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Old 01-26-2009, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thought we could do our own little, less snobby version of Chowhound here, where we talk about our favourite restaurants for any type of food. I have this weird feeling a thread has been created similar to this, so if that's the case, the moderators are free to lop my enormous gonads off and send this thread to the doldrums.

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My favourite pizza has to be from La Hacienda in Niagara Falls, NY. It's incomparable and the place is so behind the times, it's brilliant.

Aaron: "Do you take debit?"

Waitress: "Honey, we still have rotary phones."

The owner, Aldo, is infamous. If you complain about his restaurant and he deems said complaint frivilous, you're ordered to leave and never return. My girlfriend and I actually order take out and drive over to the States to pick it up. We may be the only ones in the world who do this.

For breakfast, nothing beats Mars Diner at College and Bathurst. When I was in art college, I ate every meal there. I used to spot Moses Znaimer sitting in a booth in the back, plotting. Bob Rae was always in there and it was a favourite of John Candy. Take the last tidbit as a warning.

For Chinese, Chung King on Spadina, which I heard recently closed or moved. Their schezuan shredded beef is the tits and the ass.

Jack Astors' buffalo chicken fingers rock.

The Mama Meata from Boston Pizza is good considering it's Boston Pizza.

Weber's on highway 11. Yum.

As far as St.Catharines goes, being a crap town, there's little selection. Mai Vi is delicious as is Duff's for pizza and wings.

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My "jail food" (last meal on death row) would be Federicks Indo/Chinese food at Bellamy and Ellesmere.

Manchurian Shrimp Chowmein is to die for.
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favorite pizza is definately "Massimo's" on College street. the best margharita pizza hands down. Especially at 2:00 am. awesome (and yeah it's fresh out of the oven even at that time).

Favorite lunch place is Prague deli / cafe on Queen street. I usually go once a week. They upped their prices recently, but the food is still well priced for the quality you get.

I'd like to hear your input on good / cheap indian food in the downtown core. I used to live in Mississauga and frequented a few indian places.Most of the downtown ones are way more expensive than the mississauga ones and the downtown restaurants aren't as good. Bombay Palace on Jarvis is probably the best i've had. Any other suggestions?
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gotta head out to gerrard st east for indian fancy. all the best shit is there.

banjara at christie and bloor is fantastic also.
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Weber's on highway 11. Yum.
Yeah - i've heard really good things about that place.

and good choice re: Mars. I've been there a few times and really liked it.

However, nothing good comes out of boston pizza. nothing.
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gotta head out to gerrard st east for indian fancy. all the best shit is there.

banjara at christie and bloor is fantastic also.
yeah - i figured gerrard street would be mentioned. i will have to venture out there one evening.

I'm spoiled in that i'm used to walking everywhere.
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If you are in Brampton you can try out the Tandoori Flame. This is on Dixie and Orenda. It is really good. If you want to try out vegetarian then you can go to Quality Sweets. Both of them have good food. Damn now I am hungry
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i'm outs on webbers. that place used to be good, like 20 years ago, but it's shit now. the burgers are flvourless and dry, the lineup is totally unreasonable, and the fries and onion rings have gone way, way, way down hill. i grew up on that place and now hit it about twice a year on my way up to algonquin or temagami. this summer i decided to stop going. i just think it got bigger than its own shoes and now just churns out cheap fast food.
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subs - belly buster on yonge between lawrence and wilson. loved that place as a kid and never let go.
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Oh BTW. My friend owns a restaurant called Sidecar on College street in little italy. It's pretty high end cuisine at a reasonable price. By high end i mean smallish portions, but very high quality / everything fresh & made from scratch / fancy pants food. They have a price fixe menus some nights. google it and go there if anyone is interested. I recommend it.
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i'm outs on webbers. that place used to be good, like 20 years ago, but it's shit now. the burgers are flvourless and dry, the lineup is totally unreasonable, and the fries and onion rings have gone way, way, way down hill. i grew up on that place and now hit it about twice a year on my way up to algonquin or temagami. this summer i decided to stop going. i just think it got bigger than its own shoes and now just churns out cheap fast food.
I think the son of the original owner sold out to a bigger company. I've heard others complain, but since I go there at the most, once every two years, I haven't noticed a big difference. Weber's is unique in that it really does have a lot to do with where you're going.

Lick's is another place people think was better than it is now.
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favorite pizza is definately "Massimo's" on College street. the best margharita pizza hands down. Especially at 2:00 am. awesome (and yeah it's fresh out of the oven even at that time).

Favorite lunch place is Prague deli / cafe on Queen street. I usually go once a week. They upped their prices recently, but the food is still well priced for the quality you get.

I'd like to hear your input on good / cheap indian food in the downtown core. I used to live in Mississauga and frequented a few indian places.Most of the downtown ones are way more expensive than the mississauga ones and the downtown restaurants aren't as good. Bombay Palace on Jarvis is probably the best i've had. Any other suggestions?
Was Massimo's on Restaurant Makeover? I hate that show, but watch it all the time.
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The Dhaba on King Street downtown is the best Indian food. You have to go for the lunch buffet to get good value, but it's a great buffet. It started out in Mississauga years ago. Go easy on the butter chicken to start with or you won't make it to your second plate - it's rich. Oh - and Dhaba was on Restaurant Makeover.

There's another good Indian Buffet at Eglinton just east of Yonge. Damned if I can remember the name.

I'm actually close to little India and don't really frequent it much anymore - things have really spread out in terms of quality.
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Sonny's in Brampton makes one hell of a burger. When you can see your banquet burger through the wrapping paper that was opaque a few minutes ago, you know that's quality grease.
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i know this isn't in toronto, but the one restaurant i am absolutely dying to try is au pied de cochon on montreal. martin picard is a genius.
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If you're in Montreal, you have to go to Green's by the Atwater Market. Smoked meat spaghetti to die for...and you actually might die after having it. I've done most of the "classy" restos in Montreal and meh, give me a poutine at Mamma's (ave des Pins and Clark) and now we're talkin'.
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the beauty of au pied de cochon is that it's not a 'classy' resto by those kinds of standards. it serves traditional quebecois food, and like fergus henderson, he is into making the ugly bits taste fantastic. it's about not letting anything go to waste. pigs feet and ears, foie gras poutine, etc. it's all about fat, richness, and good, wholesome homemade food.

check out the menu here:

http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/index_eng.html#

this is from tony bourdain's intro to the pied de cochon cookbook:

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"What Martin does at Au Pied de Cochon is right in my emotional comfort zone. It speaks right to my heart--as a cook and as an eater. It's the kind of nonsense and frippery-free food that resonates with other chefs--who inevitably "get" what he's all about: The Good Stuff prepared skillfully and without pretention, and a shared philosophy of "too much of a good thing is seldom enough". I also admire that Martin has turned his back on the traditional fine dining environment in pursuit of what's important--and ONLY what's important. He makes food fun again.

I wrote an intro for Martin because I consider him a soul brother, a like-minded comrade--and one of the good guys. Along with Fergus Henderson, Chris Cosentino and Mario Batali, he's one of the Good Guys--a force for good in the world of gastronomy who should be supported and encouraged at every opportunity in the interests of a better world and a brighter future and as an example for young chefs and cooks."
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the beauty of au pied de cochon is that it's not a 'classy' resto by those kinds of standards. it serves traditional quebecois food, and like fergus henderson, he is into making the ugly bits taste fantastic. it's about not letting anything go to waste. pigs feet and ears, foie gras poutine, etc. it's all about fat, richness, and good, wholesome homemade food.

check out the menu here:

http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/index_eng.html#

this is from tony bourdain's intro to the pied de cochon cookbook:
Fries in duck fat.
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Charcoal Pit out in Burlington by the Lakeshore. Great, great place for greasy burgers and great gyros.

Easterbrook's in Burlington on New St. Good homemade burgers and good hot dogs.

Luganos on Brant st. for great pizza

Celi's in Ancaster on Wilson St. for great, great, Italian food.
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