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Uncle Betty's Diner

I just noticed this place where Lolo used to be, on Yonge, between Eglinton and Lawrence. Here's a local article about it:

Lolo Restaurant
2590 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2J3, CA

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  1. Ooh, thanks for the tip!

    1. Thanks for the scoop. Will definitely be checking this out. Looks cute.

        1. It's open. Place was empty at noon except for one table (deuce), so they were happy when I came in. Near the entrance, is an ice cream display counter with buckets of Greg's ice cream. Just past the cash register is the Dreesen's donut robot, which they fired up just after I got there. Nothing like a a hot fresh cinnamon doughnut to start off lunch... $1

          I ordered their insane grilled cheese sandwich, which is sourdough bread, with garlic aioli, cheddar cheese, a slab of their Mac n' Cheese and your choice of meatloaf or pulled pork - yea - heart attack on a plate. I ordered it with pulled pork and had salad instead of fries (arteries were seizing up as I was reading the menu). Sandwich was really rich and had too much going on for my taste. The pulled pork was a bit dry, too vinegary. -$12

          I also got their homemade chocolate twinkie with roasted marshmallow cream, as they were taunting me from their display case while I was waiting for my sandwich. They also had ones with ganache and the "classic" - essentially vanilla. Not bad -- not too sweet, a little dry -- needed a bit more cream. - $2.

          They also have Franks all natural hot dogs - beef, turkey. Brunch on Sat & Sun. Breakfast menu 7:00 - 11:00 am.

          I think they are a good addition to the hood, nice to duck in for a fresh doughnut (mind you they will only crank out fresh batches at certain times of the day).

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          1. re: Degustation

            OMG. That sounds insane. Grilled cheese, mac and cheese AND pulled pork AND fries on one plate?

            Fresh donuts sound great. There is a visit in my very near future.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              Ya this sounds very good. Will have to be going soon.

              1. re: magic

                ah amazing. anyone know the hours for dinner?

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  I think they are pretty much open all day but they close around 9:00 pm.

                  1. re: Degustation

                    Great. Can you tell us anything else that was on the menu??

                    1. re: hungryabbey

                      Pulled pork sandwich, meat loaf, mac n' cheese, Franks natural hot dogs (beef, turkey, and salmon?), probably a burger - can't really remember anything else as I was looking for the more esoteric items.

                      Breakfast seemed to have the usual suspects and I think brunch had some interesting things but since I'm not a brunch person I didn't look too closely there. Short kiddie menu with smaller versions of adult menu, I believe.

              2. re: TorontoJo

                To be clear, cheddar cheese, mac n' cheese and pulled pork are all the ingredients smooshed up in the grilled cheese sandwich - fries are on the side.

                1. re: Degustation

                  Oh. Holy crap. Thanks for the clarification. That sounds...intense?

                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      That sounds like a DD&D candidate. Or a Man vs Food thing if it's extra huge.

                2. re: Degustation

                  I just tried to find a phone # and couldn't. Any idea what the # is or where to find it? I googled it, checked the yellow pages online, and when neither of those yielded results, I called 411, and still nothing. It's as if the place doesn't exist.

                  1. re: kwass

                    They have the old Lolo phone number: 416 483-2590

                    Lolo Restaurant
                    2590 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2J3, CA

                  2. re: Degustation

                    I swung by on Friday. Figured it was a good destination for lunch about halfway through a 40km cycle. The artery clogging meal to make up for the exercise. ;-)

                    Hubby had the grilled cheese with the pulled pork - he's giving it a 9/10 saying it wasn't juicy enough though I am not sure how that applies to that type of sandwich! I had the sloppy betty - chili and cheese on a fresh bun. Not bad, could have had more cheese. I got a twinkie to go and have to agree with the earlier review - was a little dry and could use more cream inside.

                    Certainly worthy of another ride up and around. Perhaps in warmer weather go for the homemade ice cream sandwich.

                    Should add that the service was a little inconsistent but it was only day 3 since they opened. Sure it will get better as they settle in.

                  3. My mistake everyone. I just looked at the original post and there is a phone number. If anyone is interested it's 416-483-2590

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                    1. re: kwass

                      I had a little look see today as I live in the hood. Cute little place,about half full,the few donuts they had on display looked sad :(.Only 1 kind? Hope the start fryin' up sum apple fritters soon.

                      1. re: petek

                        Doubt that they will have different kinds since they adopted the Dreeson Donut program (with purchased machine) and that means cinnamon, sugar and plain.

                        1. re: Degustation

                          Dang it all to hell! I got so excited when you said homemade donuts :(

                          1. re: petek

                            No, I said the twinkies are homemade. The donuts are fresh and hot off the donut machine, which is still better than Timmies but not in the same league as the San Remo apple fritter.

                            1. re: Degustation

                              Sorry,I don't understand. The machine doesn't make donuts? Does it just warm them?

                              1. re: petek

                                Yes, it does make donuts but I guess what I'm saying is that it's just a bit formulaic.


                              2. re: Degustation

                                Is it as good as tiny toms doughnuts?

                      2. I called them today to find out if they have a website and the man who answered the phone said that they are working on it and that it should be up and running soon.

                        1. Just ate the Big People Mac N Cheese, w white cheddar, breadcrumbs, truffle oil and pancetta. It was super yummy!

                          The pancetta was diced and crispy, the saltiness was just what the creamy, cheesy dish needed. I couldn't really taste the truffle oil, but maybe it's because it's so subtle.

                          They have that cool Hamptons 'Martha Stewart' donut machine. I had the powdered sugar donut as part of an ice cream sandwich with GREGS ICE CREAM in Roasted Marshmallow, of course. It was delicious. I can't really taste the donut, and to be fair, to judge a donut, you have to try it really fresh, and this was 9 at night.

                          They really talk up their Ultimate Grilled Cheese. It sounds like it has ALOT going on. I think you would have to be starving to try it!

                          Liked the service, which is ALWAYS a plus!!!

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                          1. re: Bronfman_Heiress

                            I was there the other day, and I have mixed feelings about my experience. I ordered a turkey dog with a fried egg, sauteed mushrooms, and sauteed onions. And, although the turkey dog was delicious, I found that they skimped on the toppings, which was disappointing since each topping was an additional $1.50. That being said, I would probably go back. While there, I also tried the donuts. It was the middle of the afternoon, so they weren't as fresh as they may have been first thing in the morning, but they were still quite good. Unfortunately, they only make the donuts twice a day, once in the morning and sometime later in the afternoon. They should probably make them to order like they do at Little Nicky's, that way they would always be hot and fresh.The donuts come in two ways, with icing sugar and with cinnamon/sugar. I preferred the donuts dusted in icing sugar to the ones that were dusted in a cinnamon/sugar, but that's just my own personal preference.

                            1. re: kwass

                              Dropped in yesterday around 3:30 and they were just firing up the donut maker. He said they'd be ready in about an hour. We didn't stay although there were still a half-dozen or so left from an earlier batch.

                              1. re: Yongeman

                                The donut machine is proving to be problematic for these folks. They couldn't get it together (literally) this morning, so we went elsewhere. I hope that they work out the kinks, because they have a golden opportunity to succeed.

                          2. We tried this today and probably won't go back. The place was packed with lots of families and kids. There was only the option of the brunch menu which only had about 4-5 options, 1 of which was donuts. We both had a regular breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon and fries. The fries were tasty but the scrambled eggs was just like a fried single egg, not fluffy or anything. Orange juice was Tropicana poured from the same carton I have in my fridge at home, was hoping for some freshly squeezed. Considering the meal didn't cost that much ($7) it wasn't much of a loss but definitely wasn't anything great. When we got our check in the folder a long strand of hair was caught on the folder and it was neither of ours nor the waitress who had blond hair.

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                            1. re: girlstar

                              Any new reports on this place? Wanted to see the menu but found no website which in my opinion says they are not in it for real.

                              1. re: justsayn

                                I was there a few weeks ago. I had the standard two eggs and home fries experience and it was as I expected it to be. My friend ordered some sort of hotdog rolled in an egg served on a hot dog bun. She was pretty happy with it. We also ordered a doughbut ice cream sandwich with marshmellow ice cream in the centre. It was very enjoyable!!!! Our waiter had a lot if character.

                                The food is standard. The doughnuts are yummy and the place has a lot of character. I would definately go back.

                                  1. re: justsayn

                                    are u saying they serve Greg's ice cream - roasted marshmallow flavor. If so, always wanted to try and will walk there since it's close to work.

                                  2. re: Hdub

                                    Same experience - it's a cheap breakfast, not outstanding but decent! Service was really friendly.

                                  3. re: justsayn

                                    went there last night for dinner. wasn't busy at all. staff was super friendly. we had the ultimate grilled cheese with the meatloaf (really good), nachos (good), meatloaf sliders (good), and the sweet potato fries (great garlic aioli dipping sauce). they also gave us 2 of the lemon twinkies and 2 donuts since it was nearing the end of the night. i wish i had a super speedy metabolism so that i could have had some ice cream, but i would totally go back.

                                    oh, and i'll add that the ultimate grilled cheese, while it sounds intimidating, is really not. it's not like a man vs. food sized portion. it's served on regular bread. i almost wished it was bigger because it was really good.

                                1. This place is great.

                                  A quick synopses.

                                  Donuts are great. Savoury with a nice powdered sugar and fresh off the line. Also made for a terrific ice cream sandwich for dessert. Just a tip, ask Rob (the owner) to just make you one. I told "No raisin. Surprise me" and the malted milk ice cream with oreo cookie crumbs was fabulous.

                                  The hotdogs are Nathan's so they already have a leg up going in. The Uncle Betty dog is excellent.

                                  As is the Ultimate Grilled Cheese. Insanely good would be a better way of putting it. The mac and cheese and meatloaf elevate the sandwich, not dominate it.


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                                  1. re: Davwud

                                    Saw this place on "You gotta eat here" last night and am thinking they are right!

                                    1. re: TeacherFoodie

                                      Had brunch last weekend. Average service, ok donuts and bad traditional breakfast. Asked for lightly scrambled and it came overcooked, asked for dry toast and it came with butter. Toast was also standard bread like wonder. Way too much hype and will not be going back except maybe for Greg's ice cream.