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Aug 4, 2008 05:06 PM

Best Places to Eat in Yonge Eglinton?

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. Isn't that where Red & White is?

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

    1. 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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      1. re: miranda

        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 !

        1. re: philehohfish

          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.

          1. re: sprinkledpink

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

      2. North 44

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

        1. 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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          1. re: jennjen18

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

            1. re: jennjen18

              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...

              1. re: jennjen18

                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!


                1. re: wontonfm

                  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.

                2. re: jennjen18

                  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 ( 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.

                  1. re: lamaranthe

                    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?

              2. 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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                1. re: merlot143

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

                  1. re: chaptwo

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

                    1. re: Yongeman

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

                    2. re: chaptwo

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

                    3. re: merlot143

                      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.