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The Cadillac Lounge

Posted by Staff / Listed on August 9, 2006 / review policy

Cadillac LoungeI've been to the Cadillac Lounge many times to grab a pint and chill on their huge back patio, but it wasn't until recently that I sampled the food. The occasion? It was their 6th year anniversary party, but that was just coincidental. It also happened to be around dinner time and my friends and I were all famished.

I opted for the vegetarian curry ($8.95) and what arrived was a huge plate of green slop served on top of a bed of rice which had an eery resemblance to the Uncle Ben's 5 minute variety. (read: nasty)

The dish might have been saved had the green slop had some taste. But someone forgot to tell the chef to add some spices. Or any fresh ingredients.

The selections made by my friends were equally unsuccessful. Someone ordered chicken fingers and fries ($8.95) and described it as a low grade version of something you'd take out of the freezer at home.

The victim who opted for the poutine ($5.95) pointed out it lacked traditional cheese curds and instead dressed soggy and underwhelming (McCain?) fries in a pool of fake gravy and low grade mozzarella.

The whole experience was enough to swear me off their food menu forever. But I will go back for the patio and the drinks (if they'll have me).

Photo by Sniderscion in the blogTO Flickr pool



a victim / August 9, 2006 at 02:13 pm
That photo actually doesn't do the poutine much justice in that it looked far worse by naked eye. :P
Sameer Vasta / August 9, 2006 at 02:26 pm
Ah, but the plum sauce was good. Tasted like President's Choice plum sauce, but it was still good. =)
Steven / August 9, 2006 at 02:37 pm
"So the other day, I was out at this bar, right. And so I am hungry, and I order food."<br><br>

"So can you believe it when they sent me <em>bar food</em> At a <em>bar</em>! For shame!"
Garry / August 9, 2006 at 02:43 pm

who eats at the Cadillac Lounge?
Tim / August 9, 2006 at 02:50 pm
There's good bar food and then there's Cadiallac Lounge's bar food.
photosapience / August 9, 2006 at 02:53 pm
Insomnia is a bar with great food!
Lois / August 9, 2006 at 03:34 pm
Finally someone who agrees with me that the food at this place is crap. I'm never eating there again. I've only had brunch there once and I wanted to throw up after the first bite.
Kaniz / August 9, 2006 at 03:47 pm
Just because its bar food, doesnt mean it needs to be shitty bar food.
Rob Karbaum / August 9, 2006 at 04:25 pm
I've eaten at the Cadillac numerous times and was nothing less than completly satisfied. I must agree the vegatarian dish looked somewhat ungodly, but I'll happily stand up for the food there.
Diego Maress / August 9, 2006 at 04:57 pm
The Rhino across the street is definatley a better place to grab a bite. But nothing competes with Cadillac's Patio.
phoenikia / August 10, 2006 at 12:20 am
Each Wednesday the Cadillac Lounge serves an "authentic Mexican special"- I happened to be there on a Wednesday, and the special was a "spicy beef burrito""...I ordered it, partly because I wanted to see what they considered "authentic"....
What I received was a sloppy joe served in a flour tortilla, covered in melted cheddar and cut in half like a wrap. Served with mixed greens and balsamic. How authentic ;)
Luke / August 10, 2006 at 07:59 am
I'm with you Diego,

The Rhino has much better beer and much cheaper too... and better food! A jug of Weisbier or Tankhouse Ale is about $10.50!
Lia / August 10, 2006 at 11:34 am
While food critiques have their place, I have to say I've eaten at the Cadillac many, many times and I think the food is far better than most "pub-grub". I know of some very popular Toronto chefs that go to the Caddy just for the fries. And, has anyone tried the jalapeno poppers? Incredible.

Question: Did anyone mention anything about the food not being good to any of the staff?
My take is this: If there's something wrong or just unappealing about your order, bring it to your server's attention and chances are, they'll try and accomodate you.
Tanja / August 10, 2006 at 04:17 pm
I thought the fries were pretty average. Soft, really. I usually am not one to send food back to the kitchen, but my Boca burger was so charred black I had to ask for a new one. They had no problem bringing me a decent burger and gave me more fries too. The stuff is edible, but you can do better. Isn't going to stop me from going there.
Jimmy / August 10, 2006 at 04:40 pm
Whatever dude. The Caddi has pretty decent pub grub, and it's priced reasonably. I suggest trying the chicken pot pie, or the greek platter. Excellent.
Whoever said that Rhino is better is insane. Their food is *awful* (especially the calamari), and their service is even worse. They do have a decent beer selection but you have to order two or three at a time since it might take 20 minutes for them to bring it to your table.
banjo / August 10, 2006 at 10:23 pm
I'll agree - the food at the Caddy's a shade better than the Rhino, though neither's super-great.

I do have to say... I mean - order the vegetarian curry if you have to. But that's not exactly their specialty.

And - how can you suspect those of being mccain fries?
sookie / August 10, 2006 at 11:27 pm
I'm curious who these "chefs" are that Lia knows who go there for the fries.
jack / August 11, 2006 at 12:37 pm
maybe it is time to check out some restaurants north of downtown
jerrold / August 11, 2006 at 12:50 pm
I'll buy you and ten of your friends a round of drinks if you can present me with an undoctored photograph of Susur Lee and Jamie Kennedy sharing a plate of fries at Cadillac Lounge.
Sonny Phono / August 11, 2006 at 02:34 pm
I ate there 2 weeks ago. I ordered the Fish & Chips and honestly speaking it was the largest fish and chips portion I've ever had. Like twice the size of Chippy and half the price!

I had no problems with it. If you want gourmet food go to King West.

Bottom line, for a bar in Parkdale it's pretty good.
sookie / August 11, 2006 at 11:44 pm
Susur goes to Oyster Boy.
ljf / August 15, 2006 at 09:34 am
Those are definitely not McCain fries. Looks like they're homemade.
jimjim / August 16, 2006 at 12:11 am
Susur also grabs cups of cap from Terroni's for those who care about such things.

Caddy's personality is music and drinks with food if you're hungry. Staff generally rocks.

As per the previous post, if you think the food blows, speak up after the first bite.
some waitress / August 4, 2009 at 02:07 am
balls to susur. who gives a shit where he eats?
Jenn / May 21, 2012 at 02:32 pm
The menu here has recently changed, as in a week ago. Their aps are always amazing the trio dip? I mean come on that's to die for. Especially when you get all naan and skip the nacho chips. I'm not sure if that is still on the menu though. Most of their meals- that I've tried are a hit or a miss. Pulled pork? Skip it. BBQ chicken wrap and BLT omg heaven in your mouth. Their sweet potato fries are always amazing as well.
dave / July 5, 2012 at 02:43 pm
horrendous food, terrible service and a way overpriced. if you want much better quality food, a MUCH better beer menu, much friendlier staff and overall far nicer experience (in a somewhat similar environment)...look right across the street at the rhino.
Competitor Comments / August 6, 2012 at 07:33 pm
woo, comments!
quality, eh?
oh so social..

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