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Restos Around Summerhill LCBO?

j2brady Jan 15, 2009 01:29 PM


I am going for a tutored tasting at the LCBO.

Can anyone suggest a decent restaurant some where in the area?



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    wfs RE: j2brady Jan 15, 2009 02:03 PM

    best is 1 blk N of St Clair, about 5 blks in all but excellent food / wine matches possible - called CAVA 416.979.9918. 2nd choice is Brownes Bistro, 2 blks N at 416.924.8132 or possibly Lakes just 2 blks S at 416.966.0185.

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      millygirl RE: wfs Jan 15, 2009 02:56 PM

      Pastis, almost directly across the street, and very good!!!

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        JamieK RE: wfs Jan 15, 2009 04:56 PM

        walking up that hill within the Yonge Street wind tunnel in this weather? Brutal.

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          j2brady RE: JamieK Jan 15, 2009 05:19 PM

          driving but just want near by for convenience sake

      2. bellacucina RE: j2brady Jan 15, 2009 05:09 PM

        Try Capacoccia on Yonge/Balmoral. Great atmosphere, service and food! A neighbourhood fav.


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          Edith S RE: bellacucina Jan 15, 2009 05:13 PM

          Any other restaurants you recommend?

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            bellacucina RE: Edith S Jan 15, 2009 05:31 PM

            Others I would recommend in the neighbourhood are CAVA, as suggested by wfs, and Terroni's (Capocaccia is better). If you want a more casual/pub type meal, I recommend Rebel House

        2. JamieK RE: j2brady Jan 15, 2009 05:14 PM

          Across the road, like Millygirl said, Pastis. Click on the place link for related threads, comments, whatever.

          1158 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L9, CA

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            dwyld71 RE: j2brady Jan 15, 2009 05:28 PM

            Il Sogno at Davisville and Yonge. Not fancy, just great quality, good prices and the owners are often your waiters. Ask for Ross.

            1. estufarian RE: j2brady Jan 15, 2009 05:57 PM

              Pastis is probably the best.
              If you want quiet conversation - Browne's Bistro.
              If you want hearty food and the best creme brulee in Toronto - Avant Gout.
              Lakes is middle-of-the-road - rarely exciting.
              Cava is overpriced and very noisy.
              Haven't tried Capocaccia or Terroni - but they're about 10-15 minute walk and no on-street parking available nearby. Cava is even further.
              Rebel House has gone downhill recently - as has Rosedale Diner which is also close.

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                wop_genius RE: j2brady Jan 15, 2009 11:22 PM

                Pastis is lovely but closed for the first few weeks of january...so call ahead. The rebel house is a solid pub...lots of variety in beer, and the meatloaf sandwich is yummy.

                1. Charles Yu RE: j2brady Jan 16, 2009 05:46 AM

                  Another big vote for Pastis.!
                  The fish soup and calves liver are both excellent. The latter, one of the best in town.Both versions of foie gras are also good value for money.
                  Cava is over-rated and over priced.

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                    juno RE: Charles Yu Jan 16, 2009 07:34 AM

                    I'm with Charles Yu on this one. The fish soup and the calves's liver at Pastis make for the city's most wonderful bistro dinner. The wines, though, are rather highly priced, so if you're watching your pennies, stick with the drinkable house wines and you'll get out without too much damage. Lower on the price scale in that neighborhood is Rebel House, which someone above has noted has gone downhill recently, but if it has you'd never know it from the tasty club house sandwich, which is as reliable as ever. Passable wines by the glass, and - as has been mentioned many times before - a good array of Canadian microbrews. Fun atmosphere, with assorted interesting buffoons, braggarts, crabs and out-of-place innocents at the bar.

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