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Steve's - Bathurst n of Wilson

tochowchick Apr 28, 2009 03:47 PM

So...heard about this place from a couple of folks...good "family" restaurant...all day breakfasts, burgers, club sandwiches, omlettes and supposedly great greek salads. They`ve been on Bathurst since 1946 so they must be doing something right...

My chowpal and I went there for a late lunch today...I have to say, I was impressed...I had a toasted club on whole wheat with a side greek salad and my chowpal had a large greek salad, lox and onion omlette with fries.

Verdict? Good solid food...my club had "real" slices of turkey, nice crisp bacon etc....the greek salads were particularly good...they bring you a squeeze bottle of dressing so you can put as little/much on as you like...nice touch. The dressing may not be totally authentic but it was tasty nonetheless...

My chowpal said his omlette was a bit overdone/dry for his liking but very tasty...fries were nothing special....

I think we'll be back to try some other things...checked out the burgers at another table and they looked good...corned beef hash...yum...

Anyone else have any experiences with Steve's? I believe they also have another location on Yonge St in Thornhill..

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    Teffub RE: tochowchick Apr 28, 2009 06:32 PM

    Yeah - Steve's is always good and reliable, and their Greek salads are particularly good even if not authentic as you point out. Its a good diner, perhaps my favorite TO one. Nothing on their menu could conceivably put Steve's on Diner's Drive-ins and Dives, but its reliable and decent.

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      tochowchick RE: Teffub Apr 29, 2009 07:05 AM

      Thanks Teffub...your assessment jibes with my thoughts...good solid diner...but to me, that's a good thing!!!

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      ddelicious RE: tochowchick Apr 29, 2009 07:50 AM

      yes, it is pretty much as you described, solid yet not fabulous. wish they had better pancakes. that area is so desolate when it comes to restaurants so not much choice really.

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        KitchenVoodoo RE: ddelicious Apr 29, 2009 10:58 AM

        There's a new place called BW Bistro (replaced the Mexican) in that tiny plaza on Bathurst n of wilson, west side - anyone ventured in yet?

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          ddelicious RE: KitchenVoodoo Apr 29, 2009 12:34 PM

          no, that spot has been a different restaurant every few months for a while now. curious if anyone has tried it. did anyone try the mexican place?

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            taxed2death RE: ddelicious Apr 29, 2009 01:06 PM

            Does anyone know if Steve's opened a second location on Yonge south of Hwy. 7.
            The signage looks the same.

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              tochowchick RE: taxed2death Apr 29, 2009 04:23 PM

              Yes...see my original post...

              Check the website for the exact address etc. they have a separate website from the Bathurst location...


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        szw RE: tochowchick Apr 29, 2009 05:27 PM

        Anyone know how their eggs benedict is?

        1. atomeyes RE: tochowchick Apr 29, 2009 08:05 PM

          thought Steve's was pretty awful.
          -10 points if their fries are McCain's.
          been there twice and everything was generic. no clue why its so popular.

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            ddelicious RE: atomeyes Apr 30, 2009 07:32 AM

            read my post, you'll see why its so popular. no other options! plus its good for kids if you just want to eat something basic and not have to clean the kitchen.

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              tochowchick RE: ddelicious Apr 30, 2009 11:49 AM

              Agree...no...it's not anything earth shattering but I thought it was good solid diner type food...I believe there is a place for that for sure...I will be going back...

              As my original post said...we did not think the fries were great either but I can overlook that...will just have a side salad instead!

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                acd123 RE: tochowchick Apr 30, 2009 01:11 PM

                I like their grilled peameal. But it's not special. you can get the same thing anywhere.

          2. flying101 RE: tochowchick May 11, 2009 10:57 AM

            Went to Steve's In Thornhill this past friday...
            I ordered the club (sans tomatoes) and my friend ordered the special half chicken with soup.

            Food: Overall good, I tried a bit of my friends soup (split pea) it was slightly over salty, but still good flavour, didn't try his chicken, but it was a large protion, and with a side of fries, cowslaw and the soup was a very good deal for the $11ish it cost.

            My club was as tochowchick said, real 'pieces' of turkey, nice bacon, and large size. I would have preferred some cheese on there, I should have asked b4 I placed my order. Fries are nothing special, frozen mccain i am guessing?

            large portion size, good price, good meal. Only problem, service, very poor. waitress never refilled our water until we asked... twice. but it was a friday lunch, and slow, so maybe she wasn't 100% focused, but no excuse IMO.

            would go again, and recommend for families
            here are same pics...
            Half Chicken: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lricharz...
            Club: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lricharz...
            my friend also swears by this place, and he goes at least once a week (to either location)

            1. red dragon RE: tochowchick May 10, 2010 12:18 PM

              Any recent feedback (for this location, not the one in Thornhill on Yonge Street)?

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                Toronto Fastfoodie RE: red dragon May 10, 2010 05:52 PM

                It is a pretty good, pretty consistent greasy spoon. They have recently changed their menu to include new items like creps and stuff but I like to stick to the classics: greek salad with chicken, eggs, great chocolate chip pancakes, and of course, the spaghetti dinner special on wednesday night. This is not gourmet fare- there is mostly iceberg lettuce in the greek salad and the chicken fingers and probably the frozen kind-but the ingredients they use are fresh and it is clean and they have amazing staff there with incredible patience for kids.

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                  red dragon RE: Toronto Fastfoodie May 11, 2010 05:57 AM

                  Hi Toronto Fastfoodie - I take it your feedback is for the Bathurst location?

                  A friend of mine ate at the Yonge street location and said she preferred the Bathurst St. location, and the Yonge street menu is a bit more pricey.

                  Do they have dinner specials throughout the week then?

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                    Toronto Fastfoodie RE: red dragon May 11, 2010 07:42 AM

                    I am talking about the Bathurst location. I find that for places like Steves that started off as Toronto institutions and then opened up other secondary location, the first location is the only good one.
                    Case in point: Steves, Bagel World, Frans, Sunset Grill, Cora's, Pickle Barrel, etc...

                    and yes, they do have dinner special every night. It is especially popular with the grandparent/grandchild dinner guest combo.

                    Bagel World Coffee Shop & Dairy Bar
                    336 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3H1S9, CA

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                      red dragon RE: Toronto Fastfoodie May 11, 2010 03:12 PM

                      I would agree with you there. Thanks for the additional info!

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                Munch420 RE: tochowchick Nov 18, 2011 11:58 AM

                I've had the chicken fajitas i think they were and they were amazing.. came with salsa and sour cream ... and another time i had the ground chicken burger with spinach and feta.. i preferred the fajitas

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