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Need Avenue/Bathurst & Eglinton Recco

abscissa Jan 29, 2008 07:37 PM

Specs are:

- any cuisines
- reasonable radius... don't want to sit in east/west traffic for more than 10-15 mins. Not east of Yonge please.
- up to $50/pp (no drinks), not casual (burgers and fries) and not silly and pretentious
- 2 people (non-romantic!) for non-monday weekday

Thanks to all who can recommend their favorite place and what to order and what not to order.

  1. t
    torontofoodiegirl Jan 30, 2008 05:38 AM

    Fat Cat (Eglinton, just west of Avenue) is great, but probably out of your price range.

    There are a couple of good Italian choices between Avenue and Spadina, on Eglinton. I think your best option would probably be Autogrill -- pretty solid food (in particular, I recommend the pizza, but most things I've had have been good) and a nice but unromantic atmosphere. There's also Ferraro's across the road if you're looking for a more family-style, noisier atmosphere. The new Seven Numbers is also in that area, and some Chowhounds might recommend it, but my SO and I had a pretty mediocre meal when we went there (we liked the old one better).

    If you're interested in Asian, I also definitely recommend Xaphire -- It's good, fresh, flavourful Asian fusion.



    1. estufarian Jan 30, 2008 05:39 AM

      Fat Cat is the best in the area, but their normal menu is at the high end - you'd have to choose carefully.
      But Winterlicious is now on - you take your chances anywhere with that (I'm not a fan), so you can potentially make your price target easily.


      1. pescatarian Jan 30, 2008 06:07 AM

        I'd go to Jerusalem on Eglinton, west of Bathurst.

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          pearlD Jan 30, 2008 06:42 AM

          I would go to the Autogrill, if only for their 'mushroom risotto'!!! It is not something I take time to make at home and love it when someone else makes it..and really well too!

          1. re: pescatarian
            phoenikia Jan 30, 2008 08:12 AM

            Second Jerusalem. Their fried tomatoes and fried eggplant are amazing :)

            I've also been meaning to try Halleluia- I understand they serve Israeli-style Middle Eastern food but they also have a few Uzbek dishes on the menu. http://www.halleluiarestaurant.com/

          2. c
            canddlovegreatfood Jan 30, 2008 07:09 AM

            We are not fans of Autogrill - food is ok but I kind of feel like I am in a cafeteria. How about Edo? After too many disappointing Summerlicious/Winterlicious experiences, we now avoid all, with one exception - Edo does a terrific Winterlicious meal. Very pleasant service too.

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            1. re: canddlovegreatfood
              torontofoodiegirl Jan 30, 2008 07:49 AM

              I forgot about Edo. It's great sushi (a little pricey, but worth the extra cash). Try the tuna carpaccio -- it's not on the menu, but is divine. I find service to be hit and miss, but I still go there.

              I agree with the comment about Autogrill's atmosphere (it's a bit cold/stark) but the food is quite good, and the pickings in that neighbourhood are fairly slim.

              1. re: canddlovegreatfood
                pescatarian Jan 30, 2008 08:58 AM

                I used to like Edo also, but I haven't been there in years. Has anyone been there recently who can comment on it's current quality.

                1. re: pescatarian
                  rbc Jan 30, 2008 01:20 PM

                  What about Sado Sushi (2 blocks east of Allen Road on the north side of Eglinton)? Amazing sushi, amazing service.

                  1. re: rbc
                    pearlD Jan 30, 2008 04:58 PM

                    I went to Sado Sushi and thought the food looked too good to eat...I did eat it but thought it looked better than it tasted......there are more
                    than enough Japanese restaurants around where you can be gratified that if you want to appreciate the food and the 'plating'...you don't have to go to Sado Sushi.....I would not go back.

              2. k
                kasey j miller Jan 30, 2008 01:32 PM

                There is also Seven Nunmbers.

                1. blue bike Jan 30, 2008 07:27 PM

                  My vote goes to Fat Cat, as well. Great experience. Might be busy with Winterlicious, though.

                  1. abscissa Jan 31, 2008 09:28 AM

                    Thank you everyone who replied for your tips. I'm going to do winterlicious at Edo -- a place I normally avoid but for $25 dinner there, I'll give it another shot. Otherwise I think I would have gone to Autogrill. However, I am eager to try Fat Cat, too, once Winterlicious is over.

                    As for Ferraro -- I used to like that place for inexpensive lunches and their pizza is decent but last time I was there for dinner, it was like Chuck-E-Cheese -- there were kids running around everywhere screaming, it was utterly intolerable.

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