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August 2012 Toronto Dish of the Month: Nomination Thread

Based on the success of Cookbook of the Month on the Home Cooking board, we started a new project on the San Francisco board in July: Dish of the Month. Our first dish, Asian Fried Chicken, was a great success, so we're expanding it to other boards, including Ontario/Toronto.

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for Toronto, and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos.

The project should be limited to the specific month (i.e. you must eat the dish during that month—not sometime in the past—and it must be at a restaurant/shop in the Toronto area.)

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (minestrone soup, xiao long bao) but might also be more of a dish category (stuffed pasta dishes, Asian fried chicken). It's up to the users on this board!

I'm thinking that the criteria for choosing a dish should be that it's something readily available, but not too generic (i.e. pizza and tacos are perhaps too broad) and also affordable for most people (i.e. average cost of the single dish is less than $8)

This is the nomination thread for August 2012…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on July 25), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until July 25.

Looking forward to getting this started, let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

To see the reporting thread from this month's San Francisco Dish of the Month, visit: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856748

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  1. Even though this project is currently centered on the Toronto area, I see no reason why other Ontario and Ottawa hounds shouldn't participate too....so, we can open this up to include all of the areas covered on this board.

    1. I love the idea of having a dish of the month however, my preference is to participate in the Dish of the Month on the Home Cooking thread.

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      1. re: Breadcrumbs

        You can feel free to do both! The Home Cooking Dish of the Month is about cooking the dish yourself, while the Toronto Dish of the Month is about finding different versions of a dish at restaurants in your city.

        1. Two things I happen to be particularly obsessed with eating at the moment:

          PORTUGUESE CUSTARD TARTS
          PULLED PORK SANDWICHES

          Custard tarts are a mainstay food around here -- but by sticking to the obvious sources, are we missing any awesome ones at less talked about places?

          And pulled pork sandwiches are one of the big trendy dishes of the moment. Which means there are a lot of shitty pulled pork sandwiches out there. Where are the good ones?

          1. GELATO- Simply Italian's passionfruit and Simply Italian's lime coriander are my current faves.

            GAZPACHO- including non-tomato and tomato versions. Not sure where the best is this year, but Frank was serving an interesting one over the last couple months, and I was seeing watermelon gazpachos on a lot of menus last year.

            MARGHERITA PIZZA- I've been trying different versions around TO. Pizzeria Libretto Danforth is my current favourite.

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            1. re: prima

              I like the Margherita pizza idea -- nice and specific, but lots of different examples out there.

              1. re: prima

                I second gelato and gazpacho -- let's go with something seasonal.

              2. Pupusas
                Empanadas
                Ice cream!

                  1. Just a reminder that today is the last day for nominations here....make sure to make them in CAPS. Also, anyone who likes what they see should feel free to second a nomination! Need to narrow down the choices for the voting thread.

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                    1. re: Dave MP

                      I'm going to keep this thread open until Thursday AM PST....then create the voting thread. Thanks,

                      Dave MP

                    2. Well, although this isn't a "dish", I'm wondering if we might consider:

                      FOOD TRUCK FOOD

                      for August. I understand that there will be a food truck area at the CNE this year and I'm excited to hear about that since food isn't usually a strong point at the CNE.

                        1. ARANCINI
                          GNOCCI
                          GELATO IN A RESTAURANT

                            1. A very good MARGHERITA PIZZA was to be had at Hey Lucy's on King last night, freshi Basil and a very good Mozza... They are my nominated joint...also had an emminently drinkable Mojito.
                              And this was at closing time. Their pizza oven is the real McCoy. Friendly staff, as well, which was refreshing.

                              I have no connection with the place....I am an expat visiting from Bali.