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Patti Mar 16, 2006 09:14 AM

Moving to Don Mills & Sheppard next week, and very much looking for advice on restaurants, take out, etc. in the area. All types of food willingly tried, and all price points appreciated.


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    Vise RE: Patti Mar 16, 2006 10:16 AM

    Definitely check out Lin Garden (at Sheppard & Pharmacy) for hakka (indian style chinese). Our regular order of chili chicken, house shrimp, and green beans can't be beat.

    You should also try Johnny's at Vic Park/Sheppard for burgers and the Lighthouse (in the plaza beside Johnny's) for decent fish & chips.

    I work in the area so we hit those places for lunch on occasion...

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      wordsworth RE: Vise Nov 30, 2006 10:10 AM

      Johnny's is nothing special. It is cheap, but that's about all. People seem to confuse cheap with good.

      Generally though, there isn't much around there.

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        Jar RE: wordsworth Nov 11, 2007 05:16 AM

        I tried Johnny's once and agree there is nothing at all to fuss about. In reality, I would say say that the meat in the burger is weird, not definitive beef characteristics, maybe fatty cheaper ground pork mixed with beef, don't know. It is fortunate that I have locally in downtown Bolton Cheeks Gourmet Hamburgers ( decades ago they were at Dufferin & Queen ). The various Chains almost always do a poor job, however I picked up 2 kids after school and had to take them to Harvey's. The Harvey's meat patty is terrible, and I'd rather not eat. I did decide to try the Angus burger and for the extra buck, it was quite tasty and well worth it. That only means, I may once again try the Angus Burger, never the regular though!!!

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      Brain of J RE: Patti Mar 16, 2006 04:32 PM

      The Fish House is pretty good, nothing spectacular, but fairly reliable. It's located on the south side of Sheppard between Don Mills and Victoria Park.

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        syoung RE: Brain of J Nov 17, 2007 06:32 AM

        The Fish House is no longer there. They moved to Markham near Woodbine Ave. & Denison.

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        Chaagy RE: Patti Mar 17, 2006 08:24 AM

        There's not a lot that is fantastic in this area. I grew up in the Don Mills and Finch area.

        I agree that Lin Garden is a definite must-try. The Green Beans are my favourite.

        You could travel down to Leslie and York Mills and visit Crazy Sushi or for even better Japanese, try out Katsura at the Prince Hotel at Don Mills and York Mills. They have Teppanyaki tables too.

        Travel north on Don Mills to the Peanut Plaza and have a cheap jerk chicken or jerk pork at Mr. Jerk (strictly take-out). Don't forget to get a jamaican patty at Allen's inside the Peanut later on for a snack.

        Go to Jerusalem for some Middle Eastern delights on Leslie just north of Sheppard.

        If you're looking for a good greasy burger joint, try Johnny's at Sheppard and Victoria Park. It's an institution in this area.

        Just south of Johnny's is a strip plaza with a nice place to get greek Spanakopita (spinach and feta pies). I forget the name.

        That's it for now.


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          kwong RE: Chaagy Dec 13, 2007 06:57 AM

          Is there a pho place near here?
          My friend lives at Don Mills and Lawrence and wants to find the closest pho restaurant to his place. What is the closest one to that intersection?

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            erly RE: kwong Dec 13, 2007 07:57 AM

            Although I don't like the food at Congee Queen, they do serve Pho, and it is not bad.
            They are right there so your friend could walk across the street.

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              kwong RE: erly Dec 13, 2007 08:31 PM

              I've been there a few times and I see lots of noodle soups, but didn't see any pho. How does the pho at CQ compare to say, pho88 at bamburgh?

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                erly RE: kwong Dec 19, 2007 12:15 PM

                I had just recently written a negative review of my past favourite Pho 88.
                For a Chinese (Congee Queen) restaurant the Pho is not bad.
                Better than my last experience at Pho 88
                I recommeded it only because is exactly the location you requested.

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                  kwong RE: erly Dec 20, 2007 02:59 PM

                  Other than CQ, what would be the second closest pho place to Don Mills and Lawrence?

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                    erly RE: kwong Dec 20, 2007 05:23 PM

                    The closest that I am aware of would be Krispy Rolls
                    on Warden, just a couple of doors south of Eglinton, on the east side.
                    The pho is quite decent there, as are most of the app's.
                    Main courses are so-so

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                      kwong RE: erly Dec 21, 2007 06:28 AM

                      I think the Pho Saigon is right at the corner of Eglinton and Warden too. It's too bad there isn't anything else closer to Don Mills and Lawrence (at least not that I know of).

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          Patti RE: Patti Mar 17, 2006 02:32 PM

          Thank you to everyone who responded. Lin Garden is already one of my favourites (work fairly close to there) and I'll be trying out everyone's suggestions. Thanks again!

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            GeoNit RE: Patti Mar 18, 2006 10:26 AM

            With the exception of Lin Garden, it looks as though your pretty much moving into a culinary wasteland:

            Link: http://foodpages.ca/?SearchDD=1&l...

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              lemon RE: Patti Mar 18, 2006 10:01 PM

              next door to Lin Garden is Japanese restaurant
              CAFE MICHI

              DRAGON DYNASTY for dim sum

              ZEN or GONOE japanese

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                newfiegirl RE: Patti Nov 28, 2006 07:12 PM

                I live in the Don Mills and Sheppard area too. There isn't much to choose from!!! Help!

                1. dlw88 RE: Patti Nov 28, 2006 08:44 PM

                  Well, you're in trouble. Closest decent chow would be Island Foods West Indian and Genoe Japanese, each on Don Mills in a plaza about 500m south of York Mills on the west side. There is also Asian Legend and Congee Wong, located in the plaza at Leslie/Finch.

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                    eco987 RE: Patti Nov 28, 2006 09:56 PM

                    Athens for greek pastries in the plaza next to Johnny burger (Vic Park and Sheppard) the custard and the cheese are the best!

                    Han River on Sheppard and Pharmacy for KOREAN (not their jap food) cusine.

                    For Japanese, head North to J-Town on Steeles and Woodbine.

                    I heard Burger Hut has "the best burger in Toronto" from the head chef at Bymark (home of the $38 (right?) buger). That's on Sheppard between Leslie and Bayview.

                    That's all I can think of....

                    1. orangewasabi RE: Patti Nov 28, 2006 10:33 PM

                      Is there still a Noodle House on Vic Park, just south of Sheppard? Green sign?

                      If so, I recommend it -- used to eat there every day. All dishes around $6-8, made to order.

                      And Johny's, of course!

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                        egon61 RE: Patti Nov 29, 2006 03:04 AM

                        I second the recommendation for Katsura in the Westin Prince Hotel at Don Mills & York Mills. In the same hotel, Le Continental is also good for high end fancy dining. I work near there and we are always rotating between several restaurants to take clients to...not a lot of "impressive" places around there. Sometimes we even end up at the Keg on Leslie, although steak makes for a pretty heavy lunch.

                        1. Full tummy RE: Patti Nov 29, 2006 03:15 AM

                          What about High Street Fish & Chips at 55 Underhill Drive, near DVP and Lawrence? Clean, lots of seating, and it's the best fish & chips in the area.

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                            goldbed1886 RE: Full tummy Sep 18, 2010 02:02 PM

                            Very good fish, the "chips" are a bit americanisch, fries really. Pies were ok. Haven't tried any others in the city so it could be very good relative.

                          2. TorontoJo RE: Patti Nov 29, 2006 12:07 PM

                            Island Foods is on Don Mills, a bit south of York Mills. Great roti, doubles, patties, jerk chicken, etc.

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                              Suresh RE: Patti Nov 30, 2006 06:52 PM

                              Take a walk to Yorkmills and Donmills and visit Dharband for some good persian food. The rice is plain but the kebabs are very delicious, try it once, you might need to order a sauce with the rice as it is just plain basmati rice. I used to eat there a lot because my girlfriend at the time lived near the big mall. I've probably been there about 30-40 times in total and tried most things. The kebabs are fantastic. Open late.

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                                goldbed1886 RE: Suresh Oct 4, 2010 11:06 AM

                                Just went to Darband, don't think there's an H in there. Had the kebab platter between three people, a huge amount of food. Nice kebabs for sure. They had a lot of "stews" on the menu, they looked interesting. Will report back if I get to try them next time. Does anyone know what Persian tea is like, and what it's called? All the people in there were drinking it but it looked like maybe it was written in arabic on the menu.

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                                Aardvark RE: Patti Nov 30, 2006 07:56 PM

                                The David Duncan House is at Don Mills and York Mills. I've been meaning to try but it's a little out of my neighbourhood. I have heard generally positive reviews.

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                                  egon61 RE: Aardvark Nov 16, 2007 07:38 PM

                                  I've got to chime in about the Duncan House. This is what a "good restaurant" was in Toronto like 50 years ago, but incredibly out of touch with today's reality. Steaks and seafood. Food is good quality and "properly" executed, but no flair or originality, nor is the preparation above average for any reason, it's just "correct". Prententious atmosphere. Old man waiters who have been there forever. And they charge quite a bit. I think they're surviving based on corporate expense account lunches.

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                                  Yongeman RE: Patti Nov 30, 2006 08:25 PM

                                  A little further--Leslie and Finch--Congee Wong.

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                                    graydyn RE: Patti Nov 10, 2007 11:59 AM

                                    Behind the IGA on Parkway Forest drive, there is a place called 'Sushi For All' that is excellent. It has been closed for the past few months, I'm really hoping they are just renovating or something. They have tonnes of unique dishes, off the top of my head I can think of asparaglini rolls, torched whitefish with homemade aoli, smoked butterfish (smoked in house). Also the salmon or tuna tartars are wonderful and each come in a perfect sauce, with herbs that the chef has growing on the counter behind him so they are always fresh. If you live in the area you should definitely keep an eye on them for a hopeful reopening.

                                    1. BavarianBaker RE: Patti Nov 11, 2007 02:58 AM

                                      I hear a lot of my favorites for this area being mentioned, but a few have not, so I will mention them. South of Lawrence on Don Mills is a plaza with a Harvey's out front. (Harvey' is not the recommendation.) In this plaza is a Ghengis Khan restaurant. This is buffet style food. One is all raw, you fill your bowl, pick a sauce or make your own, and they cook it for you. The other is typical, unremarkable Chinese/Canadian fare that we usually don't even touch. Dessert is not very noticable either, but the drink menu (alchol or not) is rather impressive.

                                      Another restaurant in the same plaza is the Memories of Japan. Two styles of dinning are offered here. They do Tapenyaki (?) tables and sit down eating with tempura and udon as main staples. We are not sushi fans, so have not tried the sushi they make on site other than the cucumber and California rolls. You are on your own with those.

                                      On Vic Park, south of Lawrence is a little hole-in-the-wall called Armenian Kitchen. The plaza is a bit divey, but the restaraunt has been kept decent and clean for the six years I've lived in this area. They serve a short menu of food, basically shwarna and kabobs choice of with appetizers. Decent, healthy eating at reasonable pricing. Not glorious, but definitely worth a trip if on a budget.

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                                        Paradocs RE: Patti Nov 13, 2007 03:04 PM

                                        Along the lines of Katsura, their former sushi chef has opened his own little (emphasis on little - it can seat under 16) place on Vic Park, north of Sheppard (it's the first plaza after all the residential neighbourhoods on the left going north - I htink there's a KFC in the plaza).

                                        My friend swears by it (he's gone there a bunch of times in the last few months) and I thought it was pretty darn good the few times I've gone. The sushi is really fresh and he's really good at his craft. I thought it was the best sushi I've ever had (but I'm young and inexperienced)

                                        2766 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M2J4A8, CA

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                                          js288uk RE: Paradocs Nov 15, 2007 03:38 PM

                                          Marvellous and always consistently good food at Congee Queen - Don mills and Lawrence

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                                            syoung RE: js288uk Nov 17, 2007 06:54 AM

                                            Yes, if you like food soaked with MSG, Congee Queen is a good choice.

                                        2. syoung RE: Patti Nov 17, 2007 06:53 AM

                                          The food courts at Fairview Mall should suffice for take out food. Going west, head to the Bayview Village Mall food area where there are a few OK restaurants such as Il Fornello & Oliver Bonacini. Head North towards Finch/Leslie and there's a Chinese plaza there with many decent Chinese resturants there.

                                          The Peanut Plaza is a dive, strictly for take out style food. The Victoria Park / 401 area also has a few inexpensive but half decent restaurants/take out places.

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                                            LTL RE: Patti Jul 8, 2010 12:44 PM

                                            I know this is an old thread, but reviving it in the hopes that I can get some suggestions. I will be moving to the area in less than two months. Thanks in advance! BTW, I can also travel by subway or walking within a reasonable distance for some quick take-out (not too sure of the bus routes yet).

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                                              graydyn RE: LTL Jul 8, 2010 01:57 PM

                                              Looks like most of the info in this old thread is still up-to-date except what I said; sushi-for-all has been gone for quite a while.
                                              There are two places coming to mind that got missed last time. Aoyama is quite close to Don Mills and Shephard, and Taro Sushi is just down the road in the other direction. Aoyama for mid-to-high-end japanese with great cooked options, and Taro for sushi ingredients at excellent prices.
                                              People call it a 'culinary wasteland' all the time, but it's really a great area for sushi.

                                              2766 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M2J4A8, CA

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                                                LTL RE: graydyn Jul 13, 2010 11:27 AM

                                                Thanks, graydyn. I love sushi so at least this gives me a few options.

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                                                  goldbed1886 RE: graydyn Sep 12, 2010 06:48 PM

                                                  I believe it's called Tako sushi. Place is nothing exceptional in terms of the sushi, but the lunch specials are amazingly cheap, about 8 bucks for a lunch combo, which includes miso, salad and rice and curry and katsu, a small bowl of ice cream, and of course free tea. Hard to beat on price.

                                                  I must try Aoyama.....

                                                  2766 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M2J4A8, CA

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                                                    ctl98 RE: goldbed1886 Sep 12, 2010 07:12 PM

                                                    I think graydyn meant Taro Fish on Leslie and Sheppard. They sell sashimi grade seafood and also have a sushi counter with a few chairs. Very good fish, but shari is so-so.

                                                    Tako Sushi is on Don Mills north of Lawrence. Super reasonable prices. Not the best teppanyaki but miles ahead of Memories of Japan on Don Mills and Eglinton.

                                                    Try Aoyama...they have a $25 lunch on weekdays that's amazing value...steak, tempura, miso soup, salad and a full plate of good sushi.

                                                    Memories of Japan
                                                    900 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1V6, CA

                                                  2. re: graydyn
                                                    lavender07 RE: graydyn Sep 12, 2010 07:18 PM

                                                    I know the area quite well, and I think "Taro Sushi" refers to Taro's Fish at Sheppard and Bessarion.

                                                    There are two other sushi joints in the area. One is Tekka Sushi at 107 Parkway Forest Drive, which is in the Foodland plaza just east of Don Mills. They have open a few months, and the quality is decent for the price. I believe it is in the old location of "Sushi for All" referenced by graydyn in an earlier post.

                                                    Sashimi House is in the plaza at Sheppard and Brian Drive, which is between Don Mills and Victoria Park. Not too remarkable, but they have a variety of lunch and dinner combos.

                                                    Taro's Fish
                                                    800 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K, CA

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                                                      graydyn RE: lavender07 Sep 13, 2010 02:06 PM

                                                      That is correct, I did mean Taro's Fish!

                                                      Taro's Fish
                                                      800 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K, CA

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                                                        goldbed1886 RE: graydyn Sep 14, 2010 12:39 PM

                                                        Looks like I have another place on my list to visit.

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                                                          caitlink RE: goldbed1886 Sep 18, 2010 05:53 PM

                                                          Everytime we go to IKEA, we stop by TARO. We love their sashimi. Fresh scallops, uni and especially the abalone.
                                                          Kids love the sushi triangles. Much better than your supermarket ones.

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                                                          TOFoodie1 RE: graydyn Jun 23, 2011 05:24 AM

                                                          I was recently at Taro's Fish. They have very good sushi and bento boxes ($9-$10), with fish or chicken. Very authentic flavour and side dishes. Great quality and value. They put out the bento boxes in the morning ~10-11 AM, and they go fast, so get there early for the best choice.

                                                          Taro's Fish
                                                          800 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K, CA

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