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Jamaican Beef Patties

Yongeman | Jul 19, 2005 06:18 AM

There are many versions of the Jamaican Patty in Toronto (including chicken, vegetarian etc.), but I'm talking about the real thing, the beef patty. I've had many, from scores of places over the years. The most memorable I've had have been from Randy's on Eglinton W., Spence on Eglinton W., Allen's at the Peanut Plaza, and Michedean, from several locations.

Randy's is a very busy place. At 3:00 on Monday, there was a line-up of 3 or 4 people, mainly for patties or patties and coco-bread. The patty has a nice light heat, mainly from black pepper. The filling is juicy and the crust is flaky without being too crumbly.

Allen's has a flakier, more delicate crust, and the filling is thicker and lighter in colour than Randy's.

The patty that I'd love to be able to try again, I last had about 20 or 25 years ago. There was a little bakery on the north side of Wilson, east of Keele. I forget the name of the shop, but the owner's name was George. I think he moved to Rexdale somewhere, but his patties were superb.

Actually, many of the patties that you can buy from hundreds of local convenience stores are good, especially if they are from Michedean.

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