For those without a Star subscription, here’s the list:
- Aoyama - 2766 Victoria Park Ave
- Avling - 1042 Queen St E
- Bong Lua - 2572 Birchmount Rd
- Chris Jerk - 2570 Birchmount Rd
- Curryish - 783 Queen St W
- Emma’s Country Kitchen - 810 St Clair Ave W
- Island Foods - 1310 Don Mills Rd
- Istar - 235 Dixon Rd
- Jerusalem - 4777 Leslie St
- Johnny’s Hamburgers - 2595 Victoria Park Ave
- Mineral - 1027 Yonge St
- The Momo House - 1240 Bay St
- Northern Smokes - 371 Old Kingston Rd
- Plaza Latina - 9 Milvan Dr
- Very Fair Seafood Cuisine - 17 Milliken Blvd
I made my own current 15 restaurant list:
My top 15 list:
@rustleandstill for banh mi & Vietnamese coffee
Parallel for Middle Eastern food
Omai for Japanese bar food
Emma’s Country Kitchen for brunch
@Union_Resto for bistro on a heated year round back patio
Noctua Bakery for slices, pastries, breads
Emmer Bakery for everything: breakfast sandwich, patty melt, bread (they sell half loaves!), pastries
O Mei for Lobster 4 ways, lobster in Maggi sauce
Descendant pizza, esp the Jaffna pizza
Tabule: fried eggplant & garlic tomatoes
@fikakensington: the buns, the cardamom latte, the open-faced smoked salmon sandwiches
When The Pig Came Home: the jerk chicken sandwich, the patties
Silk Road Kabob House
Enoteca Sociale : the amatriciana
Pearl Harbourfront- dim sum
We have not tried most of these. We liked the food (and beer) at Avling when Suzanne Barr was the executive chef, but haven’t been since they changed chefs. Island Foods is quite good, although we only tried the former King West location. We’ve loved Jerusalem for decades, particularly the garlic tomatoes.
Jerusalem (the Eglinton W location) was my introduction to Middle Eastern food, back in 1989, when I was in Grade 11.
I really liked their feast set menu. I think I remember hearing that the people who opened Tabule had worked at Jerusalem previously.
I don’t visit Eglinton West regularly anymore, and my last visit was take-out, 13 years ago. I went to the Leslie location for the lunch buffet once, maybe 16 years ago.
I think the garlic tomatoes at Jerusalem and Tabule are both excellent. The cauliflower at Tabule is good, too.
Yes, my understanding is that the people who started Tabule previously worked at Jerusalem, hence some overlap in the dishes.