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kwass Mar 28, 2013 11:43 AM

Queen and Spadina is starting to be such a great area to grab a quick bite. Banh Mi Boys is already there. Burger's Priest is about to open, and now this. Apparently a new restaurant is opening up in the old Peach Berzerk location. It sounds like it's going to be yummy! Here's a link with some info:

http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...

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  1. justsayn RE: kwass Apr 14, 2013 05:40 PM

    Anybody know if they've opened?

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      kwass RE: justsayn Apr 14, 2013 05:42 PM

      I haven't heard or seen anything :(

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        justsayn RE: kwass Apr 14, 2013 05:43 PM

        Thanks! I will go by later in the week. Very curious!

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          kwass RE: justsayn Apr 14, 2013 05:47 PM

          Yes. Please let us know. I was around there last week, and I'm pretty sure there's still paper over the windows, but I wasn't really paying attention.

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            ylsf RE: kwass Apr 14, 2013 06:23 PM

            Yeah, saw paper on the windows within the last week or so

    2. justsayn RE: kwass Apr 26, 2013 10:10 AM

      Looks open...

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        kwass RE: justsayn Apr 26, 2013 10:13 AM

        I just read something last night that it was close to being open.

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          kwass RE: justsayn Apr 26, 2013 10:15 AM

          Toronto Eats posted on Twitter last night that it was coming along, but didn't say that it was open

        2. justsayn RE: kwass Apr 28, 2013 02:37 PM

          Tried it today. The place was slammed!

          Great looking menu. Too soon to say too much but the BBQ'd wings were mighty tasty!

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            kwass RE: justsayn Apr 28, 2013 03:12 PM

            Can you tell us a little about the menu?

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              justsayn RE: kwass Apr 28, 2013 03:21 PM

              Sure. Here is what I recall. 8oz burger, souvlaki, Cuban, kimchi fried rice, some kind of poutine, spicy bbq wings, some salads. Po' Boy.

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                kwass RE: justsayn Apr 28, 2013 03:27 PM

                Mmmm...sounds good! Thanks justsayn. Can't wait to try it! I think the wings and the kimchi fried rice are calling my name :)

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                  justsayn RE: kwass Apr 28, 2013 03:30 PM

                  I thought the wings were really well grilled. Lots of char and the sauce was super good.

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                    kwass RE: justsayn Apr 28, 2013 03:39 PM

                    Wow! Sounds delish!

                    Also glad to hear they're so busy already!

          2. kwass RE: kwass May 3, 2013 08:09 AM

            Toronto Life just did a short write-up with pictures. Here's the link:

            http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

            1. kwass RE: kwass May 3, 2013 08:44 AM

              Here's another write-up and more pictures:

              http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

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                ylsf RE: kwass May 7, 2013 06:59 AM

                I had the breakfast roll on Sunday. The flavour was good (had mustard on it and the bacon was tasty) but the "roll" which was the bun (not to be confused with another kind of roll) was way out of proportion for my taste. It was a half a bun but just too much bread to everything else ratio for me.

                I definitely want to go back and try some other stuff on the menu. I was planning to take a copy of the paper print out menu to share with everyone but I forgot in the end. Turns out the menu is online now anyway: http://whitesquirrelcoffee.com/menu.png

                1. jlunar RE: kwass May 8, 2013 08:20 AM

                  Visited yesterday for lunch!

                  The space has the industrial look at its most basic - think of walls stripped down to a yellowish plaster, purposefully done. The menu is eclectic - ranging from kimchi fried rice to cubano sandwiches to souvlaki to banh mi, etc. They're certainly aiming to hit everyone.

                  Love that there are two sizes to many menu options - snack and full Prices are all under $10, with snack sizing around the $6-or-less mark.

                  So far the cubano sandwich was a decent eat. The bread was especially good with it's toasty edges and chewy interior. A solid kind of sandwich with layers of ham, roasted pork, cabbage and cheese. Tasty, though I'd be looking to the next item to try versus re-ordering it quite yet.

                  Their iced tea, done with chai notes (good twist), was quite lovely and not too sweet. Refreshing and worth a re-order.

                  What I was really looking forward to was the kimchi fried rice. However, it's not ready for prime-time. The rice was mushy (needed drier rice and higher heat in the fry pan, less time in the pan - something) and one should also keep in mind that it seems like a "vegetarian" version (though most kimchi isn't even close to vegetarian), so it won't have that caramelized-with-pork-fat flair that you (well, I) may be expecting. I made mention of the rice texture to them and they spoke of how they were working and will be improving on it. Also would be awesome to throw a fried egg on it. I might be hoping too much for some decent Korean close by for lunch though.

                  What I really enjoyed on my walk back, was the ice cream sandwich. The chocolate cookies were done up in almost a ginger snap-like texture and the taste was reminiscent of Oreo. Mashed inside was a scoop of Greg's toasted marshmallow. So delicious and beats the pants off the one I had only the day before. Dangerous knowledge for me.

                  tl;dr: based on one visit, it's worth a peek if you're in the area.

                  edit: for clarity, based on auberginegal's reply (thank you)

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                    auberginegal RE: jlunar May 8, 2013 08:24 AM

                    thanks for the report! i noticed the place on my way to bahn mi boys and made a mental note to see if anyone had tried their food :)

                    regarding the kimchi fried rice - i'm curious about what 'vegetarian' they are going for (my definition of vegetarian means no meat or seafood), as i'd assume kimchi has shrimp and fish sauce (unless this is special kimchi?!)

                    and lastly, thanks - i'm now hungry for that ice cream sandwich! :)

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                      jlunar RE: auberginegal May 8, 2013 08:36 AM

                      Just to clarify, they don't bill the kimchi fried rice as vegetarian - that's just my interpretation of it. They've got some stalks of gailan and tofu in there to bulk it up and I saw no meat in there - it just feels like that's the tack they're taking. I'm clearly jonesing for a more "classical" interpretation, so I wouldn't order this again unless they modified it.

                      But first, they gotta fix the rice. Ain't nothing more sadface than mushy rice.

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                      piccola RE: jlunar May 8, 2013 07:20 PM

                      I like the two serving sizes. I wish more places did that.

                    3. jlunar RE: kwass May 8, 2013 11:12 AM

                      Today: wings and sabich.

                      Wings were really good. Very Viet/Thai style with hot peppers, cilantro, and (I think) a fish sauce. Some wings were more charred than others, but didn't detract from taste (rather the opposite). 6 wings in the snack size. Lots of flavour here, with lingering fire. I'd totally eat those again.

                      Sabich. Liked that the yolk of the boiled egg was still runny enough for sauce, but it still needed some hummus or really, tahini. If it was in there, I did not taste it.

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                        justsayn RE: jlunar May 8, 2013 07:24 PM

                        Tasted fish sauce too on those wings. I think they are pretty awesome now that I have been back. Great char and not sweet, but good heat. Also a big and juicy burger with a perfect match bun. Love the heft and simplicity of the chuck.

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                          Michael N RE: justsayn May 9, 2013 08:37 AM

                          Big and juicy burger, eh? Interesting... [strokes beard] Is the burger just beef? Or is it meatloaf style?

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                            justsayn RE: Michael N May 9, 2013 09:14 AM

                            Just beef and great texture. Had it twice now - once was pink and once was still juicy but more well done.

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                              Michael N RE: justsayn May 9, 2013 09:28 AM

                              Well then, I guess I need to check it out!

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                                Michael N RE: justsayn May 11, 2013 12:49 PM

                                WOW -- good call on the burger. I just had it and it is SERIOUSLY GOOD. I was actually shocked at how good it was -- juicy, with a great crust from the grill and a nice beefy flavour. You're right about the texture, too. It's perfect. I honestly think it would be in my top five burgers in the city. SO GOOD.

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                                  justsayn RE: Michael N May 11, 2013 10:55 PM

                                  Yea I hope they keep it up. It is an awesome burger. FG and BP have nothing on this burger.

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                                    disgusti RE: justsayn May 13, 2013 11:23 AM

                                    burgers priest has nothing on it? i mean, just off of having had the burger priest burger so many times i have to try this place out, but that seems pretty hyperbolic

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                                      Michael N RE: disgusti May 13, 2013 11:37 AM

                                      Yeah, it's an outstanding burger but I definitely wouldn't say BP has nothing on it. They're probably neck and neck, though.

                                      I should note that it's hard to make too direct of a comparison -- it's grilled versus BP's griddled burger. So it's not a 1:1 comparison like, say, BP and HC.

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                                        justsayn RE: Michael N May 13, 2013 06:56 PM

                                        Not 1:1 for sure but my burger craving is for WS not BP.

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                                        justsayn RE: disgusti May 13, 2013 06:55 PM

                                        Well not hyperbole for me. But I am not a BP fan in general. I find it way too salty and sometimes just too greasy. I like WS's thicker patty that has similar beefy qualities and texture of BP but more juicy and not as greasy. I also really like the bun.

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                              pinstripeprincess RE: jlunar May 9, 2013 04:12 PM

                              was there a couple days ago and grabbed the sabich... i knew something was up but couldn't figure it out and didn't bother looking at the menu again. no eggplant! they missed it in my sandwich.

                              so what i got was a vinegary crunchy veg dice, with a liquidy egg and not a whole lot of flavour. disappointed. i personally think this is one instance where you'd get a lot more flavour from having a fully cooked egg.

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                                jlunar RE: pinstripeprincess May 10, 2013 06:57 AM

                                There was eggplant in mine! But boo that that missed it. I think the Sabich was pretty boring. I can see a cooked egg working better - the runny egg was really messy, and then the tahini/hummus would replace the need for some sauce.

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                                  kwass RE: jlunar May 10, 2013 07:23 AM

                                  I was thinking of going some time within the next two weeks, but now I'm wondering if I should wait a bit so that they can iron out the kinks. Thoughts?

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                                    ylsf RE: kwass May 10, 2013 08:15 AM

                                    I wouldn't call it a "destination" kind of place. I wouldn't travel far to go, it isn't much to look at inside/etc. I will definitely be going again when in the area though. So, if you are in the area, I would go now while word hasn't spread too much about it and it is fairly quiet. I can see the place getting much busier down the road.

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                                      kwass RE: ylsf May 10, 2013 08:21 AM

                                      I have class in the area, so I'm around there all the time. I've already walked by it several times, and I really would like to try it, I'm just not sure if I should wait a little while until they've found their footing. Although sometimes I can't resist, I tend to think it's best to wait until a restaurant has been open for a little bit before I try it.

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                                        kwass RE: kwass May 10, 2013 08:29 AM

                                        I think I might just throw caution to the wind and go next week :)
                                        I'll report back once I do.

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                                          ylsf RE: kwass May 10, 2013 08:48 AM

                                          Yeah, just go... Be a risk taker :) Luckily you aren't spend $30+ on an entree so worst case you are out only a few bucks but I think you will enjoy it.

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                                            kwass RE: ylsf May 10, 2013 08:52 AM

                                            Exactly!! Thanks ylsf. I'm going to take your advice and be a risk-taker :)

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                                              justsayn RE: kwass May 10, 2013 09:53 AM

                                              You can't go wrong if you like spicy-ish wings. The burger is great if you aren't looking for a smashed burger. The sabich is mainly the item that seems to be all over the place. When I had it the egg was perfect, not runny, not hard, like a custard which was perhaps sous vide. I am not sure I would like it as a runny yolk. The eggplant was properly cooked with lots of flavour and the umbah really complimented the flavours. The po boy was above average.

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                                                kwass RE: justsayn May 10, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                I love spicy-ish wings. I also want to try the kimchi fried rice. Ok. It's decided. I'm going on Monday :)

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                                                  jlunar RE: kwass May 10, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                  Let us know about the kimchi rice and if they've improved it!

                                                  The wings are good.

                                                  Overall, I really do like this spot. Right price point, right variety, mostly good.

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                                                    kwass RE: jlunar May 10, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                    I will definitely let you know :)

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                              msprnt RE: kwass May 13, 2013 10:55 AM

                              went friday just before noon. seating is limited (maybe 20 seats)? but the food lends itself to quick turnover. wait could be a reasonable few minutes for the food.

                              wings - were so awesome, we tried to make our own for dinner that night!

                              breakfast banh mi - average, but included a scrambled egg

                              cubano - delicious roast pork!

                              i gotta go back for the burger and other things!

                              1. kwass RE: kwass May 13, 2013 12:21 PM

                                So, I went today for lunch, and it was good, but not great. I did love the the fact that a lot of the menu items had a "snack size", which enabled me to sample a few things on the menu. I ordered the wings, the kimchi fried rice, and the guacamole with chips, since I'm a gauacomole-fanatic, and cant not order it when I see it on a menu.

                                The wings were very small but good, although I ordered them without cilantro, and they still came with cilantro. They were grilled really nicely, in a nice light sauce that I would describe as tangy with a hint of spice.

                                The Kimchi Fried Rice, had an interesting flavour, which I don't know how to describe, and I couldn't really find the kimchi in them. The rice was on the mushy side, which I'm embarrassed to admit I love, because mushy rice is comfort food for me, as it brings me back to my childhood.

                                The guacamole was good, but not great. It had a very dominant lime-flavour, and it was very spicy. But the spice wasn't distributed evenly, so some bites were so spicy, that I couldn't cool my mouth down, while other bites had no spice @ all. As for the lime, they might have actually over-done it a little.

                                I'm really happy I tried it, although I don't think I'd rush back. That being said, I would like to try the hand-held french toast.

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                                  mangel35 RE: kwass Jun 3, 2013 09:35 PM

                                  I live for succulent, mouthwatering sandwiches and the White Squirrel Snack Shop's P'o Boy hits the mark!! Weekly P'o Boys change. I've had the brisket and the fried chicken. They are served on the freshest bread the flavours are eyerolling and made me groan with the delight. I can't wait to try the grilled shrimp P'o Boy. I cannot get enough of the White Squirrel Snack Shop. sooooo inexpensive too.

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                                    justsayn RE: mangel35 Jun 4, 2013 06:30 AM

                                    You do love your food!! I have to say that I have had the chicken and the shrimp versions and they were quite excellent. I have yet to be disappointed with anything there.

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                                      jlunar RE: mangel35 Jun 4, 2013 08:14 AM

                                      Shrimp po' boy this week? Oooh!

                                    2. jlunar RE: kwass Jun 4, 2013 08:16 AM

                                      Just wrote this one up!
                                      Photos + intro/extro: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2013/06/04/wh...

                                      Their Cubano sandwich: with slow-roasted pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, slaw, and grainy mustard. My dining companion enjoyed their order, and though I had only a bite, I enjoyed it well enough too. We especially liked the bun it came on – a steamed egg bun with a shiny lacquered exterior and a moist, chewy interior. Would revisit this after trying a few more items on the menu.

                                      By far, my favourite thing White Squirrel Snack Shop offers: their Spicy Sweet Wings. Grilled and tossed with chili, maple, lime, and cilantro. Great charring, really nicely cooked, and entirely too delicious. There’s a good bit of fire on these and the lime cuts the fattiness of the wing. I might be making this up, but I’m pretty sure there’s a good hit of fish sauce in there too. Whatever the case, they’re worth ordering.

                                      I’d heard positive reports on the Snack Shop Burger and decided to give it a go. This is 1/2 lb of house-ground chuck, caramelized onions, pickles, and Dijon on a steamed egg bun. Quite a good burger – nice char, holds together, juicy, and just a bit pink inside. And I love that bun. Though Burger’s Priest is now open, this is a totally different burger (and to my preference).

                                      In my initial scan of the menu, the dish I was most excited about was the Kimchi Fried Brown Rice (left). I should have clued in, but I swear the first iteration of their menu didn’t state that it was brown rice and vegan. With oyster mushrooms, soft tofu, and steamed greens on top, this is pretty far from the more traditional pork-fat preparation I’d been hoping for. Too bad. Their Sabich (right) consists of a medium-boiled egg, grilled eggplant, and cucumber salad in a pita. I’m not an expert, but a smear of tahini or hummus would have been welcome. I enjoyed the runny yolk, but it also made it messy and hard to eat. I think this one needs tweaking.

                                      A simple side of Guacamole & Chips to supplement your lunch if you’re extra hungry or sharing. Very lime-heavy, to my happy discovery. Needed more garlic though (traditionalists will thumb their noses at me). In the back is their refreshing iced tea – only slightly sweet and steeped with chai.

                                      I’d had a disappointing “s’mores” ice cream sandwich the day before and wasn’t sure I wanted to risk having a repeat of the previous day. But I found out the ice cream was from Greg’s and so I rolled the dice on White Squirrel’s Ice Cream Sandwich and got it with a dollop of Toasted Marshmallow. So glad I did! The cookies were nice and chewy; the texture was more reminiscent of molasses cookies than chocolate ones. Went really well with the generous scoop of ice cream. I haven’t tested for consistency, so I’ll be sure to get on that the next time I’m in.

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                                        kwass RE: jlunar Jun 7, 2013 11:58 AM

                                        I also found the guacamole to have a very predominant lime taste (as I wrote in my earlier post). I would possibly get it again, but I would prefer it if they used less lime.

                                      2. Davwud RE: kwass Jun 5, 2013 04:40 AM

                                        I'm really excited about the burger here. Having read Michael's blog and spoken (IM'ed) it's high on my To Do list.

                                        DT

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                                          pinstripeprincess RE: Davwud Jun 5, 2013 06:47 AM

                                          it has a good crust, nice thickness of patty but i did find it a touch on the dry side. i can see that varying by day. also i can't remember what it was but there was something about the toppings i'd tweak to adjust the mustardy/sweet balance. otherwise, pretty darn good.

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                                            jlunar RE: Davwud Jun 5, 2013 07:19 AM

                                            I'll also put in, I still like Holy Chuck's burger better. But this is pretty decent!

                                          2. Davwud RE: kwass Jun 7, 2013 11:41 AM

                                            Had lunch today.

                                            The Kimchi Fried Rice didn't WOW me however the more I ate the more addictive it became. What was first a "hey that's good but doesn't floor me" turned into, by the time I was finished, "I could go for another bowl of that."
                                            FWIW, the addition of some house made Hot Sauce also improved it.

                                            Speaking of the Hot Sauce it's incredible. Hot but not overly so with a who bunch of flavour. Most notably, in the pepper aspect anyway, was the chipotles. It looks like Sriracha but totally isn't.

                                            Last but certainly not least was the Burger. The bun was great in that it pretty much acted like a holder. It was tender enough that the innards didn't squish out the back, sturdy enough to hold together and had enough flavour that you knew it was there.
                                            The choice of toppings is pre ordained and it's sauteed onion, pickles and dijon. On that, I won't comment other than to say I didn't dislike them. It's close to what I'd put on.
                                            The meat is excellent. Beefy taste, loosely packed so as to be tender yet with a pleasant amount of chew. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

                                            Looking forward to my next visit. Wings for sure.

                                            DT

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                                              kwass RE: Davwud Jun 7, 2013 11:59 AM

                                              I had a similar experience to you Davwud with the Kimchi Fried Rice. It was good enough, but it didn't WOW me either. That being said, for some reason I can't stop thinking about it, and want to go back and get it again...lol.

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                                                Davwud RE: kwass Jun 7, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                It must be the heroin they put in it.
                                                ;-0

                                                It's just addictive.

                                                DT

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                                                  kwass RE: Davwud Jun 7, 2013 03:52 PM

                                                  I know...it's so weird!!

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                                                    justsayn RE: kwass Jun 7, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                    Try the quinoa - its pretty damn good too.

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                                                      kwass RE: justsayn Jun 7, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                      One of my girlfriends got it the other day, and it looked unbelievably yummy! It's definitely one of the things that I'm planning on trying next!

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                                                        kwass RE: justsayn Jun 7, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                        Has anyone tried the fries and gravy?

                                              2. kwass RE: kwass Jun 17, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                Went to White Squirrel for breakfast today, and it was soooo good! I had the Breakfast Banh Mi and the Hand Held French Toast.

                                                The Breakfast Banh Mi was ridiculously good. It consisted of an egg, pickled veggies, some sort of pate and hot sauce on a bun. The hot sauce added such a nice element to the sandwich, as did the crunchy pickled veggies against the softness of the egg. It also comes with cilantro, but I got it without, since I'm not a fan of cilantro. My only criticism (and it's slight) was the bun, which was a little too heavy for this sandwich. That being said, I can't wait to go back and have it again.

                                                As for the french toast, I was expecting something small, and possible deep fried, kind of like a smaller version of the Portuguese French Toast that you would find @ Venezia. But it wasn't like that @ all. It was about 3 slices of french toast, that they cut in half (so it was 6 pieces in total). I think they put the syrup in the eggwash, so that you could hold the french toast without getting sticky fingers. It was soooo good. Sweet, but not too sweet. Really yummy! I'd definitely go back for that too.

                                                Then, later on during the day, I saw one of my girlfriends eating the portabello banh mi. Boy did that look good! That's next on my list to try, along with the quinoa salad, which also looks fantastic!

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                                                  ramenramen RE: kwass Jun 17, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                  Hand held French toast?! OMG I NEED TO GO.

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                                                    kwass RE: ramenramen Jun 17, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                    You should definitely try it!! It's really good for what it is!!

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                                                    justsayn RE: kwass Jun 17, 2013 08:02 PM

                                                    quinoa is fantastic! : )

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                                                      kwass RE: justsayn Jun 18, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                      That's what I've heard! Thanks justsayn :)

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                                                    ylsf RE: kwass Jul 17, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                    Tried to go yesterday just after 6pm for a burger. I didn't realize that they closed at 6pm. Wonder why places don't have hours posted on the door anymore. Would help to know for a quick reference in the future :)

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                                                      kwass RE: ylsf Jul 17, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                      They do list their hours on their website, but I guess that doesn't help when you're standing outside the door.

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                                                        Davwud RE: ylsf Jul 17, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                        Not posting the unit number also bothers me.

                                                        DT

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                                                          kwass RE: Davwud Jul 17, 2013 03:49 PM

                                                          That drives me insane!

                                                      2. kwass RE: kwass Jul 19, 2013 01:38 PM

                                                        I know somebody mentioned it @ some point, but I don't feel like going through every post to find it. Can anyone tell me how the ice cream sandwiches are from here? I'm debating whether to get an ice cream sandwich from White Squirrel or an ice cream sandwich from GHD this weekend. The GHD version is a soft ice cream sandwiched between a cinnamon sugar doughnut.

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                                                          ylsf RE: kwass Jul 19, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                          Did you check out the recent BlogTo posting on the top 10 ice cream sandwiches?

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                                                            kwass RE: ylsf Jul 19, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                            I did! That's what got me in the mood for ice cream sandwiches. I was going to go to Boreal or White Squirrel, but then I saw the picture of the ice cream doughnut-sandwich from GHD, and now I'm torn where I should go.

                                                            Here is a picture of the ice-cream doughnut-sandwich from GHD:

                                                            https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                                            I guess I should be grateful that not being able to figure out where to buy an ice cream sandwich is my biggest problem today :)

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                                                              ylsf RE: kwass Jul 19, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                              The thing is with this heat the soft serve ice cream will melt super quickly. I don't think you will be able to eat it like a traditional "ice cream sandwich". It looks good but I think with this heat you might be better off with Boreal or White Squirrel because of a lot of stuff "looks" good at GHD but ends up just tasting okay or heavy..
                                                              Hope that helped with your decision. Part of me wants you to go to GHD just to tell us how it is, but you are prob better off with the other two.

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                                                                kwass RE: ylsf Jul 19, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                Thanks ylsf! Great points!! I'm going to take your advice and go to White Squirrel, since it's a little closer to where I'll be anyway :)

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                                                                  justsayn RE: kwass Jul 19, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                  Plus I have only heard great things about WS's sandwich!

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                                                                    kwass RE: justsayn Jul 19, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                    Well that's good to hear!! Decision made! Thanks justsayn!

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                                                                      kwass RE: justsayn Jul 21, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                      ylsf and justsayn, I wanted to thank you for convincing me to go to White Squirrel for an ice cream sandwich! It was really good! The ice cream, which I think is from Greg's, was fantastic, and the cookie (which I think was frozen) was really good too. In fact, it was the perfect cookie for an ice cream sandwich!

                                                                      It's funny, because I guess I'm sort of on an ice cream sandwich kick, and I went to Bakerbots last week to try one of their ice cream sandwiches, and I must say that White Squirrel's was way better!!

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                                                                        justsayn RE: kwass Jul 21, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                        Great to hear. WS is known throughout the park it seems, for their awesome cookie sandwich!

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                                                                          Davwud RE: justsayn Jul 21, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                          And today is National Ice Cream Day so it's required that you eat something like an ics.

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                                                                            kwass RE: Davwud Jul 21, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                            Glad to help the cause :)

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                                                                            kwass RE: justsayn Jul 21, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                            Well it seems that their reputation is well-earned!

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                                                                      Herne RE: ylsf Jul 19, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                      What is GHD?

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                                                                        kwass RE: Herne Jul 19, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                        Glory Hole Doughnuts

                                                                      2. re: ylsf
                                                                        kwass RE: ylsf Jul 19, 2013 05:58 PM

                                                                        ylsf, in regard to your earlier post, I'll definitely go to GHD sometime soon so that I can let you know how the ice-cream doughnut sandwich is.

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                                                                  Strongbad789 RE: kwass Jul 22, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                  Went on the weekend with my wife for brunch - she had the yogurt and granola, I had snack-size portions of the cubano and the spicy-sweet wings. Overall impression: hits and misses, with the misses outnumbering the hits.

                                                                  The good: I really liked the cubano, and I thought it was a fair portion size for $6 (bigger than I was expecting as a 'snack'). The cheese wasn't overwhelming (I find fried sandwiches are often really heavy with cheese and grease) and the pickles, slaw, and mustard balanced it out well. I'd definitely order that again.

                                                                  The not-so-great: I didn't love my wings. The sauce was actually pretty tasty, but I prefer to be able to tell how a wing is cooked, either fried (ie they're crispy) or grilled (nicely charred). These wings were supposedly grilled, but you wouldn't have known it from the wings themselves. I also thought they could have been meatier. Wouldn't order these again.

                                                                  The bad: My wife really didn't like her yogurt and granola. The yogurt was very thick (I don't mind thick yogurt, but this was much thicker than even most greek yogurts you see around), and the granola tasted old...not crunchy at all. Fruit was a bit of cut-up apple.

                                                                  Anyway, I liked my sandwich enough to go back and try some of their other menu items, but I have to admit I was a bit let down, especially with the wings after all the good comments they get here.

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                                                                    justsayn RE: Strongbad789 Jul 22, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                    Shocking to hear that about the wings because I find that item to be so consistent out of their kitchen. They are always perfectly charred without being burnt, and they are always juicy. Maybe they had a new chef or maybe it was early before the grill had been properly heated. No excuse of course but just reaching for possibilities. You may want to order them again and if they are not clearly bbq'd take them back and show them. Because I would really be shocked if that happened again and I expect they would refund your money if it did happen. I only say all of this because we LOVE those bbq'd wings, and done right you would never question how they were cooked! : )

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                                                                      justxpete RE: justsayn Jul 22, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                      I had them last week as well and was underwhelmed. Burger was good though. Tofu rice was mushy and under seasoned.

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                                                                        Strongbad789 RE: justsayn Jul 22, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                        I was wondering if it had something to do with the fact that we were in there fairly early (not long after they opened) on Saturday...the wings took forever to come out, too...maybe they were waiting for the grill to heat up and just went with what they had?

                                                                        Anyway...I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and probably give the wings another try next time I'm down there, just because people really do seem to love them (and because I'm a big wing fan generally). If the sandwich is any indication, I do believe that they can probably make a very tasty wing (although they really need to do something about that granola!)

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                                                                        alienxx45 RE: Strongbad789 Sep 15, 2013 09:12 PM

                                                                        Thought the same thing about the "snack" size. Its hugeee. Was thinking if they gave me the wrong one.
                                                                        Their sandwiches seems to be the best items on the menu aside from their coffee of course. Would definitely go there over Burger Priest.

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                                                                        ylsf RE: kwass Sep 14, 2013 09:53 PM

                                                                        Stopped by today... I am also on the "no thanks" side for the wings. I wouldn't order them again. I was looking forward to trying them but they weren't "crispy" enough for me. I know they are grilled vs. fried but I just didn't like them. They were also in a POOL of sauce vs. just coated in them. I just ordered a snack size...

                                                                        I also got a snack size of the fried rice kimchi and I did enjoy it... It was a decent size portion even as a "snack" size... It could be a meal in itself.

                                                                        I will go back and try the burger at some point. I know another guy there ordered the "Fried chicken" sandwich which I think might have been a special. Anyone had that before (forget if mentioned earlier in the thread).

                                                                        Lastly, it was a Saturday just after noon and it was very quite. Maybe like 6 customers during the time I was there (45+ minutes). vs Burger Priest with the line up almost out the door when I walked by and full space. I hope they are busy during the week because I would like to see them stay as an option in the area. I like the "Snack" size concept, would be great to see other places do this.

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                                                                          justsayn RE: ylsf Sep 14, 2013 11:29 PM

                                                                          Yea they changed the prep on the wings to be more saucy so they get soggy. Kimchi rice and burgers are still very good though. They rotate the po'boy and both the fried shrimp and the chicken are excellent choices.

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                                                                          fickle RE: kwass Nov 1, 2013 08:51 AM

                                                                          So sad they've closed up shop :(

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                                                                            ylsf RE: fickle Nov 1, 2013 08:57 AM

                                                                            Wow, they didn't last very long at all! Too bad, it was a good option in the area.

                                                                            I guess I am not that surprised though since there was never more than one or two other customers in the place when I was there.

                                                                            1. re: ylsf
                                                                              kwass RE: ylsf Nov 1, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                              It's still such a shame! I loved it there!!

                                                                            2. re: fickle
                                                                              kwass RE: fickle Nov 1, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                                              No way. I just walked by it on Wednesday and it was open, with customers inside.

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                                                                                fickle RE: kwass Nov 1, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                                They told me they officially closed yesterday when I tried to place an order today.

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                                                                                Michael N RE: fickle Nov 1, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                Oh no! RIP the best grilled burger in the GTA. What a shame.

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                                                                                  jlunar RE: fickle Nov 1, 2013 01:28 PM

                                                                                  OH BOO URNS. NO.

                                                                                  :(

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                                                                                    Davwud RE: jlunar Nov 1, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                    "They're not booing, they're saying BOO URNS. BOO URNS."

                                                                                    Nice ref Juno

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                                                                                    msprnt RE: fickle Nov 6, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                    i went to try and grab breakfast around 9am one weekday about a month ago and they didn't have any food until 10am (or was it 11am?) because they didn't have enough staff.

                                                                                    anyway, i too hope they stay in business - burger shop or otherwise.

                                                                                  3. kwass RE: kwass Nov 6, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                                    It looks like White Squirrel is being turned into a burger joint. I think it's going to be called Hoxley.

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                                                                                      Michael N RE: kwass Nov 6, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                                      Do you know if it's the same owners? If so, hopefully it'll be the same burger they served at White Squirrel.

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                                                                                        kwass RE: Michael N Nov 6, 2013 07:39 AM

                                                                                        I have no idea. I just saw a sign posted on the window asking for resumes for a new burger joint.

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                                                                                          Davwud RE: Michael N Nov 6, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                          If I had to guess, I'd say it is. What are the odds that the owners got out of their lease?? Probably decided to retool and reopen.

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                                                                                            kwass RE: Davwud Nov 6, 2013 07:55 AM

                                                                                            Interesting! If that's the case, I hope they do well!

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                                                                                              num nums RE: Davwud Nov 6, 2013 08:56 PM

                                                                                              According to The Grid the same owner is involved. But they don't mention what the new concept will be.
                                                                                              http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/cl...

                                                                                              Whatever it is, I hope they stay open for dinner. Given the menu at the Snack Shop, I never understood why they closed so early. They should have at least tried to stay open a bit later Thurs-Sat.

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                                                                                                jlunar RE: num nums Nov 7, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                                                                I think it would have helped to be open to maybe 7p? Just enough to get a snack on the way home or to the gym, etc.

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                                                                                                  lister RE: jlunar Nov 8, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                                                                  That and given it's location with lots of foot traffic you'd that they'd be naturally open late on Fridays and Saturdays.

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                                                                                          fickle RE: kwass Nov 8, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                                                          it's going to be the Parts and Labour burger shop:
                                                                                          http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

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                                                                                            jlunar RE: fickle Nov 8, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                                            Ooooh to P&L.
                                                                                            Ballsy to open a burger shop next to TBP...

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