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Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Hopefully we can continue sharing our favourite haunts and new discoveries in the South Etobicoke - Lake Shore area.

Newer finds? Old favourites? The area has seen some big changes in the past year or two, what do you like?

We enjoyed out first meal at GoodLake (2976 Lake Shore) on Friday night, about a week after their soft opening. It was excellent. My mate had the hangar steak and frites, sooo tender and spot-on medium rare as requested. I had the braised beef short ribs in a red wine reduction, with parsnip purée and confit potatoes. Superb. For dessert: bananas foster creme brûlée, served in a small ramekin. I personally didn't enjoy it much, far too much vanilla-booziness for my liking, and the sliced bananas were cold, I'm guessing because the creme brûlée wouldn't set properly at a warm temp. Coffee is served in 16 or 20 oz. chemex, they use Pilot coffee. Too weak for our tastes but not bad tasting. Oddly it's poured into small glasses.
Atmosphere is quite lovely. Reclaimed barn wood walls, pressed copper/tin type wainscotting along one wall, Edison bulb pendant lighting, beautiful wood tables and chairs, cozy diamond plush booth seating. A small bar at one end. Service is friendly and efficient. We're looking forward to trying the monkfish stew and perch dishes next. Definitely recommended, a great asset to the area!
www.GoodLake.ca

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  1. As per twitter, Caplansky's and The Pie Commission are creating a menu item that consists of four ingredients. I'm excited to see what they have in mind.

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    1. re: fryerlover

      Oooo me too! Just tried Pie Commission last night, first time. Took 4 fresh savouries to bake at home plus a strawberry rhubarb crumble. The braised beef rib was really nice. The butter chicken and beef n beer await in my freezer! Wonder what that collaboration will bring?

      1. re: zukeeper

        Apparently the new pie creation with Caplansky's is going to be a Reuben.

        1. re: zukeeper

          Pie Commish has a lovely huge selection of sweet and fruit pies. The brandy peach crumble is a knockout. Wow.

          1. re: Food Tourist

            I used to love to walk over to the Pie Commission, mainly because of the great food, but also the window was one of the only places around for being able to stop by on a walk with the dog. Haven't been in a while and didn't realize they weren't using the window anymore - makes sense with the weather. Only when I tried to stick my head in the door to see if I could still pick something up, I was immediately asked to leave.

            Now, no problem, I get that there are food rules and I had the dog. But the shop is two metres square and there was no one else there. Your conversation was so interesting you couldn't hand me a pie and take the money? So disappointed, I was all excited to try the Fall squash pie or the Caplansky's.

        2. re: fryerlover

          More Than Pies is a lovely bake shop next to Thrive. From loaf cakes to squares to savoury breakfast bread puddings to cookies to scones to pies, it's well worth a visit. http://www.morethanpies.com/menu.html

          I enjoyed the zucchini loaf on a recent visit, along with pumpkin pie shortbread squares.

        3. La Vinia (near FBI Pizza) on Lakeshore between Royal York & Parklawn. Great tapas and seafood, and a nice vibe. The owner makes an effort to drop by each table, and even offer an aperitif.

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          1. re: 5andman

            How does it compare to say, Casa Barcelona or the downtown Spanish places like Carmen or Torito?

            1. re: Food Tourist

              It compares very well. I would stack them between Carmen+Torito (top) and Casa.

              1. re: 5andman

                Then that does sound promising for La Vinia. I wonder why they don't get more attention from the big reviewers.

          2. I have a question about this thread. Are people interested in only hearing about places along Lakeshore? If not, what will be the boundry. When I lived on Lakeshore and I wanted something close by, I preferred not to go further north than Queensway. But others may want up to Dundas. I might be good to create bourndires and add get it added into OP's post. Just a thought.

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            1. re: fryerlover

              I'm interested in hearing about places that borders up to Queensway as well.

              1. re: fryerlover

                Headslap! Totally missed designating a zone for this thread, my apologies. I can't figure out how to edit my original post, so until I do...how about this:

                From: Parklawn to Brownsline, Lakeshore to Queensway.

                1. re: zukeeper

                  Home sweet home...........Ohhhh, how I miss it and those borders. I'm in the burbs now but I still work in the area and my heart is still in the area.
                  My dad kept in line with those boarders as well many years ago. Nothing past The Queensway.

                  1. re: zukeeper

                    The best food in that zone is probably Mezza Lebanese. Consistent, fresh, and tasty.

                    1. re: Food Tourist

                      Mezza is closed. Now in it's place is Oh Na Japanese.

                      I had Mezza three times and the last two, the food was wayyyyy oversalted to the point that I threw it out. When I called to ask about the amount of salt in the food I was advised that Lebanses cook with a lot of salt which was news to me. I thought the main spices were lemon, parsley and olive oil. I would not reccomend Mezza, although I don't have to as they are gone.

                        1. re: fryerlover

                          yup same here. Soo salty. Oh well.
                          Also, the assertion that Lebanese cuisine is normally salty is nonsense.

                  2. Thanks for the review on Goodlake. I can't wait to try it and I'm liking what they're bringing to the area. I'm also liking that they are using a local coffee roaster too.

                    Let's hope that Sense Appeal will have the same quality products as their downtown location.

                    My only old favourite is the apple fritters at San Remos.

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                    1. re: archive

                      Sense Appeal is launching a new food menu on December 1st. If you sign up your email address in either store, you can be chosen as a 3-item food tester.

                    2. Places that I have tried, really enjoyed and would return to: Woody's on Lakeshore makes great wood fired burgers. The Pie Commission, Buon Giorno Caffe & Panini, Kumo Japanese, New Toronto Fish & Chips, Maurya East Indian Roti, Burrito Boyz, Brown Sugar and Bua Thai to name a few.

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                      1. re: fryerlover

                        Sorry to repeat, but I do not recommend Kumo nor Woody's. Inconsistent, hit-or-miss, and Kumo is downright dirty which is unforgivable for a sushi place.

                        1. re: Food Tourist

                          hahaha, I did not realize I put Kumo in my reply. NIX that! Yes, it has gone downhill and I will attempt to edit my post to remove it. I meant Kaji Sushi

                          Woody's I've never had inconsistency with and I think they make great burgers.

                          1. re: fryerlover

                            I have to agree with Food Tourist about Woody's. It's okay, but nothing I'd particularly recommend unless you happen to be in the immediate area and have a burger craving. I'll admit that I'm a burger purist and I'm not particularly crazy about places that mix spices and/or other stuff into their patties. I also find the burgers there to be a bit dryer than I'd like.

                            1. re: Michael N

                              Now that I think about it, it has been about two years since I last ate there so maybe I should not comment on a place I have not eaten at recently.

                              I also have not tried all the other burger places such as Burger's Priest so I don't have much to compare it to other than homemade and fast food. I might not have enough burger experience to comment much. My tastebuds liked it though, however I'm not a burger purest or much of a burger eater for that matter so maybe I should not comment at all on burgers..lol.

                              If I ever do get back there though, now that you mentioned dry and mixed spices, I'll be aware to look for that. Thanks for the input as I'm always trying to expand my taste and judge skills.

                              1. re: fryerlover

                                This is a good comment. Thank you for your humility and honesty, fryer lover!

                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                  Food Tourist I've been nothing but honest since I started posting on Chowhound.

                                  While I'm not a burger purest, I still say it's a must try place. They source locally, as far as I am aware make all sides/condiments in house from scratch, cook fresh made in house patties on a wood fired grill with a ridiculous amount of options for burgers/condiments/sides and are licensed. I'm all about the attitude of trying as many different foods at as many different restaurants as possible even if I do get some misses.

                                2. re: fryerlover

                                  I take back my " I might not have enough burger experience to comment much" comment, cause I have another comment.....lol.
                                  I'm not sure what's up with Woody's, however two co-workers just went and can't stop raving about it.

                                  It must be either different strokes for different folks or they have hit and miss days.

                        2. San Remo: many yummy things there, one of my favorites is the grilled veggie sandwich. Doesn't sound like much but it takes me 2 meals to finish it. Delish.

                          Anyone know the story around Kaboodles on Lake Shore near Superior? It's been 'opening soon' for what seems like forever.

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                          1. re: zukeeper

                            Kaboodles is in a dead zone. Nothing thrives in that plaza.

                            1. re: zukeeper

                              Is that where the Greek restaurant was?

                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                  Kalamata. But I think I've answered my own question, looks like some organic-smoother-cafe type place is going in the old Kalamata space.

                                  1. re: FrenchSoda

                                    Opposite end of Lake Shore. Kaboodles is next to Maurya across from the 7-Eleven in Mimico. You're thinking Long Branch.

                                    1. re: FrenchSoda

                                      Thrive vegetarian is now in the Kalamata space and owned by the Kalamata owner Pat plus a Mexican chef-owner David (who is vegetarian himself). It's decent non-soy vegetarian food and definitely a bonus for this entire neighbourhood.
                                      They do fresh juices, nut burgers, etc. without being extreme purists (e.g. this is not a place that is raw, gluten-free, etc.) Not as pricey as the downtown vegan places, here you can get a fresh juice or smoothie for as low as $5. Burgers are $10. Thrive bowls (brown rice or quinoa) are $14. Tweet them for a free soup and coffee.

                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                        Skip the 2 bowls on the menu. Poor value for $14.

                              1. We dined at Goodlake this week. The decor/atmosphere and service -- and concept (sister runs FOH and brother is Chef) -- are their strong points. Food needs improvement.
                                Apps are weak. Foie gras wasn't hot enough. Romaine salad ho-hum (needs better and more bacon, better and more dressing, and better quality romaine itself…)

                                They should offer sides to add to the mains which are small. Monkfish/prawns were overcooked which is unforgivable in an almost-empty restaurant (read: not busy). The coffee 16 oz for $3 is great value (Brazil cachoeira). Desserts are average (we tried 3 because we were still so hungry after both apps and mains -- the food portions are not good value). We would go back as it's still an improvement over Ember Hot Stove (which has awful red-light decor and average "canadian" food) but Goodlake needs to offer better value for money in this hood.

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                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                  Brunch at Goodlake is very good value ($12 mains) and very good food (but not excellent). They do need to offer appetizers and sides such as a croissant bread basket, however, as the wait time between coffee/drinks arriving and food arriving is too long.

                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                    They've changed their brunch menu. Now includes choice of side.

                                  2. re: Food Tourist

                                    They have since added cocktails and side dishes to the dinner menu.

                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                      Dined at Good Lake this evening, found space and service superb but also loved the food (new summer menu an improvement perhaps) - had house salad of baby kale and artichokes; rabbit leg with sour cherry confit; rhubarb creme brulee - all outstanding. The place is getting a lot of custom - it was pretty busy for a Monday night, and I've been told you now have to book Thurs-Sun. Recommended!

                                    2. I second La Vina. Great food and professional operation. Way better than Barcelona in my opinion.

                                      I like the burgers at sliders at Royal York and Queensway.

                                      Great Thai food at Bua Thai also at Royal York.

                                      Great cookies and cakes at JK cake and cookie company. Lakeshore and Kipling. Great quality and way cheaper than other like places.

                                      Also if I may creep slightly north of Kipling and the Queesway (sorry) ...
                                      La tortilla for great authentic Mexican fast food and Franks beside the Kipling tire. I real surprise , been there 3 times and not been disappointed. Good food and good prices.

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                                      1. re: JonnyLarue

                                        The best bakery at Kipling and Lake Shore is Tatsu's Bread. Great for sweet or savoury, and healthy european style Japanese-run bread baking.

                                        I had a bad experience at La Tortilla. Food in chafing dishes kept warm is not my idea of good eats especially when taste and texture suffer.

                                        1. re: JonnyLarue

                                          Went back to Goodlake tonight. Was quite impressed. Had a delish cocktail some apps and shared the short ribs with my wife who had the monkfish prawn dish. Both were very tasty and properly cooked and seasoned. Wines by the glass are reasonable with fair selection. Very happy to have this in the hood.

                                          1. re: DDD

                                            I've been in for a drink (the Goodlake Lager is delish) and plan to eat there soon - I think everyone is really pulling for them to succeed, and Cellar Door when it opens too.

                                            1. re: ElizabethS

                                              Cellar Door is now taking reservations for opening this Saturday night

                                              http://www.cellardoorrestaurant.ca/

                                        2. I've eaten dinner at 850 degrees twice now. The food is good but not excellent but at least they are not posing as anything "authentic" other than a thin crust Canadian-themed place which is a refreshing change. Mushroom salad is underdressed though the actual mushrooms were a nice surprise. I haven't tried the new Queen Margherita at Jane/Annette yet.

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                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                            I liked 850 the one time we dined there. Was with a group of 8, the owner brought a round of after dinner drinks and was quite charming. Nice tasty pizza, not the best I've had but quite good and decent value. Did not enjoy the mushroom salad either though interestingly, because at the time, it seemed they were using canned or brined-in-bag mushrooms. I guess they're using fresh now so I'd try it again.

                                            Queen Margherita - The beef carpaccio is freaking delicious. Really like the pizza as well, friendly servers, perhaps a bit over the top in attentiveness when we've gone, but that's not as bad as inattentiveness! This place gets really busy even on weeknights.

                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                              We dined at 850 again on the weekend. Really good antipasti plate features all the best pizza toppings. Sounds weird but it works. Cubes of cheese could improve (oka, havarti, emmenthal) by being a bit bigger and freshly cut.

                                              Delicious tiramisu. Resembles the real deal.

                                              The low point was boar sausage and rapini pizza. Boring toppings here. This is usually a spicy or flavourful combo elsewhere. Had to douse it in chile oil. (Had to ask for the oil.)

                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                I had that rapini pizza and it came with hot peppers on it - have they changed it? (I did have to ask for more though)

                                                1. re: ElizabethS

                                                  No peppers. Maybe they kept getting "hold the peppers" requests?

                                            2. Billy Jack's Po Boys delivers to Mimico (it's on Bloor) but their creole gumbo ($15) was so disappointing - tiny portion, half an okra finger, one and a half slices of sausage, no chicken, and 9 overcooked shrimp!

                                              Fried oyster and bacon po boy sandwich ($10, no sides when delivered through Just Eat) was much better - really tasty bacon.

                                              http://www.poboys.ca/entrees/ this description doesn't match what I received.

                                              1. Update and Coming Soon...

                                                Sense Appeal Coffee finally opens tomorrow at Lake shore and 3rd.

                                                Something called Spitfire Kitchen is coming to the old Village Butcher and Around the Corner building. They are the guys behind the Feisty Jack food truck and look to open in July.

                                                Also the Burger Priests new west end location looks to be in the old St. Louis Wings building on the Queensway and looks to be near completion.

                                                All very exciting!

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                                                1. re: JonnyLarue

                                                  We moved here (New Toronto) 28 years ago from Cabbagetown - it's finally happening!

                                                  1. re: JonnyLarue

                                                    I saw they have signage up - but are they open?

                                                    UPDATE

                                                    Just found their Twitter feed - soft launch this coming Saturday

                                                  2. Sweet Olenka's is still doing well during hot summer days with great flavours of homemade ice cream. The problem continues this year, however, in that some of their chocolate (the one on top of the ice cream, along with the chocolate coating on ice cream bars) usually tastes freezer-burnt (what IS that flavour if not freezer-caused??) By the way, skip the smoked chocolate ice cream in favour of the bacon caramel ice cream.

                                                    1. Cellar Door dinner Saturday night 9:00 pm report: we arrived to an almost-full dining room (read: not enough tables set up - lots of unused space - and nobody at the bar) to be told we needed to wait a bit since they were so "busy". Service and decor/ambiance aside (mediocre), the food is really good. The pizza has a good crust and good char from a real wood burning oven. This pizza is definitely better than 850 degrees down the street. Endive salad has a lovely tasty cheese on it. Wood-roasted potato gnocchi (potatoes are roasted in the oven before being mashed; the gnocchi itself is not roasted) shows terrific texture and the meat topping delicious.

                                                      Abysmal wines by the glass for a place named Cellar Door. A Niagara marsanne viognier at $11 a glass and off-dry Italian prosecco were a bit disappointing, and cocktails (4 choices total) were not to my taste.

                                                      Service was puzzling. We were asked the same questions repeatedly by various staff throughout the meal. "Would you like bread and olives?" for instance. Shouldn't they just assume yes and bring it automatically? A large dinner plate arrived half-covered in very good olives (with rosemary and orange) and 3 tiny slices of oiled toasted italian baguette.

                                                      The wood smell in the dining room is heavenly, and I always wish the food would somehow reflect that scent like at Woodlot. But overall, we agreed that the Cellar Door food is worth eating again, even if the rest of the experience isn't up to par. Across the street at Goodlake, the decor and service are much better, though the food isn't.

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                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                        Another great meal tonight at Cellar Door. Arrived to an empty dining room at 6:30 pm on a Saturday night. No olives nor bread were offered this time. When questioned during dessert ordering, the server simply said that bread now comes with olives baked inside but didn't comment on why we weren't offered bread.

                                                        Salumi platter for one ($11 per person) was quite large with 5 different meats and ricotta and grilled focaccia. Octopus was delicious with wonderful texture, but only one tentacle. Again, why didn't they bring bread with the apps?!

                                                        Mains: earth pizza with mushrooms and ricotta - their pizza crust is one of the best in Toronto. No exaggeration. This place knows how to do char and blisters and taste. Amazing crust. The pizza maker probably should be wearing more than an old white t-shirt, though.

                                                        Bucatini with guanciale pales in comparison to Enoteca Sociale's version. Cellar Door's version is tomato-dominant and the pork just falls to the side with no influence on the taste of the dish whatsoever.

                                                        Nice bitter "New Toronto" cocktail contains fernet and rye and pecan-coffee bitters. Try it. $10 for 3 oz.

                                                        Skip the almond finger dessert. It's like a madeleine tea cake sided by icy espresso "ice cream".

                                                        Nice service overall. Just not sure why bread and olives is such an issue with them.

                                                      2. Spotted another restaurant under construction yesterday in Mimico on the north side of Lakeshore Boulevard a block or so east of FBI - TICH, Modern Indian Cuisine.

                                                        FB page is up

                                                        https://www.facebook.com/tichcuisine

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                                                        1. re: ElizabethS

                                                          Anyone have any idea when this will actually open?

                                                        2. Luci restaurant on the Queensway just east of Royal York is excellent. I highly recommend.

                                                          Pie Commission is becoming an obsession for me.

                                                          Rocco's veal sandwiches on the Queensway (across from the food terminal) are the best value going. Huge delicious freshly made sandwiches for $7. No wonder it's always packed.

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                                                            1. re: lilaki

                                                              Yes but not the main restaurant - the takeout spot located adjacent. And the one on the Queensway- not Islington.

                                                          1. The lobster shrimp (Buster's) pie at Pie Commission is so delicious. I'm enjoying it with a gueuze lambic ale at home.

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                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                              Their ice cream pies are a little odd. Delicious and creamy (Nutella flavour) but odd.

                                                            2. Has anyone tried Al Lago on lakeshore? I am trying to pick between that and Cellar Door for our anniversary dinner.

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                                                              1. re: Francescageorgia

                                                                I have found Al Lago can be VERY expensive. There is no menu so you just tell him what you feel like and he makes it. You don't know how much it is until you get the bill. I haven't tried Cellar Door so I can't comment. Happy Anniversary!

                                                                  1. re: Francescageorgia

                                                                    After reading many reviews for Al Lago, I do agree that it was good, but a bit pricey. The meal was delicious, but I feel like he makes the same thing for everyone - bruschetta, caesar salad, veal, and pasta with seafood. A very good meal, but probably won't go again unless i'm dying for that exact meal.

                                                              2. Aza Sushi @ 378 Brown's Line is my go to for sushi. They deliver and have really great lunch specials. It's just south of Il Paesano's. Lotus island @ lakeshore and Dixon is amazing for pho. I know it's out of the area range, but it's so worth the extra drive.

                                                                1. Sense Appeal coffee lab is amazing. Fourth Wave coffee barista, roaster, with coffee school and plenty of food including a full brunch menu. Pour overs on V60, siphon, aeropress, espresso...plenty of single origin beans. Ethiopian Sidamo is excellent - can't wait to return a couple of times a week! They are open Tues-Fri 7:30-5 and Sat-Sun 8-5. Closed Mondays.

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                                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                    Sense Appeal is the real deal. Talented baristas Julian and Alana. GN coffee (Brazil) is used for espresso-based drinks. They usually offer 2-3 other origins for the other coffee bar methods. Direct trade, (not "fair trade" "organic" like Birds 'n' Beans).

                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                      Try the breakfast sandwich with house bacon and house bread. Great value.

                                                                    2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                      Had brunch with friends Sunday at Sense Appeal. Had the portobello with hash, kale salad. It came with what must have been a slow-poached egg (like Chang's), avocado and stewed tomato (San Marzano, maybe)...it was delicious. Enjoyed a macchiato, my friends had americano which they also enjoyed. Lovely atmosphere, reminded me of GoodLake with the reclaimed wood walls and airy atmosphere.

                                                                      Unfortunately the service we had was very poor. Our server was quite pleasant, but woefully clueless around some of the coffee selections and disorganized, clearly inexperienced. It took her 25 minutes to get our bills and then yet more time for us to pay - done via iPad, and no - they apparently don't accept debit. There's also no way to add a tip to the bill using their payment system. I'm pretty sure this was mostly just due to an untrained server, as it doesn't make sense that they would not accept debit, nor non-cash tips but we were so exasperated by that time that we just didn't press the matter.
                                                                      For sure we'll be back as the food and atmosphere was wonderful - and hopefully our experience with the service was just an anomaly - it's a bit hard to excuse though...

                                                                      1. re: zukeeper

                                                                        They seem to have fixed the card payment issue. You can swipe your credit card and then select $1 or $2 or $3 tip or other.

                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                          Sense Appeal has changed their tip option yet again. Now they offer 15% and other % options (with the $ value listed) when you swipe your card. It's a bit of overkill if doing takeout and takes effort to override.

                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                            I am 100% against that method. Too often the tip % is added after tax, rather than pre-tax - it's just wrong, and don't think for a second that restos don't know what they're doing there.
                                                                            For that reason I'll either apply a $ amount to the swipe method or a cash tip only.

                                                                            Just curious: how many folks tip on takeout/pickup orders?

                                                                            1. re: zukeeper

                                                                              I am good at arithmetic so I ALWAYS bypass and figure out my own tips. That way it's 15% or whatever I choose as pre-tax amount, not what they choose as post-tax amount.

                                                                              I don't often tip on takeout. It really depends on the level of service but most often they aren't doing much other than handing me a bag that the kitchen produced. Some restaurants will offer a glass of water and a place to sit and make conversation and then I'm a bit tempted to tip.

                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                Tips = To Insure Prompt Service.
                                                                                Service being the operative word, I rarely tip on takeaway either. My mate comments that when I pay, I often get a dirty look when they see I don't tip them. So this made me wonder if it's more common to tip on takeout these days.

                                                                                I don't personally agree with it since as you say, there's not much service involved in handing over a bag of food unless it's being delivered.

                                                                                1. re: zukeeper

                                                                                  A restaurant manager told me that the servers are so busy in the front of house that for them to take a break to bring you your bag deserves a tip. Not sure I agree.

                                                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                    I don't agree with that either! Hardly the same effort it takes to properly service dinner guests at a table!

                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                      our dining room servers and phone server spend an equal amount of time per table/phone order. same with our kitchen who, like many other restaurants, share in the tipout.

                                                                                      - khao san road

                                                                            2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                              ...so, they still don't accept debit?

                                                                              1. re: zukeeper

                                                                                Not sure as I normally pay on credit card.

                                                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                  It's a bit crazy to not accept debit. Sure hope they've resolved that!

                                                                          2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                            The bun used on sandwiches today was rock hard. But otherwise, fillings are tasty. Great customer service.

                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                              Got their daily special "beet fries" last week. Avoid. Chunks of beet deep fried until not crispy. Not fries.

                                                                          3. Huevos Gourmet "Mexican-French breakfast and brunch all day" is now open and really busy! They took over the old Taste space near 5th St. on Lake Shore.

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                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                              Sadly, Huevos Gourmet's new tacos are not worth the money or effort. They are Guadalajara style which means nicer-than-average flour tortillas stuffed with battered fish or chorizo; with guacamole on ONE of the 3 tacos (apparently this is the AUTHENTIC way to serve tacos - one dressed with a paltry smear of guac while the other 2 suffer). For my $10 plus tax, I'd suggest getting 3 tacos almost anywhere else in Toronto. They were actually out of a special regional topping so substituted pico de gallo.

                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                Surprised to hear that. I've eaten there with friends at least a dozen times since they opened, and none of us has ever been dissatisfied with a meal. Most recently, just over a week ago, 2 of us had the tacos - they were deelish corn tortillas, not flour, and we were all surprised at how filling the 3 tacos were. I had vegetarian, my mate had chicken. The only complaint we've ever had was the unannounced substitution of pinto for advertised black beans - a significant difference that should have been mentioned at ordering. I wonder if that was your case tonight, an unmentioned sub of flour tortillas?

                                                                                1. re: doc_j

                                                                                  No. He told me right from the start that they were made the Guadalajara way with flour tortillas. My fish tacos most definitely did not contain any beans of any kind.

                                                                            2. Has anyone eaten at Pulcinella lately?

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                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                yes…was disappointing unfortunately. Service was great, but my pasta was way overcooked. Food used to be good here, but has really gone downhill in the last year.

                                                                              2. This is more in Alderwood, however I think it's close enough to post on this board.

                                                                                Has anyone been to Organic Big Burger lately? if so, how is it?

                                                                                Once Burger's Priest has been opened a few weeks, a few coworkers and myself and going to try some side by side burgers from a few different places to compare. Thinking Woody's, Burger's Priest, Organic Big Burger and someone (not me...lol) wants to try Sliders (on Queensway) and South Street.

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                                                                                1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                  Sliders. Ha ha ha. May as well try Acme and Lick's, too. :)

                                                                                  Organic Big Burger closed down - and has the worst website - because they don't list their address though claim to be opening downtown! Here's their former menu: http://www.organicbigburger.com/image...
                                                                                  I keep forgetting it exists, to be honest. But I haven't been. But they seem to have CLOSED DOWN permanently in Etobicoke at least.

                                                                                  I always see OBQ at 602 Browns Line (they seem to have taken over the same space) and mean to try it.
                                                                                  http://www.obqburgers.com
                                                                                  http://www.obqburgers.com/OBQ%20Trifo...

                                                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                    Well if my co-workers have anything to do with it, I just might be trying those places as well. Lol

                                                                                    Thanks for the info. I was on their site and didn't realize they had closed.
                                                                                    I'll add OBQ to the list of places to compare. Just checked for reviews and Yelp is showing mostly great reviews for OBQ.

                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                      While I agree that Sliders' beef burgers are bad, their jerked chicken burgers/sliders are tasty.

                                                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                        Finally ate OBQ 4 oz burger and fries today. Really worth a try. Decent texture, nice beefy flavour, slight char. Bun could be a tiny bit softer but decent (not dry). Real cheese (shredded) is worth the up charge. Fries are average - also house made - a tiny bit mealy but otherwise decent. I liked the pepper garlic mayo and fried onions (free toppings).

                                                                                      2. re: fryerlover

                                                                                        Burger's Priest was AMAZING!!! Currently stuffed and very happy about it:)

                                                                                      3. We went to Huevos Gourmet yesterday for the first time - the difficulty going forward will be keeping us OUT of it!

                                                                                        Food was delicious and service was fast and friendly. A definite keeper.

                                                                                        We had Huevos Rancheros and the Breakfast Burrito. - pics below.

                                                                                         
                                                                                         
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                                                                                          1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                            I've been for the huevos rancheros twice myself. Comes with baguette and home fries/salad, which is a nice touch (i like having the baguette to sop up the mess. Reminds me of the huevos divorciados at Easy, except better prepared than my last memory of easy and less slammed on the weekends.

                                                                                            1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                              I went again today for fresh grapefruit juice and huevos rancheros. I noticed this time that the beans are pinto not black. There was a lot of salt in the home fries and red salsa. I love the toasted baguette that is served with the meal! But I shall try other things on their menu next time. Great service.

                                                                                            2. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                              I ate the huevos rancheros today with a fresh grapefruit juice. Great tasting food and drink. Nice server. Food arrives quickly if you're a table of one or two. I noticed a group waiting forever for their order to come out. I had ordered and paid by the time they got theirs.

                                                                                              1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                Went again yesterday for brunch and it was just as good. This time I had the Huevos Rancheros and my husband had the Mexican Omelet with Chorizo. Service was very quick especially considering they were quite busy. So nice to see hordes of young families in our neighbourhood.

                                                                                              2. For Sushi, I really like Pearl Sushi at Lakeshore and Superior.

                                                                                                Maurya also has good indian roti IMO. Iv'e only had the Roti there so can't comment on the other items.

                                                                                                There's also another mexican place opening soon on Lakeshore and Allen Ave, in the sketchy plaza where nothing seems to survive except the dry cleaners.

                                                                                                Burger's priest on the Queensway is just as d'lish as the other locations and having seating inside is great while you're waiting. At 5pm on a Friday it was packed already.

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                                                                                                1. re: soambosu

                                                                                                  Of the places you've mentioned, I've only tried Maurya. I've been three times and my last visit was probably almost a year ago. I had a very tasty saag paneer roti each time. It was my first experience with east indian roti and I really enjoyed it. The roti itself reminds me of a very thin naan. It's not greasy/oily like west indian roti. Portions are enough for two meals.

                                                                                                  1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                    Two different types of bread are the reason. West indian roti is typically dhal puri. East Indian roti is typically a chapati (not a naan nor a paratha). Maurya does a fine job of approachable indian cuisine.

                                                                                                    1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                      if the roti you've had from west indian place is greasy- you need to find a better shop. it should never be greasy.

                                                                                                      1. re: jinxie

                                                                                                        Sorry, I may not be explaining myself correctly. The east indian roti seems to me more dry/baked and the west indian seems to me to be fried in oil. This is when I hold the roti in my hands, I always have a bit of oil on my hands with west indain roti. I did not mean to say west indian is greasy in general, just compared to the east indian roti. BTW, I love both west and east indian.

                                                                                                        1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                          You're right, it's the nature of the cooking method and ingredients. East Indian roti is dry for sure as it's made either in a tandoor or on a tawa. (Maurya probably uses a tawa).

                                                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                            West indian roti is made on a tawa as well- the difference is that it is usually brushed with oil as it's cooking. so yep- I see what you mean by 'greasy'.

                                                                                                    2. re: soambosu

                                                                                                      How do you find the fish quality at Pearl?

                                                                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                        I think the fish quality is good. It's fresh and he slices nicely. I normally get the salmon lovers and I haven't found the fish chewy or anything like that. I can't think of anything to compare it to, Sorry.

                                                                                                      2. re: soambosu

                                                                                                        I took one for the team and wasted $11 at Señor Burrito this evening. Avoid, avoid, avoid. Tacos (pastor - pork with pineapple) and steak fillings and even the corn tortillas were all just plain awful and dry.

                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                          Actually, I forgot to post that I did go and try it out. Terrible. Got a beef burrito and it was dry and chewy. Definitely avoid.

                                                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                              Oh, wow! I'm very surprised they are expanding. They opened one in Clarkson about 1 1/2 ago. I've given the Clarkson location two tries and never again.
                                                                                                              The first time I ordered, the burrito was cold when I bit into it and the portion was small for he price compared to other places. The second time I tried and again the burrito was even smaller. When I got home I realized they had forgotten a few ingredients. I called to advise them and the manager stated that she saw the new girl making my burrito and also thought it was underfilled. Ummmm, okay and you did nothing about it at the time and are admitting it now on the phone. Won't return after that. I hope the Etobicoke location can do better.

                                                                                                              1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                                They don't seem to get any customers so I doubt they will last long in that jinxed space. I miss the Turkish place that used to be there.

                                                                                                          1. Ordered take-out from Tiramisu over the weekend (justeat)- gotta say- it was great. The taste isn't going to blow you away- but it's solid, good quality italian. We had the fusili a la vodka & spaghetti carbonara. the fusili won. the carbonara was decent though. and the garlic bread with cheese was awesome.

                                                                                                            all for a decent price. we will be ordering from there again.

                                                                                                            1. Yakisoba & Sushi at 2875 Lake Shore Blvd West is a mysterious but clean hole-in-the-wall where the owner takes pride in healthy mung bean pancakes and black rice sushi rolls.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                They have a new sign up calling themselves Q sushi. (Carol's former space.)

                                                                                                                  1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                    Yes I think she just updated the sign. She's really passionate about the health benefits of black rice and mung beans and wouldn't let me take photos of anything. Must be a secret recipe, right?

                                                                                                              2. I almost never order home delivery (maybe once every 2 years) but due to illness I ordered in from FBI -- got panzerotti and fennel radicchio salad. The order arrived in 30 minutes with great delivery service (friendly guy). The panzo was much bigger than expected, with some tasty fillings (I tried garlic, gorgonzola, porchetta, pancetta). Good value compared to a similar size pizza. Came with side of nicely seasoned tomato sauce for the panzo.

                                                                                                                The choices in this area for Just Eat delivery are getting a bit abysmal.

                                                                                                                1. Tartistry is terrific. $16 gets you 6 flavoured butter tarts. $9 gets you 2 savoury tarts (mini quiche or mini beef pot pie or mini chicken tourtiere) and a lovely salad (better than most). It's on the Queensway on the north side just east of Kipling but well worth the extra effort to go a bit north.

                                                                                                                  1. Ranu Thai is pretty good for this corridor. Better than Nimman.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                      Where does one go to / order in for the best Chinese in this 'hood?
                                                                                                                      I haven't explored Chinese much during my 12 years here, but would like to have a go-to when the craving hits.
                                                                                                                      Bonus points for extra vegetarian-friendly.

                                                                                                                      My neighbourhood faves for other cuisines are Cellar Door, Goodlake, Huevos Gourmet, Bombay on the Lake, Lavinia, Maurya, and Sushi 2 Go (Quensway only).

                                                                                                                      1. re: doc_j

                                                                                                                        We order from Chinese Food Gallery (on Dundas) - food is good and consistent.

                                                                                                                        http://www.chinesefoodgallery.ca/

                                                                                                                        1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                          Thanks for this. I've been wondering the same thing!

                                                                                                                          Do you happen to know if they use MSG?

                                                                                                                    2. Hi Na Japanese Restaurant is now in the old Mezza location. I've tried thier lunch specials three times now. I really enjoy the service and the food.
                                                                                                                      I've ordered the sashimi lunch twice and loved it. It came with much more food than what it states on the menu. It came with sashimi, three peices of california roll, hot rice, soup, green salad and seaweed salad.
                                                                                                                      I did, however, have one incident. Let me say they rectified the problem immediately and I've been back since as I was so happy with thier response. I ordered the lunch special of one spicy salmon and one spicy scallop roll (that's what I get for ordering rolls...lol). It came with soup and green salad. The spice was in the form of a spicy oil. There was so much of this oil that it dripped out of the bottom and I had to dip the roll onto paper towel to get some of the oil off. After the third roll and not tasting any fish, I opened the roll to find it did not contain any fish. They were filled with tempura batter and oil. I called, walked over and food was immediately replaced and the female server apologized profusely. There is a young guy and an older man making the sushi and it was the one time the older man made my food that this happened. The other two times were great and it was the younger guy.
                                                                                                                      Also, they usually add in a free item....well, the young guy does.

                                                                                                                      1. Paula's bbq has great Portuguese grilled chicken and ribs

                                                                                                                        430A Horner Avenue
                                                                                                                        Phone number (416) 255-1994

                                                                                                                        Mon's Rib special is AAA

                                                                                                                        http://www.paulabbq.com/specialties.html

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                                                                                                                        1. I tried a new Italian place recently on Lakeshore near Islington called Cellar Door. Really great Italian food. My new go to place for good sit down Italian, and also has a wood burning oven for pizza.
                                                                                                                          Our group did a pizza starter and a salad. Both great. I had a pasta which was homemade noodles- Spinach Tagletelle. Really yum. Can't wait to go back.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: ciaociao1

                                                                                                                            Cellar Door excels at pizza. Better than Libretto and all the downtown Napolitan parlours, in my opinion.

                                                                                                                            Their regular menu is average, however. Not bad, just not excellent.

                                                                                                                            1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                              Wow, I am shocked at the review. I went to Goodlake 2 weeks ago, and, while the staff/owner were super nice, decor was great...food was just not very good. I hope I just had a bad night, but, maybe Pataki is losing her fastball.

                                                                                                                              1. re: georgebell11

                                                                                                                                True. They excel at service and atmosphere, even coffee and beverages, but food is just average for "finer" dining.