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Dec 22, 2013 11:47 PM

Food you can't find in Toronto.

While Toronto has some very fine dining and a plethora of foodstuffs due to its rich ethnic diversity, there are certain niche tastes that remain unfulfilled. Not to demean our great city, but perhaps the restaurateurs and provisioners will take note.

1) Spudnuts. These amazing potato doughnuts are found in Michigan, Ohio and Saskatoon. Better than any of the current frou-frou doughnuts currently in vogue.

2) Potato buns for dogs and burgers. I really don't get this one, as there in no bun better for the patty or tube steak than a potato bun.

3) Coney Dogs. You want the very best hot dog ever? The coney dog rules...but you have to go to Michigan to get the real deal.

4) A real soda fountain chocolate soda. The old fashioned soda fountain has made a reawakening in some cities like New York, but we're pretty much behind the curve re our population of soda jerks.

Okay Chowhounders...let's hear what is missing in the big smoke.

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  1. real good turkish/german turk style doner

      1. re: Frids

        Agreed. Especially with the recent success of Naomi Duguid's book, "Burma".

      2. Really good, authentic Belgian cuisine (Gentse stoverij/Tomaat garnaal, etc) really good, authentic Madrid style tapas bar. (Bravas/chorizos in sherry/croquetas)

        1. Loblaws has a PC chocolate soda now. Don't know if that's what you're looking for.

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          1. re: Full tummy

            Not close. Google soda fountain chocolate soda to see what I'm on about.

            1. re: TorontoTuna

              Have you tried the Samitorium?
              I haven't been, but the article mentions they offer a chocolate egg cream. Not sure if they use U Bet or make the syrup in-house.

              1. re: prima

                Thanks Prima! This whole exercise was in no way meant to castigate my beloved city, but to goose those purveyors of food on the local landscape to listen to the desires of those of us who are bereft of certain food experiences and profit by...filling the gap in our own taste-buds of yore. Were I to start a Coney Dog franchise tomorrow, with real Coney sauce and steamed potato buns, I'd need armed guards for crowd control. After the holidays I will certainly go to Samitorium for a New York Egg-cream. Thanks for the tip!

                1. re: TorontoTuna

                  Yes we all know that starting a restaurant is that easy, no one will complain that it is not exactly authentic, that the price is wrong or the portion is too small or that they think the texture of the bun is not quite right..

                  1. re: MissBingBing

                    Thanks for the heads up, Bing. Guess I'll just continue to make my own, along with my Spudnuts, potato buns, real Coney sauce (thank you Cumbraes for getting me the ground veal heart) and Parker House rolls. But hey, would be nice to buy same on the street, but if I have to spend the time to have it right than so be it. Just wish I could find a discreet way to give all of you Chowhounders a Coney dog for Christmas.

            2. pon de rings!


              i think a single outlet of the asian version of mister donut would kill like crispy creme once did.

              - khao san road