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Mar 24, 2014 12:26 PM

Vaughn, Kleinburg, Etc.

A friend and I are thinking of driving up to Kleinburg on the weekend to go to McMichael and I'm trying to figure out where we should eat. It doesn't need to be near the museum, anywhere in a wide swath around Kleinburg and heading back toward the city through Vaughn/Kleinberg/North York would be fine.

It seems like there should be some gems up there that would be worth visiting even if we weren't already going to be there and that we definitely shouldn't miss if we're going to be there. I've done some searching back through older threads and picked out a few recommendations, but it's hard to tell whether they're in the vein of 'this place is awesome and you should definitely go there' or 'well, if you're in the area and you have to eat, this isn't a bad choice'.

It looks like Cookie Crumble Cafe in Kleinburg might have potential for a snack/drink, but maybe not so much for a meal.

In Woodbridge, Ricci's for pizza or Vicentina for sandwiches seem like possibilities. The pictures on the Vicentina website are kind of making me salivate, but they only have a lunch menu, so I don't know if the sandwich bar is even open later in the day.

Another option that's a little closer in, but still on the way home might be Plaza Latina -- not sure how late it is open, either, since I get the impression it's more of a lunch spot. I've been there a couple of times, and would be happy to go back if we don't find a new alternative.

What else would you put on a list of places to visit in the Northwest corner of the city?

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  1. Well, I can tell you where not to go. We had one of the worst meals ever at the Cashew and Clive that it is in the gallery. The restaurant has zero atmosphere, similar to a cafeteria. We had the Newfoundland Jigg's Dinner (aka corned beef and cabbage). The starter was billed as "seafood chowder" minimal seafood and a very thin broth. The corned beef was beyond chewy and the cabbage, carrot and potato...meh. Dessert not memorable. When we expressed our opinion to the manager (I guess) he took 20% off the bill. Still a complete waste of $100.

    That being said the Mary Pratt retrospective that is currently showing was absolutely fantastic. I am a huge fan of hers and it was wonderful to see rooms full of her work. Made up for our ghastly meal.

    1. Don't go to Ricci's. It's overrated!

      1. Ricci's might be a bit overrated, but I still like their panzos and chicken parms. Their pastas and salads are awful.

        Vicentina is open until 8 on weekdays, not sure about weekends.

        Maybe you can go to Holy Chuck on Hwy 7.

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        1. re: Crispier Crouton

          Oooh, Holy Chuck might be a good idea. I haven't been to the one on Yonge because it's just not in a place I ever need to be, but I've read a few of the Holy Chuck related threads and been tempted to try it.

          1. re: Crispier Crouton

            I liked my panzarotti at Ricci's back in 2011.

          2. We ended up at Vicentina.

            It was worth the drive to Woodbridge.

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              1. re: Food Tourist

                Having not been to either of them, I don't know, sorry.

                1. re: Jacquilynne

                  No worries! But give them a try when you can.

            1. I'm hijacking this to say that Desserts Plus on Weston Rd is mediocre. Why Woodbridge residents rave about their pizza remains a mystery to me. Ordinary in every way. And yet, when I suggest going for better pizza almost anywhere else, I get push back!

              What I found promising was the wood burning smell as I entered the restaurant last week at lunch hour. But sadly, no sign of benefit for my pizza crust. No blisters, no char. Ho hum. And don't get me started on the standard toppings.

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              1. re: Food Tourist

                Have you tried the pasta at Desserts Plus? The pastas are pretty standard, but very good.

                I haven't tried the pizza, but the pasta portions are massive and the prices are really cheap, which I think is why people love this place.

                1. re: kwass

                  "Pretty standard but very good." How is that even possible?
                  I suppose you mean traditional dishes. Is it worth another long drive?

                  1. re: Food Tourist

                    I did mean traditional.

                    Is it worth another drive? No. I don't think it's a place worth travelling for...but if you're in the area...

                    That said, there are better places in Vaughan than Desserts Plus.

                    1. re: kwass

                      What's better? I need a game plan for next time my trip to better pizza downtown gets hijacked.

                      Is Marcello's any good?

                      1. re: Food Tourist

                        I'm not a fan, but people love it!

                        As for the other 2, people rave about both of these restaurants, although I haven't heard anyone talk about the pizza in particular. That said, I've heard more talk about Zafferano than I have about Mastro Roberto.

                    2. re: Food Tourist

                      I haven't been myself, but I've heard really good things about this restaurant:


                      This is also supposed to be a good restaurant:


                      1. re: kwass

                        Sorry kwass, it's been a few years but the two times I was brought to Mastro Roberto were terrible. Zafferano is ok but it is the same Italian restaurant that is repeated so often in Vaughan.
                        If you want pizza, Motorino is the place to go. Peaktop is good for Chinese, Spoon & Fork is decent for company dinners. Other than that, I can't really think of anything outstanding in Vaughan...

                          1. re: Food Tourist

                            Yes, when you have company dinners where you have to please a lot of different palettes and you don't want to go to Earls again, Spoon & Fork is a decent option.

                          2. re: icey

                            Don't apologize. I haven't been to Mastro Roberto myself. I had just heard that it was good. Thank you for telling me otherwise. I'll make sure not to recommend it again.

                            As for Motorino, I've heard good things about it as well. Same for FBI pizza (I think that's what it's called).