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    1. re: justxpete

      Wow, are there a lot of places still doing flourless chocolate cake?

        1. re: justxpete

          That's criminal. Thought that trend died in 2010.

      1. re: justxpete

        Cannot agree with the flourless chocolate cake for personal reasons :) My wife has gluten allergy and this is one of the few desserts that she can eat. Creme brulee gets pretty boring after a while. lol

        1. re: cynalan

          And some of us don't want flour, and do want dark chocolate as often as possible.

          In metro NY, still on a lot of menus. One place we go to has a crumby one made from almond flour, so not pudding like molten.

        2. re: justxpete

          Five Doors North has flourless chocolate cake, in case anyone wants to torture oneself/still likes flourless chocolate cake.

            1. re: justxpete

              Guess I'm not on the same restaurant circuit as you. That was the first one I've seen on a menu in a long time.

              I'm tired of hearing about creme brulee, pots de creme, budino, panna cotta, tiramisu, trio of housemade ice creams, sticky toffee pudding, churros, etc. but it helps me watch my waistline if restaurants serve desserts I find boring. So keep it up, restaurants of TO!

          1. re: ylsf

            Good one. Tapas has become almost as big a racket as afternoon tea, macarons and sushi. All four prove that there is a sucker born every minute.

            1. re: evansl

              Yeah, and BBQ tapas (the only example of which is Electric Mud, which is tasty enough)... that is criminal

            1. re: hal2010

              people bitching about restaurants being too loud

              1. re: disgusti

                People bitching about people bitching about restaurants being too loud.

                  1. re: redips

                    Are you kidding? CH couldn't exist were it not for bitching :)

                  2. re: justxpete

                    ...and loud restaurants bitching about people too.

                    - khao san road

                    1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                      Let's add primadonna chefs to the list in that case, too, and restaurateurs on social media that complain about social media.

                      1. re: justxpete

                        Prima donna or pre-Madonna? Lol.
                        Besides Roger Mooking, are there any other TO chefs with top 10 hits on their CV?

                          1. re: prima

                            Well, prima, there's the Steven Page/Steve Page confusion.

                          2. re: justxpete

                            i was being self deprecating. we are probabaly one of the 110dB restos hal may be mentioning :P

                            i actually think the prima donna chef culture has lessened over then past decade. most are just passionate about their craft as opposed to arrogant pricks; save grant soto.

                            - khao san road

                            1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                              Lessened? You seriously haven't been paying attention. Lol.

                              1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                You take reservations. All is forgiven.

                                1. re: hal2010

                                  Something new at KSR? That is good news.

                    2. New burger joints. I think we have enough already thanks...

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                      1. re: petek

                        That's correct! Way to many burger places and people going crazy over them. I guess they don't know how to cook at home at all.

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          I cook a lot, but I don't cook burgers at home. Same goes with dim sum, falafel, fries, souvlaki, pizza, tacos, dumplings. There are a lot of foods I know how to make, that I don't make at home.

                      2. hamburgers, simple food that I would not even bother to make at home at not so simple prices, people here who only eat at the cool spots and dismiss anything that isn't downtown and the in place to be

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                              1. re: scarberian

                                would you rather see spinach on menus more often instead?

                                    1. re: frogsteak

                                      Yes I love spinach, it melds nicely into anything you make with it. Kale is so in your face.

                                      1. re: coll

                                        Kale's nearly impossible to overcook, can be frozen, and it's cheap. No wonder it's ubiquitous. They're not looking after YOUR health.

                                        1. re: Googs

                                          and also delicious

                                          i don't think that it is over represented on any specific menu that i've seen - it's simply more common

                                  1. re: frogsteak

                                    SPINACH FTW! Why? Because "...I'm strong to the finish cuz I eat my spinach..."

                                    'Nuf said.

                                    1. re: scarberian

                                      At risk of it making next year's "Less List", definitely more spinach. My home is never without.