Okay, I'm all for great food. But things are getting out of hand in this town. Lately I've been winding up at this or that place because a bunch of other people think it's THE PLACE TO GO. Examples include The Rushton (good service, but food just okay for the $$, but not horribly overpriced in all fairness. Nonetheless nothing on the menu is that adventurous or original, making this merely a trendspot just like Ferro - across the street, same owner), and then Czehoski, which I was downright insulted at the portion-cost ratio, not to mention that the food is just a notch above average.
So now, I want to compile a list of really good places that have quality and value. While Susur is very good, it's too expensive and I have no desire to go back as a result. Plus, service there is rather pretentious and upsales-y, which I never enjoy.
Here's the first of my list in no particular order. Please help by adding to it!!! BTW, a place doesn't necessarily have to be super-cheap to be on the list. Here goes:
-Sugar Cafe (the owner Suzanne knows service and she is incredibly generous. I will be her customer as long as she is in business)
-Fressen (okay, a little pricey for vegan, but sooo tasty - chef even gave me a recipe once!!)
-Pulp Kitchen (best veggie burger in the city)
-New Generation Sushi (had a fire, hope they're coming back soon!!)
-Dante's (Richmond Hill)
-Me Va Me (Israeli salad is delish!!)
HELP! Make this more comprehensive. I know I know more, but none come to mind as I write this...