Hidden Gems in East Toronto?
I live in the neighbourhood some might call "The Upper Beach". I go out for dinner on a semi-regular basis, but other than special occasions, we rarely plan ahead. Because of the frequently impromptu dinner plans, we're always looking for places fairly close to home. We're sick of the Beach for the most part, Little India has been combed through several times and other than Allens, Greektown, Relish and a few Ethiopian places, are quite unfamiliar with Danforth. Our local Italian has recently closed down. There don't seem to be many places in Scarborough, other than chains. Downtown is too far to go for a quick weeknight dinner. So I was hoping you might have suggestions for decent restaurants east of Broadview, south of Lawrence, west of Kennedy (north of the lake!). We're not too picky about cuisine, as long as there are some healthy vegetarian options. So fire away please! :)
To say that Scarborough seems to only have chains means you haven't really gone east of Midland and Kingston Rd nor north of Kingston Rd.. To really explore the real east end of Toronto (all the way to Port Union) you'll need a car or like using transfers. Anyway in the Highland Creek Village area (Old Kingston Rd. and Morrish Rd.) you'll find Fratelli's Italian restaurant. Their pizzas are baked in a wood burning oven and their pastas are mouth watering. Just east of Port Union on East Ave. is "The Black Dog Pub" which is an institution in the area. Malt N' Salt Fish and Chips is cheap and they make damn good fish and chips (on Lawson Rd. and Centennial). On Markham Rd., between Lawrence and Ellesmere on the west side is "The Indian Spice Kitchen" a very good vegetarian east Indian restaurant. Try Mandalay on Markham and Lawrence E. (just west of Markham on the north side in a small strip mall). They make Asian inspired dishes. There's Royal Sea Food Chinese restaurant on Sheppard and Midland (just west of Midland on the north side). Perfect Restaurant a Chinese restaurant that specializes in dim sum. There's Pho Dau Bo on Markham and Lawrence Ave. E. (Vietnamese). There are also plenty of West Indian restaurants scattered throughout south east Scarborough as well as Middle Eastern restaurants and food shops around the Lawrence Ave. E. area from Warden to Victoria Park. Explore Scarborough because you'll be surprised at the variety of restaurants out there.
Here are a few threads you might find helpful -
Main & Danforth -
Woodbine & Danforth -
Quattro Ragazze -