HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

Discussion

Lunches near Dupont & Lansdowne

  • g

Hi to all,

This is a first post although I've benefited from searching the archives several times.

I'm moving my (food photography) business to Dupont and Symington in the new year. I'm looking for recommendations for client lunches that can be brought in to the studio. Nearby places that we can pick up from via cab or assistant. We are right next to Pirri Pirri so I'm sure that we'll use that, but we'll need variety for the clients.

Some clients are foodies - some not; some are adventurous - some not. Pretty much any type of food is a possibility, though it should travel fairly well by cab.

Any thoughts?

Gary

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Hi,

    You will find a plethora of options if you are willing to take the short drive up Lansdowne to St Clair Ave W.

    California Sandwiches has a place at Via Italia--they have great veal sandwiches as well as steak sandwiches for the less adventurous. Marcellos just east of Dufferin has good pizza and pasta. Frank's Pizza near Landsdowne looks good from the outside, but I haven't been inside yet. The Central American internet cafe west of Via Italia has pretty good soups. There are also quite a few Portuguese, Italian and West Indian places between Caledonia and Northcliffe to try out.

    There's a local catering service http://www.verygoodfood.ca/ that may interest you as well.

    I've posted below an earlier thread on ribs. I haven't been there yet, but at Dupont and Shaw it's not too far from your studio

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    1 Reply
    1. re: mikeb
      s
      scattherestaurants

      At shaw and dupont is Universal Grill.....not sure if its open for lunch. Tried the dried ribs, they were okay, however my favourite was the steak and mash( they do a good job with that). Also on a related note they make the most awesome chocolate polenta cake........do you people know of any other spots that serve this, and or bakeries?

    2. Hey Gary....the North West corner of Christie & Dupont has a great Italian Cafe in a big office looking building....I'd check that out....also Urban Fare Caterers on Bathurst South of St Clair....has a daily special and lots of other goodies to order...closed Mondays...but if you call and ask to be added to their list they'll contact you daily about their menu....416 532 1010....Good Luck....Miranda

      2 Replies
      1. re: Miranda
        f
        From the hood

        That building is called the Faema building, Historical note, in the old days, it used to be a Ford car plant, and then it was a Planters Peanut Factory.........

        Urban Fare is a good choice too, they have some great frozen dishes that Ive used when Ive been in a pinch ( chicken pot pie) Not sure if you have a stove in your studio, but dishes require little baby sitting.

        Your might want to try Tasty Restaurant, just east of christie on bloor, they have been getting good reviews. Been there and there food will likely travel well too.

        1. re: From the hood

          Wow! Lots of great suggestions. Thanks to all. I'll work (eat) through them one by one. I'm sure that we'll find other places as we get more familiar with the area, but this will really help.

          Right now we're in the same building as the Mildred Pierce restaurant so we'll certainly miss that.

          Gary

      2. Welcome to the 'hood, Gary. There are slim pickins for the quality cuisine around here, which is surprising given the number of creative types in the area. If someone reading this wants to open a cafe on this stretch of Dupont, I am sure they would have an immediate success as there is no competition. The best local indian place is Curry Twist, which is further west on Dupont, in the Junction proper. Not walking distance. One of the best indian places in Toronto, and also nice ambience if you wanted to hop in the car and go there with clients. Close by, though, is Caldense bakery, which is on Symington just immediately north of Dupont, on the right. More of a cafe. For take-out, I still go to Roncies, with the exception of the local portugese chicken place (I go to the one on the corner of Franklin and Dupont).

        1. Welcome to the 'hood, Gary. There are slim pickins for the quality cuisine around here, which is surprising given the number of creative types in the area. If someone reading this wants to open a cafe on this stretch of Dupont, I am sure they would have an immediate success as there is no competition. The best local indian place is Curry Twist, which is further west on Dupont, in the Junction proper. Not walking distance. One of the best indian places in Toronto, and also nice ambience if you wanted to hop in the car and go there with clients. Close by, though, is Caldense bakery, which is on Symington just immediately north of Dupont, on the right. More of a cafe. For take-out, I still go to Roncies, with the exception of the local portugese chicken place (I go to the one on the corner of Franklin and Dupont).

          1. Besides Curry Twist, there are other restaurants in the Junction (along Dundas West). Versuvio would be a very good choice for business lunches, great pizza and pasta places. There are a few other Indian restaurants besides Curry Twist as well, e.g. North of Bombay. If you go a bit further west, there is Axis Bar and Grill at Dundas and Clendanan.

            1 Reply
            1. re: Cecilia

              Vesuvio's is my favourite pizza in the GTA, bar none. And the rest of their menu is top-notch as well.

            2. Hi Gary,

              There's not a whole heckuva lot around there that I know of, I'm at College and Lasdowne myself. Here are the four I can think of with good food.

              On the west side of Lansdowne about one block north of Bloor there's a West Indian place called Soul Food.

              On the north side of Bloor st just a bit west of Lansdowne is a bar called Ciro's, despite the questionable location it's got a good atmosphere, the food is pretty good (a combination of european and asian food, because the husband is Chinese and the wife is Greek!), and they have an amazing selection of imported beers. The owners are great people too.

              There's a pretty good Sri Lankan restaurant on Bloor st one block east of Lansdowne on the north east corner. Can't remember the name but they make good dosas. The place is really clean, even the bathroom (a bonus in this area)!

              Then there's Vena's rotis on Bloor about a block east of Lansdowne on the south side. Amazing rotis! Takeout only, it's not somewhere you'd want to bring a client as it's got zero ambiance.

              None of the above are fancy or anything but the food's good.

              Sherry

              1 Reply
              1. re: Sherry

                Re. the Sri Lankan place, it's a dosa place, right? Used to be a Mr. Sub when I was in the 'hood. I've eaten there too, and can heartily recommend it. Very tasty, not expensive at all (it's been awile so can't quote exact numbers, but I think a good meal was 5 bucks or so), and yes, clean. Friendly proprietors, as well. I guess I'd feel comfortable bringing a client there, so long as they're somewhat open minded and, well, chowhoundish.

                [a]

              2. I recommend Papa Mios, at the south west corner of Manning & Dupont, great Italian sandwiches, fine salad and pasta, affordably priced and good portions. We ate there today, first time since before Christmas, the guy who runs it is an affable and courteous host, I highly recommend it.

                1. Just going to revive this.

                  I am in the Bradshaw STudios on occasion. Just wondering if anything has been added to this already established list of spots to go to?