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Mar 4, 2008 12:58 PM

Thursday lunch - Friday dinner, near the University

Bonjour Torontois - es,

I'm from Quebec city and will participate at a conference at the Toronto University this thursday and friday. I'm in search of a casual restaurant for lunch and dinner in a walkable distance of the Toronto University. Any recommandations? For friday i was thinking to Jamie Kennedy wine bar.


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  1. If you consider JKWB walkable from U of T — it's a good 20 minutes at a healthy clip one way at least — so are half of the restaurants downtown. Care to narrow it down? Or just head to Baldwin Street and take your pick.

    1. You could also consider going to Jamie Kennedy's other restaurant for the Thursday lunch. It's on the third floor of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, located on University Ave (across from the ROM), and within walking distance, much closer than JKWB and the food is excellent as well (and a little more casual). But you should make a reservation -

      For dinner there are quite a few places on Harbord Street that are good and close to the university.
      93 Harbord Street is one -- again reservations are in order.

      If you go to the places page and type " Harbord " in the search/find field, a list of several spots on Harbord will come up. Most of the place links have websites with menus.

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

      Jamie Kennedy Gardiner
      111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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      1. re: JamieK

        Take it for what it's worth, but the Harbord Room got a rapturous review from Mme. Kates in the Globe and Mail. (Anyone been?)
        JKWB is a good half hour from the southeast corner of U of T. And U of T itself takes up to 15 minutes to cross, depending on where you're starting from.

        Harbord Room
        89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

      2. The Gallery Grill at Hart House at the U of T is my favourite place for lunch- interesting dishes. They aren't open for dinner.

        On Baldwin, I like Mata Hari, a Malaysian restaurant, the best.

        On Harbord, I've had good meals at 93 Harbord & the Boulevard Cafe.

        Chinatown and Kensington Market are about a 10-15 minute walk west of U of T. I like El Trompo in Kensington Market, for Mexican food in a casual setting. Torito is a tapas bar in Kensington that quite a few chowhounds recommend.

        About 20 minutes west of U of T, you get closer to Little Italy, which has a lot of casual restaurants. El Bodegon is a Peruvian place on College that I'd recommend. There's also a location of Duff's Wings. A little further west is Utopia, which serves burgers, burritos, etc.

        JKWB is quite upscale for Toronto, although I guess the small plate concept makes it more casual in a sense. The food was good when I went, but it didn't wow me enough to merit a second visit.

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          1. re: Delish

            Oh no! That's so sad. It's the second time this week I've recommended something that no longer exists. Leave the city for a few weeks and look what happens ;(

        1. Cafe Expresso....on the main floor of the bldg on the South East corner of St George and Bloor...and their sister Restaurant Bar Mercurio across the Street just West of the North west corner of St George and run good food...Miranda

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          1. re: miranda

            I would really strongly recommend Gallery Grill at Hart House for lunch - wonderful range of season-based dishes - reasonably priced and convenient location.
            sample menu