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Apr 15, 2008 08:15 AM

Phx Chow Going Home

I am going to be in Toronto for a week and even though I grew up there I was hoping to get a list of restaraunts not to be missed. Any cuisine is fine. I'll be staying in North York but would be willing to travel downtown.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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    1. re: estufarian

      On pricepoint, nothing too expenisve but from $0-$50 per person is fine. Any type of cuisine although would be particulary interested in Thai and Italian.

      1. re: avandelay

        For Thai see
        (which also has other links). I just posted my recommendations there.
        Italian is not my specialty.
        Have you considered Indian? We have some pretty good places in several styles.
        And Portuguese is well represented (although the best is above your price point).

        1. re: estufarian

          Really like Indian and would appreciate recommendations. I've actually never had Portuguese and would be really interested to try.


          1. re: avandelay

            For Indian - this year-old thread includes my recommendations (Rashnaa, Trimurti, Tabla) and some other people's opinions.
            Incidentally, your post isn't getting much traffic - I think the Title may be misleading (leading people to think you're GOING to Phoenix). Try reposting with a different title
            e.g Visitor wants italian and Portuguese Recommendations (or whatever).

    2. Either for lunch or dinner and within your price range / interest would be Mercatto.
      They also have terrific wines by the glass.

      1. You didn't say where in NY you're going to stay, but if you're anywhere near Yonge St., you'll find it packed with Korean and Persian places. Haven't been able to get into Persian places - lots of ground, grilled meat but no interesting sauces or spices, and lacklustre sides. Many good Korean spots, though.

        And if you remember Toby's Goodeats from your past, avoid the one on Yonge (across the street from the Novotel, IIRC), in the Empire? Empress? Centre. Nothing like the old spots used to be.

        1. For Italian I love Fieramosca, for Indian I enjoyed Tabla.
          For other recommendations, I loved 93 Harbord for it's interesting flavours - North African but with lots of other influences. And another stand-by recommendation is Boulevard Cafe. Peruvian, fresh, great drinks and a nice patio if the weather's right.

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

          2727 Yonge, Toronto, ON M4N2H8, CA

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

          36A Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1A9, CA

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          1. re: Julie McCoy

            I would skip Thai and concentrate on other Asian cuisines since Thai in Toronto is more or less like generic Thai anywhere else. Chinese by contrast is superb.

            1. re: js288uk

              Exactly which 'Chinese' in Toronto is superb?
              And please tell me where I can match Linda (say) at reasonable price elsewhere. Haven't (yet) found anything in L.A., SF or Vancouver.