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"The Combine Eatery" opening soon

On the Danforth, directly opposite of Allen's. I walked by there today. The windows are papered up and there's the sound of renovations going on inside. No info as to who's working in the kitchen or what kind of food they will serve. We shall see.

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  1. The Combine Eatery is a Southwestern restaurant which will be serving a combination of burritos, fish tacos, and other comfort foods like poutine, lobster fritters and much more...

    Samantha Young
    Social Media Manager
    The Combine Eatery

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    1. re: thecombineeatery

      Hi Samantha,

      any website yet? menu info you can give us? hours?

      1. re: hungryabbey

        The website is currently under construction, but you can follow us on twiiter (@combineeatery) for more updates. The Combine will be open seven days a week, Sun - Wed 11am - 11pm, Thurs - Sat 11am - 1am.
        The menu is full of comfort foods with southwestern accents!

        Samantha Young
        Social Media Manager
        The Combine Eatery

        1. re: thecombineeatery

          Wow! It sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try it!

            1. re: millygirl

              The Combine will be opening in about three weeks.

              Samantha Young
              Social Media Manager
              The Combine Eatery

              1. re: thecombineeatery

                Apparently it opened yesterday. Found one reference with pics and review of menu, but not sure if this is just PR or legitimately independent. Anyone tried it yet, I will head over in next few days and post a review if no one else beats me to it. Here is the review http://notable.ca/restaurants/Now-Ope...

                1. re: soko

                  Hmm. Amy Chow was the owner of the ill-fated True Restaurant in Yorkville.

                    1. re: amazerall

                      Oops. Thanks for correcting me.

                      1. re: Tatai

                        Does anyone know if they open for lunch at this time or are they just open for dinner?

    2. $10 for 3 tacos.
      These better be big tacos or quality tacos.
      I was 1 block away from there yesterday and was starving. To be honest, that price point is what prevented me from checking it out.

      1. Went last week to check out this new place with friends. The service was great and so was the menu, if you're in the mood for lighter fare though, probably not the best choice with things like mac and cheese and meatloaf as their signature dishes. I tried the ribs, which were of the wet variety and heavy on the tomato so they kinda reminded me of my mom's pasta sauce. Everything was plated nicely with lots of edible garnishes. Aps were tasty and fun to share (lobster fritters, onion rings, quesadillas). Food items were good value for money but the cocktails are definitely on the pricey side.

        One thing about the decor, this minimalist design that's all de rigeur right now, without a scrap of fabric to absorb any sound makes for a very loud restaurant when it's full. End up shouting to the person sitting next to you because you can't hear your friends sitting across the table. Whatever happened to form following function? Might have stayed longer for a coffee but it was just too bloody loud.

        1. There is a review by "Alan Vernon" here: http://www.dine.to/profile_features.p...

          I haven't tried it out and am curious what others who have think. I look in each time I walk to a GLOBE to eat, but nothing seems to entice me in, definitely not the menu I see posted on the window.

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          1. re: foodyDudey

            Ouch. With a review like that, I can't say that I'm running to try it. :)

            1. re: TorontoJo

              We could always have a CH meet there, I didn't think any of those have been held recently :-)

              I am not sure why I only see what appears to be young people in their early twenties inside each time I check it out.

            2. re: foodyDudey

              Wow, there's no way I'm going to bother with this place now.

            3. We visited here for dinner last weekend. The space is really nice, and the owners are extremely friendly and welcoming. However it seems they are having some growing pains as the restaurant became extremely packed from 6pm onwards wait times for food became extremely long. Since we were with a larger group it wasn't a big problem for us, but there was definitely well more than half an hour between the time we finished our apps and our mains arrived, to the point where we began worrying something was wrong. But when the food finally arrived it was all correct.

              The appetizers we tried were the standouts. The lobster fritters were delicious and addictive. The classic poutine was done well. But the mains were only adequate: I tried both the fish (fried) and lobster tacos and both were decent, but not exceptional, especially considering the price point which as others have pointed out, is somewhat on the high end. I tried one of the ribs and found the meat to be nicely tender, but the flavour of the sauce didn't really penetrate into the meat. I wouldn't order that dish for myself. I didn't try the mac and cheese personally, but from what I saw it didn't look that inspiring either.

              On the whole, I guess I'll reserve judgement for now: I wouldn't rave about the Combine, but if you're in the neighbourhood it's probably a nice option to have nearby and it seems to fill a missing niche in the area. I probably won't travel back up to the Danforth just to go there again, though.

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              1. re: Gary

                What niche is it filling? The one left when the Willow closed? This is very simple food and I'd expect an experienced chef to get it correct. I live in the area but haven't felt the need to go in get.

              2. You know, sometimes (most times?) chowhounds are not the target market. I guess the menu seemed interesting because it has seafood tacos, but so does Moxy's apparently. Plenty of crap restaurants doing just fine on the Danforth. Even the ones that may appear to be struggling can apparently make enough money over The Anti-Foodie Festival, aka Taste of the Danforth, to keep them going for the rest of the year.
                Sorry, it's getting a bit humourous to me to see these places being called to task for not living up the expectations of a few. I know this will be deleted for being off-topic... and that my chowhound days are numbered in general, for various reasons.

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                1. re: julesrules

                  Agree, julesrules, often Chowhounds are not the target market. That being said, I really like the coleslaw at Combine, and the mac & cheese was surprisingly better than most restaurant versions I've tried. I liked their mac & cheese better than the O & B Grill at BV version, or the version the Gabardine was serving when it first opened. I don't order mac & cheese very often, so I haven't tried Weezie's version, and this might not impress the mac & cheese cognoscenti, but if you're on the Danforth, craving mac & cheese, you might want to try this version.

                  I realize Basa is cheap, and understand from an economical standpoint why a restaurant might use a cheap, mild-flavoured fish in their tacos, but the thought of ordering or eating Basa flips my stomach. I couldn't bring myself to ordering the Combine's (Basa) fish tacos.

                  If the Combine Eatery is reading this, I hope you consider offering an option of fish tacos made with a better quality, North American, if not Canadian-raised, fish like haddock, cod, lake pickerel or lake perch, rather than only offering Basa. I'd be willing to pay a couple more dollars for an order of fish tacos made with perch, pickerel, haddock or cod. I realize plenty of authentic fish tacos in Baja and in California are made with cheap but fresh fish, and the fishes I'm suggesting are not cheap. I realize that pickerel, cod, haddock and lake perch are not traditional for fish tacos, but then again, Basa (mostly imported from Vietnam) isn't exactly a traditional fish for fish tacos, either! ;-)