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CNE - new food discoveries? (+pics)


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CNE - new food discoveries? (+pics)

BokChoi | | Aug 22, 2008 09:57 AM

After reading all the posts on how absolutely horrendous everyone finds the food at The Exhibition Place, I thought I would start a thread on recent discoveries. Everyone knows the good ol’ favourites of yesteryears, and for locals, we will always treasure those fond memories. Unfortunately, for those coming in from outside the city, or are relatively new to this Canadian tradition, I can see how going through the food building could be a scary experience. With the sky-high prices, and food that we love more for the emotions they evoke rather than how they scintillate the taste buds – I can see this as being very daunting.

(This menu sums up perfectly, IMO, my opinion of food choices at the Ex: )

Has anyone had any recent discoveries of food items at the Ex? I’m not talking about the tried and true favourites of ours, such as the ones found on the other threads (Tiny Tom’s, Candied Apples, Waffles, Hot Dogs, fudge, Peameal Bacon, etc.) – I am talking about new entries that have popped up in the last few years (mostly ethnic cuisine). Is there anything that is good, solid food that one would actually consume outside the fair (OK - on a day that you’re famished and there is not much else available in the neighbourhood and you only have $20 in your pocket).

Sausages & Sauerkraut:
Tiny Tom’s:
Tiny Tom’s 2:
$1.25 Jumbo Dogs:
Candied Apples:
CNE Lollies:

I went there just the other day and found that the chicken wings from St. Louis Wings are not too shabby. They are nice and dry - coated with a tangy sauce ($10).

St. Louis Wings:

Another one that I sampled (I didn’t have a full order, as I had unfortunately already stuffed myself on old favourites) was the shawarma at Anoush. It was not too bad – the chicken was moist and the seasoning was pleasant. As a dish on its own, if you don’t compare it to what there is outside the fair, it was beyond edible ($7).

Chicken Shawarma:
Shawarma toppings:

I was wondering if anyone else had any insider tips on the less frequented food options around the CNE?

Cheers and Happy Eating!

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