Visiting your great city...Help!
We will be staying near Eaton Center. At the Pantages hotel. Any recommendations for moderately priced, not so touristy places that would give us a good flavor for Toronto dining? Lite lunch recommendations and good dinner suggestions would be much appreciated. All types of food are OK, and we will walk wherever. Thanks so much in advance for your help!
My recent favourite is a restaurant not often discussed on this board, but is loved by everyone I know. It's called Hair of the Dog, and is located near Church & Carlton. From your hotel, head directly east, turn left (north) on Church, and walk until you see the restaurant on your right. It's just north of Carlton. It's probably a 10-15 minute walk from the Pantages.
They serve a variety of 'pub-inspired' dishes. Many are good, and most are great. Prices range from $10-20 for an entrée. Their homemade vegetarian burger is fantastic, as is their seared tuna (it's a special).
Hair of the Dog
425 Church Street
If you travel west along Dundas to Spadina, you'll find yourself in the midst of Chinatown (about a 15-20 minute walk). A lot of very good options there. Search this board for some recommendations, but my personal favourite is located at 338 Spadina---Taste of China. Be sure to try The General Tso chicken. Taste of China is located just north of Dundas, on the west side of Spadina.
re: Brain of J
Chinatown is worth the trek. My personal favourite restaurant there is Swatow, which is at 309 Spadina Avenue, just north of Dundas.
Try the shrimp dumpling soup, and the tofu & vegetable hot pot, as well as the eggplant. Hey, just try everything. :)
They are a cash-only establishment, consider yourself forewarned.
My favourite food in the city is more of a take out spot, so if you're looking for a casual lunch type thing this is the place...."Gandhi." This is a roti restaurant...in the South Asian style. The place is not fancy, but in my opinion has the best food in the city! Try the Chicken Korma, or the goat. And be careful of the spice...hot is too hot for most people, and takes away from the flavour of the food.
If you walk west on Queen St. to just before Bathurst St, on the north side you'll find it. (554 Queen St. W) It's also a nice walk through down Queen St, which is a very popular and interesting street in Toronto. It'll probably take you about 45 minutes to walk there, so wear comfortable shoes and bring your appetite!
Enjoy our city...we have EVERY kind of food you might crave!