Lineup at the lunch counter

9 Feb

I was in Toronto last week for the OLA super conference and it totally lived up to the “super”.  I made a detour one day at lunch to shop for some presents and found myself close to Dundas and Yonge. I haven’t lived in Toronto for over a decade but I remembered that there used to be a Jamaican restaurant near Ryerson. I know the block I used to know has been torn down. It’s a very different intersection these days. I figured, however, that a new restaurant might have popped up to take its place. I could have used the power of my iPhone to check, but I decided to do what I love doing in cities – I  started walking. I came across a  Jamaican restaurant called Ritz on Yonge St. It’s around the corner from Massey Hall. I had never heard of it, don’t know anyone who ever ate there, so there was only one thing to do. Check it out.  I went in and was met with a very long lineup. I decided to stay and eat. Here’s where I’m going with this – big line up at lunch = good. Also,  it looked clean, the food smelled great, and the line was moving. When I finally got close enough to see what was behind the counter, I had trouble deciding. I settled on some incredible jerk chicken and made sure to tell 5 more people about the place.

jerk chicken

Sabor Latino on Belanger in Montreal is  another lunch counter I found using this technique. I watched families fighting their ways in and out the front door and decided to find out what was so great. Turns out, the food. Another good find, the name of the restaurant escapes me, was a lunch counter in Hamilton, Bermuda run by a French chef. It was located in the heart of the tourist area, but all the people in line were from nearby offices and the line was out the door.

I am suggesting you try this technique, or let us know if you’ve found any great spots using the long lineup technique.

3 Responses to “Lineup at the lunch counter”

  1. Laura February 10, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    The next time you are in Toronto, you *must* try Albert’s Real Jamaican Foods (at St. Clair West and Vaughan Road). It is so very delicious.

  2. Amanda February 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    I am intrigued to try out Sabor Latino on my next visit to Montreal. Have you ever been to the one on Saint-Laurent? Do you think it would be as good as the one on Bélanger?

    • Lora March 1, 2011 at 7:17 am #

      I have – but a long time ago. The one on Belanger is more bustling, especially on the weekend and it has more space to sit down. I can’t compare the food. It’s been way too long.

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