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Jan 9, 2008 03:24 PM

Exploring new food neighbourhoods by foot


I have some time off in late January and wanted to explore new parts of Toronto for
food stores eg Middle Eastern, East European well any type of food really.
I already venture to the more familiar ones such as St Lawrence, Kensington, Danforth, Chinatown, Little India, Roncevalles .

Any suggestions welcome. Thanks.

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  1. The College St strip is a great adventure...lots of shops and restos..anywhere between Bathurst and Shaw or even Ossington...also Corso Italia St Clair West Dufferin East to Bathurst...and both King and Queen West and Liberty's great being a tourist in your own City....Miranda

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    1. re: miranda

      I live at the north end of the Annex( Republic of Rathnelly) and find that unless I have a specific errand I never get further West than Yonge this year I have promised myself to REALLY explore Mt. Pleasant south of Eglinton and also Bayview south of those two area's would be my suggestion!
      My kids live just south of Dufferin & St.Clair and so the suggestion of Miranda struck a chord as well.....St. Clair West is one of the places where I DO explore and enjoy.

      1. re: pearlD

        Not to question your sense of direction, my dear, but do you mean you never get further EAST than Yonge Street? ;->

        Certainly hope you get to the Mount Pleasant & Bayview areas, they are well worth exploring.

        1. re: JamieK

          Thank you Jamie......You found my flaw!....Yes, that's right, only one!
          I am perhaps the most 'directionally challenged' person to walk this earth!
          How about 'suggestions' for Miranda? I know you get around!

          1. re: pearlD

            A sense of direction doesn't matter to a chowhound because you can always sniff your way to good food! So, if that's your only flaw then I guess your pretty well perfect.

            I don't get around as much as I'd like. In fact, I often enjoy great dining vicariously through this board, which wreaks havoc on my keyboard what with the frequent splashes of drool.

            One neighbourhood that hasn't been mentioned yet is Bloor West Village. Haven't been there for a long time but it used to be a great neighbourhood for European delis, cafes and restos.

            1. re: JamieK

              I live in BWV and haven't found it to be too exciting...but I would recommend Roncesvalles - which is pretty close!

    2. Riz for the green curry chicken or the pad thai and Lemmongrass for the VERY garlicy soft shell crab on Bayview, S of Eglinton. When you are in the neighborhood, grab some wings at Duff's!!!

      1. Queen East starting at broadview to jones has a burgeoning food scene. Leslieville Cheese Market, the bakery just across the street from there past the starbucks, kristapsons for smoked salmon, and i've been hearing good things about Mother & Sons (i think that's it) as a butcher shop. Other than that, a bunch of neat restaurants around the area.

        another good walk is on yonge st. starting at rosedale station and heading up to before the madness at eglinton. you've got pricey food shops closer to rosedale (but also quite nice), the summerhill LCBO is a great place, and so on and so forth. i'm not 100% sure (it's been a while), but north of davisville on the east side, I recall seeing a homemade pasta shop that i said told myself to check out but haven't yet.