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Oct 16, 2007 05:36 AM

Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto eateries

I grew up at Manor Rd and later this month I have a two day layover planned on my way to Greece for a month.
I haven't eaten on mT pleasant for years. Any suggestions?
As an alternative, I may consider Bayview but that is my second choice only if I can't get anything decent on Mt Pleasant.
Thank you!

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  1. Zee Grill is a wonderful seafood restaurant. Really excellent quality, nice surroundings (casual, not over the top).

    Lai Toh Heen is the sister restaurant of Lai Wah Heen. Very upscale Chinese and dim sum.

    Il Gelatiere is a fairly recent addition to the strip -- lots of love for the gelato on this board, though I don't like the texture as much as Hollywood Gelato on Bayview. But the flavours are wonderful.

    Enjoy your trip down memory lane! That's a wonderful area to have grown up in.

    1. The Homeway. It's been renovated since you last lived in the area but the food, what I've had of it, is still excellent.


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      1. re: Davwud

        For dinner I would highly recommend Across the Road. Not sure how long you've been gone, but do you recall Pronto's? Well, Across the Road is owned by the same person. Across the Road is literally across from where Pronto's was....hence the name. Food is quite good. Last time I was there they were doing a very nice seafood appetizer, served on a tiered platter....really good. Enjoy!! Would also recommend Quince for dinner but that is Yonge and Art Shoppe area.

        1. re: Davwud

          Cafe Pleiades (good Greek name there, but not Greek food) is my regular. It's an excellent neighbourhood place (but a bit more diverse than Mom 'n Pop).
          Zee is fine - but why eat fish in Toronto if you're off to Greece? Lai Toh Heen is an "import" - no connection to the neighbourhood in any way, so I'd skip that. Don't know Homeway.
          And to my taste Il Gelatiere is very good - but expensive, with attitude. Hollywood is much cheaper but seems to cater more to 'kiddie' tastes with sweeter offerings and candy additions or ribbons.

          1. re: Davwud

            Homeway is great for breakfast and lunch. For dinner they are also good, but there would be better choices.

            1. re: Jean Georges

              Just jogged my memory. I have been to the Homeway - many times! Except it changed so dramatically after the makeover that I never go there now.
              If you used to go to the Homeway - don't go back - it will destroy all those loving greasy-spoon memories. It's been latte-fied!

              1. re: estufarian

                I never went to the old Homeway. I must say I quite like the new Homeway decor. It's cozy and elegant while still being a neighbourhood spot. Greatly appreciated.

                1. re: merlot143

                  If you're interested see my review of Homeway from a few months ago...

                  1. re: Jean Georges

                    I agree - the food isn't that bad - but "you can never go home again". The existing clientele do not resemble the old crowd. That's not to say the old crowd was 'better' - just different. I was away for around 5 years and just didn't feel 'right' in the new surroundings.

                    1. re: Jean Georges

                      for those who have been, what do you recommend for dinner? Ive never been before the makeover so I have nothing to compare it with, but I drive by everday and it looks like a cute spot

                      1. re: hungryabbey

                        Go for breakfast. And, last time I went, it wasn't "latte-fied", estufarian. They didn't even have an espresso machine, just regular coffee.

                        1. re: Yongeman

                          We were in the neighbourhood this morning and tried Homeway for breakfast. It was our first time so I can't compare it to the "original". I quite liked the concept - sort of a "diner plus" menu (and pricing) in a cafe atmosphere - fresh, cozy, bright. We only had bacon and eggs - the eggs were great - tasted very fresh, cooked in butter. The bacon was so-so - some places have kick-ass bacon and others don't - I find there to be such a huge swing with this one ingredient. Thick whole wheat toast with salted butter was good as were the home fries. They have fresh squeezed juices and yes, an espresso machine. Overall, I'd give it a B. I would definitely go back if I was in the 'hood (and to try out a couple of other menu items) but for me, I don't think it feels like a destination spot.

                2. re: Jean Georges

                  went for brunch during the summer and it was awful. they messed up our (not complicated at all) order a bunch of times. food was cold and overall not very delicious. wish it was better because it's close to where i live.

              2. Me too! I grew up on Manor Road... Mom still lives there!

                Zee Grill is nice. Celestin, right at Manor Rd., is also good. Went there for my birthday last year.

                1. Thank you for all the replies!
                  I am really looking forward to my 'return' trip.
                  R. Dean Cowan
                  Red Deer, AB
                  AKA Carlitguy

                  1. Zee grill, Celestin and Lai Toh Heen are all great recommendations. However, if time permits, try heading across to Bayview and have some great Indian dishes at Amaya. Its a nice change!

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                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      Amaya looks good - have you been? What did you have?

                      1. re: kawarthagirl

                        Just noticed a storefront a couple of blocks down from Amaya on the west side with a big sign in the window advertising Amaya for delivery. It's got the same elephant logo so I assume it's the same place - can't quite figure out if it's a whole new storefront for delivery and take-away. I'll try and check it out.

                        1. re: peppermint pate

                          It is a separate facility they're creating to do take out and delivery. They wanted the separate facility so that it wouldn't interfere with the dining room.