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Best lunch picks by Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton?

I'll be working near Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton. There are a boatload of restaurants in the area, but which ones are the faves? Thanks.

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  1. Chicken Deli for great wings. (Bistro/St. Louis B&G style)
    Chef of India for Indian of course. (Yonge and Eg)
    Churasco Villa is supposed to be excellent but I have as yet not gone.
    I like Chico's pizza the best in the immediate area. There is a Mama's at Bayview and Eg.
    If you're a Quizno's person, you may find the local one disappointing. I did.


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    1. re: Davwud

      Churrasco Villa for chicken and roasted potatoes. Awesome! Great apple strudel too.

    2. You cant go wrong with The Granite Brewery if you have time some time. Food is very good with lots of selection, and good beer as well for after dinner drinks.

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      1. re: jeff75

        sorry guys- but the Granite Brewery and The chicken deli both fall under the rating of *No Way- Never* in my books- had to speak up on those-

        1. re: nummanumma

          To each his/her own but I think CD has damned fine wings.
          I personally go over to Bayview to Duff's because IMHO they're the best in the city. Again, to each his/her own.


          1. re: Davwud

            Chicked deli was great in the 80'...a mere shadow of it former self. The wings are just okay.

          2. re: nummanumma

            granite's food's ok, but not great (not terrible, either, though). stick to pubgrub, and you'll be ok. decent burgers, decent ribs. have had good lambshanks from their specials. definitely all about the beer at this place though.

            1. re: nummanumma

              I agree. I went to the The Granite Brewery on a similar recommendation (good food, good drinks).

              Ummm... the place sucks. Some people just don't get it.

              1. re: Fwagra

                fwagra. can't help assuming you're referring to me, given that's the message you're apparently replying to. there's no need to resort to personal attacks. i DO get it. i stand by my comments about the food -- not great, but not terrible, especially if you stick to the stuff like burgers. but there isn't another place in town that has their own cask-conditioned ale on tap. the granite is a fabulous place to go for an after dinner beer. not ``drinks.'' beer. their wine selection is terrible, and they've got a decent whisky or two.

                1. re: tuqueboy

                  I was not referring to you.

                  I was referring to Jeff75 who called Granite's food "very good".

                  And, if you look, I was not responding to your post (which did not exist when I posted), but that of Nummanumma.

                  1. re: Fwagra

                    thanks for clearing that up. the threading of replies can be hard to follow on here sometimes. still think the ``just do not get it'' comment was a little harsh. but glad to know it wasn't directed at me all the same.
                    p.s. out of curiosity, how much did lai toh heen set you back? i've been thinking of going...

                    1. re: tuqueboy

                      It was $60 per person. Lots of good food. A bit of an indulgence, perhaps. But, the room is very nice and the location is good for me. And, I really like the food.

                      Like Lai Wah Heen, Lai Toh Heen ain't cheap. But, we had very nice lobster, shrimp, and lots of other goodies including a deep-fried scallop & shrimp combo, wrapped in bacon. Yum.

          3. For an oasis of calm walk down Mount Pleasant to Cafe Pleiades (next to the Regent theatre). Good food, fair prices and you won't be rushed (except if you have to get back to work).

            1. I work right there as well. Churassco Villa (Eglinton, just west of Mt. Pleasant on north side) is excellent (they also own Boom, the breakfast place at College and Ossington). The Japanese restaurant, Oisi Oyster (next to Granite Brewery) is great. We do a lot of takeout from there. They are not open on Monday. IMO, Granite Brewery is just so-so. Celestin which is about four blocks south of Eglinton, is lovely. For amazing takeout and desserts, Wanda's in the Kitchen with Dinah is on Mt. Pleasant about six blocks north of Mt. Pleasant. I haven't been in ages, but I have fond memories of great Italian food at Camerini. If you venture in the car to Bayview and Millwood, they have really nice sandwiches at Epi Breads, and decent Thai lunch specials and Lemongrass and Riz (I think they are owned by the same people).

              Has anybody been to Lai toh Heen (sp?) We have been meaning to go for dim sum but haven't been yet. Not sure if they are open for lunch, and I'm too much of a wimp to walk in the cold.

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              1. re: sherry f

                Just went to Lai Toh Heen tonight, actually.

                I liked it. I also like Lai Wah Heen, which is very similar, as you probably know.

                Anyhow, we had moo-shu pork, lobster, shrimps (deep fried and in Chinese wine sauce), and a noodle dish. I wish I could be more specific, but I didn't order and I don't remember the specific dish names. I started with a delectable, if a bit extravagant, deep fried shrimp and scallop wrapped in bacon. I also loved their three house-made hot sauces. This is a very relaxing place to be in; the ambience is good.

                I really enjoyed Lai Toh Heen.

                1. re: sherry f

                  Wife and are going to Granite Brewery this evening after dance class.
                  I will post my findings.

                  1. re: Poorboy

                    Please do. Last time I was there it was awful. Greasy lukewarm food.

                2. Thanks for the rec's. It looks like I'll probably doing a lot of take-out. I won't have time for a leisurely lunch. If it's the same Churrasco chicken as St. Lawrence Market, I'm in luck!

                  1. You have lots of good suggestions so far. There's a great lunch spot about 3 or 4 blocks south on Mt. Pleasant, in the same block as Penrose Fish and Chips. It's Hillside Bakery. They make very good sandwiches for eat in or take out. They cut the bread from a fresh loaf and have several different fillings (roast beef, cheese, ham, egg salad, tuna salad). Reasonable.

                    1. Hillside Bakery- I second that- excellent fresh sandwiches, just a good lunch!

                      1. On Mt. Pleasant a couple of blocks north of Eg, there is an excellent neighborhood joint called "Homeway" that has awesome Burgers and diner-type food. Almost everything is under $10 at lunch and they have great breakfasts too. Very much a hidden gem or insiders place.

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                        1. re: bogie

                          Just had lunch at Homeaway and really enjoyed it. The food was great, and the atmosphere really cozy. It's really like a neighbourhood joint you can relax in with a cup of coffee.

                          1. re: merlot143

                            What did you have? I have never been there.

                            1. re: sherry f

                              I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Across The Road?? Or maybe it's not open for lunch?? I've been a number of times for dinner and it was very good, esp. fish dishes.

                              1. re: sherry f

                                Homeaway -- I've had their burger as well as chicken club (plus spinach salad). Very tasty and lots of food. They are good about letting me substitute salads for fries. The atmosphere really is nice, and I like staying for a coffee afterwards, which I usually don't do.

                          2. Hi Merlot:

                            Welcome to the 'hood. The Granite is an okay spot for a quick bite. They actually have an outdoor courtyard so you can work on losing your office pallor.

                            I really like Churassco Villa. They have a lulas salad (grilled calamari in a pine nut and balsamic vinagar reduction) that is inexpensive at lunch and quite tasty.

                            The Longest Yard is a bit of a hike (at Mt. Pleasant and Belsize), but passable. Another nice outdoor patio.

                            1. check out "cheese emporium"...they make fantastic grilled sandwiches to-go.

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                              1. re: domesticgodess

                                I actually do go to Cheese Emporium occasionally. Their sandwiches are fine, but they really should add tomatoes or lettuce. I find them a bit dry and salty on their own. But you're right, they are tasty.

                                1. re: merlot143

                                  i agree with you..it would help.They are yummy on their own, but an added tomatoe or lettuce would kick it up a notch.