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currycue Jan 29, 2008 10:35 AM

Hello all, I'm fairly new to this forum and want to know about good restaurants on the east side of town. I've been living here in the Coxwell / Queen area for 3+ years now and still find myself making the trek across town to the west to find good restaurants. So far, my only east side regulars are: King's Park Souvlaki, Messini, Grumbles Deli, Bonjour Brioche, Motimahal, sometimes 7 numbers or Gio Rana's and Tango Palace Coffee Co and Ed's Real Scoop.

I would love to find a good: South Chinese restaurant, shawarma place, reasonably priced sushi restaurant, North Indian restaurant, great shawarma place.

I have tried quite a few spots over the years so far that just don't cut it (in my opinion - Aki Da, Queen Pita, Lahore Tikka, Pearl Court to name a few)

Thanks in advance!

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    gillyb Jan 30, 2008 12:37 PM

    Whenever I am in the east end I ALWAYS make a stop at the Sultan of Samosas @ VP and O'Connor. Get a mixed dozen and extra green sauce...it will change you life.

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      js288uk Jan 30, 2008 05:30 PM

      Sorry, correction to earlier post - Anondo is 2891 Danforth, just opposite the huge Leon's.

      Our dinner was fantastic, esp the beef rezala curry. 5 of us ate till we were stuffed, and I ordered 2 more dishes for tomorrow's dinner, and it still came to only 10 bucks a person...But as I said I think I'll post a separate chowfind about this place

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      js288uk Jan 30, 2008 12:27 PM

      There is a little strip of Bangladeshi eating places around Danforth and Vict Park/Main. Our current favourite is a new place - called Anondo (means joyful) - 2981 Danforth - ph number is 416-698-9166 - a very clean place run by a sweet Bengali family - they do lovely simple home style food - don't look for the curryhouse staples such as tandoori chicken - this place only does regional delicacies specific to Bengalis and Bengali Muslims in particular as its main customers so far are Bengali locals, but they deserve to be more widely known!

      I recommend the combos with rice pulao (like pilaf), 1 meat dish, 1 veg dish and lentils all for 4.99 are excellent - you can also order wonderful breads on the side - such as mughlai parathas (big puffy soft breads lightly stuffed with minced meat and/or egg), or plain parathas, or samosas, or daal puris (small puffy breads stuffed with lentils)- we've had their food twice since we discovered them last week and are going for dinner again tonight with a bigger crowd - you can eat in or take out - they take a bit of time since things are made from scratch. Will post a full report tomorrow after tonight's dinner. A real chow find and really good value too.
      Since you were looking for a North Indian resto, I would ask you to try this, since Bengali Muslim cuisine evolved through contact with North Indian carriers of 'Mughai' food into the Eastern India/Bangladesh area.

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        cheesymama Jan 30, 2008 05:23 AM

        If you're going to Tango Palace for coffee make the trek a little further and check out Mercury (at Queen and Morse I think). One of the best lattes in the east end.

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          currycue Jan 30, 2008 07:38 AM

          I used to frequent Mercury until they changed the beans they used for their lattes. I much prefer the Dark City blend they used to use, now they ship them in from a company in Chicago. Not as good. Anyway, a branch of Ideal Coffee has opened nearer to my house at Ashdale and Queen. They plan to start roasting their own beans on site soon. It's going to be pretty cool!

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            MartiniGirls Jan 30, 2008 01:47 PM

            I prefer Dark Horse on Queen just west of broadview for coffee- nicer people behind the bar & the coffee is great.

        2. JamieK Jan 30, 2008 03:59 AM

          I'm glad to see you've discovered Grumbles, a bit of hidden gem that. South of the Main Street bridge is a Jamaican place called Cool Runnings, which I have yet to try but keep hearing about for good chow.

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          Cool Runnings
          146 Main St, Toronto, ON M4E2V8, CA

          Grumbel's
          290 Main St, Toronto, ON M4C, CA

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            Otonabee Jan 30, 2008 09:41 AM

            I have to second the Cool Runnings suggestion. Excellent Jamaican!

            My currently new favourite spot is Sushi Marche in Leslieville. Take out only but so luxurious!

            Just out of curiousity, what kind of baked good does Grumbles carry. I have been driving by it everyday but have yet to venture in.

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              currycue Jan 30, 2008 11:42 AM

              I don't go there specifically for the baked goods (although their butter tarts are pretty awesome) Mostly for schnitzel sandwiches and potato salad as well as Dutch treats such as Speculaas and Stroopwafels. Their baked goods tend to be very traditional English/Scottish looking.

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                Otonabee Jan 30, 2008 04:45 PM

                Excellent, thanks! I will have to find my way there. Butter tarts are always a popular thing with my house. I have been trying to find to find another good spot since Schillings closed...

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                JamieK Jan 30, 2008 12:23 PM

                yes the butter tarts are great, my daughter likes something I think is called a fern tart. Cookies are good too as well as the sandwiches and prepared salads.

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              MartiniGirls Jan 29, 2008 12:59 PM

              A bit out of your request list, but for great Vietnamese, there is Hanoi 3 Seasons on Gerrard just east of Broadview. I think Sushi Marche on Queen East is better than Aji Sai.

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                grandgourmand Jan 29, 2008 01:07 PM

                Second the Deep Blue fish & chips and Hanoi 3 seasons. On the latter, the fried clams are great with a beer.

                On danforth, Allen's is a great place. great burgers. One of the better patios in the city when the weather is nicer.

                Great shawarma...I'm still looking. I think that's a Toronto thing, though. This ain't Montreal or Ottawa.

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                  currycue Jan 29, 2008 01:31 PM

                  I like Sarah's for shawarma at Bloor and Brunswick so far. As I mentioned in another post, I ate at Hanoi on Sunday and was terribly disappointed after all of the great reviews this restaurant gets. I ordered the shrimp soup with tamarind and two spring rolls. The soup was bland, was full of spaghetti (instead of rice noodles) and the rolls were rather dry and mealy inside.

              2. Brain of J Jan 29, 2008 12:34 PM

                Deep Blue Fish & Chips. On the east side of Broadview, just immediately south of Danforth.

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

                1. JamieK Jan 29, 2008 10:48 AM

                  For sushi, go up to the Danforth to Aji Sai.

                  I like Vivetha on Queen East (as far east as you can go on Queen) although it doesn't fit in with any your cuisine requests.

                  There are a few existing threads that focus on eats in the East.

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                  Vivetha
                  2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

                  Aji Sai
                  783 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

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                    currycue Jan 29, 2008 10:51 AM

                    Thanks! Any suggestions are great. I think when I searched earlier, I searched the whole site by accident. Got results for "east side of NYC, etc.)

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                      JamieK Jan 29, 2008 11:49 AM

                      Ah, I see! If you look at the top of this thread, to the right of where it says ONTARIO (INCLUDING TORONTO) you see "Search this board". It wil give you results from this board only and going back only a year, so fairly recent. Good search terms would be: Danforth, Beach, Leslieville, Cabbagetown, Riverdale, Riverside, Greektown, and possiby street searches such as Gerrard, Coxwell, Pape, Woodbine, Cosburn, etc. You'll get lots, there seems to be a lot of chowhounds in these easterly parts.

                      Also, if you do a similar search on the Ontario places hub here --
                      http://www.chow.com/places/regions/23
                      you'll get links to addresses, maps and websites, as well as associated threads on this board.

                      However, I'm sure you'll get some recos for east end eats. I just thought of another one -- for fish & chips, Reliable is a favourite -

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                      Reliable
                      954 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1J7, CA

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