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September 2012 Toronto Dish of the Month - Nominations

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It's time to choose a Dish of the Month for Toronto for September 2012.

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for Toronto/Ontario and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

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, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best versions!

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 $15)

This is the nomination thread for September 2012…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on August 28), 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 August 28th.

Let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

Link to the round-up story for July San Francisco Dish of the Month: http://www.chow.com/digest/122552/asi...

Link to Toronto's August Dish of the Month: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861111 Some great posts here, but I hope we can get even more in September!!

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  1. These are some of the things nominated last month:

    RISOTTO
    PORTUGUESE CUSTARD TARTS
    PULLED PORK SANDWICHES
    GELATO
    GAZPACHO
    PUPUSAS
    EMPANADAS
    ICE CREAM
    RAMEN
    FISH TACOS
    ROTI
    ARANCINI
    GNOCCHI

    I'd personally exclude my nomination of pulled pork sandwiches, since I have since made a 10lb batch of pulled pork, and frankly, if I see another pulled pork sandwich in my lifetime, it might be too soon. (Exceptions apply when traveling in any state with real BBQ.)

    Is September too late in the year for Gelato and Ice Cream? Still seems warm enough to me.

    I don't know a lot of places to get Arancini, but I love them when I do, so I'd be thrilled to see a thread about them.

    Any new suggestions?

    2 Replies
    1. re: Jacquilynne

      GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

      1. re: gttahaveit

        Ooh, I like that idea.

    2. HOUSE SALAD (unique dressing, and ingredients/condiment combination)
      HOT SAUCE (made in-house, of course)
      FRIED RICE
      WHOLE FISH

      1. Does anyone want to second any of the existing nominations? There's a lot to choose from here, and we should narrow it down a bit more before the vote!

        2 Replies
        1. re: Dave MP

          GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH works for me.

          1. re: Poorboy

            +1 for GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

        2. Voting has started here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865721