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From http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/964920, what TOP THREE restaurants would you actually like to see re-open?

Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2014 03:01 PM

This can narrow things down a bit:

From http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/964920

For the Blast from the Past --

I nominate TROY'S first, followed by NAPOLEON's and THREE SMALL ROOMS [same kitchen]..

Your pick???? Tell us here!!!!

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    Herne RE: Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2014 03:40 PM

    Goody's, Sai Woo, Lichee Gardens

    1. petek RE: Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2014 04:05 PM

      Paul's Deep Sea Shantung
      Hushie's (sp)
      Copper Kettle

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        TorontoTuna RE: petek Feb 17, 2014 06:43 AM

        Thank's for mentioning Paul's. Across the street from the Loony Bin, Paul was a bit of a loon himself. His waiting area was full of used, thick novels and Sally-Ann easy chairs. but his was the first Szechuan restaurant in town and his orange shrimp dish is still unbeatable.

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          estufarian RE: TorontoTuna Feb 17, 2014 07:21 AM

          Not quite right - it was Peking (now Beijing - politically corrected since) -style.
          He had no Szechuan dishes at all - only his 'specials' - at first 4 (and subsequently 10).
          Only later, when he took over the bankrupted space occupied by Shantung (the first Szechuan resto - I think), did he adopt the spicier dishes and evolved to 15, 25 and finally 30 'special' dishes.

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            petek RE: TorontoTuna Feb 17, 2014 07:44 AM

            Never ate at the "original" Paul's..only the Dundas location and a couple time at his ill fated Spadina location before it went belly up(or whatever happened)
            It was my all time favorite Asian restaurant.

        2. justsayn RE: Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2014 04:16 PM

          I was hoping people would start posting their top 3 comebacks when I responded to Charles. But a new thread is even better! ; )

          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 too, Original Young Thailand.

          Couldn't stop at three sorry.

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            pourboi RE: Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2014 04:25 PM

            1) Original "Living Well" on Yonge for its Blackened Chicken with Raspberry sauce
            2) "8 Ball Bar & Grill" Dundas @ Bay - for its Chicken wings (they added black bean sauce in with the hot sauce that they coated the wings in)
            3) Original "Thuet Cuisine" on King W for the 12 course tasting menu and especially the "Munster Crème Brulee"

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              Wino In Training RE: pourboi Feb 18, 2014 09:55 AM

              I was surprised nobody had said Thuet in the other thread. That menu, and the Brulée, were amazing.

            2. kwass RE: Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2014 04:30 PM

              Mercer Street Grill
              Monte Carlos

              So hard to stop @ just 3. There are many more that I'd like to add to the list :)

              Ok. I have to add the Magic Pan. They made the best strawberry crepes with whipped cream that I've ever had!

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                iamafoodie RE: kwass Feb 18, 2014 05:03 AM

                The Magic Pan lives on, only better, in Edmonton.

                The Creperie under Hans Kunel has been delighting diners since the mid-70's. He took the Toronto MP concept and improved it in every way possible.

              2. estufarian RE: Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2014 04:39 PM

                Paul's Dee Sea (Shantung)

                1. TorontoTuna RE: Dean Tudor Feb 17, 2014 06:51 AM

                  Caps (a real 'Cheers' type saloon) on Jarvis.
                  Raclette (on Queen). Great wine by the glass and spot for slow snacking with a date.
                  The Pilot House (original location), a haven for cigar smoking sports reporters and the best bar snacks.

                  1. aser RE: Dean Tudor Feb 17, 2014 08:59 AM

                    big joy - hwy 7 & chalmers, cheap hk noodles & congee.
                    traditional korean restaurant - have yet to find a soondobuu as good as this.
                    vanipha lanna - really slept on laotian thai resto.

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                      Sadistick RE: Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2014 05:12 AM

                      1 - Peter's Chung King (when Peter ran it) - their crispy shredded beef was a thing of beauty.

                      2 - Barolo - old school amazing Italian food

                      3 - JOV Bistro - Owen knew how to make really good food, interesting to see what he will do in his new venture.

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                        kwfoodiewannabe RE: Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2014 11:26 AM

                        CIBO. Champion House. Partners (or Partners too)

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                          kwass RE: kwfoodiewannabe Feb 18, 2014 11:31 AM

                          I want to amend my list and add CIBO as well, although, that would bring it up to 5 :)

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                          PrometheusOnFire RE: Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2014 02:58 PM

                          Courtesy of "happycamper" (May 16,2013), and with original credit to Vintage Toronto, here is a link to a Facebook page with signs and menus from Toronto's past. I think it fits well with this topic. Enjoy the trip!


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                            happycamper RE: PrometheusOnFire Feb 18, 2014 06:52 PM

                            Hey thanks for quoting me!!

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                            scrumptiousknits RE: Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2014 03:20 PM

                            Perigee, Avalon, Sai Woo (Dundas), oh my...so many to list...

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                              JennaBean RE: scrumptiousknits Feb 20, 2014 09:56 AM

                              Second Avalon.

                            2. T Long RE: Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2014 05:51 PM

                              Fran's (St.Clair location - back dining room, liver & onions thank-you)
                              Ed's Warehouse (Had to wear a jacket/tie to dine on prime rib)
                              Chinese Village (in Ed Mirvish Village - one of the first fine dining Chinese restaurants)

                              Honorable Mentions:the long gone basement cafeteria @ Hart House and the recently closed 8th Floor cafeteria @ Bay downtown.

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                                catherine88 RE: Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2014 07:44 PM

                                Perigee, Mercer street grill, jk wine bar, Niagara street cafe... Good times, good times.

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                                  bangers and mash RE: Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2014 10:06 PM

                                  JOV bistro

                                  1. chefhound RE: Dean Tudor Feb 19, 2014 11:45 AM

                                    JOV Bistro
                                    A place called Spicy Beef Cuisine in Markham, where they made dry-fried crispy shredded beef.

                                    1. Dr. John RE: Dean Tudor Feb 20, 2014 09:32 AM

                                      Just three is a challenge. Do I pick something that was fabulous and innovative in its heyday, something that was always dependably great, something unique and irreplaceable?

                                      I'll pick one from each category:

                                      Lotus (or Susur, same difference)
                                      Yung Sing

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                                        JennaBean RE: Dr. John Feb 20, 2014 09:57 AM

                                        I forgot about Boba. I had some lovely meals there.

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