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Jan 11, 2012 06:12 PM

Where are you still eating that you were 20 years ago and is still good?

Love the thread about where you were eating 20 years ago, but a lot of those are memories that will remain as the places are no longer open. So, to make this more useful to enjoy those memories and inspire others to try them, where are you still eating that you were eating 20 years ago and has the food change at all or is it still good?

I'll start with Jerusalem, which is still one of my all time favourites and still has the same menu and same great food that I first ate there in 1985.

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  1. Le Paradis still delivers more than 20 years later. The most consistent bistro in town. And prices don't seem to have changed all that much either.
    Paese on Bathurst Street opened just more than 20 years ago. It's not the mad buy it was then - prices have escalated over the years, sometimes alarmingly - but it's still solid if you know what to order. No corkage on bring-your-own-wine six nights a week seems to ameliorate the food price rises somewhat.
    The Pasta Bar at Scaramouche remains my all-time celebratory joint more than 20 years later. Consistently imaginative takes on traditional dishes.
    And I'm with you on Jerusalem on Eglinton Ave. I was there the first month it opened, and it has been astoundingly consistent in quality over the years - though I don't get there all that much anymore. Because parking around there has become hell.

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    1. re: juno

      Actually I never have a problem parking around Jerusalem. Sometimes there is street parking and also just a few steps away there is the city parking lot right to the east of Pizza Pizza. Then there are all the side streets south of Jerusalem.

      When did Jerusalem open?

    2. Scaramouche was not on my original list as there were many I didn't remember as I quickly thought of a few to mention. But it's still open and doing well.

      Were you really at Jerusalem when it first opened? I recall going there with my parents sometime in the 70's.

      1. Armenian Kitchen, though I have to admit the chicken shwarma is not what it used to be or my tastes have changed. But I still love the Baba Ganoujh.

        1. Sam Woo BBQ in North Scarborough. One of the first really decent Cantonese style Chinese food places in the area and virtually unchanged from at least 20 years ago. So much competition has come (and gone) but this place still attracts a loyal following including myself. (Younger sister restaurant....Sam Woo Seafood is in the same mall).

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          1. re: T Long

            Agree on Sam Woo. Still the best char siu and duck that i've had. BTW what happened to the original 20 years ago thread. it was the best one in a while.

            1. re: gourmaniac

              A Mod removed it. It turns out that nostalgic threads are against the guidelines.
              Chowhound's goal is to help people find great chow right now. Gossip about rumored restaurants is off topic for our site, as is "do you remember?..." nostalgia discussion. Neither lead to better eating, and Chowhound works best when we focus on that narrow mission.

              1. re: prima

                Thanks. I was looking for that thread yesterday after gourmaniac mentioned it....thought they could have easily moved it to one of the "topical" boards, especially given the interest and good-will bantering on the subject.

                1. re: prima

                  But then why is that restaurants you wish would make a come back still up? Seems similar?

                  1. re: ElizabethS

                    Moderators have changed. The newer ones have different biases. They tolerate off-topic conversations to a greater extent and are super-sensitive to criticism of existing posts.

                    And, it appears to me that they have a much higher threshold for spam - many 'spurious' posts seem to survive now.

                    1. re: estufarian

                      Actually, the moderation team hasn't changed (although our senior community manager has stepped down very recently). Since this question came up in 2012, we've made revisions to our posting guidelines. Please head over to the Site Talk board for discussions about posting on Chowhound. That helps us keep the focus here on the chow scene in Toronto. Thanks!

                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        Don't you mean Ontario? Or do we get our own board now?!?!?!?!

                        1. re: The Chowhound Team

                          No problem (in theory anyway). Where can we find a link to these 'revisions'?

                          The site Board seems to agree with the sentiments expressed above e.g.

                          1. re: estufarian

                            You can find the Chowhound FAQ at and sorry, LexiFirefly, of course you're right, and we should have written Ontario and not Toronto.

                  2. re: gourmaniac

                    Forget about the duck!! Go early Tuesday or Thursday for the 'Roast GOOSE' instead!! Much better textural feel. Don't forget the skewered honey glazed roast duck liver!!!

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      Charles, how early should I go on the 2-day you recommended? Is it late morning like 11-nish or early afternoon 5-ish? Do I have to ask for the brown sauce? Not speaking the language sometimes we get different customer service. Thanks

                2. The Ping Gai from Queen Mother. Still loving it 20 years on.

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                  1. re: fickle

                    Nice thread, Flexitarian. California Sandwiches (Little Italy) is still great. Olde Yorke Fish and Chips on Laird is unbeatable too.