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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
            http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com

            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.

                      WON
                      http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com

                  2. Thank you all! It looks like I'll be ok up north. And I know there's a good bookstore and probably some good shopping, so I'll be ok. And the new place is dreamy! I'm excited....

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                    1. re: stapler

                      And don't forget all the fantastic patisseries and bakeries you'll be close to: Rahier, Patisserie la Cigogne, Jules, Celestin, Flaky Tart, Wanda's in the Kitchen with Dinah, the Bagel House, Epi Breads, La Bamboche (my least fav of the bunch).

                      You'll also be strolling distance to yummy gelato: Il Gelatiere and Hollywood Gelato.

                      1. re: TorontoJo

                        La Bamboche sells excellent bread, rather good croissants, but last Christmas I was very disappointed by what they had to offer as a 'Bûche' - You better go to Pusateries : great choice and delicious ones, at that.

                      2. re: stapler

                        bookstore: BMV on Yonge north of Eg (east side) is great for used books, and there's an Indigo across the street if chains are more your thing.

                        shopping is great on Yonge St north of Eg, (card and paper shops, cupcakes) and for food shopping, you can't do better than Mount Pleasant (Flaky Tart, Culinarium, Gelatiere, Jules, Celestin, Lollicakes) and Bayview (Alex, Cumbrae, Hollywood, Epi) (as others have mentioned).

                        1. re: stapler

                          Why not explore Yonge, North of Eglinton? Lots of nice stores. I did not try it yet but I read very good reviews about The Sandwich Box, 37 Eglinton Ave. East. Lots of eateries and restaurants on Eglinton East, between Yonge and Mount Pleasant.

                        2. In addition to all of the restaurants mentioned, I also really like La Vecchia, north of Eglinton on Yonge.

                          1. Tabule is just the cure for the downtown blues. It's expanding, so I don't know if it's closed right now, but it's a favorite with the locals, and for good reason. Excellent food, good pricing and friendly hosts.
                            5 doors north is also a great reliable resto. Try the gorgonzola gnocchi. It's heavenly.

                            1. Also, north of Eglinton on Mt. Pleasant is The Homeway. It's quite good too.

                              DT

                              1. definitely need to check out La Vecchia. On Yonge, just north of Eg. Amazing Italian.

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                                1. re: Patches18

                                  fwiw, i would not recommend La Vecchia or The Homeway....much better little spots in our neighborhood.

                                  1. re: nummanumma

                                    I also wouldn't recommend La Vecchia. Used to be good. Now it's amongst the worst dinners and brunches I've had in Toronto. Wrong orders, poor service, gritty clams, cold & drafty tables, sauces that taste of Knorr.

                                    If you want great Italian at Yonge & Eglinton you really can't do any better than Zucca. One of the best in the city. For a fun girls night out I've always liked Five Doors North.

                                    1. re: Googs

                                      I went to La Vecchia just last week and had a lovely meal. I had the calamari appetizer and the 4 stagioni pizza. The calamari was very good, though it used to be excellent. But still, it was a nice lunch at a decent price, and I'd go back again.

                                      1. re: merlot143

                                        I'm glad you continue to enjoy LV. For me, after years of patronizing them the last two visits were so horrifyingly bad, as in real joy-killers for my friends and I, that I vowed I would never return. Ever.

                                        1. re: Googs

                                          Googs, I have my hands full. Daughter loves Zucca, I recommended LV as an option. She chose Teronni's, now I am not so sure. I need to make a decision? Pleas help!!

                                          1. re: spine64

                                            Meet you at your original post.

                                2. I think you'll enjoy Grazie and Tabule with the family. The pastas and desserts at Grazie are great... I would be overjoyed to order from that dessert menu as a kid! Tabule is fun to eat at, especially if the waiter does that little trick where he pours the water from way up high in those homemade jugs of theirs.

                                  I wouldn't recommend Celestin... it's quite overpriced for what the food is, and I would even say it borders on pretentious.

                                  I'd like to add Mariachi's (Mexican) to the list. It's a little south of Eglinton and their guacamole is good, and the kids will have fun eating out of that mortar and pestle they serve it in!

                                  1. It is north of Lawrence but worth a try - Monkey Bar and Grill (featured on Restaurant Makeover). Very good food for adults and also very kid friendly. Usually need a reservation.

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                                    1. re: ksapd

                                      Also north of Lawrence is the Abbott, which is good, upscale pub food and it's very kid-friendly (not your typical pub).

                                      1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                                        Agree - The Abbott is worth a try as well. Good selection of pub food and very kid friendly. More casual then Monkey Bar and Grill.