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great take-out on Mt Pleasant, Bayview, Leaside? (Toronto)

ognir Sep 20, 2006 09:53 AM

So, where's the great take-out food up on Mt Pleasant and over on Bayview (and in Leaside in general--Laird, Eglinton East, etc...)???

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    minto RE: ognir Sep 20, 2006 12:14 PM

    Marvellous Edibles is quite good

    1. TorontoJo RE: ognir Sep 20, 2006 12:58 PM

      Have you ever stopped into Wanda's in the Kitchen with Dinah? On Mt. Pleasant, several blocks south of Eglinton, across from Sherwood Market. It's two shops: Dinah Koo's prepared foods and Wanda's Pie in the Sky. Dinah's stuff is quite good, but quite expensive.

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        Aardvark RE: TorontoJo Sep 20, 2006 01:33 PM

        I've haven't been to Wanda's yet but I would seconds Dinah Koo's as being very good.

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          lister RE: TorontoJo Sep 20, 2006 02:22 PM

          Actually that should be several stops north of Eglinton, not south.

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            TorontoJo RE: lister Sep 20, 2006 06:02 PM

            Yes, you're right, sorry! I was thinking Lawrence... doh.

        2. kawarthagirl RE: ognir Sep 20, 2006 02:01 PM

          The sushi from the place on Bayview is okay. Their name completely escapes me but they're on the west side, south of Manor Road.

          Indian from Kamasutra is nice. Good naan and mild curry.

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            jayseeca RE: kawarthagirl Sep 20, 2006 02:30 PM

            I think you're talking about Fukui Sushi... who's name I will never forget.
            If you're in the mood for wing's, Duff's does take out.

          2. kawarthagirl RE: ognir Sep 20, 2006 02:37 PM

            I forgot about Duff's! It's been a while...........

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              lister RE: ognir Sep 20, 2006 03:09 PM

              South St. Burgers makes some pretty good burgers. It's on Laird in that shopping complex that has Best Buy, LCBO, Home Depot, Urban Barn, HMV, Sony, etc.

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                Aardvark RE: lister Sep 20, 2006 07:41 PM

                I personally wouldn't recommend South Street Burgers. Mediocre at best. Harveys is better in my opinion.

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                  lister RE: Aardvark Sep 21, 2006 07:24 PM

                  Well I've been there only once shortly after the place openned and thought the burgers were better than Harvey's and infinitely better than my visit to Hal's. As always I guess, YMMV.

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                    CIRCLES_SQ RE: Aardvark Oct 22, 2008 06:59 PM

                    I disagree, it's much, much better than Harvey's, I don't know why they'd be described as "mediocre", they are at least one of the best 10 take-out burgers in the city.

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                      Davwud RE: CIRCLES_SQ Oct 30, 2008 06:19 PM

                      That's not saying much.


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                    sleepy RE: lister Sep 20, 2006 08:00 PM

                    Groucho's Burgers on bayview is good too :)

                    also try Olde Yorke Fish & Chips on laird :D

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                      minto RE: sleepy Sep 21, 2006 12:37 AM

                      Went to Groucho's last month and was not impressed.

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                    ognir RE: ognir Sep 20, 2006 09:16 PM

                    Any good pizza up in that area?

                    And has anyone been to the Viking Deli & Smokehouse on Laird?

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                      embee RE: ognir Sep 20, 2006 10:08 PM

                      There's a mamma's pizza franchise in the Bayview/Eglinton plaza. I've never tried Bigmans.

                      I haven't been to Viking in a couple of years. I remember some interesting takeout items: some good, some bad, and some a probable acquired taste. I recall a very nice hot-smoked rolled salmon and also some savoury pastries that I'm told were authentic but which I didn't like at all.

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                        sleepy RE: ognir Sep 20, 2006 10:21 PM

                        yep Bigman's pizza is good, there's also Bravo Pizza at 901 Millwood Rd beside laird they're good too

                        Bing Ming Garden Chinese food 897 Millwood Road also good :D

                      2. midtowngirl RE: ognir Sep 20, 2006 09:52 PM

                        I live in the neighbourhood and always order pizza from Big Man's Pizza. Thin crust, tons of interesting options.

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                          torontofoodiegirl RE: midtowngirl Oct 21, 2008 04:19 PM

                          I've generally found that, in theory, Bigman's is good, but in reality it ends up being a bit bland. Not awful, just lacking in pizzazz (can't really articulate it better than that).

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                          happybelly RE: ognir Sep 21, 2006 01:17 AM

                          Epi Bakery on the south west corner of Bayview and Millwood. Great "homemade" vittles. There was a string about Epi here awhile ago....try typing Epi Bakery into the search thingy and see what comes up.

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                            Davwud RE: happybelly Sep 21, 2006 01:33 AM

                            I'd like to put a plug in for Epi. I went in a couple weeks back and wanted just one bun to make a sandwich. I realized after I ordered it that I didn't have cash on me. Only debit. So the girl told me no problem, "Just take it." I was totally impressed.
                            BTW It was very good too.


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                              Blueicus RE: Davwud Sep 21, 2006 06:41 PM

                              Epi does make good rustic breads, they also seemed to have expanded their outlets to the farmer's markets in St. Jacob's, which is both a blessing and will hopefully not discourage better artisan bakers from popping up in the K/W area.

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                            embee RE: ognir Sep 21, 2006 01:58 AM

                            Epi and Rahier have great breads. Some of Rahier's pastries are utterly amazing, but many are not worth their lofty prices. I haven't tried Epi's takeout food.

                            I was totally unimpressed with Cobs. The bread isn't exactly bad bread, but it doesn't taste anywhere as good as it looks. I've found their sweet stuff consistently underbaked and consistently poor.

                            Jake's Sandwiches on Bayview is very good.

                            Cumbrae's has some great takeout food. It isn't nearly as expensive as their meats.

                            Nunzio's takeout stuff is all over the map, but it's worth checking them out. Very nice rare roast beef and minimally processed turkey, some good cold cuts (and some bad), good breads, meat pies, and many soups and entrees. I've never liked anything from their hot prepared food counter, though.

                            Marvellous Edibles is very good.

                            I've heard good things about Stars on Millwood, but haven't been impressed by what I've tried. The place sometimes smelled overwhelmingly of burned garlic.

                            Groucho's was once very good, but it hasn't been good in years. South Street has the potential to be good, but it all depends on where NY Fries takes it. Burgers are promised "pink", but are always well done or beyond. They do seem to get the toppings right. Great looking rings have a weird aftertaste (soy flour??) OK fries, but not as good as dedicated NY Fries locations. Real milkshakes, but not made consistently well.

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                              Yongeman RE: ognir Sep 21, 2006 04:26 AM

                              Some of the best takeout is available at 4 fantastic patisseries in the area. From the west there is La Bamboche on Manor Rd. at Yonge. Then Jules and Celestin on Mt. Pleasant at Manor. And finally Rahier on Bayview, just south of Manor. My fave croissants are from Jules and Celestin, including both of their pain au chocolat. Each of these spots has other take-out goodies such as quiche and sandwiches, including croque-monsieur at Jules.

                              Hillside bakery makes a fantastic and cheap ($3.99 or so) sandwich with fresh-cut bread or buns. It's on Mt. Pleasant, just south of Penrose Fish and Chips. It also sells some Scandinavian foods--salads, fish etc.

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                                Joshman RE: ognir Sep 21, 2006 02:56 PM

                                Having worked at Laird/Eglinton for 7+ years I have scoured the good eats!

                                Bread & Butter (Millwood/Mt Pleasant) makes FANTASTIC schnitzel, goulash, and rum balls!

                                Satay on the Road is my fave Thai place and they do take-out. Beware that delivery takes about an hour.

                                If you are feeling brave, there is lots of Indian on Overlea (east along that road just at the north side of leaside bridge). My fave place there went away, but The Spice is good and there is one in the scary mall with Zellers that's good too.

                                Marvellous Edibles makes great sandwiches! Their specials are somewhat skimpy these days. Their salad dressing is yummy+.

                                Viking is neat but I never really go there!

                                Mikado Sushi does hilarious take-out usually served in the bottom half of a case of beer! You get so many little containers it feels like an environmental diasater. Their sushi and tempura are amazing and the chef is quite a character.

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                                  LemonLauren RE: ognir Oct 21, 2008 04:57 PM

                                  i am fan of most of the places mentioned above, (oh Jules croissants, Epi baguettes, Rahier lemon tarts, Cobbs capeseed bread) plus....Amaya Express on Bayview (take-out delivery Indian).

                                  has anyone tried the new mediterrenean place at Millwood/Bayview? Mount Olive or something? I always wish our hood had some excellent Lebanese or Med cuisine....

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                                    chyxx RE: LemonLauren Oct 22, 2008 07:24 AM

                                    We go up to Eglinton and Laird to pick up Nando's. Maybe a bit too east for what you are looking for?

                                    mmm piri piri chicken....

                                  2. JamieK RE: ognir Oct 30, 2008 02:55 PM

                                    Olde Yorke on Laird for great fish & chips. I like the haddock, nice and crispy batter. The chowder soup is good too.

                                    Olde Yorke
                                    96 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

                                    1. sleepy RE: ognir Oct 30, 2008 06:36 PM

                                      try the pre made sandwiches Epi Breads, i they're good and come with a little bit of salad. Go early they always sell out :)

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                                        fortheloveoffood RE: sleepy Oct 31, 2008 07:18 AM

                                        I agree. The curry chicken salad is tasty (but may have a bit too much mayo for some) and the lamb which normally comes on a fig bread is also quite good.

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