Tried-and-true brunch in U of T area?
I'm meeting an old and very dear friend for brunch/early lunch in Toronto on Tuesday (Oct. 28th). She has just started school at U of T so I am trying to thoughtfully find a place near her campus that would be convenient for her to visit. Although I have lived in Toronto for a year now, I go to York and am thus unfamiliar with the U of T area, except for dinner places and bars. Can anyone name a laid-back and vegetarian-friendly br/lunch spot that is "tried and true" (i.e. consistently good) for someone who has high standards but no time to check out the spot ahead of time? And by "U of T area", i mean within reasonable distance from campus, not necessarily ON campus (since i don't even really know where the U of T campus boundaries are). Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!
They open for lunch at 11:30 am, is that early enough?
Lunch menu -
7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA
do not go to L'Espresso Bar Mercurio if you want decent vegetarian options. Ive tried it on a few occasions and the vegetarians in our group were not pleased.
for a laid back casual lunch try Fresh on Bloor at Spadina (all veg) freshrestaurants.ca
there are some other great all veg options depending if you want to cab/walk - and how far...Fressen, Vegetarian Haven. Live (www.livefoodbar.com)
And yes - Gallery grill is great. Might want to check ahead of time for veg options. They tend to do a lot of local food/
i would recommend sadies (www.myspace.com/sadiesdiner) as they are a vegetarian diner. they open at 7:30 on tuesdays. they are a 5 minute walk or so from spadina and adelaide (just south of queen) so i would say they are close to U of T - a few minutes on the spadina streetcar.
Uof T campus is a huge area, maybe you should give an interesction.
I'll second the Hart House Grill...excellent food with lots of vegetarian options. A bit pricey for everyday eating but for a treat every once and a while it's worth it.
Do a search of restos on Baldwin Street and you'll find a few options too.
I've tried Sage on McCaul and thought it was a nice bistro