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Eater Toronto launch

disgusti Oct 2, 2013 04:21 PM

So that site eater.com has launched a Toronto offshoot. I've always found them a bit goofy but still an interesting place for some news-ish items but anyways the Toronto site leads off with their top 38 Toronto restaurants, many of which I think are ridiculous. How does this make you feel


  1. justxpete Oct 2, 2013 04:22 PM

    Hahahaha. This list is awesome. I think they pulled it from Yelp.

    1. rosieintoronto Oct 2, 2013 04:29 PM

      Without Kaji listed I can't take it seriously. And I'm so tired of lists describing Via Allegro as in a "non-descript" plaza, some original writing would be nice.

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        LexiFirefly Oct 2, 2013 05:16 PM

        That list is awful, dated and entirely predictable. Way to go eater.

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          bytepusher Oct 2, 2013 08:11 PM

          Wow, some truly odd picks in there

          But what troubles me most is the totally hack writing

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          1. re: bytepusher
            justxpete Oct 2, 2013 09:01 PM

            The list is terrible. It's so frustrating, and represents yet another lost opportunity to promote our best talent.

          2. MissBingBing Oct 3, 2013 04:41 AM

            Isn't Keriwa closed?

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            1. re: MissBingBing
              justxpete Oct 3, 2013 06:00 AM


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                bytepusher Oct 3, 2013 06:13 AM

                Theoretically temporary, but Aaron has been saying he's going to reopen "soon" with various interpretations of "soon" since the flood in July

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              akhorasanee Oct 3, 2013 06:25 AM

              This list is absurd.....I'm just confused...Bangkok garden??!!! Tappo Winebar??!!! Sotto sotto??!!! Queen Mother café???!!! How did they even think of including these!

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              1. re: akhorasanee
                bytepusher Oct 3, 2013 12:25 PM

                I will confess, I have a soft spot for the Queen Mother

                There are those times one finds oneself on Queen West and you don't quite know why but since you're there you might as well go into the Queen Mother and have the Ping Gai

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                  akhorasanee Oct 3, 2013 01:31 PM

                  I totally get that...lord knows I love Katmandu but in no way would I expect to see that in the Essential 38 Toronto restaurant site.

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                    bytepusher Oct 3, 2013 01:46 PM

                    I think it gets some extra points for a list like this because they've been at it for so effing long, since 1978 fer crying out loud.

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                      estufarian Oct 3, 2013 01:49 PM

                      Then why not include Tom Jones Steakhouse?

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                        MissBingBing Oct 4, 2013 01:59 PM

                        Or Fran's? The Sultan's Tent?

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                          justxpete Oct 4, 2013 02:04 PM

                          lol, I'm actually surprised Sultan's Tent isn't on the list!

                  2. re: bytepusher
                    justxpete Oct 4, 2013 02:06 PM

                    I go to queen mum (as we affectionately call it) for the Ping gai as well from time to time, but no way would I included it on this list either. Also, the sticky rice is pretty awesome as well.

                2. Wench Foraday Oct 3, 2013 02:16 PM

                  Reading this list makes you wonder about the reliability of the other Eater sites...

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                    LemonLauren Oct 4, 2013 10:05 AM

                    that's the worst part! i swear by Eater (when CH isn't forthcoming) when travelling!

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                      bytepusher Oct 4, 2013 10:57 AM

                      Well for what it's worth, while not perfect either the Montreal and Vancouver lists were much better than the Toronto one.

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                        justxpete Oct 4, 2013 11:01 AM

                        Vancouver list didn't include Vij's, only it's offshoot.

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                          bytepusher Oct 4, 2013 01:45 PM

                          There were obvious omissions the both lists Europea in Montreal for example but no Sotto Sotto or Tappo level flop entries

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                            justxpete Oct 4, 2013 02:03 PM

                            I would argue that not including Vij's for Vancouver is worse than including Sotto Sotto & tappo in Toronto (and the many other WTF??????????????????????? choices) - but you're right, the Vancouver list is much better in General.

                            ps, those question marks were intentional.

                  2. estufarian Oct 4, 2013 12:29 PM

                    Has anyone noticed that the Eater list has CHANGED since it was first published - yet no indication that it has been edited!
                    How about that for integrity?

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                    1. re: estufarian
                      bytepusher Oct 4, 2013 01:47 PM

                      They did note it in the comments

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                        estufarian Oct 4, 2013 02:03 PM

                        So they did - I missed that.

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                      bytepusher Apr 9, 2014 10:19 AM

                      OK so Eater's new Toronto "editor" Nobu Adelman (who some of you may remember from the completely forgettable "Food Jammers" TV show) has finally pushed out a replacement Eater 38. While there are a couple of arguable choices it's certainly better than the past disaster and it at least actually demonstrates some actual familiarity with the Toronto restaurant scene.

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                      1. re: bytepusher
                        justxpete Apr 9, 2014 02:57 PM

                        It's 10 billion times better than the previous non-sense.

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