When Jeff goes out to dinner with his friends, it’s opportunity for a solo dinner. I’ve been wanting to try Magic Noodle, a Chinese noodle spot known for hand pulled noodles in soups or stir-fried.
With four locations in the GTA, I went to their downtown location on Harbord, near University of Toronto. Magic Noodle can be considered a cheap eat spot; you can eat here for less than $20/person.
I had the Triple B ($8.49) hand-stretched noodle soup with beef stock, braised beef brisket, pickled turnip, cilantro (omit) and scallions. You can choose the thickness of your noodles, from thin, silk strings to thick curtain-like.
The Triple B is listed as spicy; it’s not too spicy, just a bit of heat. The noodles has a nice springy-ness to it but the broth could be a little more flavourful. They also skimp on the brisket too, although it was tender.
Overall, not bad for hand-pulled noodles, but I think better could be had elsewhere.
93 Harbord St.
Rudy, a burger joint located in the Little Italy neighbourhood has been dubbed the Shake Shake/In-N-Out Burger of the north.
I was invited by owners Luke and Chris to try out their burgers. The menu is very simplistic and it’s reflected in the burgers they serve — in a very good way. Why have over 10 options for burgers?
I tried the The Rudy, a cheeseburger (but I omitted the cheese) with cheeseburger, lettuce, tomato and Rudy sauce. The Rudy sauce is a secret recipe.
Jeff tried the Rude Dude, same as The Rudy, but a double cheeseburger. We also got fries.
The burgers are all beef patty, smashed down on the flat-top grill with some salt and pepper. The burger may look small, but it’s pretty filling considering how simple it’s dressed.
A comparison of Shake Shake or In-N-Out, to each their own but what Rudy has in common is simple, honest-to-goodness burgers.
Disclaimer: While the food and beverage was complimentary, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.
619 College St.