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prima Jan 14, 2014 10:24 AM

Reading JennaBean's comment about 416 Snackbar in another thread made me wonder, if you were to have a running tally, at which restaurants/establishments/bakeries/specialty food shops have you probably purchased/spent/ordered the most, were you to add up all your purchases/gifts/gift cards/orders/meals/etc.?
Soma would top my list, probably followed by Nota Bene.

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    lister RE: prima Jan 14, 2014 10:34 AM

    Bar Hop followed by C'est What.

    Yes, we drink a lot of good beer (and whiskeys!) The food is decent for what they are too.

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      prima RE: lister May 2, 2014 11:14 AM

      Which dishes do you order most frequently at C'est What?

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        Jakis RE: prima May 2, 2014 11:29 AM

        What ever is on cask :)

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          prima RE: Jakis May 2, 2014 11:41 AM

          Was hoping for a food rec. :) I realize C'est What is a great place for beer, but my beer consumption is somewhere around 1 beer/decade. :)

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            lister RE: Jakis May 2, 2014 01:04 PM

            Yes, that too! ;-D

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            lister RE: prima May 2, 2014 01:03 PM

            If there's a food special that I find interesting then it's that. That's perhaps 75-80% of the time. The St Lawrence Peameal sandwich makes frequent appearances as a special.

            As for regular menu items dijon chicken with caesar salad. I think the caesar salad is pretty decent, much better than most restaurants. Garlicky, anchovies and real shaved parmesan (?) cheese on it. Sometimes either the bison or lamb burger. Staggering pig sandwich.

            A regular menu item that the girlfriend likes is the falafel.

        2. happycamper RE: prima Jan 14, 2014 10:56 AM

          Great thread.
          " at which restuarants/establishments/bakeries /specialty food shops have you probably purchased/spent/ordered the most, "

          Does the LCBO count?
          If I were to tally food/drink related spending over the year, it'd probably be:
          Cheese Boutique
          Enoteca Sociale
          probably closely followed by
          The Saint

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            lister RE: happycamper Jan 14, 2014 11:04 AM

            The LCBO should probably count. It'll be right up there for us.

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              estufarian RE: lister Jan 14, 2014 12:23 PM

              Yup - LCBO for me too.

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                prima RE: estufarian Jan 14, 2014 12:25 PM


          2. mariecollins RE: prima Jan 14, 2014 12:12 PM

            easy - Royal Beef, followed by Moberly Natural Foods (formerly Better Bulk), gotta shop local!

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              fickle RE: prima Jan 14, 2014 01:37 PM

              Soma and Stockyards for me.

              1. TorontoJo RE: prima Jan 14, 2014 01:39 PM

                LCBO for overall dollars spent. For food, The Pie Plate in Niagara-on-the-Lake and The Regal Diner in Niagara Falls. In Toronto, probably Soma.

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                  JennaBean RE: prima Jan 14, 2014 01:57 PM

                  Probably Hooked, Leslieville Cheese and 416. In that order.
                  I excluded places like Jacob b/c two ppl can spend $500 in on night there without trying too hard.

                  1. jayt90 RE: prima Jan 14, 2014 02:16 PM

                    LCBO for most dollars spent, poorest advice, and lowest quality:price ratio. How many other domains have to put up with this?
                    The Beer Store is distant 2nd, mostly because they are a total write off.

                    1. shekamoo RE: prima Jan 15, 2014 02:36 PM

                      I think including LCBO makes this thread utterly uninformative. Mine would be zen and burgers priest

                      1. hal2010 RE: prima May 3, 2014 11:59 AM

                        Swiss Chalet.
                        20 years of eating there with kids plus takeout.

                        1. Jacquilynne RE: prima May 3, 2014 01:02 PM

                          Like others, the LCBO would be the easy winner for specialty food shops.

                          For restaurants, my guess would probably be Colborne Lane, just because I hosted one expensive dinner there and went one other time and I can't think of anywhere else where my bills would add up to that level of expense. I don't go to a lot of restaurants over and over again, and the few I do (Rol San, the Turkish place that was by my old house, as examples) just aren't that expensive.

                          If I go back a really long way, the Central Square cafeteria at York University probably has a dog in this race, because I ate lunch and sometimes breakfast and/or dinner there several times a week for several years.

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                            LemonLauren RE: prima May 7, 2014 09:06 AM

                            Great idea!

                            I've spent a lot on drinks and occasional snacks at 416, the Ceili Cottage, the Pilot, Queen and Beaver, and in the last year, Hitch, Bar Hop and the Wren.

                            On meals, I've burned the most, cumulatively, at Libretto, Eno Sociale, Luma, and Harbord Room.

                            BUT! Recent meals and Buca and Patria were SO expensive and good that I could see those adding up soon...

                            1. PoppiYYZ RE: prima May 8, 2014 03:23 PM

                              Very interesting question, and sad what the numbers show :

                              My Pareto chart :
                              1) Fuel for vehicles
                              2) Insurance
                              3) LCBO
                              4) Drops off fast now

                              Pitiful isn't it ?

                              Perhaps we can get an answer to your question from the Oil Barons, Insurance Tycoons, and LCBO Fat Cats....

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                                prima RE: PoppiYYZ May 11, 2014 08:24 AM

                                Interesting to see how the tallies compare. I spend more on coffee at Tim Hortons than I spend at the LCBO. But now I understand why the LCBO would open up such a massive location on the Danforth.

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                                Pincus RE: prima May 11, 2014 06:33 AM

                                Mangia E Bevi for a restaurant. An Asian snack food place in Pacific Mall (not sure of the name) for a specialty store.

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