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Past few days in Toronto

Matt H | | Jun 15, 2009 08:40 PM

So I spend alot of time in Toronto (Grew up in TO, now live in Boston) and hardly ever get a chance to report back after eating all around town. Here is my past few days in TO.

Pantheon: My usual go-to on the Danforth is Mezes, but we decided to eat at Pantheon instead this visit. All I know is that we have to start alternating on and off from now on. I ordered the Grilled Calamari and it was excellent. Perfectly cooked, not too tough and extremely tender for squid. The sides were simple and perfectly prepared.

Randy's Patty's: This is my favorite patty shop in Toronto and it has never disappointed. I am fully prepared to declare that Randy's is the best Patty I have tasted outside of Jamaica. Meat perfectly seasoned, pastry not too heavy and delicious and the coco bread fresh and tasty as ever. Toronto is blessed with two excellent patty shops (Allan's and Randy's) but Randy's is in a class of its own.

Raps: Ok, well I know i just praised the Jamaican bakeries in TO, but as a Jamaican myself who lived in Toronto for a while I have tried many different JA restaurants in the city and have never been impressed by any of them. So I went to Rap's after Randy's for some Jerk Chicken to give it another try. Chicken was under seasoned, dry, not spicy enough and bland. I have never understood why Toronto with such a large Jamaican community does not have ONE good Jamaican restaurant and definitely no real Jerk (seasoned properly, smoked with Pimento, etc..)

Sidecar: Another search I have been on during my trips to TO is finding a serious cocktail bar that can craft an excellent classic or inventive cocktail. Well I think I finally found my go-to spot. I started off with a Sazerac and it was perfectly crafted, the bartender took the time to coat the glass with Absinthe and the cocktail was mixed perfectly. Next round I asked him to make me a drink that I have at my favorite cocktail bar Drink in Boston (esquire mag named it the best cocktail bar in the US) which is a Coffee flip. Basically for those who have not tried one, it is espresso, old monk rum, brandy, creme, nutmeg and a whole egg. The one I had at sidecar rivaled what I get at Drink and I have no complaints at all from my experience at sidecar.