Yonge and College/Carlton
This is my first post but I have been reading the forum for quite a while. Next week I am moving to a new area of the city. Although it wasn't an obvious choice, the central location and view from my new place were too much to overlook. I realize I'm a 10-15 minute subway/cab ride from anywhere in the city but I was hoping people could provide suggestions that were in the neighbourhood (5-10 minute walk). I would appreciate any good suggestions on places to eat or buy groceries/baked goods/meats/cheeses etc. I would specifically appreciate suggestions for Sunday brunch and good coffee. Thanks.
I used to live at that area in the Maples buildings - I would recommend:
North Indian - Kathmandu on Yonge St. East side between Alexander and Maitland.
Pizza - Hornero's - Woodburning oven pizza, on Yonge right across the street from Kathmandu
Pasta - Pasta Perfection is a good place for quick takeaway Pasta for under $10. West side of Yonge St., North of College/Carlton, south of Grenville/Wood
All Day Breakfast - Coach House at Yonge and Wellesley was my favorite when I lived there. Slack Alice also had a pretty good brunch menu, but that was 4 years ago.
Butcher Shops - Cumbrae's at Church and Wellesley, you can't do better for meat.
There is a horribly overpriced Dominion (aren't they all though) in College Park. Sobeys is just a bit north of College\Carlton on Yonge.
Hair of the Dog is a great restaurant on Church - one block north of Carlton.
Olympic 76 Pizza (8A Gloucester Street) makes fantastic pizza at a very good price--not the thin crust kind like Hornero's, more substantial. They've been around forever. I concur with Pasta Perfection. You could also consider going south back down to Salad King (just off Yonge N. of Dundas) for very good Thai or to Commensal on Elm (if you want some healthy vegetarian---decent but not great).
Coffee, you're not too far away from Bulldog, which is a great indie coffee shop. Some posters here don't like the attitude of the place, though (ie. they don't take pennies). I like that it's not cookie-cutter.
Church St. is probably your best bet for shopping, in addition to the aforementioned Cumbrae's there is Reither's, which has a selection of European goods as well as nice prepared meals. You'll end up at the Dominion a lot though.
Sunday brunch, Hair of the Dog is good.
Also you're a close walk away is Linda, one of my faves for Thai, upstairs from Salad King. I love the ambience and service as well as the food.
One oft overlooked places at that intersection is Daio Japanese. I find the quality of the sushi there comparable to any of the big name places. The prices aren't cheap, but certainly reasonable. It's a nice room with many booths plus the service is good. Great place for a date or hanging with friends.
As mentioned, the Dominion College Park is atrocious. Their Gould location is much better and easily walking distance. The Sobey's just north of you previously suggested is much smaller than the Gould store, but has decent selection if you're in a pinch.
The Church St stores do offer incredibly high quality, but you better bring a fat wallet. Cumbrae's is worth it, but not practical for everday shopping.
For baked goods of a healthy nature, try Porh Pawh.
As for brunch, Byzantium on Church south of Wellesley used to have a great one. I haven't been in about a year so I don't know what it's like now. JamCafe on Carlton about a block west of Parliament serves a decent one in a very pretty room. They also have a nice patio out back for whenEVER its warm out again. My personal fave is at Stonegrill on Winchester, but that's more about Archie Alleyne performing there and the gorgeous room than the food. The food is nice, but Alleyne will blow you away. Not so loud you can't talk during the performance, but you won't want to.
You're also not too far from the St Lawrence Market. It's one of the biggest reasons I love living on the east side of downtown. Its a lovely walk on a nice day.
You'll learn to love your new neighbourhood. Consider it the axis point of all things downtown.
Daio Japanese Restaurant
45 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B2H9, CA