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Good food near York University

Hi All,

I'm heading to watch some tennis tonight and was hoping to have a good meal before...could anyone recommend anything nearby..I eat anything but would prefer something ethnic.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Hehe, well, why not ask a Yorkie? :P

    I LOVE Falafel Hut. Its the BEST place on campus. Dont go to the Indian Place in the mall, 'coz they're not authentic at all. But Falafel Hut, they make your food right away on the grill, after you order it, so you might have to wait a little while. And you would really be salivating 'coz you can smell the yummy flavour while waiting. They have daily specials in a pita, or you can order their meals. I LOVE the lamb souvlaki meal--comes with everything, including drink. Everyone I know goes there. Mr. Greek in the food court does NOT compare.

    The Chinese food place in the food court sucks. They overcharge and the food really is not good at all.

    Sakura, the Japanese place in the mall is not good at all either--overpriced, and food not good and authentic.

    The Underground--the pub thats on the west end of the food court--is pretty good. Great service. Food prices are not bad compared to pubs elsewhere (off campus, I mean). I LOVE their salmon, the last time I had it, it was wild and not grown in some fish farm. You could just taste it.

    If you go outside of campus, on Steeles just east of Keele, there's a Thai place, called 'something Bamboo'.. just beside Staples. We go there all the time whenever we have a car. Very lovely, very yummy. Order the stir-fried clear noodles (they either call it cellophane or vermicelli, I cant remember, but explain to your waiter you want clear noodles), it is to DIE for. (Perhaps I'm embellishing because I'm comparing 4 years of yucky campus food, except for Falafel Hut).

    The only other place I've been to outside campus, in and around the area is The Keg. Your usual pub food, its not bad, not extravagant either.

    If you go a little further east on Steeles, not before Dufferin, there are a whole bunch of stuff--Montana's, East Side Mario's, that burger place NY Fries just opened up.

    On Finch (just west of Dufferin), I've been to a greek place (I think it was a Mr. Greek), and it wasnt bad either.

    But on Steeles, east of Keele, there are other stuff that I havent tried--there's a Chinese restaurant, called East Moon (or something similar to that), a Vietnamese restaurant called PhoVT, a Japanese restaurant which I cant recall the name of, and there's an Italian place too.

    Hope this helps. Enjoy!

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    1. re: jennjen18

      hey thanks a lot...i think i'll try the thai place, as well as the clear noodles

    2. If you're not worried about atmosphere, on Keele at Sheppard there's El Hornados Equitoriano, which is great for lunch and decent for dinner. Farther South, Wilson has a ton of great South/Central American just East of Keele, as well.

      The Jerk place on Keele south of Finch (I can't recall the name, but it's one building over from Mr. Sub) is pretty good. Their oxtail stew has a really rich flavour that I love.

      I'll agree with jennjen on the Falafel Hut recommendation. I graduated 6 years ago and I still occasionally get Falafel Hut cravings at 2am. It's the only place that was on campus then that served anything other than slop, and I stop in occasionally and it's still generally pretty good. Do they still have 2 or 3 kinds of baklava all the time? That was always my favourite bit.

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      1. re: Jacquilynne

        They still have baklava there... but I dont think I've tried any yet. I occassionally bother my friends when they're having a meal to try some of their stuff, but I dont think I've had baklava yet. Will have to make that my to-do list. But I see it on the menu tho!

      2. Yeah for sure, Falafel Hut is the best of the lot. Funnily enough, the falafel seems to be the worst choice there by far. Stick with the lamb souvlaki or shawarma dinners.

        I've also heard good things about that Thai place, and there's also an interesting Uzbekistan joint called Tashkent at 800 Petrolia Rd. (south of Steeles, one light east of Keele). It's a pretty old school Russian place, and their lamb plov (pilaf) is really worth trying.

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        1. re: Chester Eleganté

          Oooh. Interesting on the Uzbek place. I'm going to check it out for sure!

          1. re: Jacquilynne

            And I did. So as not to bury it here in this thread, I posted my report over here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          2. re: Chester Eleganté

            lol....i too agree that the only real good food at York was from falafel hut, there chicken on a pita was great. . . . mmmm . . . . the hot dog vendor deserves some credit as well, he helped satisfy my meaty cravings in between classes....

          3. Thanks for the recommendations, We ended up at the Thai Bamboo. We had the recommended cellophane noodles, which were excellent. Also had the green curry, the flavour was good but i wasn't such a fan. I believe the restaurant is run by Chinese, and the curry reflected it. It had a lot of celery and bok choy in it, which i don't think belong in a thai curry.

            I think the best part of the meal was the mango salad. Perfectly ripe mangoes and just enough heat to balance the flavours. The salad was speckled with sugar, spice and peanuts, and had shredded carrots and nice, clean shrimp.

            The restaurant is moderately priced: salad, 2 dishes and 2 tsing tao beers + tax and tip = 48 (with a huge portion of left overs which i will eat for lunch today)

            Thanks for the Rec!!

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            1. re: foodio

              Yay, I'm glad you enjoyed it!!! I'm sorry about the curry though--I've never had curry there. I've never really had curry anywhere, in fact, but at home. I'm not sure either if it's run by Chinese. But I do remember the proprietor was a lady, and didnt look too Chinese to me (I'm Chinese :P). Perhaps the cook was Chinese?

              Yeah, we usually have leftovers too. Oh, and I am soooo sorry, but I totally forgot to tell you that the cold rolls are quite nice too. We had shrimp cold rolls, and they were really nice, although I'd tell them to dont go crazy with the basil though.

            2. What's the name of the Italian place at the north-east corner of Dufferin & Steeles? I've always meant to stop by one day and check out their menu, but I don't live/work near the area.

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              1. re: climacus

                Honestly - and I do have quite a bit of tolerance for crappiness - it's awful. I went there once and the only reason I could imagine going back would be if I were taking a bunch of 10 year old hockey players out for a celebratory meal. Volume, not quality.

              2. vinnie zucchini's....i think its buffet style. Went yrs ago and don't even remember how the food was. . . . some of my italian friends go there, so it might be decent. I heard they have good mussels.

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                1. re: pancake

                  It's basically terrible. It's a little more Italian Italian than Frankie Tomatto's Red Sauce New York Italian, but otherwise, a similar experience. The food is usually only moderately warm, mostly dry, and incredibly bland.

                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                    Hehe, I can tell from the cheesy decor on the outside that it's a Frankie Tomato's like establishment. But you know how it is, one day you're going get dragged to a place like this by your non-foodie friends, so it's better to be prepared. :-)

                    1. re: climacus

                      Oh, I know. I've eaten there far more times than I'd like to remember. In case you ever do, the secret is to wander around the buffet area watching what they've just put out fresh. And eat that. Whatever it is. The food is still mostly bland (rather than out and out offensively horrible), but at least if you grab something they've just put out it hasn't had a chance to get cold and/or dry.

                2. Don't bother with the St.Louis Bar & Grill @ Finch & Dufferin.

                  Great wings, the Mid town Yonge Street location, but this one at Finch, sucked.

                  So, it was Sunday, after a hockey game, the 6 of us.
                  Burnt crisp of wingage.
                  Should've sent it back, but we were starving.
                  Hey, so it's Sunday, I should suffer and pay for it¿¿

                  Thanks for the Uzbek joint tip.