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Street Fare Expanded Menu in Toronto

At least one hot dog cart has added new choices, such as baked sweet potato, and a steak sandwich sourced from Barberians (apparently flash frozen packets).

Thanks to Greg and Sheryl for tweeting this.

http://www.toronto.com/blog/post/6876...

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Barberian's
7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

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    1. Ach mein Gott, you mean the Earth didn't slip off its axis and vaporize?

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        It must have, Did council ok this

      2. Perhaps the door is open to flash frozen packets from inspected kitchens.

        Could the vendors offer, for example, cassoulet, brisket, pulled pork, or fish sandwiches?

        Getting Barberian's beef for less than $6 should actually help the restaurant by introducing a good product to a lot of new people.

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        1. re: jayt90

          Carts/trucks as outposts of established kitchens could probably fatten the bottom line of many a resto and set a precedent for more+better street food on terms City Hall could tolerate. Fingers crossed.

          1. re: jayt90

            I really like this idea, especially because it might help mitigate opposition to good street food from restaurants. There's still plenty of room for (often legitimate) complaints, but it's nice to see some cooperation... all it takes is one restaurant to realize that this is a good business model, and hopefully others will follow.

            Next up: Hot Dog vendors heating Goldin or Buster Rhino's packages in steamers?

            1. re: Underdog Rally

              Yeah, that is what I was thinking. Buster Rhino already packages its stuff in vacuum sealed bags and they even serve it at their main location like that (heated up from vacuum bags). Would be awesome.

              They were talking to the head of the vending association on the radio this morning and when she said there was some partnership with Barberian's I was wondering what they were talking abotu becuase I missed that part.

              1. re: ylsf

                oh man, Buster Rhino's brisket or pulled pork sandwich from a street vendor, sounds great to me!

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                Buster Rhino's
                2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

            1. re: gregclow

              I'm not likely to get down to the cart for a few days. Do any of you folk know when that cart operates? The fact that one of my fave restaurants is supplying some of the meat enthuses me.

              1. re: gregclow

                That location will be a GOLD MINE for her. Want to try those new sandwiches.

                1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                  She's been at that location for many years selling the standard menu of dogs & sausages, and has always done well. I work nearby, and while I have a couple of carts closer to my office, I've usually gone to her when I've had a craving for street meat, as she's a great & friendly lady.

                  As for the new menu - she's actually had the game meat sausages on for at least a few weeks, and I've tried a couple of them, all great.

                  Yesterday, I headed up for a roast beef sandwich, which was FANTASTIC - the meat was nicely pink, great fresh bun, and I got it topped with fried onions and horseradish. I'm very tempted to go back today for another...

                  1. re: gregclow

                    Do you know how late she stays? Sometimes I just can't get to my lunch until well after 4pm!

              2. Marianne's cart is on the hospital row sidewalk...University Avenue, west side, between MS & PMH.

                Had lunch there today - elk sausage with 2 kinds of onions - crunchy fried and lightly sauteed

                In a word: EXCELLENT

                Marianne deserves to do well...the food's really good and she is very nice

                Enjoy

                TG

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                1. re: toronto guy

                  You had me at elk sausage...

                  Must try soon.

                2. Today for the first time I tried the Korean vendor at Yonge and Finch in front of the Shoppers Drugmart. They have plenty of items so but I had a loonie in my pocket so I figured Ill try a cheap item. I ordered the Pan Fried Squid with Spicy sauce, and damn it was so tasty. it came with 3 little pan fried squid thingees, each bite size, but they were great!

                  They have a bunch of items on the menu and the prices are really cheap, I look forward to trying something else soon!

                  1. This is so funny that Marianne is getting all this publicity now. I should have written about her long ago. For some not very nice reasons, I've had cause to dine near Mt Sinai a great deal lately. There are a few good restaurants to choose from none too far away. However, I find that each time I go I crave her cart and want to try something new every time. You actually can have something different every day for about two weeks. I think the biggest difference with her is that she cares about what she does. It isn't just about the money. As evidence of her caring, I give you her other occupation:
                    http://www.peacetogetherforever.com/o...

                    SWS, she stays until she's sold out. Before these articles, that would have been around 6pm. Now who knows? I understand she's making plans to restock when needed so she doesn't have to leave early.