February 9, 2007

Step Up, Toronto People

Filed under: analog — mhoye @ 1:01 pm

Ok, Toronto residents, I need specific information about food.

Two things that I liked very much about Ottawa were the fact that I could get good Montreal-style bagels, and good Shawarma pretty much whenever I wanted.

In Toronto, not so much.

I can get “New York Style” bagels anywhere, but New York Style bagels are crap, so who cares? I can’t find anywhere that serves what I recognize to be a shawarma. I’ve found a lot of places that serve something that looks like they’ve been given a grainy xeroxed picture of a shawarma with third-hand description scrawled on the page in crayon with instructions to replicate that on a tight budget, but nothing that I’d actually want to eat a second time.

I’m told by my colleagues here that you can get anything in the Big Smoke, and it’s all just about the best you can get anywhere, and I just haven’t been able to find it, and frankly that sounds like bullshit to me. I’m sure that if you moved from Kapuskasing to North Bay, you’d probably say the same thing about North Bay. Toronto’s pretty big, but the world is a lot bigger than Toronto.

But what the hell: I’m totally ready to believe here. All I need just a sliver of evidence. Where do I find these things?


  1. I find them in Ottawa.

    Comment by John — February 9, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

  2. For bagel, you want to go to Bagel House ( at Bayview & Eglinton and Avenue at Lawrence.

    For shawarma, you want to go to a bunch of places. One good one that I know of is on Queen West just past University, but there are a bunch more along there and on College West, around the mid 1500s, which is the Lebanese area of town. (There’s also a place up by my condo at Yonge and Sheppard that does a bang-up job, but that’s probably a little far afield for you.)

    To date, sadly, I have not been able to find a chipwagon in this city that comes close to the ones dotting downtown Ottawa. :(

    (and my GOD man, will you add some permissiveness to the formatting of your comments?)

    Comment by Mike Beltzner — February 9, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

  3. Thanks for the information.

    I’ll take it under advisement.

    I’ve been to Sarah’s Falafel And Shawarma in The Annex, and it’s supposed to be good, but it’s really just barely OK.

    Everywhere else I’ve been has been less OK than that.

    But, hells-yeah, I hadn’t even noticed the chipwagon problem.

    and… formatting?

    Comment by Mike Hoye — February 9, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

  4. Like, I have to do line breaks with <p> tags. I can’t enter links. I think I can bold and italicize, but that’s about it. Not even <br/> works.

    Comment by Mike Beltzner — February 9, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

  5. Links like This?

    Comment by Mike Richters — February 9, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

  6. Beltzner: plz learn teh intarwebs kthx.

    Comment by Mike Hoye — February 9, 2007 @ 10:35 pm

  7. More specifically: What, exactly, do you _expect_ to happen when you put a comment in here?

    Comment by Mike Hoye — February 9, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

  8. Hey – can’t help you on the shawarma front, but you can get respectable Montreal bagels at Market Bread in Kensington. Also, there’s a blue chipwagon along Nathan Philip’s square (on Queen) that has poutine worth the name — comes in about midway up the Ottawa poutine quality spectrum, I’d say.

    Comment by Madhava — February 10, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  9. sorry – a little more detail. Re: the chipwagon — it’s the one that says on it that they’ve been there for 30 years.

    Comment by Madhava — February 10, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

  10. Sorry — just one more. Now that I think about it, there’s St. Urbain Bagel in the St. Lawrence Market. The benefit there is that you’re near great places to get good fresh cream cheese and lox.

    Comment by Madhava — February 10, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

  11. Commenting: Putting a blank line between text should paragraph it.

    If it looks like a paragraph to me in the edit box, it should look like one in the rendered comment (in exactly the way that this one won’t).

    Comment by Mike Kozlowski — February 12, 2007 @ 11:26 pm

  12. Why isn’t your comment box a java-based RTF editor like the box that we’re all familiar with on hotmail?

    That is the standard now, you knowz.

    Comment by Quotation — February 13, 2007 @ 7:42 am

  13. For example, your comment box converted my br tags to br/, and stripped my blink and marquee tags. Obviously it’s not HTML, then, so it should render as input.

    Comment by Quotation — February 13, 2007 @ 7:46 am

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