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Best bites of 2013 (Ontario/TO)

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I did a quick search and couldn't find such a thread for this board, so forgive me if it already exists. I would love to know what y'all would walk a mile for in terms of individual dishes, drinks, nibbles etc. that you first tried in the past 364 days.

From our lone trip in 2013, I'd say the chick peas with pea shoots, crispy mustard seeds and arbol chile and the deviled egg at Bar Isabel and the grouper carpaccio (tapas menu) at Chiado should be seriously considered :-).

Happy New Year!

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  1. Happy New Year, grayelf!
    This recent thread has a best bites of Toronto theme, although it isn't limited to 2013: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/919013
    This thread lists some favourite dishes from the first 3 months of 2013:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896968

    Recent favourite dishes for me include the popcorn shrimp and chicken wings at Chantecler, some of the fancier amaretti at Forno Cultura, khinkali at Aragvi, fattoush with chicken at Tabule on Yonge, papas bravas at Patria.

    1. Raw scallop from the oyster bar at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill. The sweetest, sexiest mouthfeel since Uni.
      http://dianasoysterbar.com/

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      1. re: Googs

        Thanks for the links, prima -- I should have known to search on "favourite" rather than "best" -- much less controversial :-).

        Kicking myself that I didn't make it to Chantecler -- next trip.

        And Googs, you are so right about how scallops feel when they are fresh and simply prepared. Is it possible for food to feel better than it tastes?

      2. The turnip cake, the congee, and the garlic shrimp vermicelli at Chantecler. Totally crave worthy.

        1. Since you're expanding the borders beyond the Big Crabapple, allow me to add the wood fired pizza at Haisai in Singhampton. Not Neapolitan, not even considering adhering to any rules. And almost anything else on their current menu.

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            1. re: Snarf

              Looks like it's worth the drive to Singhampton?
              Hope to check out Haisai in 2014. :)

              1. re: prima

                If you go for the lunch on Saturday or Sunday, the bakery would also be open, with a number of breads, pastries, and occasionally some Eigensinn pates, smoked fish and other delicacies for sale.

                1. re: Snarf

                  Thanks, Snarf. I probably won't have a chance to drive up there until spring, but I think I would probably be going there for lunch on a weekend.