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Best Places to Eat in Yonge Eglinton?

Navan Aug 4, 2008 05:06 PM

I just moved to Yonge Eglinton two days ago and I'm wondering who has recs for the best places to eat around here?

I'm a pasta lover, pizza obviously, pub-style food, greek, lebanese. Not a fan of indian or other spicy foods.

I'm going to be here for a while and I'll have time to try all sorts of places out so I'm open!

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  1. duckdown RE: Navan Aug 4, 2008 05:27 PM

    Isn't that where Red & White is?

    That is many peoples reccomendation for "best shawarma" that I have heard

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      miranda RE: Navan Aug 4, 2008 05:52 PM

      Hey Zucca is great...drop by Bonnie Stern's on Erskine and ask her about the 'hood...she has a Cooking School and knows every local place...will give you good advice...she steered me to Celestin...Manor Rd and Eglinton...among other amazing spots...Miranda

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        philehohfish RE: miranda Aug 5, 2008 04:31 PM

        Celestin is actually on Mt. Pleasant. Very reasonable given the quality for their lunch/brunch. I second Acquolina as a fine Italian bistro style spot. Il Gelatiere is also on Mt. Pleasant and has been drawing crowds for excellent gelato. Z Grill is a stalwart for seafood. As you can tell I kinda gravitate towards the Mt.Pleasant area, south of Eglinton. Many other foodie shops ....estabished and new ...check it out !

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          sprinkledpink RE: philehohfish Aug 18, 2008 05:53 AM

          I would only recommend Auquolina if you are over age 50, as otherwise no one will offer you any service to speak of and you'll have to practically beg for food and wine. While we tried to eat there, another couple in their late twenties as well walked out and it's been a long time since either of us have left a restaurant that angry. And this being besides the fact that the food is mediocre, nothing someone who can cook can't whip up in there own kitchen without breaking a sweat. While there are a few good places in the area, most are outright awful or overpriced for what they are, and it is often worth the effort to trek to another neighborhood.

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            jennjen18 RE: sprinkledpink Oct 8, 2008 04:28 PM

            Awww.... that totally sucks. When was your experience?

      2. abscissa RE: Navan Aug 4, 2008 06:30 PM

        North 44

        After that, it's pretty much all fast food, unless you are willing to take the bus and travel West.

        1. jennjen18 RE: Navan Aug 4, 2008 06:40 PM

          Grazie. Awesome pastas. I've ever only had the tomato based sauces though, but from what I had, I think they make any other pasta great. Pizza not so great though, sorry, didn't fit your bill.

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            jennjen18 RE: jennjen18 Aug 6, 2008 07:43 PM

            Hey ... nobody likes Grazie anymore? Or is it just passe? .. Come on, fill me in.. :P

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              torontofoodiegirl RE: jennjen18 Aug 7, 2008 08:51 AM

              The main reason I don't like Grazie is I find it to be too big, loud, and cramped. It's more of an atmosphere thing than a taste thing. I've found the food to be quite good but not great. But that's just me...

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                wontonfm RE: jennjen18 Aug 7, 2008 04:44 PM

                I think Grazie is OK. The food is decent although not too exciting. BUT it's pretty consistent -- I've never had a bad meal there but I"ve never had a meal that made me say WOW. I end up there about once every month or two. I usually get either the pizza with potato or linguine with clam sauce... although last time I had the ceasar salad and bruschetta and really enjoyed it!


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                  Navan RE: wontonfm Jun 9, 2009 09:41 PM

                  I LOVED Grazie. I think if I ever go back to Toronto it's the one restaurant I'd make the trek to Y&E for.

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                  lamaranthe RE: jennjen18 Jun 10, 2009 06:20 AM

                  No offense meant but Grazie is awful. Canadian fast food at its worth. Should you travel to Italy and try their pizza and pasta, you'll skip Grazie forever. Dizzy (Dizzyonyounge.ca) is a place that needs a good decor makeover but the food is excellent. Generous portions too. Rather bar style. Boom Breakfast & Co 174 Eglinton West (past Edith) is clean, airy and sunny. Their Classic French Toasts are delicious.

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                    callitasicit RE: lamaranthe Jun 14, 2009 06:41 PM

                    With all due respect, can't the same be said for most restaurants? You shouldn't really be comparing Italian food here to what's offered back in Italy, isn't that just being silly?

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                merlot143 RE: Navan Aug 4, 2008 07:07 PM

                I found the best food is a little east on Mt. Pleasant. Far greater hits per square ft. than Yonge and Eg.
                Granite Brewery, Homeway, Simple BIstro, Celestin, Lai Toh Heen. Lots of choices.

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                  chaptwo RE: merlot143 Aug 4, 2008 08:21 PM

                  Go to the Chick N Deli for the wings...primrose fish and chips is excellent also...both on Mt Pleasant..

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                    Yongeman RE: chaptwo Aug 5, 2008 07:42 AM

                    minor correction, chaptwo--that's Penrose fish and chips on Mt. Pleasant.

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                      chaptwo RE: Yongeman Aug 6, 2008 09:17 AM

                      I stand corrected...sorry about that, and thanks Yongeman !

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                      lamaranthe RE: chaptwo Jun 10, 2009 06:21 AM

                      I second chaptwo re Penrose. A bit more expensive than others but excellent.

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                      atomeyes RE: merlot143 Aug 8, 2008 06:16 AM

                      We used to go to Granite after we played Ultimate.
                      our last experience there was so disgusting, we haven't been there in 4 years.
                      cold food, tasteless food, bad service...
                      mediocre home-brewed beers.

                      the patio was decent, though.
                      otherwise, I'd rather go to the Firkin on Eglinton and Yonge than the Granite.

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                        Davwud RE: merlot143 Aug 13, 2008 05:03 AM

                        The Homeway is excellent.


                      2. nummanumma RE: Navan Aug 5, 2008 05:09 AM

                        I'm a bit surprised by these responses so far. I have to strongly disagree with the recs for Chick'n Deli and The Granite Brewery. The two are so poor, they are running jokes at our house. There is great food in the area, and you don't have to go to North 44 to get it.

                        South of Eglinton on Yonge, you have Zucca and Quince. Zucca is mid-to-high end Italian, http://www.zuccatrattoria.com/; Quince is mid-range bistro- they have a wood-fired over and the menu changes often. http://www.quincerestaurant.ca/

                        Tabule, further south on Yonge, but not far at all, is fantastic middle easten food http://www.tabule.ca/

                        for pizza/pasta- head over to Acquolina on Mt. PLeasant http://www.acquolina.ca/- great little hole in the wall with a friendly owner- sit at the bar and he'll tell you all types of things- :) makes a good mid-week stop.

                        Style points go to Grano- I would head here for drink/dessert or basic pasta- honestly, the food isn't great and service is often quite dodgy, but the place and the owner, Roberto, are so charming- especially the back patios in the good weather- great place to read and have a glass, in fact, I may have just alked myself into doing just that this aft. http://www.granonyc.com/

                        If you want a twenty-five minute walk or so (or a five-minute subway ride)- go down to Cava on St. Clair for a high-end spanish meal- http://www.cavarestaurant.ca/

                        Sadly, I can't recommend a pub in the area. Pubs here are pretty crummy -- the best of the lot is likely the Bow and Arrow at Davisville, and that's the best of a bad lot. Greasy spoon breakfasts at Kramer's (right at Davisville and Yonge- 10 minute walk- are popular, but I haven't done that in a looooong time.

                        I hope that you enjoy your new hood-

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                          torontofoodiegirl RE: nummanumma Aug 5, 2008 02:09 PM

                          I agree with nummanumma - I too was surprised by some of the responses, especially the one suggesting that anything short of North 44 would be fast food. Y&E has a tonne of great dining options, IMHO.

                          Generally speaking, I'm more of a fan of the restaurants south of Eglinton (and north of Davisville) than the ones north of Eg. In particular (but in no particular order), I recommend:

                          -- Tabule: great Middle Eastern food, pretty universally approved of on this board. They also do delivery and take-out.
                          -- Zucca: as other posters have mentioned, this is good for higher-end Italian
                          -- Five Doors North or Grano for mid-range Italian. Five Doors North is quite loud/casual/funky. Grano's got a great patio out back.
                          -- Coquine, a new addition to the 'hood, is also quite good for bistro food and a bit of a bar vibe (though it's really more restaurant than bar). It also has a good patio, especially if you get a seat on the Manor Rd. side.
                          -- Quince: One of my favourite restaurants in the area. It's a bit upscale, but has pretty reasonable prices considering the quality of the food.
                          -- Pubs: As others have suggested, try the Bow and Arrow. The Duke of Kent, though part of a chain, actually has pretty decent food and a nice pubby atmosphere. I'm very excited to hear that the Rose and Crown will be re-opening. Once it does, definitely give it a try.

                          If you want to venture a bit farther afield, try:

                          -- The Abbot (north of Lawrence on Yonge, or the Abbot on the Hill, around Summerhill) for really good pub food.
                          -- Terroni south of St. Clair for great pizza and pasta.
                          -- Mount Pleasant (as someone mentioned) also has a lot of great options, including Celestin (French) and Zee Grill (seafood). I agree with nummanumma that the Granite Brewery's food leaves something to be desired.

                          Welcome to the neighbourhood, and let us know what you think as you give places a try...

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                            torontofoodiegirl RE: torontofoodiegirl Aug 5, 2008 02:19 PM

                            Oh, just remembered another pub. Mad Monty's (just south of Sporting Life). I've only eaten there a couple of times, but I recall it being pretty good for pub food.

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                            dinin and dishin RE: nummanumma Aug 8, 2008 10:13 AM

                            I'm with you nummanumma. Anyone who thinks North 44 is the only place worth eating in that area really needs to branch out. Love Tabule, Zucca, and Quince.

                            I wish I lived within walking distance to this neighbourhood so I could frequent these and many other places more often.

                            Don't agree with Penrose though - I can't get past the smell when I go there...like a latrine. A long ago post on this subject suggested it was the lard they use for frying.

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                              nummanumma RE: dinin and dishin Aug 13, 2008 05:45 AM

                              I hestitate to agree about Penrose, because I know so many Torontonians LOVE it- but I agree- it smells like old grease is being used. As a maritimer, I just dont' get the place.

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                            Cat123 RE: Navan Aug 5, 2008 07:18 AM

                            Coquine - nice spot with french bistro and italian foods, very nice patio
                            Mirabelle - continental bistro
                            Mariachi - Decent Mexican
                            Five Doors North - casual, funky italian
                            Cafe Latte - fantastic little old world italian coffee shop with made to order grilled sandwiches.
                            Zucca is good too for high end italian.
                            There is a new Cypriot resto just south of Manor Road that looks like it has amazing prices but has been struggling to get attention.
                            Everyone seems to always recommend Quince but not a fave of mine due to noise/service issues with merely meh food.

                            La Salumeria - fantastic Italian deli and some high end groceries - the local source for Ace breads too.
                            Pasta Pantry - Fantastic homemade sauce, soups and pasta from one of the real characters on the strip.
                            Fanfare Flowers - nice flowers but excellent produce including some hard to find items like fingerling and purple potatoes, kumquats, heirloom tomatoes, white figs, etc.
                            La Bamboche - "different" french pastries and amazing croissant.

                            Bow and Arrow (pub with decent food and a loyal crowd, fiddling on the weekend), Mirabelle (becoming a bit more high end but small bar scene)
                            Rose and Crown - which was the Y&E fav, will be reopening soon. It will be the go to spot.

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                              lamaranthe RE: Cat123 Aug 5, 2008 01:00 PM

                              Coquine is nice. Young crowd but very noisy on week-ends. The Caprese Salad is fantastic, the mussels are very good but the fried are limp amd greasy.

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                              Marion Cobretti RE: Navan Aug 5, 2008 07:24 AM

                              I've worked in the area for 5 years, so here goes.

                              First off, come on people ... Centro is estill excellent.

                              Also, La Vecchia - excellent light Italian food.

                              Quince and Zucca are also excellent.

                              Grazie has it's days - sometimes the specials surprise.

                              Jaipur Grille has some pretty mean vindaloo.

                              Lots of decent options...

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                                Googs RE: Marion Cobretti Aug 17, 2008 10:33 AM

                                La Vecchia used to be great. Now both the food and service are terrible beyond belief. In the Top 10 of my Avoid list.

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                                Ron M RE: Navan Aug 5, 2008 09:57 AM

                                La Salumeria (2021 Yonge St.) serve A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Prosciutto and Provolone sandwiches for take-out. They're served on crusty Italian rolls with lettuce, tomato, and a dash of olive oil. These are so good and so filling (and I'm a big guy).

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                                  Marion Cobretti RE: Ron M Aug 5, 2008 12:55 PM

                                  Plus, they have a killer selection of cheeses!

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                                  Snarf RE: Navan Aug 5, 2008 10:59 AM

                                  Here are a few more:

                                  Lolo - French/Italian, good prix fixe menu for reasonable food. A few blocks north of Eglinton.

                                  Pastissima - fresh pastas and sauces to take home, also very good takeout meals.

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                                    thora RE: Snarf Aug 12, 2008 08:48 PM

                                    I'll second Pastissima! When I used to work in the area, I ate a lot of take-out pasta. Such great veg choices and so tasty! Enjoy - I agree with some of the more recent posters, it's quite a good area for getting tasty food.

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                                      Yongeman RE: Snarf Aug 12, 2008 09:25 PM

                                      There is another place for fresh pasta south of Eglinton--Pasta Pantry. Carlo is the friendly, helpful proprietor. Can be easily combined with the nearby Salumeria.

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                                      wontonfm RE: Navan Aug 5, 2008 03:58 PM

                                      I live in the area as well and just tried Sorn Thai (http://www.sornthai.com) and was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the spring rolls and my shrimp curry. Sorn Thai is at Yonge and Briar Hill.

                                      If you like sushi I'm a fan of Sushi Kai on Eglinton east of Yonge (near Redpath


                                      Good luck!


                                      Sorn Thai
                                      2550 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2J2, CA

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                                        auberginegal RE: wontonfm Aug 6, 2008 07:58 PM

                                        i'll second sushi kai. better than some of the other sushi places in the area, they have pretty good deals for lunch and dinner (if you like combos or bento boxes), but their makis are pretty good too, i especially like the black dragon roll.

                                      2. Davwud RE: Navan Aug 13, 2008 05:06 AM

                                        There's a Lebanese place at the corner of Redpath and Eglinton I believe. I've never been but it's there.


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                                          corinaci RE: Davwud Aug 13, 2008 05:17 AM

                                          They're actually really good, we tasted most of the stuff on their menu.

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                                            Davwud RE: corinaci Aug 13, 2008 05:59 AM

                                            We have an excellent Lebanese place near us. Perhaps I'll have to do some comparison shopping.


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                                            wontonfm RE: Davwud Aug 13, 2008 06:22 PM

                                            It's not bad. I can't think of the name but i think it has #1 in the title (and may be part of a chain). Prices are good (they have a lot of 2-for deals) and the falafels are yummy. Customer service can be wonky but for the level of the establishment I don't really mind. I had an unfortunate incident when I requested eggplant on my falafel.


                                          3. Ginsugirl RE: Navan Aug 13, 2008 08:07 PM

                                            My fave is the Duke of York. They do a grilled rib steak (always cooked to my fussy specifications) served with fries and caesar salad for about $16-17. You'd be lucky to get a deal like this anywhere in the city, they can't be turning a profit from it (so be a dear and order an only slightly over-priced Guinness).

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                                              torontofoodiegirl RE: Ginsugirl Aug 14, 2008 07:25 AM

                                              I think you may be referring to the Duke of Kent (on Yonge at Roehampton)? The Duke of York is in the Annex.

                                            2. Googs RE: Navan Aug 17, 2008 10:35 AM

                                              A very basic rule of thumb for dining at Yonge & Eglinton, with an exception for North 44, is "North of Eglinton bad, south of Eglinton good." Not perfect, but a good start for those whimsical wanders.

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                                                phoenikia RE: Navan Aug 17, 2008 01:41 PM

                                                I like the mixed salad plate at Yummi's- esp. their beet salad. Their shawarma is decent & a very generous serving, but the seasoning doesn't taste as good as Yakamoz on Wilson.

                                                Caribbean Bistro is very good, too. Their rotis and doubles are not spicy unless you ask for them spicy (which is what I ask for). Caribbean Bistro is one of my favourite finds in TO this year.

                                                Goodbite is my favourite diner.

                                                Caffe Latte is my favourite place for espresso, cappuccino and frittata on foccaccia. The frittata on foccaccia is my favourite breakfast in the neighbourhood. I like the people running Caffe Latte, too.

                                                Further afield-
                                                I like Ciccio Sanwiccio north of Lawrence for their veal sandwiches & eggplant sandwiches. They also have pastas, although I haven't tried them. Gamberoni north of Lawrence is also pretty good for a neighbourhood Italian resto- I like their gnocchi alla gorgonzola.

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                                                  torontofoodiegirl RE: phoenikia Aug 17, 2008 01:45 PM

                                                  The lentil soup at Yummi's is great.

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                                                    wontonfm RE: phoenikia Aug 18, 2008 10:53 AM

                                                    I enjoy Caribbean Bistro! Good rotis and doubles and the service is great and super friendly.

                                                    I used to like the Falafels at Yummi's but the quality has gone downhill and the price has gone up ($5 for a falafel!)


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                                                    lamaranthe RE: Navan Oct 8, 2008 12:31 PM

                                                    Mars is friendly and you get eggs the way you want them: runny, hard boiled, easy over, whatever, and with a smile. Watch the home fries: they have a sweet taste that you might not like (I did not!) - And the price is at it should be.

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                                                      ekammin RE: Navan Jun 14, 2009 04:03 PM

                                                      IMHO, the Jerusalem.

                                                      Yes, I know, I've heard from people insisting that it is not up to the real stuff you get in the middle east. But, after spending a week in Israel, eating at various places (including the kebab place on Tell-Aviv's Dizengoff where my kebab plate was mainly a heap of greasy frites (pronounced by me "frights")), I don't think I believe them.

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                                                        jrabbit2727 RE: ekammin Jun 14, 2009 05:33 PM

                                                        One place no one has mentioned is Lime on Eglinton by Redpath.

                                                        Not the best Thai/Pan Asian in the city....but its good enough and the room is a very attractive modern minimal atmosphere.

                                                        The hot and sour soup (chinese style) is FANTASTIC!!! I'd go there just for the soup.

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