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likescrab Jan 15, 2009 08:38 AM

i've taken a job in the beach on queen e (way east!). looking for recs for good lunch spots and pubs for after work drinks with my way cool bossees. anybody?

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  1. Googs RE: likescrab Jan 15, 2009 08:52 AM

    Vivetha Bistro at Queen & Neville is quite nice. Haven't been for lunch, but have enjoyed dinners there.

    For a good after work pub, try Fitzgerald's at 2298 Queen St E at Scarborough Rd. Regular pub downstairs and funky space with nice snacks upstairs. Love the handcrafted bar upstairs. Very nice piece of work.

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      hungryabbey RE: Googs Jan 15, 2009 04:45 PM

      does this fitzgerald pub place have a dinner menu or just drinks and a couple snacks?

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        Googs RE: hungryabbey Jan 16, 2009 07:59 AM

        Yes, you can have dinner there as well although I'm fuzzy on specifics for all of the obvious reasons. Sorry for the lack of details. I mainly lounge upstairs with drinks, snacks, and friends. Upstairs has a very relaxed, yet upbeat vibe about it.

    2. JamieK RE: likescrab Jan 15, 2009 09:10 AM

      The Goof for Chinese.

      And I second Vivetha -- I've been there for lunch and it was great. You can also pick up take-out.

      2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

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      2379 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

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        embee RE: JamieK Jan 15, 2009 03:48 PM

        You are kidding about the Goof for Chinese, aren't you? Please tell me you're kidding....

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          Googs RE: embee Jan 16, 2009 06:20 AM

          I believe the score is one for JamieK.

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            JamieK RE: Googs Jan 16, 2009 03:47 PM

            ha, ha! The Goof is not great Chinese food, it's just a great local neighbourhood establishment that's been around forever and still a good lunch spot despite not--so-recent renovation.

      2. Googs RE: likescrab Jan 15, 2009 09:24 AM

        Oh and if you like chocolate, you're in luck. The Belgian Chocolate Shop is terrific. It's doesn't hurt to ply way cool bosses with sweets. I won't bother you with their website as it's designed for on line ordering rather than showing up and inhaling the aromas.


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          OnDaGo RE: Googs Jan 15, 2009 09:51 AM

          Simple Cafe at Queen and Leslie (3 doors east of teh beer store) serves great sandwhiches and salads for a quick lunch.

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            Googs RE: OnDaGo Jan 15, 2009 10:14 AM

            Which begs the question, likescrab, just how far east?

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              likescrab RE: Googs Jan 15, 2009 12:19 PM

              We're at Queen and Balsam

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                Googs RE: likescrab Jan 15, 2009 01:02 PM

                Well then for pubs, Quigley's is closer. I have to say, though, that I really detest that mullet laden meat market.

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                  JamieK RE: Googs Jan 15, 2009 05:11 PM

                  I hate Quigley's for all sorts of reasons.

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          antifoodie RE: likescrab Jan 15, 2009 11:56 AM

          the goof is pretty bad, actually.

          green eggplant on queen near the Lick's is really busy, and kinda fun inside, but the food is also not so good.

          Vi Vetha is good for dinner, and a really good weekend brunch.

          the Ichiban between willow and beech is pretty good

          Il fornello is fine for a decent pasta and glass of wine, but nothing further

          Leslieville is where all the good restaurants are, and if you're out for a nice evening, just go there. Current faves include The Nose, which seems very good lately. Edward Levesque is always good, also.

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            Leslieville RE: antifoodie Jan 15, 2009 01:35 PM

            E.L. not always, by any means. If you read the reviews it frequently misses the mark.

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            likescrab RE: likescrab Jan 15, 2009 12:22 PM

            oh and thanks to all!

            1. Otonabee RE: likescrab Jan 15, 2009 02:16 PM

              If you are not going via transit the Green dragon Pub on Kingston at Victoria Park is a pretty good after work or lunch spot.

              FYI Ed's Real Scoop (amazing ice cream granted not related to lunch per se) is apparently offering a free topping (including their amazing chocolate sauce) when you get a regular scoop of ice cream.

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                oracle347 RE: Otonabee Jan 15, 2009 05:55 PM

                I just moved out the the beaches and the Hubby and I REALLY miss the wings at the Grover Pub and Grub, a little further north at Kingston and Main.

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                  currycue RE: Otonabee Jan 16, 2009 07:19 AM

                  Mmmm, Ed's. Haven't been there in a while. The Amarena cherry gelato is divine...

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