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Yonge and Eg?

I'm moving with the kids and hubby to Y&E. I'm a total downtown chick and need oxygen if I go north of Bloor, but this is going to be a good move.

Where do I eat? I'm totally lost in that hood. Family friendly, but my kids are v. good in restaurants, I've trained them well. We eat real food, not poorly prepared, precious or pretentious. I've heard there's a nice french place...

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  1. There are a number of great places in the neighbourhood depending on your taste:

    French:

    Celestin
    Simple Bistro
    Coquine
    Quince

    Italian:

    Zucca
    Grazie
    Positano

    Indian:

    Amaya
    Chakra

    Middle Eastern:

    Tabule

    There are many others that I'm sure others will help out with....

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    1. re: sloweater

      Ivisited Zucca and it was awesome!!! I highly recommend for very good Italian.

      1. re: sloweater

        IMO Grazie is certainly not the best place for a good pizza . Better to order from Pizzaville and enjoy it quietly at home. I left a post in April 08 re Coquine. Good, if you avoid the fries and don't bring the kids with you. Tabule should reopen soon, after renovations. La Vecchia: not as good as it used to be; the 4-cheese gnocchi are for a very solid appetite. Shawarma (corner of Yonge and Broadway, across from Future Shop) serves good Middle-East sandwiches at lunch time.

        1. re: lamaranthe

          Isn't the Middle Eastern place at Yonge & Broadway called Yummi's?

          Another spot in the 'hood that's worth a visit is the West Indian place just north of Broadway on Yonge (can't remember the name). Went there a month or so ago and really enjoyed it - great food, and the service was really friendly and helpful.

          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            Middle Eastern = Yummi's (falafels, not so yummy)

            Caribbean = Caribbean Bistro (love it)

            WON
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            1. re: torontofoodiegirl

              Yes, The name is Yummi. I never tried the falafel but I like their Pita filled with hummus, chicken and all the trimmings. I only wish they would serve lamb too. Friendly service. A bit expensive for a student's budget.

        2. Another restaurant not previously mentioned above (BTW those are all good restaurants) is Chef of India, on Eglinton just east of Yonge. They have a really good buffet that's not expensive (about $11 for lunch).
          For lunch, there are two bakeries on Mt. Pleasant that serve tasty lunch. Hillside Bakery has great sandwiches, and Jules Patisserie (according to a friend) has excellent gourmet salads and sandwiches. Since you're living in the neihgbourhood, you might want to check out Culinarium, a new store on Mt. Pleasant that sells exclusively local products. It has local/organic produce, eggs and meat as well as Monforte cheeses (the most heavenly cheese in Ontario).

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          1. re: merlot143

            The lunch buffet at CoI is fantastic. Great nan and tandoori chicken. I've read reviews that said the dinner menu is not nearly as good.

            If you're into such things, I really like Moe's Southwest Grill. Great burrito's and a good fill.

            DT

            1. re: Davwud

              Can you tell us where exactly Col is? Thanks.

            2. re: merlot143

              Sorry to say that we went to Chef of India for lunch and then for supper. Disappointing. Poor service. They served us white wine in a warm glass.

              1. re: lamaranthe

                I think it's the lunch buffet that's the winner there (and take-out). Were you disappointed for both lunch and dinner?

                1. re: JamieK

                  Yes to both, though we are not picky or fancy. The food was very plain and the portions were quite stingy. The staff is friendly but needs training.

            3. Many good mentions so far, none I would take issue with.

              Also, consdier Tabla for Indian (they have some non-Indian dishes that work with kids); Lolo for upbeat prixfixe bistro (chef cooked at Cibo years ago); Five Doors North for cheap and loud Italian, and Roberto's for a neighbourhood-y Italian.

              1. Speaking as a downtown girl trapped in an uptown girl's body, I can say you'll really enjoy Coquine - great night out, busy, the rooms is totally happenning, and GREAT affordable but upscale food. Quince is quieter, more romantic, amazing food and service. Tabule is great for bringing the kids and also for picking up to take out, and Five Doors North is quite enjoyable as well, Italian but with a great twist. Don't be afraid, it's better up here :)

                1. We visited C-food (Yonge, couple blocks n. of Eg, east side) during Winterlicious, and went back a few weeks later for the regular menu. Interesting menu, nice surroundings.. tables can be a bit crowded, and portions are adequate, but not large, so big eaters may find themselves a bit peckish a few hours later.

                  Also, Grano, Yonge, s. of Eg, east side) has very interesting Italian food and their homemade breads are very good.

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                  1. re: KevinB

                    You should try C-food for their weekend brunch. $17 prix fixe and you get to choose any 3 items off their menu, plus coffee or tea and fresh juice or a small smoothie. And though the menu is divided into savory, sweet and sides, you can choose 3 items from the same category if you want, so big eaters can easily get their fill.

                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      If a $17 brunch freaks you out they also have items a la carte. I had a great tuna BLT sandwich.

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