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Scarborough To-Do List - What have I missed? What SHOULD I miss?

I'm trying to pick a best-of for types of food. Please don't snicker, but is it possible the there's a French bistro hiding somewhere? Or maybe an Italian restaurant that isn't just this side of Pickering?

Here's my to-do thus far:
Anjappar Chettinad
Bella's Lechon
Blackhorn Dining Room
Casa Imperial / Dragon Dynasty
Gourmet Garden
Gumi (for Korean)
Hopper Hut
Izakaya Ju
Little Bavaria
Maple Yip Seafood
Le Cafe Michi
Mona's Roti Caribbean Food
My Place / St Andrew's Fish & Chips
Sam Woo BBQ

Been there, dug that:
Armenian Kitchen
Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill
Fratelli Village Pizzeria
Goody's Diner
Shawarma Empire
Zen Japanese

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    1. re: hal2010

      I'm looking for sit-down restaurants. Does Ghareed Nawaz have seating you'd want to spend time in?

      3478 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1H1A9, CA

      Hopper Hut
      880 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2W6, CA

      2803 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2E1, CA

      Little Bavaria
      3222 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H6, CA

      Gu Mi
      1801 Lawrence Av E, Toronto, ON M1R2H3, CA

      Anjappar Chettinad
      3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

      Dragon Dynasty
      2301 Brimley Rd, Scarborough, ON M1S 5B8, CA

      Maple Yip Seafood Restaurant
      4227 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S5H5, CA

      St. Andrews Fish and Chips
      1589 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2Y3, CA

      Le Cafe Michi
      1802 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto, ON M1T1H6, CA

      Casa Imperial
      4125 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4, CA

      Fratelli Village Pizzeria
      384 Old Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M1C1B6, CA

      Gourmet Garden Restaurant
      4465 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S, CA

      Armenian Kitchen
      1646 Victoria Pk, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

      Arkadia House
      2007 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1L2M9, CA

      Blackhorn Dining Room
      251 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, ON M1R4E4, CA

      Mona's Roti-Caribbean Food
      4810 Sheppard Av E, Toronto, ON M1S4N6, CA

      My Place Fish & Chips
      2577 Victoria Pk, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

      Sam Woo BBQ
      375 Bamburgh Cir, Scarborough, ON M1W 3Y1, CA

      Shawarma Empire
      1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

      Goody's Diner
      133 Manville Rd, Unit 17, Toronto, ON , CA

      Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill
      2105 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R 2Z4, CA

      Bella's Lechon
      1139 Morningside Ave, Scarborough, ON M1B 0A7, CA

      Izakaya Ju
      3160 Steeles Ave. E., Markham, ON L3R 4G9, CA

      1. re: Googs

        No. Strictly takeout at Ghareeb Nawaz

        1. re: hal2010

          Ghareeb Nawaz is my favorite byriani in scarborough, I have tried it from about 10 places. worth checking out.

      2. Pho Dai Nam - Birchmount + Danforth - Vietnamese
        Babu - Sri Lankan

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        1. re: mariecollins

          i second babu! it's in the same plaza as Mona's Roti Caribbean Food so you might as well hit 2 birds with 1 stone right? since you listed Gourmet Garden you might as well check out Gourmet Malaysia which is the new sit-down restaurant (same owners) across the street. the mee goreng at both gourmet garden/malaysia and babu's (yes, they do do mee goreng) are good.

          1. re: blitz

            Ah yes, I did mean the sit-down Gourmet Malaysia. I've been reading about Gourmet Garden for years and it sounds great every time. Can't imagine why I haven't gone yet. I haven't had good Malayasian since Sri-Malaysia in Kensington Market closed back in the 80's for goodness sakes.

        2. I've moved out of the area but would always come back to


          Calabria, Thursday and Friday til 4PM

          2766 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M2J4A8, CA

          Calabria Bakery
          1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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          1. re: jayt90

            If being close to Scarborough was the criteria, J-town is also just over the boundary, like Aoyama which is on the North York side of Vic Park! For that matter, the Armenian Kitchen is also in North York.

            1. re: T Long

              Are you writing a magazine on scarborough dining?

              1. re: szw

                Nope, just referencing the OP who specified an area. Why not be precise if one can when talking about a topic as subjective as food!

                1. re: T Long

                  I didn't concern myself with restaurants right on the border. You're right, Armenian Kitchen is on the wrong side of VP and Izakaya Ju is on the wrong side of Steeles, but that just seemed like splitting hairs. I deliberately left off places such as Portugril because they're truly outside the boundaries.

                  1. re: T Long

                    Sorry I was wondering if the OP was writing something up about Scarborough, not you.

                    1. re: szw

                      No, this is strictly a pleasure cruise.

                      In my first 4 months of living in the east end (having moved from Cabbage-/Corktown area where there is an abundance of choice) I too thought like foodyDudey. I imagined nothing, but roadhouse style chain restaurants interrupted by the occasional grimey hole-in-the-wall.

                      As I've explored I've found I couldn't have been more wrong. It's a treasure trove of diverse delights that are a reflection of the waves of immigration and the settlements relative to them.

                      Realistically, though arguably, the only neighbourhood that could claim restaurant supremacy right now is Trinity-Bellwoods. We can't all live there. May as well celebrate where we live.

                2. re: T Long

                  True, but since there is very little to eat in Scarberia, you have to push the boundaries where you can!

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    Then why stop there....the Burger Priest is not "that" far away either! Btw, I disagree that there is little to eat here in Scarborough....it just depends on what kind of foods you like.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      You're absolutely right, foodyDudey. If you don't like Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or seafood there are DEFinitely no restaurants out here.

                        1. re: themiguel

                          Indeed. Is there an Indian restaurant you'd recommend themiguel?

                      1. re: T Long

                        I've heard good things about Karaikudi.

                        1. re: 1sweetpea

                          5 Guys just off Warden Ave..
                          + 1 for Mona's

                          1. re: 1sweetpea

                            I'll guess that you haven't been yourself, 1sweetpea, and ask this. What say you east end Hounds? Is Karaikudi a better Chettinad restaurant than Anjappur?

                            1. re: Googs

                              I'd forgotten i'd been to Karaikudi. Food didn't stand out and it was a little pricey.

                              1. re: Googs

                                Sorry Googs, the recommendation is from friends who are of the buffet grazing, butter chicken-loving ilk. They enjoyed themselves immensely, even when they discovered that the buffet was not available that day, but I suspect Anjappar Chettinad will be the more authentic and enjoyable choice, based on my perusal of the online menu. If I lived in Scarborough, I'd have sampled both by now. One place I can recommend as quick, cheap and filling is Hopper Hut. For $8, my mutton lamprie nearly sent me into a food coma. Great flavours, if you don't mind your distinct dishes heaped together in a giant pile on rice.

                                1. re: 1sweetpea

                                  second hopper hut. the plaza is kinda sketchy but the lamprie is massive. i had one for takeout once and i swear my arm got sore from carrying it. it's a pretty hefty/dense beast to tackle alone. be warned that it is quite fragrant...

                                2. re: Googs

                                  I've been to both. Karaikudi is prettier, but I prefer the food at Anjappar Chettinad. Both are worth a visit, though.

                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                    Thanks for the advice, Full tummy. I believe I'll start with Anjappar since it seems to be the high water mark. I think I can tie that in with a return trip from visitng the new polar bear cub at the zoo. Perhaps something like that may work for you too. While I destination dine, having a tie-in is my favourite.

                                    1. re: Googs

                                      It's great when it works out that way. I have a toddler, and Anjappar Chettinad was the first restaurant we made it out to with our (then) new baby. They have plenty of space, so I wasn't worried about the carseat being accommodated. The food leans toward the hotter end of the spectrum (spiciness) for local Indian/Pakistani restaurants, though perhaps not as hot as the lamprey I had at Hopper Hut many years ago. I hope you enjoy it.

                                  2. re: Googs

                                    I am crazy about Karaikudi. I have visited both Anjappar and Karaikudi. Although I visit Karaikudi more frequently, I visit Anjappar once in a while to see if things have changed.

                                    Food:: Karaikudi is more authentic. Anjappar caters more to the Sri Lankan crowd. The spice levels are very high. Karaikudi spice levels are the same as back in India. So in my opinion, that is more authentic. Once you cross spice level beyond certain point, the flavors are gone.

                                    Decor and cleanliness:: Karaikudi wins here. There have been occasions during my few visits to Anjappar when the washroom was not upto par. Karaikudi has always been clean and has a nice decor. Anjapppar is plain and stale sometimes.

                                    Pricing:: Anjappar used to be a bit cheaper than Karaikudi. Not anymore. When Anjappar's price is lower than Karaikudi, I have noticed that the quantity given by Anjappar is much smaller. E.g Chicken 65. Anjappar portion is half the size of Karaikudi. Both the prices are online. Check them out.

                                    Pricing Specials: Anjappar offers their buffet buy one get one free often. Keep checking their website for the specials. I have seen them do gimmics once in a while. Recently there was an ad for a buffet offer. I went in, but was told that the ad was a mistake and they gave another offer. Cheap trick IMHO.
                                    I have not seen Karaikudi discount their pricing, but they have a loyalty program. I have seen a couple of offers from Karaikudi. One is called "pay once dine twice" They give it during their anniversary celebration. They also had a groupon offer last year.

                                    Service: Karaikudi seems to care more about service than Anjappar. When I had complaints, Karaikudi was more willing to fix that than Anjappar.

                                    What I love the most about Karaikudi is their private room. Perfect when I go out with a bunch of friends or a small family outing. I think they seat 15 in that room.

                                    Anjappar has been in business longer than Karaikudi,

                                    Overall, my pick is Karaikudi.

                              2. re: jayt90

                                since you mentioned calabria...if you're looking for italian veal sandwiches there are a bunch clustered around pharmacy/finch. i had no idea there were so many nearby until i did my practicum at the highschool around there.

                                basilico italian bistro
                                primo veal
                                agincourt bakery

                                1. re: blitz

                                  We moved into the area and drive by Basilico all the time ... any specific recommends/reviews on this establishment?

                                  1. re: kerwintoronto

                                    I suggest you keep driving by Basilico and go to Primo. It's at Pharmacy and Sheppard.

                                2. re: jayt90

                                  jayt90, I do like Calabria and their Thurs-Fri wood oven pizza days, but they're strictly lunch. If I were tossing in lunch places, I'd have to add Vienna Fine Foods. Neither are more than casual afternoon places no matter how good they are.

                                  Francesca Italian Bakey is nice too, though I prefer Calabria.

                                  Vienna Fine Foods
                                  1050 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1K 1S4, CA

                                3. I think Bella's Lechon is take out only.

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                                  1. re: jjmellon

                                    They have a couple tables of seating. You can get combos but you are at the mercy of the steam table rather than cook to order. We've eaten there on a weeknight and it was ok but on the weekend there is a lot more turnover of the food and the quality is much better.

                                  2. I had one of the best south Indian vegetarian meals in my life at Saravanaa Bhavan. http://www.saravanaabhavan.ca/

                                    Saravanaa Bhavan
                                    1571 Sandhurst Cir, Toronto, ON M1V1V2, CA

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                                    1. re: Pincus

                                      Awesome. Sounds like dinner and a movie up there once the weather lets up a little.

                                      1. re: Pincus

                                        I really want to get up there. Just so darn far away from me.

                                        1. re: Full tummy

                                          It's far away from me too, but I really want to try their weekend brunch some time.

                                      2. Love your list, and agree with almost every one!
                                        Here's some additional faves of mine:

                                        Babu - Take out only, but an astounding selection of authentic spicy Sri-Lankan curries and samosas, chili chicken, etc. I'm a meat guy, but always add the Veggie Samosas and the deep fried spicy potato balls (no idea what they're called) when I'm there, amazing and CHEAP.

                                        High Street Fish & Chips - I love the haddock sandwich on real scottish bread at St. Andrews most, but overall, I think High Street edges out St. Andrews & MyPlace for food quality and ambiance.

                                        Orchid Garden at Agincourt Mall - Yes, seriously. Best super-tender hand-sliced prime rib beef dip sandwich in a cafeteria-style, decidedly ultra-low-brow setting. But yummy for under $10.

                                        Vietnamese - Thien Phat Viet @ Sheppard & Brimley for amazing spring rolls & grilled pork 'bun', Pho Vietnam on Kennedy for Pho, spring rolls and noodles, and Nguyen Hong at Middlefield & Steeles for amazing Banh Mi - but make sure you ask for extra cilantro/veggies and get one freshly-made for ultimate bread crispiness, not one that was pre-assembled for the rush times.

                                        Chai Wonton Noodle - just west of Brimley on north side of Sheppard - Shrimp Wonton Mein Soup - and/or brisket & mein noodles with soup on the side. Get the egg noodles, not the rice, these guys have amazing, firm,quality mein noodles and gigantic overstuffed shrimp wontons. Add a shot of their amazing house-made chili-oil and yum!

                                        Federick's Haka - Ellesmere, E. of Bellamy - best Chicken Pakora on the planet! Plus amazing chili-chicken, and shocking lunchtime-only special on Sweet & Sour Jumbo Shrimp Rice for $6,

                                        Chinese BBQ - I love the Crispy Roast pork at Ho-Ho on Midland but not the Char-Siu Pork BBQ which I LOVE and think is the best BBQ Pork at He-He-Long (along with their BBQ Chicken Legs) in the rear courtyard of the Asian Legend Plaza at Leslie & Finch off Ravel Rd. Take-Out only.

                                        Also take-out only and in a bit of a dodgy area is Twice-As-Nice Jerk at Kingston Rd. & Overture. We love the 'fry chicken' (fried chicken) over rice&peas with oxtail gravy, or sometimes an order of half oxtail and half jerk chicken over rice&peas. The secret here is to liberally douse your food with the house-made pepper sauce that is fruity and addictive and unique and amazing.

                                        Lastly, not competition for the ultimate in the city, but definitely a very good spot that's nice for a sit-down lunch or dinner is Joey Bravo's on Sheppard between McCowan & Brimley for gourmet pizza and fresh pasta. Individual Pizzas are thinner wood-oven style but not crunchy, freshly-made and large for the price, and the big fireplace and their fresh-made pasta is a big hit with my wife, especially the Goat Cheese Agnolotti and the Linguine Bari.

                                        I'll add more as I think of them :-)

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                                        1. re: TorontoTips

                                          Thanks for adding a few more stops.

                                          Is Twice as Nice the place that has real coconut water, not that awful prefab stuff?

                                          High Street actually is the fish & chips place that Beau and I go to. I left if off since it's on the wrong side of VP by a long shot. I have a friend at work who raves about St Andrews and have read some reviews here that suggest My Place is better than HIgh Street so I thought I'd see what the latest opinions are.

                                          Have you ever tried any of High Street's pies? I'm especially interested in trying their steak and kidney now that the Tara Inn is no longer Irish, but yet another bland, non-descript roadhouse.

                                          1. re: Googs

                                            I'm not sure about the coconut water, but I suspect not, I haven't noticed any special drinks other than a cooler full of Ting, Cola Champagne, etc. For me, it's all about the chicken, oxtail and killer home-made fruity fresh pepper sauce.

                                            High Street Pies - I've had the Steak & Onion and the Melton Mowbray and both were good, but I'm no pub-pie expert. :-) I really like MyPlace, very low-brow and Scottish rec-room-chic like St. Andrews, with real scottish bread and mushy peas, despite now being run by a delightful asian family. :-)

                                            My view - High Street had a little nicer decor, higher prices, crunchy batter... MyPlace was excellent, simple, fresh, quality... and St. Andrews just seems most authentic, old-school, and I love their wacky haddock sandwich with lovely battered fish on Scottish bread, even with the cheap pre-fab packages of tartar sauce.

                                          2. re: TorontoTips

                                            I've had High Street F & C and I still prefer, by a wide margin, Malt & Salt F&C on Lawson. Mind you High Street has the best chicken and beef pot pies in the city, but for strictly fish and chips, IMHO, (Haddock or Halibut) Malt & Salt beats High Street for flavour.

                                            I'm not sure where foodyDudey is hailing from, but it sure sounds like he/she hasn't traveled much around Scarborough. "...very little to eat in Scarberia..."? Seriously?

                                            Favourite diner : hands down.... Goody's.

                                            Lets not forget all the Shawarma take out joints as well along Lawrence Ave. E.

                                            How about all the authentic Chinese restos especially those on Sheppard Ave. E. or along Midland just north of Finch.

                                            Fratelli's for Italian and wood burning oven pizza.

                                            The Real McCoy for burgers, fresh cut fries, pizza and steak sandwiches.

                                            Diana's Oyster Bar and Grill for awesome seafood and fresh oysters (that won't break your bank!).

                                            Oxtail with beans and rice... Not Just Patties in Highland Creek Village (same side as Fratellis). Their beef patties are excellent too.

                                            Black Dog Pub for well done pub fare and very good atmosphere.

                                            1. re: scarberian

                                              I think Fratelli's might be closed. There was a local newspaper which reported a significant fire there a few weeks back.

                                              1. re: Wandering Foodie

                                                Yup it is, but it is going to reopen soon so it's temporarily out of service for now. However once it opens it will still be one of the better Italian restos in Scarborough. They have a killer grilled octopus and the grilled calamari is tasty as well.

                                                1. re: scarberian

                                                  scarberian, if there's a better Italian restaurant than Fratelli out this way please do dish. I haven't found it and so I travel to the edge of Scarborough.

                                                  Would anyone knowing Fratelli's reopening date please post it as soon as they announce it?

                                          3. I would add Dim Sum at Dragon Dynasty to your to-do list.

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                                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                                Oh it's there right next to Casa Imperial. Are you saying Mi Casa es Poo Casa?

                                              2. Lin Garden at Pharmacy/Sheppard. I'm neither here nor there on the food, but if you eat there it's like you're taken back to the 60's with their unchanged but classically "oriental" dining room.

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                                                1. re: neighborguy

                                                  I'm 99% certain that it's located in the same space that used to be King Chai (home of the best hot and sour soup back in the day). If it is, I hope they didn't change a thing. Oh and, put back the cnaser lights that went around the windows.

                                                  1. re: neighborguy

                                                    If the food is bad, you can always head next door to Michi for some sushi and cake!!

                                                    1. re: neighborguy

                                                      The lunch specials at Lin Garden are cheap and plentiful and edible. Not much beyond that, though. :)

                                                      1. re: neighborguy

                                                        Federicks does most of the same dishes better, IMO, but despite a really great try, slightly underperforms LIN on the tacky decor. :-)

                                                      2. Probably on the border of Scarborough, Mistaan sweets is my go to Indian take out place these days. You can eat in if you wish.

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                                                        1. re: garfield

                                                          technically it is north york since it west of vic park, but I love going there for a tali. I almost always get with meat, but the veg are strong enough to stand on their own and I occasionally order the veg plate.

                                                          1. re: garfield

                                                            Heard Mistaan sweets mentioned a few times from various sources. How is their 'curry'? Are they southern or northern Indian...??!! Always in the search for great curries! Thx!

                                                            1. re: Charles Yu

                                                              Northern style. I love their meat "curries" well worth the extra dollar or two over the veg thali. Was a common stop when we lived in the area and my wife was craving comfort food but didn't want to cook it.

                                                              1. re: elrik

                                                                It is ok if you are in the area, but not worth driving up there. Their sweets are not bad.

                                                              2. re: Charles Yu

                                                                Second elrik. They have good curries - their food has a home cooked feel to it. I think they are a family establishment. Not as greasy as other indian places , very tasty and flavorful.

                                                              3. re: garfield

                                                                I will definitely try Mistaan sweets! I loved going to a ton of hole in the wall indian places when I worked in Brampton for thalis. Is this similar?

                                                                1. re: szw

                                                                  Not so hole in the wall-y. It looks like the typical indian sweet shop that you will find in low rise warehouse style strip malls. Only difference is that they have a seating area and sell some really good meals instead of only focusing on the sweets.

                                                                  1. re: elrik

                                                                    What's good at Mistaan? I drove all the way there once because I read they had the best samosas in Scarborugh but was disappointed.
                                                                    What's good for non-sweet foods?

                                                                    1. re: caitlink

                                                                      I've never tried their samosas as there were several other really good samosa places near by, go figure. The Thalis are good, you will get a couple veg and your choice of meat. I love their Chana and dal, and both the goat and butter chicken were really good for meats.

                                                                      1. re: elrik

                                                                        thx. will get thali and butter chicken next time. Right now, we go to Babu for lumprie, butter chicken, samosa and naan.

                                                                      2. re: caitlink

                                                                        For Samosas, Babu makes really good cheap-and-cheerful samosas at 3/$1 especially the veggie ones (and I'm no veggie-loving tree-hugger, but the flavour is yummy). These are the sri-lankan/indian wonton-wrapper wheat-flour type.

                                                                        If you like the crispier spring-roll type samosas the Sultan of Samosas on O'Connor are quite good, with a ton of filling options and a couple of choices of dipping sauces all at a higher price-point.

                                                                2. Makkal Chon for good Korean food in Scarborough. Banchan is above average as well.


                                                                  Makkal Chon
                                                                  1979 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R 2Z2, CA

                                                                  1. Rincon Latino - 1352 Kennedy - pork and cheese pupusas, yucca (but not the dried out chicharron), red snapper soup at Just Love Caribbean next door.

                                                                    Patisserie Royale (Pharmacy & Lawrence) - walnut mammoul (my personal weakness), bassma, swar, borma (the most intricate), baklava, knefeh.

                                                                    Mona's - the doubles, and get their roti skins to eat with your Babu order from next door.

                                                                    ACR - 2680 Lawrence - doubles

                                                                    your Montmartre - organic sourdough on Wednesdays, bienenstich

                                                                    Pho Vietnam - 1280 Kennedy - grilled pork vermicelli

                                                                    Chiu Chow Boy - 3261 Kennedy - best beef brisket & tendon (on noodles) around

                                                                    Sun's Kitchen - Pac Mall - cold hand-pulled noodles with shredded chicken and cukes in sesame sauce. Better cold to retain the bounce of the noodles throughout the meal.

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                                                                    1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                      I'm looking for sit-down restaurants serving dinner. Are all of these (except Montmartre of course) that?

                                                                      Chiu Chow Boy didn't pass the sniff test for me and okaaaaay, I'll try Pho Vietnam.

                                                                      1. re: Googs

                                                                        Not at all, actually. I should've saved'em for another thread. I tend to look at the Scarborough places for plaza-hopping on a drive -- a dish here, a snack there. These places tend to embody that. The vermicelli dish (+ spring roll) above is a good version, though I can't vouch for much else there. You're missing out on the brisket though. Rincon Latino and El Pulgarcito are two El Salvadorean places (a poster named jaimitoelosoa introduced them awhile ago) a couple blocks away from one another. The latter would be more suited to your purposes, but is still steps from fancy.
                                                                        Below: they didn't used to have that hole in their storefront :)

                                                                          1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                            No need for fancy. Just a place or four to sit and something to sip with. Thanks a bunch Chester Elegante. Much obliged.

                                                                            1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                              About El Pulgarcito:

                                                                              It's hard to tell from the pictures, but this is a VERY casual place. TV's running endless soccer games, groups of guys hanging out and eating big. Definitely not a "date night" spot, but worth a convenience run. Beau and I ended up going because of it's proximity to Canada Computers. It was nice and we'd do it again, but not as a special trip.

                                                                              If you read to the bottom, you'll see there's an opportunity for all you pupusa pounders out there.

                                                                          2. re: Chester Eleganté

                                                                            Welcome back CE!! Long time no hear! You've been away??

                                                                          3. Googs, I know you are looking for sit-down dinner places, but I thought I would include Francesca Bakery just in case you had a hankering for dessert. I am not at all familiar with Scarborough but we have friends in the area and have stopped by Francesca Bakery a few times to pick up some dessert to bring to their house. We've tried a few of the breads, one with semolina was the standout for me. Also, they have some really fabulous desserts (I can't eat them personally but my husband and our friends really like them), we tried the Seteveli and the Nocciolina, as well as a Pistachio and Strawberry. I find that the prices are much more reasonable than places in Woodbridge and in Toronto.
                                                                            Hope you are able to make it there. It is located at teh 401 and McCowan.

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                                                                            1. re: icey

                                                                              Just a note - the stand-out treat at Francesca is their Arancini (meat-filled deep-fried rice balls).
                                                                              They aren't quite as good as my long-departed fave Gus & Maria's Delicatessen, but they are the closest thing I've been able to find anywhere :-) Get there by lunch-hour, they tend to sell out!

                                                                              1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                You and I, my friend, must be from the same neighbourhood. I remember Gus & Maria's very fondly. I'm quite jealous of my mother's era when a trip to the local strip plaza would have such gems as the deli and the bakery that were there. * Sigh *

                                                                                I've had the Arancini at Francesca's. I'd have to say they're not really my thing. I'll have a bite of (insert poor person accompanying me here)'s and onlyt think they're deep-fried gut-bombs. I'd rather consume my calories over many things.

                                                                            2. For every journey, a map. Please let me know if you have any problems viewing this or any more suggestions. My map of (mostly) Scarborough.

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                                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                                I used to go to Curry and Roti all the time for their great chicken roti - haven't been back in a year though. It's a mom and pop shop, and the nice thing about their food is that they are actually quite healthy. For Vietnamese, I like Pho Metro and Pho Vienam on Kennedy has the best fresh rolls (sufficient quantity of shrimp and pork vs the vermicelli, sprouts, and lettuce and a great dipping sauce). I have been going to the Magic Wok for years. Their specialty is seafood.

                                                                                1. re: liverwurst

                                                                                  Got an email from the Curry & Roti that reads......

                                                                                  Great News! We are excited!

                                                                                  Restaurant Makeover, the show that is seen on the Food Network will be doing
                                                                                  a makeover of our Restaurant from
                                                                                  May 1-10, 2012
                                                                                  at which time we will be closed.

                                                                                  We recently met with the Restaurant Makeover Team and the Designer, Allison. Although they have not told us what they will do, we have given them our wish list and are excited to see what the outcome will be.

                                                                                  We will re-launch on Friday May 11, 2012.


                                                                                  1. re: BJC01

                                                                                    Restaurant Makeover is the kiss of death. I wish them well, but if they need that level of help...

                                                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                                                      I agree about your Restaurant Makeover comment. I've stopped watching the show because of it. I don't go to Curry and Roti for the ambience, but the decor is really dated. Maybe they feel they can bring in new clientele with a more modern look. I sure hope RM doesn't make them change the menu.

                                                                                      1. re: liverwurst

                                                                                        Just got this email now from them....

                                                                                        Our renovation is delayed. We will be opened for the entire month of May during our regular hours.

                                                                                        We will keep you informed when we have a new date. Sorry for the inconvenience.

                                                                                  1. re: Pincus

                                                                                    Thanks! Have you any suggestions Pincus? Additions? Subtractions? I'm thinking of creating a food shopping one as well since good provisioners are so few and far between.

                                                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                                                      Not a big Scarborough expert. I know a couple of places that have been mentioned elsewhere (The Real McCoy, Fisherman Villa), but nothing new.

                                                                                  2. re: Googs

                                                                                    Thanks for the map, handy to have on hand. I would second the addition of food shopping locations too, possibly all on the same map -- some places can possibly be both.

                                                                                    Is there a chance of a similar map that covers the more northern part of the GTA (Markham, Richmond Hill etc.)?

                                                                                  3. My go-to for samosas is Rasoee & Royal East Indian Sweets at 1515 Birchmount Rd.
                                                                                    I haven't found a place to beat it for size and price. These are big, beautiful, tasty packages. I think they're 60 cents a piece. I dunno, I just buy a doz and hand my money over. I've tried other places, the Indian take out (whose name escapes me) that's always got a lineup on the north side of Ellesmere between Bellamy & McCowan, the so-called Sultan of Samosas on O'Connor, fresh made to order at Bombay Palace and other restos, but all of them are either way more expensive or tiny, cheap little packages with hardly any filling in them. Best is when the new batch have just come out of the kitchen!

                                                                                    I've also tried most of the sweets and veg take away dishes they have. They're ok. Fairly standard and acceptable for what they are. It's the samosas I go for.

                                                                                    1. Lebanese Bakery Cafe on Birchmount near Ellesmere is a tasty breakfast alternative. Of course anything they bake is fresh, have some mint tea and foule, eggs etc. Another different breakfast is Jessie Jr's on Kennedy and Lawrence (sw corner). Very small and casual and I am not familiar with this cuisine but I enjoyed the garlic rice, egg and fish from the hot table. The sausage was not to my taste but the sweeter choices were tasty.

                                                                                      1. Malaysian Garam Masala. A dive but the best made-to-order roti canai and murtabak (so you have to wait) in GTA and surrounding area. Not the super oily crap you get at food fairs. One warning though, there's only one spice level: spicy. Luckily it's my level of spiciness (roughly equivalent to Anjappar Chettinad's level). The owner is the chef so if he's sick, the place is closed.

                                                                                        1. Your guys have been holding out on me. Clearly, my map needs a little updating.

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                                                                                          1. re: Googs

                                                                                            XD I already knew BSRJ, Zen, One2 Snacks & Patisserie Royale, but my new faves on his list were Nilgiris & Tangerine (some dishes). Need to hit - Babu and Suvaiyakam!

                                                                                            1. re: jlunar

                                                                                              I *love* the kothu roti and the string hopper at Babu. While you're there, go down a few doors and buy fresh roti wraps at the West Indian place (Mona's maybe?).

                                                                                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                That'd be Mona's and it's on my to do.

                                                                                                And what's this? Babu delivers? You guys have *really* been holding out on me.

                                                                                                I LOVE the fact that Nuttall-Smith added a voice rather than just cribbing. His piece shows that he did the research and the leg work. Bravo.

                                                                                                1. re: Googs

                                                                                                  I also like the fact that he refers to Scarborough as part of Toronto. It always seems anyone west of Victoria Park doesn't realize Scarborough is still 416/647 and M postal code territory. We're always made to feel embarrassed by other Torontonians because we're from Scarborough. Great article, thanks for sharing Googs!

                                                                                                  BTW just came back from the Black Dog Pub and had a great dinner. The place was packed both inside and outside. The service was great, as usual, and the food very good.