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Indianguy Feb 13, 2014 07:10 AM

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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    magic Feb 13, 2014 07:27 AM

    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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      magic Feb 22, 2014 08:24 PM

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

      Schnitzel sub. Drool.

    2. prima Feb 13, 2014 07:28 AM

      Thai Magic
      A pre-Marche-style Movenpick serving good seafood
      Boujadi
      Lichee Gardens
      Magic Pan at the Eaton Centre
      Toby's

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        magic Feb 13, 2014 07:32 AM

        Toby's. Yes.

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          Nevy Feb 13, 2014 03:18 PM

          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

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            Full tummy Feb 13, 2014 08:05 PM

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

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              kwass Feb 13, 2014 08:26 PM

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

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                canadianbeaver Feb 13, 2014 08:29 PM

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

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                  kwass Feb 13, 2014 08:33 PM

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

        2. petek Feb 13, 2014 07:31 AM

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

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            1sweetpea Feb 13, 2014 08:10 AM

            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.

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              magic Feb 13, 2014 08:13 AM

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

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                1sweetpea Feb 13, 2014 08:17 AM

                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?

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                  magic Feb 13, 2014 08:43 AM

                  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!

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                    1sweetpea Feb 13, 2014 10:00 AM

                    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.

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                      magic Feb 13, 2014 10:05 AM

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

                      Nice when some of them stand the tests of time.

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                  kwass Feb 13, 2014 11:40 AM

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

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                    magic Feb 13, 2014 12:27 PM

                    Great times.

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                      kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:29 PM

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

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                        magic Feb 13, 2014 12:29 PM

                        That would not surprise me. :-)

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                          kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:34 PM

                          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 :)

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                            magic Feb 13, 2014 12:35 PM

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

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                              kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:40 PM

                              You've piqued my interest magic :)

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                                magic Feb 13, 2014 12:42 PM

                                !!

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                              1sweetpea Feb 13, 2014 03:00 PM

                              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?

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                                kwass Feb 13, 2014 03:25 PM

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

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                                  1sweetpea Feb 13, 2014 03:45 PM

                                  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.

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                                    kwass Feb 13, 2014 04:09 PM

                                    Too funny!!!

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                                  magic Feb 13, 2014 04:30 PM

                                  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.

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                                    kwass Feb 13, 2014 04:33 PM

                                    I bet :)

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                                      kwfoodiewannabe Feb 14, 2014 05:19 AM

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

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                                        magic Feb 14, 2014 06:43 AM

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

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                                          kwass Feb 14, 2014 07:14 AM

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

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                                            magic Feb 14, 2014 07:39 AM

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

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                                              kwass Feb 14, 2014 07:49 AM

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

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                                      prima Feb 13, 2014 06:36 PM

                                      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.

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                          mrzee Mar 19, 2014 11:22 PM

                          Those might well have been my cigarettes!

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                          Carolla Feb 13, 2014 01:37 PM

                          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!

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                          fryerlover Feb 13, 2014 07:52 AM

                          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.

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                            bytepusher Feb 13, 2014 07:59 AM

                            JOV Bistro
                            Carmen's
                            Avalon

                            Yung Sing's on Baldwin

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                              bytepusher Feb 13, 2014 02:35 PM

                              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. petek Feb 13, 2014 08:04 AM

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

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                                magic Feb 13, 2014 08:13 AM

                                Bregman's. Yes.

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                                  1sweetpea Feb 13, 2014 08:19 AM

                                  Pea soup at Bregman's!

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                                  foodyDudey Feb 13, 2014 08:25 AM

                                  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?

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                                    petek Feb 13, 2014 10:43 AM

                                    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.

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                                  millygirl Feb 13, 2014 08:38 AM

                                  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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                                    Full tummy Feb 13, 2014 08:48 AM

                                    Magic Pan! Yes.

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                                      tochowchick Feb 13, 2014 10:07 AM

                                      +1 for The Noshery

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                                        bobinken Feb 14, 2014 07:08 AM

                                        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.

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                                          justsayn Feb 17, 2014 07:59 PM

                                          Adam's Ribs?

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                                            pearl3 Feb 22, 2014 11:00 AM

                                            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.

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                                              justsayn Feb 22, 2014 03:36 PM

                                              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!

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                                                pearl3 Feb 23, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                Thanks so much for the link!

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

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                                          zeva Mar 19, 2014 09:00 PM

                                          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. Full tummy Feb 13, 2014 08:46 AM

                                          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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                                            GRobin Apr 9, 2014 01:18 PM

                                            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. Charles Yu Feb 13, 2014 08:47 AM

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

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                                              youdonut Feb 13, 2014 08:51 AM

                                              Leslies family restaurant
                                              the crock and block
                                              Bobby Orr pizza
                                              ponderosa

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                                                robb Feb 13, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                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. dxs Feb 13, 2014 09:32 AM

                                                  Djerba La Douce

                                                  1. foodyDudey Feb 13, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                    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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                                                      catherine88 Feb 19, 2014 04:00 PM

                                                      +1 splendido's champagne cart

                                                    2. Frids Feb 13, 2014 09:49 AM

                                                      Underground Railroad
                                                      Madras Durbar
                                                      Varsity diner at Bloor and Spadina
                                                      Those Hungarian restaurants on Bloor near Bathurst
                                                      Pimblett's

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                                                        Dr. John Feb 13, 2014 12:46 PM

                                                        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.

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                                                          crawfish Feb 21, 2014 11:22 AM

                                                          Pimblett's!

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                                                            smlltwnchow Feb 22, 2014 07:08 PM

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

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                                                            bytepusher Feb 13, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                            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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                                                              magic Feb 13, 2014 10:00 AM

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

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

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                                                                bytepusher Feb 13, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                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....

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                                                                  T Long Feb 13, 2014 02:48 PM

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

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                                                                1sweetpea Feb 13, 2014 10:04 AM

                                                                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.

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                                                                julesrules Feb 13, 2014 10:19 AM

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

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                                                                  Enigma3 Feb 13, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                                  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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                                                                    MargieEv Feb 13, 2014 11:19 AM

                                                                    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. DarthRiesling Feb 13, 2014 11:24 AM

                                                                    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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                                                                      kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:22 PM

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

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                                                                        DarthRiesling Feb 14, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                        Yonge and steeles

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                                                                          kwass Feb 14, 2014 04:33 PM

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

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                                                                        Dr. John Feb 13, 2014 12:35 PM

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

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                                                                          crawfish Feb 21, 2014 11:23 AM

                                                                          Fenton's!

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                                                                            GRobin Apr 9, 2014 01:19 PM

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

                                                                        2. kwass Feb 13, 2014 11:41 AM

                                                                          Monte Carlos on Eglinton
                                                                          Paisano's in Bayview Village

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                                                                            magic Feb 13, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                                            Yes, definitely Monte Carlo.

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                                                                              Charles Yu Feb 13, 2014 03:11 PM

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

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                                                                                kwass Feb 13, 2014 03:25 PM

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

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                                                                                  C mac 1 day ago

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

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                                                                                millygirl Feb 13, 2014 12:15 PM

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

                                                                                1. meathead2 Feb 13, 2014 12:21 PM

                                                                                  La Scala
                                                                                  Brother's restaurant on Yonge
                                                                                  Celestino's

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                                                                                    kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:24 PM

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

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                                                                                      juno Feb 13, 2014 12:46 PM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        toosie Feb 19, 2014 09:44 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          millygirl Feb 20, 2014 07:24 AM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                    kwfoodiewannabe Feb 13, 2014 12:32 PM

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

                                                                                    CIBO!
                                                                                    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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                                                                                      kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                                                      I loved CIBO!!

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

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                                                                                        kwfoodiewannabe Feb 13, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                        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 :) )

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                                                                                          kwass Feb 13, 2014 02:03 PM

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

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                                                                                            kwass Feb 13, 2014 02:07 PM

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

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                                                                                            magic Feb 13, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                                                            The original Leslie Pickle Barrel was totally fantastic.

                                                                                            Oh how times have changed.

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                                                                                              kwfoodiewannabe Feb 14, 2014 05:15 AM

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              sad...

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                                                                                                bobinken Feb 14, 2014 07:17 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                            bytepusher Feb 13, 2014 02:28 PM

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

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                                                                                              kwfoodiewannabe Feb 14, 2014 05:07 AM

                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                              Charles Yu Feb 13, 2014 03:16 PM

                                                                                              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?!

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                                                                                                smlltwnchow Feb 22, 2014 07:06 PM

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                              2. prima Feb 13, 2014 12:43 PM

                                                                                                Mother's Pizza and Frank Vetere's.

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                                                                                                  kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                    prima Feb 13, 2014 12:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                      justsayn Feb 13, 2014 12:57 PM

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

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                                                                                                        kwass Feb 13, 2014 01:02 PM

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

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                                                                                                          Frids Feb 13, 2014 01:06 PM

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

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                                                                                                        bytepusher Feb 14, 2014 06:53 AM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          prima Feb 14, 2014 07:05 AM

                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                            magic Feb 14, 2014 07:40 AM

                                                                                                            Wondering if anyone here has been?

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                                                                                                        LJS2 Feb 13, 2014 12:56 PM

                                                                                                        La Chaumierre on Charles Street

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                                                                                                          iamafoodie Feb 14, 2014 08:49 AM

                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                            ajenkins Feb 17, 2014 05:43 PM

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                          2. Dr. John Feb 13, 2014 01:11 PM

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

                                                                                                            Avalon
                                                                                                            Palmerston
                                                                                                            JK ROM
                                                                                                            Perigee
                                                                                                            Youki
                                                                                                            Cafe Asia
                                                                                                            Lotus
                                                                                                            Yung Sing
                                                                                                            Boujadi
                                                                                                            Sai Woo
                                                                                                            El Basha (falafel place in the Annex)
                                                                                                            Toronto Gomtang (Korean place in Koreatown)
                                                                                                            L'Entrecote
                                                                                                            Boba
                                                                                                            Movenpick La Pecherie
                                                                                                            Cuisine of India
                                                                                                            Patriot
                                                                                                            Dukem
                                                                                                            Tai Sun (Mandarin place on College)
                                                                                                            Mimi's (the breakfast place, not the Vietnamese place)
                                                                                                            Vienna Home Bakery
                                                                                                            Ellipsis

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

                                                                                                            And for the nostalgia (but not the food):

                                                                                                            The various Ed's restaurants
                                                                                                            Murray's
                                                                                                            Diana Sweet's

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                                                                                                              kwass Feb 13, 2014 02:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                Klafouti Feb 13, 2014 06:17 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  Wil Feb 14, 2014 12:37 PM

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

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                                                                                                                    catherine88 Feb 19, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                    +1 to Avalon

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                                                                                                                      crawfish Feb 21, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                      Another vote for:

                                                                                                                      L'Entrecote and the Auberge Gavroche
                                                                                                                      Vienna Home Bakery

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                                                                                                                      kwfoodiewannabe Feb 13, 2014 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                        fryerlover Feb 13, 2014 03:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          kwfoodiewannabe Feb 14, 2014 05:02 AM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            fryerlover Feb 14, 2014 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                        Dean Tudor Feb 13, 2014 02:05 PM

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

                                                                                                                        *** Napoleon's ***

                                                                                                                        Honeydew

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                                                                                                                          Torontotonto Feb 19, 2014 04:58 AM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                          schmecks Feb 13, 2014 02:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                            Dean Tudor Feb 13, 2014 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                            Three Small Rooms (Windsor Arms)
                                                                                                                            Le Provencal
                                                                                                                            Noodles
                                                                                                                            L'Omelette

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                                                                                                                              MeMeMe about 14 hours ago

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

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                                                                                                                              blogs Feb 13, 2014 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                              Ports, the Tikki? room in particular
                                                                                                                              Napoleons

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                                                                                                                                Dean Tudor Feb 13, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                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. kwass Feb 13, 2014 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                Switzer's Deli on Spadina.

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                                                                                                                                  1sweetpea Feb 13, 2014 03:50 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 13, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                    It was a long time ago!

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                                                                                                                                      gooditsall Feb 14, 2014 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                      Beef knish with gravy--they were the best.

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                                                                                                                                        Calam1ty Feb 16, 2014 01:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                    Dean Tudor Feb 13, 2014 03:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                      crawfish Feb 21, 2014 11:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                        estufarian Feb 21, 2014 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                        #31.

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                                                                                                                                          Dean Tudor Feb 21, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                          Laszlo still haunts it...

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                                                                                                                                            estufarian Feb 21, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                            I thought that was Cecil!

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                                                                                                                                              Dean Tudor Feb 21, 2014 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                              It was Laszlo that did Cecil in..

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                                                                                                                                      DJFoodMMAn Feb 13, 2014 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                      Goody's Diner

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                                                                                                                                        BJC01 Feb 13, 2014 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                        Steak n' Burger
                                                                                                                                        http://torontoist.com/2007/04/vintage...

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                                                                                                                                          Yongeman Feb 13, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                          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. Full tummy Feb 13, 2014 08:09 PM

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

                                                                                                                                            1. justsayn Feb 13, 2014 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                                              In addition to many already listed..

                                                                                                                                              Hayloft
                                                                                                                                              Original Licks
                                                                                                                                              Massimos on Queen at Portland
                                                                                                                                              La Pizza
                                                                                                                                              Bassel's
                                                                                                                                              L'Europe
                                                                                                                                              Partners Too
                                                                                                                                              Sutton Place Sunday Brunch
                                                                                                                                              Sunshines
                                                                                                                                              Original Mother Tuckers on Dixon
                                                                                                                                              Susur
                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                              Emilio’s
                                                                                                                                              The Bamboo
                                                                                                                                              Gypsy Co-op
                                                                                                                                              Citron
                                                                                                                                              Irie Food Joint
                                                                                                                                              Bar Italia when it was a pool hall with paninis
                                                                                                                                              Chung King
                                                                                                                                              Taro Grill
                                                                                                                                              Oddfellows
                                                                                                                                              Peppinello
                                                                                                                                              Ultra Supper Club when they opened
                                                                                                                                              Alice Fazooli's when they opened
                                                                                                                                              LAB
                                                                                                                                              Original Amatos
                                                                                                                                              Groaning Board on Jarvis
                                                                                                                                              Prague Deli
                                                                                                                                              Mildred Pierce when on Sudbury
                                                                                                                                              XXX Diner

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                                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 14, 2014 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                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?

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                                                                                                                                                  prima Feb 14, 2014 05:14 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                    bytepusher Feb 14, 2014 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                      Full tummy Feb 14, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                    roostermom Feb 20, 2014 10:57 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                      Full tummy Feb 20, 2014 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                      The fried ice cream was the best!

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                                                                                                                                                        kwass Feb 20, 2014 07:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                    Klafouti Feb 14, 2014 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                    +1 Susur for sure

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                                                                                                                                                      Dr. John Feb 15, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 15, 2014 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 15, 2014 10:12 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                          catherine88 Feb 19, 2014 03:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Feb 19, 2014 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                            : )

                                                                                                                                                            Cuz I loved it there!

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

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                                                                                                                                                              CocoaChanel Feb 19, 2014 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                              *Gasp!*

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

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                                                                                                                                                                justsayn Feb 19, 2014 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Yep! Was mine! Over and over again. Lol

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                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 20, 2014 07:28 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                crawfish Feb 21, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Squeeze Club, anyone?

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                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 21, 2014 12:22 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 14, 2014 01:12 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                KhaoSanRoad Feb 14, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                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

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                                                                                                                                                                  Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 15, 2014 01:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 15, 2014 11:31 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    Dean Tudor Feb 15, 2014 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Yongeman Feb 16, 2014 03:36 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                        Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2014 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    millygirl Feb 14, 2014 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                      millygirl Feb 17, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                      Anybody??

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                                                                                                                                                                        eppicurious Feb 17, 2014 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Magic Pan?

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                                                                                                                                                                          millygirl Feb 20, 2014 07:22 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Feb 20, 2014 08:27 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                            smlltwnchow Feb 22, 2014 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            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"

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                                                                                                                                                                          farmgirl1836 Feb 14, 2014 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                            crawfish Feb 21, 2014 11:35 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                              Dean Tudor Feb 21, 2014 12:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                crawfish Feb 21, 2014 01:19 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                              estufarian Feb 21, 2014 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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).

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                                                                                                                                                                              kwfoodiewannabe Feb 14, 2014 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                prima Feb 14, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 14, 2014 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  And do you remember the apple brown betty?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    farmgirl1836 Feb 14, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 14, 2014 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yum! You have to share the recipe :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        farmgirl1836 Feb 14, 2014 09:14 AM

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        SYRUP:
                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                        ENJOY!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      jad1954 Apr 4, 2014 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    robb Feb 14, 2014 09:55 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      crawfish Feb 21, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      callitasicit Feb 14, 2014 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 14, 2014 07:28 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Charles Yu Feb 14, 2014 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                          justsayn Feb 14, 2014 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Feb 14, 2014 07:48 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              justsayn Feb 14, 2014 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 14, 2014 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 14, 2014 08:15 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 14, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pretty sure yes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      justsayn Feb 14, 2014 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yongeman Feb 14, 2014 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      On Toryork, right?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 14, 2014 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        BINGO!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            filtered Feb 14, 2014 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            never been, but it was a landmark.

                                                                                                                                                                                            captain john's

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                                                                                                                                                                                              A flock of seagulls Feb 14, 2014 08:50 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                terrycar Feb 14, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  smlltwnchow Feb 22, 2014 07:01 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                vidkid Feb 14, 2014 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                  bytepusher Feb 14, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    bytepusher Feb 14, 2014 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    kayia1 Feb 14, 2014 10:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      petek Feb 14, 2014 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      <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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        kayia1 Feb 14, 2014 11:34 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          petek Feb 14, 2014 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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 :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Moimoi Apr 14, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            petek Apr 14, 2014 10:39 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                            we used to call it "The Dead Barn"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yongeman Apr 15, 2014 03:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mmmm...Big Barney.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          iamafoodie Feb 14, 2014 02:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwfoodiewannabe Feb 14, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dean Tudor Feb 14, 2014 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. Nevy Feb 14, 2014 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              robb Feb 14, 2014 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwfoodiewannabe Feb 14, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 14, 2014 12:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwfoodiewannabe Feb 14, 2014 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      robb Feb 14, 2014 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwfoodiewannabe Feb 14, 2014 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          magic Feb 14, 2014 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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?!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Feb 14, 2014 01:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              magic Feb 14, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Feb 14, 2014 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thrillhouse Feb 14, 2014 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 14, 2014 01:58 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      blogs Feb 14, 2014 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dean Tudor Feb 14, 2014 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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. num nums Feb 14, 2014 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Charles Yu Feb 14, 2014 07:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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'

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dr. John Feb 15, 2014 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The calzone at the College Massimo's were fabulous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KitchenVoodoo Feb 14, 2014 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Charles Yu Feb 14, 2014 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dean Tudor Feb 14, 2014 08:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DockPotato Feb 14, 2014 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KitchenVoodoo Feb 16, 2014 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwfoodiewannabe Feb 15, 2014 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DockPotato,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    barneyvernon Feb 16, 2014 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. hal2010 Feb 14, 2014 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      justsayn Feb 15, 2014 10:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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. Flexitarian Feb 15, 2014 07:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charles Yu Feb 15, 2014 10:20 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          schmecks Feb 15, 2014 08:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dean Tudor Feb 15, 2014 07:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KitchenVoodoo Feb 16, 2014 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ziggystardust Feb 15, 2014 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Herne Feb 15, 2014 10:39 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. mrsleny Feb 15, 2014 07:56 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2014 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. John Feb 20, 2014 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Snarf Feb 15, 2014 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anybody remember The Puffin on Eglinton or the Avocado Club?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 04:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sign Of The Steer Davenport and Dupont.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juno Feb 16, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 04:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Three Small Rooms & Courtyard Cafe At Windsor Arms.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Calam1ty Feb 16, 2014 05:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              iamafoodie Feb 16, 2014 11:40 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It later burned down.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 16, 2014 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Awww

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Kagemusha Feb 16, 2014 06:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                petek Feb 16, 2014 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Paul's was the best! Bloody hot!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 16, 2014 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Affectionately known as The "Dirty" Bagel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Herne Feb 16, 2014 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 06:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Rathskeller in the Walker House Hotel on Front Street.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Calam1ty Feb 16, 2014 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 16, 2014 09:13 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bytepusher Feb 16, 2014 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Feb 16, 2014 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KitchenVoodoo Feb 16, 2014 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                prima Feb 17, 2014 07:32 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Feb 16, 2014 09:16 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bytepusher Feb 16, 2014 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CocoaChanel Feb 16, 2014 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jar Feb 17, 2014 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dr. John Feb 20, 2014 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pearl3 Feb 21, 2014 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bytepusher Feb 21, 2014 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. John Feb 21, 2014 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jar Feb 24, 2014 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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,!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          evansl Feb 28, 2014 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bytepusher Feb 16, 2014 01:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              millygirl Feb 17, 2014 01:32 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Charles Yu Feb 16, 2014 01:39 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                justsayn Feb 16, 2014 01:42 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Charles Yu Feb 16, 2014 01:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 16, 2014 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 02:14 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 16, 2014 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 02:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 02:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 17, 2014 07:57 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v17...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 02:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          justsayn Feb 16, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Calam1ty Feb 16, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Feb 16, 2014 03:19 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mphoenix88 Feb 17, 2014 07:21 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bigtigger Feb 18, 2014 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Torontotonto Feb 19, 2014 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Moimoi Apr 14, 2014 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  prima Feb 17, 2014 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Moimoi Apr 14, 2014 09:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yongeman Feb 16, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KitchenVoodoo Feb 16, 2014 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yongeman Feb 17, 2014 01:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MissBingBing Feb 17, 2014 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LePetit Gourmet is still there. Same owners.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kagemusha Feb 17, 2014 02:44 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        estufarian Feb 21, 2014 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          crawfish Feb 21, 2014 01:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Feb 21, 2014 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Loved David Wood's!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        radiopolitic Feb 16, 2014 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          prima Feb 16, 2014 07:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 16, 2014 07:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DockPotato Feb 17, 2014 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Moimoi Apr 14, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                barneyvernon Feb 16, 2014 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  zeva Mar 19, 2014 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. Charles Yu Feb 16, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - 'Herbs'!! Really missed Antony Nuth's cooking

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 16, 2014 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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?? : (

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 16, 2014 07:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I miss Cajun Corner!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bar One
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sugar was good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Toba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Loved Verveine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Arlequin

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Centro?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Acme Bar and Grill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Way back - Hughies Burgers when they opened on Front.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        millygirl Feb 17, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          justsayn Feb 17, 2014 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yea it really was SO good! Best pancakes ever!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          justsayn Feb 17, 2014 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just remembered The Swallow Cafe

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            catherine88 Feb 19, 2014 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh yes - I loved rosebud!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              crawfish Feb 21, 2014 11:50 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. justsayn Feb 16, 2014 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CocoaChanel Feb 17, 2014 06:15 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Doctormhl1 Feb 17, 2014 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Purple Pig reminds me of the Purple Onion on Yorkville.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Doctormhl1 Feb 16, 2014 10:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Remember "Just Desserts" on Davenport Rd.?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodyDudey Feb 16, 2014 10:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Full tummy Feb 16, 2014 11:35 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ediblethoughts Feb 17, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dessert, Dessert at Yonge and Eglinton...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        millygirl Feb 17, 2014 01:28 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      robb Feb 17, 2014 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Lola factory and York Mills and Leslie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Doctormhl1 Feb 17, 2014 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Doctormhl1 Feb 17, 2014 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodyDudey Feb 17, 2014 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Moimoi Apr 14, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              zakker Feb 17, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Feb 17, 2014 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  zakker Feb 17, 2014 10:01 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Snarf Feb 17, 2014 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think you might be talking about George's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      zakker Feb 17, 2014 10:41 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pearl3 Feb 21, 2014 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dorillian Feb 18, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2014 10:21 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doctormhl1 Feb 18, 2014 03:36 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bytepusher Feb 18, 2014 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dean Tudor Feb 20, 2014 06:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tochowchick Feb 17, 2014 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just Desserts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sai Woo

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KhaoSanRoad Feb 19, 2014 04:50 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - khao san road

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KhaoSanRoad Feb 24, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        add: nathan isbergs czhoskis & coca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - khao san road

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        currycue Mar 14, 2014 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodyDudey Mar 14, 2014 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ajenkins Feb 18, 2014 10:02 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2014 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Doctormhl1 Feb 19, 2014 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Top of the Mall, Don Mills Centre.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tochowchick Feb 19, 2014 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chef_vegabond Apr 9, 2014 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pastis has closed, sad but true.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lister Feb 20, 2014 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      millygirl Feb 20, 2014 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mrzee Mar 15, 2014 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mexivilla Feb 20, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          justsayn Feb 20, 2014 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            estufarian Feb 21, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I preferred the original Barmalay on Elm.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pearl3 Apr 9, 2014 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dean Tudor Feb 20, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Forgot to mention Mad Apples out by Runnymede and Bloor, past High Park. Good food and service, but noisy from hard surfaces.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                meathead2 Feb 20, 2014 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well done on the Mad Apples recall. They had great food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Celistino's on Eglington.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  juno Feb 20, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  More than 300 responses to this nostalgic thread within just a week; remarkable!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And it seems just about every resto that ever existed at one time in this city has been fondly recalled. Except: Tall Poppies, a delightful spot on Dundas St. across from the Art Gallery of Ontario, with a wonderful outdoor patio in back. It lasted just a few years; and, from the mid-'50s, Mary John's, a small light-meal joint (on Gerrard St. west of Bay St., if I recall) where, for the modest price of a fresh-made sandwich, you could dive into a gigantic salad bowl as often as you liked. Heavily patronized by impecunious Ryerson students, naturally, who used to give that salad bowl quite a workout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Like Dr. John above, I also enjoyed the Russian nosh at Barmalay, though mostly at its original location, on St. Clair Ave. west of Oakwood. The eccentric Gregory Bruskin often ran the whole place by himself: maitre d', waiter, chef, musical entertainer and dishwasher all at once. The place lost steam, though, a few years after he moved to Mt. Pleasant Rd. Hard to keep up that killer pace for long, I suppose.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Doctormhl1 Feb 20, 2014 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The thing I remember most about Mary John's was the warped and crooked floor. U of T students also patronized the restaurant back in the fifty's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DockPotato Feb 20, 2014 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We ate in history there. The food was good and real. And inexpensive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll never forgive powers that be for sacrificing the original Mary John's, a restaurant established to serve the Fort york Garrison after the War of 1812. My favourites were the stuffed beef heart with spanish sauce and the communal salad bowl you mention that circulated with home-made mayo dressing at student prices. The "unimproved" 17th century cottage was its own decor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UoT and Ryerson, but also OCA and medical interns from hospital row ate llunch and dinner there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It outstrips so much of our current dross and hype on so many levels and it's gone. Does anyone recall the year it closed?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dean Tudor Feb 20, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I too remember the floors..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It closed in order to be leveled for a chimney to help supply power to TGH. Once a part of the Gerrard Village in the sixties..gone by 1972?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In other words, the building and land was expropriated.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DockPotato Feb 20, 2014 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Godfrey was mayor then, no?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Doctormhl1 Feb 20, 2014 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No. Paul Godfrey was Chairman of Metropolitan Toronto from 1973 to 1984.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DockPotato Feb 20, 2014 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah, yes. Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Governance was convoluted then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Herne Feb 20, 2014 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I recall Mary Johns in 1968. I had just obtained job about a half block north of it. The floors were something I had never seen before-must have been a 6 inch rise over the supporting "girders" below it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What about Diana Sweets?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    T Long Feb 20, 2014 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Remember their strawberry shortcake!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. John Feb 21, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Listed this above in a previous entry. I remember having reuben sandwiches there as a kid.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dean Tudor Feb 20, 2014 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Has anybody mentioned Eaton's Round Room?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pearl3 Feb 21, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't think they have yet--I know I was taken there a few times. But Eaton's Georgian Room in the main Yonge St store was the special-occasion treat for me as a child.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My father worked for Eaton's [RIP both] and my mother and I tended to do the family grocery shopping etc on Fridays there. Normally, we'd eat in the fifth-floor cafeteria, but major holidays meant the Georgian Room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It always kind of awed me because of the scale of the place, heavy white linens and so on; I guess the food was good, but special-occasion eating involved carefully supervised use of the appropriate cutlery in my case.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tochowchick Feb 21, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yup...I mentioned it...have great memories of the "big" dept. store restaurants...Round Room, Acadian Court and Georgian Room...good times

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Googoomiser Feb 21, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Town and Country buffet - the original one I think it was on mutual st. Great memories as a kid running around the buffet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tony Pizza yonge & finch

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lister Feb 21, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frank Vetere's and Mother's Pizza. Went to both as a kid. Still have glasses from both places.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dean Tudor Feb 21, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here's a oldie -- hands up if you remember the great, late

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicken Palace !!! North of Yonge and Gerrard, west side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Precurser to every chicken place in Toronto, if not Canada...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mid-1950s, I still have a huge collection of my dad's swizzle sticks. Motif was hillbilly and southern cartoons.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lily80 Feb 22, 2014 12:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone remember The Carousel? I had a couple of birthdays there as a kid. Don't recall much about the food, since the highlight was the carousel in the centre of the room.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm pretty sure it was located in the financial district - perhaps in the underground? This is going back about 30 years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lister Feb 22, 2014 05:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I vaguely remember The Carousel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dean Tudor Feb 22, 2014 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CRAWFISH, i keep waiting for you to mention Raclette!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    crawfish Feb 25, 2014 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    See? No one else remembers. Now I'm depressed.......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pourboi Feb 23, 2014 03:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Spanish thread made me think of "Tapas" on Carlton near Parliament. Spent two NYE's there in the early 90's amazing hospitality!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ElizabethS Feb 24, 2014 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Parrot on Queen Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Mexican restaurant on Gerard by Carlaw (Chiles?) - slow service but great Fish Veracruz

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dean Tudor Feb 24, 2014 07:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There was also Kathy Short's Mexican restaurant at Carlton and Parliament, short lived but terrific. She was Toronto's first Mexican food instructor, 1976/77.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ElizabethS Feb 24, 2014 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Was that in the same location as Peasant's Larder? I should have had that on my list as my husband and I practically lived there in the early 80s. Barry and Arlene were priceless and the chili was great (I have the recipe - Barry wrote it on a napkin which I still have!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dean Tudor Feb 24, 2014 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i think it was in the same location....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The original fine dining restaurant at the Sheraton City Hall:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Winter Garden - proving once again that Toronto has difficulty supporting high-end places - at least back in the day (and probably still).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CocoaChanel Feb 24, 2014 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ^^^ speaking of which, do you remember Winston's? Whatever happened there?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dean Tudor Feb 24, 2014 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Later, there was a knockoff serving upscale gourmet healthy food, called Thinston's. I once saw a kid eat a cookie and then spit it out onto the floor -- not sweet enough?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bytepusher Feb 24, 2014 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Basically killed by the commercial real estate collapse of the early 90's. The business and the building was owned by a real estate developer that went bankrupt in 1991, somehow Winston's remained in the hands of one of the owners who brought in Chris Klugman to try to keep the place going but by 1994 they threw in the towel. There was a short lived attempt to reboot it in 1997 with Michael Potters as the chef but it died in 1999. The building was torn down sometime after 2001.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CocoaChanel Feb 24, 2014 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks! I had vague recollections of the Michael Potters version, but could not remember what happened to the original at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lol at Thinstons. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Strongbad789 Feb 24, 2014 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not a restaurant, but I really miss Paris (aka Jungle Boy), who used to sell the best hot sauces I've ever had off of a folding table outside a storefront on Kensington, just south of Baldwin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He passed away a number of years ago and his sauces sadly died with him. I've never been able to find their equal since.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Abbeshay Feb 25, 2014 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Arlequin on Avenue Road-a little French restaurant with a small bakery in the front where I could buy some lovely, little cookies after enjoying a meal. These kind of restaurants were special because they felt like they were our little secret in metro Toronto. On the same note, I miss Oliver's at Yonge and Eglinton. Again, they had a bakery in the front with not just small pastries but lots of bread, as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wylie1 Feb 25, 2014 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes they are both missed . Oliver's especially was so good,especially the bakery.I used to go there all the time and their croissants were the best.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Going waaay back I can think of the Underground Railroad, nothing has ever replaced it. The music,atmosphere and food were fantastic. I can still taste the smothered steak.Also at Bloor and Yonge there was a Hungarian place,forget the name , was it the Goulash Pot ? It had good food and was reasonable.Even Rugantino's across the street was good basic Italian food.Also Alex's on Mt. Pleasant was very good, went there for years.AHH memories!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dean Tudor Feb 25, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There was Czardas at Bay/Charles..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The UGR was at Bloor/Sherbourne before King/Sherbourne, it was better at Bloor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pearl3 about 17 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Czardas--the Flaming Attila Platter! Meat overload at its finest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There was a Scandinavian-esque seafood restaurant I recall spiffier relatives taking me to in my late teens. I think it was on the west side of Bay, south of Czardas, and I was always impressed, not just by the food, but also by the cutlery [Dansk Odin--I was in the dinnerware business later] and overall execution of their concept. Now, I can't remember its name...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, maybe as downthread, its name was Don Quixote, but I recall a great cheap Spanish restaurant, north side of College, just west of Spadina. Anyone remember its name?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dean Tudor about 13 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Mermaid...It relocated across the street from the AGO...Daily lunch specials for $1.50 ca. 1968.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Don was at Robert/Major on College.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doctormhl1 Feb 25, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Remember Mount Pleasant Lunch? It was popular for a while then fizzled out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rhisiart about 18 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I took my (now wife of 36 years) there on our first date. I had a total of $23 for the entire evening. We followed on to see the Flamenco show at the Don Quixote and bought a bottle of red for $7. Luckily I didn't pay for parking or I would have gone over budget.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    millygirl Feb 25, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Celestin way back before Pascal sold it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doctormhl1 Feb 25, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone recall Quenelles Restaurant, west side of Church St. south of Bloor St. between 1977 and 1987?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yongeman Feb 26, 2014 03:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quenelles was an off-shoot of the adjoining Lhardy's. Both run by Spanish cousins José Delgado (chef) and Rafael Monterrubio (maître d'). Wonderful continental cuisine, mainly Spanish/French influences. My wife, a calligrapher, used to hand-write their menus.<