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LTL Feb 15, 2008 08:21 AM

I work downtown and sometimes head to the UofT downtown campus to meet Mr. LTL on his study break for either lunch or a light dinner. There are so many options around there that seem to be hit and miss so I'm looking for recommendations of reliable good eats, any cuisine. Thanks in advance!

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    Paula from Toronto Feb 15, 2008 11:33 AM

    The area around U of T tends to be a bit of a foodie dead zone, imho. However, if you are willing to travel to the northern edge of the 'hood (ie. Bedford just south of Dupont), Le Paradis is a nice little french bistro. Reservations are highly recommended.

    Vittorio's on Avenue Road isn't bad for Italian either!

    1. abscissa Feb 15, 2008 11:40 AM

      Joso's, at Av & Dav, is perfect for a lunch or a light dinner. For dinner, you might need reserves. For lunch it can get pretty busy too... (seafood / Mediterranean )

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        C.Jackson Feb 15, 2008 11:44 AM

        Pho Hung in chinatown has decent pho noodles.

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          LTL Feb 16, 2008 07:44 AM

          The only place I like eating pho outside my homemade version is Pho Phuong. I think they make the closest to authentic!

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          camp1980 Feb 15, 2008 12:35 PM

          What about eating at UofT? The Hart House has their downstairs grill (not a clue of the name) Prices are reasonable, choice is really good, and the food I have always enjoyed. Strongly recommend sitting out in the spring/early summer (they close down for the actual summer) on the patio.
          4 of us went one day all had different ethnic dishes.

          1. Splendid Wine Snob Feb 15, 2008 01:15 PM

            Not sure what your price point is but...

            The lovely Hart House Gallery Grill would be a good option (only been for lunch) or Matahari, which is a great Malaysian spot on Baldwin. Love, love, love Matahari.

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              vorpal Feb 16, 2008 04:52 AM

              Second Matahari. I went there last night for a day-late Valentine's Day dinner. Great service and divine food. I love this place for its consistency; I've never had a meal there that didn't leave me feeling like heaven.

            2. JamieK Feb 15, 2008 03:51 PM

              Boulevard Cafe on Harbord for South American, nice patio too.
              Also 93 Harbord, Messis, Tati Bistro, all on Harbord to the west of the campus.

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              93 Harbord
              93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

              Messis
              97 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

              Boulevard Cafe
              161 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

              Tati
              124 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G8, CA

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                LTL Feb 16, 2008 07:43 AM

                Thanks for all the great suggestions - can't wait to try them. I can always count on everyone here for a wealth of dining knowledge ;)

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