new to the beach
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.
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.
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.
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.