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Shanghai Cowgirl

Posted by Staff / Listed on November 10, 2006 / review policy

It was 3 in the afternoon when my girlfriends and I realized we didn't have lunch. We weren't super starving, but definitely wanted more than a snack.

We were in the Queen West area so decided to pop into Shanghai Cowgirl, the funky 50's style diner just east of Bathurst. Although a friend of mine went here about a year ago and reported back that it was heavy on the grease, that memory was fading. A lot can happen in a year.

The menu looked as reported. They still have the all day breakie, somewhat healthy dishes, things mom used to make, sandwiches, burgers and asian choices.

During this visit I have the triple-decker grilled cheese sandwich. Three slices of white bread separated by cheddar and doused, I am pretty sure, with tonnes of butter. Greasy.

And yes, because that wasn't enough for my arteries, I order a side of deep fried sweet potato fries and share Jenny's wasabi mayo. Yum.

The meal was gross, but the good kind. It was a super duper unhealthy meal that I have maybe twice a year...and Shanghai Cowgirl served it up as expected.

Shanghai Cowgirl
538 Queen Street West



brokenengine / November 10, 2006 at 11:23 am
I used to love SC, but the quality has been getting worse and worse IMO. Last time we were there, the only thing that I found appetizing was the sweet potatoe fries; they'd even messed up the perogies.

I don't think we'll be back soon.
Drey / November 10, 2006 at 11:42 am
I've been once to Shanghai Cowgirl and I'll never go back. The food was terrible.
Michael / November 10, 2006 at 03:29 pm
The fries have been downhill for months now. I've since moved on to the onion rings. Try the Jalepeno Grilled Cheese at 3am post bender.
Sarah / November 10, 2006 at 05:25 pm
My Ex worked there...haha.
I havenever and will never step foot in that place. bad memories byt association and such...
Matt / November 11, 2006 at 04:54 pm
the food is totally gross... bad call on my part ordering an asian dish but i thought that the Shanghai noodles might be alright... they were not... the salad was even worse. The meal was so salty that we couldn't even eat half of it... I'll never go back
shane / November 12, 2006 at 12:34 pm
I went to this place within the first year of it opening, and never returned due to appalling, atrocious, mean, and, indeed, viscious service. I was there for breakfast, and ordered standard bacon and eggs. When it came, she brought with it white toast on the side. I always choose brown toast, and having realsied that she actually never asked me what kind of toast i wanted, asked her if i could instead have brown tost. She said no!! I couldnt beleive it, for about 5 seconds worth of work she could have made a customer perfectly happy. I had to argue with her and she only gave in when i begain, ashamedly, to turn red and begin to raise my voice. That's what it took!! At the conclusion of the standard meal, i complained to the guy behind the counter (maybe the manager, perhaps not) and he shrugged it off totally. Nice way to always side with your customers for 6 cents worth of toast. By the way, the two breakfasts with OJ etc. were around 25-30 bucks. Never went there again, and have told tons of people about my experience. Hopefully overtime, peoople will realise that they have been receieving the shaft price, quality, and service wise, and stop going to this place!
Tanja / March 3, 2007 at 02:47 am
I really wanted to like this place but the food was reminisce of licking day old grease off my mini george foreman grill. (not that i've done that... but you know...) bleh. drinks only.
Anna / December 27, 2008 at 10:09 pm
I don't agree with any of these reviews! I've been there four times now and all times the service was good and the food even better. What do you expect from a greasy spoon type of joint?
Never Will / November 18, 2009 at 11:12 am
If the pic above doesn't deter you (what the hell did they do to those sweet potato fries?!?!?)...Wonderbread...yum.
Lauren / November 28, 2009 at 08:44 pm
i worked down the street from SC for 3 years.
not only were the staff polite every single time, but i have never had a bad meal there.
maybe the white trash reading this should head back to 905.
this place is a greasy spoon diner, not a steak house.
you want a 5 star meal go elsewhere you morons.
Brian Patterson / April 3, 2011 at 02:18 pm
When eating at Shanghai Cowgirl...ask to be served by Lauren..nicest and cutest waitress in town!!
Ally / February 12, 2012 at 04:25 pm
My husband and our three year old son were there today, I have to say it was one of the worst food that we have had in recent years. On top of that it was ridiculously over priced, food was extremely salty, grilled cheese sandwich almost had no cheese in it. We are very disappointed. Don't waste your time and money as there are many more nice restas in the area.
Jim Conchie / May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am
Made two separate attempts to talk to the management about the offensive nature of the "Ghetto Chicken" they regularly advertise on their sidewalk chalkboard....was rudely blown off by staff both times.
When I asked for a manager, on both occasions, I was asked "Why". When I replied that I had a complaint, I was told that there was no manager present, and they refused to give me email or phone contact info for management.

They can keep their sign.....and I will keep my business for more enlightened venues.
Iliana / February 6, 2013 at 09:20 am
a really decent local place. local new art hanging on the walls every time.
Had their daily special burger, it was huge with its 8oz patty and a load of stuff inside. Somehow, even though the patty was a bit pink on the inside, it still was somewhat dry and bland. This remained a mystery to us. It was tasty overall, but could use a bit more edge to it. Few strips of bacon could be a great addition. With regard to the Cob Salad, it was simply too loaded. There was an egg, meats, vinaigrette, tomatoes – lots of taste to say the least. It was definitely filling, but I would have preferred it to be a bit simpler.

check out my full review:
sillypants replying to a comment from Jim Conchie / February 11, 2013 at 06:25 pm
Your funny.

I came here to comment on the burger. It was good. This guy up here though.

You go there to look at cool shit.
Sten / May 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm
I thought it was good food and service.
Pretty damn good pierogies too!
Good cold drinks.
Sad / June 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm
Sadly, Shanghai Cowgirl has closed its doors for good, and has been replaced by some random oyster bar type of place. Very sad.

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