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Dr Laffa - Second Location Opened Today

domesticgodess Mar 20, 2013 07:20 PM

Finally - the second location opened today. (3023 Bathurst St - Just south of Lawrence, on the east side).

They are opened from 11 am to 10 pm but they close early on Fridays and are always closed on Saturdays.

They will also be closed for Passover ..best to call before going or to follow them on twitter or facebook for updates on their hours.

As for the space - it's take out only but there's some stools and a long counter along the window and 2 walls.
As for the food - it's beyond good.

It will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood!

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    barneyvernon Mar 21, 2013 12:35 PM

    I'm looking forward to trying them out after seeing the profile on You Gotta Eat Here. A nice addition to my neighbourhood. Nice to see them up and running, (unlike their neighbour Ben and Izzy, who are, for whatever reason, still not open).

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    1. re: barneyvernon
      kwass Mar 21, 2013 12:57 PM

      I'm sure Ben and Izzy's will open after the Holidays.

    2. kwass Mar 21, 2013 12:57 PM

      I am soooo excited that they're open!! Thank you so much for the update!! Weird though that they didn't just wait until after Pesach to open. Not that I'm complaining :)

      1. kwass Mar 21, 2013 01:14 PM

        Here is a list of their hours:

        Hours at 3023 Bathurst: Fridays Open 11am to 4pm, Saturdays 9pm- midnight (only until Pasover) Sunday to Thursday Open 11am to 10pm

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        1. re: kwass
          hungryabbey Mar 21, 2013 06:09 PM

          So after passover they will not be open Saturday nights?

          1. re: hungryabbey
            kwass Mar 21, 2013 06:33 PM

            Probably because Sunset will be later and later, making it difficult to open.

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              hungryabbey Mar 21, 2013 07:10 PM

              Ah yes very good point.

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          peppermint pate Mar 21, 2013 06:39 PM

          I gotta squeeze in a pre-Passover shwarma. A friend went today and raved.

          1. petek Mar 21, 2013 06:49 PM

            Being a Dr Laffa virgin,but a lover of good shwarma what makes this place so good/different compared to let's say Shwarma Empire etc?

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            1. re: petek
              kwass Mar 21, 2013 07:00 PM

              For one thing, it's the laffa bread. But in addition to that, they just know how to make Middle Eastern Food right. And they do some things differently as well...like their "chicken" shawarma, which isn't chicken, but turkey cooked in lamb fat.

              1. re: kwass
                petek Mar 21, 2013 07:05 PM

                Well..anything cooked in lamb fat sounds good to me! Count me in. :)

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                  Davwud Mar 25, 2013 09:27 AM

                  It's a great sandwich Pete and enough for two meals. From the YGEH episode the hummus looks great.


                2. re: kwass
                  peppermint pate Mar 21, 2013 07:11 PM

                  Yup, what she said.

                3. re: petek
                  Jay3fer Mar 22, 2013 10:18 AM

                  One big factor is it's kosher. That opens it up to a segment that can't enjoy most of the decent mid-Eastern cuisine in this city.

                  1. re: Jay3fer
                    kwass Mar 22, 2013 11:03 AM

                    There are actually a lot of kosher falafel/middle eastern places in the city, so I don't think that's what makes Dr Laffa's so good!

                    1. re: kwass
                      Jay3fer Mar 23, 2013 06:18 PM

                      Yes, but most aren't authentic. The fresh bread also makes it wonderful. Are they doing it fresh in the Persian oven at the south location??? My husband actually did a cartoon with Dr. Laffa in it:

                      1. re: Jay3fer
                        kwass Mar 23, 2013 08:22 PM

                        I'm not saying that the other kosher falafel/middle eastern places are as good as Dr Laffa's, but they're not bad, and there are a lot of them. That was my point.

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                  robb Mar 22, 2013 06:35 AM

                  I stopped in yesterday for a falalfel...delish!! What makes it different than any other falafel/schwarma place in TO (Tov lI, King David, Schwarma King....) is the laffa itself, a middle-eastern naan that is huge along with the variety of free toppings. On my falafel I had corn salad, fries, cole slaw, purple cabbage, regualar salad, pickles, hummus, hot sauce and tehina. You can also get onions, fried eggplant and these little fritters. Line-up was quite long and process seems quite inefficient. Witnessed a bit of a verbal fight between a young religeous lady and three religeous guys...she was really pissed that two of the guys jumped to the front of the line to join the thiird...really pissed..thought it would come to blows...and this was the first day!!

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                  1. re: robb
                    petek Mar 22, 2013 09:16 AM

                    "thought it would come to blows...and this was the first day!!"

                    Ha!! Sounds like fun!! Maybe I'll wait a bit before I check it out..

                    1. re: petek
                      kwass Mar 22, 2013 09:21 AM

                      I'm going to wait also :( I have a feeling that while it's always going to be busy there, right now it's just a little too insane!!

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                        petek Mar 22, 2013 09:40 AM

                        It's always a good idea to let the dust settle a bit,it's not like they're anywhere right?

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                          kwass Mar 22, 2013 09:54 AM

                          Exactly. They are going to be there for a long long time :) That being said, I don't want to wait too long!!

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                            petek Mar 22, 2013 11:54 AM

                            Apologies..I meant to say "it's not like they're going anywhere" :)

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                              kwass Mar 22, 2013 11:55 AM

                              I knew what you meant :)

                  2. mnajji Mar 22, 2013 11:16 AM

                    Looks like I know where I am going after work today...

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                    1. re: mnajji
                      kwass Mar 22, 2013 11:36 AM

                      I'm so jealous!!

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                      disgusti Mar 22, 2013 01:57 PM

                      got back in the country late last night and went as soon as i woke up today. just as great as the far north location

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                      1. re: disgusti
                        kwass Mar 22, 2013 02:05 PM

                        Too funny! How was the lineup?

                        1. re: disgusti
                          mnajji Mar 22, 2013 06:03 PM

                          REALLY?!?!? I tried to go for dinner (as I mentioned below) and this is what I found!

                          Also, really sad about Haymishe right next door :(

                          But on the bright side, come January 2014 I will be able to pick up some awesome bagels along with my falafel!

                          1. re: mnajji
                            magic Mar 22, 2013 08:57 PM

                            What do you mean by picking up bagels in Jan 2014??

                            1. re: magic
                              mnajji Mar 23, 2013 07:35 AM

                              Well, I have no way of verifying that this is accurate but according to Yelp Haymishe will be closed until Dec 31, 2013.


                              1. re: mnajji
                                magic Mar 23, 2013 09:27 AM


                                Thanks for the info. I wonder how they acquired this info and if it is accurate.

                                I will post on the Haymishe Fire thread.

                            2. re: mnajji
                              disgusti Mar 23, 2013 12:03 AM

                              only open until 4 or so on fridays because of shabbat from what i understand. no line when i was in there this afternoon but a steady stream of people taking out

                              1. re: disgusti
                                kwass Mar 23, 2013 04:49 AM

                                Good to know. Thanks disgusti!

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