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Quick and cheap dinner around Eaton Centre

dooflop May 28, 2007 01:58 PM

Are there any quick and cheap restaurants around Eaton Centre that are open on Monday? No greasy spoons please, lighter fare preferred.

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    professor plum RE: dooflop May 28, 2007 02:07 PM

    If you like thai there is always Salad King. I am not sure of the side street that it is on but it is just north of the eaton centre on the east side of Yonge street.

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      dooflop RE: professor plum May 28, 2007 02:10 PM

      thank you very much. is that any different from Green Mango? heard good things about it.

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        thought_for_food RE: dooflop May 28, 2007 02:38 PM

        It's on Gould (immediately to the south of Sam the Record Man). It is different from Green Mango. I like it, but others do not. You may want to do a search on this board for it to get a sense of whether it's likely to be your thing.

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          k8supergrover RE: thought_for_food May 28, 2007 06:15 PM

          there is also a pickle barrel just up yonge, they have a huge menu with lots of salads.

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            estufarian RE: thought_for_food May 31, 2007 09:10 AM

            Another vote for Salad King

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        Micrapol RE: dooflop May 28, 2007 07:02 PM

        Spring Rolls at Atrium on Bay is pretty good - Asian Fusion - nothing shocking but reliably good.

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          TorontoJo RE: Micrapol May 29, 2007 08:31 AM

          No, no, please not Spring Rolls. Reliably bad "pan-Asian" cooking. Salad King is a much better option.

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            mainja RE: Micrapol May 31, 2007 02:56 AM

            I really don't like Spring Rolls, they put so much (usually sickly sweet) sauce on everything you can't taste the actual food parts anymore.

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            downtown RE: dooflop May 29, 2007 09:39 AM

            Another vote for Salad King, for me the most consistently good reasonably priced thai/asian. I have never like Green Mango. Also check if Le Commencal is open Mondays - vegetarian - at Bay & Elm Sts.

            1. Webdude RE: dooflop May 29, 2007 09:50 AM

              There's also this little hole-in-the-wall takeout burrito place, right beside HMV on Yonge (assuming it's still there). I went once, when it first opened last year, and enjoyed it hugely.

              If you're willing to walk, there's also Coconut Grove, a roti place on Dundas between Bay and University. It's only about a five-minute hike from the Eaton Centre, and worth every step of the trip.

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                LovesToEat RE: Webdude May 29, 2007 10:22 AM

                I would also recommend Ginger...Thai place on Yonge, just a bit North of Gerrard.

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                  buttercupv RE: LovesToEat May 31, 2007 09:53 AM

                  Ginger is Vietnamese :)

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                    Teep RE: buttercupv May 31, 2007 12:14 PM

                    Ginger has pad thai, and besides OP did not request Thai only, just "cheap". I personally prefer Ginger over Salad King.

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                  books RE: Webdude May 30, 2007 12:43 PM

                  The hole in the wall is called Chimichanga. The food is great and the prices are quite reasonable. Be aware however there are maybe three stools near the window other than that it is a take out and eat in the square kinda place

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                  Julie McCoy RE: dooflop May 30, 2007 01:07 PM

                  When in the area, I always have a tough time deciding between Salad King and Spadina Garden (Dundas, just west of Bay). Spadina Garden is one of my favourite Chinese restaurants.

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                    mainja RE: Julie McCoy May 31, 2007 02:58 AM

                    Are they open again? Last time I went past (which was admittedly probably more than a month ago) there was brown paper on the windows and I didn't know if they were closing or renovating.

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                    Homecookwil RE: dooflop May 31, 2007 02:49 AM

                    TERRONI on Victoria and (I believe) Queen East. (southeast corner of Eaton Center on Queen). Careful you may miss it. The place is not always lit up, but once you see the big sign on the door it's hard to miss. Great pizza there. Careful not to order too much food. Portions are pretty big.

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                      Montrachet RE: Homecookwil May 31, 2007 06:42 PM

                      Homecookwil is right - Terroni is one of the few tasty spots in that area. Salad King is fine for lunch, but far too noisy for dinner. Spring Rolls is an affront. Another fantastic option is b espresso bar, right beside George on Queen Street, east of Church. Casual, fresh Italian fare, with a great vibe. I am not sure about the hours. I think the web site says they are only open for lunch, but I have seen diners (with vino) in the early evening.

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