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Dr. Augusta's Samitorium - Kensington Market (Augusta and Dundas)

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Anyone else been to this spot at the corner of Augusta and Dundas? I finally got around to going this past weekend and enjoyed my sandwich. I got their breakfast sandwich - braised pork belly in a soy ginger glaze topped with a fried egg and aged cheddar on a home made biscuit. The biscuit wasn't like a typical "southern" biscuit but it was good. The ginger "ale" was pretty decent as well but personally prefer the one at Thomas Lavers Cannery down the street

Here are some pics from BlogTO
http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/dr-...

and menu on their FB page -
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...

Two owners/chefs were friendly/pleasant as well. Good option for Kensington and they have a nice sunny corner spot where you can sit and look out the windows.

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  1. The name annoys me so much.

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    1. re: szw

      Agree with you on that. Stupid name and a bad sign too. A comment on BlogTO was that a guy kept walking by thinking it was a barbershop...

      1. re: ylsf

        Stupid name, unappealing looking place, the pix on blogto do nothing to make me wanna go.

        However, it's a sandwich place and I love sandwiches. So I shall give it a try.

        DT

        1. re: Davwud

          Want to see unappealing?? Wait til you actually go in there. : )

          I had the shrimp po' boy yesterday. It was OK. Good flavours and good cornmeal breading. My main complaint is that the bun is too bready for breaded shrimp. The shrimp was not exactly top quality or perhaps not at peak freshness but by no means bad. Mine was slightly undercooked. They are clearly careful to not overcook which is GREAT, but mine needed another 30 seconds or so.

          I will go back. Perfect bun for meatballs!!

          1. re: justsayn

            The bun on whatever the first sandwich pictured is looks way too big. The meat looks lost in there, especially with the slaw.

            DT

            1. re: Davwud

              Haven't seen the pictures but I can say - for the po' boy the bun was completely filled side to side but it was too high and dense. I'm thinking that with the meatball, the bread may be great with all the sauce as it should just collapse but still hold up.

              1. re: justsayn

                Just open the blogto link that ylsf posted above.

                DT

                1. re: Davwud

                  There ya go. That top pic looks much worse than my sandwich yesterday! Even the wrap looks terribly disproportionate. Salad looks tempting!

                  Thanks...once I already know of a place, reading BlogTO is normally a step backward

                  1. re: justsayn

                    I didn't mention the wrap because it's a veggie wrap so, seriously, what do I care what it looks like??

                    DT

    2. Using roti as a veggie sandwich wrap is downright clever as is the chickpea fritter idea. That really sexy's it up. Makes me wonder why I haven't seen that before. Must try this the next time I'm in Kensington.
      http://www.doctoraugustas.com/

      1. Haven't been yet but they get high marks in my books for using bread from Blackbird. I tried a couple of their breads at Hooked - wow, amazing. Easily one of the best focaccia I've ever tasted and I'm generally not a fan. The chicken and breakfast sandwich combos sound particularly delish.

        1. I've had their veggie wrap and was really impressed. Fresh and flavourful and quite filling. My husband had the chicken sandwich and was equally impressed.

          It's too bad that it's on such a dead strip on Dundas. I think it would be quite popular if it were actually in the market. It's almost always empty whenever I walk by.

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            1. re: justsayn

              Yeah, there's something a bit cold about the place.

              1. re: ramenramen

                We went yesterday but when we drove up it looked so off-putting (and empty) that we kept on trucking and had some awesome 7-lives! Nothing fancy about 7-lives except you know the food is awesome. I guess I need to just try this place to see if the food is great.

          1. The food here is surprisingly good. I'm a huge fan of their chicken sandwich.