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What's good at Woodbine and Danforth?

lissar Jul 18, 2009 08:43 AM

We're moving there from the Beach in September. Any recs on the Ethiopian, Italian, and small grubby cafes in the area? I know we're only a twenty-minute walk from Greektown, but I was wondering about local hidden gems.

  1. Muffin__Top Jul 19, 2009 04:40 PM


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      Full tummy Jul 19, 2009 05:06 PM

      Yup, Relish is a more pricey restaurant with tapas style dishes. I have eaten there a couple of times and found some things really good and others so-so.

      Also, Quattro Regazze for homey Italian pizza, pasta, and veal sandwiches.

      Closest good butcher is Royal Beef on Danforth, just west of Woobine. Some great meat at reasonable prices, plus fresh cannoli and ricotta on Saturday mornings. Excellent tzatziki -- not sure who supplies it, but I love it.

      Closest great bakery is Zane on Queen, north side, just west of Woodbine. Just a few doors down is a good little food shop, Meat on the Beach.

      1. re: Full tummy
        lissar Jul 20, 2009 05:16 AM

        Yup. My waistline knows ALL ABOUT Zane. :) And I try not to go into Meat on the Beach because I hemorrhage money!

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      lissar Jul 19, 2009 02:15 PM

      Any small bakeries/food shops that I should know about?

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        Helen Jul 18, 2009 11:45 AM

        Never had a bad meal there.


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          Dimbulb Jul 18, 2009 12:13 PM

          Didn't they move to the Beach? Sorta the opposite of the request ;}

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            Helen Jul 18, 2009 07:59 PM

            You're right. Sorry !!!

        2. Full tummy Jul 18, 2009 10:48 AM

          Dukem, near Donlands on Danforth, for good Ethiopian. Also recommend Djerba la Douce, Jean's Vegetarian, Melanie's, and Bistro Camino. All very different; all worth supporting.

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            ace123 Jul 18, 2009 09:50 AM

            Melanie's Bistro
            1870 Danforth Ave. (Between Coxwell & Woodbine)

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              ace123 Jul 18, 2009 09:49 AM

              Melanie's Bistro offers tremendous value for the bistro menu.
              The chef owner used to work in Royal York Hotel.
              There's a Tue special: 2 course dinner for $20.

              1. Dimbulb Jul 18, 2009 09:08 AM

                Djerba La Douce (Tunisian) 1475 Danforth

                Jean's Thai Vegetarian 1262 Danforth

                El Sol Mexican 1448 Danforth

                Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza 1528 Danforth

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                  lissar Jul 18, 2009 10:27 AM

                  We were looking at the Djerba La Douce menu. Glad to hear it's good. We've been to El Sol, which is good as long as you have three hours free. I've read the Camino reviews and look forward to trying it.

                  Any good takeout and child-friendly places? We've got a toddler.

                2. Wahooty Jul 18, 2009 08:52 AM

                  Bistro Camino is nearby. Really good value, good comfort food.

                  Bistro Camino
                  2750 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

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