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Danforth & Coxwell

I have to take a client out for lunch in the Danforth and Coxwell area. I have no idea what is around there and would appreciate suggestions.

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  1. El Sol is one of the best Mexican places in the city, IMHO. It's just west of Coxwell, on the north side of Danforth.

    A little further west, by Linnsmore, is Jean's Vegetarian Kitchen. Also extremely highly recommended.

    Not sure whether either is open for lunch, though. You might want to call and check.

    1. Another thumbs up for El Sol here. Also, you may want to give Ten Feet Tall a try. Just west of Coxwell on the south side around Monarch Park Ave. Not sure if they're open for lunch though. Unless it's a lunch of the liquid variety, avoid Sarah's. I also had a nice meal once at Gerrard Spaghetti House - it's on the north side of Danforth, just west of Coxwell. A little pricey for what you get.

      1. The food is great at El Sol, the service is horrible. It was the worst restaurant service I have gotten in Toronto. The staff completely ignored us and several other tables. They would not make eye contact with us. When they brought the food they put the plates down and left without giving us a chance to say anything. I had wanted to order another margarita, but not able to, nor were we able to get refills on our water or anything else to drink.

        The staff or owners or whoever were socializing with their friends at another table. After we finished our food, we sat for a long time and I finally went up to the table where they were and asked for the check. I enjoyed the actual food but not nearly enough to put up with that. I don't think it would be a great place to take a client.

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        1. re: melsky

          Yes we had some pretty bad service there. And what is with the rolling cart that they bring the food to the tables on. I mean really, there was only two plates to carry. And yes, no eye contact. Good nachos but the atmosphere was so unfriendly that we left.

          1. re: Mila

            I have to agree, the food is fine, fun ambiance, but I have been there 3 times and each time been really irritated by the non-existent service. I can't bring myself to return, and that is saying a lot considering I live in the area and there are so few decent restaurants to choose from.

        2. 3s Company is casual but the food is good.

          1. Djerba Ladouce does lunch I think (website is contradictory, but I've had lunch there in the past. They were dead so service was reasonably fast).

            I wouldn't take a client to 3s company, I like it there but it looks pretty grubby, can get quite crowded, kids etc. Ten Feet Tall would probably be my choice for lunch in the area, but it is casual/funky too - just a little nicer & more professional than 3s company with better-spaced tables. Make sure they are serving lunch in March as they weren't in January/February. And check the menu because I did find it limited at lunch and with a client you want some options, right?

            http://tenfeettall.ca/

            http://djerba-la-douce.ca/

            If a nice coffee shop would do, niche is very nice.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/308988

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            1. re: julesrules

              agree with ten feet tall. The staff there are very friendly, and on wed and sun I believe it is, they have live jazz which is always fun. And weekly specials which are pretty good too!

              1. re: julesrules

                Grubby? Just wondering if you noticed something that I haven't in the times that I have been there.

                Coxwell and Danforth is pretty casual. It's not a high end area but a neighbourhood with real spots for real people.

                I agree with you re Djerba Ladouce though it has been dissed on the board for amateur service. Again, it's a neighbourhood meal and the food is delicious.

                1. re: Zengarden

                  Djerba LaDouce is a one and a half man show. And yes the service is by amateurs. You go there for a good interesting meal, not to get your ass kissed. But you can engage the "service" in an interesting converstaion. I remember a couple evenings the person ws an Iraqui nuclear physicist ( so claimed).
                  VVM