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Toronto: Quality lunch spot bargains near Dundas and Jarvis? [Moved from Canada board]

mchuchra Sep 13, 2007 07:08 PM

I was recently transferred to Toronto and am working near the intersection of Jarvis and E. Dundas. Thus far, the I have sampled a few of the local spots on Dundas, but not yet been satisfied. Any suggestions for some chowhound worthy lunch places within a 10 minute walk of that intersection? Thanks for your help!


  1. Merriam Sep 17, 2007 03:00 PM

    The Atrium on the Bay at Dundas & Yonge has a good Indian restaurant upstairs- they usually have a lunch buffet during the week
    Salad King at Yonge & Gould, a great thai lunch spot, but beware of the onslaught of Ryerson students at lunch (the line up is lo-ong and the noise deafening)
    But if you're willing to trek an extra 15 mins for some better fare, try heading further west along Dundas towards University Ave.- Avenue Cafe has GREAT sandwiches, and if you go further still you'll get to Sage Cafe on McCaul & Elm Sts., its a lovely small organic cafe, actually that whole street has great places for lunch.

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    1. re: Merriam
      The Berserker Sep 17, 2007 06:21 PM

      The Indian restaurant in the Atrium has closed.

      1. re: The Berserker
        Zengarden Sep 18, 2007 12:37 PM

        It is now a St. Louis wings place.

    2. gregclow Sep 15, 2007 05:59 AM

      There's a great Somali restaurant on the north side of Dundas a bit west of Jarvis. It used to be called New Bilan, and the sign may still say that, but the name is now Hamar Weyne. Lots of food, good quality, great prices.

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      1. re: gregclow
        hungry_pangolin Sep 17, 2007 05:14 AM

        New Bilan was/is a different place, on the south side of Dundas, east of Jarvis. It also was quite good, but not as spiffy as hamarweyne. I recently passed by, not certain whether it's still a going concern.

        1. re: hungry_pangolin
          Zengarden Sep 17, 2007 05:57 PM

          Food at New Bilan was flavourful. Yes, it looks dodgy but it is worth the walk in for the meals.

      2. m
        Megan2 Sep 14, 2007 09:47 PM

        If your lunch is an hour long, you can take the Sherbourne bus to St. Lawrence Market and grab something there. They have hot/cold sandwiches, baked goods and pasta. Try a peameal sandwich and eat it while walking back to work!

        1. Edith S Sep 14, 2007 08:45 AM

          Kathy's at Mutual & Dundas has good rotisserie chicken and Greek-style sides. Avoid Mutual Diner across the street — everything seems to be frozen or deep-fried. MD used to be Deny's 20 years ago, a fabled cabbie haunt known for its chicken. But there's zero connection today altho the current owners are always a little vague when asked.

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          1. re: Edith S
            Teep Sep 14, 2007 06:11 PM

            I got a flyer for Goodview Chinese resto at 126 Dundas East - is it any good?


            1. re: Teep
              mramage Sep 17, 2007 02:20 PM

              Actually it is very good - don't let the appearance fool you. You can get half-portions for lunch under $7.00. Staples like Kung Pao Beef and Satay Beef served on your choice of noodles or rice. The manager is very friendly, and if you want take-out you can be out of there is less than 10 minutes. The Hot and Sour soup (Vegetarian) is very good as well.

          2. orangewasabi Sep 14, 2007 08:40 AM

            how fast do you walk? Daniel et Daniel is up at Carlton & Parliment -- and I can always find something yummy there to try.

            1. j
              jinxed Sep 14, 2007 07:12 AM

              b Espresso on south side of Queen, between Jarvis and Church

              Great sandwiches and the baristas do beautiful things to your coffee drinks. Interior is very glossy and pretty too.

              1. HarryLloyd Sep 14, 2007 05:59 AM

                where have you been so far? can you describe and rate them?


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