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Hidden gems in Chritie-Dupont area?

Hi There,
Does anyone know of any good restaurants in this area. I have had a look around but as I am at work all day I rarely get the chance to really explore and tend to just head downtown with the mrs when we go out. We have just had a baby and so we dont want to go to far from home for the next year or so. I have done Faema cafe and although i like the food the service is not always good. any suggestions would be appreciated.


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  1. Aside from Faema, there's really not too much in your immediate area that's worth checking out (I should know... I lived in that 'hood for 3 years and bemoaned it constantly).

    However, if you're up to making a short trek north to Christie and St Clair, you've got some fantastic options:

    To start you off, there's Mezzetta, which serves middle-eastern style tapas/mezes. It's got a great ambiance and laid-back vibe, and is very affordable to boot. Bonus - live jazz some nights of the week!

    A couple of doors east is Churrasco of St Clair, which (in my opinion) makes the best churrasco in town. Takeout only, but it would be a short drive home from the sounds of it. A lot of the locals must agree with me, because there are some loooooong lineups around dinnertime Friday and Saturday night.

    Heading a couple of blocks west, you'll find Ferro. Their menu consists mostly of salads/pizza/panini, it's a bit pricier than other neighbourhood options but everything I've had there is excellent and the ambience is tres romantique.

    Another must-try is Pain Perdu (on the north side, a wee bit west of Christie), which run by French expats. It's a great choice for brunch or if you're just in the mood for a quick coffee and pastry, though there isn't all that much seating. There's been some debate here about the quality of their croissants - personally, I quite like them and make a point of getting a chocolatine any time I find myself in the area.

    If you spend a bit of time exploring, you will likely find a few other hidden gems. There's a small South/Central American community in the area, so it might be worth checking out some of the restaurants serving latin foods.

    681 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

    Churrasco Of St Clair
    679 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

    769 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B4, CA

    Pain Perdu
    736 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

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    1. re: tartiflette

      Yes, everything that tartiflette said. The Rushton is also around there (right across from Ferro), but I've never been.

    2. Vinnie's Panini and Universal Grill are just west of Chirstie, closer to Shaw. Vinnies is a hole in the wall/takeaway that has good Italian Sandwiches. Universal Grill has decent for brunch and dinner


      Vinny's Panini
      787 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z5, CA

      Universal Grill
      1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G3N4, CA

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      1. re: mikeb

        Just out of curiousity. Is Vinnie's still there? They used to do an awesome chicken sandwich. So good!

      2. I'm looking for any opportunity to give Mezzettas (St.Clair W/Christie) some publicity! What an outstanding, and reasonably priced, restaurant. Beautiful food, and it gets even cheaper on Mondays and Tuesdays. Plus, your vegetarian friends won't have to order from a diminutive menu.

        1. Banjara on Bloor just west of Christie Pits does great Indian.

          796 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L7, CA

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          1. re: Ender

            I have not been to Banjara, but Maroli has very good Malabari cuisine.
            MAROLI, 630 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

            1. re: foodyDudey

              i haved worked in the area for 15 years and i agree it is not a great area for foodies....but i agree with both indian choices...great take away..family friendly almost to a fault is the grapfruit moon...decent food and no worries about having a baby along...vinny's has the best veal sandwhich going...head south on clinton to bloor and the mexican place on the north east corner is great..dos amigos on bathurst north of dupont is also a good choice...apollo eleven is a great, can't go wrong for a spot on diner meal.

              1. re: ribboy

                Tacos el Asador is actually not Mexican but I believe Guatemalan cuisine. Still delicious.

            2. re: Ender

              I second Banjara, the best Indian cuisine (for the price) in the city! On the corner of Bloor and Christie, south east, is an orange Korean restaurant, Best $8.00 lunch in the city. You're in a good area, mate!

            3. You may also want to consider Dos Amigos on the east side of Bathurst, just north of Dupont. It's so-so mexican, but by TO standards not bad.

              1. Haven't been in years but your inquiry of a 'gem' reminded me of The Gem on Davenport , west of Christie.....kind of an upscale diner with a variety of different foods(salads, sandwiches, pastas, nachos etc.)

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                1. re: thebutcher

                  I've always wondered about this place. I pass by quite often but have never seen it reviewed anywhere before. Is the food good, freshly made, etc.?

                  1. re: Tatai

                    Tatai, I've eaten there a couple of times and been rather disappointed each time..

                2. At Shaw and Bloor, there's African Palace, one of my fave Ethiopian joints, and Regal Garden, a really tasty Chinese place (that also delivers for free). They're across the street from one another.

                  If you need to escape the house at odd hours, don't forget Vesta Lunch at Dupont and Bathurst! Open 24/7.

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                  1. re: piccola

                    i would be remiss if i did not point out mayday malones on bathurst just south of dupont...but only order the pizza or fries....seriously..it is a good place to watch soccer..particularly if you like Portugal..

                  2. I second FoodDudley with Maroli Malabari cuisine, and Ribboy with Mayday's Pizza + Family Friendly Grapefruit Moon and if you would like to go slightly up market then I have always been pleased with Bistro Tournesol, ( Dupont & Howland). Decent French cuisine with a prix fix at about $25.

                    1. Surprised no one mentioned Caplansky's at the Monarch, or San Francesco next door. Great sandwiches at either place, which you can either take out, or dine in (the Monarch lets you bring in food from SF, so long as you buy drinks).