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Feb 13, 2014 07:10 AM

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Yes? Hi!

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

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

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    1. re: magic

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

      Schnitzel sub. Drool.

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

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        1. re: magic

          Loved the Magic Pan. I enjoyed the mandarin salad. I don't know where I got the recipe from (Way way before it could be searched on-line.)
          Tob.y's was a great little establishment as well.
          I did find an authentically proclaimed recipe for their scrumptious chili. This discovery I do remember it's origin .
          I site the Toronto Star's weekly inserted TV guide/listing magazine.

        2. re: prima

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

          1. re: Nevy

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

            1. re: Full tummy

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

              1. re: kwass

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

                1. re: canadianbeaver

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

              2. re: Full tummy

                As surprising as this might seem, I had the BEST ceviche ever at that location! Superb balance of texture and flavour, heat and salt. This was in their downstairs seafood room, before they closed.

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

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            1. re: petek

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

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

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

              1. re: 1sweetpea

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

                1. re: magic

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

                  1. re: 1sweetpea

                    We probably did cross paths yeah.

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

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

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

                    Eglinton 32B!

                    1. re: magic

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

                      1. re: 1sweetpea

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

                        Nice when some of them stand the tests of time.

                  2. re: magic

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

                      1. re: magic

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

                        1. re: kwass

                          That would not surprise me. :-)

                          1. re: magic

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

                            1. re: kwass

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

                              1. re: magic

                                You've piqued my interest magic :)

                              2. re: kwass

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

                                1. re: 1sweetpea

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

                                  1. re: kwass

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

                                  2. re: 1sweetpea

                                    Jesus, The Wiz.

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

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

                                      1. re: magic

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

                                        1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

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

                                          1. re: magic

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

                                            1. re: kwass

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

                                              1. re: magic

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

                                      2. re: 1sweetpea

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

                            2. re: magic

                              Lime Rickey's in the Eaton Centre. As a teenager it was our entry into "dining out" like an adult. They had a hostess who would seat you unlike going to McD's or other fast food joints. It just made you feel more like an adult. The prices were cheap and the food was decent. I remember they had a cheddar soup (I think it was cheddar broccoli), and cheesy fries.

                            3. re: 1sweetpea

                              Those might well have been my cigarettes!

                            4. re: petek

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

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

                              1. JOV Bistro

                                Yung Sing's on Baldwin

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                                1. re: bytepusher

                                  Another one I wonder if anyone else remembers.

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