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Jun 3, 2009 05:41 AM

Looking for a pub Yonge/Bayview and Eglinton

I'm looking for a quiet pub in either the Bayview and Eglinton or Yonge and Eglinton area with decent food, a good selection of beers (preferably including Double Diamond), and a patio. Any suggestions? I'm also looking for less pub-like places with a patio but would prefer something looking like a local pub over the typical Toronto empty glitter.

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  1. There's the Granite. They are a micro brewery and the food is somewhat better than most other pubs around there.

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    1. re: Yongeman

      sorry, but we swore the Granite off a few years ago. unless things have changed, the only nice thing about it is the patio in front and back.
      food was bad, service was weak and most of their beers are unexceptional.

      1. re: Yongeman

        I second the Granite recommendation.

        A bit south of there, near Yonge & Davisville is the Bow and Arrow.

        1. re: OTFOODIE

          certain things are mediocre at the granite (quesidillas) and some are great (burgers) and they stll have, to this day, my favourite fillet of grilled salmon in the city (served on the cajun salmon salad). believe it.

          1. re: OTFOODIE

            otfoodie, sorry to report that the Bow and Arrow is no more. It closed a month or so ago.

        2. I like the Dizzy just north of Yonge and Eg - great burger and good selection of beer on tap.

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          1. re: JaclynS

            I don't know if a quiet pub exists, people drink, and will inherently talk louder.

            I haven't been to the new Dizzy's, but the original location on Roncesvalles has pretty good grub. Much better than a typical bar.

            1. re: aser

              I hoped to love Dizzy's, but gotta say I didn't love it (didn't hate it either though).

              It had a sort of cold-ish atmosphere (not very pubby). Also, the menu's quite limited. We opted to snack on bar food, as there were few real meal options -- we did quite enjoy the wings.

              There's a bit of a dearth of great pubs in the area, though there are plenty of okay ones, some with patios (albeit small ones) -- eg. Scruffy Murphy's, the Firkin, the Unicorn. For a fantastic patio, good food, and a good beer selection, if you're willing to make the hike further south, the Rebel House is a great choice.

              1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                I actually like the limited options they present. When I see a gigantic menu at pubs, all I can imagine is frozen crap thrown on the grill or deep fryer.

                I've been told they grind the meat in house for the burger, the wings as you mentioned are quite good. I also had the calamari app and it was done far more refined than you would expect from a pub. It was extremely tender, perfectly cooked, cut up into a slinky ring. I was very surprised at the level of skill involved considering it's a pub.

                Again, I've never been to the Eglinton location, just the og Roncesvalles.

                1. re: aser

                  I have been to both locations with my first trip to the Y&E one most recently. Can confirm they do grind the meat in house. The choice of wing slection is good in my opinion as well (blackened spice!). My friends have also really enjoyed the pasta specials.

                  I wholeheartedly agree with your comment regarding skill considering it's a pub - excellent mix of pub atmosphere with above-pub grub!

                  1. re: JaclynS

                    I just checked the menu for Dizzy online. The only menu listed seems to be for the Roncesvalles location, and it's quite a bit more extensive than I recall the Y&E location's menu being.

                    I agree that a menu that's too long isn't a good thing, but my memory of the Y&E menu is that the burger was practically the only entree option (I may be slightly exaggerating, but not much I don't think). Am I wrong about the menu (is my memory failing me?)?

                    I was really hoping to love the place, because I think the area really needs a pub with good food (something along the lines of the Abbott) but Dizzy just didn't live up to my expectations. That said, I'm not opposed to giving it another chance.

                    1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                      Okay, I am crazy and my memory is failing me. I just found the Y&E menu online and it's longer than I remember:


                      So, I completely rescind my earlier comments (and I apologize for any misleading comments). I guess maybe I just wasn't in the mood for some of the options on their menu the night I went, so I forgot about them...??? (that, or I'm suffering from early-onset dementia...)

          2. What about Cam's Place? Former site of Mad Monty's, close to Snorting LIfe. Looks nice, haven't tried the food yet.