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Post Bar/Late Night Eats

Any recommendations for post bar/late night eats in the city?

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  1. Swatow's is a good Chinese restaurant on Spadina opened usually until 4 on club nights.

    7 West is my favorite late night place. It's a cafe with a Queen St. vibe on Charles St. Open 24/hours.

    If you're in North York, Owl of Minerva is open, Scarborough has Perfect Chinese Restaurant.

    1. Reggie's Old-Fashioned Sandwiches is open 24hrs. It's on king west, just east of portland.
      My coworker had a chicken parmesan sandwich and he really enjoyed it. I stole some of his fries and i thought they were tasty.

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      1. The black hoof is the obvious, and in my opinion, best option. they are out of town until wednesday though. the harbord room is another option. i havn't been but have heard good things. of course chinatown is always a good option if thats the type of food you're looking for. overall though, i would say that toronto's decent-good late night food scene is dismal at best.

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        1. re: leslievillian

          compared to other n. american cities, we're actually doing quite well. Try finding anything open late night in LA, good luck....

          I would highly recommend Pho Pasteur, they're open 24 hrs. Most of your best late night eats will be ethnic of nature. Besides downtown, quite a few Korean and Chinese places uptown do stay open quite late.

          Black Hoof & Harbord Room if I recall both close at 2am.

          1. re: leslievillian

            Seems like a strange choice to go to the Black Hoof if you're totally wasted -- why would you pay that much for food that you can't remember the next morning, no matter how good it is? Other posters have suggested various Chinatown places and Smoke's Poutinerie or Burrito Boyz, which seem more appropriate.

          2. Smoke's Poutinerie is doing the late-night thing ('til 4:00 on weekends). I can't vouch firsthand, but I can't imagine anything better than a big feed of poutine on a bar-stomach. And there's always Burrito Boyz right downstairs if you need some variation.

            Golden Griddle is around the corner (Adelaide and Duncan) if you're desperate.

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            1. re: Rabbit

              That Golden Griddle closed down a while ago.

              1. re: lister

                Wow, that was short-lived. Didn't it open less than 2 years ago?

            2. there's a whole bunch at hwy7 ./ leslie ..... most common places include richmond court (in times square, open till past 4am i think) .... and the train pho place at chalmers/hwy 7 (open past 4am too) .... i'm sure there's others too ....

              1. shanghai cowgirl has always held a spot in my heart for late night dining though i think they only go until 3 or 4 am. it's really the atmosphere that i enjoy at that hour and the only dish i like is the ghetto chicken.

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                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  I like their jalapeno, havarti & avocado grilled cheese;)

                2. Stampede Bison Grill at Queen and Brock

                  ... and of course Sneaky Dees, only satisfying after lots of drinking.

                  1. I like the avgolemono soup at Zorba's on Danforth east of Pape. Open until around 4 a.m. on Friday & Saturday nights....

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                    1. re: phoenikia

                      Woah, really? I sort of wish I lived out that way now.
                      That kind of soup would be delightful when I'm stumbling home.

                    2. Messini on the Danforth... gyros... yum

                      1. Vesta Lunch...corner Dupont and Bathurst...open 24 hours/day...an Annex institution since 1955...nothing like bacon and eggs at 4 a.m.

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                        1. re: Finnegan

                          I ordered the fish and chips there once, and received Highliner Fish Sticks. It is open 24hrs, but is probably the filthiest looking place I've eaten in years.

                        2. Some Suggestions...

                          Burger Shack (Open to 2am+ some nights)
                          Amazing homemade burger, the drink selection is out of this world (my friends comment of the place) good fries, tasty burger, go for the homemade $4-8 you won't be disappointed.

                          Fries: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lricharz...
                          Fries: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lricharz...
                          Burger (extra salt n pepper): http://www.flickr.com/photos/lricharz...
                          Yum!: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lricharz...

                          Belly Buster (open to 3am some nights during the summer
                          )Amazing Subs, $5-7 for a sub, Go for the bacon combo, or turkey bacon... don't be fooled by this place, fresh toppings, they mastered the art of bacon in a microwave (think they are up to 8 now) this place is amazing

                          Standard option toppings: lettuce, onion, tomato (no thanks), sub sauce (oil vinegar), salt, pepper, yellow mustard, mayo... other topping (if available) mushrooms, hot peppers, pickles, onions, green peppers, ketchup, bbq etc..

                          Bacon Combo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lricharz...

                          Cora's Pizza (open past 2:30am
                          )Along with Papa Ceo's (http://papaceo.sites.toronto.com/) UofT staples

                          Burger Shack
                          233 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R1A9, CA

                          Belly Buster Submarines
                          3447 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N2N3, CA

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                            1. re: Squeakycheese

                              the homeburgers (not the regular burgers) are a decent sized, his pic just makes it look small

                          1. Sarah's Falafel and Shawarma in the Annex (on Bloor near Brunswick) stays open quite late most days. I think they might be open until 4am on weekends, if I'm not mistaken.

                            Definitely not the nicest atmosphere and I've noticed that the late-night staff are not nearly as generous with the toppings, but on the whole a solid option - especially if you're able to do take-out. The fried eggplant sandwich is my favourite!

                            1. i can't believe that no one mentioned LAKEVIEW -- amazing late night diner at ossington & dundas. 7 WEST is a go-to. SHANGHAI COWGIRL as well. apparently LOU DAWG'S is open late too.

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                              1. re: DLR14

                                Meh, Lakeview is only good when you're drunk or hungover. Or hungry enough not to care about taste.

                              2. My absolute fave is Swatow's as mentioned above. I really like the Shrimp in Lobster Sauce dish doused in hot chili oil. Best hangover cure EVER!!

                                I've also been to Mel's diner on Bloor and Bathurst late night. The poutine there is pretty good.

                                1. In Chinatown I definitely prefer The Garden on Dundas St. East of University Ave. over all other Chinese restaurants. Since the renovation it also has the best decor and atmosphere. Of course, I prefer the food over other Chinese spots. Not a fan of Swatow.

                                  I also like Pho Pasteur for late night Pho.

                                  In the Club District, Burrito Boyz and Burrito Banditos hit the spot.

                                  Mel's Diner us my diner of choice over Vesta and Fran's. 7 West is a good spot for a light snack and coffee, although expensive.

                                  Along the Danforth, Messini has great gyros, not sure of how late they're open, however.

                                  1. BUMP

                                    Need some new, updated suggestions.

                                    I'll add Shawarma Max on Yonge just north of the 401, had a good sandwich here tonight

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                                    1. re: duckdown

                                      I've always wondered about Shawarma Max, but haven't tried them out. Thanks for mentioning them.

                                      I like Zorba's on the Danforth east of Pape for a late night bite. I usually order their large avgolemono soup with extra lemon on the side.

                                      One of my friends always suggests 7 West, but my experiences have been mediocre at best. The last visit was terrible this past weekend. My friend's cappuccino was the sorriest excuse for a cappuccino either of us had either seen- absent of foam, and almost no milk- I'd be surprised if more than a tablespoon of milk ended up in that big cup. My moccaccino tasted more like very sweet hot chocolate- I couldn't taste any espresso. In my second sip, I ended up with a mouthful of the slimy milk skin that usually indicates scalded milk. I would have been so much happier at Starbuck's or Tim Horton's. I guess the hummus plate was ok for a non- Middle Eastern restaurant. When the server noticed that 7/8 of my friend's cappuccino was left on the table, and 1/2 my moccaccino, he asked what was wrong, my friend mentioned that he needed to work on his cappuccino because the one he gave her was poor. He then said proudly that he makes the best cappuccino. The very best! And offered to make her a second one. She politely said no thanks, and to his credit, he took her cappuccino off the bill. I'm going to put my foot down from now on, no more 7 West for me.

                                      1. re: duckdown

                                        if you can handle your MSG I suggest the Kom Jug. Always good for great conversation and quick service.

                                        Don't go there sober though.

                                        The food isn't anything special, Its more the romance of the place that I enjoy.

                                      2. Huge recommendation for Messini at Logan and Danforth. Absolutely the best gyros in the city. Just like they do in Greece. After having one of their gyros with fries in the middle with a diet coke, makes you want to riot on the streets against the Germans and their damn austerity programs.

                                        1. Owl of Minerva at Bloor and Clinton is open 24 hours for Korean food like pork bone soup, jap chae, kimchi tofu, seafood pancake, etc. And you can keep drinking there too, as they have beer and soju combos, if so inclined.

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                                          1. re: lsk

                                            Yes! I randomly stumbled across this place last week. You can get a fantastic meal for $7 tax in! In the front window it says "Boo Ung Ee".