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Jun 21, 2011 11:56 AM

New restaurant Coxwell/Danforth, Authentic Poutines and Philly Cheese steak?

A buddy told me about a new place that opened up in the Coxwell/Danforth area and apparently they have Authentic Philly Cheese Steak, and since theres no real location that serves them in toronto, this has caught my interest. Has anyone been to this place, or even seen it?

For some reason, I have a feeling its just some cheap lunch spot for high school kids, and im worried that im gonna show up and they will have some microwaved steak or something crappy like that. Hopefully, I show up and theres a nice flattop and the cook tosses some meat down, chops it up, tosses on some cheese and im hoping they have sauteed mushrooms cuz i prefer them over onions, but I guess well see when I get there.

Has anyone tried this place?

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    1. re: hungryabbey

      Oh boy, I wish my buddy told me what it was before I went, I definetely wouldnt have gone. Turns out this place is Retroburger. Oh Joy.

      I show up, and I was definetely disappointed. First, Ill admit the "Philly" was alright for what it was I guess, Ive never had the authentic from Philly so I have no comparison, but for what it was, i didnt mind it. That being said, its still just a crappy franchise, they use frozen burgers, frozen McCain fries(Empty boxes were in front of the store for recycling pickup, wish I saw that on the way in!).

      They also say they sell Authentic Gyro's, and considering this place is on the Danforth, that is a serious claim. Anyway, there is no spit cooking the gyro meat, nowhere in site, so clearly they take some frozen pre-sliced gyro meat and toss it on the flattop. Im sorry, but Messini's down the street has authentic, so Retroburger is just some frozen junk.

      What else...

      I grabbed a poutine because the sign also said authentic poutine, but the frozen fries kinda ruin it in my opinion. I guess the gravy was ok and I think they use cheese curd, but what little cheese there was on my fries was completely melted when I got it.

      Atleast for the Philly they used raw meat that they put on the flattop and chopped up with sauteed mushrooms and green peppers and some kind of mild sauce(they had mild, medium, hot, all of which I never knew were in a philly...)

      As I said, for what it was, it tasted alright, although I didnt finish the poutine, but the so called philly was reasonable.

      Can anyone tell me the perameters of what an "Authentic" Philly is? I understood it was the steak on the flattop, cooked up with sauteed onions, mushrooms and sweet green peppers(I dont like onions so I left em out), and a cheese sauce. This place used a slice of white cheese, maybe provolone, but it was the long ribbon slice melted onto the meat and veggies, then tossed on the sesame seed sub.

      Oh, and the Philly combo with pop and poutine instead of fries came up to $13 and change...

      445 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

    2. I heard there's a fast food-y place opening/open just east of the Shoppers' Drug Mart, where Mr. Sub used to be--is that it? Or is your friend referring to Sir Sub, right by Greenwood station (I know you said Coxwell, but Sir Sub is between Coxwell and Greenwood).

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      1. re: Olivia

        Yea that is the location. I kinda would rather it was a Mr Sub...