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newbie Jun 19, 2006 04:29 PM

Just discovered this site today and thinks it's terrifc.
I'm moving into the Danforth-Donlands area soon, as was wondering if anyone can suggest some nice places to eat.
I was looking for anything that's not Greek (no offence)and not too terribly casual. Thanks in advnce.

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    Sweet Pea RE: newbie Jun 20, 2006 11:49 AM

    It's hard to find anything but casual on the Danforth, unless you want the sexed-up Greek places. That said, here are a few that you may enjoy despite their lack of sophistication:
    Ten Feet Tall (Greenwood) - casual, fun and ecclectic bar with good food.
    Sarah's (Greenwood) - casual, comfy, great beer list, food's hit and miss.
    Bamboo Dim Sum Cafe (Chester) - Yummy Chinese and dim sum, better to eat in than order out.
    Relish (Woodbine) - casual, but atmospheric enough for a date. Tapas style menu with decent wine list.

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      neighborguy RE: Sweet Pea Jun 21, 2006 05:39 PM

      I must strongly disagree with your recommendation of Sarah's. While the place is acceptable for drinks, DO NOT waste any time or money trying the food there. I never let them get a third chance after two baaaaaaaad meals there.

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        Vivian RE: redbarron Jun 22, 2006 09:19 AM

        For excellent pub-type food, try The Auld Spot on Danforth near Chester Ave. I have never been disappointed by the quality, price or service. The owners and srvers are exceptionally friendly and the atnosphere is laid-back and comfortable. Definitely not one of those pub-in-a-box chain operations! The only sad thing about this place is that they don't open until 4pm, so no lazy lunches on the patio.

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          need a beer RE: neighborguy Jun 22, 2006 01:05 PM

          Personally I will never go there again, last experience there was just terrible service wise & it was just for drinks!!!!!!

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            camfrye RE: neighborguy Jul 14, 2006 11:18 PM

            I wish I had checked Chowhound before heading to Sarah's a couple of weeks ago. What a let-down. At least the beer list was good.

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          Pâté chinois RE: newbie Jun 20, 2006 01:31 PM

          Just a bit north of the Danforth, on Pape, is La Grotta, a nice little Italian restaurant.

          Their pizza is really nice and, a plus in my opinion, they have fabric tablecloths AND napkins ;-)

          Location: east side of Pape, between Mortimer and Floyd.

          Welcome to the neighbourhood!

          Link: http://patechinoisco.blogspot.com

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            Lee RE: newbie Jun 20, 2006 03:02 PM

            What about Paul's Spaghetti on Cosburn. Is that still there? I went once when I lived in the hood. It's quaint, unassuming, and just the right balance of casual/fine - probably just what the poster is looking for. The food was not bad either - typical Italian, but good considering the neighbourhood's lack of anything but casual. P.S. if you want a comparison - Paul's Spaghetti is fancier than say, Gerrard Pizza - which is an area fave, but to me is very very very overrated.

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              Brain of J RE: newbie Jun 21, 2006 02:48 PM

              You're just around the corner from Danforth Dragon Chinese restaurant. It's not the greatest Chinese food you'll find in Toronto, but it's above average. Danforth Dragon is located on the south side of Danforth, just east of Jones.

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                alsiem RE: Brain of J Jun 22, 2006 12:46 PM

                Right next door to the Danforth Dragon is a japanese place call Sakawaya.

                This is a fantastic place, with an impressive list of Japanese tapa-like dishes. Great for when not everyone in your group is into sushi. The sushi is also very good. I have been several times and enjoyed it. Also, a lot of Japanese students frequent it which speaks to the quality and price of the food.

                Jones/Danforth on the South Side right next to the Danforth Dragon.

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                newbie RE: newbie Jun 22, 2006 04:26 PM

                Thanks for the feedback. Looking forward to anymore forethcoming recommendations.

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                  newbie RE: newbie Jun 22, 2006 04:29 PM

                  Sorry about any spelling mistakes. English is not my first language but I am trying.

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                    Bottomless Pit RE: newbie Jun 23, 2006 03:54 PM

                    My pick for non-greek resto that is a bit above casual is Mong Kut Thai. Food is plentiful and the service is quick and friendly.

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                      Apple RE: newbie Jun 24, 2006 08:43 PM

                      Personally I love Allen's on the Danforth. It's an upscale pub located at Broadview & Danforth. In the summer they have a nice patio in the back. Try the sweet potato fries. tasty!

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                        francelonian RE: Apple Jun 24, 2006 10:05 PM

                        Agreed on Allen's - very reliable.

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                        dobbs RE: newbie Jun 25, 2006 02:03 PM

                        Magic Oven has some fantastic pizzas and sandwiches. Try the Tandoori Potatoe Pizza. It's on Broadview just north of Danforth, west side. They deliver. (magicoven.com)

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                          Zengarden RE: newbie Jul 11, 2006 11:32 AM

                          Djerba Ladouce located at 1475 Danforth Avenue, just west of Coxwell on the south side, is a wonderful little neighbourhood spot. I went there around March to celebrate a friend's upcoming wedding. Food is Tunisian and just delicious and inexpensive. Keep in mind that it adheres to halal rules so this is not a licenced restaurant. Try the grilled salad (tuna) and the various couscous dishes.

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