mississauga but sold it recently, and is now working at Pizza Pide with plans to potentially take over...so if that does occur at least it will be in good hands.

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            Pizza Pide
            949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

            Danforth Pizza
            920 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L9, CA

            Zeitoun
            980 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1M1, CA

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            1. re: pakmode

              The owner of Pizza Pide wants to sell already? He has only had it roughly 2 years, after taking it over from the guy that started it.

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              Pizza Pide
              949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

              1. re: pakmode

                bumping this....
                how is Mr. Pide? Has anyone tried it out yet? If so, what did you order?

                re: Pizza Pide
                what are your favourite pides/dishes to order? How is their lahmacun? I haven't been, but I've been craving lahmacun. Thanks for any suggestions.

                1. re: prima

                  ya know what, this is completely off topic, well, semi off topic, but I really want a Turkey Pizza. Picture this: Get the pizza, toss gravy on instead of sauce, toss some carrot pieces, corn, maybe sprinkle some grated potato, a bunch of turkey(kinda pulled, not sliced), bits of ham, then put some cheese on top...

                  mmmm thanksgiving pizza! and for fun, cranberry dipping sauce!

                  Does such an amazing thing exist or am I just hungry?? Anyway, patent pending if anyone is thinking about getting rich off this incredible idea. Oh, and make the crust into some kinda garlic bread...

                  I want this:(

                  1. re: jmarcroyal

                    Can't say that it tempts me in the least but you're not alone...

                    http://blog.overnightnewyork.com/turk...

                    You'd be surprised at how many variations pop up when you google "thanksgiving leftover turkey pizza" - bon appetit!

              2. There is a place near Donlands on the North side of Danforth that has good Shwarma and even better looking women serving the food. My partner didn't like the Pide and thought Pizza Pide is better. You can also grab great Turkish bagels at the store near by, and the Best Olives in the world is right there to.

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                Pizza Pide
                949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                1. Finally tried Mr Pide - it was decent, very fresh ingredients etc. I just tried the spinach but I will be back to try other items. It's worth a try if you're in the area like myself, and they have a kid-friendly pepperoni option.

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                  1. re: julesrules

                    Took me a few months but I finally tried Mr Pide as well.

                    I can safely say he is just as good, if not better, then Pizza Pide.
                    This is a classic case of the student learning from the teacher, as the owner worked at Pizza Pide for 3 years before starting his own restaurant.

                    The menu is exactly the same. The ingredients and quality seem to be a bit better at Mr Pide and it's definitely worth a try if you're in the area.

                    Found the service good, the food fantastic, and the prep time very fast.

                    1. re: pakmode

                      Agreed. I do find the pies *slightly* oily but overall, excellent product served by a nice man who really cares. He will explain all the different options to you then suggest which tof the garnishes really go well with your choice. The garnishes themselves (parsley, lemon, tomato, onion & pickled hot pepper) are all fresh, top quality and cut to order...no pink tomato, dried out lemon or stinky onion slice. Can feed a family of 4 well on two pies with drinks (some interesting juices to try too) for $30. Skip Magic Oven and try Mr Pide!

                      1. re: julesrules

                        room for sit down?

                        1. re: atomeyes

                          Yes. It is casual and they didn't have the A/C on last time I went but there are definitely ample tables and chairs, which sadly are often empty. Nicer atmosphere than Pizza Pide, actually.

                          1. re: julesrules

                            Good point. There's actually alot more seating at this place compared to Pizza Pide. There are at least 6 or 7 big tables in that joint and alot of room.

                            I tried my first all veggie pide ever and it was actually really good. It was the mixed veggie option in case anybody is too afraid of the mostly meat menu.

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                            Pizza Pide
                            949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                      2. re: pakmode

                        There is a deal on Dealicious today for this spot. I have been meaning to check out one of the Pide spots in Toronto so this might be my reason to get around to finally doing it. Deal lasts for a few days - http://dealicious.ca/toronto?dealId=NDU1

                        1. re: ylsf

                          Do give it a try! Most recently I had a mixed pide so I got to try a few of the meat options I wouldn't normally go for. All the meats were good, fresh, none were overcooked or dried out. The roast lamb was particularly delicious.
                          I'm glad when people post the coupon deals in the restaurant threads. I don't care enough to open the specific coupon thread and this gives people context on the place.

                          1. re: ylsf

                            Wow, great deal. Thanks for the heads up YLSF. Bought 2. This place is a gem.

                            1. re: pakmode

                              I used my Mr. Pide voucher yesterday. Had never been. Delish!

                              The roasted lamb/mozzarella pide was hella good. The lamachun was also fab.

                              The pastrami pide was also really good. A very unique flavour with an almost bitter note, perhaps an acquired taste, but very good I thought.

                              They also had some house-made dessert. No idea what it's called but it was sinfully good. Like a combination of baklava and french toast almost. Warm too. Mmm!

                              Waitress was soooo sweet. Will definitely return.

                              They accept debit/credit too, btw!

                              Still have not tried Pizza Pide.

                              1. re: magic

                                Yea, this place is great. I usually get there once a month.

                                That strip on Danforth is spoiled rotten: Danforth Pizza House, Libretto and Mr. Pide.

                      3. I really love the lahmbeajeen at an arabic lebanese place in Ajax, called "open sesame" on bayly.

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                        1. re: BamiaWruz

                          I think Mr. Pide is excellent. I have been frequenting Pizza Pide for some time but I think Mr. Pide really raised the bar on quality. The mixed pides are an excellent taste of most of their varieties and is better than many pides I have eaten in Turkey.

                          Mr. Pide
                          800 Danforth Avenue Toronto, ON M4J 1L6

                        2. The only Turkish pizza I've ever had was at Mr. Pride (once) and I have been craving it ever since. We live close to Pickering so going to the Danforth feels far. Our Turkish friends took us there and they say they get it at least once a week. I just saw an ad for Shirin Kebab and I am curious if their Pride is worth of a stop and taste.

                          1. BUMP!
                            Any more recent reviews? Or alternatives?

                            1. Mr Pide is the best Turkish pizza restaurant in Toronto. Always fresh ingredients, quality meat and consistent. Good service and close to subway. I highly recommend this place to everyone! :)

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                              1. re: SamToronto20

                                I went back recently and the product is still very good. They seemed to be fairly busy too, which was nice to see. I like their selection of exotic juices and was offered a 50 cent Turkish tea at the end of our meal which was lovely.

                                1. re: julesrules

                                  I will have to try it, i pass by it all the time but have never gone in.