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Casual Lunch on Saturday

I will soon be making my yearly trip to Toronto soon to do some shopping.

I will be coming in by train on a Saturday (around 11 am)and will be staying near Union Station. I need a place for lunch, preferably informal and casual since I have plans for that evening. I don't want to go to Shopsy's or Le Marche. Walking distance from the Royal York, please (for me that's 2k).

Many thanks!

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    1. I like Beerbistro too. I think that's slightly more than 2k though. Also, Irish Embassy, Yonge just north of wellington, east side. There's also the Bottom Line. Right at Front, west of Yonge.

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      1. re: pescatarian

        Beerbistro is about 400m (.4k) from Royal York.

        1. re: pescatarian

          what's the food at Bottomline like? I have been by there, literally thousands of times, and never gone in

          1. re: orangewasabi

            Bottom Line is standard pub food, not fab, but decent if you are in the area.
            I would choose Irish Embassy over Bottom Line though.

        2. Beerbistro is a great suggestion. JK Wine Bar is also close by and great.

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          1. re: TorontoJo

            I agree that JK Wine Bar is great, but would you classify it as "informal and casual"?

            1. re: pescatarian

              I think it's pretty informal for lunch -- different vibe than at dinner. And Beerbistro is certainly less than 2 kilometers from the Royal York -- it's King and Yonge.

          2. Why don't you try Terroni on Victoria south of Queen. Great Ciccio sandwiches, nice atmosphere.

            1. Beerbistro it is! I took a look at the website and it's just the thing I was looking for. I worked in this area years ago so I know exactly where it is.
              Thanks so much.

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              1. re: ceebee1

                Unfortunately, BeerBistro isn't open for lunch on Saturdays - they don't open till 4pm.