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Guy Fieri Spotted in Toronto

Bobby Wham Nov 29, 2012 11:01 AM

Quote from the Star "He’s been dining, and filming, at some of this city’s most popular joints, such as Hey Meatball, Caplansky’s Delicatessen and, rumour has it, the Stockyards on St. Clair and the Lakeview Restaurant on Dundas St."

I for one think the only restaurant on this list that should be on the show is Stockyards, how do you guys feel? what about missed restaurants, etc? Really surprised to see the Lakeview on this list, not sure where he's getting his information from.

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    pourboi Nov 22, 2013 06:14 AM

    Guy at Hey Meatball: http://thechive.com/2013/11/22/guy-fi...

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      ylsf Nov 22, 2013 08:30 AM

      Ha, funny in a cheesy way

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      youdonut Apr 14, 2013 11:47 PM

      did a little digging on the food network and there seems to be 2 more episodes to come.

      S17E02 airing april 29th 2013 desc::"Toronto the smokehouse kicking burgers and fried chicken up a notch and turning a traditional BLT on its head" Stockyards maybe??

      and

      S17E05 airing May 20th 2013 desc:: "Toronto the decades-old bohemian joint servin' up sticky Asian pork ribs and a Canadian staple." no idea on this one.

      these airdates are for the US as far as i know.

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        Davwud Apr 15, 2013 05:23 AM

        The last one is Rosedale Diner.

        DT

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          kwass Apr 15, 2013 05:29 AM

          It's definitely Stockyards, because I know that they filmed an episode there.

        2. PoppiYYZ Apr 3, 2013 08:14 AM

          For those trying to track down the DDDs Episodes with Toronto:

          S16E09 - Eurocentric (Hey Meatball)
          S16E11 - Unlikely Partners (Lakeview)
          S16E12 - Layers of Flavor (Ace)
          S16E13 - Real Deal Roots (Caplansky's)

          Real Deal Roots is on this Friday at 9pm on FN Canada.

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            justsayn Apr 3, 2013 08:19 AM

            thanks!

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              Davwud Apr 3, 2013 08:28 AM

              So I guess Caplansky's is this Friday night then??

              DT

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                ylsf Apr 3, 2013 09:38 AM

                It looks like it will be on in Canada this Friday but has aired in the USA already... so, you can find it in the "usual" places if you know where to look.

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                  PoppiYYZ Apr 3, 2013 09:41 AM

                  Yes,

                  Just Google Diners Drive Ins and Dives along with the Episode number.

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                    Davwud Apr 3, 2013 10:30 AM

                    I can wait.

                    I generally don't have a lot of luck with those TV episodes over the internet. Probably because the only time I think of it is at work and the filters are pretty strict.

                    DT

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                      PoppiYYZ Apr 3, 2013 11:23 AM

                      Then use this link to check up coming episodes (Thanks for the tip MissBingBing !). Way easier than panning through the TV guides.

                      http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/diner...

                      And I assume you are where at this time of day ? ;-)

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                        Davwud Apr 3, 2013 11:32 AM

                        Well thanks but I have my DVR set up to record only new episodes of DDD. When they're on the server, I watch.

                        DT

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                Bobby Wham Apr 3, 2013 12:37 PM

                Gotta say, Guy looked really impressed with Caplansky's. They pulled out all the stops, He loved the smoked meat sandwich and the Knish. he was enthusiastic as well. He didn't go crazy for the donuts though. I was also impressed with the young chef, he did a good job.

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                  kwass Apr 3, 2013 06:05 PM

                  Since when does Caplansky's have doughnuts?

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                    GoodGravy Apr 3, 2013 08:10 PM

                    I've had them from the truck. Bacon donuts covered in maple syrup. Not sure if they're available in the restaurant.

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                      kwass Apr 3, 2013 08:11 PM

                      Oh. Ok. Thanks.

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                      pakmode Apr 4, 2013 09:41 AM

                      I watched that new Donut Showdown show the other day (terrible btw) - and Zane was actually a guest judge on the show. Go figure..

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                      Davwud Apr 6, 2013 08:09 AM

                      Ya, he was rather effusive during the episode and not to try to read too much into it but the look he had on his face when he wrapped up with Zane looked to be <sigh> I can't believe I have to go already. He seemed as genuinely excited as I've seen.

                      DT

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                        Herne Apr 12, 2013 05:28 PM

                        Are the Toronto episodes finished yet or still more to come?

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                          kwass Apr 12, 2013 05:32 PM

                          There's still an episode that they shot @ Stockyards.

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                      EverymanJack Apr 12, 2013 07:26 PM

                      these names don't mean anything!

                    5. Bobby Wham Mar 29, 2013 07:27 PM

                      just watching the episode on The Ace, I haven't heard much on this place, menu looks good though. Guy's eyes looked very dead and seemed bored throughout the episode, he said his favourite part of the burger was the ketchup, to me that's a straight insult.

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                      1. re: Bobby Wham
                        justsayn Mar 29, 2013 09:59 PM

                        I went 3 or 4 times within their first few months of being open and there wasn't a single wow to be had.

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                          magic Mar 30, 2013 06:34 AM

                          I still don't know why The Ace or Lakeview were chosen to be featured. Baffling.

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                            Davwud Mar 30, 2013 06:52 AM

                            Clearly because of the history/appearance of them.

                            I haven't eaten at either but both places show well. The Ace episode he looked as absolutely disinterested as I've seen him in any episode.

                            DT

                            1. re: Davwud
                              PoppiYYZ Apr 2, 2013 08:04 AM

                              For years, I've used DDDs as a travel reference for restaurants (with great success). Watching the episode and Guy's body language tells it all. The fact that it has taken him this long to get to Toronto also says a lot about our food scene.

                              For you other road travelers, check this out :
                              http://www.tvfoodmaps.com/

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                                Davwud Apr 2, 2013 09:26 AM

                                "The fact that it has taken him this long to get to Toronto also says a lot about our food scene."

                                I'm not sure it says anything. It's the second city he's visited outside the US.

                                If it says anything it may say it about us. All Torontonians do is beat down anything Toronto.
                                Then some moron takes him to places that simply aren't that good. The places Catucci has been to are far superior.

                                DT

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                                  Googs Apr 2, 2013 10:18 AM

                                  Problem is, Fieri's not about to crib YGEH. THAT show, on the other hand... If they had an idea of their own they'd probably take it out back and shoot it.

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                                    Davwud Apr 2, 2013 10:23 AM

                                    "If they had an idea of their own they'd probably take it out back and shoot it."
                                    That may be true but who cares?? They're showcasing some great places that most wouldn't know about or care (or dare) to try.

                                    DT

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                                      Googs Apr 2, 2013 10:28 AM

                                      The salient point being that Fieri's turf is kinda limited. I couldn't care less how bad YGEH is. My remote has a channel changer.

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                                        justsayn Apr 2, 2013 10:29 AM

                                        Yea maybe with the volume muted and eyes squinted.

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                                          kwass Apr 2, 2013 04:20 PM

                                          I think I might be the only person that actually likes John Catucci. I find him charming :)

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                                            justsayn Apr 2, 2013 04:37 PM

                                            Some sort of chemistry. Like mixing bacon with chocolate. Just works.

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                                              kwass Apr 2, 2013 04:41 PM

                                              Bacon works with everything :)

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                                              Davwud Apr 2, 2013 04:51 PM

                                              He seems okay. He's responded to some of my tweets. Give him credit. He's not a cook or chef or anything like that and he doesn't pretend to be either. He just loves food.

                                              DT

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                                                kwass Apr 2, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                Exactly! I don't think he's ever pretended to have formal knowledge or training. But, you can tell that he's having fun, and he's warm, funny, and endearing.

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                                                  justsayn Apr 2, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                  yes dear.

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                                                    kwass Apr 2, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                    :)

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                                                  MissBingBing Apr 3, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                  He's not much of a comedian either.

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                                                  magic Apr 2, 2013 06:04 PM

                                                  I think he's fine too! I have no problems with him at all, and sometimes he's pretty funny.

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                                                    kwass Apr 3, 2013 04:47 AM

                                                    I think he's really funny :)

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                                                      magic Apr 3, 2013 06:16 AM

                                                      Ditto!

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                                                    Googs Apr 3, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                    While I don't really care for Catucci, my issue is content. The production could be a whole lot better. The host could have been a knowledgeable entertainer.

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                                                      Davwud Apr 3, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                      I have no problem with the production. The show looks fine to me.

                                                      I wonder how much a "Knowledgeable entertainer" would add. If you watch enough cooking shows there's not a whole lot of information, technique or anything else that can be added.
                                                      I kinda think it's a bit of a refreshing change to have "Just a guy who loves to eat" do this.

                                                      DT

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                                                        kwass Apr 3, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                        And a guy that you can tell is having so much fun doing his job.

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                                                          Googs Apr 3, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                          Production is about so much more than just the footage shot. I suppose if I lived somewhere that D, D, & D wasn't available (wherever that is), then I wouldn't mind how derivative YGEH is. There are aspects I'd change to make it more intelligent. They hang the whole show on pictures of food and Catucci's humour. Not really all that creative of them.

                                                          A knowledgeable entertainer comfortable in their subject matter makes for a more relaxed and funnier, better targeted performance. The audience can generally sense that. Fieri excels at this. For all of his detractors, he's perhaps the most watched, talked/read about, Food Network host.

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                                                            PoppiYYZ Apr 4, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                            "Best Thing I Ever Ate" supports your opinion too Googs. It has Chef Personalities sharing what they like to eat and how it's made along with a touch of humor. Got many restaurant tips and recipe ideas from that show also.

                                                            YGEH is just a pale shadow of DDDs.

                                    2. re: Bobby Wham
                                      Davwud Mar 30, 2013 06:31 AM

                                      He didn't sigh while he watched him make the burger patty but he might just as well have.
                                      You can tell he wasn't all that impressed. He wasn't particularly "Guy" in this episode.

                                      DT

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                                        Michael N Apr 1, 2013 07:27 AM

                                        Yeah, the look of amusement on his face as he watched the chef turn the burger into meatloaf was pretty priceless.

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                                        ylsf Mar 30, 2013 06:55 AM

                                        I don't watch DDD much but you guys are sure good at reading Guy's body language. I wish I had that skill when it came to women :) I don't know if it was mentioned in the thread but The Ace episode is Season 16 episode 12 For those using other "sources" to find it .. Not sure why this place made so many burgers, it isn't a "burger" joint and never heard them know for "burgers" (or anything for that matter)

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                                          justsayn Mar 30, 2013 02:28 PM

                                          LOL

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                                            Davwud Apr 1, 2013 01:37 PM

                                            Ya well. It really wasn't hard. Watch that episode and the one with Hey Meatball in it. Night and day difference.

                                            DT

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                                          BJC01 Feb 27, 2013 07:41 PM

                                          The Hey Meatball episode of DDD just aired in the USA.
                                          It can be found here...
                                          http://www.watchseries-online.eu/2013...

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                                            ylsf Feb 27, 2013 08:02 PM

                                            Thanks for the heads up

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                                              disgusti Feb 27, 2013 11:12 PM

                                              i don't know why but i just assumed they would be doing toronto-centric episodes, actually i guess i'm glad that they didn't, woulda been a bit goofy

                                              hahahaaha the fat guy in the leather hat

                                              EVEN - GET THIS - VEGAN

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                                              Davwud Feb 28, 2013 04:35 AM

                                              You have to create an account and give your credit card info to watch. If you don't want to, don't bother clicking the link.

                                              DT

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                                                C mac Feb 28, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                No you don't, that's only for the high def ones. You have to scroll down a pick a link like putlocker and it will play just fine.

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                                                  bytepusher Feb 28, 2013 06:25 AM

                                                  Fair working, these sites are frequent sources of malware, not saying this one is but watch yourself

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                                                    Davwud Feb 28, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                    Did not realize that. Thanks.

                                                    DT

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                                                      C mac Feb 28, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                      Ive been using them for two years and never had a problem. Not only that, nobody that I know that uses them has never had a problem.

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                                                        BJC01 Feb 28, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                        When I posted this site I didn't realize that not everyone uses or knows how to use these sites, as I too use them all the time as does everyone I know and no one has any problems.
                                                        One thing that helps is to add the "adblock plus" add-on to either your Chrome or Firefox browser and it makes most of the other useless buttons not show up in the first place.

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                                                          Davwud Mar 1, 2013 04:19 AM

                                                          I figured it out. Took some hits and misses.

                                                          DT

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                                                    BJC01 Feb 28, 2013 06:29 AM

                                                    -click the top 180upload link (there are 2)
                                                    -click the "continue" button
                                                    -click the small play button in the left corner of the video window
                                                    -click the same small play button a second time

                                                    don't click on anything else in any window as they just lead to advertisements
                                                    other links are similar--it's just that many links just make ads appear so you have to know what to click and what not too

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                                                    Bobby Wham Feb 28, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                    Cant front, they made the food look really good

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                                                      caviartothegeneral Mar 15, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                      According to Toronto Life, this episode airs tonight at 10 on Food Network Canada.

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                                                        Davwud Mar 15, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                        I just checked and yes, it is on. The Hey Meatball episode.

                                                        DT

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                                                          bbbradk Mar 16, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                          Was a great episode, Hey Meatball looked great

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                                                            pakmode Mar 16, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                            He seemed to really enjoy it for sure.

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                                                          sgogo Mar 16, 2013 08:13 PM

                                                          The elephant in the room (forgive me if it's been discussed elsewhere): WHERE does he get his eggs??! Those were crazy yolks.

                                                      2. PoppiYYZ Feb 22, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                        Shaw Direct is rockin mega repeat 2010 Episodes, so I am looking forward to seeing the Toronto DDD show sometime in 2016 !

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                                                          ylsf Dec 4, 2012 07:11 AM

                                                          Curious, does anyone know if he got paid to do the charity event or if he did it out of "charity"... Good for his brand I guess... and then he uses the time to film a Toronto show... I am wondering how long before it will air.... His story is interesting, I picked up one of his cookbooks at the library and it had an story about how he got into the food world,etc. I showed it to my neices/nephews for them to read and be inspired by it :)

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                                                            prima Dec 4, 2012 08:00 AM

                                                            Not sure. I would think he did it completely for "charity", since he can cash in on his time spent in TO.
                                                            He also makes celebrity appearances at talk-you-into-a-timeshare free breakfasts in Sonoma County, so he is business-minded. But maybe he does that for free, too, since he owns several restos in Sonoma County.

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                                                              Yongeman Dec 5, 2012 07:20 AM

                                                              And maybe and investment in the timeshare?

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                                                                Bobby Wham Dec 5, 2012 11:03 AM

                                                                I've watched a lot of DDD and I can tell by his body language, what he says and how he acts if he truly loves something, he always says he likes everything on the show regardless but when something is outstanding he gets really excited, gives the chef a "pound" handshake, says it's "money" or what the "kicker is" or says "you knocked that out!". If it's something he doesn't love he just says "good job" and his eyes remain dull. Look for these signs when watching the Toronto episode

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                                                                  Davwud Dec 5, 2012 11:07 AM

                                                                  I understand that if he starts talking about how the ingredients interact then that's not a good sign.

                                                                  DT

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                                                                    Wench Foraday Dec 5, 2012 08:13 PM

                                                                    Another good sign is a reference to Flavortown. "That's right at the corner of Spicy and Sweet in Flavortown!!!", etc.

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                                                                      warlock Dec 6, 2012 08:36 AM

                                                                      I doubt any of the Toronto places will evoke the "money" or "bananas is good " response.....

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                                                                        Davwud Dec 6, 2012 09:23 AM

                                                                        Of course not, everything here is awful right??

                                                                        DT

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                                                                          warlock Dec 6, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                          Davwud,I meant the Toronto places visited by Fieri....

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                                                                            Davwud Dec 6, 2012 04:14 PM

                                                                            Well I've thoroughly enjoyed my almost handful of visits to Stockyards.

                                                                            DT

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                                                                              kwass Dec 6, 2012 04:50 PM

                                                                              Go to Stockyards all the time, and I've NEVER had a bad experience :) Also, the Ace is supposed to be really good, although I haven't been yet.

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                                                                                Herne Dec 6, 2012 05:32 PM

                                                                                I thought much of the DDD appeal was due to the strange/secret spices and cooking practices. Are any of the places visited going to have anything to show from that perspective?

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                                                                                  ingloriouseater Dec 7, 2012 04:00 AM

                                                                                  i think the ace is average at best. it stood out when it opened on roncesvalles because it was at the front of the latest group of restaurant turnovers on the avenue.

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                                                                                    kwass Dec 7, 2012 04:39 AM

                                                                                    That's too bad, because the menu (especially the brunch menu) looks pretty good, and it's gotten fairly good reviews.

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                                                                                      ingloriouseater Dec 7, 2012 06:47 AM

                                                                                      i thought it average at best...didn't make me want to switch from my breakfast/brunch spots to them

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                                                                                      justsayn Dec 7, 2012 06:37 AM

                                                                                      +1

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                                                                                    warlock Dec 7, 2012 05:37 AM

                                                                                    Agreed,Stockyards is definitely the standout from the Toronto list...Great burgers and fried chicken...but not sure if it will be a standout for Guy...considering the fact he has been to hundreds of such places.....

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                                                                                      Davwud Dec 7, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                                      I see what you're saying. He still seems to appreciate a good home cooked meal so I'm sure enjoy it.
                                                                                      I hope Tom made some of his pastrami. It's easily the best I've had.

                                                                                      DT

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                                                                                        kwass Dec 7, 2012 11:51 AM

                                                                                        Apparently, he loved the chicken, as did his crew. At least that's what the people @ Stockyards told me.

                                                                      2. Davwud Dec 4, 2012 04:30 AM

                                                                        Two places uptown on Yonge that I would think would be right up his alley are Uncle Betty's and Stack Smmmoked. Both are pretty much all in house cooking and have fantastic food.

                                                                        I think Guy would love the Ultimate Grilled Cheese for sure at UB's and at SS the Smoked Meat would be in his wheelhouse too.

                                                                        DT

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                                                                          TeacherFoodie Dec 6, 2012 02:49 PM

                                                                          Uncle Betty's was on You Gotta Eat Here but if I remember correctly, it doesn't get a lot of love on here.

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                                                                            kwass Dec 6, 2012 02:54 PM

                                                                            With the exception of their donuts, which are off the hook, Uncle Betty's is one of the worst restaurants I've ever been to, and very overpriced for what they are.

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                                                                              Davwud Dec 6, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                              " Uncle Betty's is one of the worst restaurants I've ever been to"

                                                                              Whatever.

                                                                              I've been once, hard to critique the service (which seems to be a big problem with them) due to some unforeseen circumstances. The owner took care of us personally and was very apologetic.

                                                                              Aside from that, the Ultimate Grilled Cheese was "Bananas" and as you know, "Bananas is good." The donuts were fabulous as well.

                                                                              DT

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                                                                                kwass Dec 6, 2012 04:49 PM

                                                                                I don't know why you seem so offended by that comment. It's just my opinion. I've been more than once, and while I agree that the owners are very nice, the food is really really average, and not worth the prices they charge, since the orders are fairly small.

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                                                                                  Davwud Dec 6, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                                                  So the worst restaurant you've been to serves really, really average food??
                                                                                  Lucky you. I've been to plenty of places that serve food well south of really, really average.

                                                                                  I try to avoid comments on price. They're in a very high rent district and as such, have huge overhead just on that.

                                                                                  DT

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                                                                                    kwass Dec 6, 2012 05:23 PM

                                                                                    I guess I am lucky! But in fairness, you're right. I probably shouldn't have said "it's the worst restaurant I've ever been to". Instead. I should have said that it doesn't warrant the hype and that it's "incredibly average".

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                                                                                      Davwud Dec 6, 2012 05:33 PM

                                                                                      And I have no problem with that. You're entitled to an opinion. Sometimes hyperbole is warranted. However, clearly your hyperbole is a million times worse than mine ;-P

                                                                                      DT

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                                                                                        kwass Dec 6, 2012 05:38 PM

                                                                                        This is me embarrassed and blushing!

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                                                                                          kwass Dec 6, 2012 05:53 PM

                                                                                          I think the reason I was so emphatic in my statement was that I really wanted this place to be special, but was disappointed when it turned out to be just average :(

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                                                                                            Davwud Dec 6, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                                                            And in fairness, I'm tired of people who's line of demarcation between edible and inedible is somewhere just slightly south of Awesome.
                                                                                            Are we in a place where something that's just plain good or solid is no longer acceptable?? Unless the word "Old school" is attached to it I guess.

                                                                                            DT

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                                                                                              kwass Dec 6, 2012 06:15 PM

                                                                                              I totally hear you and I see where you're coming from! And, Uncle Betty's definitely serves a purpose. It tends to be filled with families with young children, and I guess that's who it's geared to.

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                                                                              kwass Dec 6, 2012 02:57 PM

                                                                              There are also places like Lady Marmelade, Hadley's, Saint, or Delux, which could have been good choices.

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                                                                              abigllama Dec 4, 2012 01:55 AM

                                                                              There's a stencil autograph thing of Guy on the wall of Stockyards when you walk in. Was just there on Sunday.

                                                                              The odd one on the list is Lakeview. Each one of those restaurants have something special they feature and cook on the show. I can't imagine what that would be at Lakeview.

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                                                                                magic Dec 4, 2012 07:58 AM

                                                                                The Lakeview is really REALLY odd. To say they dropped the ball on that one is an understatement.

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                                                                                  Davwud Dec 4, 2012 09:27 AM

                                                                                  I've often wondered if they do a series of places and maybe a couple never see the light of day.

                                                                                  DT

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                                                                                    magic Dec 4, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                                                    As have I.

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                                                                                      Davwud Dec 4, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                                                      Not saying this is true of Lakeview but I've noticed that, in a significant number of places, the locals don't get why they're there.
                                                                                      Perhaps familiarity breeds discontent.

                                                                                      DT

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                                                                                        prima Dec 4, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                                        You might be right, Davwud.

                                                                                        Now readers voted Lakeview "best diner" in 2011 and 2012, which probably brought the Lakeview to the attention of Fieri's team. http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story.cfm?content=189391

                                                                                        Maybe Fieri will try the cornflake chicken sandwich: http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

                                                                                        Maybe Fieri's team was looking for a crowded retro-looking diner with poutine on the menu with a somewhat hip-looking younger clientele, so he can cash in on the Canadian poutine thing, while visiting TO? I realize Caplansky's have their take on poutine, which I would think also might also end up in the episode. Poutine is still a novelty in parts of the States.

                                                                                        I'm so over poutine.

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                                                                                          magic Dec 4, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                                                          I've noticed that as well, yeah.

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                                                                                      prima Dec 4, 2012 09:34 AM

                                                                                      Maybe they chose the Lakeview in the hope that all the people scratching their heads about the choice of the Lakeview would tune in, to see what Fieri or anyone could possibly find special/delcious at the Lakeview?

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                                                                                        magic Dec 4, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                                                        As I mentioned above, the vast majority of the DDD places I've been to are great. But even I have left a few scratching my head in wonder. I guess there might be future tourists doing the same after experiencing the Lakeview.

                                                                                        Shame really. So many great, interesting places in Toronto and they choose that to help represent the city?!

                                                                                  2. kwass Dec 3, 2012 07:00 PM

                                                                                    Toronto Life interviewed Guy, and here's the official list of the restaurants that will be featured on DDD's: Caplansky’s, Hey Meatball!, Rosedale Diner, The Ace, The Lakeview, and Stockyards

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                                                                                      kav23 Dec 3, 2012 10:25 PM

                                                                                      So only 6 places in Toronto then? Guy went to 8 places in Vancouver.

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                                                                                      terrycar Dec 3, 2012 09:05 AM

                                                                                      I figured Burger Priest would be a natural for that show.

                                                                                      1. damonster Nov 30, 2012 11:51 AM

                                                                                        They were filming at The Ace on Roncesvalles as well.
                                                                                        https://twitter.com/TheAceToronto/sta...

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                                                                                          kwass Nov 30, 2012 12:31 PM

                                                                                          Well that's a good choice.

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                                                                                          LexiFirefly Nov 30, 2012 06:45 AM

                                                                                          I'm surprised about Caplansky's, you'd think there would be contract issues with You Gotta Eat Here filming there recently.

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                                                                                            szw Nov 29, 2012 08:08 PM

                                                                                            The Lakeview is pretty horrible. So many better places could have been chosen.

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                                                                                              justsayn Nov 29, 2012 10:35 PM

                                                                                              Yes, like The Senator for one.

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                                                                                                crawfish Nov 30, 2012 12:31 PM

                                                                                                Fully agree on the Senator. It's a vintage diner with great food.

                                                                                                We were thinking it would have been interesting if he'd tried some of the iconic ethnic restuarant types like dim sum with carts, pho or roti places. But that would probably be too weird for his audience.

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                                                                                                  warlock Nov 30, 2012 12:52 PM

                                                                                                  I have seen him do Roti at 2 different places and he has done pho as well.....

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                                                                                                    magic Nov 30, 2012 01:36 PM

                                                                                                    What?

                                                                                                    DDD features a lot of ethnic cuisines. They featured a traditional style Chinese dim sum place in Vancouver!

                                                                                                    I could go on.....

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                                                                                                      crawfish Dec 1, 2012 11:02 AM

                                                                                                      Apologies, I've probably only seen episodes from the first season. My impression was it was all burgers as big as your head type places.

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                                                                                                        magic Dec 1, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                                                                        Definitely not :)

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                                                                                                          warlock Dec 1, 2012 01:00 PM

                                                                                                          You must be thinking Man vs Food.....

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                                                                                                      Davwud Dec 4, 2012 04:26 AM

                                                                                                      I ate at the Senator a couple months ago and wasn't particularly impressed. Great place, decent at best food.

                                                                                                      DT

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                                                                                                        justsayn Dec 4, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                                        Out of curiosity - what did you have? Brunch? Lunch? It's objective of course, but I have never had a bad meal there and I am always very happy with freshness, high quality ingredients, preparation, selection and value. I think it is a winner across the board. The only area they would get low marks from me is for innovation, but others may claim that is a plus as they stay classic diner. They are one of the most consistently reliable restos in the city IMO.

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                                                                                                          prima Dec 4, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                                                                          What do you order most frequently?
                                                                                                          I haven't been for lunch since it changed hands, but I used to like their Cobb and fries.
                                                                                                          I thought the breakfast I had in Sept was ok, but I like breakfasts at my regular greasy spoons better. Even though it was ok, I wouldn't order their huevos rancheros (with cornbread instead of a tortilla) again. My friends ordered the special (eggs, bacon, beans,toast, I think?), good value, but also a similar value to any decent greasy spoon downtown.
                                                                                                          Ps- it's subjective. Almost everything we read and write on Chowhound is subjective. ;-)

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                                                                                                            justsayn Dec 6, 2012 09:05 PM

                                                                                                            Some of the best French toast in the city
                                                                                                            Great pancakes with fresh fruit
                                                                                                            salami and eggs
                                                                                                            onions and eggs
                                                                                                            greek salad
                                                                                                            grilled cheese
                                                                                                            burger and fries
                                                                                                            peameal
                                                                                                            omelette with chili sauce
                                                                                                            used to have great yoghurt/fruit/granola

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                                                                                                            Davwud Dec 4, 2012 09:25 AM

                                                                                                            Had breakfast. Huevos Rancheros.
                                                                                                            I didn't say it was bad. I said I wasn't particularly impressed.

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                                                                                                    3. PoppiYYZ Nov 29, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                                                      The really funny thing is how difficult it will be to actually find and watch this episode amongst the hundreds of tired DDD's repeats regurgitated on our crappy Food Network.

                                                                                                      PS. I am a fan of DDD, just not Food Network Canada. I have riffed on many a good recipe from the show.

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                                                                                                        dlw88 Nov 29, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                                                        fyi Poppi...

                                                                                                        I've spent the last 6 months living in the US, and Food Network programming is actually far worse down here. How would you like at 3 hour DDD marathon repeated twice daily, and shown every day of the week?

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                                                                                                          PoppiYYZ Nov 29, 2012 02:21 PM

                                                                                                          Sounds familiar...

                                                                                                          At least the US Food Network (with the carriers I've watched), show the original air date of the show and whether it is a "new" show or not. Giving viewers that type of info here would make us crazy (and make my PVR recording a little more effective).

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                                                                                                            MissBingBing Nov 29, 2012 02:34 PM

                                                                                                            Zap2it listings show the original air date for DDD on FNC.

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                                                                                                              PoppiYYZ Dec 3, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                                                              Thanks MBB,

                                                                                                              I never looked at Zap2it before. It would be nice if Shaw provided the original air dates, but at least now I can check Zap2it occasionally for some new episodes. Thanks again.

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                                                                                                        principessa del pisello Nov 29, 2012 12:02 PM

                                                                                                        He's hosting a "Chef's Challenge" fundraising event for Mount Sinai Hospital on Saturday.
                                                                                                        http://www.chefschallengeforacure.com/

                                                                                                        1. hal2010 Nov 29, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                                                          I'm not sure he or the producers of DDD have the same criteria for restaurants as the people on this board.

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                                                                                                            childofthestorm Nov 29, 2012 11:16 AM

                                                                                                            There's a discussion going on here, in the big honkin' thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619901

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                                                                                                              kwass Nov 29, 2012 11:17 AM

                                                                                                              I know, that's why it was time to start a new thread...waaaaay too long!

                                                                                                            2. kwass Nov 29, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                                                                              I agree with you about Stockyards. And what about the School Bakery...that should have been on the list. Lola's Kitchen also probably should have been on the list.

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                                                                                                                bytepusher Nov 29, 2012 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                Seriously, School Bakery? a 40 minute wait for a stone cold eggs benedict with a skin formed on the hollandaise is worth being on DDD? Well reality is a solid 50% of the places he visits on the show are actually pretty bad.

                                                                                                                Been to a few in my travels, and you never know what you are going to get, sometimes it's exactly what it should be, good homey stick to the ribs food in an unpretentious environment, and other times you wonder how they managed to tart this hole up for the filming (see also "Dangerous Dans on "You Gotta Eat Here")

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                                                                                                                  prima Nov 29, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                  I think my wait was over an hour, but sounds like we had a similar brunch, foodwise.

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                                                                                                                    magic Nov 29, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                    50%????

                                                                                                                    I disagree!

                                                                                                                    I've been to 28 DDD spots so far. The vast majority are actually amazing. Only 4 of my 28 were real disappointments. The rest have been either close to 10/10 or at the very least quite good.

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                                                                                                                      prima Nov 30, 2012 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                      I've been to 3 DDD spots (that I know of), and I'd return to all 3. But then again, I'm only going to be going to DDD spots that appeal to me, anyhow!

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                                                                                                                      kwass Nov 29, 2012 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                      Sorry that your experience was bad @ SB. I love that place! You do have to get there early though.

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                                                                                                                        bytepusher Nov 29, 2012 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                        We were there at opening, no lineup, the 40 minute wait was from being seated until food arrived, given that we were maybe the 3rd table served that day how they managed to pull off stone cold food is a bit of a mystery

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                                                                                                                          kwass Nov 29, 2012 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                          Well that's ridiculous! There's no excuse for that.

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                                                                                                                        Davwud Dec 4, 2012 04:25 AM

                                                                                                                        "Well reality is a solid 50% of the places he visits on the show are actually pretty bad."

                                                                                                                        I've been to 11 so far and only one would I not go back to. I'd say it was good but nothing special. Outside of the owner that is, he's quite the character. Anyway, were it more along the way, it'd be a stop but having to drive about 30 mins off track, we'll skip it.
                                                                                                                        Most have been remarkably good.

                                                                                                                        DT

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