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allisonjayne Nov 22, 2007 03:13 PM

I'm searching the archives for this too, but just in case I miss anything...
Looking for a nice-ish restaurant for two vegetarians (doesn't have to be vegetarian, just some place where we'll have more than one or two options!) between Spadina and Church, King and Dundas, roughly.

Nice-ish meaning...say around $60 for dinner for two (without alcohol). So yeah, that's probably cheap to a lot of folks here, but a bit more than I would normally spend to be honest.

Thanks in advance!

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    hungry_pangolin RE: allisonjayne Nov 22, 2007 03:54 PM

    How's this? I've eaten at neither place (unreconstructed omnivore), but some vegetarian friends of mine like these places.

    Fressen.
    http://www.fressenrestaurant.com/

    Also, just outside your parameters, is Citron, just a bit west of Bathurst, which apparently has a good selection of vegetarian options.

    I hope that that helps.

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      pescatarian RE: hungry_pangolin Nov 22, 2007 03:59 PM

      Is Citron still there? For some reason, I thought it was long gone.

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        hungry_pangolin RE: pescatarian Nov 22, 2007 04:04 PM

        Honestly don't know. I just remember my friends liking it.

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          pescatarian RE: hungry_pangolin Nov 22, 2007 04:10 PM

          I'm pretty sure it's been gone for awhile.

          allisonjayne - there are a lot of places where you can get decent vegetarian options within your boundaries - are you looking for any particular kind of cuisine? Do you eat fish?

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            allisonjayne RE: pescatarian Nov 22, 2007 05:07 PM

            no, we're vegetarians, not pescatarian. as for cuisine - my wife isn't too crazy about thai or italian, and neither of us like japanese food, but we do love indian/southasian food, middle eastern food, mexican, etc....

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              pescatarian RE: allisonjayne Nov 22, 2007 05:32 PM

              Based on those parameters, the only places I can think of, that I would wholeheartedly recommend, are not in your boundary. I haven't tried an Indian or Middle Eastern restaurant south of Dundas, west of Church, that I would recommend. Hernando's Hideway is on Wellington, east of Yonge. I find it just ok. Others on the board seem to enjoy it. Oh, you didn't mention Chinese, but if you like Chinese, perhaps Spadina Garden on Dundas, west of Bay. I haven't been, but I've heard people mention Cafe 668: http://www.cafe668.com/. I like Fresh on Queen near Trinity Bellwoods (I know it's West of your boundaries) but I wouldn't consider it "nicer". It's casual. Maybe others on the board can help with other suggestions.

              The places north of bloor which would work (just in case you are interested) are:

              93 Harbord: http://www.dine.to/93harbord
              Tabule: http://www.tabule.ca/
              Tabla: http://www.dine.to/tablawinebar

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                allisonjayne RE: pescatarian Nov 23, 2007 12:16 PM

                Thanks for those - something to check out some other time perhaps! Fresh is great but I work very close to there so I eat there a lot.

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          SherylKirby RE: pescatarian Nov 23, 2007 03:46 AM

          Citron closed in 2004. The location is a Butler's Pantry now. Jennifer Rashleigh, Citron's pastry chef and co-owner, is now running Delight Chocolates on Dundas West in the Junction. The chef moved to Nova Scotia.

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          Yum2MyTum RE: hungry_pangolin Nov 23, 2007 06:00 AM

          I think that Fressen is great too - especially the Moroccan stew!

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          478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B2, CA

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            allisonjayne RE: Yum2MyTum Nov 23, 2007 12:16 PM

            hmmm...I always want to try Fressen but their menu is so mushroom-heavy and my wife is allergic...sigh.

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              bellywizard RE: allisonjayne Nov 23, 2007 12:23 PM

              allisonjayne,
              I avoid mushrooms also, but I've found some pretty delicious & creative food at Fressen. Try it sometime!

        4. JamieK RE: allisonjayne Nov 22, 2007 07:06 PM

          Just throwing it out because I haven't been there myself but I know Toba offers a few vegetarian choices, just four blocks east of Church on King at Sherbourne.

          http://toba.ca/

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          Toba
          243 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J9, CA

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            cowhound RE: JamieK Nov 23, 2007 05:31 AM

            Queen Mother

            http://www.queenmothercafe.ca/

            Vegetarian Haven

            http://www.vegetarianhaven.com/

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