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Morgans on Danforth

grandgourmand Mar 4, 2012 02:52 PM

I've been three times now and am planning on making a fourth time happen. Mostly, I've been there for beer. They've got a good selection of Ontario beers on tap (mill st. flying monkey, king) and a rotating cask beer (yesterday was great lakes something or other). Service is friendly, it's got nice decor and the menu options look pretty interesting. BUT, I haven't eaten there yet. Has anyone tried it out? And if so, what's it like?

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    Herne RE: grandgourmand Mar 4, 2012 05:03 PM

    Where on Danforth is this place?

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      grandgourmand RE: Herne Mar 4, 2012 05:36 PM

      1282. Just east of Greenwood. North. side.

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        Herne RE: grandgourmand Mar 18, 2012 05:52 PM

        A relief. I seldon go east of Pape.

        Currently getting familiar with the Brass Taps just east of Logan.

    2. foodyDudey RE: grandgourmand Mar 4, 2012 05:46 PM

      Based on the write up here, http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E... I'd say it could be good.

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        millygirl RE: foodyDudey Mar 5, 2012 03:30 AM

        Thanks gg. Looks very interesting. Not a big pub person but that burger sure looks inticing. I will def check it out.

      2. mariecollins RE: grandgourmand Mar 5, 2012 07:58 AM

        I've eaten there twice. Food both times was very good but I find the prices a little high. First time I had liver and onions, and I can't remember the second, but perhaps a burger. I read a review somewhere that said "four star food at five star prices", and I concur with that. However, if I didn't have kids, I be there every night for the beer!

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          Pincus RE: grandgourmand Mar 5, 2012 11:06 AM

          Good food, high prices. I have heard the owners comment that they are positioning it as a "bistro" rather than a pub. They also have a (to me) fair sized wine selection along with the many beer choices.

          Since I like to eat more than I like to drink, I don't go here that often. But, service is great and the (somewhat pricey) food is tasty. The burger is really good. They also have a late night menu with some cheaper choices (burger, nachos, etc.) which is offered after 10 pm? I think?

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            grandgourmand RE: Pincus Mar 5, 2012 11:31 AM

            Yeah, I noticed the prices were a bit on the high side, considering the area.

            We were there after ten and ordered the wings and fries combo. The wings were pretty good, but my friends wanted medium instead of hot, which I prefer. And the frieds were thick-cut and meaty. I liked those a lot.

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              SNACKeR RE: grandgourmand Mar 21, 2012 10:59 AM

              Perhaps the prices are high *because* of that area. There are a lot of seedy bars in the neighbourhood, and to carve out a different clientele, price is one way to do it...

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                Pincus RE: SNACKeR Mar 22, 2012 11:06 AM

                Yes, that is their clear strategy.

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                  mariecollins RE: Pincus Mar 23, 2012 09:01 AM

                  I don't find the beer prices unreasonable - just the food.

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                    Pincus RE: mariecollins Mar 23, 2012 10:14 AM

                    True. Unless one goes mad and orders one of the premiere bottles.

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            Kooper RE: grandgourmand Mar 5, 2012 02:14 PM

            My wife and I used to be regulars at the bar that existed before Taps and Tales. We have been to Morgans a couple of times and yes the food is good but it is too expensive to be a regular hang out. The beer selection is good and the food is pretty good and varied. I have tried the wild boar pasta and it was really good. I cal also vouch for the burger, good and tasty. What is missing from the menu is anything healthy. There are few salads or anything without red meat. If you are a local it is worth a visit for dinner.

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              millygirl RE: Kooper Mar 18, 2012 03:00 PM

              So wanted to like this place and we might have except for a couple of OMG please don't tell me you are doing that moments from the owner behind the bar.

              First mistake - said owner is outside on his hands and knees scrubbing the entrance way when a couple walk in. One introduces him to her friend and owner goes to shake her hand then stops and realizes and says "oh better not, my hands are dirty" DUH! When he's finished he goes behind the bar and picks up at least 2 or 3 items, including a beer mat before he actually goes and washes his hands.

              I wanted to run but decided not to make a scene because a. our meal has been ordered and b. he is not waiting on us nor is he in the kitchen thankfully.

              Next hubby sees him polishing glasses with a small towel and he takes the same towel and briefly stops to scratch his face and quickly gets back to work polishing the glasses. I kid you not.

              I mean seriously.....this happened. Part of me feels badly writing this but on the hand I feel they have it coming. It's just not right.

              I dunno - should I have pointed it out to him. I thought about it but didn't. But it still annoys me that people in the food industry have no clue. Do I want his face wiping a towel that I might be drinking from?

              Another thing - he's moving clean glasses around with his fingers all around the insides. Blech.

              Sorry Morgan's I will not be back.

              p.s. It's too bad because that omelet was pretty good!!

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                atomeyes RE: millygirl Mar 18, 2012 06:31 PM

                if only you knew what went on inside a restaurant's kitchen.
                the face scratching thing is absolutely nothing in my books.

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                  Pincus RE: millygirl Mar 20, 2012 10:04 AM

                  Was that the older guy with the wavy hair?

                  Anthony is the best thing about the place.

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                    millygirl RE: Pincus Mar 21, 2012 03:31 AM

                    Yes it was.

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                    RedwIzardneedsfood RE: millygirl Apr 6, 2012 05:47 AM

                    Wow! He must have been having an off day... I've eaten at Morgans a couple of times now, and I've had no complaints! I've been served by the older gentleman with glasses before, and he did a great job. The burgers are fantastic...

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                  neighborguy RE: grandgourmand Mar 18, 2012 03:44 PM

                  The food is good -- I've had the steak, curry, and a pappardele ragout -- tho, they could probably stand to knock off a few bux off each entree. For the same money, I prefer Melanie's.

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                    millygirl RE: neighborguy Mar 19, 2012 03:31 AM

                    The food WAS good. That's why I was disappointed.

                    I try to reason with myself atomeyes along those lines "that I'm sure worse things go on" but there behind the scenes. Maybe if it was only one thing but the fact that this guy had no clue and everything he did was just wrong and in plain sight just didn't sit right with me.

                    The place was empty too which often is a good indication. All in all, its okay, there are plenty other spots around town I can find an omelet.

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                      Kooper RE: millygirl Mar 19, 2012 07:09 AM

                      It is too bad because Taps and Tales was full all the time. We have been a couple of times and it was never as full as it used to be. I agree with some of the other comments. It is just a bit too expensive to be a regular place to go.

                  2. Sueb24 RE: grandgourmand Mar 21, 2012 01:06 PM

                    We have made this our new local. Love the charcuterie board (no matter how passe they may be these days), calamari's good, great sauce with the mussels, and the beer selection is what also keeps us coming back. Always look forward to trying something new on the menu with each visit.

                    Excellent attentive staff - Anthony (Tony), Victoria (Tori) and Kelly. Have only seen the owner in there a couple of times and he was usually leaving for the night, so no faux pas with hygiene noticed.

                    So glad they've brought it up a notch from Taps & Tales. Some seriously seedy dudes in there before!

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                      Strathmore_guy RE: Sueb24 May 7, 2012 12:59 PM

                      I agree with the comments on the food being quite excellent. As for "healthy", we have found that if you ask them to change things up a bit they are quite accommodating. The prices are higher than some of the places around here, but not unreasonable for the quality.

                      My favourite part about the beer is the "cask of the day" which gives you a specific beer for a great price. It's a good opportunity to get away from the routine.

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                        KitchenVoodoo RE: Sueb24 Oct 6, 2012 07:13 PM

                        Going to give them another try because the staff and chefs are so nice.
                        Fried chicken and frites - tasty but soggy. But excellent servive, a very nice neighbourhood place.
                        Thanksgining Dinner tomorrow evening - I'm brining friends!

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                          Googs RE: KitchenVoodoo Oct 6, 2012 08:39 PM

                          Cutest typo of the week. I hope you're not brining friends. While we're on words...

                          As for naming your neighbourhood, I'm sure Leaches wouldn't work, so how about Believille?

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                            prima RE: Googs Oct 6, 2012 09:16 PM

                            Could call the neighourhood E-Dan. Not to be confused with E-Pan.

                            Danforth & Greenwood is located in Danforth Mosaic territory, which bills itself as "The Heart of the Danforth". http://www.danforthmosaicbia.com/blog... Maybe we could just call the Danforth/Greenwood neighbourhood The Heart?




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                        julesrules RE: grandgourmand May 26, 2013 05:59 PM

                        I've been twice now for lunch when the price point is more my style. Food is ok to good, I liked the burger with fried quail egg and truffled hollandaise. Pizza crust oddly seems deep fried, not sure how they manage that in an oven. Desserts are bad - they sound interesting but both times I ended up with a bunch of unadvertised vanilla ice cream.
                        There's been some small service mishaps too. Bottom line, I'll return for lunch because I'm in the area but I can't imagine them producing food or an overall experience worthy of their dinner prices.

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                          Full tummy RE: julesrules Jun 9, 2013 07:40 PM

                          We went for brunch recently, and everyone really enjoyed their food. Service was attentive and professional. It's a nice space. We will definitely be back for brunch! (We didn't try any desserts, though...)

                        2. mariecollins RE: grandgourmand Jun 10, 2013 11:06 AM

                          I went again recently and thought the menu was a little more reasonably priced. Had the fried chicken which was really good, and a generous portion for around $15. Beer and service were still great.

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                            julesrules RE: mariecollins Jun 10, 2013 11:59 AM

                            Yeah I also did notice they were promoting some weekly dinner specials that seemed reasonable.

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                              Pincus RE: mariecollins Jun 10, 2013 01:49 PM

                              They added more affordable prices on many items after the original model of being a gastronomic experience with all $40 entrees wasn't working out.

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                                julesrules RE: Pincus Jun 10, 2013 02:00 PM

                                It's funny though how those initial prices still colour my experience. I mean if I go somewhere expecting average pub food, I don't even consider dessert (except that the desserts at Taps and Tales were housemade and quite good), I would never order pizza at a pub (except Brass Taps), etc. Actually it was my kids who ordered the pizza with the weird fried dough. Anyway. I still feel they are overselling some of what they are putting out.
                                What do you think of Morgans Pincus, since I believe you used to frequent TnT, along with the Jester and some other Danforth pubs?

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                                  Pincus RE: julesrules Jun 10, 2013 04:03 PM

                                  Morgan's is OK. It tends to attract the more affluent members of Danforth East, so it is fairly sedate. The only thing that rates it higher is that the other bars with food choices in the area are less desirable (for my tastes).

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                                    mariecollins RE: Pincus Jun 11, 2013 11:17 AM

                                    Well they do have a nice selection of craft beers, which rates it high in my books. Sauce doesn't have much food, the Only is bring your own, and I haven't tried The Wren yet. I guess Relish would be the only other option to the East, but
                                    i haven't been since it started operating more as a bar/restaurant.

                                    I forgot Sarah's but rarely feel the need to go there.

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                                      Pincus RE: mariecollins Jun 14, 2013 10:19 AM

                                      Sarah's is nice with beer and frites in the summer. Otherwise eminently avoidable, from my perspective.

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                                  prima RE: Pincus Jun 14, 2013 10:47 AM

                                  I don't know why Morgan's attempted selling $40 mains. Even in Rosedale and Forest Hill, where some locals probably have more disposable income for dining out, neighbourhood restaurants try to keep their mains under $30.

                                  What I find interesting, is that the people who will drive downtown to spend $48 for a main at Splendido, and travel 20 minutes out of their way and maybe pay for parking to get a $9 take-out burger from Burgers' Priest, often aren't willing to spend over $30 for a main in their own neighbourhood, even if they wouldn't have the added cost and hassle of travel, parking, etc.

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                                  KitchenVoodoo RE: mariecollins Jun 11, 2013 06:45 PM

                                  When I ordered fried chicken it came out a MESS! Flabby skin, overcooked flesh, a big mess of flabby fries on the plate - I tried it another night, this time bringing two friends, and apart from the attentive bar service and the free beer samples the food was forgettable.

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                                    mariecollins RE: KitchenVoodoo Jun 12, 2013 02:26 PM

                                    I'll have to try it again - I'm not really a fried chicken expert but this had a nice crispy skin and I liked the collard greens.

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                                      julesrules RE: mariecollins Jun 13, 2013 07:00 AM

                                      Based on my daytime experiences I wonder if there is a good chef who comes up with stuff, then some other chefs who can't necessarily deliver the same quality.

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                                        Googs RE: julesrules Jun 13, 2013 08:11 AM

                                        It it open 7 days a week with the days ranging from 12-14 hours each? Then your answer is yes.

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                                          julesrules RE: Googs Jun 13, 2013 08:14 AM

                                          I realize there is more than one cook. I'm wondering if there is a bad chef in the mix. In particular, the last dessert I ordered was really hyped up to me, then took forever, and wasn't as described (chocolate and spicy became bland and vanilla). I had to wonder if they realized they were out of components and franctically tried to whip something up!

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                                            Googs RE: julesrules Jun 13, 2013 08:21 AM

                                            Personally, I track the consistent correlating elements to my restaurant experiences. There are many places I love that I wouldn't even think of going to on what I consider to be the wrong day.

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                                  julesrules RE: grandgourmand Mar 22, 2014 01:55 PM

                                  Anybody been lately? Pretty much forgot about it after my last visit last spring, wandered by today and thought some menu items looked ok.

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                                    mariecollins RE: julesrules Mar 24, 2014 07:20 AM

                                    I go about once a month. Food has always been good and the prices seem more reasonable now.

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                                      Pincus RE: julesrules Mar 27, 2014 09:47 AM

                                      They have a Korean inspired fried chicken I've been meaning to try. Food prices are more reasonable now, I agree.

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                                        BIGeater100 RE: Pincus Jun 2, 2014 01:31 PM

                                        I LOVE this place...been 4 times now and have yet to have a meal that hasnt been terrific. My favorite so far is the Korean chicken with the kimchi rice. And the black cod is wonderful. I dont find the place pricey at all. Was reading earlier comments and realized they must have changed the prices.

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                                          Pincus RE: BIGeater100 Jun 2, 2014 01:43 PM

                                          They pushed them downward big time. I remember $40 entrees when they first opened their doors.

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                                            neighborguy RE: Pincus Jun 2, 2014 02:49 PM

                                            They have day of the week specials too.

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                                            graydyn RE: BIGeater100 Jun 3, 2014 11:51 AM

                                            Agreed, that Korean chicken is awesome. It's just like their regular fried chicken, but much tastier.
                                            Also really like their pate. It needs a couple people to share with though, because it comes as a mighty slab. It's one of the cheaper items too.

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                                        Pincus RE: grandgourmand Jun 27, 2014 03:02 PM

                                        Tried the Korean chicken.

                                        Maybe it was an off night for the chef. The bok choi was watery and unseasoned. I can ignore the latter, but not the former.

                                        The rice reminded me of Uncle Ben's Wild Rice. The dipping honey sauce was OK.

                                        The chicken was the stand out, tasty and juicy, with the spices really making it shine.

                                        I would order it again for the chicken, but not very often.

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