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Sep 7, 2013 06:25 PM

Kelseys...what to order?

Is anyone eating dinner there?

Thanks in advance for suggesting your faves


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  1. Nothing. Just leave.

    Alternatively, lots of alcohol.

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        1. Let me get this's in bad form to be critical of Home of the Brave but it's ok to trash Kelsey's?

          I haven't eaten at Kelsey's in a few years, but if I was going to eat there, I'd have the hot wings, nachos or warm spinach dip. I usually stick with the appetizers.

          Toronto Guy, if you go, let the Board know what you liked best. It's always good to know which dishes are better than others for future reference. Some Chowhounds do occasionally end up at Kelsey's, Casey's, Jack Astor's and other Canadian/Ontarian chains, and it's good to know which dishes other Chowhounds find ok or decent, if they're brave enough to admit it.

          re: just sayn, I often make my dinner out of appetizers (even greasy ones), regardless of the price point of the restaurant (including most recently Enoteca Sociale, Libretto, Buca, Tabule, the Keg, Museum Tavern, etc), so I am answering the OP's question re: what I would order for dinner, even if I'm not suggesting mains. The Kelsey's menu has revamped- looks a lot more like Milestone's than it used to:

          By the way, funnel cake lovers, Kelsey's currently has funnel cake as part of their limited time menu. If anyone compares the two, please post photos. :-)

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          1. re: prima

            Prima, re-read HOTB, nothing unusual there. The food isn't carny, not close. The moustache doesn't matter unless he's part of the dish, They don't serve more fried food than any other place. The food is from scratch so there is no cheating in that respect. Who is it that is trying to hide the truth about the food? I don't think anyone is.

            Someone wants to eat DINNER at Kelsey's, you say order three deep fried and/or greasy apps, and I say that isn't a dinner. That's bar food for while watching a game, or perhaps in your case, making the best of being dragged there. The truth is most of their food is crap. The menu is full of landmines. Yes there may be the odd item that is good and hopefully someone will share it, but right now it seems that most of us have had the landmines!

            1. re: prima

              Some chowhounds do end up at Kelseys, some post about pissing away their $$ buying a McLobster and others spend their hard-earned money eating carney food.

              to answer the original question: just eat the menu, order a glass of water, put half a packet of salt it in, ask for complementary bread and call it a day.

            2. Avoid:
              All pastas

              all burgers
              most salads
              buffalo chicken sandwich

              Best Best:
              The steak dinner

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              1. re: Googs

                I can't even fathom eating a "steak dinner" at Kelseys. This explains much.

                1. re: justxpete

                  What's your problem with my answer? It's the item least likely to kill them with salt and fat at Kelsey's. Have you ever been dragged there and navigated that menu?

                  1. re: Googs

                    Yes. I think I ordered Chicken Fajitas.

                    1. re: justxpete

                      Thanks. You just reminded me.

                      Also Avoid:
                      Everything on the "casual mains" menu.

                      The steak is the best of a bad lot. As I said, at least you won't wake up the next morning parched with thirst and 7 pounds heavier.

                      1. re: Googs

                        If a Kelsey's steak was the last morsel of food on earth, I'd starve to death.

                        1. re: justxpete

                          LOL. In a choice between Kelsey's and having to make my own dinner after a 12 hour day in the office, I can tell you the kitchen light is going on when i get home.

                          It sounds like the OP hasn't a choice. Unless you're bringing the gun to the restaurant.