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Unfussy good, good food at Yonge/Bloor?

Hey! Your help is needed, please. I've been asked to come up with a stellar resto for a last supper before my friend gives birth. Requisites: "Casual, good food, unpretentious but truly good food."
Easy right? Except for she works at Bloor/Church and prefers to nosh closeby and I can't think of much around Yonge/Bloor, as I tend to avoid that area and have been homebound w/ a babe myself for half a year, only leaving the house for the west side, Libretto, Lahore Tikka or Levesque brunch . After searching the posts for a few hours, I see Black Skirt. L'Unita is too much of a hotspot. Suggestions, please!

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  1. I really like Fire On The East Side (although it can get pretty busy with the younger set) or Olympic 76 for pizza. Love Ginger but would that be too casual for you?

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    1. re: magic

      Ginger would indeed be too casual. These are also professional contacts, so I am hoping to find the perfect spot and impress accordingly :)
      I've heard mixed reviews on Fire on the East Side, but it does seem good for groups. Have you eaten there lately? What do you recommend?
      Thank you!
      PS: I love Ginger's. One of my favpurite Banh Mis.

      1. re: melnumnums

        I second Fire on the East side. I work at Bloor and Church too, and agree it's one of the nicest spots in the area.

        http://www.fireontheeastside.ca/

        I went to the Black Skirt two weeks ago and give it a 'meh' rating.

        1. re: Tara9000

          Thanks! Looking at menu oneline now. What do you recommend?

          1. re: melnumnums

            The menu is a bit different than what's currently online... I think their burger is quite good, as is the pulled pork sandwich. The soups are much better as a side than the salad, which tends to be some mixed greens with a few pecans on top and a little dressing. The sweet potato fries are great!

            Oh - they have a squash agnolotti with a sage/brown butter sauce that's pretty good.

    2. Oh, and we went to Wish and didn't love it.

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      1. re: melnumnums

        Ahh, well, if there will be business contacts maybe Ginger is not the right spot.

        If you did not like Wish not sure if you would go for Black Skirt. I believe they are one in the same, no? Black Skirt being the former Wish? Not sure if menu or owners are the same but you might want to look into that…

        I’ve only been to FOTES for brunch, and I quite liked it. Great fries and yummy crab cakes. Was last there in February. Haven’t been for dinner yet though. They have a website, maybe you'll want to check that out.

        1. re: magic

          I was at Fire on the East Side for brunch today and was disappointed. My eggs were overcooked (ok, only a little, but still), the bacon was quite fatty (and not peameal, which is what the menu says), and the cornbread that came on the side was rock-hard (unless there's some sort of traditional cornbread that's supposed to be like that that I've never encountered...seriously, it was difficult to cut with a knife). On the plus side, the coffee cake that they set out at the beginning was good, and like magic said, they have great fries. I don't know if it was something to do with the Pride stuff going on today, since it seems to be a place recommended for brunch on here fairly frequently.

      2. Foccacia is a great spot mediteranian menu, simple but delicious food.. http://www.focacciarestaurant.com/Men... Just off Yonge on Hayden..

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        1. re: OnDaGo

          I love going there as well. Good food and nice atmosphere.

        2. I really like Caren's Wine and Cheese in Yorkville. Good food and without typical Yorkville pretension. Interior patio is very pretty.
          www.carenswineandcheese.com

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          1. re: Rabbit

            Actually the 'dining room' of BLOOR STREET DINER in the Manulife is very nice (not the back part overlooking Bay Street, which is decidely casual) The Food could not be called 'stellar' but it is very good with many choices, well presented and nice serve staff. I think the ambience is a good match for the place and it's not the sometimes 'Yorkville vibe' which can be offputting to a lot of people.

          2. I haven't been in a while, but what about Cafe Nervosa?

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            1. re: pinkprimp

              good point. forgot all about it existing.

              1. re: pinkprimp

                I went to Cafe Nervosa a couple of years back and had an overloaded coat rack that was situated next to my table fall over and bounce off my head and into my dinner (hello fur coat sleeve in my pasta - ew!) -- despite my sore head and ruined dinner staff treated it like it was no big deal and I was really unimpressed. Maybe it's changed since. I have not been back. Too traumatized by the coat rack!!

                1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                  That sounds awful.
                  Cafe Nervosa in mind has improved. They have a bit of a new menu.
                  Their Octopus appetizer is yummy!!

                  1. re: Foodie0423

                    Well I guess summer might be a good time for me to try going back (no coat racks in this heat!!). I do recall the food being pretty yummy and staff being rather generous with the limoncello refills (yum!).

              2. Just wondering what's best at Fire on the East Side? My hairstylist once recommended it, but my friend at the time pshawed the menu.

                1. Carens Wine & Cheese Bar sounds great. A nice surprise. Any recommendations for menu items? Thank so much!

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                  1. re: melnumnums

                    Stilton burger is fantastic... although I often just gorge out on wine and cheese (various platters).

                  2. You might consider Dynasty for Chinese, on Bloor in the Colonade.

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                    1. re: blogs

                      Second Foccacia ... on Hyden
                      Add Matesse at the Marriott. or Bishop and the Belcher on Church

                    2. If you don't mind crossing the viaduct, Globe bistro is very nice.

                      In general though, if it's this week, you should make sure to reserve, and will likely have a quieter meal away from Church, with the Pride celebrations.