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Jul 21, 2008 08:53 AM

Queen W @ University/Spadina Lunch Spots

I work in this 'hood and am always looking for lunch spots. Would love a reference point for dishes and places people love in the area. I'll put my current favourites to kick off:

1) Ravisoups - flawless soups and wraps
2) Harlem (a bit of a walk but so worth it)
3) Island Foods (@ The Grange food court)
4) Black Bull (purely for patio lounging)
5) Sandwich box (for bringing back to my desk on busy days)

Sandwich Box
238 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z7, CA

67 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C1N9, CA

Black Bull
298 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

Island Foods
275 Dundas W, Toronto, ON M5T3K1, CA

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  1. Queen Mother
    Ackee Tree
    Burrito Boyz

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    1. re: Herb

      Definitely right about Jules! What/Where is Manpuku?

      1. re: Herb

        there is a sign for a place called "mission burritos" opening up in the same village by the grange locale of manpuku... could be something to watch for with all the sf style burrito cravings expressed on this board.

        manpuku is great for a cheap priced dose of easy going japanese.

        surprised le gourmand isn't on the list. and while not exactly gourmet, java house westward is great for simple sandwiches and a cheap pitcher of beer at dirt cheap prices. love their shake made with condensed milk.

      2. Certainly have to add Fusaro's to that list.

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        1. re: childofthestorm

          This is the Italian on Spadina just south of Queen, right? I have noticed some very long lines on 2 occasions. What's the draw here?

          1. re: Julie McCoy

            Pretty much everything. A lot of people love their sandwiches, as well as the big salads they sell. When I worked in the area, I enjoyed their cooked-to-order pastas, but if you are in a rush they always have some pasta of the day specials that are good.

            The long lines are there for a reason, it is really excellent food across the board.

        2. Ematei has lunch specials everyday.

          Nota Bene is brand new, and yes they have lunch service. Obviously more expensive than anything else on your list.

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          1. re: aser

            I don't worry too much about cost - I can mix it up. Where exactly is Nota Bene?

            1. re: Julie McCoy

              it's in that new building w/ the starbucks, right by the rex, Queen & University.

          2. For a good greasy spoon lunch, there are:

            Peter Street Deli on Peter just south of Richmond (right next to Burrito Boyz). Stick with the daily specials and the Cdn Chinese fare and you won't go wrong. Home cut fries and never mushy steamed vegetables put them ahead of most diners.

            Avenue Open Kitchen on Camden just west of Spadina. Tiny little place. For me it's the daily specials and their soups. Turkey dinner with all of the fixings, beef short ribs, pastitsio ... The regular menu fare is pretty average, Lester deli sandwiches are okay, but the hot turkey is a standout.

            And let me just add my nod to Ackee Tree. I was slow to warm up to it, but I'm now a very recent convert. The jerk chicken sandwich with an order of sweet potato fries makes an amazing lunch. Bonus points for using enviro-friendly take away containers and offering a 10% discount if you bring your own container.

            Peter Street Deli
            126 Peter St, Toronto, ON M5V2G7, CA

            Avenue Open Kitchen
            7 Camden St, Toronto, ON M5V1V2, CA