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Feb 11, 2008 11:14 AM

ISO quick bites along Queen Street

I'm planning a "be a tourist in your own city" outing for my SO by riding the length of the Queen Street streetcar (the longest surface route in Canada), and looking for quick, CHEAP and tasty bites along the way!
The route starts at Neville Park and ends at Long Branch (along I'd consider turning around after High Park).

This map was great in helping me learn just which neighbourhoods we'll be passing through:

Based on what I've read, it sounds like some good pit stops are Leslieville, poutine stop at Nathan Phillips Square, Queen West and maybe Liberty.

Any specific suggestions for food vendors, restos, or even winter picnic food suggestions are very very welcome!


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  1. Just don't go east of Woodbine. We already know there are no good eats in The Beach. :D

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    1. re: futronic

      Well you at least would need to stop at Eds!

    2. You can get a pretty tasty reasonably priced sandwich and/or salad at Vivetha Bistro at the Neville end of your tour. Here's the take-out menu -

      2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

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      1. re: JamieK

        You've got me with Ed's. It really is tasty. Not exactly "winter picnic food" though! :D

        I've been to Vivetha once, and thought it was okay. Not great.

        1. re: JamieK

          Is this Ed's Real Scoop? What's good to eat in cold weather?

          The breakfast menu at Vivetha looks great!

          1. re: ShanaGirl

            Yes, Ed's Real Scoop -
            Can't tell you what to eat in cold weather but apparently he makes a special St Patrick's Guiness ice cream to come up soon...

            I know there are some mixed reviews of Vivietha but I think for the purposes of this tour it fits perfectly as the end of the line snack or even winter picnic destination. I've always found the food (and service) good there.

            Ed's Real Scoop
            2224 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1E9, CA

            1. re: ShanaGirl

              It is, this is true. Having said that I have been known to get ice cream there (even in the coldest weather). But their hot chocolate is excellent (choice of milk or dark chocolate) complete with homemade marshmallow cream!

          2. I'd recommend Cajun Corner - a little gumbo or some fresh beignets would be a lovely and cheap way to warm up.

            Cajun Corner
            214 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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            1. re: Wahooty

              another vote for cajun corner but i'd go with the catfish po'boy.

              westwards, at dunn ave (past dufferin) is roti lady and i personally love her curry goat. however, the past few times i've been by she's been closed and so you might want to call to see if she's open. there are a couple other west indies places in the nabe but i've only had bad experiences at them.

              i love the scones at cafe bernate but nothing else. you'll probably be here in the afternoon and so they may not have them.

              salvadore darling is my coffee place if i'm west end but i've heard they've got some great sandwiches and bring in croissants from a known bakery that i just can't recall.

              i'd be tempted to drop into the dominion (east side) for a beer but the weather might suggest a hot chocolate as a better option. in which case i believe there's a hot chocolate thread around that's got a few east side options.

              there's the burritos at johny banana's just north on bathurst... you'll have to check other threads for comments. or before bathurst there's the love it or hate it greatness of new york subs. i personally like the lamb or cauliflower.

              at spadina i'd probably drop into le gourmand just to browse some of their luxury goodies and pick up a bar of dolfin chocolate. this might also be your best bet for coffee along the strip (niche or just us don't do it for me).

              oh and prague deli! nice creampuffs and for some reason that's all i ever focus on. everything else seems quite nice though.

              i'd probably skip liberty village and try to go up ronces.

            2. Stop off at Mercury Organic espresso bar for a yummy cappuccino

              Mercury Organic Espresso Bar
              915 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A, CA

              1. Another must stop in the Beach is the Goof, not that the food is exceptional in any way but it's an institution and as a self-proclaimed tourist, you are duty-bound to visit and take out some egg rolls or something just so you can say you've been. Beech & Queen

                Garden Gate
                2379 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

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                1. re: JamieK

                  If you stop at the Goof (Garden Gate) you should drop by the Belgian Chocolate Shop 21/2 blocks east and pick up something to go. The Grand Marnier are my favourite, but that's a personal choice. If you like chocolate their's is really quite wonderful.