TTC Subway Dash & Dine 2009
Stop me if you've heard this one...
Annually as the snow piles up and the temperatures go down the same question arises all over the Toronto CH board. “Where can I dine without freezing my toches off to get there?”
This was originally created for the benefit of my girlfriends. We need a list of restos that are spike-heeled-running-distance from the subway. It’s updated annually to reflect the new and the passing so as to not waste precious steps. It is not specifically a list of “the best” restos in town. Its main purpose is function.
While I’ve been to many of these I haven’t been to all. An effort was made to add adventure by having a few new ones to try along the February blahs way to spring thaw awes. I’ve done careful research of opinions on this board and elsewhere for intersections that I don’t frequent to create the newbie list. After all, I have every intention of taking my friends to these places.
It is by no means comprehensive. The grazing range for my friends and I tends to be south of Eglinton and east of Bathurst. CH expertise for the subway stops not covered is very welcome as are restaurants I may have overlooked. This is a community project after all.
BLOOR - DANFORTH LINE
KIPLING, 5247 Dundas St W
Apache Burgers, 5236 Dundas St W
ISLINGTON, 3286 Bloor St W
La Petite France, 3317 Bloor St W
Black Angus Steak House, 3277 Bloor St W
ROYAL YORK, 3012 Bloor St W
ViBo, 2995 Bloor St W
Merlot, 2994 Bloor St W
Cru, 946 Royal York Rd
OLD MILL, 2672 Bloor St W
The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd
JANE, 2440 Bloor St W
Bryden’s, 2455 Bloor St W
RUNNYMEDE, 2218 Bloor St W
Dr Generosity, 2197 Bloor St W
Villa, 2277 Bloor St W
Strada, 2279 Bloor St W
HIGH PARK, 1874 Bloor St W
KEELE, 1733 Bloor St W
King Slice Pizza, 1598 Bloor St W
DUNDAS WEST, 1525 Bloor St W
Yummy BBQ, Crossways Mall, 2340 Dundas St W
Blue Bay Café, 2243 Dundas St W
LANSDOWNE, 1287 Bloor St W
Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St W
DUFFERIN, 1126 Bloor St W
Pizza Roma, 1090 Bloor St W
El Jacalito, 1056 Bloor St W
OSSINGTON, 883 Bloor St W
Lalibela Ethiopian, 869 Bloor St W
Mexitaco, 828 Bloor St W
Nazareth, 969 Bloor St W
CHRISTIE, 726 Bloor St W
Tacos El Asador, 690 Bloor St W
Korea House, 666 Bloor St W
Onara Onara, 648 Bloor St W
BATHURST, 565 Bloor St W
Insomnia Bar and Café, 563 Bloor St W
Sushi On Bloor, 515 Bloor St W
Victory Café, 581 Markham St
SPADINA, 371 Bloor St W
Splendido, 88 Harbord St
Harbord Room, 89 Harbord St
93 Harbord, 93 Harbord St
ST. GEORGE, 323 Bloor St W
Bar Mercurio, 270 Bloor St W
Opus, 37 Prince Arthur Ave
Fieramosca, 36 Prince Arthur Ave
BAY, 64 Bloor St W
Pangaea, 1221 Bay St
Jacques Bistro du Parc, 126A Cumberland St
Studio Café, 21 Avenue Rd
YONGE, 733 Yonge St
Focaccia Restaurant, 17 Hayden Street
Wish, 3 Charles St E
Blu Ristorante, 17 Yorkville Ave
SHERBOURNE, 420 Bloor St E
Groundhog Pub, 401 Bloor St W
CASTLE FRANK, 600 Bloor St E
Makkah, 1020 Danforth Ave
Melanie’s Bistro, 1870 Danforth Ave
WOODBINE, 2072 Danforth Ave
Relish Bar & Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave
MAIN STREET, 2550 Danforth Ave
Grumbels Deli & Café, 290 Main St
Bistro Camino, 2750 Danforth Ave
Suggestions welcome for all stops from Victoria Park to the end of the Scarborough RT Line.
BAYVIEW, 550 Sheppard Ave E
Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, 2901 Bayview Ave
Bessarion, 701 Sheppard Ave E
Leslie, 1209 Sheppard Ave E
Camros Organic Eatery, 1255 Sheppard Ave E
Don Mills, 1700 Sheppard Ave E
FINCH, 5714 Yonge St
Jung Soo Nae, 5754 Yonge St
SHEPPARD, 4800 Yonge St
Joons Restaurant, 4852 Yonge St
Memphis Smoke House, 4916 Yonge St
LAWRENCE, 3101 Yonge St
Mezza Misto, 3185 Yonge St
Trio Ristorante And Pizzeria, 3239 Yonge St
EGLINTON, 2190 Yonge St
Zucca, 2150 Yonge St
Quince, 2110 Yonge St
Jaaadu, 1415 Yonge St
Cava, 1560 Yonge St
SUMMERHILL, 1189 Yonge St
Pastis, 1158 Yonge St
Fire on the East Side, 6 Gloucester St
COLLEGE, 448 Yonge St
Daio Japanese, 45 Carlton St
Peach Garden, 45 Carlton St
DUNDAS, 300 Yonge St
Linda, 335 Yonge St
Harlem, 67 Richmond St E
EGLINTON W, 1300 Eglinton Ave W
Frida, 999 Eglinton Ave W
Il Mulino, 1060 Eglinton Ave W
ST CLAIR W, 370 St Clair Ave W
El Fogon, 543 St Clair Ave W
DUPONT, 278 Dupont St
Live Organic Food Bar, 264 Dupont St
Bistro Tournesol, 406 Dupont St.
MUSEUM, 75 Queen’s Park
C5 Restaurant Lounge, 100 Queen’s Park
Jamie Kennedy Gardiner, 111 Queen’s Park
QUEEN’S PARK, 671 University Ave
ST PATRICK, 449 University Ave
Japango Sushi & Noodle, 122 Elizabeth St
Midi Bistro, 168 McCaul St
OSGOODE, 250 University Ave
Forte Bistro & Lounge, 133 Richmond St W, Ste 101
Nota Bene, 180 Queen St W
Ematei, 30 St Patrick St
ST ANDREW, 147 University Ave
Monsoon, 100 Simcoe St
Big Daddy’s Crabshack & Oyster Bar
Haven't eaten at Frank but I say sure to including since it is probably about the same distance away from St Patrick as Midi (if not less). As a woman who sometimes likes to wear inappropriate footwear in the Winter, I do appreciate the 2009 version of this list! I'm going to think about some others to add.
Yeah Frank is close enough to St Patrick station.. it's like there are so many restaurants available but you don't know which ones are worthy to include! For example at St. Andrew's there are a million for tourists but actual good restaurants probably not that many... we're missing Fune though?
Benihana for Union?
Starfish for King?
Le Petit Castor for Rosedale?
Thank you for the list!
for some easier mapping organization, you might want to consider google maps (i love me some google... if that wasn't obvious already...) for visualization. here's an example of a map i made with all the locales of places i've reviewed on my blog:
you can easily allow anyone to edit it and collaborate.
frank would definitely be an addition of mine for st patrick, based on some tasty fish and that its proximity is much closer than midi bistro.
re a few of the other suggestions on here. caribbean queen of patties is not a sit down type of place though her patties are my favourite. manpuku has an enclosed space in the food court of village by the grange but doesn't serve alcohol if i recall correctly. it is very homey japanese food but their skills are limited... i would stick to the gyudon, onigiri and udon (though it is very ordinary) but sometimes get the takoyaki senbei just because i really like senbei.
around christie station you'd be missing out if you didn't try a place with the 5 beers or 1 shochu + dish deals. the only place i've managed to go to so far is camto just east of christie and it is more prettied up than most others. you can order additional food of course but with the banchan and many dishes of complimentary appetizers, you may not need to. seems very ideal for a girls evening out.
a friend of mine has been happy with the new osteria by terroni that took over the victoria st location. i believe there is some prix fixe situation going on there.
would consider ethiopian house and tokyo grill (their monthly soba was super disappointing though) for your wellesley stop.
Thanks psp. Frank's a definite add. Just rounding up a few more opinions before Version 2.1 comes out.
I've often wondered about Tokyo Grill. Being a raw fish fanatic I haven't gotten around to it. I have one good gf that loves Japanese food, but not sushi. Sounds like just the spot.
How does that menu work at Camto? Do you get a choice of 5 beers with your food or is it 5 beers or food? Colour me confused.
I had considered mapping this, but thought people typically are looking for something near a certain intersection rather than the entire grid. Given all the research that goes into this in the first place, I thought I'd leave that to someone else. Look! We have a vounteer. Please give a big hand to Suresh.
tokyo grill - i was drawn because of the soba but that was a flop... otherwise we got an order of tofu (moderately good) and calamari (greasy but nice great textured squid). i'd like to go again to get items like katsudon and what not.. it's perfect weather for it!
from what i can tell, camto and other similar establishments (there are a lot of them in the koreatown area) work the same way... which is you get 5 beers (typically canadian or bud or something) or a choice of a bottle of shoju and some shot glasses. a plate of food large enough for a good snack for several people is included as well and there is often a list of say 5 or 6 items to choose from. no matter what you get food and drink. i know that camto has different prix fixes, in a sense, and so if you're willing to pay a few bucks extra you can get more interesting choices in dishes of food... in the end i think you're looking at about over 20 possible items not including any other appetizers or dishes from their non prix fixe drinking menu. at camto it starts at around $20 and goes up from there. considering all the appetizer like banchan they gave us... our entire table was filled with food after one order. it's quite a deal though the food isn't the best you can get along that strip.
note that a lot of places do have this type of menu. even ajuker chicken has it though the selection of food items is much smaller. some places might be more traditional with the food and could be better... camto i enjoy more for a night out because it's a lot more prettied up and cute.
Jimmy Choos... LOL. Now there's a real test. It was a bit of a toss-up between Mercatto or Terroni for King Station. The fanbase seemed larger for Terroni so I went with it even though it's a tad further. Personally I prefer Mercatto for the convenience.
Anyone else have an opinion on Mercatto vs Terroni Adelaide?
Great list, googs;)
The Coffee Mill, Caren's, Pusateri's Cafe (inside the store) and MoRoCo to the Bay station list.
Holt's Cafe & Le Gourmand to the Yonge/Bloor station list (bonus that you don't have to go outside the station thanks to the Holt Renfrew Centre & the HBC centre being connected underground)
Patachou and the Black Camel to the Rosedale station list.
Athens Pastries to the Chester list (and Astoria for take-out souvlaki- but nothing else imo)
Island Foods in Village by the Grange for St. Patrick (maybe also Manpuku but I haven't tried it yet)
Maroli for Christie station.
phoenika, wow so many good suggestions. I almost feel like I punked out on my homework.
I passed on Black Camel despite it being unbelievably close because it's more take-out than sit around with friends for a relaxing evening out. Patachou looks terrific. Are they open for dinner now?
The Island Foods menu looks terrific. Are they licensed for at least beer and wine? I prefer peanut punch myself, but seems a question worth asking. Thanks for this one. I found Caribbean food to be woefully underrepresented on my list despite efforts to locate.
The Village on the Grange location of Island Foods is in a food court, with food court chairs & tables and plastic cutlery, so it's better for a quick bite than a place to hang out and relax. Another Caribbean restaurant I like that isn't too far from the Eglinton subway station (maybe 3 blocks north, not far from Good Bite) is Caribbean Bistro. That would be my pick on the subway line for a Caribbean restaurant where you can hang out, and listen to reggae/soca/whatever they are playing. I'm pretty sure they are licensed, but I always order Ting when I'm there.
Googs, you're right, Patachou & Black Camel are lunch places- Black Camel closes at 6 pm, and Patachou closes at 6:30 p.m.. Guess I've been doing more TTC-friendly lunches than dinners lately. There are a few tables inside Black Camel, but the place is so tiny that the few tables it has are usually full.
Coconut Grove is convenient, but I'm not a fan of their roti.
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It's on the casual end of things, but near Dufferin station is Pam's Roti - unlicensed, but more conducive to dining in and hanging out than Island Foods or Coconut Grove. The roti are excellent, her hot sauce is killer, and she is a total sweetheart. It's hard not to feel warm there.
I just tried Manpuku maybe one or two days ago. Tried the takoyaki, yaki something (grilled rice ball?) and the udon with the tofu pouch. We didn't see the OTHER menu on the wall until later... otherwise I probably would have tried one of their other dishes instead.
The takoyaki was pretty tasty although a bit soft... I would have liked it to be a bit more crispy. The grilled rice ball was pretty bland... it came with soy sauce that you could dip it in.. but again, I thought it could have been more crispy and perhaps even a bit darker. The filling inside was tuna that day... but even if there was no filling I don't think it would have made a difference. Tuna did not have any taste and it was a miniscule amount. The udon soup wasn't anything special just normal udon soup. My SO didn't like the tofu pouch since it was too sweet for his liking.
Not a visit that would lead to another one unfortunately. We ended with the ice mochi. They only had their mango flavour that day and I usually like mango so I settled with it. It came sprinkled with some green tea powder. The skin of the mochi was really thick... and the mango ice cream inside wasn't that great. I remember telling my SO that I would give my mochi to him if we could go get belgian waffles later..... an indicator if something is good or not in my opinion is whether or not you would trade it for something else! Anyway... at 4 bucks for 3 of them I thought it was pretty much a rip off since it wasn't good at all.... I thought it would have been homemade and yummier than the packaged ones.. but I think I'll just stick with the packaged ones from now on.