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Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2014 voting

bytepusher Jan 1, 2014 07:40 AM

We do this every year at this time and it's time for a refresh

Please read and follow these instructions

Slight change in procedures from last year, please put your list in order of preference

Each poster may submit 1 reply containing a list of up to 10 restaurants they consider to be the best in the GTA. Nothing else, no comments, no meta discussions, just a list, in order of preference (best restaurant first)

Make your own judgement as to what you consider GTA but please lets limit it to places one can have a normal dinner with a glass of wine and still have time to sober up and drive home by 1AM.

Any cuisine, any service style, any price point.

You MUST have actually eaten in the restaurant in question at least once within the last 18 months

The idea is to produce a starting point recommendation list for 2014 so we want to avoid listing places that have already closed or have changed significantly since you dined there. In the past I tried to make a hard rule about this that I suspect was widely ignored. This year I leave it to your judgement. If you think a changes at a place haven't really altered it then you can vote it.

Deadline is Midnight January 31st at which point we tabulate the results and post them here.

Have fun

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  1. estufarian Jan 1, 2014 08:51 AM

    1. Momofuku Shoto
    2. Splendido
    3. Auberge de Pommier
    4. Blacktree
    5. Actinolite
    6. Khao San Road
    7. Patria
    8. Bar Isabel
    9. Nota Bene
    10.Banh Mi Boys

    (I had already compiled the list for someone else!)

    1. t
      TeacherFoodie Jan 1, 2014 09:03 AM

      Jacob and Co.
      Playa Cabana
      Ascari Enoteca
      Ja Bistro

      1 Reply
      1. re: TeacherFoodie
        TeacherFoodie Jan 23, 2014 03:01 PM

        I realized I left a few out. My revised list:
        1) Jacob and Co.
        2) Playa Cabana
        3) Bestellen
        4) QMP
        5) Ascari Enoteca
        6) Burrito Boyz
        7) Pizza E Pazzi
        8) Tutti Matti
        9) Holy Chuck
        10) Kinnaree Thai

      2. d
        dubchild Jan 1, 2014 02:33 PM

        1. Actinolite
        2. Chantecler
        3. Bar Isabel
        4. Sabai Sabai
        5. Richmond Station
        6. George
        7. Takhte-Tavoos
        8. Bahn Mi Boys
        9. Holy Chuck
        10. La Carnita

        1. l
          luckfood Jan 1, 2014 04:02 PM

          Sabai Sabai
          Lai Wah Heen
          Black Camel
          Enoteca Sociale
          Swish by Han

          1. cynalan Jan 1, 2014 08:00 PM

            Richmond Station
            Bar Isabel

            1. b
              brushfire Jan 1, 2014 09:30 PM

              1. Chantecler (lunch)
              2. Chantecler (dinner)
              3. Kintaro
              4. Bar Isabel
              5. Yangs
              6. O mei
              7. Pizzeria Libretto
              8. Oddseoul
              9. Woodlot
              10. Ja bistro

              2 Replies
              1. re: brushfire
                justxpete Jan 1, 2014 10:04 PM

                Lol. No way. That's cheating.

                1. re: justxpete
                  brushfire Jan 1, 2014 10:44 PM

                  oh right that's true. Best restaurant not best meal . I will add Patria to the list then.

              2. KhaoSanRoad Jan 1, 2014 11:22 PM

                bar isabel
                yours truly
                black hoof
                yuzu (-no-hana)
                grand electric

                will reserve a couple as my memory is weak tonight.

                - khao san road

                1. v
                  Vinnie Vidimangi Jan 1, 2014 11:37 PM


                  1. justxpete Jan 2, 2014 12:12 AM

                    1 Splendido
                    2 Edulis
                    3 Bar Isabel
                    4 Zen
                    5 Momofuku Shoto
                    6 Bero
                    7 Campagnolo
                    8 Bestellen
                    9 Monk Kitchen
                    10 Hashimoto

                    I wish I had room for Sabai Sabai... and, well, a few other places. Blerg.

                    1. Food Tourist Jan 2, 2014 05:26 AM

                      Khao San Road (new menu)
                      Stockyards (lunch)
                      Memphis Fire BBQ (out of town - worth the drive for lunch or dinner)
                      Spencers on the Waterfront (out of town - worth the drive for brunch buffet)
                      Zen omakase
                      Kathi Roll Express mutton roll
                      Paramount middle eastern (Mississauga Dixie-Eglinton location)
                      Nazareth (veg platter)
                      Kebab 49 (real Turkish)

                      2 Replies
                      1. re: Food Tourist
                        Food Tourist Jan 5, 2014 10:21 AM

                        At the risk of the ire of many and the crashing of an excel spreadsheet, I would like to delete not just my 2 out of town votes, but also my votes for Kathi Roll express (since only one menu item put them in the top category) and Nazareth (ditto) both of which stand no chance at winning (not that I mind eating at holes in the wall and voting for underdogs), and vote for The Harbord Room and Farmhouse Tavern in their exact spots. Please and thank you.

                        1. re: Food Tourist
                          aser Jan 12, 2014 10:47 PM

                          I know you mean well but I also voted for personal favs that would stand no chance of placing if taking popular opinion into account.

                          I say vote with your heart. It's far more interesting for me to see the little guys get mentioned than having Bar Isabel on everybody's list (mine included).

                      2. b
                        bytepusher Jan 2, 2014 06:17 AM

                        The new voting system makes it much harder than it used to be to tabluate the results so can I please ask for your assistance on a couple points

                        Please wait until you have your list of 10 complete before you enter it (for those that have already entered partial lists I will let you add to it but from now on each person gets 1 and only one chance to enter their votes)

                        Please try to be careful about your count, any votes above 10 I will just ignore any entries above 10 (not the whole post)

                        6 Replies
                        1. re: bytepusher
                          Food Tourist Jan 2, 2014 06:19 AM

                          Ignore my 2 out of town picks not my whole post please.

                          1. re: bytepusher
                            justxpete Jan 2, 2014 08:26 AM

                            Let's not be too strict - we risk taking ourselves too seriously. I can help tabulate the votes when the time comes, if need be.

                            1. re: justxpete
                              bytepusher Jan 2, 2014 08:58 AM

                              Of course, this is just bit of fun, I just want to make sure that in fairness to everyone that's playing the game we do the best job we can in making sure that everyone's contribution is accurately recorded.

                            2. re: bytepusher
                              estufarian Jan 2, 2014 02:15 PM

                              If it's not too much extra work, would you try and do the results using the old system (as well).
                              If there's no (or little) difference then it would be simpler to just tally mentions.
                              If it IS significantly different, then that implies that a place many people like (and vote for) may not be in the top 10.
                              I'm also concerned that people can potentially bias the results by only voting (in extreme) for 1 place.

                              1. re: estufarian
                                justxpete Jan 2, 2014 02:20 PM

                                I like this format because it will give us a ranking, but agree it would be interesting to see the difference (if any).

                                1. re: estufarian
                                  bytepusher Jan 2, 2014 03:47 PM

                                  That was always my plan

                              2. prima Jan 2, 2014 07:06 AM

                                1. Patria
                                2. Pizzeria Libretto Danforth
                                3. Aragvi
                                4. Zen
                                5. Tabule on Yonge
                                6. Pastis
                                Reserving the last 4, in case I think of more.

                                11 Replies
                                1. re: prima
                                  millygirl Jan 5, 2014 06:22 AM

                                  Pastis is now closed :(

                                  George has retired and sold the place to someone else. It will be a new restaurant when it reopens.

                                  1. re: millygirl
                                    Charles Yu Jan 5, 2014 08:04 AM

                                    So sad!! I really enjoyed eating in those two establishments!!
                                    Any idea where Chef Lorenzo Loseto will be cooking next?

                                    1. re: Charles Yu
                                      estufarian Jan 5, 2014 08:14 AM

                                      That would be George Gurnon of Pastis (NOT George the restaurant). AFAIK Lorenzo is still at George (the Restaurant).
                                      Presumably, for Millygirl, there is/was only one George!

                                      But you still have to find somewhere for Liver & Onions.

                                      1. re: estufarian
                                        Helen Jan 5, 2014 10:32 AM

                                        Please, please. If anyone knows the best place to have liver and onions I'll be eternally grateful.

                                        Inn on the Park used to have the best (IMO) - long gone(:

                                        1. re: Helen
                                          estufarian Jan 5, 2014 11:00 AM

                                          I used to go to Pastis - but also order it at Café Pleiade (on Mt Pleasant).
                                          I know it's on the lunch menu, but not sure it's there on the evening. There's a .pdf version of the menu on the website
                                          but I can't open it as my pdf reader is an old version that I keep because I can cut and paste from it, but can't do that with the latest version.

                                          1. re: Helen
                                            kwass Jan 5, 2014 02:02 PM

                                            I don't eat liver and onions, but my mom raves about the L & O @ Steeles Deli. It's a small deli that's been around for years on Steeles just West of Yonge. It's a no-frills deli, but the food is pretty good.

                                            1. re: kwass
                                              juno Jan 6, 2014 09:56 PM

                                              The liver and onions at the aforementioned Steeles Deli is justly revered among the denizens of that Yonge and Steeles establishment. About half the price of the fancy joints - though the liver is of slightly lesser quality - and pretty damn good. Seems to me I paid about $13 the last time I was in. Comes with soup or salad, veggies and choice of potato.

                                            2. re: Helen
                                              justsayn Jan 6, 2014 10:29 PM

                                              I don't eat it personally, but I understand that The Senator has an excellent version of Liver and Onions. Based on the quality of other menu items, I would expect it to be top notch!

                                            3. re: estufarian
                                              millygirl Jan 5, 2014 11:10 AM

                                              Yes correct estufarian!

                                              And to your point, George G is an original. LOL

                                          2. re: millygirl
                                            prima Jan 5, 2014 08:22 AM

                                            Sorry to hear this, but thanks for letting me know. Glad I dined there last summer.

                                            1. re: millygirl
                                              magic Jan 5, 2014 09:07 AM

                                              Crappy :-(

                                              That's a loss. :(

                                          3. shekamoo Jan 2, 2014 07:15 AM

                                            1. Edulis
                                            2. Zen
                                            3. Bar Isabel
                                            4. Cafe Michi
                                            5. The Grove
                                            6. Yang's
                                            7.O Mei
                                            8. Yours Truly
                                            9. Burgers Priest
                                            10. Buster Rhinos

                                            1. Charles Yu Jan 2, 2014 09:32 AM

                                              My list is very similar to Estufarian's except for 'Khao San Road' and 'Banh Mi Boys', which I still have not visited! Sorry! KSR!!

                                              To that list I would like to add:

                                              - Bero

                                              and a few 'under the radar' Chinese places

                                              - Fung Lam Court ( Dungeness crab with Rum Cream Sauce and Wok Fried Aromatic garlic lamb chops are real stand outs )
                                              - Oriental Gourmet ( Great Grand Father Smoked Free range chicken a stand out )
                                              - Dragon Boat Fusion ( Dim Sum, Peking Duck and Stirred Fry )

                                              4 Replies
                                              1. re: Charles Yu
                                                justxpete Jan 2, 2014 09:52 AM

                                                I think you need to formalize your list, Charles. You can't expect anyone to guess at what your list might consist of - but only if you care that your vote(s) will count.

                                                1. re: Charles Yu
                                                  bytepusher Jan 2, 2014 09:56 AM

                                                  Charles, I hate to be a pain but could you please type in your own ordered list of 10? Since we're now scoring the lists I don't know how to assign scores to these. Thanks

                                                  1. re: bytepusher
                                                    Charles Yu Jan 2, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                    Happy New Year bytepusher!

                                                    Since you asked me so nicely and courteously, No Problemo!

                                                    1. Auberge du Pommier
                                                    2. Splendido
                                                    3. The Grove
                                                    4. Bero
                                                    5. Sushi Kaji
                                                    6. Fung Lam Court
                                                    7. Kingyo
                                                    8. Richmond Station
                                                    9. Casa Imperial
                                                    10. Dragon Boat Fusion.

                                                    BTW, quality of food at Blacktree, Quaterfoil and Treadwell were as good, if not better than some of the above. However, IMO, they are out-of-town ( though Blacktree and Quaterfoil had been mentioned by a few CH above). To avoid the wrath of other chowhounders complaining about my possible venturing outside the rules, I played it safe and left them out.

                                                    1. re: Charles Yu
                                                      bytepusher Jan 2, 2014 05:47 PM

                                                      Thank you Charles, your inputs have now been recorded in my tracking spreadsheet and will be part of the final results.

                                                2. happycamper Jan 2, 2014 10:17 AM

                                                  1. The Depanneur
                                                  2. Bar Isabel
                                                  3. 7 Lives
                                                  4. Chiado
                                                  5. White Bricks Kitchen
                                                  6. Actinolite
                                                  7. Takht e Tavoos
                                                  8. Enoteca Sociale
                                                  9. Bar593
                                                  10. THR&Co

                                                  1. TorontoTuna Jan 2, 2014 11:40 AM

                                                    1) Edulis
                                                    2) Buca
                                                    3) Zucca Trattoria
                                                    4) Scaramouche
                                                    5) Frank's Kitchen
                                                    6) Hashimoto
                                                    7) The Black Hoof
                                                    8) Joso's
                                                    9) Lee
                                                    10) F'amelia

                                                    1. a
                                                      akhorasanee Jan 2, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                      1. Chantecler
                                                      2. Bar Isabel
                                                      3. Patria
                                                      4. Seven Lives
                                                      5. Foxley
                                                      6. Grand Electric
                                                      7. Big Crow
                                                      8. Home of the brave
                                                      9. La Carnita
                                                      10. sabai sabai

                                                      1. the_beezelet Jan 2, 2014 06:07 PM

                                                        apologies in advance, but wouldn't this be a more relevant exercise if there are price categories? for example, how about top 10 restaurants where 2 can eat dinner for under $xxx (without wine)? the problem with just one list is that many wonderful places will never make the list because they are being compared to fabulous and expensive restaurants.

                                                        11 Replies
                                                        1. re: the_beezelet
                                                          justxpete Jan 2, 2014 06:20 PM

                                                          Banh mi boys (definitely) and burger priest (I think) were in the top ten last year, FYI. So they do make it.

                                                          1. re: justxpete
                                                            the_beezelet Jan 2, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                            sure but overall wouldn't it be better to separate out the categories? what's the real value in 'top 10'?

                                                            1. re: the_beezelet
                                                              bytepusher Jan 2, 2014 06:38 PM

                                                              You don't think it has value, you don't have to participate, you think your idea is better. this is an open forum, go ahead and start your own topic.

                                                              1. re: bytepusher
                                                                justsayn Jan 2, 2014 06:53 PM


                                                                1. re: bytepusher
                                                                  brushfire Jan 2, 2014 09:16 PM

                                                                  yes spicy, and i like it

                                                                2. re: the_beezelet
                                                                  hal2010 Jan 2, 2014 07:03 PM

                                                                  If there are no caveats or categories, then it truly is a Top 10. Once you start dividing, where do you stop? The best Portuguese seafood restaurant east of Yonge street under $100 goes to...

                                                                  Lots of media do reviews of the outstanding cheap and cheerful places, but they don't rate them with stars. Maybe a thread on that topic would be useful?

                                                                  1. re: hal2010
                                                                    juno Jan 3, 2014 07:19 AM

                                                                    I take this Top 10 list to mean the 10 best GTA restos that I've personally experienced within the past year or so. That leaves room for all sorts of joints at all price levels. If I haven't been to, say, Chiado - a first-rate spot that I haven't been to in five years (finding a nearby parking spot is hell) - then it doesn't make my list, though I know it to be one of the city's best. What does make my list, though, are the following consistently superior restos:

                                                                    1. Scaramouche Pasta Bar
                                                                    2. Mogette
                                                                    3. Dr. Laffa
                                                                    4. Sabai Sabai
                                                                    5. Universal Grill
                                                                    6. Sun Star (mid-level Chinese)
                                                                    7. Yang's (fine dining Chinese)
                                                                    8. Hanna's
                                                                    9. Quince
                                                                    10. Stack

                                                                    1. re: juno
                                                                      foodyDudey Jan 3, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                                      Regarding parking at Chiado, I have never had a problem parking within a one minute walk during the three visits we made there in 2013. Your version of hell may be different.

                                                                      1. re: juno
                                                                        Helen Jan 3, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                                        Chiado has valet parking. Why would you hunt for a parking spot!!

                                                                        1. re: Helen
                                                                          prima Jan 3, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                          I don't trust valets, after a valet damaged my car. I'd much rather park my own car.

                                                                          1. re: prima
                                                                            juno Jan 3, 2014 01:23 PM

                                                                            I also don't let any valet park my idiosyncratic 1984 manual-shift Saab but me - even at Scaramouche, which reputedly has the most careful car jockeys in town, able to deal with all manner of exotic rides.

                                                                            To foodyDudey: you are one very lucky foodyDudey, to be able to park thrice within a minute of Chiado's front door. I, alas, am not so lucky. Indeed, I've given up trying. (So unless you want to invite me along for the ride the next time you have a hankering for that excellent boîte, Chiado is a no-go zone for me).

                                                              2. y
                                                                Yimahaji Jan 2, 2014 08:58 PM

                                                                1) Shoto
                                                                2) Cafe Boulud
                                                                3) Patria
                                                                4) Buca
                                                                5) Zen
                                                                6) Jacob and Co
                                                                7) The Oxley
                                                                8) Pizzeria Libretto
                                                                9) Casa Imperial
                                                                10) Cafe Michi

                                                                2 Replies
                                                                1. re: Yimahaji
                                                                  Yimahaji Jan 3, 2014 09:04 AM

                                                                  Have been to these others in past eighteen months;
                                                                  Edulis, Bestellen, Bar Isabel, George, Grand Electric, Hiro, Splendido, JaBistro, Bahn Mi Boys, Kinton, Kingyo, Guu, Hopgoods Foodliner, Hapa Izakaya, Yang's, Queen and Beaver, Daisho, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Maple Yip, Rock Lobster, Odd Seoul, Ryoji, Santouka, Stockyards, Barque, Stock and while we've had great meals at these wonderful places, my top ten included those that I would drive longer distances for or make reservations far in advance for or just wait in line for.

                                                                  1. re: Yimahaji
                                                                    prima Jan 3, 2014 09:28 AM


                                                                2. t
                                                                  tangovoxtrot Jan 3, 2014 08:12 AM

                                                                  Bar Isabel
                                                                  Momofuku Shoto
                                                                  Hopgood's Foodliner
                                                                  Cafe Boulud
                                                                  Maple Yip
                                                                  Santouka Ramen

                                                                  1. aser Jan 3, 2014 09:27 AM

                                                                    tien thanh
                                                                    maple yip
                                                                    gourmet malaysia
                                                                    bar isabel

                                                                    Still haven't been to edulis, would love to go. Never knowing my schedule and getting a reso are mutually exclusive things, doh....

                                                                    1. r
                                                                      ragged25 Jan 3, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                      Haven't ate out as much as I wanted this year, but I did have great meals at the following places:

                                                                      1. Ici Bistro
                                                                      2. Richmond Station
                                                                      3. Harbord Room
                                                                      4. Sabai Sabai
                                                                      5. Porchetta and Co.
                                                                      6. Chantecler
                                                                      7. Guu
                                                                      8. Harbour Sixty
                                                                      9. Canoe
                                                                      10. Akane Sushi (Shout out to my neighbourhood sushi joint up in Richmond Hill)

                                                                      1. justxpete Jan 5, 2014 09:09 AM


                                                                        1. t
                                                                          themiguel Jan 6, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                          1. Buca
                                                                          2. Electric mud
                                                                          3. Bar Isabel
                                                                          4. The Chase
                                                                          5. Santouka
                                                                          6. Oddseoul
                                                                          7. Chantecler
                                                                          8. Pho Thien Than
                                                                          9. Porchetta & Co
                                                                          10.Tahk E-Tavoos

                                                                          1. c
                                                                            childofthestorm Jan 6, 2014 12:00 PM

                                                                            1. Momofuku Shoto
                                                                            2. Bar Isabel
                                                                            3. Hopgood's Foodliner
                                                                            4. Patria
                                                                            5. JaBistro
                                                                            6. Momofuku Daisho
                                                                            7. Chantecler
                                                                            8. Kingyo
                                                                            9. Splendido
                                                                            10. Santouka Ramen

                                                                            1. a
                                                                              andyb99 Jan 6, 2014 12:03 PM

                                                                              1. Scaramouche

                                                                              2. Banh Mi Boys

                                                                              3. Edulis

                                                                              4. Momofuku Shoto

                                                                              5. Campognolo

                                                                              6. Grand Electric

                                                                              7. Burgers Priest

                                                                              8. Golden Thai

                                                                              9. Bushi Udon Kappo

                                                                              10. Chipotle

                                                                              1. b
                                                                                BigBabyYeezuS Jan 6, 2014 12:33 PM

                                                                                1. Bar Isabel
                                                                                2. Edulis
                                                                                3. Daisho
                                                                                4. Campagnolo
                                                                                5. Chantecler
                                                                                6. Shoto
                                                                                7. Nota Bene
                                                                                8. Hopgood's Foodliner
                                                                                9. Black Hoof
                                                                                10. Richmond Station

                                                                                JaBistro, Patria, on the verge. Haven't visited Splendido, Scaramouche or Kaji recently enough, but one would probably make it.

                                                                                1. prima Jan 6, 2014 02:02 PM

                                                                                  Finding it interesting to see so many entries for contemporary Asian/contemporary with Asian influences (Banh Mi Boys/Shoto/Daisho/Chantecler), Japanese (ramen/sushi/izakaya) and Spanish (Edulis/Patria/Bero/Bar Isabel) this year. Nice representation of Thai, Chinese and tacos so far, too.

                                                                                  Seems Italian/pizza is somewhat less popular on the lists this year.

                                                                                  1. mnajji Jan 6, 2014 06:24 PM

                                                                                    1) Al Tanoor
                                                                                    2) Joso's
                                                                                    3) Allen's
                                                                                    4) Takht-e Tavoos
                                                                                    5) Agave y Aguacate (baldwin)
                                                                                    6) Bar Isabel
                                                                                    7) Cafe Michi
                                                                                    8) Zakkushi
                                                                                    9) Sansotei
                                                                                    10) Delux

                                                                                    Honourable Mention: Clubhouse Sandwhich Shop

                                                                                    1. p
                                                                                      peppermint pate Jan 6, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                                                      Ranking is so hard for me but here goes...

                                                                                      1. Bar Isabel
                                                                                      2. Richmond Station
                                                                                      3. Chantecler
                                                                                      4. Big Crow
                                                                                      5. Joso
                                                                                      6. Woodlot
                                                                                      7. Sabai Sabai
                                                                                      8. Santouka
                                                                                      9. Pizzeria Libretto
                                                                                      10. Banh Mi Boys

                                                                                      Thanks for taking this on again, bytepusher.

                                                                                      1. l
                                                                                        laidoffhound Jan 8, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                        Bar Isabel
                                                                                        Momofuku Daisho
                                                                                        Richmond Station
                                                                                        Ja Bistro
                                                                                        Farmhouse Tavern
                                                                                        House of Chan
                                                                                        Sabai Sabai

                                                                                        1. j
                                                                                          JennaBean Jan 9, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                          Bar Isabel
                                                                                          Grand Electric
                                                                                          Jacob & Co
                                                                                          Ici Bistro
                                                                                          The Grove
                                                                                          Tutti Matti
                                                                                          Sushi Couture
                                                                                          The Saint
                                                                                          Richmond Station

                                                                                          And an honorable mention to the only snack style place that I consistently love - 416 Snack Bar.

                                                                                          5 Replies
                                                                                          1. re: JennaBean
                                                                                            frogsteak Jan 14, 2014 06:22 AM

                                                                                            I had such a terrible experience at 416 Snack bar - mostly because the manager was a complete and utter dick to our party that spent over $300.

                                                                                            1. re: frogsteak
                                                                                              JennaBean Jan 14, 2014 09:04 AM

                                                                                              Oh man that's a bummer. I've had nothing but great times there. We've spent $300 on three ppl there in the past - if you know the menu you'll realize there were many drinks involved.

                                                                                              1. re: JennaBean
                                                                                                justxpete Jan 14, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                                                                Those reubens, after a long night of good times, are absolutely a gift from the heavens.

                                                                                                1. re: justxpete
                                                                                                  JennaBean Jan 14, 2014 09:18 AM

                                                                                                  Or as part of a long night... they work either way!! :-)

                                                                                                  I'm embarrassed to admit how much time I've spent there drinking and eating and drinking some more.

                                                                                                  1. re: JennaBean
                                                                                                    justxpete Jan 14, 2014 09:20 AM

                                                                                                    lol, you and I both.

                                                                                          2. l
                                                                                            LemonLauren Jan 10, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                            1. Bar Isabel
                                                                                            2. Luma
                                                                                            3. Harbord Room
                                                                                            4. Farmhouse Tavern
                                                                                            5. Pizzeria Libretto
                                                                                            6. Patria
                                                                                            7. Gabardine
                                                                                            8. La Carnita
                                                                                            9. Brockton General
                                                                                            10. Enoteca Sociale

                                                                                            1. ltdan Jan 11, 2014 08:58 AM

                                                                                              01. Bar Isabel
                                                                                              02. Richmond Station
                                                                                              03. Jacob & Co.
                                                                                              04. Canoe
                                                                                              05. Carbon Bar
                                                                                              06. Enoteca Sociale
                                                                                              07. Triple A
                                                                                              08. Bestellen
                                                                                              09. Museum Tavern
                                                                                              10. George

                                                                                              2 Replies
                                                                                              1. re: ltdan
                                                                                                justsayn Jan 11, 2014 09:51 AM

                                                                                                Nice list, thanks. May I inquire about Carbon Bar and how it makes your list? With such mixed reviews, I've so far stayed away. Perhaps you could do a quick review here or here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927648 ? Thanks!

                                                                                                1. re: ltdan
                                                                                                  Food Tourist Jan 11, 2014 10:10 AM

                                                                                                  How is the food at Museum Tavern any good? Mediocre at best IMHO.

                                                                                                2. Dr. John Jan 11, 2014 07:07 PM

                                                                                                  01. Yours Truly
                                                                                                  02. Edulis
                                                                                                  03. Acadia
                                                                                                  04. Scaramouche
                                                                                                  05. Banh Mi Boys
                                                                                                  06. Grand Electric
                                                                                                  07. Santouka
                                                                                                  08. Queen Margherita Pizza
                                                                                                  09. Ascari Enoteca
                                                                                                  10. The Gabardine

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                                                                                                  1. re: Dr. John
                                                                                                    bytepusher Jan 11, 2014 07:23 PM

                                                                                                    Acadia has closed, I will exclude it and bump the remainder of the list up one spot, do you want to pick another for your new #10?

                                                                                                    1. re: bytepusher
                                                                                                      Dr. John Jan 12, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                                                                      Sure, add George.

                                                                                                  2. h
                                                                                                    h2o Jan 13, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                                                    Bar Isabel
                                                                                                    Richmond Station
                                                                                                    Harbord Room
                                                                                                    Enoteca Sociale
                                                                                                    Big Crow

                                                                                                    1. b
                                                                                                      bytepusher Jan 14, 2014 06:11 AM

                                                                                                      We're almost half way through the voting period and so far we have 20 fewer people voting than last year. Please join us and contribute your vote.

                                                                                                      1. r
                                                                                                        radiopolitic Jan 14, 2014 06:49 AM

                                                                                                        1. Edulis
                                                                                                        2. Santouka
                                                                                                        3. Banh Mi Boys
                                                                                                        4. Bero
                                                                                                        5. Holy Chuck
                                                                                                        6. Porzia
                                                                                                        7. Geraldine
                                                                                                        8. Zen
                                                                                                        9. Starfish
                                                                                                        10. La Bettola Di Terroni

                                                                                                        1. justxpete Jan 17, 2014 09:28 PM

                                                                                                          Let's get back to food. Who hasn't voted yet?

                                                                                                          1. a
                                                                                                            applejax Jan 18, 2014 10:18 AM

                                                                                                            1. Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto
                                                                                                            2. Edulis
                                                                                                            3. Canoe
                                                                                                            4. Zucca
                                                                                                            5. Nota Bene
                                                                                                            6. Frank's Kitchen
                                                                                                            7. Scaramouche
                                                                                                            8. Luma
                                                                                                            9. The Chase
                                                                                                            10. Cava

                                                                                                            1. g
                                                                                                              glickjor Jan 19, 2014 12:05 PM

                                                                                                              1. Splendido
                                                                                                              2. Banh Mi Boys
                                                                                                              3. Scaramouche pasta bar
                                                                                                              3. Libretto
                                                                                                              4. Yangs
                                                                                                              5. Edulis
                                                                                                              6. Bar Isabel
                                                                                                              7. Foxley
                                                                                                              8. Casa Imperial
                                                                                                              9. The Chase
                                                                                                              10. La Carnita

                                                                                                              A real shame to learn of the demise of Acadia - my meal there by chef Kriss was one of the best I've had in this city.

                                                                                                              1 Reply
                                                                                                              1. re: glickjor
                                                                                                                glickjor Jan 19, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                I have two number 3's here - remove #10 for the list purpose.

                                                                                                              2. jinxie Jan 20, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                01. Bar Isabel
                                                                                                                02. Enoteca Ascari
                                                                                                                03. Splendido
                                                                                                                04. Jacob & Co
                                                                                                                05. Libretto (Danforth)
                                                                                                                06. Banh Mi Boyz
                                                                                                                07. Holy Chuck
                                                                                                                08. Kingyo
                                                                                                                09. Lion City
                                                                                                                10. Delux

                                                                                                                1. b
                                                                                                                  BlackMambaSommelier Jan 24, 2014 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                  1. Edulis
                                                                                                                  2. Bar Isabel
                                                                                                                  3. Agave y Aguacate (Baldwin)
                                                                                                                  4. Santouka
                                                                                                                  5. 416 Snack Bar
                                                                                                                  6. Momofuku Daisho
                                                                                                                  7. Pizzeria via Mercanti
                                                                                                                  8. Bahn Mi Boyz
                                                                                                                  9. Enoteca Ascari
                                                                                                                  10. Le Paradis

                                                                                                                  1. gourmandish Jan 25, 2014 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                    1. Shoto
                                                                                                                    2. Splendido
                                                                                                                    3. Chantecler
                                                                                                                    4. Patria
                                                                                                                    5. Blacktree
                                                                                                                    6. Bero
                                                                                                                    7. Buca
                                                                                                                    8. Woodlot
                                                                                                                    9. Black Camel
                                                                                                                    10. Porzia

                                                                                                                    1. dlw88 Jan 26, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                      1. Splendido
                                                                                                                      2. George
                                                                                                                      3. Ici Bistro
                                                                                                                      4. The Chase
                                                                                                                      5. Patria
                                                                                                                      6. The Atlantic
                                                                                                                      7. Yours Truly
                                                                                                                      8. Bero
                                                                                                                      9. Zen/Michi/Omi
                                                                                                                      10. Depanneur

                                                                                                                      2 Replies
                                                                                                                      1. re: dlw88
                                                                                                                        Full tummy Jan 31, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                        Wondering about three restaurants in one spot...

                                                                                                                        1. re: Full tummy
                                                                                                                          bytepusher Jan 31, 2014 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                          I took that as Zen and ignored the rest

                                                                                                                      2. b
                                                                                                                        bytepusher Jan 27, 2014 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                        3 1/2 days left, be sure to get your votes in

                                                                                                                        1. b
                                                                                                                          bytepusher Jan 31, 2014 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                          Last day to vote

                                                                                                                          We have fewer voters than last year, make sure your opinion is heard

                                                                                                                          1 Reply
                                                                                                                          1. re: bytepusher
                                                                                                                            ace123 Jan 31, 2014 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                            1. Splendido
                                                                                                                            2. Shoto
                                                                                                                            3. Kaji
                                                                                                                            4. Edulis
                                                                                                                            5. Bero
                                                                                                                            6. Bar Isabel
                                                                                                                            7. Starfish
                                                                                                                            8. Kingyo
                                                                                                                            9. Zakkushi
                                                                                                                            10. Fisherman Lobster Clubhouse

                                                                                                                          2. TorontoJo Jan 31, 2014 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                            1. Chantecler
                                                                                                                            2. Sabai Sabai
                                                                                                                            3. Bero
                                                                                                                            3. Kingyo
                                                                                                                            4. Banh mi boys
                                                                                                                            5. Northern Dumpling Kitchen
                                                                                                                            6. Yang's
                                                                                                                            7. Edulis
                                                                                                                            8. Stockyards
                                                                                                                            9. Buca
                                                                                                                            10. Splendido

                                                                                                                            2 Replies
                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo
                                                                                                                              bytepusher Jan 31, 2014 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                              You've got 2 #3s

                                                                                                                              1. re: bytepusher
                                                                                                                                TorontoJo Jan 31, 2014 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                Oops, sorry.

                                                                                                                                1. Chantecler
                                                                                                                                2. Sabai Sabai
                                                                                                                                3. Bero
                                                                                                                                4. Kingyo
                                                                                                                                5. Banh mi boys
                                                                                                                                6. Northern Dumpling Kitchen
                                                                                                                                7. Yang's
                                                                                                                                8. Edulis
                                                                                                                                9. Stockyards
                                                                                                                                10. Splendido

                                                                                                                            2. b
                                                                                                                              bytepusher Jan 31, 2014 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                              1. Shoto
                                                                                                                              2. Bestellen
                                                                                                                              3. Bar Isabel
                                                                                                                              4. Bero
                                                                                                                              5. Hopgoods
                                                                                                                              6. Porzia
                                                                                                                              7. La Cubana
                                                                                                                              8. GLAS wine bar
                                                                                                                              9. Santouka
                                                                                                                              10. Bahn Mi Boyz

                                                                                                                              1. b
                                                                                                                                bytepusher Jan 31, 2014 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                And Voting is closed

                                                                                                                                results soon

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