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I'm at Woodbine and Danforth and looking for some tips on good eats. I know that there must be some hidden gems within walking distance, but unless I have a hot tip, I'd prefer to cook at home... any suggestions? I"m not picky on price or cuisine type...

any help would be appreciated!

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  1. Click on the place links and you'll find accompanying posts that mention and comment on these restaurants, as well as maps -
    (some of them are a loong walk - Bistro Camino, Ten Feet Tall -- but on a nice evening?)

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    Ten Feet Tall
    1381 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

    Quattro 4 Ragazze
    1792 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1H8, CANADA

    Relish
    2152 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1K3, CA

    Bistro Camino
    2750 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

    Melanie's Bistro
    1870 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1J4, CA

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    1. re: JamieK

      I really like Relish, but the service can sometimes be a bit off. I went with hubby and his mom one night and it was as if I didn't exist - they received their drinks, I didn't; they got their mains, mine was wrong. That said, I've been back since which certainly says a lot about their food!

      I've also recently heard great things about Jean's Vegetarian Cuisine, although I haven't been there. A definate must-try on my list :)

      1. re: littlelulublue

        I went to Relish on Saturday - we kind of wussed out on our selections, but the cheese selection was to die for and because of that, I barely touched anything else that we ordered... I found the foccacia really doughy and bland, but the risotto was delicious, the butternut squash crepe almost didn't get shared! I thought service was a little slow at first, but turned out that our waiter was a lot of fun... we're definitely going back !

        1. re: littlelulublue

          I picked up take-out from Jean's Vegetarian yesterday and it was quite good.
          I had the taro rolls (delicious and not healthy, because they are fried, lol), mango salad and coconut rice. The star was the mango salad. I eat a lot of mango salad. I can make a pretty good version of my own too. But this was the best I think I've ever had. It was julienned mango and a couple peppers and a bit of mint (I couldn't detect the usual cilantro, which I also enjoy) and coconut(!). It had just the right blend of flavours. The mint was subtle, but played an important role - as did the coconut, which I have never had in mango salad before. Mango and coconut are two of my favourite things, so I guess it makes sense that I loved it. Since it is nearby, I think I will be picking up a mango salad from them on a regular basis.

      2. Yeah, try relish. If you just want a nice walk and nothing memorable, go down to Queen St and cruise the Beach scene. Burgers and ice cream anyone?

        1. Yeah, if you're going to walk down Woodbine to Queen, check out Sauvignon on Queen one block west of Woodbine. Haven't been but it's had some positive comments on the board.

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          Sauvignon
          1862 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H1, CA

          1. Also Jean's Vegetarian Kitchen. Not at Woodbine, but not unreasonably far.

            1. I find the food at Relish reliably good, the service less so. Butternut sage crepes - definitely not for sharing - they're mine, and mine alone. You can definitely put together a good meal there.

              1. there are some great ethiopian restaurants. i don't know any of their names. they start at around greenwood and head west, along danforth. i went to one place with a friend, we fed two people on a vegetarian thing for $8. it was one of the most affordable (and less trendy, most traditional) ethiopian place i've gone to.

                there was another one right at woodbine, just a tad west, but they closed down and have now been replaced by a nail/hair salon. it's too bad, the lady who ran that was really sweet, but it was really hard to keep that restaurant open as no one hardly went. they had pretty good quality food though and excellent coffee. ethiopian coffee is good if they get the good, traditional stuff.

                that area is a big ethiopian area, there's like a community centre or something nearby, so try seeking out some ethiopian places. they're quite good. some are more expensive than others, i haven't gone to the more expensive ones, i was just passing by and hungry, not looking for a fine dining experience. if you are looking for fine dining, try one of those out.

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                1. re: pinkskittles

                  Dukem is on the Danforth, just west of Donlands.

                  1. re: pinkskittles

                    pinkskittles, good call, but do you mean east of Greenwood? Regardless, I find the Ethipian corridor to run from Donlands (Dukem) to Monarch Park (Rendezvous), with Cottage, Mekrem, Wazema, and Blue Nile (*if* it ever reopens) in between.

                    Jean's is very good too; I've only ever had their takeout, but hope to dine in soon.

                    1. re: Olivia

                      Dukem is actually west of Greenwood but yes I think pinkskittles meant to say they -- a plethora of Ethiopian restaurants -- head east from there.

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                      Dukem
                      950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

                      1. re: Olivia

                        so which of these that you list "Dukem) (Rendezvous), Cottage, Mekrem, Wazema, " is the best?

                        1. re: phanira

                          Ethiopian friends swear by Rendezvous. I really can't compare it to the other places on the Danforth as I have never tried them, but the food has always been wonderful at Rendezvous - and an incredible value.

                    2. We tried Relish with friends. On the one hand relieved that there is something in the neighbourhood other than a dive bar or a dive bar posing as a Chinese restaurant, on the other hand a bit disappointed with the service. Food was decent enough, but the waitress took away my $8 imported beer when there was still about 1/3 left in the bottle. When I brought it to her attention she was somewhat dubious and, to make matters worse, the woman serving behind the bar made it obvious in the way she looked over at us that she believed I was lying. Haven't been back since.