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

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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  1. Goody's, Sai Woo, Lichee Gardens

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

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      1. re: petek

        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.

        1. re: TorontoTuna

          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.

          1. re: TorontoTuna

            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. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: pourboi

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

            2. Boba
              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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              1. re: kwass

                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. Lotus
                Paul's Dee Sea (Shantung)

                1. 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. 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.

                    1. 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.

                      1. CIBO. Champion House. Partners (or Partners too)

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                        1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

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

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

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                            1. 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.

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

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

                                    1. 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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                                      1. re: Dr. John

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