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boston chowhound looking for tasty wknd lunch near delta chelsea

Boston chowhound coming to Toronto for the first time for a wedding. Have been too busy to do an ounce of planning so I know precious little about the city. We're staying at the Delta Chelsea. I'm looking for a delicious, casual lunch (and maybe some snack places) tomorrow. Cheapish. Are there any chow gems walking distance from the hotel? Or walking distance from a must-see attraction/neighborhood that I should surely do in my few hours of open time? Only limitation is that I'm a vegetarian. Thanks!

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  1. Welcome to Toronto!

    You're within walking distance to Toronto's Chinatown (one of about 3 or 4 in the Toronto area). Just walk south on Yonge (from your hotel) to Dundas and walk west on Dundas to Spadina Avenue. Even before you reach Spadina, you'll quickly notice a strong Chinese flavour to the area. Walk north on Spadina and you'll have your choice of countless, tasty Chinese restaurants in which to dine.

    There's a lot of opinion on this board as to what ones are best, but I'll name a few for your consideration:

    Swatow (east side of Spadina, just north of Spadina)
    Rol San (just a bit further north than Swatow)
    Taste of China (a personal favourite of mine, just across the street from Swatow)
    New Sky (further north still at 353 Spadina)


    1. I definitely second the Chinatown rec above.

      I would suggest Bo De Duyen. It's a chinese vegetarian restaurant that is absolutely fantastic.


      It's about a 15-20 minute walk from the Delta Chelsea.

      Have a great visit!

      1. Salad King is a cheap tasty option within a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel. Despite the name, it's actually a Thai restaurant. Cheap and good. On Gould, just east of Yonge (Gould is one block north of Dundas.

        1. Baldwin Street Village is even closer than Chinatown. From the hotel: walk two blocks west on Gerrard to University, south on University one block to Elm, two blocks west on Elm to McCaul and a half block north on McCaul to Baldwin. There's at least two dozen restaurants along a pretty two block stretch, most with patios if weather permits. Reccomended: Bodega (#30 French bistro), Eating Garden (#43 Cantonese), Jodhpore Club (#33 Indian buffet), Konnichiwa (#31 Japanese noodle house), Matahari (#39 Malaysian), Wah Sing (#47 Cantonese), and Yung Sing #22 (takeout dim sum). There's also John's Italian (not very good) and Margarita's (marginal Canadian Tex Mex) and a slew of others...

          1. Oops, sorry for the double post. And none of these are vegetarian. Here's this week's Now magazine's vegetarian guide. Veggie spots close to the Delta: Cafe 668 (668 Dundas W in Chinatown, they voted it the best veggie spot in the city), Urban Herbivore (64 Oxford in Kensington Market), Bo De Duyen (254 Spadina in Chinatown), Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin in Baldwin Village — the closest to the hotel), Buddha's (666 Dundas W in Chinatown), King's Cafe (192 Augusta in Kensington) and Full Moon (638 Dundas W in Chinatown). None are expensive ($10 to $15 per person, tops).


            1. I am a veggie too and know the DC area quite well. You Must go to Le Commensal. It is a vegetarisn place on Elm Street, just a few streets over from the DC.


              This is a casual place where many creative veggie dishes are laid out buffet style. Patrons are charged by the total weight of the food they are purchasing, e.g. you dish out what you want and then it gets weighed at the checkout.


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              1. re: Torfoodie

                I've never been impressed with Le Commensal. Their entrees are made in Montreal and shipped in frozen. Very average salad bar. Everything served cafeteria-style and priced by weight. $15 for salad is a bit steep IMHO.

              2. Because I enjoyed it so much in montreal, I have tried [our] Le Commensal 3 times hoping to like it. Personally I find it be very unappetizing. It does not surprise me to now hear that the food is shipped in frozen.

                1. Thanks everybody! We ended up going to Salad King--we had a huge group of old college friends and it worked out perfectly with their long tables, and with it being right by the hotel. My veggie curry noodles were delicious, too. Too little time to try out all the places I would have liked from these posts, but will have to find time for another visit one of these days. Great city.

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                  1. re: edamame

                    Thanks for reporting back. Glad it worked out for you. Come back to T.O. any time!

                  2. Just do the walk to JK Wine Bar, or a semi-cheap (for Toronto) cab. Good food, good "scene" if you are into that and the best by the glass selection in town.

                    1. Cheap & cheerful suggestion - nab a falafel from the Donair place (i'm sorry i forget the name, it's got a big yellow sign next to the Big Slice) on Yonge St just a few doors south of Gerrard on the east side. It's literally right outside the side entrance of the hotel.

                      oh wait... i just saw the date of the post. o^_^o