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Worst thing eaten this year in Toronto??!!

Today, whilst shopping with my wife for some organic products at Ambrosia in Thornhill, I came across a nicely packaged " Gluten free Home style Wild Blueberry Pie by El Peto ". Out of sheer curiosity, I dished out $9 for this made by ' The Gluten Free Experts ' product!
What a BIG mistake!! This must be the WORST TASTING pie I have ever eaten!! Period!!
Made using Potato and Rice flour with milk free margarine, the bland, soggy and chewy crust tasted more like ummmm......'Cardboard'??!! The overly sweet blue berry filling, in the form of a gooey paste, was the result of some heavy handed use of modified corn starch. An Infant in a Kindergarten mixing sugar with putty might create something more appealing??!
Gluten free baked products?! Never again!! I was glad I did not buy the Peach Pie as well!!
Not that I want you to, but, fellow hounds, try beating that?!! Ha!!

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  1. The Whole Foods house brand '365' gluten free brownie mix from 2008 was fantastic.

    No idea if they've changed the formulation since then.

    1. Ah yes... the gluten free monster strikes again. Had the GF brownie at Hey Meatball and it was atrocious.

      Sine you bring up RH, I was under the impression that Joe's was serving up good burgers. They most certainly don't. My burger was so awful I ended up throwing about half of it out. I couldn't choke it down. If forced to chose between them and a Hero burger I'd opt for the GF brownie at Hey Meatball.


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      1. re: Davwud

        Ref: Big Joe:
        Wow!! That's interesting to know!! I used to love their Falafel, Lamb Shish Kebab and 1/2 pounder burger. However, haven't been back for almost a year. Wonder what happened?!

        1. re: Charles Yu

          I ordered a "Big Joe" burger or something like that and it was dreadful.
          A lot of people tell me their shawarma are excellent.


          1. re: Davwud

            They are quite correct! Especially if they have lamb!!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Circling back and polling my friends tht live in RH they all say that Joe's burgers do indeed suck.

              They all concur that the shawarma is amazing.


      2. I was forced to eat at Quizno's a few weeks back. I still wake up screaming.

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        1. re: justxpete

          Haha Quiznos sucks everywhere though you can't blame that one on Toronto

          1. re: disgusti

            When I worked in Californa years back, Quiznos was a pretty reliable lunch option. Something went horribly wrong in the translation and it's not so good here.

            I've given them a couple of chances and it's always been expensive and awful.

            1. re: abigllama

              I thought it was quite good when it first opened. Not sure exactly when but it fell off a cliff. It's now dreadful.


              1. re: Davwud

                I don't think the "chicken" is actually anything remotely close. It seems more like plastic than protein.

                I've decided never to go back. Ever. Under any circumstances. Not even when forced.

                1. re: justxpete

                  I have not yet made that decision. I don't however have any desire to return at this point.


                  1. re: justxpete

                    I think of it as a food like product - like "cheese" in a can. No thank you. I see no reason to eat there. Ever.

                  2. re: Davwud

                    Yeah, I remember I loved it when it first opened (compared to Subway) even though it was definitely a little pricey. However, it did indeed go down hill when they switched up how they were doing things (guessing to lower prices?). Now I haven't been in a good 3+ years.

                    1. re: ylsf

                      Probably 2 years for me. Seems to me they jumped the shark when they brought in the Chicken Carbonara and that whole line.


            2. The root beer braised short rib and kimchi sandwich from Fidel Gastro was memorably terrible. Mushy, cloyingly sweet short rib with the approximate texture of wet paper towels, topped seemingly randomly with kimchi (it didn't compliment the meat at all). It's all on a soft, squishy bun that added no texture and only served to make the mushy meat feel even mushier. Blech. It's weird, because I actually had a pretty tasty meal at their spinoff restaurant, so I don't know how this dish went so horribly wrong.

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              1. re: Michael N

                My worst this year was from their sister restaurant Lisa Marie.
                Mozza + Bone marrow Sandwich - a Complete Deep-fried Mess.

              2. A toss up between that thing they dared call a Caprese Salad at Crazy Tomato Trattoria or the dog food pasta mixture they called a "special" on another night. It was special all right. Either way, it's Crazy Tomato's specials that top my list.

                1. Worst for me is certainly Chopstick House 1780 Markham Road north of Sheppard. The place looks new (it is) and clean. I ordered Ginger Chicken, steamed rice and Hot and Sour Soup to go around October 24th.
                  The chicken came with some hints of real ginger but unfortunately, the flavour of it didn't make it into the meat. Still not bad. The rice looked good but was so overly salty I couldn't eat half of it. The soup... if that's what that cloudy bland liquid was, had only one flavour. Corn starch. Down the drain is where that went.
                  A total waste of money. Some places deserve a second chance but since they dare to claim their food is the BEST in the city, I'll just buy a burrito next door instead from now on.

                  1. I've been lucky so far this calendar year. I can't remember eating anything terrible yet in TO this year.

                    The worst things I've eaten in Ontario this year include a duck curry at Raja in Stratford, a salmon curry at Raja in Straford, a chicken cacciatore at Pazzo Taverna in Stratford, a lobster canneloni at Pazzo Taverna ( I like the rest of the menu items I've tried at Pazzo Taverna, so these are what I'd consider misses on the menu), the Italian cold cut sandwich at Tim Horton's, the steak and cheese sandwich at Tim Horton's and the McBistro sandwich I ordered at the Beamsville McDonald's. I'm a bit of a sucker for the advertisements for new features at drive-thrus, but I'm going to try my best to stick with toasted bagels at Tim's, and with the standards at McD's, from now on.

                    I didn't like the flavour of the somewhat excessive toppings on my sweet potato okinomiyaki at Momofuku Noodle Bar, but the pancake was fine once I scraped off the toppings.

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                    1. re: prima

                      Wow!! When did Stratford turned into the 'Nasty food capital of Ontario'??!! Ha!!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        Lots of tourist traps, since tourists visiting for plays end up wanting to dine in Stratford. I'd actually consider Pazzo Taverna my go-to for moderate dining in Stratford, but I won't order the chicken or the cannelloni. Good restaurant with a few misses. With Raja, a prefrozen, possibly somewhat freezerburnt taste came through in the duck and salmon. The chicken and veg dishes were fine, so I'd probably still return for other dishes.

                        1. re: prima

                          That's really interesting. We have family in Stratford and Pazzo is our go-to there. I've always stuck with pizza and pasta and really enjoyed it.

                          But thanks for the heads up, you've encouraged me to stick with my faves! The spaghetti and meatballs are really solid too.

                          1. re: abigllama

                            I'm only talking about Pazzo Taverna, in the more formal upstairs space. While it is a good restaurant, I thought the lobster cannelloni and cacciatore were complete misses. To be fair, I think I've been disappointed by every lobster cannelloni I've ever ordered, including versions at Italian restaurants, as it seems to be a way to charge more for cannelloni while stretching a miniscule amount of lobster with a whole lot of ricotta.

                            I haven't tried their pizza or pasta served in the downstairs space. Hope to try the spaghetti and meatballs and/or pizza next time I head to Stratford. :)

                            1. re: prima

                              I totally forgot about the upstairs! They recently relaunched it with a new menu and an overhaul on the space. We've been interested in trying it but stuck with the reliable pizzeria downstairs. Thanks for the heads up.

                        2. re: Charles Yu

                          The worst meal of my life was in Stratford at Ellam's Open Kitchen. Beyond terrible. It looked like an authentic mom and pop type diner. The older couple running it were pathetic - I felt sorry for them. They moved like turtles, made the worst food imaginable (how do you screw up bacon and eggs?) and we were the only people in the whole place. We still joke about it - the pinnacle of atrocious eats.

                        3. re: prima

                          Now that I think about it, the Full English Breakfast at the Oxley was pretty underwhelming. The food wasn't awful, but it was not good as an average neighbourhood pub's English breakfast, and it wasn't as good as the bacon & eggs served at TO's better greasy spoons (for roughly half the price of the Oxley breakfast).

                          1. re: prima

                            Ate lunch there with a friend yesterday, had previously only been for a drink. While I wouldn't call it the worst food I've had, it was quite disappointing. Love the location, decor, service was OK (not great - all the servers looked a little harried, and weren't exactly friendly) BUT my friend's poached eggs were not runny at all - surely a basic requirement that most places seem to be able to manage today. And my (whatever it was called - odd British name which I had to have explained to me) scrambled eggs on toast were underwhelming. Basically it was scrambled eggs on a thick-ish, dry piece of bread with two anchovy filets and (I counted them) 5 capers. $12....Love the idea of this place but would think twice before eating there again.

                        4. One item that I remember having that really disappointed me is the raw bay scallop appetizer at Jump. It was bland, bland, bland and the scallops were not sweet at all.

                          I had asked the server to bring me the best item from the apps and that was it apparently.

                          1. milk free margarine ? That would have given it away for starters, that's like saying gun free Americans?

                            Anyway, its the $600 prime rib or whatever they call it at Daisho....... thank you David for bringing this treat to Toronto.

                            I took my nephew there for his birthday along with 6 of his carnivore friends. This was followed by an after-hours ramen run to save the night.

                            1. Sunday night ordered take out from Spadina Garden. I like their Spicy Peanut Chicken. I also ordered Hot & Sour soup.
                              It was a bright orange oil slick. Totally inedible.

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                              1. re: emq

                                Totally inedible? Perhaps that's a little too harsh. It's more like: totally forgettable. Not good enough in a city with many solid hot and sours. For sure, it's not nearly as good as the nearby Yueh Tung's hot and sour. Indeed, Yueh Tung does just about everything better than Spadina Garden. And Yueh Tung is about 20% less expensive. Agreed, though, that Spadina Garden has a more stylish dining room (and better napkins). The only reason we stumbled into Spadina Garden one night recently was because Yueh Tung, a five-minute walk away, was closed that night for renovations (which it needed).

                                I also get queasy when I'm presented with a hot and sour with a bright orange slick. To me, it invariably indicates a blah hot and sour. Hot and sour should never be blah.

                                1. re: juno

                                  Nope. Not harsh. I stand by my words hot & sour from Spadina Garden was INEDIBLE. I took one spoonful of it, and chucked the rest down the drain.

                                  1. re: juno

                                    Does Yueh Tung have the spicy tofu with peanuts? That is my favourite dish at Spadina Garden - I'm addicted to it.

                                    1. re: SusanB

                                      Like many Chinese restos, Yueh Tung has a longish menu. I tend to stick with my favourite dishes, so I haven't inspected the menu in detail. But it seems to me the menu is online, allowing you to search for something akin to your favourite dish at Spadina Garden. Then, if you've a mind to, you can compare Yueh Tung's version - spicy tofu with peanuts seems like a standard-issue menu item - with Spadina Garden's version. And decide for yourself which one most appeals to you.

                                2. Canoe for the Valentine's day menu. cost vs taste was an absolute nightmare.
                                  Know people that love the place but easily worst meal of the year.
                                  Stunningly mediocre or less. Given the cost, no where even close.

                                  1. The Honey Boo Boo wings at Drum N Flats. Awful.

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                                    1. re: magic

                                      Why Magic, why? Do you think you might have deserved it, just a bit? hehe.

                                      1. re: justxpete

                                        I must have done something really bad to deserve that culinary beatdown ;)

                                        1. re: magic

                                          lol. I think the clue was in the name!

                                    2. Thankfully I've been lucky this year with my food choices in Toronto. My worst tasting items have been outside of Toronto. One of them in St. John's Newfoundland and a string of them in Hoboken, New Jersey.

                                      The worst item I've had in Toronto this year is probably a dismal dim sum lunch at a GTA West restaurant. Everything was held way too long in the steamers where the skins were too sticky, soggy, and falling apart. The siu mai was more composed of chewy components (ligament?) than meat. And the garlic baby cuttlefish had the texture of an elastic band. Ugh.

                                      1. I was delighted to find some blood sausage (aka black pudding) at a Smokehouse in Brampton but it was just so full of salt it was inedible. Very disappointing.

                                        1. Worst I've had is some chicken wrap at the Bus Terminal Diner near Coxwell. It was a special, but I forget what the menu claimed the chicken seasoning was.

                                          The chicken itself was orange-brown and tasted of saltpeter and oil. (Or, at least, what I imagine saltpeter tastes like.) I had some OK diner meals there prior to that memorable sandwich, but I haven't been back since.

                                          1. I recently moved to Toronto from Montreal and had the misfortunate of trying the poutine at the Lakeview. The fries were horrible and the curds disintegrated in my mouth - I have never had more awful curds in my life. I had a sandwich on another occasion. That place seems like it should be good but it is a hot mess. Its only saving graces are the beer prices and beer selection.

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                                            1. re: fatpersonpersony

                                              Rose and Sons was easily the worst this year.
                                              Horrible cold flabby supposedly jerk wings with some burnt bits and a cheese bread thing with charred bread and cold hard cheese inside.
                                              Unbelievably bad and about $30 with tax and tip.

                                              1. re: sumdumgoy

                                                I think you're talking about Big Crow, and while I agree that the jerk wings aren't particularly good, i thought the garlic bread with cheese was unbelievable!

                                            2. By far the worst thing I've eaten this year is the cheddar and spinach waffles served with tomato-orange cream sauce from Lady Marmalade.

                                              In one word - vile.

                                              The waffles had been pre made then held and reheated to the point of burnt - nothing like a burnt soggy waffle topped with the most vile tomato-orange cream sauce. It was an orange watery vile mess. Truly truly terrible.

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                                              1. re: JennaBean

                                                Oh! I had a version of that when they first opened a few years ago. I was so grossed out by it that LM was permanently stricken from my brunch list.

                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                  Yes I believe the words "never again" did surface at some point. We hadn't been there for a very long time and for once there wasn't a line up. I should have known it was too good to be true! ;-)

                                                  1. re: JennaBean

                                                    There were over a dozen people waiting in line at Lady Marmalade this past Sunday at 11 am! If I ever do end up eating at Lady Marmalade, I will remember not to order the cheddar and spinach waffles. Mind you, I avoid ordering most savoury foods containing orange/orange juice, so I'd be unlikely to order anything topped with a tomato-orange cream sauce!

                                                    1. re: prima

                                                      There's almost always a lineup at Marmalade even during the week. Don't see the attraction myself. Weird BC hippie food!

                                                2. re: JennaBean

                                                  'Tomato orange cream'?!! Wow! That combo alone is enough to gross me out!

                                                  1. re: Charles Yu

                                                    Hmmm let's add 2 super acidic things to cream! I'm imagining the stomach curdle.

                                                    1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                      To play the devil's advocate, acid and cream can lead to delicious foods: orange and other citrus bavarians/panna cotta/custards/pots de creme can be quite delicious.

                                                      I think the combination of tomatoes, orange and cream in a savoury dish containing cheese and spinach might be what makes the stomach turn.

                                                      1. re: prima

                                                        I think for me it's the addition of two acidic things. Even without the cream give me orange or tomato in a salad, not both!

                                                    2. re: Charles Yu

                                                      To be honest I didn't notice the description of the cream sauce. Even without the cream sauce the waffle were bad. Really really bad.

                                                    3. re: JennaBean

                                                      Interesting, one of my friends is a big fan of this place and I just her judgement normally on food related things. Do they do some things well?

                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                        ylsf, their egg dishes are very good. In fact, if it wasn't for the constant lineups, I'd go more often.

                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                          LM rocks. But yea the line up is a killer.

                                                        2. re: JennaBean

                                                          I enjoy the Tomato Orange Cream...very yummy. But the Bennies are the thing to go for at LM. However, I don't do line-ups...for anything really, least of all BRUNCH....seriously?

                                                          So I usually organize breakfast outings with colleagues and we hit up LM once a quarter or so at 8 am on a Thur or something. Works out great.

                                                          btw, if you ever went on a weekend and were curios about the Poutine they refuse to serve, you're not missing out on anything special...

                                                        3. Pizza Libretto on the Danforth. Had the margherita pizza and it came out like a doughy soup bowl... suspect that the fresh mozzarella didn't have the water squeezed out and that created the tomato soup on the supposed pizza... Couldn't even pick up a slice without the entire topping slipping back into the middle.

                                                          Waiter scoffed at me when I pointed this out and wouldn't give us another pizza.

                                                          Told PL online about the experience, got a $30 Gift certificate and tried again. Same poor result... Told my server (again) who then claimed that for a non-soupy pizza I needed to order it "Chicago" style.

                                                          Good crust though!

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                                                          1. re: Danforth_Foodie

                                                            There's a certain moistness to Neapolitan pizza, but this sounds gross.