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Yonge&Eglington Recommendations?

5andman Apr 6, 2008 07:26 AM

Haven't been in the area in a long long time.
1. Any reasonably priced recommendations?
2. Any buffet restaurants (just curious)?

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  1. Ediblethoughts RE: 5andman Apr 6, 2008 04:20 PM

    Depends on what you mean by reasonably-priced. I like Amore (Italian), La Vecchia(Italian), Tabule (middle-eastern), Mariachi's (Mexican), Five Doors North (Italian), Churrasco (Portuguese--near Mt Pleasant) and Jaipur Grill (Indian). None of them are cheap but they're all reasonable, I think. (And not that you asked for dessert but Demetres is always good for icecream & waffle.)

    As for buffets, the only one that comes to mind is Mandarin. I don't do Chinese buffets for the most part but I think the Mandarin at Y & E is one of the better Mandarins (but that's based on old info).

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      Yongeman RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 6, 2008 04:55 PM

      Lots of good suggestions here, Et. 5andman wasn't too specific about types of food, or distance he/she's willing to travel, so here are a couple of other ideas.
      First, it's Eglinton, not EglinGton. That's just a pet peeve of mine, sorry.
      Cheap and pretty good is Moe's, a US burrito chain on Eglinton, just east of Yonge. Fish and Chips are great at 2 places: Penrose on Mt. Pleasant about 4 blocks south of Eg. and Olde Yorke on Laird a few blocks south of Eg. And best of all, Il Gelatiere a fabulous gelato place on Mt. Pleasant about 3 blocks south of Eg.

      1. re: Yongeman
        5andman RE: Yongeman Apr 6, 2008 05:08 PM

        "Eglinton, not EglinGton" .. like I said, I haven't been in the area in such a looong time!
        Thanks for the suggestions!

        I thought Five Doors North was shut down after Gio opened in Leslieville?

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          Ediblethoughts RE: 5andman Apr 6, 2008 06:22 PM

          Gios (The Nose) closed down quite some time ago. But as far as I know Five Doors North is still very much there. I went there maybe three weeks ago.

        2. re: Yongeman
          Davwud RE: Yongeman Apr 8, 2008 04:27 AM

          Hollywood is also a great Gellato place. It's on Bayview.
          As well as Duff's on Bayview. Probably the best wings in the city (In my mind) and seems they'd win a straw poll but not by a land slide. Chicken deli and St. Louis also have good wings.

          Chef of India I've always had great success with but it seems you need to go for lunch, not dinner.

          I really like Moe's. Ya, it's a chain but it's still good. While some may say that it isn't "Authentic" it is what it is. A chain. It's just a tasty one is all.

          On Thursday Cajun Corner is set to open up on Laird. They have a kitchen at the back of their Queen St. store and I see they've go a liquor license for the new one.


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            Ediblethoughts RE: Yongeman Jul 12, 2008 02:56 PM

            I finally got to Moe's and on the whole, very impressive burrito for a chain. The only two things I didn't like were the aluminum foil used to wrap the product (hate the waste) and the "burrito" wrap (which felt more like a wrap than a burrito in my, granted, inexpert view---it was kind of soft and squishy). But the fillings were great---very nice mix of guac, beans, rice, lettuce, salsa, cheese and hot sauce (and added some mushrooms to the mix---very nice!). Even my companion who isn't keen on much of the Mexican food she's had enjoyed the mix of fillings in her taco.

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            torontofoodiegirl RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 7, 2008 08:57 AM

            I agree with most of Ediblethoughts' reccos, but I have to strongly vote against Amore. It's pretty horrible, IMHO, especially given its strong competition in the area (in order of my preference, much better Italian restaurants are: Zucca, Vittorio's, 5 Doors North). Tabule is a great reasonable option. For Indian, I really enjoyed a recent meal at Tabla, between Eglinton and Lawrence, on Yonge.

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              Ediblethoughts RE: torontofoodiegirl Apr 7, 2008 06:43 PM

              Tabla is pretty good; I had one bad experience with some friends at Zucca years ago and I probably let that undo some good impressions I had before when I should have tried again--but then it just seemed to never be open when I tried to eat there. I don't like Vittorio's personally. Just never impressed me.

          3. Ediblethoughts RE: 5andman Apr 6, 2008 05:01 PM

            Thanks for the tip about Moe's. I have no idea how I've managed to not notice it. I'm always looking for a good veg burrito.

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              merlot143 RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 6, 2008 07:22 PM

              Moe's just opened. It used to be Boccone (I think)
              Chef of India is also highly recommended. I also like Sushi Eaton. There is a AYCE component. I usually go in off-hours, and it's fine. I went once during busy weekday lunch and found it quite mediocre.

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                auberginegal RE: merlot143 Apr 8, 2008 04:00 PM

                is this the one that is next to the starbucks (or really close to it)? maybe where the dairy queen used to be? if not, i can't remember what replaced the dairy queen?!

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                  Davwud RE: auberginegal Apr 8, 2008 06:13 PM

                  Yes it is.


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              Zengarden RE: 5andman Apr 6, 2008 05:20 PM

              I enjoy Chef of India. Quality ingredients and beautifully presented food. Lunch buffets during the week. It is located on Eglinton, just east of Yonge on the north side.

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                millygirl RE: Zengarden Apr 7, 2008 09:11 AM

                Haven't been as yet, but Cocquine has been getting a lot of positive attention. Apparently they have great steak and frites. I'd be remiss not to mention Quince also. Both of these spots are probably closer to Davisville but it's certainly in the vicinity.

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                  torontofoodiegirl RE: millygirl Apr 7, 2008 11:32 AM

                  How could I have forgotten Quince - it's one of my favourites.

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                Cat123 RE: 5andman Apr 7, 2008 09:21 AM

                Mirabelle which is just south of Yonge & Eg is a wine bar with very nice food at a variety of price points. You can buy wines by the glass, beer, burgers or more elevated food as well.

                1. mariecollins RE: 5andman Apr 7, 2008 10:45 AM

                  Vittorio's is always good and they have a reasonable set menu at lunch and dinner.

                  Chef of India is the best of the Indian buffets.

                  The sushi place just on Eglington just West of Yonge is fine, so are the other two I've been to, both North of Eglinton.


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                    LemonLauren RE: 5andman Apr 8, 2008 03:23 AM

                    if you want a social dining experience, night out sorta place, consider Picnic, on yonge north of Eg near Cupcake Shoppe. small plates of comfort food - mac n cheese, sweet potato mash, amazing chilly cheese fries, mini burgers, skwered chicken/shrimp, etc. plus, deep fried mars bars for dessert and drniks served in jam jars. try the picnic lemonade - it's got a kick!

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                      5andman RE: LemonLauren Apr 8, 2008 07:26 AM

                      Hmmm. That sounds interesting!

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                        hungryabbey RE: LemonLauren May 4, 2008 04:04 PM

                        I stopped by Picnic tonight for an early dinner and have got to say, I was really pleasantly surprised. There were 4 of us and we shared a plate of the mini beef dip sandwiches (on tiny little cute buns with au jus for dipping) and a plate of the mini sloppy joes which were also really good. For mains we tried: the trio of mini burgers (good, not anything amazing though, the mini sandwiches we started with were better), the frites (dellicious, mm really thin cut and a huge bowl), the buttermilk onion rings (delicious light batter and huge rings), the steak frites (which was a surprisingly good steak considering this is probably not what theyre known for) and the mac and cheese with truffle oil which was also really good, but very heavy so just be warned. We also got to keep the beautiful beer glass our draft was poured in (woo hoo, bonus!).. The place is very cute, played good music (beatles the whole time), and while we waited for our food the waitress brought us some board games so we battled out on scrabble the whole time. It was fun and Id definetly go back to sample more of the little sandwiches.
                        I had a thought while I was there that it would be PERFECT to bring children because of the size of the little sandwiches and burgers, and its fun to play games while you wait no matter how old you are, right?
                        And the prices were fair too, I think for 2 plates of the mini sandwiches, 2 plates of mini burgers, 2 orders of frites, 1 order of onion rings, a mac and cheese , a steak frites dinner and a couple of beers it was 117$ after tax. Not something you could do often (unless I want to gain 20 pounds) but definetly a fun time.

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                          phoenikia RE: hungryabbey May 8, 2008 06:11 PM

                          Does Picnic have a website?

                          I googled and couldn't find one.

                          I had thought Picnic was part of the Eatertainment empire, but Picnic is not listed on the website.

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                            hungryabbey RE: phoenikia May 8, 2008 06:14 PM

                            not really, just a placeholder site, and now I cant even find that. I got a good look at the menu though if thats what you're wondering about.

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                              phoenikia RE: hungryabbey May 8, 2008 06:16 PM

                              It sounded like you had a good look at the menu;)

                              I was just hoping to send the official link (if one exists) to some friends who were thinking about going to Picnic for dinner, that's why I was curious! One of my friends has a wheat allergy and I wanted to make sure there were some items on the menu (besides steak frites) that she could order.

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                                hungryabbey RE: phoenikia May 8, 2008 06:25 PM

                                hm thats tough.. better call ahead to make sure

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                        KevinB RE: 5andman Apr 9, 2008 11:06 AM

                        We enjoyed C-food (a few blocks north of Eglinton on the east side of Yonge) when we visited there during Winterlicious.

                        And, yes, as Mandarin's go, the one at Y&E is one of the better ones - lots of turnover, so the dishes on the steam table are reasonably fresh. Still, there's no raw fish in the "sushi"!

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                          domesticgodess RE: KevinB May 6, 2008 07:14 AM

                          grazie?..ive been eating there nona france pasta dish for 15 years there!!!

                        2. 50firstdatesguy RE: 5andman May 6, 2008 10:56 AM

                          I went to Ichiban Sushi on New Years Eve. I don't stop in the Uptown area very often and I had assumed it'd be over-priced fluff like most things in somewhat affluent areas. But Ichiban was actually quite decent however and if I find myself in the area again I'd definitely go back.

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