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Joe Mamas on King St.

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Dsmooth Jun 5, 2003 02:30 PM

Has anyone tried Joe Mamas on King St.
I'm considering checking that place out.

any recommendations?

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    Chef Jun 5, 2003 03:25 PM

    It got completely slammed in a review at Toronto.com in the ToDineFor column today.

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      Chef Jun 5, 2003 03:37 PM

      Here's the link to the review.

      Link: http://www.toronto.com/feature/12796/

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        Ciccio Jun 6, 2003 04:15 PM

        Meow! That has to be the most scathing review I have ever read - bar none!

        If it's any consolation, I will never go solely on what a reviewer says. I need to/must reserve judgement until I've experience an establishment for myself.

        I hope others read with caution.

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      cwong5 Nov 3, 2006 02:10 AM

      Well... it's been a long time this place been talked about. My wifey wants her birthday dinner there with a bunch of her friends. Anyone got any recommended dishes there? What should I expect? Should I eat before I get there? :P

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        Suburban Gourmand Nov 3, 2006 02:33 PM

        We had a great time at Joe Mama's but admittedly, it was more due to the great live band and atmosphere than the food. However, had an extremely memorable corn meal breaded calamari, which was awesome! I don't remember anything else we ate, so I can't recommend solely on food alone.

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          cwong5 Nov 3, 2006 03:03 PM

          Thanks SG, that's about what I figured. BUt calamari... good call. I think I will have something to eat before heading in, and just do an appetitzer! :)

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          Truffles Nov 3, 2006 03:38 PM

          I've been a couple of times, and only eaten there once - the music is awesome, the food is mediocre..

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            Poorboy Oct 7, 2007 05:12 AM

            I thought I would give this place a try Friday evening.
            I will post a full review however it was NOT good. They did have a decent cocktail menu though.
            The band was OK however the system was cranked up too loud and the music was somewhat distorted. You are definitely going there for the music and drink, not the food in my opinion.
            Actually I tried a place just nearby there that was actually quite nice earlier in the week and I will post that review as well (Le Saint Tropez) much more suited to us 30+ crowd.

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              lovegoodfood Jan 12, 2008 03:16 PM

              If you posted reviews of these two, how can I read them? I just had dinner at Red Tomato. The food was very so-so and I wouldn't go back. I'd thought it had gotten good reviews somewhere along the way but clearly I was mistaken. We were out for a long walk and on a whim, when we realized how hungry we were when we were in the King and Spadina area, decided to eat down there. Ribs were enticing and we were deciding between Joe Mamas and Red Tomato. Red Tomato won. The ribs were the best thing on the BBQ special plate, but as I said I wouldn't go back.

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