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Diner near Carlton?

natx Jul 7, 2008 05:54 PM

I've been reading up on where to eat in Toronto and I've come across 3 message boards that say there is a great diner near my hotel (Days Inn) on Carlton. Of course they don't give the name or location. Does anybody know what it could be?


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    Zengarden RE: natx Jul 8, 2008 06:07 AM

    Is it the one on the SE corner of Church and Carlton? Not sure about the name but I drive by each day. I'm sure that another CH will know its name.

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    1. re: Zengarden
      pinkskittles RE: Zengarden Jul 8, 2008 10:25 PM

      Studio restaurant? i wouldn't say it's anything memorable.

    2. thenurse RE: natx Jul 8, 2008 07:17 AM


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        foxymoron RE: thenurse Jul 8, 2008 08:49 AM

        I wouldn't call Daybreak a diner, it's more of a brunch place to me. I wouldn't consider it a "great" place either. Just OK for big portions of breakfast food.

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        foxymoron RE: natx Jul 8, 2008 08:49 AM

        Perhaps they meant Fran's which is at College and Yonge? It's not know for its food, but it's kind of a Toronto landmark, I suppose...

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          slapperboy RE: foxymoron Jul 9, 2008 08:37 PM

          Im 50 and my parents used to go to Fran's before the Maple Leaf Games at he old Maple Leaf Gardens (before my birth)

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          KitchenVoodoo RE: natx Jul 8, 2008 03:19 PM

          Could be The Senator, on Victoria, just south of Dundas, a short walk from your hotel. It's a vintage diner, well preserved, but if you're over 4 feet tall you won't enjoy the uncomfortable seats, and having had a burger and fries there recently I would say that the food has gone downhill, but perhaps I should have ordered something else.
          There is another place just next door (west of, same side) to your hotel, don't know the name, it's subterranean, and looks like a breakfasty/diner type place.
          Agree with the other poster about Fran's - would not eat there even at gunpoint!

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          1. re: KitchenVoodoo
            foxymoron RE: KitchenVoodoo Jul 10, 2008 07:16 AM

            I really don't understand the appeal of The Senator. We went there and found the food to be decent but very overpriced.

          2. num nums RE: natx Jul 8, 2008 03:31 PM

            Could also be Chew Chew Diner on Carlton near Sherbourne. Haven't been myself, but has gotten some positive mentions on CH. Here's one recent discussion:

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              cowhound RE: natx Jul 8, 2008 03:38 PM

              Church Street Diner?

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                natx RE: cowhound Jul 8, 2008 04:48 PM

                Thanks for the responses. I've got 4 days in Toronto so I can hit them all (except for Frans).

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                air621 RE: natx Jul 8, 2008 06:32 PM

                One of my favourite diners is the Coach House just above College on Yonge St. Tasty breakfast and great sounding dinners. They've been there for over 40 years.

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                  Googs RE: air621 Jul 9, 2008 09:14 AM

                  I'll 2nd Coach House for this and the Columbo post.

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