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Yes? Hi!

We were having the talking about if there was the old restaurant in the Toronto that did the closing which would be the one that you would want to do the reopening again.

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  1. Mamma's Pizza in Yorkdale (circa 30 years ago)
    Tony's Place in Yorkdale
    La Lucciola
    Young Lok
    Elizabeth's Chinese Food
    Plaka Restaurant on the Danforth
    Dip & Sip Donuts
    Cake Master

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    1. re: magic

      Also, long gone "Subs Plus" in Yonge/Eglinton Centre food court.

      Schnitzel sub. Drool.

    2. Thai Magic
      A pre-Marche-style Movenpick serving good seafood
      Lichee Gardens
      Magic Pan at the Eaton Centre

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      1. re: prima

        Toby's. Yes.

        1. re: prima

          Oh... the original Movenpick! I had my first waffle there and it was a complete delight for an Asian kid who has never had a pancake or waffle. The Movenpick pre-Marche was MUCH better than it's 3rd reincarnation. I will say the Movenpick in Germany is close to the Toronto original

          1. re: Nevy

            Movenpick in Yorkville - I enjoyed quite a few meals there.

            1. re: Full tummy

              You're not alone!! I totally forgot about that Movenpick!!

              1. re: kwass

                And the squid ink pasta served in the lower level!!

                1. re: canadianbeaver

                  That's right...they did have a lower level...the memories are just flooding back now :)

        2. Copper Kettle on Lawrence!
          not a restaurant but Mister Donut
          Paul's Deep Sea somethingorother on Dundas.

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          1. re: petek

            My parents miss Archer's on St. Clair. They used to love those artichoke leaves for dipping, and the hearts of palm salad. So 80s!

            Oh my (Mamma's Pizza and La Lucciola)! Have to add Bentley's at Bathurst and Eglinton (late 80s) for donuts laced with eau de cigarette. What a blast from the past! For me, Toby's, Slime Rickey's, smoothies and sandwiches at Cultures in Yorkville, Michel's Baguette and Smitty's (just for the headgear) in Yorkdale, and Just Desserts on Davenport.

            I've since graduated to a healthier adult diet. LOL.

            1. re: 1sweetpea

              Yonge/Eg Lime Rickey's. Sigh. Good times.

              1. re: magic

                I'm thinking we must have crossed paths, either in high school or somewhere along Eglinton, Magic. Were you a late night regular at the Fire Pit or King Shawarma? Did you lunch at Jerusalem Restaurant?

                1. re: 1sweetpea

                  We probably did cross paths yeah.

                  Fire Pit on Yonge? Yes. But not a late night regular. I was probably watching The Simpsons late at night.

                  Not sure I've heard of King Shawarma. King Falafel on the other hand has always been my go-to, yes.

                  Jerusalem, of course. But always for dinner. La Lucciola was lunch, RIP :(

                  Eglinton 32B!

                  1. re: magic

                    Brain farts on multiple fronts. I meant King Falafel. I also meant the Burger Shack at Chaplin and Eglinton, not the Fire Pit. D'uh. Must have been distracted this morning while typing.

                    1. re: 1sweetpea

                      Both were (and still are) go-tos absolutely :)

                      Nice when some of them stand the tests of time.

                2. re: magic

                  Talk about memories magic!! I loved Lime Ricky's!!

                  1. re: kwass

                    Great times.

                    1. re: magic

                      Magic, like 1sweatpea, I think we must have crossed paths as well.

                      1. re: kwass

                        That would not surprise me. :-)

                        1. re: magic

                          I should ask you what school you went to, what shul you went to, and what camp you went to, but I won't, because I don't think we're allowed to do that :)

                          1. re: kwass

                            One day all will be illuminated. It's a part of a master plan, you see. :)

                            1. re: magic

                              You've piqued my interest magic :)

                              1. re: kwass


                            2. re: kwass

                              I think you just did, Kwass! Too funny. However, it's probably more fun to just name neighbourhood haunts. How about Coronation Billiard Academy, The Wiz candy store and Grandmother's Nut Shop (a.k.a. Mother's Sweets and Nuts), Kiku, China House, Sabatino's, Monte Carlo, Lox, Stock and Bagel?

                              1. re: 1sweetpea

                                The Wiz...OMG you're killing me 1sweetpea!! How could I forget that?

                                1. re: kwass

                                  Mwahaha. I spent all of my allowance there week after week for many years, particularly the pre bat mitzvah hebrew school years. ;-) Not sure why I have a mouth full of crowns now.

                                  1. re: 1sweetpea

                                    Too funny!!!

                                2. re: 1sweetpea

                                  Jesus, The Wiz.

                                  I once found $20 on my way walking to The Wiz when I was 10.

                                  I don't have to tell you it was the best day of my life.

                                  1. re: magic

                                    I bet :)

                                    1. re: magic

                                      great story. I'm guessing a pretty serious stomach ache "companion story" story as well?

                                      1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                        I was like a little Al Pacino in Scarface. But subsitute Fun Dip for the cocaine.

                                        1. re: magic

                                          Now that's the funniest thing I've ever heard :)

                                          1. re: kwass

                                            Haha, if you went to The Wiz back in the day I'm sure you can relate :)

                                            1. re: magic

                                              Fun Dip? Oh yeah...I can relate :)

                                    2. re: 1sweetpea

                                      Loved the grilled cheese and tomato on challah, and the chocolate chip cookies from Lox, Stock and Bagel.
                                      Also liked the West Indian curry chicken salad from Hazelton Gourmet.
                                      And the spinach and prosciutto panini, tuna egg panini and veal Milanese panini from the Hazelton Lanes' Lettieri, before the Lettieri expansion.

                        2. re: 1sweetpea

                          Those might well have been my cigarettes!

                        3. re: petek

                          I ate two quarter pounders at the Copper Kettle every Sunday, followed by a Vanilla Milkshake at Rutherford's Dairy. I was a skinny kid and the Dr. told my parents to feed me hamburgers and eggnog.
                          This thread is seriously jogging some memories loose!

                        4. Flower Drum in Mimico. Awesome westernized Chinese food in the 80's. I think it may still be there, although the original owner sold it in the 90's.

                          1. JOV Bistro

                            Yung Sing's on Baldwin

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                            1. re: bytepusher

                              Another one I wonder if anyone else remembers.

                              The Gourmet Picnic on Church Street between Shuter and Dundas, didn't have a storefront so you had to know it was there, they made a chicken cutlet stuffed with cheese on a big kaiser roll that was my downfall when I worked in that hood, a lot of the SCTV people would walk up there from the Old Firehall for lunch.

                            2. Sai Woo on Dundas&Bay
                              Bemelmans Bloor&Bay
                              Bregman's Yonge&St Clair

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                              1. re: petek

                                Bregman's. Yes.

                                1. re: magic

                                  Pea soup at Bregman's!

                                  1. re: magic

                                    I worked at the Keg Mansion, and Bemelman's is where we would head after a long shift. Great food, good vibe. I miss it.

                                    But there were so many great places around there - original Toby's, Le Provencal, first take on 3 Small Rooms. I lived at Bloor & St. George so I was in the area all the time.

                                  2. re: petek

                                    Hi petek (I mean Yes? Hi! )

                                    I used to go to the Bemelmans around 78 - 79 with some friends, and we also went to the "Foxtrap". Do you remember that place?

                                    1. re: foodyDudey

                                      Yes? Hi! foodyDudey.
                                      Bemelmans was en early to mid 80's hangout for me and my buddies ,mostly the bar side occasionally the restaurant(great eggs benny). Where was Foxtrap, The name sounds very familiar.

                                  3. Love this, btw.

                                    The Noshery
                                    Shrimp Kitchen
                                    Magic Pan

                                    Not for the food, but the memories. Fun times.
                                    Although I do miss the Noshery food.

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                                    1. re: millygirl

                                      Magic Pan! Yes.

                                      1. re: millygirl

                                        +1 for The Noshery

                                        1. re: millygirl

                                          I miss the Noshery too. It was our go to restarant almost every Saturday night after a movie with our group of friends. We especially loved those little spareribs...I forget what they called the dish.

                                          1. re: bobinken

                                            Adam's Ribs?

                                            1. re: justsayn

                                              The Noshery never quite leaves my memory bank... Your post, justsayn, reminded me of the titles for menu-items at the Noshery--"Lolla and Brigida": a double burger, and the "Ebony Kiss" [I think]: a big chocolate eclaire.

                                              I loved the indoor awnings over the banquettes, and the latkes, and just about anything the parents let me order.

                                              1. re: pearl3

                                                Well I just did a little bit of searching for you and look what I found! http://urbantoronto.ca/forum/showthre...

                                                The full menu!

                                                It seems there are pages and pages of pictures on this site. I will have to check it closer later on!

                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                  Thanks so much for the link!

                                                  Yup it looks like the whole menu...memories...

                                          2. re: millygirl

                                            Old friend of mine's father owned the Shrimp Kitchen back in the 80's. All you can eat shrimp.......those were the days!!!!!!

                                          3. The Green Valley restaurant in Ottawa. Ate many special lunches there as a teen and young adult. It was the "fancy" family lunch place, and the food never changed over the decade plus that I ate there.

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                                            1. re: Full tummy

                                              Oh yes, the Green Valley with my grandmother and her friends for a special "ladies lunch" which always started with a tiny glass of tomato juice!

                                              And while we're talking about Ottawa, the first solid food I ate as a toddler was at The Golden Palace. I can still taste their eggrolls! Mmmmmm.

                                            2. JOV Bistro,
                                              Bayview Garden
                                              Cuisine of India
                                              Big Joy Congee and Noodle
                                              Tang Chai Kee

                                              1. Leslies family restaurant
                                                the crock and block
                                                Bobby Orr pizza

                                                1. Fire Pit
                                                  Crumbs (sandwich joint at Yonge and Yonge Blvd)
                                                  Vanipha Lana
                                                  Ginsberg & Wong
                                                  Hunan Palace
                                                  Lichee Garden
                                                  H. Salt Fish N' Chips
                                                  Alpine Hut (Awesome schnitzel ..Yonge between Eg. & Lawrence)

                                                  1. Djerba La Douce

                                                    1. Indianguy,
                                                      do you mean restaurants from 10 or 20 years ago or more, or any place that closed, even if it was 3 years ago? I see that people are interpreting it both ways.
                                                      Maybe you meant any restaurant that is no longer open?

                                                      I actually liked Splendido in the early nineties when Arpi Magyar owned it, and it would nice to see Dukem and Aravind open again, as both those were more recent closures.

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                                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                                        +1 splendido's champagne cart

                                                      2. Underground Railroad
                                                        Madras Durbar
                                                        Varsity diner at Bloor and Spadina
                                                        Those Hungarian restaurants on Bloor near Bathurst

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                                                        1. re: Frids

                                                          Agree with Madras Durbar. Lovely vegetarian food. And I definitely miss the other Hungarian restaurants. Continental had perhaps the best schnitzel, wooden plate, and cabbage rolls. Korona had the best variety overall.

                                                          1. re: Frids


                                                            1. re: Frids

                                                              Underground Railroad- soul food and great jazz singers. What a memory.

                                                            2. There's a certain amount of nostalgia for some genuinely horrible places here, I mean Ponderosa? Seriously? I mean I get the nostalgia factor but if Ponderosa were to open a location in Toronto today serving what they did back in the day I wouldn't even consider going.

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                                                              1. re: bytepusher

                                                                Do you not get that nostalgia is the point of this thread.

                                                                It doesn’t matter if you wouldn’t eat there. Others would.

                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                  The question specifically was restaurants you wish would come back, lots of great dives fit that category, Ponderosa maybe not so much, I think people forget how truly awful it was, I mean they "cooked" the gravy in the dishwasher....

                                                                  1. re: bytepusher

                                                                    Wasn't Ponderosa the place that served tenderized steaks sourced from Australia? Unique tasting...I miss them.

                                                                2. re: bytepusher

                                                                  Nobody set a 4-star minimum rule. Most of the places I've mentioned were dives. They seem easier and more fun to pull from the cobwebs.

                                                                  Huge second for Vanipha Lanna! Loved the food there.

                                                                3. Michelangelo's on Gerrard East. So many memories...

                                                                  1. La Maison du Croissant Tree (sp?). Excellent almond croissants and great location next to the Delta Chelsea hotel which, many years ago, we stayed at several times.

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                                                                    1. re: Enigma3

                                                                      This goes way back from Leaside High School days. King Wah Gardens in Sunnybrook Plaza. We could sit for hours with an egg roll and a coke.

                                                                    2. Geppetto's, Ryan's, Neptune's Cove, Biffy's, Le Grenouille, Young Lok, Bloor street Diner, The Fiesta Room, Greenjeans, Da Dante, Celestino, Autogrill, The Original Le Select Bistro, the Original Sabatino's, Fenton's, The Jolly Cafe, Bower's, Allo Bistro, Trattoria Primavera, Arlequin, Rugantino and Prego Della Piazza

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                                                                      1. re: DarthRiesling

                                                                        Gepetto's sounds so familiar. Can you remind me where it was?

                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                          Yonge and steeles

                                                                          1. re: DarthRiesling

                                                                            OMG! My family loved that place! We used to go there all the time.

                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                              It was a fave of my ex and me. Unpretentious Italian on checked tablecloths that got slightly romantic as the light got lower..

                                                                        2. re: DarthRiesling

                                                                          Definitely Fenton's Garden and the downstairs. Both were great.

                                                                          1. re: Dr. John


                                                                            1. re: Dr. John

                                                                              Oh yes....Fenton's! Sigh....

                                                                          2. Monte Carlos on Eglinton
                                                                            Paisano's in Bayview Village

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                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                              Yes, definitely Monte Carlo.

                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                Paisano's is still in business! They just moved further away to 'Willowdale', thats all!

                                                                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                  I know. But it just isn't the same :(

                                                                                  1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                    yeah but they changed the pepperoni on their pizza a few years ago. After maple leaf got listeriosis

                                                                                2. Canton Terrace on Bathurst Street. THE BEST egg rolls and chicken fried rice.

                                                                                  1. La Scala
                                                                                    Brother's restaurant on Yonge

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                                                                                    1. re: meathead2

                                                                                      +1 La Scala!!! Boy was that ever a good restaurant!!

                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                        Sequel, on Yonge St. near St. Germain. Gone now about two years. The best, most imaginative resto on that strip of Yonge between York Mills Rd. and Lawrence Ave.

                                                                                        The Bagel, on College St. just west of Spadina.

                                                                                        + for the Noshery, and Monte Carlo, on Eglinton Ave. west of Bathurst.

                                                                                        1. re: juno

                                                                                          Finally a shout-out to the Noshey!! How many Sunday nights did we wait to hear those wonderful words, "Goodman (Goldman, Schwartz, Brown), table for 4". Kishka a la Tony, Spiced Beef Egg Rolls, Adam's Ribs. I could go on forever.

                                                                                          1. re: toosie

                                                                                            Ahhh, not to be picky but I nominated The Noshery way back on Feb 13th. LOL!!!

                                                                                            No list would be complete without it and I love your recollection of the maitre de. I spent many a Sunday evening staring at those pies go round and round waiting for our names to be called out.

                                                                                    2. Pretty sure I've mentioned it before on a similar thread:

                                                                                      also, the original PRONTO on Mt. Pleasant

                                                                                      Partners (Mt. Pleasant) for burgers, etc.

                                                                                      MOTHER's sandwich shop

                                                                                      and the ORIGINAL Pickle Barrel (2 storefronts in the Leslie Cummer Plaza, before they built the big one on the end of the plaza)

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                                                                                      1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                        I loved CIBO!!

                                                                                        And you're right, the ORIGINAL Pickle Barrel was fantastic!

                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                          kwass, I suspect we have quite similar tastes in food...

                                                                                          I was pretty much at Cibo on a weekly basis.

                                                                                          and Friday nights "table hopping" at the OLD Pickle Barrel (ahhh.. to be a teen again).

                                                                                          Speaking of old... really feeling it now (thanks to this thread :) )

                                                                                          1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                            Me too! And yes, table hopping at the Pickle Barrel...that does being back memories :)

                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                              Cibo's brings back memories as well. An ex-boyfriend 's parents used to take us there all the time.

                                                                                            2. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                              The original Leslie Pickle Barrel was totally fantastic.

                                                                                              Oh how times have changed.

                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                I remember lining up many times, and never being disappointed after it was all said and done. You could order just about anything on that HUGE menu, and it was good. Not gourmet or anything, just good. tasty. consistent.

                                                                                                Suffice it to say I haven't set foot in one in many, many years.


                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                  It was great....spent many Sunday dinners with the family there (original pickle Barrel) and ate at so many of the places on this thread....what wonderful memories.

                                                                                            3. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                              Ah Mother's Sandwich shop, a must stop after a show at the Concert Hall/Masonic Temple/Rockpile

                                                                                              1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                bytepusher, we used to hit up the one at Y&E after a serious night of clubbing. All dressed in our jeans, "suit" vests, and LEATHER ties... hilarious!

                                                                                              2. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                Pronto! Wow! That sure brought back fond memories! How about ' Square ' that occupied the location a few years later?
                                                                                                Agree with Juno about 'Sequel'. Pretty romantic as well
                                                                                                How about 'Goldfish' downtown? Very similar in style?!

                                                                                                1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                  Loved Mother's . Study at Library on Yonge and then treat myself to a sandwich. sometimes went to Bogey's in Yorkville for a sandwich.

                                                                                                  1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                    Mother's Sandwich - on College, around the corner from the ElMo? They had the best veal sub in the city, and part of the appeal was the crusty roll it was served on. So much better than the pasty stuff we get at California or San Francesca these days.

                                                                                                  2. Mother's Pizza and Frank Vetere's.

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                                                                                                    1. re: prima

                                                                                                      Where was Frank Vetere's prima? That also sounds familiar.

                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                        Not sure where the TO/GTA locations were located. I went to a location in London way back when.

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          The flagship of the chain was just west of Maple Leaf Gardens.

                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                            I didn't realize it was a chain. I must have been thinking of another place.

                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                              Vetere's was also on Bloor just across from the Conservatory.

                                                                                                          2. re: prima

                                                                                                            Mother's is back, sort of

                                                                                                            The same guy who revived Pop Shoppe found out that the trademarks on Mother's had been allowed to expire so he snapped them up and has been working with an experienced restaurant team to reboot the restaurant, they contacted old franchisees to get old recipes and have one location open in East end Hamilton on Queenston Road. Haven't been but they claim to be attempting to accurately recreate the 70s/80s Mother's with only slight updates.

                                                                                                            1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                              Glad to hear that a revived Mother's has opened. I remember reading online that he was planning to open a Mother's, but didn't realize it was already open.

                                                                                                              1. re: prima

                                                                                                                Wondering if anyone here has been?

                                                                                                          3. La Chaumierre on Charles Street

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                                                                                                            1. re: LJS2

                                                                                                              You beat me to it LJS2. La Chaumierre had that delightful hors d'oeuvres trolly with about two dozen items from which to select. And the amazing traditional French bistro items, perfectly executed, that came out of what had to be Toronto's smallest kitchen, about 80 square feet.

                                                                                                              I also miss Three Small Rooms in the Windsor Arms. Exceptional service, a 6,000 bottle wine cellar, and a lot of table-side cookery.

                                                                                                              Ports of Call and The 54th (now Canoe) could be exceptional too for an evening of dining and dancing. Who does that any more?

                                                                                                              I recall how the Westbury Hotel next to Maple Leaf Gardens originally set the Toronto standard for culinary excellence led by Chef Tony Roldan and his all-star brigade.

                                                                                                              The Benvenuto Hotel, now Scaramouche, and The Walker House, on the corner just west of Union Station were also superior dining venues.

                                                                                                              I miss them all.

                                                                                                              1. re: LJS2

                                                                                                                Thanks LJS2. My wife and I have fond memories of La Chaumière and the hors d'oeuvres trolly. We heard stories of people coming from New York City to samples its wares, and we believed them. Sadly missed.

                                                                                                                1. re: LJS2

                                                                                                                  This was going to be my contribution, but you got there first. We went when I was young (10? 12?), and it was my first experience with French food. I loved the trolley, and even tried snails and frog's legs!

                                                                                                                  I never ate at the Ports, but I met a lot of new friends for the first time there :}

                                                                                                                2. I responded to a few individual posts, but here is my list (as best as I can recall):

                                                                                                                  JK ROM
                                                                                                                  Cafe Asia
                                                                                                                  Yung Sing
                                                                                                                  Sai Woo
                                                                                                                  El Basha (falafel place in the Annex)
                                                                                                                  Toronto Gomtang (Korean place in Koreatown)
                                                                                                                  Movenpick La Pecherie
                                                                                                                  Cuisine of India
                                                                                                                  Tai Sun (Mandarin place on College)
                                                                                                                  Mimi's (the breakfast place, not the Vietnamese place)
                                                                                                                  Vienna Home Bakery

                                                                                                                  Not really a restaurant... J.S. Bonbons

                                                                                                                  And for the nostalgia (but not the food):

                                                                                                                  The various Ed's restaurants
                                                                                                                  Diana Sweet's

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Dr. John

                                                                                                                    OMG!! Boba...one of my favourite restaurants ever! I was so sorry to see it close!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Dr. John

                                                                                                                      ...especially Youki, Perigee, Avalon and Vienna Home Bakery!!!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Dr. John

                                                                                                                        Oh man, Boba, first nice meal in Toronto so many years ago, it was a great dining experience too

                                                                                                                        1. re: Dr. John

                                                                                                                          +1 to Avalon

                                                                                                                          1. re: Dr. John

                                                                                                                            Another vote for:

                                                                                                                            L'Entrecote and the Auberge Gavroche
                                                                                                                            Vienna Home Bakery

                                                                                                                          2. Ok, this is a tough one, as it was mostly a neighborhood thing, I suspect...

                                                                                                                            Anyone from Clarkson area remember Auntie Alba's? Right on Lakeshore Rd.

                                                                                                                            Just great homemade food, amazing breakfasts, nice touches like (actually edible) fruit on the plates waaaaay before CORA's (meh) , fresh cut fries (natch) and all around good folks. Only lived in Mississauga for a short time, but I miss it.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                                              I've lived in Clarkson for 6 years now and Its interesting to hear that. Where abouts was it located?

                                                                                                                              1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                                                fryerlover... D'oh!... I meant Port Credit area (I used to live in Clarkson when I went there) but it's been gone much longer than 6 years. It used to be on the South side of Lakeshore Rd E, right on the corner of a side street I think it was 1 block (light?) west of Hurontario.

                                                                                                                                1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                                                  Ohhh, okay. I was just trying to picture what the area looked like before my time here. For a moment I was thinking it must be the Satalite Restaurant.

                                                                                                                            2. Zocalo (Chris Mcdonald's)
                                                                                                                              The Mermaid
                                                                                                                              The Balkans
                                                                                                                              Steak Pit

                                                                                                                              *** Napoleon's ***


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                                                                                                                              1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                I forgot about Napolean's what a ground breaking place. The one and only time I had pernod and lobster that was balanced.
                                                                                                                                I also loved Dante's for their Risotto.

                                                                                                                              2. Bogart's (sandwich place across from the ROM)
                                                                                                                                The Blue Cellar Room at Bloor & Spadina
                                                                                                                                Danish Food Centre

                                                                                                                                1. Three Small Rooms (Windsor Arms)
                                                                                                                                  Le Provencal

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                    Noodle's was the coolest. I remember going there as a kid...lots of neon and delish lasagna.

                                                                                                                                  2. Ports, the Tikki? room in particular

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: blogs

                                                                                                                                      Kon Tikki, I think. They served a Johnny Pineapple rum drink, with the alcohol in the real pineapple. If you were the last person to have the pineapple at 1AM (that was the closing time in those days), you got to take the pineapple home -- just wring it out!!

                                                                                                                                      I liked the Last Chance Saloon, all you can eat for 50 cents. I was almost thrown out (just warned) for overeating...At that time, you had to have food with your drink.

                                                                                                                                    2. Switzer's Deli on Spadina.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                        I almost listed this one, but honestly can't remember what I ate there. It was a really long time ago!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                                                          It was a long time ago!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                                                            Beef knish with gravy--they were the best.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: gooditsall

                                                                                                                                              oh my god i miss those. i've had others since but they were the best!

                                                                                                                                        2. Troy's was the best for me, followed by Napoleon's and Fenton's -- my, my, all these possessives...

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                            Troy's! We were driving across Marlborough just recently and I was trying to pick out the house. Failed.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: crawfish


                                                                                                                                              1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                Laszlo still haunts it...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                  I thought that was Cecil!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                    It was Laszlo that did Cecil in..

                                                                                                                                          2. Goody's Diner

                                                                                                                                            1. Steak n' Burger

                                                                                                                                              1. The Mt Pleasant Lunch (we had our wedding 'reception' there...what can I say? Cheap and cheerful)

                                                                                                                                                The original Mastro's (not Maestro's) Pizza on Wilson. I'm talking 50 years ago. Such great pizza.

                                                                                                                                                Lhardy's and Quenelles on Church

                                                                                                                                                Bumpkins in it's previous location (forget where)

                                                                                                                                                Hungarian Restaurants on Bloor

                                                                                                                                                1. I admit I didn't get there much, but i still think about Bofinger.

                                                                                                                                                  1. In addition to many already listed..

                                                                                                                                                    Original Licks
                                                                                                                                                    Massimos on Queen at Portland
                                                                                                                                                    La Pizza
                                                                                                                                                    Partners Too
                                                                                                                                                    Sutton Place Sunday Brunch
                                                                                                                                                    Original Mother Tuckers on Dixon
                                                                                                                                                    Mercer Street Grill
                                                                                                                                                    Tim Hortons when they made donuts
                                                                                                                                                    Chi Chi's
                                                                                                                                                    Viva Zapata
                                                                                                                                                    Two for one falafel guy on Yonge
                                                                                                                                                    Stem Open Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                    Casa Mendoza
                                                                                                                                                    The Bamboo
                                                                                                                                                    Gypsy Co-op
                                                                                                                                                    Irie Food Joint
                                                                                                                                                    Bar Italia when it was a pool hall with paninis
                                                                                                                                                    Chung King
                                                                                                                                                    Taro Grill
                                                                                                                                                    Ultra Supper Club when they opened
                                                                                                                                                    Alice Fazooli's when they opened
                                                                                                                                                    Original Amatos
                                                                                                                                                    Groaning Board on Jarvis
                                                                                                                                                    Prague Deli
                                                                                                                                                    Mildred Pierce when on Sudbury
                                                                                                                                                    XXX Diner

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                      I was going to put Chi Chi's on my list. My parents used to take us there when we were kids :)

                                                                                                                                                      And Mercer Street Grill...aaaah...memories...I still miss that place!! Remember how Simon used to come around to all of the tables to say hello and make sure that everything was to your satisfaction?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                        I remember long line-ups at the Chi Chis in London.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                          Ha, Chi Chi's

                                                                                                                                                          Years ago savagehenry and I went to the one in Scarborough because, wait for it..... we had a coupon

                                                                                                                                                          That one was half restaurant and half nightclub with a dance floor

                                                                                                                                                          It was long enough ago that she still smoked so we wanted to sit in the smoking section, sorry no tables in smoking you'll have to wait, so wait we did, I want to say it was an hour, it was certainly a very long time while people streamed in and out of the very noisy nightclub not much seemed to be happening on the restaurant side. Finally someone came to seat us and led us though a virtually empty restaurant into a half empty smoking room and sat us right next to a single diner who was smoking a very stinky cigar, when we asked to move we were told that the server for the other tables had already left for the day. It was the biggest F you move I think I ever got from a restaurant. To this day I'm still baffled as to what the heck was really going on, I guess they were hoping we would just leave

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                            It was at that Chi Chi's where I discovered the ice I thought was unusually crunchy was actually glass. The waiter didn't seem shocked and just brought me a new drink. Very relaxed about a bit of glass in my drink.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                          Loved Chi Chi's on Markham Rd. in Scarborough. I think I went there for my 12th birthday dinner. I miss it...

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: roostermom

                                                                                                                                                            The fried ice cream was the best!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                              Without a doubt!! Do I ever miss that!!

                                                                                                                                                        3. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                          +1 Susur for sure

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                            The Bamboo had great Thai food once long ago.

                                                                                                                                                            Bar Italia was fabulous when it was still a pool hall. Great sandwiches and my favourite gelato.

                                                                                                                                                            I too enjoyed Alice Fazooli's when it first opened. Was it already a chain then?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dr. John

                                                                                                                                                              The Bamboo was awesome for food and for music. The rooftop was so much fun too. We were regulars and missed it so much when they closed. They tried to keep it going down on Queen's Quay I believe, but I never went.

                                                                                                                                                              Bar Italia was insane good and was long known to have the best espresso in the city. Although I had some great meals at their reincarnation, it was never the same.

                                                                                                                                                              AF opened in 1991 on Adelaide and according to what I've been able to find online, it was opened by SIR Corp. It was a huge hit from the start. Always packed with people looking to have a good time. I am not sure how long after the second location opened but I am thinking a couple of years.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                              Anyone remember XXX? I think it was Fresh that replaced it.

                                                                                                                                                              XXX epitomized the flavour of West Queen West we've mostly lost.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                I used to live down the street and used to have breakfast/brunch there. I agree it was 'Queen West West' along with Citron, Gypsy Co-op, Terroni (loved to sit at the counter at the original space)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mammoth

                                                                                                                                                                  The tight quarters of the Terroni counter!! Great memory. : )

                                                                                                                                                                  I loved to stand and watch them make my sandwich bit by bit with the final sprinkle of rock salt from a foot above. It was always a magical sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                  The food and the rustic desserts were so special in those early days when there was nothing else like it.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                GYPSY CO-OP!! Good one! Wow, way back machine.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: catherine88

                                                                                                                                                                  : )

                                                                                                                                                                  Cuz I loved it there!

                                                                                                                                                                  Never forget my first butternut squash tortellini with cream sauce and pine nuts!!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn


                                                                                                                                                                    I remember that dish! I think it was my first butternut squash experience. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CocoaChanel

                                                                                                                                                                      Yep! Was mine! Over and over again. Lol

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CocoaChanel

                                                                                                                                                                        Don't forget the cool candy store. I recall they had great desserts too!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: catherine88

                                                                                                                                                                      Squeeze Club, anyone?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: crawfish

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh yea squeeze club for sure! : ) I believe that became the co-op.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Nick and Leslie's Hungarian Goulash Party Tavern
                                                                                                                                                                    Yerushalayim of Gold when grandfather Uzieli was running it.
                                                                                                                                                                    Thai Plate

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                                                                                                                      ha! i used to work for a company that received calls for hungarian goulash party. even after owning the number for nearly a decade. sometimes out of frustration they would just grant the reservation anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                      - khao san road

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                                                        Strange that you should say that.KSR.
                                                                                                                                                                        I used to work in Halifax. My number was very similar to that of a local restaurant, the Garden View. Otherwise known as the Gag and Spew. Drunks would call me at 1 am for deliver . I would answer the phone still half asleep and tell the, wrong number. Ten minutes later the same drunk would call again. Finally, I took matters into my own hands . I took the order. That would be the end of it.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                                                                                                                        How could I forget!
                                                                                                                                                                        Thw Acropolis, but only when it was on Dundas, above Lindy's (religious goods).

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                                                                                                                          I remember it well -- my first introduction to a kitchen where you could pick out the food you wanted from somebody with a cigarette dangling, behind the steam table.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                                                                                                                                            Wasn't it called, "The Acropole"? It was certainly my first intro to Greek cuisine. LOL on the cigarette, DT.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, I think it was The Acropole. When I got to it, about 1967, you could get a full lunch with iceberg lettuce, lamb shank/leg, boiled potato, peas? carrots? gravy, and coffee for $1.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Can't believe how this thread has grown in less than 24 hours. Speaks volumes.

                                                                                                                                                                          I don't recall the name, it's been so long ago, but there was a place in the Hazelton Lanes, upstairs, that had the best onion soup ever. Man I wish they were still around.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                                                            Doesn't anybody remember the restaurant on the 2nd floor of Hazelton Lanes back about 30 years ago? Its really bugging me now. It had exposed brick walls....and all I remember was the fantastic onion soup.


                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                                                              Magic Pan?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: eppicurious

                                                                                                                                                                                Nope! Although I liked that place too! Chicken divan crepe was my all time fav!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                  And mine was the strawberry crepes with whipped cream. Nobody makes strawberry crepes like that anymore :(

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: eppicurious

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thought that place was so fancy when I was in high school. then later had friends who worked there-called it the "The Tragic Scam"

                                                                                                                                                                              2. I very much enjoyed any restaurant where Greg Couillard was the chef. Many years ago I went to China Blues and was introduced to spices that I'd never had before -- it opened up a whole new world for me. Later he was at Avec and The Spice Room. I understand he's now in Mexico and I'm sure he's cooking up a storm there. He is a great chef.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                                                                                                  Was China Blues his place on Yonge just north of Crescent Road?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: crawfish

                                                                                                                                                                                    Yep, close to the Calamari Joint, another long gone place in your old neighbourhood...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                                                      Calamari Joint, that's the one I was thinking of.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                                                                                                    Greg probably owns the record for most restaurants in Toronto.
                                                                                                                                                                                    When he's back in Toronto he regularly runs dinners at The Depanneur on College (I've been to two, but there were more).

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Does anyone remember PM's on Yonge at Summerhill?

                                                                                                                                                                                    One of the first "Gourmet" burgers IIRC.

                                                                                                                                                                                    And speaking of burgers, need to mention the ORIGINAL Toby's GoodEats on Bloor. Spinach salad, fries with cheese sauce at 2am! (EDIT: ooops... I see Prima already did!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                                                                                                      My first exposure to poutine (made with Toby's fries that looked like steak fries) was at the Yonge and Bloor location, just south of Bloor.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                                                        And do you remember the apple brown betty?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                          I actually have a recipe for Toby's apple brown betty. Haven't made it in many years, but now that you've brought it to my attention, maybe I'll give it a try this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yum! You have to share the recipe :)

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                              10-12 medium applies, peeled and sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                              2 tsp cinnamon

                                                                                                                                                                                              1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
                                                                                                                                                                                              3/4 cup brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                              1/2 cup softened butter

                                                                                                                                                                                              2/3 cup brown sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                              1/4 cup hot water
                                                                                                                                                                                              juice of half a lemon

                                                                                                                                                                                              Make topping first. Combine all topping ingredients and use a knife to cut butter into flour. Put aside.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Mix all of syrup ingredients into a separate bowl and set aside.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Arrange apple slices in lightly greased lasagna pan. I use Pam. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Drizzle half of the syrup over the apples. Cover with the topping mixture and drizzle the remaining syrup on top of topping mixture.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Bake at 350 for 60 minutes.


                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                            the recipe was printed in the toronto star many years ago. i still have it, though the newspaper is quite tattered. i love that you don't peel the apples!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                                                                                                          Used to play a lot of tennis at Yonge & Summerhill...used to love PM's. Haven't thought about it in over 30 years!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                                                                                                            I remember PM's! I had the onion rings, I believe.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Speaking of which, anyone remember the Flying Food Circus on Cumberland next door to the Pilot?

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I miss Lime Rickeys not so much for the food but for the atmosphere. Shout outs to Chi Chi's and Viva Zapata's too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                                                                                                                              Viva Zapata big time! Chi Chi's at Front and Church was a lot of fun too.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Anyone remember the Italian restaurant named 'Galileo'? Been there a couple of times. Very good! At that time rave of the town!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                No but I remember Rosa's in a strip mall and then they expanded to a huge place, I think on Finch. It was amazing homestyle Italian. I think it moved yet again. But back in the day.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've been there! It was amazing. They're still around, but on Langstaff in Vaughan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It really was a special place. Does anybody remember when they were in a strip mall? Was it on Weston Rd? Or Keele? They were so hugely successful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm pretty sure it was Finch and Weston Road. I haven't been since they moved to Langstaff, but if you're ever up that way justsayn, it might be worth a try :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes! My memory is that it was at Finch and Weston Road. Is that also where the small one in the strip mall was?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pretty sure yes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass


                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                            On Toryork, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Yongeman


                                                                                                                                                                                                2. never been, but it was a landmark.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  captain john's

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I used to love The Bishop and Belcher on Queen West.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: A flock of seagulls

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I loved the wings at the old B&B. Also- Mama Zambris for old school pizza & the New Grand for dim sum - both on Gerrard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mama Zambris was the best. She always remembered our order-anchovies on half, and onions in the salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Perhaps bytepusher could organize a Top 5 or 10 list of CH's favourite closed restaurants?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here's my list:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Susur
                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. JOV Bistro
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Spice Room
                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Mercer Street Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5. Cuisine of india
                                                                                                                                                                                                      6. JK ROM
                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. JK Wine Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                      8. Oddfellows
                                                                                                                                                                                                      9. Copper Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                      10. Atelier Thuet in Liberty Village

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: vidkid

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't have any kind of license on running votes here, if you think it's worth it, go for it, knock yourself out

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: vidkid

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oddfellows comes up a few times, and yet Parts and Labour which has the same chef and same design team (and the same Winnebago) and a lot of the other same people (but different owners) doesn't get much love here generally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. just throwing it out there:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone remeber the Red Barn?
                                                                                                                                                                                                          And the Prime Rib at ED's?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kayia1

                                                                                                                                                                                                            <Anyone remeber the Red Barn?>
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do! I was just going to ask the same question.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I used to frequent the Pharmacy and Lawrence location many, many, many years ago.. :D

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOL: I used to frequent the same location, correct me if I'm wrong but was Copper Kettle directly across the street

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kayia1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Small world eh? :D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Copper Kettle was in fact across the street about a block east. It's now a used car dealership I think :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We used to go there when we were young... not sure if I really liked it... I think even as kids we all felt it was an A&W rip off and was therefore inferior. I really wondered as a kid too what their hamburgers were made of... don't want to know now. One of their locations in Mississauga (maybe on Dundas) is still standing and has been reincarnated a dozen times. Not even sure what it is now. That would have been in the late 60's, early 70's....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Moimoi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  <We used to go there when we were young... not sure if I really liked it... >

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  we used to call it "The Dead Barn"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mmmm...Big Barney.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to go to the Red Barn on Islington near Rexdale Blvd back in the mid sixties. They used to send a birthday card good for a free burger each year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Didn't the Red Barn have 10 cent burgers then?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: kayia1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At Ed's with the frozen peas and instant mashed, we loved it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: iamafoodie


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hope you're not referring to Ed's Warehouse (famous for prime Rib -at one time) using that stuff...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I could see that at "Old Ed's" which was a bargain (trio?) of "affordable" (cheap?) restos that Ed did later... But Ed's Warehouse (original, tiffany lamps, etc.) was decidedly more high end as I recall?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's been so long...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. I remember Parigo's at Parkside and Bloor, French bistro food with a rotating Champagne list, marked up only $15 over retail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There was also the High Park Cafe, at Quebec and Bloor: died because it was prohibited from having a liquor license (dry area).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, and downtown, Paul's Sichiuan -- he's the guy that brought hot Chinese food to Toronto in the early 1970s. Followed by Thai Shan Inn with Wandee Yeung in the 1980s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Does anyone remember the Chinese bakery in the Dragon mall in downtown Toronto that sold freshly made 'dragonbeard' candy and also freshly made mochi with your preferred filling? I remember getting the mochi with the hot and freshly roasted peanuts, brown sugar, and sesame seeds in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's been decades since it closed down but I still remember saving up my dimes and nickels for every second Saturday afternoon for that chewy goodness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Need help...there used to be an awesome diner on the East side of Bathurst,..north of Glencairn..it was in a 3-store strip-mall set back form Bathurst. It was there for decades and then closed and was replaced by a kosher cookie joint. Used to make the best club sandwiches and chicken salad...gone for over 10 years I would say.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: robb


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Based on the location, you seem to be describing Hamburger King? It was originally just a small takeout with a couple of stools (later became Mike's Munchies - their "Hoisin" burger is a completely different story, YUM!) next door to the famous STUBBY's (variety store and VERY popular lunch counter) Later, Tony (owner) moved across the street to a small 3 (or 4?) store strip set back from Bathurst (with a half dozen parking spots in front of the stores) In spite of the name, he made all kinds of good stuff, especially clubs and souvlaki, greek salad - that kind of stuff. Not a huge step from the standard burger drive in menu, but always very good and mostly homemade.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mike's Munchies...there's a name I haven't heard in years. That place was awesome!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The owner was an older Asian immigrant who came here and went to George Brown culinary school, I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He used to make a Homeburger (his own patties) and his BBQ sauce was a dark brown color and tasted like Hoisin sauce. (maybe it was?) The combination of burger, bacon and the Hoisin BBQ worked amazingly well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks Kwass and KWF,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HamburGer King...nice!! Never knew the Asia guy owned it, Was never of fan of Mike's Munchies..or the Asian guy..way too grumpy and he served me practically raw fried wings one time. I remember a really nice Greek man who owned Hamburger KIng...best club in the city...miss it a lot!! Just couldn't remember the name!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: robb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yeah... Tony (Hamburger King) was a great guy. Ate at both his establishments numerous times over the course of many years...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mike's Munchie's owner was a nice guy but I don't think he spoke much English... people interpreted his quietness as grumpiness, but he was always nice to me. and that Hoisin burger...KILLER!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: robb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He was a total grump to me too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I never liked it there. Even when I was 10 I was like "What's the big deal?!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was a fun place to hang out with friends though :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wouldn't dream of taking that away from anyone. I'm sure it was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was around long enough so he must have been doing something right!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I never knew about this hoisin burger. But then again, I was 10 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At first I thought robb was talking about Mike's Munchie's, but that's the west side of Bathurst :S

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other than MM though I can't think of any diner that was on Bathurst around there, much less on the east side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. RD's BBQ and Blues at was located at Duncan and Pearl Streets was a really good spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, JJ Muggs, especially for the great patio at Bloor and Bathurst.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: thrillhouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JJ Mugs...I completely forgot about that place. I loved it there!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. the Arkpit is what it said on the the sigh but all the regulars called it Nicks, on Eglington at Petman.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Simply the best hole in the wall diner that i have ever eaten at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All day breakfasts and diner standards and on Friday night a 12 rib Prime rib cooked to perfection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. So, if I follow this thread all the way through, I find that there are 1,678 restaurants that we are all missing, and that we loved each one of them every moment of every time we were there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Memories, memories..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Chubby Subby: grilled pepperoni needs to make a come back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peter Street Deli: Miss the mix of classic diner fare with Chinese rice and noodle dishes. There used to be a regular who ordered BBQ pork but instead of on rice would get it with mashed potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Massimo's (the original on College): Great classic Toronto style pizza topped generously and crust that wasn't too thick and not too thin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chicago Diner: Their nachos still can't be beat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: num nums

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Even the Massimo's branch on Yonge and John was pretty good too! Loved their thin crusted wood fire gourmet pizzas. Of course those were the days before all the Libretto's and Queen Mar...offer 'award winning ones'

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: num nums

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The calzone at the College Massimo's were fabulous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Abundance - on Adelaide East - amazing clam chowder, cheese burgers and Key Lime Pie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fenton's - beautiful rooms and food, the veal Zurichoise with watercress and potato rosti was amazing - served by the fireplace in the front room, so romantic! The back room had a brick floor, a skylight and fairy lights - amazing in those times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bemelmans on Bloor West - just west of Bay - the bar, and the patio were lovely, New York glam style, the food not amazing - we went for the scene and the music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Copenhagen Room - such a civilized place to have a delicious lunch, I still have the stub from my last bill!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An Indian restaurant, across for the AGO, can't remember the name, chef was a woman from Kenya I think who had been an accountant and switched to cooking the most amazing Indian food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Madras Durbar, the original, in Little India, all vegetarian, with spicing so delicate and subtle they could have sold their dishes for $20 a plate in NYC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peter's Szechwan on College - probably not very authentic, but delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An authentic Szechwan place on Broadview just south of Gerrard - amazingly hot dishes, very oily but good, enormous prawns, all dishes loaded with hot peppers, orange beef was outstanding, generous portions, I used to get their take out all the time in the early 80's - sadly long since gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      L'Entrecote - a French place on Avenue Road, fixed price menu just like a lot of affordable places in Paris, bib lettuce and walnut salad with a lovely vinaigrette, steak and frites with cognac/jus sauce, apple tart afterwards. Divine! It was up stairs, a windowless room, gloomy in a good way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cuisine of India - best tandoori cooking at the time - amazing tandoori whole cauliflower.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JK Wine Bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tom sushi bar on Yonge street - in a basement south of Wellesley - authentic sushi - one of the very first in Toronto. Warm vinegared rice, raw shrimp, he was such a welcoming man. (Early 80's)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Was 'Copenhagen Room' the place on Bloor where they were the only place in town to have freshly house-made Gravlax served with dill honey mustard sauce?!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If so? Yeah! I too miss them!! A lot!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was the smorgasbord buffet that got my attention...AYCE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was associated with the Jensen silver shop on the ground floor, no? Think Ikea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By any road their open-faced lunch sandwiches were superb and reasonably priced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: DockPotato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, the Jensen silver shop, and the open faced sandwiches were superb, and unique in Toronto at that time,.....we never knew we had it so good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Many, many good recollections here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Best ever Hungarian on the Bloor strip, or ever in Toronto for that matter, The Continental near Bathurst. Thursdays featured stuffed Veal Roast with Bread Dumpling. Hungarian Fish Soup (Halaszlé) on Fridays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No-one has mentioned Steak'n'Burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In the 70s we enjoyed pizza from Vesuvios at the Junction and sadly abandoned it when we bought our first house near Rogers and Dufferin. There we found Franks Pizza. After a later move we found Tony's at Yonge and Finch which was by no measure shabby.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Truth be told, aside from a few Hungarian, Italian and Jewish spots, Toronto was a dismal culinary scene in the 60/70s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An edition and addition: 9th floor Hudson's Bay prime-rib roast beef lunch with all the trimmings circa mid/late 80s. A choice of rare or outer with jus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was a huge Tony's fan back in the day. Watched them go from a takeout joint with a Canada Dry clock on the wall and pizza ovens up front, through renovations (resto out front, pizza takeout around the back) and eventually to a fine dining establishment (not very good, IMO) But their pizza was (and still is) one of the best (of that style) I have ever eaten and I miss them. Just a heads up if you're craving: there was a cousin(?) who was running a "Tony's" (more of a resto) on Yonge a block north of Sheppard on the west side (beside the cleaners IIRC). He had the "family recipe" and was making a close approximation to the Tony's original pie. Not sure he is there anymore though... I know he changed the name of the place after a while, so it could still be the same guy there...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: DockPotato

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tony's at Yonge and Finch was pretty much the only place you could get pizza in that neighbourhood 40+ years ago. I used to go pick up our order with parents and it was literally a little shack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. The original Young Thailand was good and I always have had a soft spot for Mr. Greenjeans in the Eaton Centre and their enormous desserts. Had a few memorable birthday parties there in the 70's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hal2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Original YT served fantastic food. Always so fresh and on the mark.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr. Greenjeans on Adelaide was the original and we couldn't get there often enough! They did a great job expanding to the Eaton Centre although the store area was never as good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Perigee - really enjoyed sitting at the breakfast bar overlooking the open kitchen. We had great conversations with the chefs who were preparing the omakase tasting menus, particularly Pat Riley and Chris Brown. My wife and I had many fine meals there before enjoying a play at Soulpepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The original Jamie Kennedy's wine bar. Love sitting at the kitchen bar and watching the cooks cook

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Flexitarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  At that time, especially in the beginning, food was pretty spectacular tasting too! Love that 'Chicken mousse'!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Anybody remember the Mexican place at Bloor and Major (next to Trinity-St Paul's, and currently a Kinko's) that lasted less than a year ca. 1989? Way ahead of its time – they had a tortilla machine when we were all still doing Old El Paso crispy shells. Who were the people involved, and what became of them?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: schmecks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I remember it, forget the name, did not forget the food -- damm good...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also remember the great food, but forget the name. My intro to Mexican food was a year living in Mexico City in 1979, I became addicted to the taco stalls in Mexico City, so to see a tortilla machine in the Annex was amazing! As schmecks said, they were way ahead of their time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Organ Grinder. I went there as a kid in the seventies, it was noisy, chaotic and fun! I remember the pizza was delicious but that was the opinion of a ten year old so take from that what you will.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I recall the Prime Restaurant on the corner of Oakwood and Eglinton. Had my first egg roll there. Long gone now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I really miss Bo De Duyen, the Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant on Spadina just south of Dundas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Le Rendezvous on Prince Arthur. Most amazing cheese fondues I've ever had. Nothing comes close.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I liked Viva Zapata too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There was a fondue place on Wellington East, La Fondue? Mousetrap? Mousehole? Different types and styles. In that area, and gone now, was Toronto's first wine bar (Vines) from 1973?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Auberge Gavroche on Avenue Road (pre-Boba),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stadlander's on John St, his Neekah at Wellington East.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beaujolais (pre-Boba) resto took over from Stadlander's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Auberge Gavroche was also great. I think they also ran L'Entrecote upstairs, which I ate at more being on a student budget at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beaujolais was also great and they also did The Avocado Club, which I also enjoyed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Lots of places in the time machine come to mind, from old nostalgia to the places that provided such strong performances, but couldn't keep it up, either for cost or the places had to be full all the time to work. Under the Nostalgia heading, Taj Mahal (former Pastis space) was my first try of Indian food, and opened up huge possibilities. Thai Magic wasn't the first, but they upped the presentation and service. Cibo and Panache were decent and steady neighbourhood places that made good efforts at working the crowds. And JK Rom had a number of years of being a completely under-the-radar place to see the Santa Claus Parade. Masaniello was one of the better family style College places 30 years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brief shining lights included Perigee, Spice Room, Toto, Boca, and El Patio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Anybody remember The Puffin on Eglinton or the Avocado Club?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Sign Of The Steer Davenport and Dupont.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah yes, Sign of the Steer - the first fancy resto I ever went to. With real linen napkins yet! My, I was impressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And Tipplers, on Yonge St. south of St. Clair: the first resto in Toronto that I recall allowed you - indeed, encouraged you - to order wines by the glass, instead of forcing you to buy the whole bottle. Pretty good food as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And 12 1/2 (a.k.a. Hop Sam's), in Toronto's original Chinatown, upstairs at 12 1/2 Elizabeth St., south of Dundas St., the only Chinese resto my pals and I could afford in those days (the mid-Fifties).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Three Small Rooms & Courtyard Cafe At Windsor Arms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Definitely!!!! Three Small Rooms remains my most nostalgic place ever!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What was the place that was across the road from there - theme building with pretty nice food. Had my wedding dinner there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Calam1ty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was La Provençal, another fine establishment with superior food and and epic wine list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It later burned down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I miss the original Toby's. The fries were amazing from what I recall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JK wine bar (the original)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Original le Papillion on Church.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I loved Alice Fazzooli's. Mr. Vuitton and I had our second date there, he accidentally tipped his beer glass, landed all over me. I decide that night I wanted to marry him. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. In broke-ass grad student days, the old Dundas St. W Chinatown strip was home to some of my favorites, like Paul's Deep Sea Shantung and a weird tiny walk-down open-kitchen seafood joint, Tao Yuan(Peach Garden)with no English name other than "The Green Door," thanks to its cheap ugly paint.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paul's was the best! Bloody hot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The Bagel -- south side of College St. just west of Spadina Ave.-- traditional Jewish food, cheap and plentiful, served by motherly waitresses amid an atmosphere of friendly loudness and total chaos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Affectionately known as The "Dirty" Bagel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of my memories of the Bagel from the '70's was being told I didn't want Borscht with meat I wanted Borscht without meat. I agreed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Julie's Mansion on Jarvis St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your host, the late Julie Fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Rathskeller in the Walker House Hotel on Front Street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Many years ago there used to a Greek restaurant on the south side at the beginning of the Danforth. I'm trying to remember but it might have been called The Byzantium. When you went in, they would take you into the kitchen and point at what they were cooking and you could choose some of this and that. This type of cooking was very different than you'd get today along the trendy part of Greektown. I expect it was more home-style. I remember getting a wonderful lamb stew once with artichokes and lemon - amazing! They'd also serve you a wonderful Greek salad that was simply ripe tomatoes, black olives, mild onions and feta cheese with a greek vinaigrette (no lettuce like you see today). The price was so reasonable too. Where did these type of places go? If you know of any, tell me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Calam1ty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I remember that place when it was on Pape and then they moved. Sound right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Back in the day there were a few places that worked that way, I think the one you are thinking of on Pape was Ella's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Could be. I was actually a kid at the time so I cheated and asked my dad. I just remember the experience of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I`m pretty sure it was Ella`s on Pape - I remember the steam tables, and how unusual it was in those days to pick out your food instead of ordering from a menu. I seem to remember the food was greasy and the veggies were pretty limp and soggy, so I wasn`t much of a fan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The same family runs Ellas Banquet Hall on Danforth Rd, north of Danforth Ave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Calam1ty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That type of salad is still widely available but called a village salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Calam1ty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Byzantium was on the south side, I think it was the place that had a ceiling with a bunch of pot lights that they plastered over and cut out little stars at each of the lights then painted it gold. I don't remember them ever doing the pick from the kitchen style but they did have a killer moussaka.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There was one called Oddedsy (i am pretty sure) on the south side; that I remember in the 70s when we used to come visit family here in TO and have lunch there. It had the open kitchen at the back. It was delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Calam1ty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Byzantium was my favourite on the Danforth and the food/operation as you say. These old style Greek restaurants much better than what you can get today and the food higher quality and much different than the Macedonian restaurants that served very homestyle great food. On Dundas, north side, above a religious store, there was another great one, fabulous food, very busy and I think it was called the Acropole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Calam1ty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Never went to Byzantium but there was also Hellenic Palace on the north side of that west stretch of the Danforth. It was very similar and had great stewed rabbit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ellas, mentioned by others went through several incarnations and also had that lamb, artichoke and lemon dish you mentioned. I have not tried their banquet hall though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dr. John

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I remember the open kitchens--and the Acropole--that takes me back. Didn't it overlook a bowling alley or something?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But there was one Greek restaurant originally on the Danforth [later moved to Bloor around Ossington, I think], called the Round Window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The specialty was seafood, and it was incredible! Best of all was a kind of massive seafood platter with a wine, tomato, and magic sauce. I've never tasted the like since--I'd sure like to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pearl3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Round Window was on the South side of Danforth, quite a bit east of the rest of the strip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Only went once and I guess we didn't really understand what to order back then I wound up with a dish that I can only describe as shrimp cooked in Kraft catalina dressing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pearl3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd forgotten about Round Window. I thought it was quite good. Over the years there were various Greek seafood restaurants that came and went. Another was Piraeus My Love and had really good smelt among other things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pearl3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do not remember much more about the Acropole, at Yonge and Dundas, the march up the steps to the second floor, great food , busy spot so easy to get to filled with a cliental varying from office workers, Greek restaurant owners running from their Canadian greasy spoons to have real Greek food. Yes, the Acropole was quite the place,!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Calam1ty

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That used to be par for the course, literally and figuratively.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Danforth place I miss is Piraeus My Love, a very nice seafood restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Remember Arviv's Disco? Bloor St . just west of Yonge St on the south side. Popular with the Beautiful elite "coke" snorting set. Next door to Bemelman's I think.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Closed with a big bang, i.e. explosion, when the owner had it dynamited in order to collect insurance on the premises. Went to prison, I believe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also Rooney's restaurant and disco on Pleasant Ave.?? just south of Yonge St. and St. Clair. Lineups to get in on weekends. Hip, well-heeled clientel, Upwardly-mobile, Cool drug scene. Expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yup, Pleasant Ave I just walked past it the other day on the way to Holy Chuck but can't recall what's in that space now. At one point it was the Shark Club I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If I'm not mistaken Rooney's was owned by Frank Stronach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The decor was so over the top, Edwardian mens club style with nekkid ladies engraved into the mirrors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OMG Rooney's!!! Hated that place but went anyways. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Interesting no one wanted to see 'Susur' make a comeback?!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why do you say that Charles?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Susur was listed three times; twice emphatically and Lotus got a nod as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With 230+ replies, I must have missed that?! Thanks Justsayn!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            All good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wondered which of all those listed I would want to see actually come back and I couldn't pick just one. But Susur would be in my top three comebacks for sure. That being said, he would need to up the ante [again].

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To round out the other two I think I would pick Perigee, JOV, Continental, Young Lok, Partners, Partners too, Original Young Thailand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Couldn't stop at three : P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The Carousel Drive-In Restaurant on west side of Bathurst Street, south of Wilson Ave. Could easily have been a substitute for "Arnold's" Drive-In in the beloved sitcom "Happy Days' with Richard Cunningham etc., and of course, The Fonz.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And they really were happy days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Stefoff''s Restaurant on Bathurst St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Basil's Restaurant Yonge and Gerrard.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't actually remember Bassel's as I was pretty young but I remember how we had to go there when my aunt came to town. It was always a competition between Fran's and Bassel's for the best rice pudding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I remember driving down Yonge St to get there and somewhere around Summerhill you could see the HUGE billboard for Benson and Hedges (I believe) - that always seemed bigger than life to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On second thought, I believe Stefoff's Restaurant wwas on Eglinton Ave West, not Bathurst St.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Sam The Chinese Food Man. Upstairs from Sam The Record Man on Yonge and Elm Sts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It looks like Sam the Chinese Food Man was north on Yonge, up from the record store.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Ginsberg and Wong. McCaul Street near the Art Gallery.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sorry, I can't stop. The memories keep back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's worth re-reading the list because it is easy to miss some. Ginsberg was such a fun place. I used to love the Sunday brunch because you would make your own garlic bread using as much butter as you wanted! The whole place smelled from it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You've made me think of Alice Fazooli's garlic bread which dripped with butter and made you want more. It was probably the only truly great thing on the menu! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ginsberg and Wong...how could I forget that place?! We used to love that as kids.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      +1 Ginsberg and Wong. Does anyone remember what was in their French burger? That was my go-to meal. Loved their physically huge menus!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mphoenix88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They had a burger with a spicy cheese topping which was one of the most delicious things I've ever had. Have tried to replicate the topping without success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bigtigger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think they called it the Fast Lane Burger. I have done the same to no avail. And their Caesars in mason jars was a radical concept back then!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mphoenix88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So weird... I still think about that place sometimes... probably when I see the name "Ginsberg". I was young when it was open and lived out the outskirts of the city so I never went there, but I can still remember their signage... I think it was sort of carnival-like... "Step right up, step right up..." Would you say that it was like that or did I unconsciously modify that memory?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The original Mars on College was the paradigmatic haute greasy spoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In its earlier incarnations, Country Style on Bloor did killer schnitzels even a destitute student couple could afford.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Loved the early version of Petit Gourmet on Yonge west side, south of Summerhill. Sobered up there with friends on many a Saturday morning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mars on College is still in business as is a similar greasy spoon diner known as Vesta Lunch at Bathurst and Dupont. Rumor has it that Vesta Lunch is open 24 hrs. a day 365 days a year because the owner lost the key to the door lock many years ago and never bothered to replace the lost key.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For a trip down memory lane, I had a chicken souvlaki in a pita at Vesta last fall after a play, and it was awful. Possibly the worst souvlaki in a pita I can remember ordering. Friendly server, but stale pita brushed with rancid oil, I'm guessing the souvlaki sticks are bought pre-marinated, as they had a somewhat weird chemical/processed food kind of taste to them. Slightly scary clientele the night I was there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've never been to the Mars on College, but the Mars on Yonge had been purchased by some of their non-Greek/non-Macedonian short order cooks a few years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I guess that might be considered an urban myth, but I like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kagemusha, do you know that Jimmy, the counter guy at the Mars from the '70's-80's is still there? At least he was last year. I used to love the corned beef hash with the best homefries for breakfast.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is the corned beef hash made from canned corned beef or fresh - I loved it at Mars many years ago and would love to sample it again, but just wondering.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hmmm, great question KV. When I think way back, I didn't really analyze it; I pretty much just devoured it, with the eggs on top, dark rye toast and amazing cole slaw. I do know that the patties of hash were prepared in the basement kitchen and finished on the grill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LePetit Gourmet is still there. Same owners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MissBingBing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hmmm. Not sure about that. One of the several took a hike to Rockwood outside Guelph years ago to run a bistro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Le Petit Gourmet started in Leaside (on Millwood) - it was my first 'fake-out' (take-out dishes you reheat and can pretend were made in your own kitchen).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                never liked it after the move to Yonge (and still don't).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Speaking of "fake-out" remember David Wood's?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: crawfish

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Loved David Wood's!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Does anyone remember a Romanian restaurant? I'm very hazy on the details but I recall it being somewhat close to or in downtown and being east of Yonge. I went there many times in the 80's. Can't really remember much else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: radiopolitic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There was a Romanian restaurant on Yonge north of Eglinton circa 2002-2004. I had a lamb dinner there for Orthodox Easter in 2003.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: radiopolitic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    At Eglinton and Avenue Rd, north side , a couple stores in from the corner, an older couple ran it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Zakker, I'm trying to recall a small Italian place in the same rough area, same time that did a wonderful gnocchi in tomato sauce. Run by an older man and his wife - well, actually kids through my present lenses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: radiopolitic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll never forget it... I was in my 20's and didn't know much about food at the time, but it was my first lesson in sticking with the heritage of the cuisine... I ordered a pasta that was way over-cooked and I swear they used ketchup for sauce. Maybe the wife was sick that day and hubby took over the kitchen and guessed how to make it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The original Fry Basket on Yonge north of Steeles in Thornhill. It was run by two brothers and one of their wives was a waitress. (This was back circa 1984). I used to work just down the street and had their all-day breakfast for dinner at least once a week. The recession of 1990-ish did them in and they sold. Same name, different owner but it was never the same.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: barneyvernon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And it's sister place next door, Midway. Spent many nights sobering up from partying at The Jolly Miller with their all night breakfasts. Makeup running down our sweaty faces with guys we met at the bar all shovelling greasy eggs and home fries down our beer soaked throats. Damn I miss those days!!!!! Greek owners retired last year and sold the place. I hope they're enjoying, the deserve it!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 4 more 'used to be popular ones' that no one has mentioned and IMHO, one of them 'Herbs' is a really notable one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - 'Amuse Bouche' for their after dinner 'dessert tasting menu' and more!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - 'Curiosity'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - 'Blu Bistro'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - 'Herbs'!! Really missed Antony Nuth's cooking

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And Nonna's now that you mention Amuse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also miss the Baker's Dozen at King and Tecumseth for their fresh from the fryer donuts everyday at 4pm. The chocolate cruller was insane when fresh. Why can't this still exist?? : (

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Herbs was one of my favourites! I miss that place! I still don't understand why it closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I miss Cajun Corner!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bar One
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sugar was good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Loved Verveine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No mention of Colborne Lane?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And Rosebud - had some great meals there!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Acme Bar and Grill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Way back - Hughies Burgers when they opened on Front.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ahhh Verveine, that was my go to place!!! Had many a celebration there. Loved it. So warm and friendly, and excellent food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Such a shame when they closed down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yea it really was SO good! Best pancakes ever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just remembered The Swallow Cafe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh yes - I loved rosebud!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Acme Bar and Grill did a steak salad that I have been trying to recreate ever since.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Does anybody remember a place on Adelaide I think where you paid an entry price or something and then the dishes were all super cheap? It was like a wholesale concept or something like that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't remember that place, but you jogged my memory about the Purple Pig. I miss the Purple Pig.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CocoaChanel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Purple Pig reminds me of the Purple Onion on Yorkville.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Remember "Just Desserts" on Davenport Rd.?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I do. I can still remember very clearly some of my visits there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hal2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They never made them on site, but in early days they did bring in better quality than what they brought in later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dessert, Dessert at Yonge and Eglinton...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm partial to that place. My first date with Mr MG was there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. The Lola factory and York Mills and Leslie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Remember the Coffee-Houses on Yorkville in the '60's?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mynah Bird, Purple Onion, and of course, the Riverboat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There were others but I can't recall their names. Can You?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. For some nostalgia try and picture this scene:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Toronto, circa 1950. New Year's Eve. The Imperial Room at the Royal York Hotel. Toronto's upper crust is out to celebrate the start of a new year. The gentlemen wearing tuxedos; the women in gowns and jewellery. Dinner and dancing. At the stroke of midnight, Guy Lombardo and his band, The Royal Canadians, strike up their theme song, "Auld Lange Syne". Everyone is wearing their party hats, and hooting their party favor whistles. The couples kiss, wish each other the best, and join in singing May old acquaintence be forgot...." Cost for the evening: perhaps $25.00 per couple...champagne included.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $25.00 in 1950 was what many people made in 3 days or more back then. I think the min. wage was around $1 /hr in 1960. So that was still expensive in 1950.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I remember a pizza/Italian restaurant I went to (often late at night after a night out) in the mid seventies. It was on Dupont near Davenport. Does anyone remember the name?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: zakker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Are you talking about Cortello's?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know Cortello's was there in the 90s and made some killer pizza. Not sure if they were around as early as the 70s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Forgot about Cortello's, yes. Damn that was some great pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No it wasn't Cortellos. It was popular with a young crowd and quite a large and trendy restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: zakker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think you might be talking about George's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Snarf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I believe George's was east of Yonge on Sherborne and more of a jazz club.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: zakker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And George's made a salad I never found elsewhere--mixed greens, purple onions--normal enough--but the fresh ricotta and slightly sweet tomato-y vinaigrette was addictive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: zakker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On the northeast corner of Dupont and Davenport, there was quite a large Italian restaurant called Peppios.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This would have been in the late 60's, early 70's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dorillian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It was on the site of the second Sign of the Steer, then became a buffet palace (Town and Country?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I believe the Town & Country Buffet was on Mutual Street and Gould Street, but I could be wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Doctormhl1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Town and Country buffet had several locations, near the end they moved into the old railway cars on QQ that used to be Victoria Station. They also had a big location just off the QEW in Burlington.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't remember them ever being at Mutual and Gould but that would have been well before my time probably.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Town & Country -- Mutual and Gould -- early 70s to early 80s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, Town & County Buffet was part of the old Winchester Hotel. It was beside the Sears building (the one that used to connect to the loft/Metro grocery store, which was the old Sears warehouse, on Gould Street, at Mutual.) I remember the Town & County buffet from the 1960s. I was last there in the late 1970s. They were famous for their crab and lobster, which came out at 6.00pm, and everybody rushed up to get some. They also had a huge salad bar (with all kinds of mayo-based salads, such as carrot & raisin, Waldorf, etc.), plus a hot buffet with roast beef, pork, chicken, etc. In addition to the buffet, you could order from an extensive menu. It's the only place where I've ever had Baked Alaska.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The building was demolished sometime in the early 80s. Another buffet that people used to enjoy was the Savarin, over on Bay Street (between Richmond & Adelaide). It was on the 2nd floor. They used to have live piano & organ dinner music on the weekends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gardenclub5755

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In my time in that area it was always a vacant lot until it became the Ibis Hotel, now it's the "hotel" run by the Ryerson hospitality School.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gardenclub5755

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I so do remember the Savarin where I drank my first martini while under age. I was a Ryerson student (1951-53) and you could get a great lunch for $1.00 and dinner for $1.25 at the "Town". I don't remember it's connection with the Winchester because the entrance was on Gould Street. I do remember drinking beer at the Winchester on Saturdays after rehearsing at the CBC Magill St. Studio for the Sunday CBC Radio Stage series.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Rhisiart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, I am so glad that someone else remembers the Savarin. I was never there until the early 70s. I worked closer to the Town & Country, so we were there often, including for the "Business Men's" lunch specials. I seem to recall the noon-time buffet then was $2.99. I was first at the T&C around 1966. I had won a trip to the city when I was a carrier for the old Toronto Telegram (getting more subscribers), and we were there for lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most people went to the T&C via the entrance on Mutual Street, at Gould, but there was the hotel entrance on Jarvis, and one could walk through to connect to the hallway for the buffet. Also, I attended a banquet upstairs on the 2nd floor of T&C, and everybody had a wonderful time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          About 15 years ago, I went to the T&C in the old railcar down on Queen's Quay. Naturally, it did not compare to the one on Mutual, and most of the food looked like it had been thrown together quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: gardenclub5755

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You're quite right, the T&C entrance was on Mutual, not Gould. (Also I think our Saturday drinking hole was the Westmorland not the Winchester.) My son was delivering the Tely when it folded.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Just Desserts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sai Woo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. prague deli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              niagara st cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              colborne lane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yung sing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              d&d trini style
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bun bo hue on st clair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              monster donut

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - khao san road

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                perigee (many have mentioned earlier)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                new india pub (for the parmageddon wings)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                movenpick (for their seafood buffet)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                - khao san road

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  add: nathan isbergs czhoskis & coca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - khao san road

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Totally agree with Prague Deli/The Prague. Can't believe it only got 3 mentions on here. I'm still in tremendous mourning for that place and I'm sure it has something to do with my upcoming trip to Prague next month. Never had a bad, well, anything there. The "beef in saurbraten sauce" (Svickova) was out of this world!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also a shout out to King's Park Souvlaki place on Pape. Hit that place several times a week in college roughly 20 years ago. Kept going back after as well. Still haven't found a Souvlaki on a bun like theirs. I used to see the owner of Detroit Eatery on Danforth going there for a bit on the weekend, so I know that the place had to be good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: currycue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Or maybe the owners of Kings Park and Detroit Eatery are relatives. I can think of other reasons that one may go visit the other.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Bombay Bicycle Club in the Massey mansion at Jarvis and Isabella, now a Keg location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Savarin Tavern Bay and Queen....good buffets, lobster always kept in the back row to discourage taking a lot. Always a waitress near it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Poseidon Room at Harbour Castle, 1980s. Friday Night Buffet, all you could eat with ONE lobster card per person. We all ended up collecting cards, and then swooping down one Friday to clean them out. Sometimes, when we surrendered a card, we'd put it in a plastic bag and take it home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beggar's Banquet (different locations) had both a vegetarian buffet and Cannes Lions nights for adverts awards...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. King Solomon's Table--- Sheppard Ave. West and Chesswood Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If I was ever unhappy with a meal there, I would imagine the name to be King Solomon's Stable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Top of the Mall, Don Mills Centre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I have some fond childhood memories of the Round Room (Eaton's College St), The Georgian Room (Old Eaton's Queen St Store) and Acadian Court (Old Simpson's Store)...The Round Room used to have an ice cream "buffet" that was every kids dream...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Fun post. All I can think about at this moment is a place called Sian San that was on College beside the police headquarters. Food was reliable, fresh, quality, the place was always clean and busy. One item comes to mind... A steamed wonton in a chili oil... I recall something about a satay peanut sauce as well... Whatever it was, I can still feel the burn. No idea why they closed. Also just heard that Pastis closed. Not sure if it's true, but if so, I'll miss that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Moimoi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pastis has closed, sad but true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Summit at Yonge & Eglinton. For three reasons:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1) Pasta Bar. We were regulars. Tasty. Pretty cheap! Watched one of the Sundin, Roberts, etc era Leafs playoff games there versus Sens. Ah fun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2) Had my introduction to craft beer there. Algonquinn Honey Brown and KLB Raspberry Wheat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3) Two exceptional bartenders there who treated us well and who were easy on the eyes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Ooohh, I forgot - how about The Shrimp Kitchen on Bathurst Street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They had one of the best salad bars in town. Excellent clam chowder and fantastic king crab legs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was a sad day when they closed for land redevelopment. Don't even know who owned the place (I was too young back then to care) but they knew what they were doing. Lineups all the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After the Shrimp Kitchen closed, it became a Big Boy's restaurant which lasted about 4 years. That was the last restaurant there before it sat empty for years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I lived just down the street and I can remember 7 different restaurants there between 1963 and 1980. Probably not a great location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I know some have mentioned the Three Small Rooms at the Windsor Arms but I haven't see the Courtyard Cafe. The Restaurant, the Wine Cellar and the Cafe have not been equaled.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mexivilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Courtyard Café s still there; although as a shadow of its former self. The brunch on the weekend is now absolutely terrible! They survive alone on groupons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Forgot about Samovar Barmalay - this was a Russian restaurant on Mt. Pleasant. Very friendly owners, with live music sometimes. Great Russian comfort food (to my completely Russian-naive palate).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I already mentioned Sai Woo, but given that others have also mentioned it, I wanted to particularly highlight the steamed pork, the likes of which I have only recently found at Sea-Hi. We went the night before it closed and got a copy of the menu, a dish, and the recipe for the steamed pork. Unfortunately I haven't made it as it contains an ingredient (some kind of pickled vegetable) that I have not tracked down in a store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dr. John

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I preferred the original Barmalay on Elm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Loved the old Copenhagen Room, especially the weekly smorgasbord. Great for relaxed, boozy lunches with good friends.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ah, the Bloor Street vendoozie rule [see what a few English degrees gets you--a job as a saleslady] in those years: eat just about anything at the Copenhagen Room during the day, eat at le Provencal [or Windsor Arms] if someone else is paying, noon or night, and drink [never eat] at Toby's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Used to love the Georg Jensen sterling cutlery across the road, too.