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Where do you take a carnivore that isn't boring?

Googs Sep 7, 2013 06:25 PM

A little wow would be nice. Steakhouses need not apply.

  1. justxpete Sep 7, 2013 06:33 PM

    Best Ellen.

    And if you can, round up a group of eight and have the suckling pig feast.

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    1. re: justxpete
      Nevy Sep 7, 2013 06:54 PM

      +1 on this recommendation as well. The same Uncle I was alluding to below LOVED his order of cote de boeuf here. It's a gigantic slab of red meat and the 'meat locker' (aka glassed dry aging room), is pretty impressive.

    2. Nevy Sep 7, 2013 06:52 PM

      I would think Chiado would work. I know it's mostly seafood but I have this uncle who inhales prime rib and devours anything that is red meat. When we went here, he really did love his order of rack of lamb. We had to pry the plate from him because his gnawing on the bones and happy noises were embarrassing.

      Another place I always wanted to go and try for their large family style meat dinner is Edulis. They have piglet shoulder and belly roast, prime rib by the kg, whole chicken baked in hay, and I think a whole lobe of foie gras. You have to pre-order but it looks incredible. I went one dinner and two tables down, they had the piglet... it smelled AMAZING. It looked like a huge carnivore feast with lots of sides given to them. I often looked over to my right with glazed visions of cracklings and juicy pork.

      1. happycamper Sep 7, 2013 08:14 PM

        Obvious one - Black Hoof
        The Grove
        Sampaguita (delicious no frills filipino)

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          KAYLO Sep 8, 2013 03:05 AM

          I try not to date the carnivores that are boring.

          How about Richmond Station? Not fancy, but definite WOW kitchen with meats.

        2. TorontoJo Sep 8, 2013 04:42 AM

          Beast for the whole beast tasting menu. Call in advance to arrange, pick the animal of your choice.

          1. Googs Sep 10, 2013 12:08 PM

            Thanks everyone. I got so burned out making decisions last week, I just couldn't think anymore. All of these are great suggestions. I love the Edulis idea.

            Surprised no one said Cava, Kingyo, or Woodlot. Has the love affair faded?

            Does anyone have an opening date for Hudson Kitchen or any ideas on what they're doing there?

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            1. re: Googs
              justxpete Sep 10, 2013 12:14 PM

              You requested meat-centric. Cava, Woodlot, Kinyo - not really meat-centric. I'm confused.

              1. re: justxpete
                Googs Sep 10, 2013 12:23 PM

                Meat-centric. Not necessarily serving the whole animal to the whole table sorts. The person being feted LOVES meat and it's her night, but others may want a vegetable thrown in.

                I've not been to Kingyo, but it seems to be a good place to go to be skewered on meat and cocktails. I've been pleased with the ability to pair and share at Cava. Woodlot's meat dishes were exceptional. The latter two I haven't been to in a while and so am not qualified to give a recommendation for either. An update would be welcome.

                1. re: Googs
                  justxpete Sep 10, 2013 12:32 PM

                  Kingyo, Cava and Woodlot aren't more meat-centric than any random restaurant. Woodlot is even more known for it's vegetarian menu than anything else.

                  Best Ellen, Black Hoof, Beast and Edulis are specifically meat-centric.

              2. re: Googs
                JennaBean Sep 10, 2013 01:32 PM

                Hudson Kitchen is open but they are all TIFF all the time right now.

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                  Googs Sep 10, 2013 01:37 PM

                  Yes, sorry I should have been clearer. I meant, when does Hudson Kitchen open to the rabble like me?

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                    caviartothegeneral Oct 2, 2013 02:47 PM

                    Hudson Kitchen is now open to hoi polloi and is taking reservations on Open Table.

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                      1750spider Oct 13, 2013 05:45 PM

                      So time moves along ... on spec I made a reserv at Hudson Kitchen for next weekend: QUESTION IS: has anyone been there and have anything to report yet? It'd be great to hear whether the reservs are worth keeping, or bail and go somewhere else ....

                  2. re: Googs
                    Cat123 Sep 11, 2013 06:29 PM

                    I was just at Woodlot this last weekend, having been there many times previously. I had the pork chop and my companion had the flat iron steak and they were both fantastic - as good as ever. I did notice, however, that none of the starters had any meat in them at all - they were all veg or fish - and I was particularly missing the wonderful steak tartare they had on a prior menu. So if you are really looking for a full-on meat experience it might not be the best option. That said, the squash blossom starter I had was wonderful.

                    1. re: Cat123
                      Googs Sep 12, 2013 10:13 AM

                      Thanks for the update Cat123.

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                    vankirk Sep 30, 2013 08:21 AM

                    I am not surprised Woodlot not mentioned. So so overpriced, it seems almost to be priced to make people think " wow that must be good" i cannot believe what i paid for boring, overly salted polenta with veg. I love polenta and was very excited about the dish. Also - the difference between the small and large pastas simply HILARIOUS. Dinner for 3 with one bottle of ok wine: $300+ total waste of money.

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                      francelonian Oct 1, 2013 02:30 PM

                      Farmhouse Tavern on Dupont. And if you can get seats, they've just started another Hunt Camp.

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                      1. re: francelonian
                        JennaBean Oct 2, 2013 09:43 AM

                        Hunt Camp is sold out!

                      2. peasontoast Oct 2, 2013 10:39 AM

                        Jam Café on Carlton closed a while ago and reopened as "Fare Game" with the tag line "Continental Cuisine With A Canadian Panache". I haven't been yet, but the menu is here:


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                          emq Oct 3, 2013 02:47 PM

                          I was looking through real estate listings in Cabbagetown yesterday (dreaming) and noticed that "Fare Game" is up for sale.

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                            KAYLO Oct 15, 2013 05:22 PM

                            FARE GAME WARNING DANGER DANGER!!! Not sure it is still open, but the food is/was vile beyond description. A miss-mash menu of pricey microwaved frozen favorites from President's Choice. Truly scary. We left most of the four dishes on the plates, and they comped us four (frozen, warmed) commercial desserts and expressed the hope that we'd come back soon....We wondered whether the previous tenant, the credible JAM Cafe, had had to buy out the lease and gave the dishwasher a chance to live his dream.

                        2. meatnveg Oct 15, 2013 07:19 PM

                          The Emerson.

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                            C mac Oct 19, 2013 11:10 PM

                            I'm not sure if your still looking, or what you consider "boring", but I would be Coppacabanna at the top of my list. If you go on friday or saturday they have brazilian dancers but the price is a little extra.

                            I know you said "steakhouses need not apply" but this isn't really a "steakhouse" per say.


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