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elizabethmaitland Nov 19, 2007 09:12 AM

Am new to the city - recently arrived from Oshawa.

I'm in the middle of the Village, just off Church, between Wellesley and College.

Am looking for suggestions of pleasant places to eat in the neighbourhood. I like everything that isn't a multinational chain. Price is somewhat of an issue - it's my first job, my first apartment, with my first rent to pay!

Thanks for any suggestions you may have!

  1. JamieK Nov 19, 2007 03:28 PM

    Volo has an amazing selection of local artisanal Ontario and Quebec cheeses, beers and wines. The owners are really enthusiastic and passionate about their support of local cheesemakers, wineries and microbreweries. They do a lot of research and educating.

    I would suggest you try Volo just to try some of those items. I've learned a lot there through their seminars and tastings.

    587 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

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    1. re: JamieK
      xtal Nov 19, 2007 08:11 PM

      I unequivocally agree with JamieK. Volo is an excellent place, and it wasn't too long ago that I was there almost once a week. Still, I'd avoid eating a meal there, but would definitely have a beer and some of their fine cheeses.

      I didn't know that they were supportive of local wines as well. Good to know.

      1. re: xtal
        JamieK Nov 20, 2007 04:37 AM

        Volo is holding a cheese tasting seminar this Sunday, 3-5pm. Ralph usually serves an Ontario wine and an Ontario beer to taste along with the cheeses.

      2. re: JamieK
        Googs Nov 21, 2007 12:45 PM

        I've never had a bad meal at Volo, just mediocre. Given the poster is female I would highly recommend it as a great place to nibble and drink for hours with her girlfriends. It's the place my friends and I like to go when we need to catch up.

      3. Food Tourist Nov 19, 2007 10:38 AM

        A La Turque on Church north of Wellesley is a decent shwarma-type place with genial counter service (eat in or take out). They make homemade dips and spreads. Crepe it Up, across the street, also does okay with cheap, healthy meals and small space to eat in.
        Cafe Volo is around the corner on Yonge if you want a huge selection of interesting beers, and Olympic 76 on Gloucester has decent thick crust pizza for take-out or eat-in.
        Across from there, on Irwin just west of Yonge, try Ethiopian House.
        Head down just south of College to a small cafe called Bulldog for great lattes.
        You can also get prepared meals at Cumbrae butcher on Church, but a little pricey.

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        1. re: Food Tourist
          xtal Nov 19, 2007 12:55 PM

          I'm in full agreement with Food Tourist above, with the exception of the Caffé Volo recommendation. Volo has excellent beer and atmosphere, but the food is mediocre. I'd go around the corner to Local 4 for interesting beers (though not as many), and better food. Links follow:

          481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

          587 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

          Olympic 76
          8A Gloucester St, Toronto, ON M4Y1L5, CA

          Ethiopian House
          4 Irwin Ave, Toronto, ON M4Y1K9, CA

          Crepe It Up
          507 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2C9, CA

          Local 4
          4 Dundonald St, Toronto, ON M4Y1K2, CA

          1. re: xtal
            Food Tourist Nov 19, 2007 03:09 PM

            Thanks for all the links. Based on mediocre CH reviews, I've never eaten at Volo, only gone there to drink interesting beers.

            1. re: Food Tourist
              elizabethmaitland Nov 19, 2007 03:19 PM

              thanks everyone! i feel much more knowledgeable now and will start to make the rounds soon i hope.... any other places in the under-$50-a-person category?
              thanks again

        2. xtal Nov 19, 2007 09:25 AM

          Welcome to the Toronto, and the neighbourhood!

          I've lived in the 'hood for a few years now, and love it. I'll list a few of my inexpensive favourites below to get you started.

          Hair Of The Dog
          425 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2C3, CA

          399 Church, Toronto, ON M5B2A1, CA

          Red & White
          519 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Y3, CA

          Tokyo Grill
          582 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Z3, CA

          501 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

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          1. re: xtal
            ekammin Nov 19, 2007 09:48 AM

            Hernando's Hideaway, on the east side of Yonge just south of Wellesley. Typical Tex-Mex food, part of a (exclusively Canadian) chain called "Mexicali Rosa's", but tasty and enjoyable. Prices not too bad, by downtown Toronto standards, at any rate!

            1. re: ekammin
              millygirl Nov 19, 2007 09:52 AM

              Wow, I can't believe that place is still around....good to know....thanks.

          2. estufarian Nov 19, 2007 09:22 AM

            A 10-15 min walk - Salad King (for Thai food - opposite the back door of the now defunct Sam the Record man). Great prices and communal tables - so you won't be eating alone.

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