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Oct 25, 2008 06:58 PM

Tried-and-true brunch in U of T area?

Hi everyone,

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!!

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  1. Hart House Gallery Grill is on the campus and is one of the best kept secrets in the city.

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    1. re: sloweater

      second that.

      They open for lunch at 11:30 am, is that early enough?
      Lunch menu -

      Gallery Grill
      7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

      1. re: JamieK

        Third! Beautiful space, reasonable prices, and deliciously prepared food.

    2. Gallery Grill may require rez....and can be pricey...Caffino in the Bldg at the South East corner of Bloor and St George...has a good lunch/brunch...a lot less money....good space...Miranda

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      1. re: miranda

        Are you sure Caffino is at Bloor and St. George? google keeps telling me King West, which is out of the ideal area for me.

        1. re: suzday

          I think Miranda means Bar Mercurio's L'espresso at Bloor and St George

          Caffino is definitely at King & Dufferin in the carpet bldg.

          1. re: fickle

            I second the reco for L'Espresso Bar Mercurio on the SE corner of Bloor & St. George.

            Also check out DT Bistro over at Harbord & Brunswick:

            Not too sure about vegetarian options at either location, though...

      2. 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)

        there are some other great all veg options depending if you want to cab/walk - and how far...Fressen, Vegetarian Haven. Live (


        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/

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        1. re: something_yummy

          It's almost impossible to hear people at Fresh.

        2. i would recommend sadies ( 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.

          1. 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