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Alex Rei dos Leitoes

Posted by Staff / Listed on May 4, 2009 / review policy

Alex Rei dos LeitoesWith 38 years in the same location, Alex Rei dos Leitoes has watched its fair share of gentrifying upstarts come and go, and has fed them all. The chicken is perfectly char-broiled and coated with a sauce that's deceptively clear in colour, but packs searing heat. Rice is pale but has an unusually creamy, risotto-like consistency and the potatoes are deep golden with good scorch marks. Quarter chicken combo, $6.

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Frank / May 6, 2009 at 12:43 am
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Hey, just a correction, on the introduction description for this place it lists the correct price, but in the decription above, the price is incorrect, it is in fact, $6.00 for a quarter chicken dinner.
Local / May 6, 2009 at 05:40 pm
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This place uses used skids from downtown lumber across the street to burn in the oven. Think about this - dirty construction skids with various type of construction debris (concrete, drywall, toxins) all over them being burned for the chicken. I know because i live nearby and the smoke smells like ass. Just thought i would let you guys know. Don't believe me - ask to see the firewood. Libretto next door uses real wood and all i can smell is pizza.

Local1 / May 7, 2009 at 11:25 am
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Yah, i see the skids out side there place too, but i also see them get orders of charcoal bags, which i believe is what they use for the chicken? To my understanding they use the wood to heat the other ovens from underneath, which doesn't sound too bad as long as it not in contact with the food. Wouldn't the ministry of health have done something about it if it was that bad?
Nuno / May 7, 2009 at 02:19 pm
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Hey, I’m a long time customer of theirs and over the years started to get acquainted with the owners, and was able to have a look around inside a few times. Even though they used skids, they use them to heat the ovens and the food is cooked separately and see no problem with that. I’ve also personally witness them subjected to multiple inspections from Toronto Public Health and seen them leave without a complaint. I’m sure any regulations imposed to them by Toronto Public Safety concerning the matter are followed rigorously. To address the cooking of the chicken, they are cooked in an open charcoal BBQ, no use of skids. I’m also sure the manager/owners would be more then happy to answer any question and maybe show anyone around who might have concerns.
d3scry / July 1, 2009 at 08:33 pm
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I absolutly love Alexis! I started going here since 2001 and I havent stopped. Tey have never failed me when it comes to my order and if you are a fan of pork rinds they have the best and the saltiest in town- they are the only one's I know that are fresh- so hands down to Alexis. It is not surprising that they have been there 38 years now.
Samayita / February 19, 2011 at 04:19 pm
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good place.
Roddy Freid / June 12, 2011 at 05:34 pm
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POST PROOF OF YOUR SKID THEORY! SIMIAN!

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