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Every once in a while I pay six bucks for an unsatisfyingly small juice from Fresh and then wonder where the better deals are. Does anyone know of a place downtown that has healthy fruit smoothies for a better deal than that. There's a place on The Esplanade I think. Anything else? Thanks guys.

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  1. does your idea of healthy & fruit smoothie include yogurt? because I actually still really like the raspberry yogurt smoothies at Culture's -- it's their one secret gem. the yogurt is probably low fat. I think it is $3ish.

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    1. re: orangewasabi

      it does indeed... i will check it out. thanks for the tip!

    2. There's a place in the Concourse in Commerce Court that makes and sells good smoothies, both dairy and non-dairy. A medium, which is an ample size is $3.50. I usually get the Hawaii Sunrise.
      Not in the core, but I love the smoothies a Pulp Kitchen at Queen and Logan. Especially the Spiralina Smoothie - yum.

      1. Sorry, I should add that the place in Commerce Court, which I can never remember the name of, is near the entrance to the King Subway, it's across from the candy store and in between the bakery and accessories store.

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        1. re: pescatarian

          funny you should say that... i used to go there all the time when i worked in CCW - their 10-year-old-looking son used to serve me. i haven't been in a while, but i have to go to CCW tomorrow. i will try it again.
          thanks.

          1. re: markdsgraham

            Yeah, the little boy is there in the summer, etc. He takes his job very seriously! It's cute.

            1. re: pescatarian

              This isn't smoothie related, but in relation to the smoothie place in CCW, I had a little snack from there that is great and I thought I'd share. They have an assortment of salads in the open case to the right of the storefront. One of the salads is a little container of a small amount of soba noodles, shredded chicken, shredded carrots and cucumber. I have it with the balsamic vinagrette. It's a perfect light lunch/snack. Just thought I'd share.

          2. re: pescatarian

            man, that bakery you mention smells fantastic in the morning, don't it?

            1. re: Chester Eleganté

              It does, it's true, however, I rarely get anything there for some reason. Do you know if anything is good? The odd time I've stopped in there (probably for a tea) the couple there seemed really nice.

              1. re: pescatarian

                Hahah yeah..same. I've just had their western sandwich, which was all right, and a couple of their cookies. I like to get full breakfasts from Heidi's in the CC food court nearby.

                1. re: Chester Eleganté

                  Yeah, Heidi's is good. Just don't watch how they handle the vat full of bacon in between making other things, lol

                  1. re: pescatarian

                    Mmm..bacon. I welcome all manners of fat, y'know!

                    1. re: pescatarian

                      pes... okay, so the place is called Days Bakery, right? You gotta try the banana bread. I gotta say it's the closest to homemade style that I've had - taste, texture, ingredients... I daresay it may even be the same recipe that my family friend has been baking with all these years.

                      btw, as far as pasta in the area goes, how abouts Mercatto?

                      1. re: Chester Eleganté

                        Hey, CE, thanks for the tip, I'll have to try it one day (after I lose the 10 pounds that's recently crept back!).
                        I haven't been to Mercatto for ages. I remember their pizza and antipasto being better than their pasta, but it's been awhile. I was trying to think of a place I like pasta in the area and I can't think of anything. Soul of the Vine is OK, but nothing special, especially for the price point and I used to like the takeout place in BCE before it changed management and became to fancy for its own good. I think the previous managers were the brothers that now own Cucina. Anyways, can't think of any standout pasta in the area.

            2. There is a juice place in the food court under 55 University that is reasonably priced. (Same food court as Ruffage, Saute). Also, around $3.50 for a medium sized smoothie.

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              1. re: midtowngirl

                Squeeze at Front and Jarvis offers a good variety of fruit smoothies (with yogurt if you like) and the prices are good. Booster Juice is also really good - they have meal size smoothies and you get a free supplement of your choice. There's one located just east of Queen & Yonge.

              2. in union station i believe there is still a jugo juice, i love those guys the berry binge rules

                1. There's a Booster Juice in the Atrium at Bay/Yonge/Dundas

                  1. Jugo Juice in the TD Centre is pretty good. I like the Copa Banana.

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                    1. re: spades

                      My main complaint with Jugo Juice is that you can't get a smaller size. The regular size is way too big for me. I do like the Classic Protein and the one that has coffee and vanilla yogurt, although I can't remember what it's called.

                      1. re: pescatarian

                        That's the Vanilla Buzz.

                        1. re: spades

                          That's it - tastes pretty good!

                    2. Papaya Island or Papaya Hut, cant remember the name, just south of wellsley on younge makes to die for smoothies. The people that work there seem like stoned hippies and I think they only accept cash. There are truly awesome though.

                      I second cultures, and like Squeeze at front and jarvis as well.

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                      1. re: cupcakez

                        I completly agree with the Papya Hut reccomendation. I love their smoothies, and if you don't want one of the ones on the wall, they will custom mix you one. My favourite is strawberry mango coconut with vanilla frozen yogurt. So good!

                        1. re: cupcakez

                          i didnt mean that in a bad way either, just to clarify (it sounds really rude!) they are really cool laid back people. and their frozen yogurt is great too. rumour has it that they are moving further up younge (ok im not sure in which direction) and opening an larger location with a bigger food menu.

                        2. Booster Juice is where it's at. It's also in FCP (or whatever that area is called right before you get to Richmond-Adelaide Centre) and Scotia Plaza.

                          They have a frequent buyer card too.

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                          1. re: Negaduck

                            I think there is also a Booster Juice in Lombard Place on the PATH level on Adelaid and York. Love there juices.

                          2. Has anyone had the smoothies from Lettieri? There are a few locations downtown (Queen/Spadina, TD Centre, Front/Church) and I was impressed with their offerings last time I looked at their menu, but have not tried them - I usually have one of their organic teas, which are really nice!