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Diners/Greasy Spoons - what are your best recommendations?

I love greasy spoons/diners as the food is filling and cheap. My family and I, including my grandparents, parents kids, etc etc. love to get together on a Sunday afternoon for some good diner food.

If you have any recommendations in the GTA that will be great! We live in Scarborough but will travel for great diner food. The kids can make a trip out of it.

I like Zoulpy's on King St West, just east of Sherbourne. I used to eat there a lot when I worked in that area.

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  1. My current fave is The Bus Terminal. I don't have the exact address, but it's on the Danforth, A few doors east of Coxwell, on the north side. Primarily a breakfast and lunch place, they close around 6 weeknights and 4 on weekends. Great all day breakfasts and general diner food. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but you really have to see this place.

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    1. re: Leslieville

      I second the Terminal. Closest thing to the real deal in my limited experience. Deeelish, greasy, not expensive food served with personality.
      In the same area (Coxwell and Queen) you can find less greasy/tasty, not a lot more expensive but consistent and competent diner fare served with indifference at The Tulip.

      1. re: neighborguy

        Try the Motorama, North side of Danforth around Donlands and Jones.

      2. re: Leslieville

        Along with the Terminal, I have a soft spot in my heart for the New York Cafe at Broadview and Danforth. Not healthy eating, but oh so tasty.

        1. re: Pincus

          The New York Cafe's a bit of a stand-by for us, especially if someone wants ribs. I don't know where they source their ribs, but they are so good, not greasy. The most 'diner'y part of the Cafe has to be their quirky service.

          My gang loves that when there's a group of us, and the coffee cups need to be refilled and refilled, the table usually only gets charged for another one or two cups (one night there were something like 15 fill-ups over 3 coffee-drinkers in our group).

        2. re: Leslieville

          Has anyone eaten breakfast at the Bus Terminal lately?

          1. re: prima

            Yes. For a greasy spoon breakfast, I quite enjoyed it.

        3. Vesta Lunch on Dupont. Love the signage "Reputable since 1954." Makes you wonder what the pre-'54 regime was like...

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          1. re: Kagemusha

            Just a warning about Vesta. About a year ago, I had my absolute worst restaurant experience there. The service and our food were so awful, that other people sitting by us at the counter remarked on it. In fact we all started joking about it. It may have been a one-off bad day for them, but it left me wondering how they've stayed in business so long.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Vesta tastes good when it's one in the morning and you are really hungry. The better option is Peoples Foods on Dupont a block west of Davenport. Really good diner food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Although I haven't had them for a over a year--their onion rings used to be really good.

              1. re: mikeb

                People's is my favourite too. It changed ownership a couple of years back, but has continued with the same high standards - and it has the best (fluffiest) pancakes in town! Too bad the syrup is 'table' rather than 'maple'.
                And it's consistently the cleanest Diner I've found.

            2. Try the Patrician Grill at 219 King St. East, between Jarvis and Sherbourne. It's a family run place, with friendly but efficient service. The tables are booths, and there are stools along the counter which give the place a very traditional diner vibe that's real, not contrived in some boardroom.

              Big bacon and eggs breakfasts are cheaper before 11am. They also have a lot of burgers and meals like shepphard's pie. And they even have beer!

              Unfortunately they are not open Sundays, though.

              http://toronto.com/restaurants/listin...

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              1. re: Gary

                second that, also the skyline at landsdown and queen, parkdale. best club sandwich (skyline special)

              2. Victoria Restaurant on the southeast corner of Queen & Victoria. Cheap comfort food - club sandwich, meatloaf special (which I think they have every day), eggs, soups, etc... I believe they are open 24 hours, BUT... closed on Sundays.

                1. The Mars Cafe on College E. Bathurst. I usually go for breakfast, but they have diner-type dinners.