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Dec 25, 2008 04:14 PM

any good restos anywhere in south Scar close to guildwood?

I work downtown and just moved to Guildwood in Scarborough and can barely find anywhere remotely close that is decent for dineout or even pick up.
I have found Black Dog Pub ( a bit east of me but great for lunch or brunch .. they need to renovate though.
Zen for Sushi a bit west that is okay but they don't deliver and it is very tiny..hard to get a table.
Any suggestions I am used to having so much and hate franchises!

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  1. In Highland Creek I'd suggest Fratelli Village Pizzeria on Old Kingston Rd and the Highland Creek Overpass. Excellent wood oven pizzas and a great calamari starter, good tiramisu as well.

    For takeout Indian down the street from Fratelli I'd look into Cheetal at Military Trail & Old Kingston Rd, a tad oily but most of the mains are very good.

    These are my only real recommendations close to the area you're looking into.

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    1. re: Dr Butcher

      Thanks I'll try looks like that is it in this area ...pretty sad.

    2. Zen if you want sushi.
      Eglinton and Brimley.

      1. +1 i'd love to know good places to eat.

        i've lived in the area my entire life (22years) and i haven't been to any of the restaurants in the area except the olde stone cottage for beer and wings, which aren't very good...and zen, which i love.

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        1. re: nart

          i worked in the area for 2 years. sadly, as you probably can attest, there aren't a lot of food options.
          Little Bavaria was really greasy.
          I've heard mixed things about the Czech restaurant near the golf course.
          otherwise...not much around there.

          1. re: atomeyes

            If you don't mind going a bit closer into Toronto, there is a few good ones around Midland and Kingston road. Vincent's spot for Italian/International cuisine, it is a prix fix menu. The Tara Inn for decent wings and good meat pies.

            1. re: smr714

              Vincent's Spot is great. I've also heard there are a lot of good new places along Kingston Rd between Midland and Kennedy but we have yet to try them.

              We tend to go a little further west along Kingston Rd for good pub food at Feathers.

              There's also Krispy Roll at Warden and Eglinton.

              1. re: geoprincess

                best fish and chips in the city...Duckworth's.. on kingston road just west of midland

                1. re: ribboy

                  Other options for fish and chips, are by the bluffs on Kingston Road and Fenwood, on the south side, or a little greek place on the north side of Eglington (I can't remember the name) but it is just east of Markham Road (in the same strip plaza as Little Barvarian). The fish is huge and their chips are great. I haven't been out there in a bit since I moved to Hamilton, but I used to be at Kingston road and Pine ridge (between McCowan and Bellamy)

                2. re: geoprincess

                  So, I went to Vincent's Spot tonight with high hopes and was, sadly, disappointed. Full of old-world charm, in a kitschy way, it was quite cute and comfy. All entrées come with garlic bread, a clam appetizer, caesar salad, and dessert. The garlic bread, brought hot to the table, wrapped in a cloth napkin looked promising, till I realized it is of the bright yellow variety (slathered in margarine, I presume); not how I make my garlic bread, but it was well done for what it was. The clam appetizer came on the half shell and the waitress described it as a "paté" made with mashed potatoes and clams. I couldn't detect any clam flavour, and found it bland, except that there was a hint of heat (spice) at the finish. Caesar salads arrived, and sadly, they were slathered in an overly watery dressing. Then onto the mains. I ordered the house dish Veal Villaroy or something like that, and Hubby ordered the char-grilled striploin steak. Both mains came with a single lightly roasted potato and a stalk of boiled broccoli. Neither sides showed any evidence of seasoning. My veal had some sort of damp breading on it that seemed to have been fried at some point, though there wasn't the slightest crispiness to it. Alas, it had a bad oil flavour to it that wasn't masked by the, again, flavourless mushroom cream sauce that was just screaming out for some shallots, sherry, or tarragon. Hubby's steak was nothing special, for sure; it was a piece of meat cooked to order. Only one kind of dessert was offered to us as part of the combination (and it seems that every dinner served there is part of the same combo), a custard cake. The pieces looked like they had endured some butchering, and they were what we expected given the rest of the meal. Bland, with nothing to commend them, and mostly left on our plate.

                  As we were exiting the restaurant, the woman sitting at the next table commented to her dining partner, "See they didn't like the cake either", and then to my husband "Not so great, is it?" Not so great...

                  When considering the price (my dinner was $22 and Hubby's $26), I guess it was a lot of food, but if the quality's not there, who cares? (Well, I guess I don't, but the place was surprisingly full...)

                  Bistro Camino offers combos in the same price range; the decor isn't as cosy or romantic (however, both are in need of some renos), but the food at BC is head and shoulders above Vincent's Spot.

          2. I'm definitely happy that there is a post about this. I live in the G-Dub and like to find new epicurean gems around here. I second just about all of the other recommendations thus far:

            - Fratelli is a good little Italian spot.
            - Cheetal is what I would refer to as ghetto-fabulous -- a typical Scarborough dive with delicious, CHEAP food -- and run by a really nice family. I swear by this place for Indian.
            - If you are looking for a good burger out that way, I think Shamrock Burgers is awesome (get the homeburger).
            - Black Dog is a solid restaurant, but I think their popularity relies a bit on their monopoly of the good North American restaurant situation out this way.

            - While Zen is the best Japanese restaurant out this way in Scarborough proper, I went to a phenomenal place out on Kingston Road between Altona & Whites (about 20min from GW), called Kobo Gourmet. ( It is a totally unassuming joint in a little strip mall on the north side of Kingston, but it is easily the best Japanese restaurant I have been to in Toronto (not just Scarborough). Everything is fresh made, right down to the miso soup (made from local organic miso). I chatted with the chef for a bit after my meal, and this guy knows what he is doing.

            - Nearer the Guild, there is agreat Thai joint on the south side of Kingston, between Brimley & St. Clair. It's called Thai Cashew. Like Cheetal, it lacks on the decor side, but they make delicious curries (the massaman especially), and the it's a great little family that runs it.

            That is about all I can think of right now for my Southeast Scarborough great eats. I'd love to keep hearing more suggestions for places to eat around here.

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            1. re: Jurgen

              i grew up eating guildwood pizza and given the state of franchise pizza joints the pizza in guildwood is good..not great but better than most...

              1. re: Jurgen

                Cheetal is great, I've eaten at a few places around the city and still find it to be the best. You can feed 4-5 people easily for $35. I always take out.

                Excellent chicken vindaloo, naan, curry, chicken tikka, reshmi tikka, aloo gobi, paneer makhni, channa masala, and vegetable samosas.

                Some dishes can be a bit oily as I've said but it's very, very good.

                1. re: Jurgen

                  I'm going to second Kobo! Just went for the first time last night, and it was outstanding! Fresh, delicious and inexpensive. Service was excellent...very friendly. I wish I'd known about this place sooner. I'm already planning my next visit!

                  1. re: Askosrose

                    Kobo is so close to me and I haven't gone yet!. I'll be there soon.

                    512 Kingston Rd, Pickering, ON L1V1A6, CA

                2. Consider Mandalay at Markham Rd. and Lawrence -- I think it is probably the best restaurant near the Guildwood area. I wrote a brief review here:


                  and you can see the menu and pictures of many dishes on their web site: