Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Go to restaurant list

places I love: (in no particular order)
-Buca (King and Portland) - Upmarket version of Teronni with killer pizzas and pastas. With amazing dishes like blue cheese and mushroom pizza on a paper thin crust, fried olives stuffed with sausage and duck egg pasta carbonaera, how could you go wrong? Really fantastic and unlike many other places on this list, they do take reservations.
-Black hoof (Dundas and Clinton) - No Reservations. Lives up to the hype as being a carnivore dream. Check your diet at the door. Allot of organ meat served here, but oh boy is it ever good come with an open mind.
-Black hoof Cafe (Dundas and Clinton) No reservations. Across the street from the original, this spot is its own destination. The Foie gras and french toast on their brunch menu is by far the best breakfast I have had in a long time. Primarily they act as a place to have a drink and some great noshes while waiting for a table at the original Black Boof, but the dishes here are also stellar.
-Pizzeria Libretto (Ossington and Dundas) No reservations. Not only are the pizza's fantastic, but so is everything else on the menu. I normally will go there an hour before I am actually hungry to give my name and cell number to the maitre di restaurant and then go to Reposado, the tequila bar up the street to go build up an appetite.
-Sukothai (Parliment and Gerrard) - Not the best neighborhood, but hands down the city's best Thai food. They will deliver if you "bribe" them with a self induced delivery charge.
-Japango - (Dundas and Elizabeth) - Real authentic Japanese sushi, not that same dreck Korean and Chinese owned sushi joints will sell you. My favorite sushi in the city. They take reservations.
-Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder.- (St Clair and Duffrin) best bbq in town. Apperently the ribs are amazing, but call ahead because they don't make them every night. I have no idea why they wouldn't, maybe they don't like money.
-Bohmer - (Ossington and Queen W.) - Great food with an eclectic menu. The prices are just high enough to keep the skinny jeaned hippsters at bay and most importantly, yes they take reservations.
Black Camel (Yonge and Rosedale) Sandwich store with great brisket and pulled pork.
-Foxley (Ossington and Dundas) No reservations, but they do Asian fusion right when so many others fail.
Terroni (Adelaide and Church) - Rustic crowd pleasing Italian wrapped up in a very wallet friendly and stylish package.
King Noodle (spadina and dundas) good Chinese food, inexpensive and tasty.
Golden Turtle (ossington and dundas)- Vietnamese food, good pho (soup).
7 numbers (danforth and bowden) simple italien dishes, delicious food
-Manpukou (Dundas and McCaul) Japanese soup. Inexpensive and delicious
-Negroni (college and palmerstone) great grilled sandwiches.
-Scaramouch pasta bar (avenue and balmoral) a toronto institution. Bistro staples and fantastic pastas.
-Black Camel (Yonge and cresent) great sandwiches, pulled pork and briske sandwiches
-Atlantic (dundas and brock) Tapas style seafood with a modern twist.
-Allens (danforth and broadview) irish pub with great beer list and great burgers
-La Palette (augusta and college) french bistro with focus and game meats
Lai wah heen (chesnut and dundad) upscale chinese food. Great dim sum in the mornings and afternoons
-Lee (king and bathurst) asian fusion small tapas like dishes from one of canada's most well known chefs
-Nota Bene (queen and university) high end restaurant from a very well known chef. Expensive.
-Pastis (yonge and roxborough) great french bistro
-Cafe polonez- see review
-Enoteca social - see review

Places that i want to go to, but have yet to go:
-Splendido (Harbord and Spadina) - I want to try their new casual less expensive menu, I have heard great things.
-Paramour - (Ossington and Dundas) I hear it is well priced good simple food.
-Queen and Beaver Public House- (Elm and Bay) English style gastro pub
-Maléna (Avenue and Davenport)- Rustic Italian seafood with a Yorkville style price tag.
-Country Style Hungarian Restaurant - hungarian restaurant

-Niagra street cafe, king and niagra, small restaurant with interesting modern menu.
-Oddfellows (queen and shaw) strange restaurant with a lot of vegetarian
-Simple bistro
-Parts and labour
Enoteca social
-queen margarita pizza

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