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Favourites East End Haunts?


Besides Batifole and El Sol...where's good this side of the DVP?

....also I realize I live near Greek town and Little India but I am looking for some other hidden gems.

(Cheap eats particularly welcome!)

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  1. Bibiche Bistro on Danforth at Greenwood.

    1. Ten feet tall is pretty good , especially their sweet potato fries

      1. Try the Armenian Kitchen? It is on Vic Park north of Eglinton. Two can dine there for under $30 and the food is quite tastey, not to mention healthy.

        1. Weezies on King East just East of Parliament is great....small...wonderful food and service...Miranda

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          1. re: miranda

            was at weezies on Friday, best darn burger ever, service was great, friendly, fun. Can't wait to go back and try the mac & Cheese

          2. what about Tomi Kro?

            Tulip is a personal favorite. Its one of those over-achieving haunts that you would think serves crap (and they do) but for whatever reason churn out one of the best chopped liver and onions around. Their steak, for the price, is also stunningly awesome. I challenge anyone to find a better $15 NY strip.

            Lahore Tikka? yummmm.

            Allens (a little far from you - broadview/danforth) but arguably one of the better if not the best burgers in the city.

            Globe Bistro (broadview/danforth..again a little far) is absolutely amazing. Haven't been since Cutrara left, but from what i hear, it hasn't skipped a beat.

            Ok Ok has a great brunch. I've only been a couple of times but their heuvos rancheros is pretty delish and my girlfriend swears by their fruit/granola/yogurt parfait.

            1. I second Ten Feet Tall and Bibiche Bistro, and also recommend Relish Bar and Grill, a tapas place at Danforth & Woodbine -

              Here are some relevant threads -

              124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

              354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

              2326 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

              Ten Feet Tall
              1381 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

              143 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N2, CA

              1610 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1G2, CA

              2152 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1K3, CA

              1214 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1L7, CA

              Okay Okay
              1128 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1K8, CA

              Lahore Tika
              1365 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L1Z3, CA

              Armenian Kitchen
              1646 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

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              1. re: JamieK

                Some of my default east end cheap eats:

                The veggie thali at the Moti Mahal in Little India. Make sure you get the mali kofta and substitute the parantha for the nan for the extra buck. (1422 Gerrard East)

                Breakfast or a burger - The Tulip.

                #79 at Pho 88 on Gerrard East. Grilled chicken and spring roll with vermicelli. (586 Gerrard E.)

                Take out at Kaka Lucky. Large sweet and sour pork, half a soy chicken, steamed veg and rice will set you back just over 10 bucks. Feeds three easily. (337 Broadview Ave.)

                Athens Pastries Pies for spanakopita and loukoumades. (509 Danforth Av)

                Makkah Halal Restaurant for kebab (1020 Danforth)

                Seb's Cappucino (1928 Danforth Ave)

              2. Paul's Spaghetti on Cosburn, just west of Coxwell. Great homemade pasta and sauces when you crave something warm and filling.
                Makkah Indian on Danforth, east of Donlands. Not really an eat-in place, but definitely in the cheap eats column. Love the Butter Chicken there.
                New York Deli on Broadview at Danforth is a favourite diner spot as well as the Bus Terminal on Danforth east of Coxwell.
                Just went to L'il Baci on Queen by Carlaw and I know there's been debate here about the place, but I loved the pizza.
                Hanoi 3 Season on Gerrard, east of Broadview.

                1. Pomegranate (not Pomegranate Chai!) at Queen and Beech

                  ViVetha Bistro

                  Le Cafe Vert

                    1. For Indian, Siddhartha in Little India. Buffet is better than most (although I've only tried it a few times - I generally dislike buffet as a concept), and a la carte is very good.

                      For crappy Canadian-Chinese food, Seabreeze on Queen near Greenwood. Unlike so many other places, they really don't cheap out on their ingredients (e.g. skimping on meat and loading up a dish with green peppers and onions), which is surprising given how cheap they are.

                      Ghali Kitchen on Greenwood at Queen for bizarre Caribbean - Italian like fusion, provided you can catch them when they're open! (It's sort of as per the owner's whims :D.)

                      Lately, I've been ordering delivery from La Grotta on Danforth, and their pizza is thin crust and nice. Bruschetta is awesome, and some of their pasta dishes are also very tasty.

                      Note that none of these are spectacular (the only restaurant, IMO, in the area that I've tried that deserves that rating would be Batifole), but they're all quite good and satisfying, especially given the low price.

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                      1. re: vorpal

                        I agree re Siddartha. It's where I'll grab a bite if I'm in the area. It feels fresh to me and often times buffets do not appear fresh. And you can't beat the price.

                      2. I would alao add Simba Grill and Ritz to the list of tasty reasonably priced places east of DVP.

                        310 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3R9, CA

                        950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

                        Simba Grill
                        375 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J3S2, CA

                        Cafe Vert
                        946 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1J7, CA

                        1422 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L1Z6, CA

                        2222 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

                        PHO 88
                        610 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

                        Ka Ka Lucky
                        349 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M2H1, CA

                        Athens Pastries
                        509 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA

                        1020 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1M2, CA

                        Seb's Cappucino
                        1928 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C, CA

                        Paul's Spaghetti
                        488 Cosburn Ave, Toronto, ON M4J2N5, CA

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                        1. re: JamieK


                          744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

                          2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

                          Lil' Baci
                          892 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1J3, CA

                          Ghali Kitchen
                          4 Greenwood Ave, Toronto, ON M4L2P4, CA

                          1411 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L1Z5, CA

                          La Grotta
                          951 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K3V6, CA

                          New York Cafe
                          757 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K2P6, CA

                          Bus Terminal
                          1606 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1H6, CA

                          Hanoi 3 Seasons
                          588 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

                          1. re: JamieK


                            1342 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

                          2. re: JamieK

                            The web page for Simba Grill is for two B.C. addresses? Are they all (including the one on Donlands) part of a chain/franchise?

                            Also, I'm a fan of Deep Blue (Broadview, just south of Danforth) for fish and chip type cuisine.

                            1. re: Pincus

                              Nope, that's the wrong website, sorry. The Simba Grill on Donlands is one of a kind. It's too late to edit my previous post -- here's the correct website -

                              The place links also include websites if available.

                              Deep Blue
                              749 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K2P6, CA

                          3. I quite like Pop Bistro, near Queen and Broadview. The food is good, and the atmosphere cozy though the selection is limited.
                            I must un-support Allen's. I've eaten there several times -- I forget if I had a burger -- but I found the food underwhelming each time.