Food Near (but not in) IKEA
- kawarthagirl Jan 10, 2008 04:57 AM
Is there a good place for lunch within a reasonable driving distance of the IKEA at Leslie and Sheppard?
If you feel like Italian, there is a place called Pisano's on Willowdale, which isnt far. It's casual, family style and reasonably priced.
If you don't mind takeout, there's the Hungarian Honey Bear, on Sheppard about 1 light west of Bayview. It's in the same plaza as KFC (shudder). You can get yummy schnitzel sandwiches or try whatever is on their hot table that day. Offerings usually include stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, rice, etc. Plus the place is chock full of dry goods from Hungary. Be warned, though -- it's a very tiny place and can get packed during peak lunch hour.
Congee Wong is in a plaza on Leslie and Finch. Asian Legend (if you like the place) is in the same plaza. And the Chinese bakery inside near the grocery is very good. They have the best bbq pork bun rolls I've ever tried. On the other side of the plaza, there's a place that sells excellent chinese bbq as well.
Another one for O&B at Bayview Village. That said, one of my favorites for french fries in TO is on the N side of Bayview just W of IKEA - at Blue Ridge. Enjoy!
I work in that immediate area as well for the past 1.5 yrs and have been scouring for places for a quick bite to eat for lunches. All the recs so far are pretty good, plus I'll add Burger Hut (next to Sheridan nurseries) if you want a quick fresh burger. The operators are South African, supposed to have a decent sausage w/ chutney on bun (I haven't tried it yet though).
Also at the north side of the Finch/Leslie chinese mall, there's the newly opened Paradise Fine chinese cuisine for lunch dimsum (I did a review of it a few days ago), plus Hot Spicy Spicy along that same stretch if you want spicy food (I find their lunch dishes a bit too pricey though).
If you don't mind driving a bit further and have a bit more time, you can head on out to Yonge street between Sheppard and Finch. One regular Korean place is Oh Guel Boh Guel (free parking in back), they're quick and serve up lots of side dishes as well.
We also drive out to Cafe Michi for good Japanese food as well (pharmacy).
Good luck and let me know if you find more!