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Toronto Labor Day Trip Report

johnmart11 | Sep 3, 201808:28 AM     12

Did a four day trip beginning Wednesday evening and left Sunday morning. We had an apt in the Danforth with a lovely view of the downtown skyline.

- Arrived early evening, not really wanting to adventure out too far. Went to a local joint Off The Hook for some seafood. It was good but not great. Made me wish I had gone for The Globe but we were pretty wiped out after a day of driving from the states, so it was what it was. We stopped by the grocery across the street to get breakfast items and got stuff to make ice cream sundaes; salted caramel ice cream with maple bacon popcorn and coffee powder.

- Lunch
Kensington Market - Pho Hung - had the summer rolls and a big bowl of Congee, and hot tea. Otto's Berlin Doner - had the lamb and beef doner. So good. Blackbird Bakery - had Kouign Amann, chocolate Cork, Lemon tart; all delicious and I wanted to go back the entire trip. We went to Jimmy's Coffee and grabbed some coffe and a table to enjoy the pastries.

- Dinner
Canoe - did the tasting menu. The view was incredible, of course. I have a tendency not to go to places that offer a great view because the food tends to not be the priority... The tasting was well done but I wasn't really blown away. But for the price I felt like it was worth it and the service was very good.

St Lawrence Market - did a very nice tour and this was the last stop so we decided to eat our way through the market. Peameal sandwich, Montreal Bagel with chive cream cheese/smoked salmon/tomato/onion, butter tart, coffee. It was our tourist moment and I can't say I regret any of it...

- Dinner
Richmond Station. Not sure what to expect here. Gotten good press and many favorable reviews. It seemed like my kind of place but one can never know. From start to finish I was blown away. We asked if we could do a tasting menu and they said they could do one for $60-$80 and that we could do a wine pairing as well. My better half did the pairing and I enjoyed their nice menu of Temperance Beverages ( always impressed when the bar program has some non-alcoholic options). We had one of the best meals of my life! It ended up being like 13 courses plus a couple bites. At one point one of the owners dropped a pattypan squash on our table and said to eat it like an apple and then brought over some Lake Ontario salt flakes. Amazing food and service.The wine pairing was NUTS: the sommelier took a lot of time with every course to educate us about wine and even go so far as to show us more about opening a bottle of wine and took a LOT of time talking with us. We were very impressed. It was easily the best meal of the trip. Just my kind of place. The food was thoughtful and well executed. Everyone seemed like they enjoyed being there to serve and provide excellent hospitality. we ended up being there for about 3 1/2 - 4 hours

Saturday - we had breakfast at the apt every morning so far, so we thought we would venture out to a spot that a nice young couple recommended our first night in Toronto for a basic breakfast joint
- Detroit Diner - old school Greek diner. I loved that their choices of toast were "white, brown and rye". Whaaaat? It was good enough. The Greek omelet seemed a little light on Feta and it seemed a little bit overpriced but the atmosphere alone was priceless...
- La Palma - looking for some nice Italian. This was the hip and sleek version. We were not in the mood for a big meal so we just kind of grazed on some flatbread, roasted broccolini, tuna crudo, sparkling water and a cocktail for my husband.
- mid day snacks
La Diperie - looking for something cool on a hot day. The choices were mind-numbing. We got one cone and one dish. It was a good idea but a bit underwhelming. I probably need a couple more visits to get it all figured out
Halo Crunch - not sure about this place. Had to check it out - seemed so unusual. they only offered one size (REALLY???). I can say that I would probably go to this place about once a week in the summer if I lived In Toronto. Mmmm

Patria - again, not in the mood for a lot of food (see above). We had a few tapas and split a dessert. We were celebrating an anniversary so they made us a special presentation plate. The room was beautiful and the service was very good. People around us were working their way through the menu and ordering multiple paellas. Even early in the evening they seemed very busy. Also love the entrance just back from the street, seemed very private and exclusive.

Thanks for all the recommendations. It is never enough time. We hadn't been here for 14 years, so we needed to kind of see it again for the first time it seemed.

Off The Hook Fishbar
Phở Hưng
Otto’s Berlin Döner
Blackbird Baking Co.
Richmond Station
La Palma
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