June 7th, 2006


A few of my favorite

In between work and social visits, I've spent this trip revisiting favorite fooderies around the city.

Mitzi's (Sorauren & Queen): My favorite brunch in Toronto. Large, fresh, tasy glasses of juice and a lovely menu of six staples presented in news ways every week. My favorite is the oatmeal pancake, crisp on the outside and tender within, which last week was topped with cranberry-orange sauce, maple syrup, and whipped cream. My hosts from last week, J. and G., came along.

Phil's Barbecue (College & Ossington): Slow-roasted barbecue, meaty ribs, and tender pulled pork. I've never found the side dishes too exciting, although I like the baked beans. Really, it's just all about the meat. B.P. joined us there.

Simone Marie Belgian Chocolate (Bloor & Avenue, on Cumberland): The best all-around truffles from the Toronto chocolate tour chamaeleoncat and I self-organized the other year. I still hope to make it to J.S. Bonbons and/or Soma for the hot chocolate before I leave.

Insomnia (Bloor and Bathurst): Competent brunch, with quite nice potatoes. C.V. was impressed with their hollandaise sauce - she's had a run of mediocre ones around town lately. Plus, we somehow managed to spend five hours there, and they didn't mind at all. theengineer and C.V. came along; plus, we ran into acrabtree and L. there!

The New Yorker Deli (Bay and St. Charles): Tender, tasty cabbage borscht comfort food. We brought their soup to visit forthright and curtana for lunch.

Ginger (Bloor and Yonge): A full cooked meal, with drink and appetizer, for C$7.30 - their pork vermicelli comes with a deep-friend spring roll and a pleasant light vinegary sauce which contrasts with the pork's sweet caramelized crunch. I went with snowdrifted, but C. wanted to go too, so we went again after he arrived.

Splendido (Harbourd and Spadina): Comfortable, elegant, decadent, superb - this was the restaurant which first serious sparked my occasional international search for truly fabulous places to eat. The evening flew by in the company of double0hilly. Collapse )

Still to come: The Red Tea Box, Mildred Pierce (for brunch), Mt. Everest lunch buffet (with all-you-can-eat rice pudding)

If only there were more time: Gallery Grill (for brunch), croissantwiches at The Croissant Tree, samosas from The Butler's Pantry, fig croissants and sandwiches at Clafouti, burger at the Drake café.