(Originally written November 11, 2011)
Having made my way through the massive Urban Eatery, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the places worth revisiting. Here are what I would consider to be the top 10 stops in the cavernous food court:
10. Mucho Burrito: On a scale from one to 10, I’d give this place 15. Fifteen inches of extra-large burrito, that is!
9. Szechuan Express: Seemed to be the best of the “pick two/three items” Chinese food stalls. Then again, I couldn’t remember what I ordered without looking it up–haven’t been there since October 4th!
8. Crêpe de licious: I like how they added the space between de and licious to make it seem French. That said, they kinda half-assed it. Shoulda called the place Crêpe dé licieuse if they wanted to go the full nine yards (although the accent aigu kinda ruins the joke…)
7. Fast Fresh Foods: This place makes a mean sandwich. It’s also the only stall whose UK ownership left a strange, cryptic comment on my review…
6. Liberty Noodle: Probably the best of the stir-fry shops. And while they supposedly serve sushi, it seems their sushi chef doesn’t start until after lunch. (I guess the man needs to eat, too!)
5. Villa Madina: For the best shawarma in the Urban Eatery, Villa Madina wins by default. Which isn’t to say it’s not good–just that it’s the only place that serves shawarma in the Urban Eatery.
4. Aroma Cafe: Funny, I used to live down the street from one of these places, but it took them opening in the Urban Eatery for me to actually go there. Yeah, I guess I missed out.
3. Big Smoke Burger: I gotta say, it was a real toss-up for the number two spot. Although Big Smoke lost out, my mouth still wins!
2. Rare: When I die, I hope I end up in a place that offers a wide variety of roast beef sandwiches. Mind you, there is such a place. It’s called Alberta, and I left there in 2005… 😉
1. Jimmy the Greek: Though the lamb wasn’t as good the second time around (yes, I’ve already been back!), I will always remember the way it tasted the first time. Love at first bite…
So there you go. If you don’t plan on visiting all 27 stalls at the Urban Eatery, try to check out these ones, at least.
UPDATE: Rare has since shut down, and been replaced by a Tim Hortons. Aaaaand that’s why I don’t eat at the Urban Eatery anymore!