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Greek Gourmet on Avenue Rd. - delish.

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magic Feb 11, 2008 09:39 AM

Can’t believe it’s not busier. Incredible pan fried sole. Oh dear this sole is truly a thing of wonder. Drool. Wonderful Moussaka and Gryos. Rice that immediately sets itself apart from other Greek spots. And housemade Tzatziki. Killer. Also, the greek salad is never an afterthought, which I find many other good Greek spots suffer from. Fresh crisp veggies, perfectly dressed and seasoned. Friendly staff always. Nothing fancy, but quiet and pleasant. A real find if you’ve never been. Avenue Rd, just north of Lawrence on West side.

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    robb RE: magic Feb 11, 2008 10:19 AM

    Magic-I agree it's a pretty good spot but I think you're overdoing it a little. I often pick up a Greek chicken salad for dinner and they have a good lunch special on Thursday and Friday-chicken or pork sovlaki on a bun or pita with fries or Grekk Salad for about $8.00 including tax. Very fresh and a good sized portion. FYI-I find the rice and potatoes exactly like other Greek spots.

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      FresserGuy RE: robb Feb 12, 2008 04:35 PM

      I tend to agree - it's good, although not super spectacular. I find the menu just like all the other greek places, with the standard platters, of garlic bread, greek salad, rice, potatoes, tzatziki, and skewers of meat. But I much prefer it over Mr. Greek and other such chains - I find the rice better, tzatziki (as noted above) a nicer homemade type, and the greek salad nicer. Also, the moussaka is quite good. If you live near Avenue rd and Lawrence, and have a craving for Mr. Greek style greek food, it's definately a notch better.

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        magic RE: FresserGuy Feb 13, 2008 06:09 AM

        Have you guys had their sole?

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          to_frankie RE: magic Mar 25, 2008 03:57 PM

          big thumbs up from me as well on Greek Gourmet..I just had it for the first time while walking by yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. Its not the rainbow room by any stretch of the imagination but, it's a good neighbourhood find.

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            magic RE: to_frankie Mar 26, 2008 06:28 AM

            Exactly.

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              magic RE: magic Jan 28, 2009 06:49 AM

              Anyone know what’s going on with Greek Gourmet??

              Driven by a few times recently, only to see it closed, with a sign reading “Closed due to bad weather”.

              What’s going on? I grow concerned.

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                theresah RE: magic Jan 28, 2009 07:18 AM

                I believe that they have suffered water damage. No date set to open as of yet. I have walked by this place for the past 3 years and have never gone in. Thank you all for opening a new door for me.

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                  magic RE: theresah Jan 28, 2009 07:22 AM

                  Hmm, that seems to be reasonable. I do hope they open soon.

                  Did the sign about bad weather give you this info??

                  In any case, thanks!

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                    theresah RE: magic Jan 29, 2009 04:45 AM

                    No, the sign reads "due to water damage we will be closed today". Hope this helps.

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      ksapd RE: magic Jan 29, 2009 12:15 PM

      Anyone know if this is the same Greek Gourmet that used to be on east side of Yonge Street north of Lawrence closer to Yonge Blvd? It was pretty good then They were in a very large space and I am sure the rent was high - perhaps they moved to Avenue Rd.

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        magic RE: ksapd Jan 29, 2009 12:33 PM

        Yup, this is the same place. Food stayed the same (in other words, really good) when it moved to Avenue Road. They moved to Avenue Rd/Lawrence 4 years ago I'd say...

        Wonder if they've reopened post water damage yet....?

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          theresah RE: magic Jan 29, 2009 01:24 PM

          Just walked by an hour ago and yes they are still closed due to water damage. Let's wish them luck.

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            magic RE: theresah Jan 29, 2009 06:37 PM

            I don't know.....that's a long time to be closed for water damage.... I am definitely wishing them luck. Thanks for the update.

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              magic RE: magic Feb 6, 2009 08:05 PM

              Though this might be the least popular thread on this board I thought I'd post an update. Walked past today, and it was STILL closed, after 3 weeks or so! But for those of you who care - good news. Someone was inside so I got him to come outside. The guy was an employee and said there truly were water leakage issues and it would likely reopen within a week. Since it had been closed for several weeks due to ‘water damage’ I feared the worst. Turns out it really just was water damage (according to him). Not sure why it is taking so long to fix. But I look fwd to it opening again. Good little spot.

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                Googs RE: magic Feb 8, 2009 06:57 AM

                It might have caused structural damage. A big no-no if you're planning on putting humans between the walls. Please post when it opens again.

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                  magic RE: Googs Feb 9, 2009 05:55 AM

                  Haha, this is true. OK, Will do.

      2. duckdown RE: magic Feb 7, 2009 09:30 AM

        Chicken souvlaki is one of my favorite things to eat!

        Thanks for the reccomendation, my favorite local greek place closed down a few months ago and I haven't had any in ages

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          magic RE: duckdown Feb 7, 2009 02:06 PM

          Pleasure! Honestly, I've never even had their souvlaki. I tend to stick with their pan-fried sole, gyros on pita, and moussaka. So can't vouch for the souvlaki. Hopefully it's good. When I saw it on another table it looked fairly standard, but who knows. If you want really great chicken souvlaki go to Mashu Mashu on Spadina, just north of St. Clair. It's actually shish kebab, but if you like beautifully made souvlaki you'll like Mashu Mashu's kebabs.

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            duckdown RE: magic Feb 7, 2009 11:47 PM

            Also sounds amazing.

            Will definitely check both of these out, at earliest convenience

            thanks, cheers!

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              magic RE: duckdown Feb 9, 2009 05:56 AM

              Cheers.

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                theresah RE: magic Mar 2, 2009 01:12 PM

                I walked by today and it appears that they are still closed. Does anyone have an update as to when they will be opening?

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                  magic RE: theresah Mar 2, 2009 02:17 PM

                  I know, at this stage I seriously doubt their problems are related to water damage. It's been close for darn near 2 months! According to someone I spoke to who was inside the restaurant on Feb 7 it was supposed to reopen weeks ago! So obviously something is not right there. If it opens again I'll be surprised. And happy! Crossing my fingers but not holding my breath…

                  Other than that, I am profoundly uninformative. Sorry :(

                  If anyone else has some info I’m very curious too.

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                    FresserGuy RE: magic Mar 2, 2009 03:06 PM

                    Their voice mail still says something like "we are closed due to water damage" - i called last week, and it was the same message as a month earlier.

                    Clearly there is more going on than just water damage that needs fixing - it doesn't look promising!

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                      magic RE: FresserGuy Mar 2, 2009 05:34 PM

                      Yes, agreed.

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          Raquel RE: magic Mar 3, 2009 08:07 AM

          Sad state of affairs in the Greek cuisine world when one place can garner so much attention and get stretched into so many repies!

          Is it that we're so lacking for good Greek food in the city that this is so?

          If that's the case, maybe I'll just take over that lease and show everyone what real Greek food should be....but will you all come, is the question!

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            magic RE: Raquel Mar 3, 2009 08:42 AM

            I'm there : )

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              theresah RE: magic Mar 23, 2009 12:48 PM

              Just walked by and the water damage sign is down and the tables are set. Although, the windows are covered in moisture. Not sure if it is open, but looks promising.

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                magic RE: theresah Mar 23, 2009 01:00 PM

                Funny you mention this. I noticed this as well, so I just called them up today and someone actually answered. Which surprised me. He said they reopened up for delivery over the weekend (maybe for takeout too, I can’t recall 100%) and that hopefully they’d follow suit with opening the actual dining area quite soon. Seeing as they’ve been closed for what, like 3 months now, it’s amazing that they’ve survived their water damage. Incredible. Good for them. If all goes well I look forward to returning soon! Thanks for the update: )

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                  Chester Eleganté RE: magic Mar 23, 2009 02:07 PM

                  haha you really been jonesin for this place eh?

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                    magic RE: Chester Eleganté Mar 23, 2009 07:36 PM

                    I am not well, I know ;)

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                      theresah RE: magic Mar 25, 2009 05:21 AM

                      Great news! I walked by last night and there were people eating dinner inside of the restaurant. Now I will get to try out the hot local spot.

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                        magic RE: theresah Mar 25, 2009 06:33 AM

                        Haha, well done Greek Gourmet. Well done.

                        Listen, I caution you though that it's far from a hotspot. It's downhome, no frills food. But it's done right. If it's your first time there I would definitely suggest the pan fried sole. Soooooo good. Otherwise, the moussaka or gyros in pita. Their rice is delish too. But do it right.... sole first time out.

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            tsupport RE: magic Sep 8, 2009 03:12 PM

            Went there last night with two kids and the meal was VERY tasty, the service very friendly and the price very reasonable. Would highly recommend this place over similar spots.

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              shannonjd RE: magic Jul 5, 2011 04:23 PM

              I have to agree with Magic on this one. their sole dinner is definitely delish!!!! I definitely recommend it!

              Like other posters have mentioned, it's not the fanciest place, but the food is fresh and tasty. The best part is that they deliver :)

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                magic RE: shannonjd Jul 5, 2011 05:03 PM

                Yesssssss!

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                  justsayn RE: magic Jul 5, 2011 05:13 PM

                  Over 3 years later and its still great! Have to try it for sure!

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                    magic RE: justsayn Jul 5, 2011 08:42 PM

                    If you go I hope you enjoy :) !

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                magic RE: magic Feb 17, 2014 03:06 PM

                I noticed a big 'For Lease' sign in the window.

                The tables are still set, with silverware etc set. Looks like business as usual inside.

                Other than the For Lease sign in the window all looks normal.

                Anyone know anything??

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                  magic RE: magic Feb 18, 2014 08:27 AM

                  Anyone?

                  (Phone number gives a busy signal btw)

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                    tsupport RE: magic Feb 18, 2014 03:36 PM

                    Sadly it looks like Robbie is no longer in business at this location.

                    If anyone knows if he has re-located, please let us all know.

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                      magic RE: tsupport Feb 18, 2014 04:41 PM

                      It certainly does appear that way.

                      If they have relocated that would be swell to know, yes.

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