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August 2012 Toronto Dish of the Month: Nomination Thread

Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 11:59 AM

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. Dave MP RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 12:06 PM

    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. Breadcrumbs RE: Dave MP Jul 20, 2012 12:13 PM

      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
        Dave MP RE: Breadcrumbs Jul 20, 2012 12:24 PM

        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.

      2. AzulH RE: Dave MP Jul 23, 2012 06:01 AM


        1. Jacquilynne RE: Dave MP Jul 23, 2012 06:44 AM

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


          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. prima RE: Dave MP Jul 23, 2012 10:56 AM

            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
              Jacquilynne RE: prima Jul 23, 2012 01:36 PM

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

              1. re: prima
                piccola RE: prima Jul 25, 2012 06:43 PM

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

              2. p
                pavlova RE: Dave MP Jul 24, 2012 03:33 PM

                Ice cream!

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                  themiguel RE: Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 01:28 PM


                  1. Dave MP RE: Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 01:59 PM

                    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
                      Dave MP RE: Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 03:30 PM

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

                      Dave MP

                    2. Breadcrumbs RE: Dave MP Jul 25, 2012 04:28 PM

                      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. midtowngirl RE: Dave MP Jul 26, 2012 06:36 AM

                        FISH TACOS


                        1. haggisdragon RE: Dave MP Jul 26, 2012 09:17 AM

                          GELATO IN A RESTAURANT

                          1. Dave MP RE: Dave MP Jul 26, 2012 12:25 PM

                            The voting thread is now up! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/860483

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                              BabiG RE: Dave MP Aug 4, 2012 05:50 AM

                              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.

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