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Is there a Cheese-only restaurant in Toronto (or Canada)?

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taysdad Apr 30, 2011 11:50 AM

I love cheese. We've got some great cheese shops in the city - but has anyone come across just a cheese-centric restaurant in the city or anywhere?

We've got burger only places, dessert only, seafood only, steak only - anything for just the lactose tolerant?

Please help.

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    Snarf RE: taysdad Apr 30, 2011 03:12 PM

    Caren's Wine and Cheese Bar on Cumberland, They have regular food on the menu, but the specialty is cheese, and they have a list with many many cheeses, as well as cheese with non-cheese matchings.

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      taysdad RE: Snarf Apr 30, 2011 03:35 PM

      Thanks Snarf. Looks interesting. Wondering if there is a place that offers cheese plates, fondue, grilled cheese - etc. A full cheese experience. Hmmm

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        TorontoJo RE: taysdad Apr 30, 2011 03:48 PM

        Nope. :)

        There is a grilled cheese spot in Kensington Market.

        Beerbistro has a cheese fondue.

        And lots of restaurants have a focus on their cheese plates.

        But not all in one spot!

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          taysdad RE: TorontoJo Apr 30, 2011 05:18 PM

          There needs to a place.

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          LiviaLunch RE: taysdad Apr 30, 2011 05:28 PM

          There's probably a pretty good reason why no such restaurant exists here (thinking of a spectacular business face plant). La Raclette on Queen W didn't last long.
          In London (UK) there is a French restaurant focused on cheese à la the chef's Alsatian heritage. In Chelsea I think.

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            piccola RE: LiviaLunch Apr 30, 2011 05:35 PM

            Agreed. I don't think people would want such a cheese-heavy meal very often -- especially not in the summer -- so even regulars would only come sporadically. I can see it working as a special feature on a restaurant menu, kind of like a tasting menu, but a restaurant can't survive on cheese alone.

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              taysdad RE: piccola May 2, 2011 08:55 AM

              @Piccola - true enough. I just know it would be great to find a comfy spot to share a great cheese plate with a glass of wine - but know if want fresh cheese curds, or a grilled sandwich - it's on the menu too! : )

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                piccola RE: taysdad May 3, 2011 01:03 AM

                I'm sure some wine bars must be like that. Wine and cheese are such a popular pairing...

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                GoodGravy RE: piccola May 2, 2011 09:07 AM

                Artisanal in NYC is a cheese centered restaurant and they've done well the last few years. Not sure if Toronto would support that type of place, but it's more than just a gimmick and they serve lots of non-cheese stuff.

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                  piccola RE: GoodGravy May 3, 2011 01:02 AM

                  Exactly -- they serve a lot of non-cheese stuff, which is key to their success. So they're not a cheese-only restaurant.

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                crawfish RE: LiviaLunch May 13, 2011 05:22 AM

                What?! Raclette lasted at least 10 years on Queen Street (I worked there for 4) and even had a second location at Yonge and St. Clair at one point.

                We used to call it The 3D House of Cheese. :)

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            eatravel RE: taysdad Apr 30, 2011 05:36 PM

            Cafe Taste on Queen West in Parkdale has an excellent selection of cheeses. Jeremy, the owner, will even make a customized cheese fondue to accompany your wine selection.

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              table4onthefly RE: eatravel May 2, 2011 12:38 PM

              Pangaea at Bay and Yorkville makes their own cheeses. Should definitely check it out!

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              schmecks RE: taysdad May 2, 2011 01:51 PM

              If you're in Vancouver, Au Petit Chavignol on East Hastings fits the bill. I had a nice raclette there a couple of weeks back. I think it's the same operation as Les Amis du fromage, a cheese shop next door. In Toronto, though it's not really a restaurant, Chabichou on Harbord does cheesy meals...

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                trane RE: taysdad May 12, 2011 11:20 AM

                Side note, I recall hearing about an Italian place opening up (or maybe it has already) with its own Mozzarella bar. Has this place come to be?

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                  ylsf RE: trane May 12, 2011 12:47 PM

                  I was just searching for this thread to post about Mozzarella bar. The guys at Spotlight Toronto did a preview of it:

                  http://www.spotlighttoronto.com/site/...

                  This is the main website for the company, they have other locations in europe and USA

                  http://www.obika.it/english/index.html

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