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Hi there!

My wife and I are moving to the King & Sherbourne area, and we would really love some recommendations on cool places to eat within walking distance. We've already seen that there are a variety of restos around, but I was hoping to get a Chowhound opinion of what's good and what's to avoid.

Recommendations on anything from dive bars to fine dining would be appreciated! We are very open minded when it comes to food, and will try anything.


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  1. There is a great variety in the area, here are a few

    Toba (King/Sherbourne) - small resto but flavourful food, great for lunch, dinner & weekend brunches.

    Chocolate Lounge (King/George), good for martinis but not good for service.

    Bettys (king/sherbourne) & Richmond Rogue (Richmond/Sherbourne) are both great pubs. Richmond Rogue has nightly specials and great atmosphere. Betty's very much similiar but I find the staff friendlier at the Richmond Rogue

    George (Queen/Jarvis?) I believe this is part of the Verity club. Haven't been yet but heard great revues.

    Patrician grill is a great old style dinner, good for burgers & fries and weekend fry ups!

    Plus the distillery district is only a short walk away and there you have Perigee, Boiler House to name a few.

    Also a short walk away is St Lawrence market, Jamie Kennedys, C'est What, etc

    Good luck in your move and exploring your new neighborhood.

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    1. re: Pebbles

      Thanks so much! Now I will have to decide which one to try first -- we'll probably do a 'moving in celebration dinner' at one of them!


      1. re: Craig

        We went to Toba for our celebration moving in dinner!

        1. re: Pebbles

          My wife and I (we moved into the area back in October) did the same thing!

          Toba is amazing - the service can be a bit off from time to time but overall very good and the food is fantastic.

          You are a very short walk to St Lawrence Market, a place I've been known to get lost into - at the weekends there's a great farmers market in the north building.

          The Richmond Rogue is the very best of the pubs in the area - try the Friday night beef ribs - the biggest buggers you're likely to see. The staff are great, very very laid back and casual. Can't say enuf great things about it.

          Try Laide as well at Jarvis and Adelaide - very unique. 30s-40s porn playing on the walls (no, really...), amazing cocktails.

          Enjoy the area - we love it!!!!!

          1. re: DAB

            A few more...Vox on Front east of Sherbourne,and though reviews might be mixed, there is both Biagio and La Maquette on King near Church.
            Anyway, lots of choice.

            1. re: Maureen

              For a slightly different choice, one of my friends highly recommends the falafel at Mystic Muffin on Richmond and Jarvis. Can anyone confirm?

              1. re: echeng25

                I've also had recommendations for Mystic Muffin but haven't been yet.

                1. re: Pebbles

                  Yes, the falafels are great, and the owner is a very nice, animated guy. And, have some apple cake for dessert, but please save some for me!

      2. re: Pebbles

        If you want take out I went to a great place a few weeks ago called Genarro's (?) It's an Italian Hot Table concept. It's on King, south side near Sherbourne across from Betty's. The food was awesome and the guy told me he can bring in some requested foods (the construction people wanted hot Italian sauages)

        1. re: Pebbles

          I have to agree with the all comments. I will add a few though :
          The Jason George is good pub on Front, just east of Jarvis.
          Izakaya on Front at Church is new and I've had great luck there.
          The Golden Thai on Church has excellent food and good service.
          Bellisimo's on the Esplanade (near Sherbourne) is a bit of a dive, but their pizza is really good : we always just order and take it home.

        2. Toba has a fantastic weekend brunch, but I've not been there for dinner. Give it a try and let us know.

          1. Cafe Asia @ Front/George (Beside Jason George) has ok dim sum and spring rolls.

            Also, the George Street Diner @ Richmond George is great all around but only open from 8-4.

            1. Charlie's is a greasy spoon with the best fries in town and a good Greek salad. Not open on weekends.

              1. It's a little bit of a walk, but Hiro Sushi at King and Jarvis is arguably the best sushi place in the city. great fun (albeit $$$) if you order the omakase (chef's menu) and sit at the sushi bar.

                1. Thanks, everybody, for all the great suggestions!

                  Looks like a chow-friendly neighbourhood we're moving into. We will be sure to try out some or all of these in the coming months!


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                  1. re: Craig

                    Welcome to the neighbourhood!

                  2. Kings Palace at the NE corner of Sherbourne and either Adelaide or Richmond, south of Queen anyway, right next to the gas station. Great Pakistani food.

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                    1. re: Maureen

                      Kings Palace is next to the gas station at Richmond and Sherbourne. Best Punjabi/Indian food downtown. The variety is amazing, prices reasonable, scrumptious food, and it is open from 10am - 5am (for cabbies). Try the luscious mango curry chicken, lamb shank, stewed okra, eggplant, and fresh naan!

                    2. t

                      One of my favs in the 'hood is Petit Dejunier (sp?) on King, close to Gabby's. Some listers have had bad experiences there, but I've had some great meals and also heard great things from friends who've been there.

                      There's also the restaurant in George Brown that's a training venue for the Hospitality students. I believe it's called Sigfried's--gourment menu, cheap prices.

                      1. I agree with most of the choices above (except Chocolate lounge is no longer open)

                        there are also two more suggestions;

                        Eggplant, As much as it is hated here, I love it.. Living just around the corner, I've been to Eggplant at least a dozen times over the last 6 months.
                        Lambshank - great
                        Ahi tuna - wonderfully tender, perfectly cooked every time. A bit spicy on the outside
                        Steak - great
                        Also had the spicy pumpkin creme brulee creme brulee last week as well as the pina colada creme brulee. Both great. My date proclaimed that the pina colada is the best she's had so far..
                        They also have some great live acts.

                        Kultura is also a new spot on King, closer to Jarvis. I've only been there a few times, so can't vouch for it too much.

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                        1. re: Suresh

                          i must disagree. was at eggplant last tuesday and i'm disappointed with the experience minus the commendable service we did receive for this particular price point.

                          walking in hoping for something fun, delicious and just a good all around experience for a friend's birthday i found the food utterly mediocre. my seafood trio ($14 or was it $16?) had far to much ginger mixed in to taste anything but, the topping for the coville bay oyster drowned out the salty briney flavour of the oyster to nearly mask it entirely. peach cured salmon could have used a longer soak to leech out the absolutely intense saltiness that had me grabbing for glasses of water. i will give that the ribs were tasty albeit rather sweet, but that could be personal preference. ahi tuna, while seared well with a simple pepper crust it is just simply ahi tuna. nothing particularly interesting came out of the dish but the black bean salad with highly undercooked beans. the beef cheeks ($26) over almond gnocchi required more stewing time to achieve the appropriate texture past tough. the flavour of the sauce was also imbalanced but the soft and mildly sweet almond gnocchi saved the dish as a whole. cheesecake with caramel sauce was dull, good texture but lacking in good flavour.

                          maybe i've got it wrong, but isn't this place supposed to be towing the line of hip and cool for the current generation? if so what's with the music and menu selections from 4 years ago?

                          as for service, water happily and readily poured, good timing with and lots of extra bread served (solid olive flavour throughout), plus when we had decided that we'd opt for beers at a bar rather than dessert... the waiter brought out the complimentary cheesecake from an earlier half hearted joke at the birthday boy.

                          great service but poor food. a shame really.

                        2. I will have to agree with the ones that mentioned Toba. Went there only once for dinner, but loved it! Service was friendly and the food was great! Looking forward to dining there again.

                          1. Wow, if Charlie's are the best fries in town, then I'm moving to another city!

                            1. I'd also add in some that are close to your neighborhood and worth the walk or taxi ride.

                              Pop Bistro http://www.popbistro.ca/ Queen St. East. We had an excellent meal at this little restaurant this summer. My grilled whole fish was as good as I've ever had.

                              Starfish on Adelaide at Jarvis. Excellent seafood. Great selection of fresh oysters, but pricy, so more for special occasions than for everyday.