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  • Googs Feb 2, 2008 12:21 PM
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Annually as the snow piles up and the temperatures go down the same question arises all over the Toronto CH board. “Where can I dine without freezing my toches off to get there?”

This was originally created for the benefit of my girlfriends. We need a list of restos that are spike-heeled-running-distance from the subway. It’s updated it annually to reflect the new and the passing so as to not waste precious steps. It is not specifically a list of “the best” restos in town. Its main purpose is function.

While I’ve been to many of these I haven’t been to all. An effort was made to add adventure by having a few new ones to try along the February blahs way to spring thaw awes. I’ve done careful research of opinions on this board and elsewhere for intersections that I don’t frequent to create the newbie list. After all, I have every intention of taking my friends to these places.

It is by no means comprehensive. The grazing range for my friends and I tends to be south of Eglinton and east of Bathurst. CH expertise for the subway stops not covered is very welcome.

Here it is for what it’s worth:

BLOOR - DANFORTH LINE

St. George, 323 Bloor St W
Bar Mercurio, 270 Bloor St W
http://www.barmercurio.com/

Bay, 64 Bloor St W
Pangaea, 1221 Bay St
http://www.pangaearestaurant.com/

Yonge, 733 Yonge St
Wish, 3 Charles St E
http://www.wishrestaurant.ca/

Sherbourne & Castle Frank
no dice

Broadview, 90 Danforth Ave
Globe Bistro, 124 Danforth Ave
http://www.globebistro.com/

Chester, 370 Danforth Ave
Lambros Meze Wine Bar, 397 Danforth Ave
http://www.dine.to/lambros

Pape, 650 Danforth Ave
Il Fornello, 576 Danforth Ave
http://ilfornello.com/index.html

Donlands, 990 Danforth Ave
The Only Cafe, 972 Danforth Ave
http://www.theonlycafe.com/

Greenwood, 1177 Danforth Ave
Ten Feet Tall, 1381 Danforth Ave.
http://www.tenfeettall.ca/

Coxwell, 1688 Danforth Ave
Quattro 4 Ragazze, 1792 Danforth Ave
http://www.quattro4ragazze.com/

Woodbine, 2072 Danforth Ave
Relish Bar & Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave
http://www.relishbarandgrill.com/

Main Street, 2550 Danforth Ave
Grumbles Deli-Cafe, 290 Main St
http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/li...

YONGE LINE

Eglinton, 2190 Yonge St
Zucca, 2150 Yonge St
http://www.zuccatrattoria.com/

Davisville, 1900 Yonge St
Tabule, 2009 Yonge St
http://www.tabule.ca/

St. Clair, 1441 Yonge St
Didier, 1496 Yonge St
http://www.restaurantdidier.com/

Summerhill, 1189 Yonge St
The Abbott on the Hill, 1276 Yonge St
http://www.restaurantica.com/restaura...

Rosedale, 1009 Yonge St
Rebel House, 1068 Yonge St
http://www.rebelhouse.ca/

Wellesley, 551 Yonge St
Hernando's Hideaway, 545 Yonge St
http://www.hernandoshideaway.com/

Volo, 587 Yonge St
http://www.barvolo.com/

College, 448 Yonge St
Daio Japanese, 45 Carlton St
http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/li...

Dundas, 300 Yonge St
Superior, 253 Yonge St
http://www.superiorrestaurant.com/

Oro, 45 Elm St
http://www.ororestaurant.com/

Queen, 171 Yonge St
George, 111C Queen St E
http://www.georgeonqueen.com/

Spices Cafe, 4 Temperance St
http://toronto.24hrs.ca/Columnists/St...

King, 70 Yonge St
Beer Bistro, 18 King St E
http://www.beerbistro.com/

Colborne Lane, 45 Colborne St
http://www.colbornelane.com/

Union, 55 Front St W
Ki, 181 Bay St.
http://www.kijapanese.com/

Takesushi, 22 Front St W
http://www.takesushi.ca/

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  1. Googs, I've got a question/idea about this list that I'd like to discuss off-board. Would you mind dropping me an email about it? greg@tasteto.com

    1. Can't edit the original post so I'll just add this on for...

      Yonge
      Imperia, 17 Yorkville Ave
      http://www.torontoplus.ca/portal/prof...

      1. Hey, Googs. This is a very good idea.

        To add to your list, I'd suggest:
        Pastis, between Summerhill and Rosedale Stations (closer to Summerhill, I guess). 1158 Yonge St., about a five minute walk from Summerhill.

        Dukem (Ethiopian), at 950 Danforth, about five minutes from Donlands Station. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/437770

        Peach Garden Restaurant, at 45 Carlton St., beside Daio. Pretty good pho.

        Outside your parameters, but convenient by subway:
        Merlot, 2994 Bloor St W. Subway: Royal York, 3012 Bloor St W

        Bistro Tournesol, 406 Dupont. Subway, Dupont Station, 278 Dupont, at Spadina, on the University/Spadina Line http://www.bistrotournesol.com/

        Jamie Kennedy Gardiner, at the Gardiner Museum, at Museum Station, http://www.jkkitchens.com/content/jk-...

        C5 at the ROM, also at Museum Station

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        1. re: hungry_pangolin

          Well done Hungry P.

          To clarify, the list isn't meant to service just me and my friends so our normal parameters don't come into play. I thought it was time to get the ball rolling on something comprehensive for the winter time benefit of all Hounds at all subway stops. Our collective knowledge should do the trick. The only real constraint, in consideration of the Lady Hounds, is the aforementioned spike-heeled-running-distance.

        2. Tabule isn't all that winter-friendly. I remember joking with the wait staff on a particularly cold day about which subway station is closer (Eglinton or Davisville), they rolled their eyes and laughed. The reality is both stations are at least 5 minutes walking away.

          I'd add the following:
          Yonge & Bloor
          Focaccia Restaurant, 17 Hayden Street
          http://www.focacciarestaurant.com/

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          Focaccia
          17 Hayden St, Toronto, ON M4Y2P2, CA

          1 Reply
          1. re: climacus

            Davisville is closer to Tabule than Eglinton by 0.1 km. Honest. If you know a good resto closer to Davisville station please share. Thanks climacus.

          2. Dufferin station - Roma Ristorante -- one block east so not entirely pain-free in a cold windy snowstorm (I speak from experience) but well worth it (good pizza!), and nothing closer.

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            Ristorante Roma
            1090 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1M6, CA

            1. Coxwell - you can't get any closer to Coxwell station than the Bus Terminal restauant, a licensed diner with retro decor and a varied menu, the roti is supposed to be good, haven't tried it, and of course greasyspoon breakfasts. When you walk out of Coxwell station, turn left (west) and there is a little laneway/path on your left that takes you straight to the restaurant.

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              Bus Terminal
              1606 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1H6, CA

              1. Davisville -- Bow and Arrow
                Bay - Bloor Street Diner - you don't even have to go outside
                St George - Bedford exit - Duke of York, just a quick dash to warmth, beer and pub fare

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                Duke Of York
                39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2, CA

                Bow & Arrow
                1954 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                Bloor Street Diner
                55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W1A5, CA

                6 Replies
                1. re: JamieK

                  from Bedford (St George) station, just 10 steps past the Duke and you're at Opus for more upscale fare -

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                  Opus
                  37 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1B2, CA

                  1. re: JamieK

                    JamieK is the Bedford Ballroom no longer right on top of St George? Wouldn't that be the closer than the chain Duke for decent cheap eats, beer, and pool?

                    1. re: Googs

                      I think it's gone, along with the rest of the places along that stretch, torn down for.... you guessed it --- another condo building.

                      1. re: JamieK

                        Holy cow! I liked that place. Have you tried the Bedford Academy on Prince Arthur right next door to Fieramosca?

                        1. re: Googs

                          No, the few times we tried to get a seat in the Bedford Academy, it was jammed pack full of (I believe) U of T students, so I guess our timing was not good. And I'd also like to try Fieramosca some day.

                          My friends and I attend a long-standing evening class in the area, and the Duke has become our after-class default (although it can also explode with a sudden rush of noisily exuberant students at times too). The Duke was also ideal in the pre-SFOA days as the whole second floor was smoke-free. Now of course, that doesn't matter.

                          Besides the Duke's proximity to a subway station, there's also a Green P right on Bedford, which is another plus for me as I usually drive (smack! -- a slap on my environmentally incorrect wrist).

                      2. re: Googs

                        The space that was The Bedford Ballroom was, back in the late '70s/early 80s, a cheap and cheerful place called Rudy's. It made an appearance in Robertson Davies's The Rebel Angels as The Rude Plenty, at which a drunken dinner takes place. Then it become Mother's, a pizza joint. Jeez, I'm getting old...

                    2. Bathurst
                      Insomnia

                      Spadina
                      cluck grunt and low
                      and all the sushi places

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                      Insomnia
                      563 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y6, CA

                      Cluck Grunt & Low
                      362 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X2, CA

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                      1. re: LemonLauren

                        speaking of spadina... with all the love/hate of thai in toronto i've really enjoyed the food from real thailand. sandwiched between two different exits at spadina (walmer and spadina ave) it's super easy to get to. plus, if you use the walmer exit i think there's a hallway path shared by the main floor businesses along bloor and the apt building there that will have you outside for only mere seconds.

                        and how could no one mentions osgoode thus far?
                        there's the strip of indian restos (little india being my current front runner), ematei for a little ramen or fried oysters, and korean grill house when i'm in a protein mood tinged with a little propane.

                        1. re: LemonLauren

                          I'll add some of my favs too:

                          Wellsley - Segovia - 5 St. Nicolas Street
                          College - Ginger - 403 Yonge St.
                          Dundas - Salad King - 335 Yonge St.
                          Queen - Terroni - 57a Adelade St.
                          Union - Hot House Cafe (35 Church St.) and C'est What (67 Front St East)
                          Osgoode - Trimurti (265 Queen West) and Everest (232 Queen West)
                          Spadina/Bathurst - Sushi on Bloor - 515 Bloor West
                          Bathurst - Victory Cafe (581 Markham), The Central (603 Markham), Butlers Pantry (591 Markham)

                          I know you said east of Bathurst but there are some great places West of there too so here's a few incase you decide to venture out:

                          Lansdown - Ciro's - 1316 Bloor West
                          Dundas West - Yummy BBQ (inside the Crossways Mall)
                          Keele - King Slice Pizza - 1598 Bloor West
                          Runnymede - Queen's Pasta Cafe (2263 Bloor West) and Green Mango (2180 Bloor West)
                          Jane - Bryden's (2455 Bloor West), Amber (2372 Bloor West), Falafel World (2396 Bloor West), ASA Sushi (18 Jane St.)
                          Royal York - Cru (946 Royal York Rd)

                          1. re: LovesToEat

                            Let me say again LTE, the hope is that we can cover the entire subway system. I figured this would benefit all Hounds whether they're at Kipling or Kennedy, Finch or Downsview or any place between. Kind of a group project. I just wanted to kick start this since it is a common problem that needs a solution.

                            1. re: LovesToEat

                              I'm sensing you may like beer... Great suggestions LovesToEat. Some very intriguing offerings. Anything else you'd like to add before I publish the update?

                          2. Oh! Another:

                            Osgoode Station:
                            For lunch only, by reservation, the Dining Hall in Osgoode Hall. I was there for lunch two weeks ago, and it was excellent. (Apparently, Gina Mallet recently had unkind things to say about it, but I didn't see the review.)

                            1. Great idea Googs.
                              Two additions for Spadina station:

                              Mount Everest, 469 Bloor St W
                              www.mteverestrestaurant.com

                              Thai Basil, 467 Bloor St W
                              www.thaibasil.ca

                              1. DONLANDS_ Danforth line

                                Makkah Takeout and Restaurant-North east corner Donlands and Danforth--
                                Spicy Pakistani food- Simple Unpretentious- Tasty .....Great Naan

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                                1. re: fruglescot

                                  Bay Station - Bloor Street Diner

                                  1. re: millygirl

                                    An Eatertainment resto? Really?

                                    1. re: Googs

                                      Yes, why not? I've had some pretty good meals there and it sure is convenient in the cold weather which I thought was the whole idea of your post in the first place - functionality.

                                      1. re: Googs

                                        lol, that's why I suggested it above. The criteria was that it didn't have to be "a best of" resto. I've enjoyed a few meals there and when the weather outside is frightful, believe me, Bloor Street Diner is good enough. But then I'm a total winter wuss.

                                        1. re: JamieK

                                          Okay okaaaay. I guess I did say this was for *all* Hounds. ;-)

                                          1. re: JamieK

                                            Ooops sorry JamieK.....didn't mean to steal your thunder :)

                                            1. re: millygirl

                                              I'll leave my opinions on Eatertainment for another thread. It will be challenging enough to compile the new info as it is. Meet you on another post?

                                              1. re: Googs

                                                I want to know your thoughts on them...I've used them as a cateror for events and had no problems, so I'd be curious.

                                              2. re: millygirl

                                                thunder shmunder! It's always nice to be backed up by someone whose opinion is respected.

                                                1. re: JamieK

                                                  I think we're probably best off agreeing to disagree on this one. My BSD Toronto tradition is 25 years of disappointment. Obviously your experiences differ.

                                                  I'm not editing out selections made by the Hounds anyway as that would be counterproductive and selfish.

                                                  Moving on.

                                          2. re: millygirl

                                            Also close to Bay:
                                            The Scaccia take-out in the basement of the Manulife is handy & pretty tasty for a quick sandwich.

                                          3. re: fruglescot

                                            Does Makkah have seating? I thought it was take out only.

                                            1. re: millygirl

                                              MAKKAH DELIVERS to your table
                                              Makkah does most of its business in the form of takeout with so many cabbies coming and going between fares, however go right to the back and up a short flight of stairs and discover the small but adequate seating area. Be sure to order extra naan.

                                            2. re: fruglescot

                                              Donlands station:
                                              For breakfast, try the Motorama, great cheap standard breakfast.

                                              Chester Station:
                                              Panthleon (spelling might be off).

                                              1. re: smr714

                                                Also close to Chester: Astoria- the closest restaurant to Chester, (but stick with the souvlaki at Astoria)
                                                Also, Avli (beside Pantheon) and Messini (also close to Pantheon)

                                            3. Googs - this is one of my all time favorites. I have it book marked and emailed. Thanks for taking it on!

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                                              1. re: xssnrg

                                                You're very welcome. I'll be distilling and compiling the new info into the subway map style format over the weekend. (Phew. Only half way through and BOY so many good places to list!) Hopefully the update will come out early next week.

                                                1. re: Googs

                                                  You might think about publishing it as a general gift to Toronto! Such a great idea... would make a wonderful "riding" tour of our fair city for tourists... especially as it comes from grass-root foodies...

                                              2. Osgoode... Monsoon, Tundra.

                                                1. One restaurant very close to Eglinton Stn (ie. just east on the north side of Eg) is what is now the "Midtown" (formerly the Summit). In its previous incarnation, you could usually get a pretty decent (though far from life-changing) meal. I'm not sure what it's like now that it's changed hands - anyone know?? Its real selling features are proximity to the subway in the winter, and great patio in the summer.

                                                  1. Here's the update on locations passing the spike-heel running distance test. Okay today isn't an example of it, but the weather should make this list a necessary evil for at least a few more weeks. I'd like to thank all of the contributors to this community project. I would especially like to thank LovesToEat for a tremendous # of suggestions many of which are off-the-beaten path yet oh so conveniently located. This has been a great experiment. Keep 'em coming. 35 down, 27 to go.

                                                    BLOOR - DANFORTH LINE

                                                    Royal York, 3012 Bloor St W
                                                    Merlot, 2994 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.torontoplus.ca/bars_restau...

                                                    Cru, 946 Royal York Rd
                                                    http://www.crurestaurant.ca/

                                                    Old Mill, 2672 Bloor St W
                                                    The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd
                                                    http://www.oldmilltoronto.com/restaur...

                                                    Jane, 2440 Bloor St W
                                                    Asa Sushi, 18 Jane St
                                                    http://www.asasushi.com/

                                                    Bryden’s, 2455 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.restaurantica.com/restaura...

                                                    Amber European Restaurant, 2372 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.torontolife.com/guide/rest...

                                                    Falafel World, 2396 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/li...

                                                    Runnymede, 2218 Bloor St W
                                                    Queen’s Pasta Café, 2263 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.queenspastacafe.com/

                                                    Green Mango, 2180 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.greenmango.ca/

                                                    Keele, 1733 Bloor St W
                                                    King Slice Pizza, 1598 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.kingslice.ca/

                                                    Dundas West, 1525 Bloor St W
                                                    Yummy BBQ, Crossways Mall, 2340 Dundas St W
                                                    http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/beyond...

                                                    Lansdowne, 1287 Bloor St W
                                                    Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.torontoplus.ca/bars_restau...

                                                    Dufferin, 1126 Bloor St W
                                                    Pizza Roma, 1090 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.pizzaroma.yp.ca/

                                                    Bathurst, 565 Bloor St W
                                                    Insomnia Bar and Café, 563 Bloor St W
                                                    http://insomniacafe.com/

                                                    Sushi On Bloor, 515 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.sushionbloor.com/

                                                    Victory Café, 581 Markham St
                                                    http://www.victorycafe.ca/

                                                    Butler’s Pantry, 591 Markham St
                                                    http://www.butlerspantry.ca/

                                                    The Central, 603 Markham St
                                                    http://www.toronto.com/bars_clubs/art...

                                                    Spadina, 371 Bloor St W
                                                    Cluck, Grunt & Low, 362 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.cluck.ca/

                                                    Real Thailand, 350 Bloor St W
                                                    http://itcegroup.net/realthailand/

                                                    Thai Basil, 467 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.thaibasil.ca/

                                                    Mt Everest, 469 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.mteverestrestaurant.ca/hom...

                                                    St. George, 323 Bloor St W
                                                    Bar Mercurio, 270 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.barmercurio.com/

                                                    Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave
                                                    http://york.thedukepubs.ca/

                                                    Opus, 37 Prince Arthur Ave
                                                    http://www.opusrestaurant.com/opus.taf

                                                    Bay, 64 Bloor St W
                                                    Pangaea, 1221 Bay St
                                                    http://www.pangaearestaurant.com/

                                                    Bloor Street Diner, 55 Bloor St W
                                                    http://www.bloorstreetdiner.com/resta...

                                                    Yonge, 733 Yonge St
                                                    Focaccia Restaurant, 17 Hayden Street
                                                    http://www.focacciarestaurant.com/

                                                    Wish, 3 Charles St E
                                                    http://www.wishrestaurant.ca/

                                                    Imperia, 17 Yorkville Ave
                                                    http://www.torontoplus.ca/portal/prof...

                                                    Broadview, 90 Danforth Ave
                                                    Globe Bistro, 124 Danforth Ave
                                                    http://www.globebistro.com/

                                                    Chester, 370 Danforth Ave
                                                    Lambros Meze Wine Bar, 397 Danforth Ave
                                                    http://www.dine.to/lambros

                                                    Pape, 650 Danforth Ave
                                                    Il Fornello, 576 Danforth Ave
                                                    http://ilfornello.com/index.html

                                                    Donlands, 990 Danforth Ave
                                                    The Only Café, 972 Danforth Ave
                                                    http://www.theonlycafe.com/

                                                    Dukem, 950 Danforth Ave
                                                    http://www.chow.com/places/7457

                                                    Makkah, 1020 Danforth Ave
                                                    http://www.dine.to/makkah

                                                    Greenwood, 1177 Danforth Ave
                                                    Ten Feet Tall, 1381 Danforth Ave.
                                                    http://www.tenfeettall.ca/

                                                    Coxwell, 1688 Danforth Ave
                                                    Bus Terminal, 1606 Danforth Ave
                                                    http://www.chow.com/places/14422

                                                    Quattro 4 Ragazze, 1792 Danforth Ave
                                                    http://www.quattro4ragazze.com/

                                                    Woodbine, 2072 Danforth Ave
                                                    Relish Bar & Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave
                                                    http://www.relishbarandgrill.com/

                                                    Main Street, 2550 Danforth Ave
                                                    Grumbles Deli- Café, 290 Main St
                                                    http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/li...

                                                    YONGE LINE

                                                    Eglinton, 2190 Yonge St
                                                    Zucca, 2150 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.zuccatrattoria.com/

                                                    Davisville, 1900 Yonge St
                                                    Bow & Arrow Pub & Restaurant, 1954 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.arrowpubs.com/

                                                    Tabule, 2009 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.tabule.ca/

                                                    St. Clair, 1441 Yonge St
                                                    Didier, 1496 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.restaurantdidier.com/

                                                    Summerhill, 1189 Yonge St
                                                    Pastis, 1158 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/li...

                                                    The Abbott on the Hill, 1276 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.restaurantica.com/restaura...

                                                    Rosedale, 1009 Yonge St
                                                    Rebel House, 1068 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.rebelhouse.ca/

                                                    Wellesley, 551 Yonge St
                                                    Hernando's Hideaway, 545 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.hernandoshideaway.com/

                                                    Segovia, 5 St Nicholas St
                                                    http://www.dine.to/segovia

                                                    Volo, 587 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.barvolo.com/

                                                    College, 448 Yonge St
                                                    Daio Japanese, 45 Carlton St
                                                    http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/li...

                                                    Peach Garden, 45 Carlton St
                                                    http://www.restaurantica.com/restaura...

                                                    Ginger 2, 403 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.torontoplus.ca/bars_restau...

                                                    Dundas, 300 Yonge St
                                                    Salad King, 335 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.saladking.com/

                                                    Superior, 253 Yonge St
                                                    http://www.superiorrestaurant.com/

                                                    Oro, 45 Elm St
                                                    http://www.ororestaurant.com/

                                                    Queen, 171 Yonge St
                                                    George, 111C Queen St E
                                                    http://www.georgeonqueen.com/

                                                    Spices Café, 4 Temperance St
                                                    http://www.spicescafe.ca/

                                                    King, 70 Yonge St
                                                    Beer Bistro, 18 King St E
                                                    http://www.beerbistro.com/

                                                    Colborne Lane, 45 Colborne St
                                                    http://www.colbornelane.com/

                                                    Terroni, 57 Adelaide St E
                                                    http://www.terroni.ca/

                                                    Union, 55 Front St W
                                                    Ki, 181 Bay St.
                                                    http://www.kijapanese.com/

                                                    Takesushi, 22 Front St W
                                                    http://www.takesushi.ca/

                                                    UNIVERSITY-SPADINA LINE

                                                    Dupont, 278 Dupont St
                                                    Bistro Tournesol, 406 Dupont St.
                                                    http://www.bistrotournesol.com/

                                                    Museum, 75 Queen’s Park
                                                    C5 Restaurant Lounge, 100 Queen’s Park
                                                    http://www.c5restaurant.ca/

                                                    Jamie Kennedy Gardiner, 111 Queen’s Park
                                                    http://www.jkkitchens.com/content/jk-...

                                                    Osgoode, 250 University Ave
                                                    Tundra, 145 Richmond St W
                                                    http://tundra.sites.toronto.com/

                                                    Little India, 255 Queen St W
                                                    http://www.littleindia.ca/

                                                    Trimurti, 265 Queen St W
                                                    http://www.trimurti.ca/

                                                    Everest Café & Bar
                                                    http://everestcafe.tripod.com/

                                                    Ematei, 30 St Patrick St
                                                    http://www.torontolife.com/guide/rest...

                                                    Monsoon, 100 Simcoe St
                                                    http://www.monsoonrestaurant.ca/

                                                    Korean Grill House, 214 Queen St W
                                                    http://www.koreangrillhouse.com/qn_ho...

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                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                      Nothing between Dufferin and Bathurst??? Since it's (near) my stomping grounds, I'll give it a shot.
                                                      Ossington:
                                                      Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine, 860 Bloor St. West http://www.lalibelaethiopianrestauran...

                                                      The Black Horse Pub 928 Bloor St. W (although admittedly the food is just standard pub food

                                                      )

                                                      Concord Cafe 937 Bloor Street West

                                                      I love this list, i can't wait for it to be filled out for this winter.

                                                      Christie:

                                                      Tacos El Asador 690 Bloor West
                                                      Sadly the Korean Restaurant near Christie station that I like I don't think has an English sign, so I don't know its name (south side, corner of clinton? anyone?)

                                                      1. re: innercitykitty

                                                        I'd add, near Ossington:
                                                        Mexitaco
                                                        Disgraceland
                                                        Regal Garden
                                                        and, a little bit further, Banjara

                                                    2. I think Sherbourne was missed. One spot is the Groundhog Pub. I've eaten a few meals there and they were all tasty.

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                                                      1. re: air621

                                                        That's coming in the 2009 version.

                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                          Amazing post Googs. Surprised I never found it earlier. Will come in handy quite soon, I am sure.
                                                          Thanks

                                                          1. re: Googs

                                                            Googs, I know you were trying to be all-inclusive and not start any debates on last winter's thread - but please do all of us a big favour and exclude the losers and disappointing eats in your winter '09 version, e.g. Butler's Pantry, BSD, Duke of York, etc.

                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                              Yes, I'll be culling some of the "losers". It fits with my intention to cut back the # of restos per stop. Osgoode provides a real challenge on that front.

                                                              As well, there must be food further afield. The north part of the Spadina line, Scarborough RT, and the Sheppard line all need more research.

                                                              Suggestions for the 2009 version are very much welcome.

                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                I'd like to add Cru to the list of losers. They have a new chef (Greg Argent, from Rain) and the new menu is disappointing. We tried 3 dishes and all were disjointed or just plain blah.

                                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                  Apparently the business is expanding, opening a new place downtown, and Greg Argent is moving down there. I haven't yet eaten at Cru, so can't comment on the quality (though I am supposed to go soon).

                                                                  Osgoode Station has Note Bene a quick dash to the west.

                                                                  1. re: hungry_pangolin

                                                                    I didn't think Osgoode could get any more delicious. Wow. Thanks.

                                                        2. Referencing the OP's parameters --
                                                          " is not specifically a list of “the best” restos in town. Its main purpose is function."

                                                          I thought this was a list of places of refuge -- not necessarily chowish -- within easy reach of transit in blizzardy conditions. If I misunderstood, my apologies for suggesting "losers".

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                                                          1. re: JamieK

                                                            No misunderstanding. I agree the terms "losers" is too harsh. It wasn't my word. My apologies if your feelings were hurt.

                                                            With 62 subway stops and I don't know how many RT stops that I'd love to be able to add this year, I was simply thinking it may get too cluttered if I don't limit how many places per stop.

                                                            1. re: Googs

                                                              Yes, I'm harsh and I'm sorry if I offended anyone. However, the reason I'm harsh is because life is too short to waste hard-earned money on mediocre food. Googs, you know that I always appreciate your opinions. But I'm not going to get off at a particular subway stop just to eat food that causes disappointment. I may as well eat at a chain restaurant or a cheaper place if I'm just going to end up throwing my money away at a mediocre suggestion. So, I'd rather stay on the train and get off at the next stop where there's better Chow.

                                                          2. Recently went to Jean's Vegetarian Kitchen at Greenwood subway. Absolutely fantastic and must be added to the Greenwood possibility list for any commited carnivore. Even though it is vegetarian, this carnivore found everything fresh, tasty and in some cases - very meat-like!

                                                            1. Googs, I notice there's nothing listed for Dupont. Though I'm far from a vegan, I really enjoy Live at Dupont and Spadina, expecially if I feel the need for something healthy.

                                                              Also, a good addition for the 2009 edition would be Nota Bene at Osgoode.

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                                                              1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                                                                Thank you for the Live tip. Vegan restos are good to know since it's likely all of us have at least one friend or relative that wants/needs to dine veggie. Best to do it well.

                                                                Hungry Pangolin also suggested Nota Bene. A definite must add.

                                                                The 2009 CH community project version of the D&D list should come out once the temperatures cling to the zero mark. Hope that's okay all.

                                                                1. re: Googs

                                                                  Sadly, the zero mark may not be so far off. Sigh...

                                                                  1. re: Googs

                                                                    Googs, thanks so much for this. It is a truly amazing resource. I have a few suggestions for your consideration.

                                                                    Christie:
                                                                    Korean Village Han Kuk Kwan
                                                                    628 Bloor Street West
                                                                    Toronto, ON M6G 1K7
                                                                    (416) 536-0290

                                                                    Tacos El Asador:
                                                                    690 Bloor Street West
                                                                    Toronto, ON M6G 1L2
                                                                    (416) 538-9747

                                                                    Runnymede:
                                                                    Dr Generosity
                                                                    2197 Bloor Street West
                                                                    Toronto, ON M6S 1N2
                                                                    (416) 604-0704
                                                                    www.drgenerosity.com

                                                                    Dr Generosity is really a bad name - true. But it's a great neighbourhood restaurant. The food is pretty good, prices are excellent (especially on the wine list) and they are very welcoming to families.

                                                                    Thanks again for doing this. I love it.