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Jul 5, 2009 08:08 PM

Best restaurants near Bathurst and Queen?

I moved here a month ago and need help finding GOOD restaurants after a couple of strikeouts...

I'm particularly interested in finding good:

- Indian/Pakistani
- Gyros/shawerma/falafel
- Pizza

The cheaper, the better, but on occasion I don't mind splurging.

Thanks a ton for your suggestions!

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    1. re: Dr. No

      Second Gandhi.The butter chicken roti is always a good choice. I recommend calling ahead though. If its busy the wait can be long.

      For a splurge, check out The Rosebud. The food is always great here, very comforting.

      669 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1E6, CA

      Gandhi Cuisine
      554 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B5, CA

      1. re: mlukan

        I have passed Gandhi a few times and it did smell good. Hopefully we will go there this weekend.

        And for the splurge -- I'll be keeping Rosebud in mind for that. Thank you for those suggestions.

    2. Best Value for money, The Prague ( I like their Goulash with bread dumplings and the Beef in Saurbraten sauce


      I also like La Hacienda for a cheap, trashy plate of nachos or a good quesadilla.

      Chippy's fish and chips are awesome.

      Pizzaiolo makes a mean gourmet pizza.

      La Brehandaise creperie at Queen and Shaw is pretty good.

      White Squirrel makes a mean cafe latte.

      Decent croissants and tarts at Clafouti across from Bellwoods park.

      For awesome, (and freezable) bread, grab some padas (buns) or Pao Caseiro at Caldense Bakery (Dundas and Palmerston) They also have awesome pasteis de bacalhau (fried codfish and potato cakes) and their custard tarts are cheap ($1) and rock!

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      1. re: currycue

        WOW The Prague looks like it's right up my alley. My family came from Poland and Bohemia and I've been itching to find some good Eastern Euro cuisine here.

        La Hacienda -- I'll ask my boyfriend if he's tried that place. I am VERY picky about my Mexican; if it's not authentic, I won't eat it. I usually cook Mexican at home.

        Chippy's -- I've heard mixed reviews but I'm willing to try it.

        Pizzaiolo -- Been dying to try this place.

        Creperies/cafes -- Not my thing, but I'll keep it in mind if friends come from out of town! The Portuguese bakery sounds worthy of a trip though, yum.

        1. re: almond3xtract

          The Prague rocks! Get there early though, they close at 7 on weekdays and 6 on weekends. I just went to Prague last fall and can honestly say it's the real deal.

          La Ha is not authentic at all, I would skip it if you're fussy about Mexican.

          Pizzaiolo is awesome (at least the one by my house) My favourites are the Sicilian (bacon, red onion, sausage) and Bianca (no tomato sauce, zucchini, artichokes, cheese)

      2. Ghandi, Ghandi, Ghandi! Best butter chicken roti! The saag paneer roti is delish aswell.

        1. For a splurge-worthy meal, I'd recommend Banu for Iranian. I always enjoy the food and atmosphere there, and I'm happy to pay the higher prices they charge for their dishes, since I know that their meat comes from the Healthy Butcher (a butcher shop nearby on Queen with an emphasis on organic meat).

          777 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1, CA

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          1. re: dxs

            I agree dxs with your reco of Banu: however their meat in now sourced from Cumbrae's on Church Street, just as delicious if not more....

            For Pizza - Terroni on Queen is a classic.
            Bar One at Queen just east of Shaw is another option for great Italian.

            1. re: dxs

              Yum, Iranian food!! That sounds good, I will add it to the list with Gandhi and the Prague. Thanks!

            2. Jalapeno's at King and Tecumseh for Mexican, although it can be hit and miss. When it's good, it's great. Cafe Cinquecento does fairly decent pizza also, cute enough surroundings but maybe a bit pricey. It's at King just West of Tecumseh also.