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What was the best item you ate today in a restaurant, in Ontario?

Inspire others to try it!


Mods moved our other post because we can't include things we ate at home or outside of Ontario - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865038

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  1. Rice Krispie square at Cheesewerks was amazing! - from a place I otherwise dislike....

    1. A peach custard pie from The Pie Plate in Niagara-on-the-Lake, made with local peaches, which have been spectacular this year.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        We had peach pie there just last week and it really was so awesome! As have been the basket of peaches we brought home.

        Kudos to Ontario farmers! From pickles to corn, to peaches, forelle pears, yellow plums and concord grapes - this has been the best season in a long time!

        1. re: justsayn

          Great thread!!

          Best thing today SO FAR was the cinnimon danish from Roger of Saucier Foods at Withrow Park Farmers Market. OMG whatever he makes is fantastic but these tarts today are exceptional! And I must thank FoodyDudey for this little secret gem!!

          P.s. I say SO FAR because we're off to dinner at Scaramouche this evening :) Life is good!

        2. re: TorontoJo

          If you're in the north end of town, stop by the York Farmers market at Yonge and Elgin St (the Octagon plaza) in Thornhill. Last weekend for lovely peach pies from a home baker, first vendor facing as you walk in. $7.50 for one, $13 for two. Pretty good butter pecan tarts from the baker on the right as well.

        3. Kimchi Soon Tofu (#3) at Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu near Bloor and Christie. Deeeeee-lish!

          1. Porchetta sandwich and soft shell crab po' boy from porchetta and co...last day before they take a summer break and last day for soft shell crab until next year!

            And yesterday, Peking duck from Chung King :)

            1. Actually yesterday I had an absolutelly delicious Hamburger at Williams Landing in Liberty Village . everything was great ............

              1. A cinnamon sugar donut at the Cobourg farmer's market this morning, 3 for $2.50 was a bargain!

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                1. re: cheesymama

                  Yes, that was! I had a doughnut from Epi Breads today, and it was definitely more pricey than that! Nonetheless a real treat!

                2. Almost everything I ate at TUM tonight! In particular, the oysters with watermelon ginger ponzu at Bushwick and the root beer glazed ribs from Swine Shrine.

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                  1. re: Wench Foraday

                    Reminded late this evening how crispy, sweet and amazing the onion rings are at the Thompson Diner.

                  2. Medium-rare burger (served medium) and fries at L'ouvrier !!!!!!!!!

                    1. My original post got moved over but it was an Ontario answer so I'll re-post here - Soma's take on English Toffee. I have developed a hopeless addiction - crunchy buttery toffee with a thick layer of dark chocolate on one side, topped with roasted almonds. Insane.

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                      1. re: peppermint pate

                        The crunchy, not the chewy variety, like buttercrunch? I must try that. I find I can't stop eating fraktals:


                        And Brook's (which I have been eating since I first discovered them over a decade ago at the One of a Kind Show):


                        But, I'm pretty sure these are both milk, not dark, chocolate...

                        1. re: Full tummy

                          Yes, the crunchy buttercrunchy variety. They make both milk and dark versions. I've only tried the dark (Peruvian chocolate) version. The almonds are whole and slow-roasted. The overall ratio of the 3 components is just perfect. I haven't tried the 2 you recommend but I'd be shocked if you didn't love Soma's version. Don't bother just getting one pack when you go, unless it's a really convenient spot for you to get to...

                          1. re: peppermint pate

                            Have you tried the pecan butter crunch chocolate at Soma? They are in the case with the truffles. Next to the fleur de sel caramels, these are my hands down favourite chocolates there.

                            1. re: TorontoJo

                              Nope, don't know that one. But better than the English Toffee? Impossible (but if try, oh my). Will look for it next time.

                              1. re: peppermint pate

                                It's basically a chunk of their english toffee covered in milk chocolate and topped with a toasted pecan. I'm trying to recall where there is any other filling, but I think not. I normally am a dark chocolate person, but this is just soooo good.

                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                  Have you tried either version of their English Toffee? These days, I've been going to the King Street outpost and by the time I've done all my purchases off the shelves and tables, I don't even look in the chocolate case. I'll definitely have one next time. I'm also a bit addicted to their spiced pecans. And their slivered almonds tumbled in dark chocolate with a bit of buttercrunch is pretty yummish as well. Oh hell, it's all great.

                                  1. re: peppermint pate

                                    Yes, it is all great! And yes, I almost always pick up a bag of those slivered almonds with chocolate and toffee when I'm there! And I love their english toffee, too. But the pecan butter crunch is a perfect one bite wonder.

                                    Wishing the twigs were regular items, though.

                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                      I asked them about the twigs last week - they're hoping to bring them back for the holidays this year. I wish they were available all the time, with seasonal variations. Soma rocks (high praise indeed from this devoted chocoholic).

                            2. re: peppermint pate

                              Oh, ok. I will definitely give that a try next time I'm out there. Thanks!

                          2. re: peppermint pate

                            By chance do you know if they sell the crunchy toffee without chocolate? I don't like chocolate but I love crunchy buttery delicious toffee!!!

                            1. re: JennaBean

                              Um, you don't like chocolate? Wow, just wow.

                              I've never noticed any plain toffee but I'll take a look next time I'm there. My latest stash has just been depleted so it shouldn't be long till you have your answer.

                              1. re: peppermint pate

                                I know! My aunt and I both got the dislike chocolate genes in the family. I also hate whipped cream. I know I know, I'm a strange duck. However, give me a cheese plate and I'm a hover! :-)

                          3. Today was lunch on the go but I didnt want a slice or sandwich so I picked my favourite meal replacement - a Muscle Masala chocolate cherry cookie. So amazingly good and healthy and buys me a few hours til I can eat! Dark Horse on QW carries them.

                            Worth mentioning because they are super good and they fill a void!

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                            1. re: justsayn

                              A FRESH ONTARIO PEACH. HEAVEN!!!!

                              Oops, sorry I just noticed up above must be from a restaurant.....sorry!!!

                              1. re: millygirl

                                Heaven, indeed. I've been devouring the local peaches like mad. Amazing. I've avoided peaches for years because they inevitably fail to live up to my memory of the peaches of my youth (god, don't I sound like an old fogey?). But the peaches this year are SO GOOD. Juicy, drippy goodness. :)

                                1. re: millygirl

                                  I think you'll be fine if you say where you bought it from, hahaha...

                                    1. re: Full tummy

                                      Ahhh right, good point Full Tummy. All over have been good, but this particular basket was from the new Longo's at Laird :)

                                2. Thai Shen Inn - Pad Thai and Tom Yum

                                  After 20+ Years, she still has it down pat!

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                                  1. re: Sadistick

                                    I thought I was the only one here with a perma-crush on TSI...

                                  2. Halibut burrito from Burrito Boyz -- so delicious! My first time ever with the halibut

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                                    1. re: CocoaChanel

                                      Half halibut/half shrimp finally converted me to Burrito Boyz.

                                    2. Amazing pancakes made with fresh peaches at The Senator. Get them if you can!

                                      1. Golden Shanghai's 'Deep fry heads-on' prawns with garlic butter and crispy garlic chips' - Aromatic, crispy and crunchy shells, chewy flesh. Great textural combination!

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                                        1. re: Charles Yu

                                          I've been meaning to contemplate the merits of eating prawns/shrimp/scampi etc with their shells on... seems wrong to me for some reason. Am I missing out on something perhaps?


                                          1. re: NonStickSteel

                                            You are missing out. Deep fry prawns like this are amazing with the shells on. The shells are crispy, crunchy and tasty! The tail is my favourite part - like a chip! It is a totally different texture & experience than shells on, say cocktail shrimps (you would peel those off).

                                            1. re: balthazar

                                              Well ya learn something new everyday! Thanks balthazar!


                                        2. Heirloom tomato salad with slices of aged cured ham and buffalo mozzarella cream at Stone Road Grille. The 3 types of tomatoes were perfectly ripe and juicy, the cream was like the inside of a burrata -- so incredibly rich and creamy -- and the ham added a great hit of salt. A few leaves of arugula were on the plate as well, which made for a nice contrasting bitter note.

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                                          1. re: TorontoJo

                                            The fried chicken and onion rings from the Thompson Diner.

                                            1. re: kwass

                                              I know it was the best thing you ate today..but how was it compared to everyone else who does fried chicken???

                                              1. re: petek

                                                I haven't tried Paulette's yet or Chick 'N Joy (they're both on my list), and as much as it pains me to say this, it beats Stockyards, hands down!

                                          2. A little burger "all the way" and Cajun fries from Five Guys.

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                                            1. re: racheljenna

                                              The Cajun fries from Five Guys ARE pretty darn good!

                                            2. Beer Sausages and a Flatiron Steak from West Side Beef.

                                              1. Get them while you can. $4.99/lb Canadian back ribs at Fiesta Farms on Christie. BBQ'd them tonight and they were fresh, porky, not fatty - just awesome!

                                                1. Medium chicken wings at Nando's (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29242611...) .. so full of smokey, yummy flavour!!!

                                                  Nando's: http://www.nandoscanada.com/sections....

                                                  1. Butter tart from Andrea's Gerrard Street Bakery, at 635 Gerrard Street East. Not a traditional butter tart. The shape of a shallow, wide ramekin, so there was a lot of crunch and not much goo. In fact, no oozing butter tart goodness, so don't eat it with that expectation. A different beast, but nevertheless very yummy and with excellent pastry, too.

                                                    We did sample a few other things from there, and the savoury scones (cheddar and scallion, maybe) were scrumptious. Ginger cookies had great flavour, but seemed a little dry, and the chocolate chip cookies didn't win anybody over. Lots of great things, though, and definitely a place worth checking out.

                                                    1. So this is from two Saturdays ago, but I still remember it well: the Gobernador taco from Seven Lives in the ever-changing Kensington Pancho mart. First day of business and they were already killing it. It's this rambunctious mix of flavours and textures hitting you in the face -- smoked marlin and shrimp and melted cheese and poblanos and tomatoes and crema and red onions and cilantro and hot sauce all piled high on two tortillas. Now it's a struggle to eat as it's hot and overflowing and dripping, but that was a damn fine taco. Good people too.

                                                      Tried the octopus a week later, and it was piled on (being the last octo order of the day) and it's pretty good as well, but it's no Gob.

                                                      1. Chili crab - Lion City in Mississauga. Finger licking good!

                                                        The Hainanese chicken rice was excellent as well!

                                                        1. Egg noodle soup with bbq pork, bbq duck, pork tongue, duck liver and tofu with Chinese cabbage from Zhong's BBQ in Markham.
                                                          Then a red bean and walnut mooncake from Binko's.

                                                          1. Can I list 'two'??!! Both from Toritos.
                                                            - Garlic Shrimps ( Perfectly cooked, head amazing, fantastic sauce!! )
                                                            - New England clam chowder with bacon and corn ( Gorgeous flavour! Love those mini bits of crispy bacon and croutons! )

                                                            1. Stuffed cabbage rolls inspired by a question on Chow. Mmm

                                                              1. Chicken tikka masala and veggie korma from Savera on St. Clair West. YUM!!!

                                                                1. Sausage butty at the Regal Diner in Niagara Falls. A thick slice of their house made Scottish style sausage, a perfectly cooked over easy egg and some shredded cheddar cheese on one of their awesome house made hamburger buns. It is officially my new favourite breakfast.

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                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                    My lunch at Spirit Tree Cidery. Tomato dill feta soup and chicken pesto sandwich.

                                                                    Everything they make is fantastic but the sandwich in particular makes me drool.

                                                                    Chicken breast, pesto, brie, roasted tomato and carmalized onions on beautiful baguette.

                                                                    Killer Americano's too. And chocolate chip cookies, and pizza....I could go on and on but this thread is about today.... the other items we took home for later :)

                                                                  2. Jerk Chicken with beans and rice and hot sauce at Island Foods (King + Dufferin)

                                                                    I forgot how great it is!

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                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                      how does their jerk compare with the eglinton west guys like raps? do they have the big drum bbq out front?

                                                                    2. Alba Lisa spicy tortilla chips with a mix of her salsa verde and her jalapeno cream sauce squeezed in top - I can't stay away from it. It's like crack!! I've put both sauces on my eggs, soup, sandwiches...everything all week.

                                                                      1. A couple of warm, freshly made plain mini donuts dunked in the foamed milk of my cortado, all courtesy of Little Nicky's. All as I walked in the beautiful afternoon sun. So, so, so good.

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                                                                        1. re: peppermint pate

                                                                          I was just thinking I needed to go to Little Nicky's for some donuts and a cappuccino again soon...

                                                                        2. Crab stuffed scallop topped with Asian pear and served with cognac poached lobster at Ici.

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                                                                          1. Half a Pork belly Banh mi from Bamh Mi Boys that DH picked up from BMB on his lunch hour. Even though it was wrapped for four hours and then reheated, it was just fabulous. Cilantro was so fresh. Pork belly was crispy, juicy and tasty. Pickled add ons were fabulous......do they sell that stuff jared??? Can't wait to get down there and try a few things fresh on the spot. go, go , go here, if you can!!!!

                                                                            1. Mexican grilled corn in La Carnita

                                                                              1. Fresh out of the oven cinnamon buns at Wagamama today are awesome! If you like a caramel topping, you will love these! 5 left!

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                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                  Might have to try that next week...

                                                                                2. " Braised pigeon with premium top soy in a sizzling clay pot" - Judy's Cuisine, Richmond Hill.

                                                                                  Best tasting pigeon in the GTA??!! Perfectly cooked, moist and juicy meat, amazing flavour!

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                                                                                    1. re: crawfish

                                                                                      Family dinner once in a while!!
                                                                                      To balance things off - instant noodles for lunch!!

                                                                                  1. Ok well technically this is not 100% on topic as I didn't eat it in a restaurant (because I am not sure you would never find it in one!) but today, for the first time, I ate pawpaw that I bought at the Brickworks on Saturday. First tie I have ever seen them for sale. Heavenly!

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                                                                                    1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                      Mmm, never tried pawpaw before - do you remember which vendor it was?

                                                                                      My latest entry in the "best thing" vote - the tuna sandwich on grilled ciabatta from Rachel's Coffee House. How often do you say "holy crap, that's a seriously delicious tuna sandwich"? I don't eat tuna that often these days but wow, what an amazing sandwich.

                                                                                      1. re: peppermint pate

                                                                                        ssam meal at makkal chon, a korean restaurant around lawrence and warden. Best korean in the city, by my declaration!

                                                                                    2. Today's couldn't stop eating it award goes to Alimento for their Italian Tuna sandwich! Perfect sandwich - some may wish to have fresh tomato slices, but for me it was bang on!

                                                                                      No mayo, just italian tuna, diced onion, grainy mustard, provolone type cheese, arugula, some lemon and possibly a drizzle of oil.

                                                                                      So simple, so awesome bite after bite.

                                                                                      1. Burger Shoppe's freshly breaded onion rings. Perfect!

                                                                                          1. re: AzulH

                                                                                            Interesting....how are they prepared? How would you rate the value? Thanks!

                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                              They were cooked supposedly for 72 hours! Long term braised is therefore the way I would describe them. Clearly in a variety of herbs and spices that gave then a warm flavour but not at all spicey - if that makes sense! The meat fell off the bone and yet was still juicy and tender, almost flakey. $16.25 dish of the day for Mondays. I would say a fair price. They came with a small portion of excellent risotto.

                                                                                              1. re: AzulH

                                                                                                Perfect for the season! Sounds really good. thanks!

                                                                                          2. Well, I technically ate it yesterday but since I was still full from it today, I'm going to bend the rules a bit - my first ever chicken shwarma on a laffa from Dr. Laffa. OMG. Easily one of the best sandwiches I've ever had in Toronto, actually anywhere. Warm, charred on the outside, chewy on the inside laffa with a mixture of crispy and moist pieces of meat, hummus, salad, hot sauce, onions, pickles and parsley. This place had been on my "to do" list since people started posting about it on this board last year but Saturday's Globe review combined with some uber nasty post-Costco traffic around Yorkdale yesterday sealed the deal. After a long drive to an obscure location in a dark, industrial park, we were rewarded with a boisterous room, warm service and an epic, crave-inducing sandwich.

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                                                                                            1. re: peppermint pate

                                                                                              Isn't that place awesome! Hands down, the best place for falafel/shwarma in the city!

                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                    I thought the falafel was quite good - elevated, for sure, by the laffa and the quality toppings - but the shwarma is in a league of its own. I have literally not stopped thinking about that sandwich all day.

                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                  Like peppermint pate, I too am going to bend the rules a bit and post my falafel ( with tzatziki, Teheena and Turkish Salad dips ) and Lamb Shish Kebab dinner from Sababa 'yesterday'. Mighty fine too!! That Lamb Kebab was a real stand-out!! Tender, juicy and perfectly cooked to medium rare as requested!

                                                                                                2. re: peppermint pate

                                                                                                  Ooh, love that shawarma! But, unless they've changed recently, it's actually turkey shawarma with lamb fat. Delish.

                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                    Interesting! I wasn't aware of that.

                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                      Me neither - I could have sworn I saw chicken shwarma on the menu but maybe it just said shwarma - chicken, turkey, lamb fat, no idea but whatever it was, it was off the charts delish.

                                                                                                      1. re: peppermint pate


                                                                                                        Looks like it's just going by shawarma these days- guess that's a safer term in case they decide to vary the meat more often than they update the menu.

                                                                                                        I could've sworn the menu said "chicken shawarma" the first time I went, but maybe I'm mistaken. I'm due for another visit.

                                                                                                        1. re: peppermint pate

                                                                                                          I'm also a huge fan of their shakshuka. So next time you go, please try it. Total comfort food: an egg cooked in a rich tomato stew, served with a fresh laffa to scoop it all up with.

                                                                                                    2. re: peppermint pate

                                                                                                      If you think the shawarma is good, you gotta try the sabich sandwich. Crazy good.

                                                                                                      1. re: acd123

                                                                                                        I've never heard of a sabich sandwich. So I just looked it up and it sounds delish!!

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          It is delish. There is so much going on in that sandwich, I'm not sure where to start. What brings it all together, is that crisp but chewy laffa. Amazing.

                                                                                                          1. re: acd123

                                                                                                            Definitely going to have to try it!

                                                                                                        2. re: acd123

                                                                                                          I saw those little fritter things when I was waiting for them to make my sandwich. Then I read about it online. I figure I need to go back with at leats a couple of people so I can get the shakshuka, the sabich and, of course, the shwarma again. There was one other thing I saw on a few people's tables - looked like apple puree or puree of boiled potatoes or something like that. I didn't see anything on the menu that fit the description - any idea what it might have been?

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                                                                                                              Nope, not that creamy or white. It looked like it had the consistency and colour of cooked apples or boiled potatoes, coarsely pureed.

                                                                                                      2. Lobster with garlic, BC crab drunken style and steamed turbot in Fishermen Clubhouse yesterday. Yummm!

                                                                                                        1. spicy lemongrass shrimp at golden turtle (with lots of their chilli oil/ sauce) along with the shrimps on sugarcane!!! Yummm

                                                                                                          1. Grilled tilapia on salad, from Buster's Sea Cove, St. Lawrence Market. Melt in your mouth fresh fish. Mmm.

                                                                                                            1. late, but yesterday I had the most perfect spaghetti alla amatriciana at Campagnolo. Really so good.

                                                                                                              1. Tuesday night had the kale salad at Gusto 101 and it was delicious. I tried to re-create it at home last night but failed. Black kale with percorino, pine nuts and currants. Yum!!

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                                                                                                                1. re: elasticwaistband

                                                                                                                  They do salads really well! Have you tried their grilled salmon salad? OMG...one of the best salads I've EVER had!!

                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                    I was going to get that too - must remember for the next time. My friend had the flank steak salad and said it was amazing.

                                                                                                                2. The most unbelievable Churros from Playa Cabana, covered with THE best caramel sauce EVER and whipped cream. They were so incredibly delicious!! I can't stop thinking about them.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                      I know...lol!! But these really were unbelievable!!

                                                                                                                  1. Rodney's Oyster Slapjack for $13.00 after tip and tax.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                      Yea they make amazing chowders! Thanks for the reminder! : )

                                                                                                                    2. An uber- tasty trifecta at Banh Mi Boys:

                                                                                                                      Squid Taco

                                                                                                                      Pork belly bao

                                                                                                                      Kalbi beef Banh Mi

                                                                                                                      Superb x 3


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                                                                                                                      1. Mille-Feuille from Pain Perdu. OMG was it delicious!!

                                                                                                                        1. USDA Rib Roast Loblaws - Queen/Portland

                                                                                                                          Fantastic quality and unbeatable price $8.80/kg. USDA Choice or higher. Not prime, but it really is above average!

                                                                                                                          1. Chocolate Banana tart from Canadian Pie Company!

                                                                                                                            1. Dark Chocolate Oatmeal cookie at Manic Coffee on College. One of my best cookies of the year for sure. When I discovered on first bite that the rock sugar sprinkled on top was actually sea salt....I knew the cookie was going to disappear fast! Great chocolate chunks throughout!

                                                                                                                              Coffee is always good too...

                                                                                                                              1. Judy's Cuisine, Richmond Hill - 'Stirred fry sticky glutinous rice with diced wind-dried Chinese preserved meat and sausages, dried shrimps and Cilentro'.

                                                                                                                                Although I have eaten in this Richmond Hill stalwart many a times, this was the first time I tried out their house specialty fried sticky rice. Almost greaseless, this rice dish, with ample savory ingredients and infused with just the right amount of aromatic Cilentro, was extremely flavorful and an unquestionable masterpiece!

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                  WOW looks and sounds so good. Love how white and greaseless is looks! Thanks for sharing!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                    The dish was actually recommended by a 'Yelper' and not a 'chowhounder'! Ha!!!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                    It looked rather less "sticky" than I expected it to be, Charles.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                        The best type of glutinous rice grains I'd ever come across are the Thai ones. I'm sure this dish would be fabulous if cooked using Thai glutinous rice!

                                                                                                                                  3. Cacio e Pepe at Terroni Centrale


                                                                                                                                    1. My mash of Peameal Bacon, Chorizo & Eggs at Beast. Supplemented with 2 of their very excellent $5 caesars

                                                                                                                                      1. It was actually a week ago today BUT I'm still thinking about it and I want more!

                                                                                                                                        Scotch quail egg with housemade HP sauce, which was a snack item, and the sous vide egg, with potato and truffle shortbread for the second course at Yours Truly.

                                                                                                                                        Both items were truly amazing. I would eat six of the tiny perfect scotch quail eggs with that delightful HP sauce this very second if I had some!

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                          WOW - those eggs are right up my alley too! What exactly was the potato and truffle shortbread?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                            Missing a word there - potato foam and truffle short bread. It was served a bit french service style as a small pool of broth was poured into the dish at the table.

                                                                                                                                            The shortbread was buttery and savoury with a nice balanced flavour and truffle aroma. It provided great texture to an otherwise totally smooth and silky dish.

                                                                                                                                        2. salted cod inari at A OK foods and chocolate marshmallow cupcake from delish

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: akhorasanee

                                                                                                                                            Cupcakes aren't high on my list but that does sound good! Thanks for the heads up!

                                                                                                                                          2. Smoked chicken, ribs and mac n cheese at Hadley's tonight. Really fantastic! Perfect charred asparagus too.

                                                                                                                                            They close in 2 weeks. : (

                                                                                                                                            1. Brought home some steak samples from the meatery today. Three steaks. One rib eye, one tenderloin, and one striploin. All AAA. Left them out on a plate in the microwave to warm up for 4 hours, then I did them up on the grill to blue rare and sliced them all on a platter and shared them with my girlfriend and daughter. Normally I am a rib eye guy, but the strip loin won the flavor prize. The tenderloin was long on tenderness but lacked the beefy goodness of the other two. My favorite rib eye was gobbled up in all of its buttery, fatty glory..... Had a few sides with it, steamed asparagus, pan fried mushrooms, and ceasar salad......But, the steak was the star...

                                                                                                                                              1. I ate a meatball sandwich last Saturday that I have been thinking about all week (it is not unusual for me to think about good meatballs for a long time) Play Cafe on the Queensway makes the most delicious, authentic meatball sandwiches: http://bit.ly/1529TwB
                                                                                                                                                The sauce is SO. GOOD!

                                                                                                                                                1. The squirrel burger is insane.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Fried Chicken and Waffles from Stockyards! It was so good, there just aren't words :)

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                      I gotta get me some of that and soon!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                        You really do!! It was beyond delicious!!

                                                                                                                                                    2. this is from yesterday but I am still thinking about it- seven lives spicy shrimp and cheese taco

                                                                                                                                                      1. Forget the cronut! There's the crookie. It's a croissant stuffed with crushed Double-stuff Oreos. This outlandish combo is the creation of Clafouti. I was skeptical at first. But it is sinfully good. I guess when it bakes the Oreo icing melts and an alchemy with the croissant pastry forms.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: num nums

                                                                                                                                                          I've heard about this. I'm totally dying to try it!!

                                                                                                                                                        2. Biscuits with sublime sausage/black pepper gravy and scrambled eggs at Stockyards. Can't be beat. $13 all in.

                                                                                                                                                          1. The fiery chili turnip patties from congee queen on Steeles.

                                                                                                                                                            So good- so (temperature) hot...it's hard to wait for these things to cool down. scorched the roof of my mouth- totally worth it!

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jinxie

                                                                                                                                                              Brisket sandwich at Electric Mud. SO good! Nothing like it.

                                                                                                                                                            2. Grilled Lamb Chops at the Hockley Valley Resort

                                                                                                                                                              1. Drank? Dark Horse Cold Brewed Coffee. It's new, it's wow!

                                                                                                                                                                First beverage I've ever loved from there.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                  I've been curious. I get my morning latte from there. Is the cold brewed sweetened?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                    No and it is sealed in a stubby! They say it's good for up to 7-10 days.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                      Nice! I tend to avoid anything pre sweetened in bottle so I will give this a whirl!

                                                                                                                                                                2. Spicy sausage and potato pizza at Sud Forno. The sausage is made in-house and it is fantastic!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. I had Chicken Katsu w/ Curry at Kaiju for takeout.

                                                                                                                                                                    The chicken portions were large and crispy, and the curry is nothing like I have ever tasted, sweet and savoury I suppose this is what Japanese curry tastes like? Put the curry over the rice and chicken and there's a good mix of crispy and savoury.

                                                                                                                                                                    Its a restaurant that opened just yesterday and it's very hidden downtown! It's located at Yonge and Gerrard at the tall Aura Building thats being built. It's accessible by subway if you take College Station go out and head south. and its located inside the Aura building, just have to go down the escalator and to the food court area.

                                                                                                                                                                    Gonna go for another item on the menu and I will try to get a pic of the place and food tomorrow if I can.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dorne

                                                                                                                                                                        What would you compare it to? Have you eaten anything else you really love?

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                          I can only compare to the Indian kitchen curry in thornhill. The curry from kaiju is mild but very savoury! The
                                                                                                                                                                          salad bar at Richtree is pretty good when you take the a mix with a base of tabouli and lentils. I usually take a medium size salad and call it a sin bowl. You can't stop eating it, I think I gained a pound or two but it was very satisfying (weight stabalized in a few days)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Thor has a lemon ginger scone today that is most EXCELLENT!

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                          Was pretty remarkable actually. Proper scone flavour and consistency but also like it was a hybrid with a donut cruller. Tasty candied ginger and mild lemon throughout.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                              Thor loves their holidays so I found that Jimmy's carries the same scone. So good if you like dry crumbly edges on baked goods. Lots of ginger. Lemon was less pronounced today.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                  Above average coffee on Portland just north of King. Buca was closed today. Jimmy also has a very cool location in Kensington. Jimmy's brings all their sweets in from various suppliers. Pretty sure they don't make anything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Good to know. This is the 1st I've heard of jimmy's. Thanks justsayn!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                      Love the back patio in Kensington during the nice weather!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                        Much of their baked goods come from Circles & Squares but they have a range of other items.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds good! It's been added to my list :)

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                            You need to start a blog! Maybe Kwassants. Lol

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Taiwanese taco or guo bao from Jin Cheng Bakery in Metro Square, Markham. Braised flavored pork, pickled veggies, and peanuts wrapped in a steamed white bun....3 bucks.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: T Long

                                                                                                                                                                              That sounds right in my wheelhouse.

                                                                                                                                                                              Must go.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                If you do go, note that Jin Cheng Bakery has changed its name to Bakery 18, and its signage will be updated to reflect this in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: T Long

                                                                                                                                                                                  Good thing you told me actually. Thanks T Long.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                    Just to clarify: Signage will show either Jin Cheng or Bakery 18....don't know when they will be changing the signs;-)

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Best item I ate today was the Eggplant dish at Taste of China on Spadina at Dundas. Only my innate sense of propriety prevented me from eating the whole dam plate.

                                                                                                                                                                              I seldom can detect a difference in chinese food at various restaurants as it all tastes OK to me but the Eggplant dish tonight was spectacular.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                  HI Justsayn. I don't recall the exact name or number but I will ask the fellow who actually negotiated the order and get back to you in a few hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Herne

                                                                                                                                                                                    Nothing is simple. A list of the items ordered was kept but thrown out early this am. Best we can determine it was

                                                                                                                                                                                    108 Hunan Eggplant with minced pork.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Have to say pad thai from Khao San Road.

                                                                                                                                                                                Finally got there yesterday and all I can say is WOW. Everything was delicious but really enjoyed the pad thai dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                That place is hopping, eh! We arrived just a few minutes before 5 and saw 2 people lined up which we thought was really surprising. Well in the five minutes it took to find a parking space, the line up swelled to close to 30. I was afraid for a minute we wouldn't get a seat. Couldn't believe the place was soooo busy but now I know why.