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Jan 15, 2009 05:51 PM

Where else do ladies who lunch lunch?

Besides Holt's Cafe, Caffe Doria, the Studio Cafe, Avenue, the Windsor Arms, Patachou, and the Oliver and Bonacini up at Bayview Village, where else do the ladies who lunch lunch?

Do Prego della Piazza, Il Posto Nuovo or Spice Room/ Manyata Cafe fill up at lunch time? What about Celestin or Didier?

623 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M9, CA

Spice Room
55 Avenue Road, Unit #127, Toronto, ON M5R 3L2, CA

1496 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Z6, CA

1120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

Cafe Doria
1094 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L6, CA

Holt's Cafe
50 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

Oliver & Bonacini
2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M2K 1E6, CA

Il Posto
148 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1C2, CA

Prego Della Piazza - duplicate
150 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

Windsor Arms
18 St Thomas St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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  1. Lakes and Brownes Bistro.

    1. Anywhere in Forest Hill Villiage (the little strip of salons, restos and banks on Spadina Rd at Lonsdale, a couple of blocks north of St. Clair). Hope Street Cafe, Southside, Mashu Mashu, Sotto in the Villiage and Edo-ko. Mashu has the best deals, and the only real vegetarian and Kosher options. Hope St. is the warmest and comfiest, and has the nicest waiters.

      There is also the stretch of Eglinton Ave. West between Spadina and Avenue Rd. No shortages of lunch spots, but the wood-fired oven pizzas at Ferraro (502 Eglinton W.) are the real highlight.

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      1. re: Ginsugirl

        I was just going to say about the same thing Ginsugirl. You nailed it. The "Villiage" is the place for ladies who lunch. I actually don't think Mahsu is Kosher just Isreali owned. Also is that new overpriced French Bakery place near Ferraro on Eglinton (I forget the name of it). Phipps on Eglinton is a good spot to see some work out queens with time on their hands due to the Low Fat Salad Bar options. I have often observed that ladies who lunch stick to their local neighborhood lunch spots rather than drive downtown. Patachou in the droves. There are even some hard core regulars that are there all the time. It's sort of like the weirdo's that hang out in a coffee time all day except they are filthy rich.

      2. Great thread phoenikia! You've pretty much covered all of my spots. The only other one I can think of is Jacques Bistro du Parc and Cafe Nervosa both in Yorkville.

        1. Coquine, Quince, One, Chimichanga's, Lai Toh Heed. To name a few...

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          1. re: likescrab

            Chimichanga's? Really? I'm surprised to hear that one.

            1. re: phoenikia

              You took my post right out of my mouth! Chimichanga's does not strike me as a ladies who lunch destination in the least. Mexican food served by 20 year-old servers in a pseudo-grunge setting. One, yes. Coquine, yes. Quince, probably. Chimichanga's, not so much.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Guess we're on the same wavelength there, TorontoJo. The list reminded me of "One of these is not like the other" ;)

                1. re: phoenikia

                  nah, you gotta have an open mind. i trained for a year under a mexican chef and i know what i'm talking about. i'm saying if you like good, authentic mexican food, chimi's is the place to go. who cares about decor? it's all about the mole poblano, carnitas and guac. and the atmosphere is not grungy at all. have you even been?

                  1. re: likescrab

                    Who cares about decor? I'd say Ladies Who Lunch do.

                    1. re: likescrab

                      I have been there and like it. I didn't say the place was grungy, I said the decor was pseudo grunge -- brick walls, industrial furniture, etc. It's most definitely not a destination for "ladies who lunch", which was the OP's request.

                      1. re: likescrab

                        I agree with TorontoJo that it isn't a Ladies who Lunch kind of destination. Chimichanga's is pretty good for a Mexican fix in Toronto (I like El Trompo better, haven't been to Frida's yet), but their Baja fish tacos were not authentic or good. In Baja & Southern CA, Baja Fish tacos come with crema, lime, shredded cabbage, cilantro, and lightly battered fish. Chimichanga's uses breaded fish and cheese.
                        I'll remember to try their carnitas and guac on another visit.

                        1. re: phoenikia

                          The carnitas and guac are good there, btw! :)

              2. Thanks for all the additional restaurants you've mentioned;)

                Has anyone been to Prego Della Piazza or Il Posto lately for lunch?

                I understand Prego della Piazza was sold last year- has anyone tried their lunch since the change in ownership?

                I haven't been to Il Posto for about a decade, but they used to serve a good version of linguine with clam sauce.

                Which one would you visit for lunch, if you wanted an Italian Ladies who Lunch type of lunch?