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prima Feb 26, 2011 07:24 AM

which hot tables do you like the most?

I like Centro Trattoria & Formaggio on St Clair W & Honey Bear (for Hungarian) on Sheppard E.

Have any CHs tried Dolce & Salato? Is it still in business? http://www.thestar.com/comment/column...

North Pole Bakery
1210 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

Honey Bear
249 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2N, CA

Rosticceria Dolce e Salato
8611 Weston Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L9P1, CA

Centro Trattoria & Formaggio
1224 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E 1B4, CA

California Sandwiches
2700 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B4J3, CA

Tricolore Bar & Cafe
1240 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E1B7, CA

Nino D'aversa Bakery
7287 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2A9, CA

Doce Minho
2189 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6E, CA

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  1. Non Doctor RE: prima Feb 26, 2011 09:07 AM

    Are you asking about tables situated close to wood-burning ovens?

    By your list I am guessing so... California Sandwiches aside.

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      prima RE: Non Doctor Feb 26, 2011 09:12 AM

      Hi Non Doctor,
      No woodburning ovens necessary!

      I'm talking about tavola calda or a hot table (a steam table offering various hot dishes), often located at the back of European bakeries & delis in TO.
      Image of a Dolce & Salato's hot table: http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=ht... Italian ones tend to have lasagna, cannelloni, veal parm, the Eastern Euro ones might have stuffed cabbage, schnitzel on a bun, etc. Zorba's has gigantes, moussaka, etc. Not sure what the Portugese hot tables tend to have stocked, since I'm usually picking up custard tarts and bread, but next time I'm at Doce Minho I'll take a closer look.

      I understand Super Khorak (the Persian grocery store) also has a hot table, but I haven't been.

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        pinstripeprincess RE: prima Feb 26, 2011 11:04 AM

        if you can get chester elegante on this thread, he can tell you about khorak and another place. i went but i don't recall anything in enough detail let alone names of dishes.

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          prima RE: pinstripeprincess Feb 26, 2011 06:48 PM

          Thanks, pinstripeprincess!

          Also, found this article on the food available at Super Khorak: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/bl...

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            pinstripeprincess RE: prima Feb 28, 2011 10:42 AM

            so here's the other place in thornhill, kish:

            i don't remember it exactly, just that we got koobideh, eggplant and something else and got smallish portions so we could try more. i recall it being tasty, but i don't remember what stood out and why.

            i remember the chow-meet group went to an indian place in scarborough on their bakery tour that had a giantly huge selection of hot table curries. having a hard time remembering the winners right now. then of course the awesome roti shells were in the same plaza as well. that is some delicious stuff.

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              TorontoJo RE: pinstripeprincess Feb 28, 2011 10:46 AM

              You're thinking of Babu, which is Sri Lankan and is MASSIVE.

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                pinstripeprincess RE: TorontoJo Feb 28, 2011 10:48 AM

                right! it was definitely not like any other indian i had before. there were some delicious items. keep in mind that the snack/baked/bread items are on one side and hot table on the other.

                my memory is really turning to crud!

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                  prima RE: pinstripeprincess Feb 28, 2011 03:39 PM

                  Thanks pinstripeprincess & TorontoJo!

                  Boccone Deli & Pizza
                  1378 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Y5, CA

                  Kish Restaurant
                  8136 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L4J1W5, CA

                  Babu Catering and Takeout
                  4800 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON , CA

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            shekamoo RE: pinstripeprincess Feb 27, 2011 11:56 AM

            khorak food is bad, service disgusting. dont go

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        TG101 RE: prima Feb 26, 2011 08:09 PM

        Tommaso's Trattoria on Eastern Ave just east of Broadview has a fabulous hot table. I think it's on until 4pm and then they switch to their dinner menu with table service.

        400 Eastern Ave, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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          JennaBean RE: TG101 Feb 28, 2011 10:39 AM

          Fabulous is pushing it a bit. It is decent and usually pretty fresh but it won't blow your mind to say the least.

          I must disclose that I hate going in there b/c the one man tries to make conversation with me all the time and even once asked me how much I paid for my condo. Sometimes if I see he's out front and not the lady I don't even bother going in.

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          magic RE: prima Feb 27, 2011 03:50 AM

          Cafe D'oro in Mississauga is probably my favourite hot table place in the GTA. It is on Kennedy Road, just north of Courtney Park. It's awesome. Hot table items on a supremely elevated quality level. Amazing selection of items as well.


          Cafe D'oro
          6660 Kennedy Rd, Mississauga, ON L5T2M9, CA

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            pearlD RE: magic Feb 27, 2011 05:44 AM

            'Boccone' on east side of Yonge 1st traffic light south of St. Clair West.....I have only been for Lunch...not even sure they open for 'dinner'..Lunch is very good and very busy with lots of local business persons...but do try!

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              magic RE: pearlD Feb 27, 2011 07:41 AM

              Oh I agree with that for sure. Great place.

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                Teep RE: pearlD Feb 27, 2011 08:03 AM

                Do you serve yourself? is it charged by weight or per item? I hope to try it for takeout.

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                  Bigtigger RE: Teep Feb 27, 2011 09:17 AM

                  San Remo, about 3-4 blocks S of The Queensway on Royal York in Etobicoke, has an excellent hot table - their veal is outstanding. Their lasagne is also very good but unfortunately only available on Fridays and usually sold out by 2 pm.

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                    pearlD RE: Teep Feb 27, 2011 10:42 AM

                    charge is for 'item' per serving unless it's a 'special'...not by weight.. there is a serving person(s) behind the counter who will 'plate' what you choose..you pay at a cashier at the end of the counter and seat yourself...really very pleasant and the food is 'homestyle Italian' and usually varied 'salad/veggie' offerings. as well as a hot entree or two...."BOCCONE" as in previous posts...

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                MeMeMe RE: prima Mar 1, 2011 10:24 AM

                There's a place called Marcello's near the Scotia Plaza foodcourt...it's not bad - lots of selection.

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                  piccola RE: MeMeMe Mar 1, 2011 06:33 PM

                  It's a chain, right? There was a place like this in a building where I worked in Ottawa. Not bad at all, though I liked the cold salads better.

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                    Teep RE: piccola Mar 1, 2011 07:25 PM

                    Well if you're talking about those sell by weight salad and hot food bars there's also Kitchen Table in the Atrium on the Bay, Whole Foods and various Longos.

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                      piccola RE: Teep Mar 2, 2011 05:23 AM

                      The Whole Foods one is pretty darn good, but super expensive. Easily upwards of $12 for a meal-size takeout container.

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                  Lefty RE: prima Mar 2, 2011 03:52 AM

                  Isn't Commisso's Bakery worth mentioning, always seems to be a lineup?

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                    pinstripeprincess RE: Lefty Mar 2, 2011 03:57 AM

                    i find their sandwich stuffings always come off of the hot tables, which sucks when you're there for a crispy veal.

                    one place i just remembered is kilo buffet along dundas west. it is brazilian and totally ridiculously homey hole in the wall operation. i remember seeing them 2 years ago but keep forgetting to drop in. she had some hot table items and then a couple slow cookers with a soup and a stew dish. you pay by weight.


                    it really did seem tasty! i should go back and see if they're there.

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                    Benniep RE: prima Mar 2, 2011 08:59 AM

                    The little grocery store at Dundas and Dovercourt on the south side has a hot table buffet on Saturdays....

                    I have only tried once and some things were good, some not to my taste but i struggle a bit with some Portuguese food.

                    it's always a total madhouse in their on weekends with a local clientele so they must be doing something right.

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                      pakmode RE: prima Mar 2, 2011 10:56 AM

                      Calabria Bakery on Midland, south of the 401 is pretty good. Still haven't had their pizza because I can't go the only days they make it (Thurs, Fri).

                      Calabria Bakery
                      1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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                        Atahualpa RE: prima Mar 2, 2011 12:28 PM

                        North Pole is good. Her pasta tends to be scotta, but the red sauce is very nice. The Wednesday ravioli is good too.

                        I also like their veal on a bun. VERY different than California (not spicy -- even with the peppers -- and totally not crispy), but I prefer it.

                        Worth a stop if the area. Don't expect brilliance.

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                          baby_tran RE: prima Mar 3, 2011 11:09 AM

                          I believe there are hot tables at the Francesca Bakery in Scarborough (Pitfield and McCowan) but I've never tried it. I think I recall someone on here posting about it.

                          1. prima RE: prima Apr 10, 2011 10:19 AM

                            Tried the chicken sandwich at Bel Cibo (in the plaza just south of the SW corner of Dufferin and Wilson, where Trezzano Bakery was located) this weekend. $5.95 + $0.50 for peppers and mushrooms. Crustier bun than California, but decent sandwich overall. Decent place to stop for a sandwich near Dufferin and Wilson. Veal and meatball sandwiches are also $5.95, and lasagna is $5.50.

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