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itryalot Aug 21, 2007 02:45 PM

A group of us will be taking a large group of kids to Cirque and will have been for lunch before the show. Because they eat NON STOP, we were wondering if there was a place either near the Cirque location, or on the way to the 401W that we could have the kids order food from and pick it up for them to eat on the way home.
The best would be to get a place that offers a variety of foods. We are not looking for fine dining take out; a hole in the wall with good food, variety and decent prices would be great.
We are open to ideas; so far: pizza, subs or grilled paninis, poutines, great burgers, etc

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    jinxed RE: itryalot Aug 21, 2007 03:03 PM

    No restaurant comes to mind in the immediate area -- the Distillery District is very close by, but the restos are a bit pricey if you are looking for fillers.
    Sounds like you're up from some greasy foods, so why not head across the street (literally) from the Cirque tents and go to T&T supermarket?

    I'm assuming that the new location will have the food court and counters of prepared foods, like the other locations. If so, there should be a bubbletea counter (or a long aisle of interesting drinks within the shopping area), sushi plates and platters (I like the cooked foods, the bbq eel on rice is decent considering.. and comes pret-a-manger), dim sum, BBQ meats; chip aisle, cookie aisle, candy aisle, ice cream aisle.... although it might make for a long detour....

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      itryalot RE: jinxed Aug 22, 2007 08:31 AM

      I was hoping I could find a place (thinking about the burger place that did NYFries) where I could ask them ahead and get their orders. Then, I would fax it in the day before and I would run in and pick it up. Taking that many teens to a place like that may kill another hour at least.
      I would even go to a place that makes wood fired pizzas, personal size where they could put in their orders to me ahead of time.

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        pescatarian RE: itryalot Aug 22, 2007 08:34 AM

        I don't know if it's cheap enough, but there's the Mill Street Brew Pub: http://www.millstreetbrewpub.ca/
        You could definitely order from them before hand by fax and pick it up after the show. Right kind of food for teens.

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          itryalot RE: pescatarian Aug 22, 2007 09:02 AM

          Might be too expensive considering we will have been to a sit down lunch. REally looking for a great burger place (see other post re:TOLife best list) that has fries, poutines, milk shakes, etc. OR a personal wood fired pizza place.

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            pescatarian RE: itryalot Aug 22, 2007 09:10 AM

            Sorry, don't know of such a place in the area you will be travelling.
            Golden Star is great but not on your way.

    2. Recyclor RE: itryalot Aug 22, 2007 09:20 AM

      You can place orders like that at Lick's as long as greasy is OK, Mr.sub or Subway would do it too, as would many Roti places if you could go that way...there's a Pizza Pizza at the entrance to the DVP at Bloor, or you could pre-order Greek from somewhere on the Danforth...

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        Fleming RE: itryalot Aug 22, 2007 12:27 PM

        There's Gale's diner at Eastern and Carlaw, but unfortunately it closes at 6 p.m. Great sandwiches and burgers and well priced to boot!

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          itryalot RE: itryalot Aug 22, 2007 02:57 PM

          And here I thought making 45 individual pizzas would be more difficult than 40 burgers, etc. My concern was the fries. You guys keep me hoppin'.
          REcs for pizza or burgs/fries for large group.

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            robgm RE: itryalot Aug 22, 2007 03:42 PM

            I will let you know that as a restauranteur that 40 orders of anything is going to be difficult and that the call ahead is a MUST. That being said, your items are going to be prepared and placed in a warming box until pick up and won't be at their peak flavour profile-just so you know....

          2. JamieK RE: itryalot Aug 22, 2007 04:03 PM

            Well, I know you don't have a fast food place in mind, but if you get desperate, there is a Wendy's and a Burger King right across the street from each other at Leslie and Lakeshore. You could split the 40 orders between the two, if necessary. Just a five minute drive east. Easy to get back to the DVP.

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              robgm RE: JamieK Aug 22, 2007 04:51 PM

              I would tend to order something cold rather than hot, I think someone had mentioned subway or mr. sub. I think logistically it would just work better-both for the operator and for you to get those kids back home in a timely manner.

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                JamieK RE: robgm Aug 23, 2007 08:33 AM

                Good point. There's also a Tim Hortons by the Wendy's at Leslie and Lakeshore.

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              11oclockish RE: itryalot Aug 23, 2007 06:48 AM

              I know it's not great stuff, and not exactly what you are looking for, but just thought I'd put this idea out there in case you can't find what you want. The Loblaws on Leslie (right by the Wendy's - very close to the cirque) has the typical ready to eat stuff (chicken, wedges, salads, cabbage rolls, etc,) which you may be able to order ahead - and would also be able to put together a sandwich tray for 40, too. I can't vouch for the quality of any of it, as I haven't even picked up a roasted chicken there in ages, but it's an option.
              God Luck.

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                hipfunkyfun RE: itryalot Aug 23, 2007 07:29 AM

                instead of individual pizzas, why don't you just order a few large pizzas and get them to share.

                1. JamieK RE: itryalot Aug 23, 2007 08:37 AM

                  Bona Pizza has good thin crust pizza and a variety of pastas and is minutes from the DVP. It gets mostly positive mentions on this board. It's at the southeast corner of O'Connor and Donlands. The ramp to the DVP is just a little bit to the east. You could probably get there by going north on Cherry, east on Eastern, then north on Broadview straight up to O'Connor. Menu on their website.

                  http://www.bonapizzapasta.com/

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                  431 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3S2, CA

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                    itryalot RE: itryalot Aug 23, 2007 09:39 AM

                    I may have to do the fast food thing. So, there is a Wendys and a BKing closeby? Maybe I will look for a cluster of fast food places and they can split up.

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                      jinxed RE: itryalot Aug 23, 2007 09:54 AM

                      Aside from the Distillery District, that area is very industrial. If you go a bit further west toward the St. Lawrence Market area, I think there are a bunch of fast food joints mixed in with restos along Front Street. I pass by so much, but my mind is blank about the specific options! There's a 24-hr Dominion, Harvey's, ...

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                        11oclockish RE: itryalot Aug 23, 2007 10:06 AM

                        The Burger King and Wendy's/Tims and Loblaws are off of Leslie on the north side of Lakeshore. Very, very easy to get to from where you will be, and very easy to get on the DVP or Gardiner from there.
                        Cirque is on the corner of Cherry and Commissioners. Either go north to Lakeshore and take a right, and travel a few blocks till you see the huge (and as yet unopened) Canadian Tire on the right and the Wendys /Tim's on the left - that's Leslie. Take a left there and a fast right into the Loblaws/Burger King Parking lot. Wendy's/Tim's is just across the street and there are traffic lights so everyone can cross safely. An even easier, but uglier, route would be to head directly east on Commissioners until you hit Leslie (actually, I think Commissioners officially ends at Leslie and becomes Toronto Hydro property), the take a left and proceed up Leslie until you reach the entrance to the Loblaws/Burger King parking lot on your right.
                        When you are ready to go just head west on Lakeshore a few blocks and jump on either the DVP or the Gardiner.

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                          itryalot RE: 11oclockish Aug 23, 2007 01:30 PM

                          Thanks so much everyone; trying to keep everyone happy about what can be offered. I am sure most of the adults will go into the Loblaws counter.

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