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Mar 22, 2013 08:34 PM


Inspired by the thread asking for most over-rated and pretentious.

My own contribution - Purple Onion on Dundas in the Junction. Cheap steak and specials of the day. Another would be Valleyfields in North York. No smoke and mirrors there.

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  1. Oh, I love this topic! My favourite underrated and unpretentious spots:

    - Hammersmith's on Gerrard East.
    - Trio on Yonge, north of Lawrence
    - Sidecar on College
    - Serra on Bloor (though it's been a couple of years since I've eaten there)
    - Northern Dumpling Kitchen
    - Yummy Yummy Dumplings
    - Stone Road Grille in Niagara-on-the-Lake (not underrated, but totally unpretentious)
    - The Regal Diner in Niagara Falls

    There are many more, but these are the ones that I frequent (or frequented) most often.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Didn't the chef (or owner) of Sidecar leave recently?

      1. re: estufarian

        Ah, possibly! I haven't been since last spring.

        1. re: auberginegal

          Nope. Ryan Crawford left to do his own thing (to be opened in 2014), but SRG is still going strong with Steve Page, the former sous chef, now in charge.

          They did close down for a month or so over the holidays, though.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            good to know and what a relief! thanks for the update :) that month or so was probably when i read about the news.

            1. re: auberginegal

              Jo, have you been since the switch over?

              1. re: hungryabbey

                Yes, several times. Still wonderful. Slight shift in menu to include some less expensive entrees, as they are trying to hit a lower price point so that they aren't only a "special occasion" restaurant for locals. The killed the half-sized entree options, which made me sad, but I guess the less expensive section makes up for that.

                The current menu is on the rich side with a comfort-food focus. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with a Spring menu.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  Aw I loved the half size option. But it's nice they're lowering prices. I'm looking forward to a revisit this summer.

                  1. re: hungryabbey

                    We went since the revamp and it's still very good! Charcuterie is still there, too.

      2. Quince
        zee Grill

        All favourites for us.

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        1. re: CocoaChanel

          I went to Quince for Summerlicious and have to agree with your assessment - they were lovely and unfussy and the food was great. I'm not often in that area but would stop in anytime I am.

        2. Great topic - much better to focus on the positive than the negative.

          Under-rated & unpretentious:
          County General
          Richmond Station
          Kori's Roti (Oakville)
          Sweet LuLu

          Porchetta & Co

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            1. Zorba's and Rol San are unpretentious.