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bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 10:47 AM

We did this almost exactly a year ago so it's time for a refresh

Please read and follow these instructions

Each poster may submit 1 reply containing a list of up to 10 restaurants they consider to be the best in the GTA. Nothing else, no comments, no meta discussions, just a list. Order is not significant.

Make your own judgement as to what you consider GTA but please lets limit it to places one can have a normal dinner with a glass of wine and still have time to sober up and drive home by 1AM.

Any cuisine, any service style, any price point.

You MUST have actually eaten in the restaurant in question at least once within the last 18 months

You MUST have eaten in the restaurant under the CURRENT ownership and/or executive chef (so this means for example that for the Black Hoof that means during the tenure of Brandon Olsen)

Deadline is Midnight January 31st at which point we tabulate the results and post them here.

Have fun

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    peppermint pate RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 11:44 AM

    Excellent - was waiting to see if shekamoo was going to initiate this again, otherwise I was planning to post a note. Thanks bytepusher. I'll kick things off...in no particular order...

    Woodlot

    Beast

    Enoteca Sociale

    Guu Izakaya (Church Street)

    Khao San Road

    Pizzeria Libretto (Ossington)

    Saving 4 spots for those "oh crap, totally forgot about them" moments as others start to post their lists...

    Happy new year. Cheers!

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      peppermint pate RE: peppermint pate Jan 23, 2012 07:14 AM

      Rounding out my list with the last 4 spots from 2011...

      Black Camel (can't believe nobody's mentioned them yet??)
      Copper Chimney
      Harbord Room
      Buca

    2. TorontoJo RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 12:05 PM

      In no particular order:

      Keriwa Cafe
      Enoteca Sociale
      Khao San Road
      Dr. Laffa
      The Gabardine
      Northern Dumpling Kitchen
      Stockyards
      Woodlot
      Guu
      Soma (ok, not a restaurant, but I have been known to make a meal there)

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        TorontoJo RE: TorontoJo Jan 9, 2012 06:06 PM

        OK, I'm swapping out my semi-facetious Soma rec for Marben instead.

      2. aser RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 12:33 PM

        yours truly
        splendido
        black hoof
        grand electric
        yang's
        win's seafood
        tien thanh
        sukho/khao san
        gourmet garden
        zen

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          peppermint pate RE: aser Jan 9, 2012 12:49 PM

          We walked by "yours truly" on the weekend, en route to Enoteca Sociale. They weren't open yet but a friendly woman at the door saw us peeking in and handed us a card - looked cute. The menu looked interesting and the bits I read online about the owners, chef and menu format piqued my curiosity - would love to hear more.

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            ylsf RE: aser Jan 9, 2012 07:05 PM

            Isn't that kind of cheating because Sukho and Khao San road are two different restaurants :)

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              aser RE: ylsf Jan 10, 2012 11:21 AM

              ok, count it as khao san as that seems to be getting more votes. I see them as the same as both share a significant chunk of the menu. The shared items also taste the same at both locations, to my tongue at least.

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              atomeyes RE: aser Jan 10, 2012 03:37 PM

              how can Yours Truly get a vote if its not open yet?

              i might as well vote for momufuko, then

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                JennaBean RE: atomeyes Jan 10, 2012 03:51 PM

                It is opened. There are pics of the food posted in another thread.

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                  aser RE: atomeyes Jan 10, 2012 03:51 PM

                  it's open, you might be thinking about the grove?

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                    atomeyes RE: aser Jan 10, 2012 07:25 PM

                    i apologize. thought it was opening later in January. think i was reading old(er) blogs.
                    whoops! :)

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                    peppermint pate RE: atomeyes Jan 10, 2012 03:54 PM

                    It opened a few weeks ago. The reference to not being open yet in my note referred to the fact that we were walking by around 5:00 pm and they hadn't yet opened for the day. So no momofuku votes just yet...:)

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                  Scary Bill RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 12:53 PM

                  Visiting GTA soon, just want to be on the thread.

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                    themiguel RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 12:55 PM

                    Buca
                    Burger's Priest
                    Enoteca Sociale
                    Guu Sake Bar
                    Pho Thien Than
                    Grand Electric
                    Pizzeria Libretto
                    Porchetta & Co
                    Woodlot
                    Black Hoof

                    1. prima RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 01:53 PM

                      Khao San Road

                      Dr. Laffa

                      Tabule

                      Enoteca Sociale

                      Campagnolo

                      Scaramouche

                      Northern Dumpling Kitchen

                      John's Chinese BBQ Restaurant

                      Similar to peppermint pate, I'm leaving a couple spots open, in case I remember places I forgot.

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                      Tabule
                      2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                      Scaramouche
                      1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1, CA

                      Northern Dumpling Kitchen
                      550 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B3Z4, CA

                      Enoteca Sociale
                      1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                      Campagnolo
                      832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

                      Khao San Road
                      326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

                      John's Chinese BBQ Restaurant
                      328 Hwy 7, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1A1, CA

                      Dr. Laffa
                      40 Magnetic Dr #44, Toronto, ON M3H 5S8, CA

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                        Rick_SUM RE: prima Jul 22, 2012 01:45 PM

                        Dr. Laffa !!!!!! all the way!

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                        ParkerQ RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 03:50 PM

                        Campagnolo
                        Toca
                        Ascari Enoteca

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                          superawesomepossum RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 03:56 PM

                          Splendido
                          Woodlot
                          Marben
                          Enoteca Sociale
                          Guu Izakaya
                          Sushi Kaji
                          Black Hoof
                          Stockyards
                          Burger Priest
                          Porchetta and Co

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                            fickle RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 06:01 PM

                            Acadia
                            Buca
                            County General
                            Enoteca Sociale
                            Guu SakaBar
                            Keriwa Cafe
                            Khao San Road
                            Marben
                            Stockyards
                            Woodlot

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                              The Macallan 18 RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 07:31 PM

                              My 10 best meals of 2011 were...in no particular order:

                              Cava
                              Campagnolo
                              Omi
                              George
                              Kaji
                              Bymark
                              Grace
                              Harbord Room
                              Malena
                              Origin
                              Biffs

                              In retrospect...my 10 most forgettable meals were...in no particular order:

                              Keriwa
                              Fishbar
                              Libretto
                              ToCa
                              Bohmer
                              Splendido
                              Lee
                              Buca
                              Fabbrica
                              Noce

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                                prima RE: The Macallan 18 Jan 10, 2012 06:52 AM

                                Not completely forgettable, if you mentioned them on this Board! ha ha. But I think I know what you mean. Found the food at Fishbar utterly so-so, but the service was memorable.

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                                dubchild RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 08:06 PM

                                Le Select
                                Simple Bistro
                                Grace
                                Chiado (groupon tasting menu)
                                Frank AGO
                                Hiro Sushi
                                Khao San Road
                                Cava
                                Harbord Room
                                Buca

                                1. elvisahmed RE: bytepusher Jan 9, 2012 09:14 PM

                                  Guu Izakaya(church Street)
                                  Beer Bistro
                                  Wow sushi
                                  Crown princess
                                  Diana's Oyster Bar and Grill

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                                    foodie179 RE: bytepusher Jan 10, 2012 10:31 AM

                                    In no specific order
                                    Buca
                                    Woodlot
                                    Liberetto
                                    Enoteca Sociale
                                    Porchetta&Co
                                    Khao San Road
                                    Origin (Brunch)
                                    Harbord Room
                                    The One that Got away

                                    Left one spot open because I'm sure I'm leaving something out

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                                      Northforker RE: bytepusher Jan 10, 2012 10:37 AM

                                      Watching this thread

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                                        South Carolina Girl RE: Northforker Jan 20, 2012 11:20 AM

                                        me too

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                                        ggom1 RE: bytepusher Jan 10, 2012 01:36 PM

                                        Woodlot
                                        Marben
                                        Pomegranate
                                        Beast
                                        Khao San Road

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                                          radiopolitic RE: bytepusher Jan 10, 2012 03:14 PM

                                          Starfish
                                          Black Hoof
                                          Terroni
                                          Pizza e Pazzi
                                          Grand Electric
                                          Khao San Road
                                          Cava
                                          Zen

                                          in no particular order. Leaving two spots - feel like I'm missing some favourites.

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                                            radiopolitic RE: radiopolitic Jan 31, 2012 10:38 AM

                                            Adding Sunrise House and Burger Priest.

                                          2. Charles Yu RE: bytepusher Jan 10, 2012 04:21 PM

                                            'BEST 10 RESTAURANTS' - 26 replies and not a single soul mentioned 'Canoe'??!!!

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                                              jamesm RE: Charles Yu Jan 10, 2012 04:48 PM

                                              Maybe no one who replied ate there this year?

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                                                prima RE: Charles Yu Jan 10, 2012 05:24 PM

                                                Some Hounds have never even dined at Canoe! Or Splendido! I haven't dined at either one. ;-)

                                                Is Canoe in your personal top 10, Charles?

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                                                  justxpete RE: Charles Yu Jan 10, 2012 08:11 PM

                                                  Canoe is one of the worst restaurants in Toronto - probably why. :)

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                                                    Charles Yu RE: justxpete Jan 10, 2012 08:54 PM

                                                    Have you been recently after they renovated?!

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                                                      justxpete RE: Charles Yu Jan 10, 2012 09:02 PM

                                                      What does the renovation have to do with the food? And yes - I've been there 3 times in the last year. And - one of their protégés went to the ritz and opened up an equally mediocre restaurant - which I tried to like by attending five times. Nothing good came of it. Same restaurant, different name.

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                                                        Charles Yu RE: justxpete Jan 11, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                        Nothing! Just using it as a reference time frame.
                                                        Well, my fellow chow friend, since you dislike Canoe and I dislike Colborne Lane ( especially the horrible 'beets' dish ) lets call it even, agree that Splendido in good and move on!!!

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                                                          justxpete RE: Charles Yu Jan 11, 2012 07:03 AM

                                                          haha.. Very well. But same question - have you been there recently? They revamped their menu, have a new Chef de Cuisine... (I just found out there old Chef de Cuisine was none other than Matt Blondin of Acadia, which is a good explanation for why Colborne Lane was a stagnant restaurant from 2008-2010.

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                                                            Charles Yu RE: justxpete Jan 11, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                            Haven't been after the renovation. However fellow chowhounder skylineR33 tried it recently and loved it. As such, will be making a re-visit soon! ( since we both shared very similar palette ).

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                                                              justxpete RE: Charles Yu Jan 11, 2012 03:48 PM

                                                              I meant to Colborne lane, Charles! Have you been there recently? That's what I was referring to in my previous post.

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                                                                Charles Yu RE: justxpete Jan 11, 2012 07:06 PM

                                                                Last time was fall last year. The liquid nitrogen lemon ice-cream was still in their repertoire!

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                                                                  justxpete RE: Charles Yu Jan 12, 2012 11:30 AM

                                                                  I think that's one of their signature dishes. I think it was the only dish that remained from the previous year.

                                                2. shekamoo RE: bytepusher Jan 10, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                  already a year, eh?

                                                  I will start with a few that come to mind and leave the rest open.

                                                  1) chiado
                                                  2) zen
                                                  3) omei
                                                  4) khao san road
                                                  5) burgers priest
                                                  6) copper chimney

                                                  1. Splendid Wine Snob RE: bytepusher Jan 10, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                    Marben
                                                    Khao San Road
                                                    Burgers Priest
                                                    Niagara Street Cafe (wondering where Nick Liu will end up next?)
                                                    Enoteca Sociale
                                                    Nota Bene
                                                    Grace

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                                                      Splendid Wine Snob RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jan 11, 2012 06:19 AM

                                                      Adding Ici Bistro to my list-somehow forgot to include it.

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                                                        Splendid Wine Snob RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jan 31, 2012 08:06 AM

                                                        Adding Aravind.

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                                                        EarlyDrive RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jan 11, 2012 05:03 PM

                                                        I read recently (Toronto Life, I think) that Nick Liu is opening a chinese bistro...? Fall 2012

                                                      3. always_eating RE: bytepusher Jan 10, 2012 09:50 PM

                                                        Best meals in no particular order:

                                                        Acadia
                                                        Buca
                                                        Northern Dumpling Kitchen
                                                        Judy Cuisine
                                                        Grand Electric
                                                        Marben
                                                        Khao San Road
                                                        Queen & Beaver (Easter Dinner)
                                                        Ruby Watchco
                                                        Ici Bistro

                                                        1. justxpete RE: bytepusher Jan 11, 2012 08:41 AM

                                                          splendido
                                                          marben
                                                          Enoteca sociale
                                                          Porchetta & Co
                                                          Beast
                                                          Ici Bistro
                                                          Keriwa Cafe
                                                          County General
                                                          Colborne Lane
                                                          Cava

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                                                            EarlyDrive RE: justxpete Jan 11, 2012 04:17 PM

                                                            Ortolan
                                                            Buca
                                                            Acadia
                                                            Grace
                                                            Enoteca Sociale
                                                            Harbord Room
                                                            Black Hoof
                                                            Sushi Kaji
                                                            Porchetta & Co.
                                                            Lai Wah Heen

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                                                            akhorasanee RE: bytepusher Jan 12, 2012 07:47 AM

                                                            enoteca sociale

                                                            buca

                                                            campognolo

                                                            guu

                                                            khao san road

                                                            ici bistro

                                                            splendido

                                                            Foxley

                                                            Burger's priest

                                                            school (for brunch never had dinner here) if that is not counted then Queen Margheritas Pizza

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                                                              Chuffer RE: bytepusher Jan 12, 2012 11:19 AM

                                                              Woodlot
                                                              Buca
                                                              Ascari Enoteca
                                                              Frank's Kitchen

                                                              Most underwhelmed- Ici Bistro- but perhaps given high kudos will retry!

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                                                                dlw88 RE: Chuffer Jan 12, 2012 12:11 PM

                                                                No particular order...

                                                                Beast
                                                                Guu Bloor
                                                                Frank's Kitchen
                                                                Zen
                                                                Omi
                                                                Parts & Labour (I know!)
                                                                Elle M'a Dit
                                                                Agave Y Aguacate
                                                                Grand Electric
                                                                The Atlantic

                                                              2. Flexitarian RE: bytepusher Jan 12, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                                Jerusalem
                                                                Camros (yes Camros that tiny little eat-in/take away place on Hayden)
                                                                Scaramouche
                                                                Batifole
                                                                Pizza Libretto
                                                                Le Select Bistro
                                                                Fishbar

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                                                                  megjp RE: bytepusher Jan 14, 2012 08:19 AM

                                                                  Hm, in the past year my (first-time or longtime) favourites:

                                                                  Sit-down:
                                                                  Marben
                                                                  Le Select
                                                                  Foxley
                                                                  Pomegranate
                                                                  Harbord Room
                                                                  Carpano (closed)

                                                                  Take-out:
                                                                  Baan Thai
                                                                  Buddha Pie
                                                                  Pho Phuong
                                                                  Indian Kiss

                                                                  1. sloweater RE: bytepusher Jan 14, 2012 02:27 PM

                                                                    Beast
                                                                    Bar Centrale
                                                                    Pizza Libretto
                                                                    Cava
                                                                    The Burger's Priest
                                                                    Sushi Kaji

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                                                                      lamaranthe RE: bytepusher Jan 14, 2012 02:30 PM

                                                                      Scaramouche
                                                                      King Edward
                                                                      Taboulé
                                                                      The Copper Chimney
                                                                      Bistro on Avenue
                                                                      Tomo Sushi

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                                                                        smudgebee RE: lamaranthe Jan 14, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                        Some Repeats from above (no order):
                                                                        Khao San Road
                                                                        Cava
                                                                        Foxleys
                                                                        Zen
                                                                        Hanoi 3 Seasons (food not atmosphere)
                                                                        Corner House
                                                                        Hogtown Vegan
                                                                        Starfish

                                                                        Sorry, can't come up with 10.

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                                                                        WeebeyBrice RE: bytepusher Jan 16, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                                        In order of APD (awsomeness per dollar)

                                                                        Barque Smokehouse
                                                                        Churrasqueira DO Sardinha
                                                                        Trimurti
                                                                        Mother India (Ghandi Cuisine)
                                                                        Bahn Mi Boys
                                                                        Rebozo
                                                                        Yuzu
                                                                        Khao San Road
                                                                        Hanoi 3 Seasons
                                                                        Noodle King (the PATH under Sheraton Centre)

                                                                        1. ComerDemonio RE: bytepusher Jan 18, 2012 07:06 PM

                                                                          Also in no particular order:

                                                                          Buca
                                                                          Beast
                                                                          Marben
                                                                          Campagnolo
                                                                          Woodlot
                                                                          Splendido
                                                                          Niagara Street Cafe
                                                                          Enoteca Sociale
                                                                          Ortolan
                                                                          Harbord Room

                                                                          I had a really hard time limiting the list to 10.

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                                                                            Dean Tudor RE: ComerDemonio Jan 19, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                                            Again, in no order --

                                                                            Gallery Grill (lunch and Sun brunch only; they don't do dinners)
                                                                            Globe - Earth chain
                                                                            Scaramouche
                                                                            Stockyards
                                                                            Chiado
                                                                            Biff's
                                                                            Pangaea
                                                                            Lai Wah Heen
                                                                            Focaccia

                                                                            and -- tenth --in loving memory of Troy's, Napoleon, Three Small Rooms, and even La Chaumiere. RIP.

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                                                                              chorb15 RE: Dean Tudor Jan 19, 2012 09:20 AM

                                                                              1. Khan San Road
                                                                              2. L'Ouvier
                                                                              3. Grand Electric
                                                                              4. Lahore Tikka House
                                                                              5. Guu
                                                                              6. Enoteca Sociale
                                                                              7. Mother India
                                                                              8. Gabardine
                                                                              9. Playa Cabana
                                                                              10. Trevor Kitchen

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                                                                                ragged25 RE: Dean Tudor Jan 23, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                                                Dean,

                                                                                When was the last time you've been to Focaccia? I used to love this place but kind of stopped going because there were a lot of other places I wanted to check out before going back there, but unfortunately never did. I'm interested to know why you would rate them as your top 10!

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                                                                                  Dean Tudor RE: ragged25 Jan 24, 2012 06:44 PM

                                                                                  Mainly because of the value and consistency. I guess I view the top 10 as places I return to, not places I enjoyed in 2011, but won't go back....

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                                                                                  juno RE: Dean Tudor Jan 25, 2012 07:27 AM

                                                                                  Dean, I hear ya on Troy's, Napoleon, Three Small Rooms (where I tasted my first revelatory Caesar salad, prepared tableside) - and good old La Chaumiere. As to the business at hand, though, my favourites this past year - mostly limited to any joint that takes less than 20 minutes to drive to - were:
                                                                                  Pasta Bar at Scaramouche
                                                                                  Best Grill
                                                                                  Starfish
                                                                                  Sun Star
                                                                                  Tabule
                                                                                  Mogette
                                                                                  Zee's
                                                                                  Copper Chimney
                                                                                  Enoteca Sociale
                                                                                  Cho Sun OK

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                                                                                    buttertart RE: Dean Tudor Jan 26, 2012 04:44 PM

                                                                                    Dean Tudor, happy to see another person fondly remembering those great restaurants of the past. Troy's, especially.

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                                                                                  thebutcher RE: bytepusher Jan 19, 2012 04:55 PM

                                                                                  Keriwa
                                                                                  L'Ouvrier
                                                                                  Woodlot
                                                                                  Khao San Road
                                                                                  Enoteca Sociale
                                                                                  The One That Got Away
                                                                                  Toca
                                                                                  Marben

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                                                                                  Enoteca Sociale
                                                                                  1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                                                                  Toca
                                                                                  181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5, CA

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                                                                                    tygrr_lily RE: bytepusher Jan 23, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                                                    LIbretto (Ossington)
                                                                                    Marben
                                                                                    Black Hoof
                                                                                    Harbord Room
                                                                                    Campagnolo
                                                                                    Splendido
                                                                                    Beast
                                                                                    Khao San Road
                                                                                    Guu (Original)
                                                                                    Lady Marmalade (if we can count brunch)

                                                                                    1. Dr. John RE: bytepusher Jan 23, 2012 05:47 PM

                                                                                      Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto
                                                                                      George
                                                                                      Splendido
                                                                                      Scaramouche
                                                                                      Queen Margherita
                                                                                      Pizzeria Libretto
                                                                                      Chinese Traditional Buns

                                                                                      I'll add three more if I remember any others.

                                                                                      -John

                                                                                      1. estufarian RE: bytepusher Jan 24, 2012 08:23 AM

                                                                                        Black Hoof
                                                                                        Blacktree
                                                                                        Copper Chimney
                                                                                        Khao San Road
                                                                                        L.A.B.
                                                                                        Nota Bene
                                                                                        Opus
                                                                                        Origin
                                                                                        Splendido
                                                                                        Yours Truly

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                                                                                          Apprentice RE: estufarian Jan 25, 2012 04:25 PM

                                                                                          Whoa! Finally an excuse to visit Opus. I've never visited because reviews of this place have been scant, despite having a "renowned" wine list (which isn't enough for me).

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                                                                                            shekamoo RE: estufarian Jan 25, 2012 05:18 PM

                                                                                            Opus and not Centro? surprised

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                                                                                              estufarian RE: shekamoo Jan 26, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                              Was at both last year - Opus was one of the best meals I've had in Toronto - all round.
                                                                                              Centro food was certainly good and service was over-the-top, but prices were similar and Opus had the better food.
                                                                                              I would DEFINITELY return to Opus over Centro.
                                                                                              (I originally had 17 places on my short list and Centro got dropped - final decision made on what I'd return to).

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                                                                                            Apprentice RE: bytepusher Jan 25, 2012 04:24 PM

                                                                                            Blacktree
                                                                                            Gourmet Garden
                                                                                            Guru Lukshmi (Dosa's)
                                                                                            Holt's Cafe (my most reliable spot for lunch)
                                                                                            Khoa San Road
                                                                                            Kumai Sushi (my only reliable spot for sushi in Mississauga)
                                                                                            Mickey's Pizza (Chicago style)
                                                                                            North 44 (yeah I said it)
                                                                                            Queen Margherita (Neapolitan style)
                                                                                            Sushi Kaji

                                                                                            1. Charles Yu RE: bytepusher Jan 25, 2012 10:08 PM

                                                                                              Since all my fellow chowhounder friends are focusing on mostly 'Western' restaurants, let me inject my 'Oriental/Chinese' list:
                                                                                              - Brilliant
                                                                                              - Fishermen Clubhouse
                                                                                              - Win's Seafood
                                                                                              - Emperor
                                                                                              - O Mei
                                                                                              - Maple Yip
                                                                                              - Casa Imperial
                                                                                              - Spring Villa
                                                                                              - Casa Victoria
                                                                                              - Northern Dumpling Kitchen
                                                                                              Omitted Yang's, LWH and Judy's Kitchen from list due to inconsistency of food during recent visits
                                                                                              Honorary mention 'Fast food/Food court' - Lo's Wok ( First Markham Place )

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                                                                                                shekamoo RE: Charles Yu Jan 26, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                                                                Charles, this has been done before, but to have a definite list in one place: would you add best/signature dishes to order at each for dinner?

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                                                                                                  Charles Yu RE: shekamoo Jan 26, 2012 07:33 PM

                                                                                                  A list of Best Chinese in and around the GTA?! Where? When? I wasn't aware of it? Otherwise I would have contributed to it!!

                                                                                                  1. re: Charles Yu
                                                                                                    shekamoo RE: Charles Yu Jan 27, 2012 05:41 AM

                                                                                                    no no I meant there are threads where people discussed what dishes are the best to order in these places, but never a place where all were discussed together, as far as I remember

                                                                                              2. k
                                                                                                kingkolo RE: bytepusher Jan 27, 2012 10:41 AM

                                                                                                Swish by Han
                                                                                                Guu on Church
                                                                                                Queen and Beaver
                                                                                                The Real Jerk for sentimental reasons (it is near us and we go often...our go to...so sad it will be gone soon)
                                                                                                Starfish
                                                                                                Origin
                                                                                                The Burger's Priest
                                                                                                Hiro
                                                                                                Weezie's
                                                                                                Gilead Cafe

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                                                                                                1. re: kingkolo
                                                                                                  prima RE: kingkolo Jan 27, 2012 03:12 PM

                                                                                                  When I dined at the Real Jerk last weekend, from what our server said, it sounded like the Real Jerk is certainly planning to keep operating once it has found a new space. The Real Jerk might be leaving that corner, but that doesn't mean it's closing for good. If the crowds last weekend were any indication, it has a strong client base that will follow it to its new location.

                                                                                                  http://www.savetherealjerk.com/

                                                                                                  1. re: prima
                                                                                                    k
                                                                                                    kingkolo RE: prima Jan 28, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                                                                    Yeah, I have talked to the owner and he told me the same. The location and that building are what makes the place for me though. The food I really like but there is better caribean elsewhere.

                                                                                                2. r
                                                                                                  Redshifted RE: bytepusher Jan 28, 2012 12:08 PM

                                                                                                  I didn't get into Toronto proper as much as I usually do last year, so I have a few GTA choices included:

                                                                                                  1. Blacktree (Burlington)
                                                                                                  2. Quatrefoil (Dundas)
                                                                                                  3. Twisted Lemon (Cayuga)
                                                                                                  4. Ici Bistro
                                                                                                  5. Pizzeria Libretto
                                                                                                  6. Centro
                                                                                                  7. Didier
                                                                                                  8. Cava
                                                                                                  9. Pastis
                                                                                                  10. Sorrento

                                                                                                  1. c
                                                                                                    CalliopeToronto RE: bytepusher Jan 30, 2012 05:14 AM

                                                                                                    My choices, in no particular order:

                                                                                                    The Stockyards
                                                                                                    Lai Toh Heen
                                                                                                    Mengrai Gourmet Thai
                                                                                                    Yuzu
                                                                                                    Tabule
                                                                                                    Mariachi's
                                                                                                    Rodney's Oyster House
                                                                                                    Rol San
                                                                                                    Glazale (Bloor location)

                                                                                                    1. b
                                                                                                      bytepusher RE: bytepusher Jan 31, 2012 07:32 AM

                                                                                                      Sushi Kaji
                                                                                                      Enoteca Sociale
                                                                                                      Luma
                                                                                                      Porchetta & Co
                                                                                                      7 Numbers Danforth
                                                                                                      Khao San Road
                                                                                                      County General
                                                                                                      The Gabardine
                                                                                                      El Gastronamo Vagabundo

                                                                                                      Reminder, today is your last day to get your votes in!

                                                                                                      1. jlunar RE: bytepusher Jan 31, 2012 09:18 AM

                                                                                                        The Black Hoof
                                                                                                        Enoteca Sociale
                                                                                                        Splendido
                                                                                                        Porchetta & Co
                                                                                                        Yuzu
                                                                                                        Very Fair Chinese Restaurant
                                                                                                        Mot Na Son
                                                                                                        Grand Electric
                                                                                                        Parts & Labour

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                                                                                                        Splendido
                                                                                                        88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

                                                                                                        Very Fair Chinese Restaurant
                                                                                                        4002 Sheppard E, Toronto, ON M1S4R5, CA

                                                                                                        Mot Na Son Restaurant
                                                                                                        5374 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5R5, CA

                                                                                                        The Black Hoof
                                                                                                        928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                                                                                        Yuzu
                                                                                                        236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

                                                                                                        Parts & Labour
                                                                                                        1566 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R, CA

                                                                                                        Enoteca Sociale
                                                                                                        1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                                                                                        Porchetta & Co.
                                                                                                        825 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON , CA

                                                                                                        1. Chester Eleganté RE: bytepusher Jan 31, 2012 08:59 PM

                                                                                                          deadline? bah. i'll throw some out there.

                                                                                                          Black Hoof
                                                                                                          Splendido
                                                                                                          Delicious Restaurant (hwy 7/chalmers) - fukinese fare. not as good as when it was run as Soup Nazi North, but I'm still diggin it
                                                                                                          Mot Na Son - for the owner's dry humour and for the traditional/modified fermented soups (natto/miso)
                                                                                                          Folia Grill - is it still the same? oh, that gyro pita...
                                                                                                          Khao San Road
                                                                                                          Campagnolo
                                                                                                          Yours Truly - work in progress but there are good things happening
                                                                                                          Pho Dau Bo (finch/weston) - best pho around. and you got the bahn mi at Que Hong next door, and Plaza Latina around the corner. yeah, you're kinda set.
                                                                                                          King's Palace - Caribbean Foods (Downsview market food court) - for that awesome cow's foot soup (hold the dumplings) that I have to keep going back for. it's not a restaurant at all though, so if that don't count:
                                                                                                          Northern Dumpling Kitchen - normally it'd be up there but I've seen slippage on a couple of my dishes lately

                                                                                                          and some faves i'll miss:

                                                                                                          Carpano - shouldn't have switched names in the first place. prolly got lost out away from the strip. but that mushroom soup, risotto, and pork belly followed by nutella panino on a cold night? severely under-appreciated.
                                                                                                          Hoof Cafe - let's not speak of this.
                                                                                                          Malena (before the switchover)
                                                                                                          Niagara Street Cafe - so good
                                                                                                          Simple Bistro (under Masayuki, but he's over at Left Bank now and there's some menu crossover with more expansion so that bodes well. his reductions and sauces sing)
                                                                                                          V2 - beef brisket was top notch. why's it gone? found a sweet replacement at chiu chow boy in scarborough though.
                                                                                                          Wonjo/Traditional Korean Restaurant - loved this place and halmonie, hope she gets better soon. we need that soondubu!

                                                                                                          1. b
                                                                                                            bytepusher RE: bytepusher Feb 1, 2012 05:00 AM

                                                                                                            Voting closed, the results are in

                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831295

                                                                                                            Apparently we like Thai food with well meaning but inept service

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