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Apr 1, 2011 09:06 AM

Any places in Toronto worthy of being on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives?

I love the show and every time I see it, I want to visit the places Guy Fieri recommends, but they're all in the US! Are there any places in Toronto that serves DDD-worthy food?

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  1. The consensus of the 240-plus posts so far seems to be "no."

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    1. re: Herb

      That's because the diner idea is totally differing up here....SADLY! Flo's would be the best diner, in Yorkville....Fran's ( the original) is/was a nightmare.

    2. Stockyard's is the ONLY spot that would cut it

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      1. re: Bobby Wham

        Yes, out of the thousands of homemade food joints in Toronto, and area, only ONE would make the list.

      2. The Burger's Priest, Folia and Bigabaldi's leap right out in my mind. All doing as many things in house as possible. All small places with an emphasis on quality.


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          1. re: grandgourmand

            If it's based on line ups, we may embarrass our city.

            (e.g. Mama Martinos on Queensway, Sunset Grill, etc)

            1. re: 5andman

              We have no reason to be embarrassed. If you have been to many of the places featured on DDD, many of them are no better than places we have here in Toronto. Food doesn't have to taste good to make good television.

              1. re: mlukan

                Although I have been to a couple disappointing DDD places in my travels in the US, it seems important to me (for the sake of being honest about our strengths and weaknesses, so that we can properly honour what is good about the TO scene and identify areas of improvement) to note the following: our homegrown, traditional North American (or even Torontonian) food scene is abysmally poor in comparison to many many much smaller cities in the United States. The oft-made claim that our diverse immigrant culture is our greatest strength as far as homemade food is concerned does not (except for Chinese restaurants and even there it seems to me we might get silver medal behind Vancouver) match up with my experiences in the US (i.e. we are not as unique in this regard as we believe ourselves to be).

                Places like the Burger's Priest may be changing this (whether this can really ever be changed by doing an imitation of California style hamburgers--or any other regional US treat-- is another question) but for the time being I think we can say that the best we can offer are places that might be among the weaker entries on DDD. There's no shame in the truth. We ain't New Orleans (seafood), NYC (pizza), Philly (sandwiches), or Memphis ('cue) or any other number of places.

                Stockyards, Burger's Priest, and other places (I think Hoof Cafe's brunch would've looked pretty impressive on tv) are hopeful signs that this question will have a different answer in five years time. I guess it's right that we have no reason to be embarrassed, but I don't think that should stop us from admitting what an unsatisfied hunger we have for DDD style homemade renditions of unabashedly low-end food.

                1. re: mlukan

                  @mlukan, true.
                  But, I feel that we don't have the history (of food) that our American counterparts have (like a Boston, New Orleans, New York, etc.) and that plays a huge factor.

              2. re: grandgourmand

                NY style pizza place on Marlee.


            2. I would put Smoke's Poutinery on the list. Although if they are coming to Canada for Poutine they are going to Montreal.

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              1. re: Kooper

                I hope they wouldn't go to Smokes. I'm really not picky about poutine and will gladly gobble up the canned beef gravy and cheddar on frozen fries they serve in most places here. But also go out of my way for fantastic poutines and had had a bunch on a recent visit to Montreal.

                Smokes is honestly the only poutine that comes to mind that I've tossed in the garbage without finishing. I've given them two chances and can't get past that off tasting gravy. The citywide expansion and even a new location at Mont Tremblant baffles me.

                1. re: abigllama

                  Did I mention the poutine at Goody's Diner is terrific? What they don't make themselves they (father and son) source very well. Get the regular, not the fully loaded for the basic poutine. The could chug that gravy on its own. Classy, I knooooow.

                  Goody's Diner
                  133 Manville Rd, Unit 17, Toronto, ON , CA

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