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Feb 28, 2014 06:11 AM

The Toronto Guilty Pleasures

Yes? Hi!

We were doing the talking about the restaurants that make the something the delicious that we don't always tell the friends. We saw the Susur likes the McDonalds and the Cloudy April likes Burger King but what is the Toronto restaurant that makes the delicious that you keep the secret.

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      1. i guess if claudio aprile and susur lee spend most of their time making exceptional food, then i guess it makes sense that they would slum it in a pit like mickey-d's or the bk, but as someone who isn't part of the restaurant industry, i choose to spend my dollars carefully.

        the 'guilty pleasures' that i have are not really 'secrets' as chowhound is basically devoted to 'outing' the best bites, and the best bites for the buck.

        my favourite quick service places are not really 'chains', per se: bmb, seven lives, holy chuck, etc.

        if we are talking about only chains, then there's two: popeye's chicken, and yes, taco bell seven layer burritos.

        on second thought, if i were aprile or lee, i would still rather eat at a ramen or pho place before those burger boxes.

        1. People like what they like. Why should anyone be ashamed to admit that they like "slumming it" at a fast food joint or a nasty greasy spoon. It's food that you/they like. You'd be surprised what chefs/cooks eat after a hard day at the office. It can't all be foie gras and beef cheeks...

          1. I agree with afong. Popeye's is super tasty and blows away KFC for dirty bird. a 7 layer burrito from Taco Bell was one of the only fast food items I'd eat when I was vegetarian. Eating meat at Taco Bell increases your chances of gastrointestinal distress.
            Is Swiss Chalet too highbrow to fall to this list? I have a soft spot for their ribs.

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              1. re: kwass

                No doughnuts for you today kwass? :-)

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  They're not a guilty pleasure...just a pleasure!!