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"you gotta eat here" - restaurants any good?

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"you gotta eat here" - restaurants any good?

So the show has had a bunch of visits to restaurants/fast food joints in the GTA (even further out like port colborne etc..) but I am curious if people actually think these places are worth the money vs the praise it has been received.

Have a cousin's birthday on saturday and I want to take him to a new place to eat (1st experience for me and him). I don't mind the travel to downtown or to places like Brampton if its actually good.

Can anyone comment on which places they ate at?
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SanRemo Bakery which was recently featured on "You Gotta Eat Here" is definitely worth it
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playnicee1 wrote: I didn't watch the show, but if you are going for a birthday, try Spoonful buffet in Brampton. 50% off for the birthday person :arrow: http://www.ispoonful.com/hours-pricing.html
The show is similar to "Diners, Drive In's and Dives" but the canadian version. I always like trying new places to eat. I will consider the place you suggested but not really looking for buffet right now.
dor79 wrote: SanRemo Bakery which was recently featured on "You Gotta Eat Here" is definitely worth it
I am almost sold on this place assuming I can just walk in and buy w/e is on display? I would be hoping for REALLY good stuff to be out not just donuts.
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I've been to a bunch of places all over Ontario. Some were amazing and some were ok and some were not that great. If I'm travelling for work or passing through on a long drive I always check the website for locations to try.
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Any of them from the website you recommend?
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I've eaten at Stoneface Dolly's here in Ottawa that was featured on the show. Great place for breakfast.
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playnicee1 wrote: I didn't watch the show, but if you are going for a birthday, try Spoonful buffet in Brampton. 50% off for the birthday person :arrow: http://www.ispoonful.com/hours-pricing.html
I like Wok of Fame better than Spoonful. Free on Birthday as well.
dor79 wrote: SanRemo Bakery which was recently featured on "You Gotta Eat Here" is definitely worth it
Have not been myself, but have tried this place through work. Definitely good.
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I'd say more often than not they are totally overhyped or even downright bad

Sul Irmaos in Brampton is a dump, and the food is bland and greasy as can be

That Italian Place in Brampton is extremely overpriced ($9 for a tiny side order of daily pasta plus $1.25 for cheese on top. That's right, Parmesan cheese is an Upcharge)

Bubi's Burger Institute in Windsor was all frozen food served with raunchy garlic sauce

Barque BBQ in Toronto was crappy hipster upscale wannabe barbecue

Mickeys Pizza in Mississauga gets a lot of either love or hate.. I didn't see the fuss at all

Dangerous Dans in Toronto is just brutal

Twisted Apron in Windsor was one of the worst breakfasts I've ever had

The list easily goes on..


That being said - Of course there are some good suggestions too.. Pie in Barrie is decent, Hoito in Thunder Bay is a must, MotorBurger in Windsor is good food with bad service, Smoke N Spice in Windsor is delicious, Tunnel Bar B Q in Windsor was a classic
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I've been to several places that were features on You Gotta Eat Here. Some of them were genuinely good. Some didn't impress me at all.

You can try http://www.tvfoodmaps.com which has quite a few restaurant related shows and the restaurants they've featured. Search by place, or use the road trip feature to select a route and it'll show you the places along that route.
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duckdown wrote: I'd say more often than not they are totally overhyped or even downright bad
Barque BBQ in Toronto was crappy hipster upscale wannabe barbecue
+1. True dat.
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I've found you need to hit-up places that have just recently aired for them to live-up to the hype. Once they have the constant customer stream they tend to take shortcuts, and the quality suffers... at least from what I have found going to "Triple-D" places.
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The show visited 2 restaurants in the Quinte area. Burger Revolution and Williams Family Diner. Both are good eats. Prices went up after the airing.
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Clubhouse Sandwiches is great...their fries are triple fried in peanut oil IIRC, and even the veggie sandwich tastes great (although the buttermilk turkey is probably the best).
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TCWeasel wrote: I've been to several places that were features on You Gotta Eat Here. Some of them were genuinely good. Some didn't impress me at all.

You can try http://www.tvfoodmaps.com which has quite a few restaurant related shows and the restaurants they've featured. Search by place, or use the road trip feature to select a route and it'll show you the places along that route.
Which ones have you been to that were good?

Thanks for the input guys. Keep it coming. I have noticed a lot of these places are rather similar in terms to offerings. I am definitely going to check out that bakery on saturday for sure as it looks really good.

Any comments on good BBQ house style food aired on the show or just in general? I missed out on "Paul and Sandy's" when it was open. Tried Pig out BBQ in pickering (?) and I got my food burned a little and not enough sauce. Big Bone BBQ was better (Mccowan and 7). I am avoiding Baton Rouge (good food just over priced IMO).

Need something within the GTA (nothing more than 30-45 mins drive tops).
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This show is just a clever way to advertise restaurants and make it look like a TV show. Most are mediocre/overpriced restaurants you would never give a second look. That putz Catucci obviously tries to play them up. I think he's had poutine in 10+ episodes and he gets blown away every time
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Ive eaten at two in Calgary, they were good, but went there before they were on the show
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Zero1 wrote: Any comments on good BBQ house style food aired on the show or just in general? I missed out on "Paul and Sandy's" when it was open. Tried Pig out BBQ in pickering (?) and I got my food burned a little and not enough sauce. Big Bone BBQ was better (Mccowan and 7). I am avoiding Baton Rouge (good food just over priced IMO).
Check out Buster Rhinos. Havent been in a while but it was good.
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It just makes for good tv. The patrons there are friends of the owner, or offered free meals.
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dor79 wrote: SanRemo Bakery which was recently featured on "You Gotta Eat Here" is definitely worth it
+1 Definitely hit up Sanremo (Mimico) if you're in the area. I don't think I've ever eaten anything bad from there..

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