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Estrella Taqueria: New Taco Place Opening in North York

kwass Oct 4, 2013 02:14 PM

To quote Post City:

"Taking inspiration from the famous Big Star in Chicago is Estrella Taqueria, which will open at 4899 Yonge St. later this month. The upcoming 300-seat restaurant will offer tequila, bourbon, signature cocktails and a rotating taco menu, as well as gourmet creations like duck confit nachos. Co-owner Otta Zapotocky (a former manager at Nota Bene, as well as current co-owner of L’Avenue on Bayview) has designed the restaurant to be an easy place for uptowners to pop in for a meal and cocktails with friends"

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  1. petek RE: kwass Oct 4, 2013 02:54 PM

    Yonge and Sheppard is midtown now??? :)

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      kwass RE: petek Oct 4, 2013 02:58 PM

      Is that Yonge and Sheppard? Oops...I was thinking that it was Yonge and Eglinton. Sorry! My mistake. I'm going to change the title.

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        petek RE: kwass Oct 4, 2013 04:08 PM

        No need to apologize..I was just being a jerk.. ;)

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          kwass RE: petek Oct 4, 2013 04:40 PM

          That's ok. I have my moments too ;)

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        evansl RE: petek Oct 12, 2013 06:51 AM

        If you look at a map of GTA, it is exactly midtown.

      3. foodyDudey RE: kwass Oct 4, 2013 03:52 PM

        There is a place in San Francisco with exactly the same name. I wonder if they copied the menu also.

        1. Davwud RE: kwass Oct 15, 2013 09:28 AM

          Is it open??


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            kwass RE: Davwud Oct 15, 2013 09:43 AM

            According to BlogTo, they're slated to open the 1st week of November.

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              Davwud RE: kwass Oct 15, 2013 09:55 AM



          2. kwass RE: kwass Oct 23, 2013 08:32 PM

            Here's the latest on this restaurant:


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              Sadistick RE: kwass Oct 24, 2013 06:00 AM

              "Baja fish tacos with salsa verde, crema, pickled chilis and slaw, $4.95 each "

              Is that for EACH Taco, or Each order (presumably of 3, from the picture).

              If the former, they are out of their minds.

              Would love a good taco joint N of the 401.

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                graydyn RE: Sadistick Nov 23, 2013 06:52 AM

                Not only is that per taco, but the tacos are two-biters.

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                  kwass RE: graydyn Nov 23, 2013 08:03 AM

                  But how were they?

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                    LUV_TO_EAT RE: graydyn Nov 23, 2013 05:00 PM

                    IMO $4.95 for ONE taco (a two-biter) is too much even if it is good...especially when you're trying to fill the number of seats in that huge restaurant.

                    Good luck to them because at that price point they won't be around for long.

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                      Main334 RE: LUV_TO_EAT Nov 25, 2013 11:28 AM

                      based on your logic, you better grab a taco quickly at Barrio Coreano. All of their taco's are $5

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                  bobbob911 RE: kwass Oct 24, 2013 08:23 AM

                  I'm mildly optimistic. At least you'll be able to get a seat! (I'm looking at you Grand Electric)

                  Looks like the fish tacos are not breaded, thankfully. But that means they aren't baja style. I wish someone would do a Tikin Xic style grilled fish taco here...

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                    Davwud RE: bobbob911 Oct 25, 2013 04:46 AM

                    Food Cabbie does their fish taco's on a flat top.

                    Not a great pic. Sorry


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                    gaudreaur RE: kwass Oct 28, 2013 04:08 PM

                    no website yet other than a facebook group. Anyone seen a menu yet?

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                      filiberto RE: gaudreaur Oct 29, 2013 04:12 PM

                      Here is a "bad" picture of the menu. Food was decent, nothing like Grand Electric or Playa Cabana.

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                        filiberto RE: filiberto Oct 29, 2013 04:13 PM


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                          kwass RE: filiberto Oct 29, 2013 04:19 PM

                          I thought it isn't opening until the 31st.

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                            filiberto RE: kwass Oct 29, 2013 04:23 PM

                            They are open...their official opening is November 7. The staff was being trained while we were there, they seemed a bit lost. The waitress had to read to us, what we already read from the menu for their signature cocktail.

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                              kwass RE: filiberto Oct 29, 2013 04:29 PM

                              Oh. Ok. Thanks filiberto.

                      2. kwass RE: kwass Oct 31, 2013 05:07 PM

                        BlogTo just did a write-up. Here's the link:


                        1. biggreenmatt RE: kwass Nov 11, 2013 01:23 PM

                          Went to Estrella for lunch today.

                          Good, even very good Mexican in the style of Playa Cabana- fresh, light, bright flavours.

                          Wait staff was a little clueless and some things weren't properly explained (i.e.: when I got the bill, I was surprised to see charges for a hot sauce "flight" when I just asked for plain hot sauce, refills on pop, and stupid Q water when I just wanted tap), but I'm guessing that it's just first week jitters and kinks that will be sorted out in a month or two, when the joint can properly be reviewed.

                          I was horrified, though, to learn that they occupy the old Smoky Joe's Cafe space. That's a LOT of square footage to fill and rent up there can't be cheap. Gotta get a lotta butts through the door to fill those seats.

                          Preliminary opinion: good light Mexican cooking, with the usual first-month service kinks to work out. I hope they do well and I'll be back in a month-or-so to see how they iron out.

                          1. Crispier Crouton RE: kwass Nov 11, 2013 02:51 PM

                            Still waiting for a taco place in Toronto that will do proper tongue, tripe, and head tacos.

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                              warlock RE: Crispier Crouton Nov 24, 2013 06:51 PM

                              True that.....Tongue and Tripe Taco's,one of the first things that I always have when I'm in LA....

                              and hopefully if one ever opens ,its a no frills place and not one of those fancy shmancy joints....

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                                MissBingBing RE: warlock Nov 25, 2013 05:17 AM

                                Have you tried either Rebozos?

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                              gaudreaur RE: kwass Nov 11, 2013 03:58 PM

                              We had dinner here on Friday night. Plenty of drinks available from different beers to tequila or bourbon. Food was very tasty. Had the nachos to start and they were quite decent with fresh home made chips. Ordered a number of different tacos and all were very good. My favorite was the pork belly, followed by the duck confit and al pastor. Skipped dessert. Paid 1$ each for Q water, but the waiter and bussers made sure to keep our water bottle full. Had the owners Chuck and Otta swing by to make sure everything was to our liking. I'd recommend it.

                              1. dachopstix RE: kwass Jun 13, 2014 08:43 PM

                                Anyone hear anything about Estrella closing down?

                                Currently has paper signs taped on the windows saying they're closed on June 2nd and 3rd, but there's also a sign on the door saying they're closed for the day (not specifying which particular day); people have been leaving comments in pen on the sign about how they've shown up and the restaurant is still closed. The restaurant voice mailbox is also full.

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                                  foodyDudey RE: dachopstix Jun 13, 2014 08:53 PM

                                  The odd thing is that they are still tweeting and no mention of closing down.

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                                    dachopstix RE: foodyDudey Jun 13, 2014 09:28 PM

                                    I saw their Twitter - just a lot of retweets, nothing really original...

                                    Even their Facebook page stopped posting after May 8th...

                                    OpenTable says the restaurant could not be found in their system.

                                    Forgot to mention that their logo/sign was also taken down as well, just exposed wiring amongst the awnings.

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                                      foodyDudey RE: dachopstix Jun 13, 2014 09:35 PM

                                      Yes I saw they were re-tweets, I thought it was odd they are doing that but not mentioning a closure. A lot of the tweets are regarding Guu. I'm guessing someone wrote a script to automatically re-tweet stuff.

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                                        dachopstix RE: foodyDudey Jun 13, 2014 09:37 PM

                                        I'll be sure to take some pictures next time I walk by - I work down the street from there.

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                                        julesrules RE: dachopstix Jun 14, 2014 05:21 AM

                                        Stick a fork in it...

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                                          foodyDudey RE: julesrules Jun 14, 2014 06:32 AM

                                          I thought you just pick up tacos to eat them

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                                            julesrules RE: foodyDudey Jun 14, 2014 06:34 PM

                                            No if you're French and classy you insist on a knife and fork with everything.

                                  2. Charles Yu RE: kwass Jun 14, 2014 09:43 AM

                                    I wonder if the food at L'Avenue will be affected by Estrella's closing?

                                    1. biggreenmatt RE: kwass Jun 25, 2014 06:45 AM

                                      It's officially closed with a for-lease sign in the window.

                                      Good food, but impossibly big venue in the absolute wrong part of town. If it was 1/3rd the size, downtown, it'd be a thriving success. Pity it closed before the rooftop patio really opened.

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                                        jl_1978 RE: biggreenmatt Jun 25, 2014 11:33 PM

                                        Imo, this place wouldn't have survived anywhere. The food was nowhere near the quality of the popular downtown spots but at the same price point. I really wanted to like this place as an uptown option for tacos would be awesome, but after 2 visits I gave up..

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                                          evansl RE: biggreenmatt Jun 26, 2014 05:04 AM

                                          It's a shame that its closing. It was an oasis amid all the Iranian, Korean and other places that have overrun the area. It will probably reopen as a huge Ren Ten Tea House.

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