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Jan 15, 2009 08:38 AM

new to the beach

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. 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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    1. re: Googs

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

      1. re: hungryabbey

        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. 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

      Garden Gate
      2379 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

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      1. re: JamieK

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

          1. re: Googs

            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. 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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        1. re: Googs

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

          1. re: OnDaGo

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

              1. re: likescrab

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

                1. re: Googs

                  I hate Quigley's for all sorts of reasons.

        2. 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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          1. re: antifoodie

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