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Jun 13, 2007 01:04 PM

Best diner in Toronto

I am looking for an authentic old style diner, with good food, in the downtown core.

A place with a good club sandwich, good meatloaf and a good atmosphere.


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  1. Patrician Grill.

    Although, I've only had breakfast there.

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    1. re: spades

      Second Patrician Grill. They have a meatloaf special on Fridays, if I recall correctly. And I can definitely vouch for the club!

      1. re: Minnow

        Anyone have any thoughts on the Stem? Someone suggested that one to me too.

        1. re: garycooper

          I like the Stem a lot, but it's definitely more of a "breakfast place." I mean, they have a good club sandwich, but you won't find stuff like a meatloaf special there.

          I would probably third Patrician...

      2. re: spades

        second that!
        the place has the look and the feel without the grimminess of some of diners...
        their burgers are great and try to get in on the breakfast special...
        they're usually a bit more busy on fridays...

      3. Avenue Open Kitchen - 7 Camden Street

        1. Have you been to the Senator? On Victoria, south of Dundas. Classic old atmosphere, but the menu is a bit more contemporary.

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          1. re: TorontoJo

            Not really a Diner but there is a terrific(home style/diner cooking) restaurant on the south side of Queen Street East (across from St. Michael's Hospital) . Don't know what it's called but they have the the kind of stuff I think you're describing. Not much on atmosphere 'tho,...I second the Senator has both good cooking and atmosphere but it is more costly.

            1. re: pearlD

              Victoria Restaurant. I used to eat there a lot when I worked at Maritime Life across the street.

          2. The Stem and Patrician Grill are both good. There is also Vesta on Dupont and Dangerous Dan's.

            1. There is also Steve's at Bathurst and Wilson (might be a little far out - but still a good diner/truck stop. What about the Lakeview Diner on Dundas?

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              1. re: cinnamon_girl

                truck stop????? Bathurst Street, as i know, is not a highway! LOL...

                1. re: Fredster

                  That is what it is called - Steve's Truck Stop and I didn't make it up - but it sure is a damn good greasy spoon. (I think it's left over from when Wilson and Bathurst used to be farm country. It's an institution.)

                  1. re: cinnamon_girl

                    It actually was a very popular 'truck stop' and 'cinnamon girl' is right...the original Steve's was on Bathurst Street just south of the 401 going East. They were known for their PIES which were terrific....the truckers used to stop for a fast meal and a slice of the pie, also filling up their thermos bottles of coffee before they got back on the road.

                    1. re: pearlD

                      Do they still serve good pies at their new location?

                      1. re: Brain of J

                        I don't know... I was there for breakfast a couple of times and wasn't looking for pies at the time...I have some friends who live near Steve's and I'll ask them if the pies are still as good as at the old location...will post when I find out.....