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Jul 23, 2009 06:13 PM

Danforth Gems

Just moved from the beaches to the Danforth and I am looking for those hidden gems. I like all cuisine. Any suggestions???

Thanks in Advance

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  1. other than Lolita's Lust (good, but i feel its a bit overpriced), 7 Numbers and Globe, the hidden gems would be east of Pape....
    I'm a huge fan of Dukem for Ethiopian.
    For beer, try Sarah's (except it always smells like deep fryer and seafood in there).

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    1. re: atomeyes

      Just have dinner somewhere else before you go to Sarah's. Really unremarkable grub there.

      1. re: Pincus

        I've had steak at Sarah's a couple of times now and both times they tasted like... bland nothingness. Not beefy at all, like eating a slab of rubbery tofu. Oh, I shouldn't insult tofu like that.
        As so many have said before, Sarah's for drinks only.
        Welcome to the Danforth. You'll have real food choices here compared to in the beaches.

    2. Love the Globe (and their rooftop patio), the Auld Spot for a quick bite & most of the food at the Court Jester pub but, go further East young Danforthite!

      At Melanie's Bistro the food is always consistent, reasonably priced and delicious. As well, Relish Bar & Grill is a neighbourhood godsend for us. Basil Thai Kitchen has some Malay & Burmese dishes that I also love.

      Happy Hunting!

      Auld Spot
      347 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA

      Basil Thai Kitchen
      2326 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C, CA

      2152 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1K3, CA

      Melanie's Bistro
      1870 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1J4, CA

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      1. re: Sueb24

        anything ore you want to share re: Basil Thai Kitchen?
        we usually go to Satay on the Road for Thai because we've found a few dishes that are actually good, and its not far.
        I am not in love with SotR, so if you can help sell me on Basil Thai Kitchen, i'd hapily give it a shot.

        1. re: atomeyes

          Had some last night as a matter of fact! Tom Yum soup, Assam Pork, Glass Noodles w/Chicken were so-so, mustard greens always delish in garlic sauce. Hope that helps!

        2. re: Sueb24

          I second Globe. Was there last night and had a fabulous meal. Excellent service as well!

          1. re: Sueb24

            Well I tried to pop into the Court Jester to meet some friends for supper, with my 2-year old with me. But I was barred entry because I had a child under the age of 13 ... lots of signs at the entrance saying that children under 13 were not allowed.

            I didn't even know that was legal in Ontario! Must be a pretty scuzzy place if they are worried about kids being at least 13 (though I think I'd be more concerned if my 13-year old was in the pub, than my 2-year old!).

            1. re: nfitz

              They do not allow kids after 8pm. Before that time, it's no problem. This has been their policy since smoking was banned and I've been there for lunch three times in the past month with my kids. My three year old is just getting to the age where she likes the board games they have, so I'd even say it's "kid-friendly".

              It's a pub atmosphere at night, but not scuzzy. That said, it's not really a chowhound place either.

          2. Haven't been in a long time, but I have always enjoyed the Silk Road Cafe ( ).

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            1. re: Squiggles

              And I haven't been there for about 2 years as my wife and I didn't like it. I don't know how some of these places exist. There's noting special about the food there, in our opinion. We went twice, didn't like it both times, and can't see any reason to tey it again

              Djerba-La-Douce should be on any list of places to try on Danforth. And don't miss the bakava there, it's great..

              1. re: foodyDudey

                As well as a cup of traditional mint tea after your supper.

                1. re: Zengarden

                  I don't really like the mint tea and find it too sweet, so I didn't mention it. But others may like to try it. Both my wife and I had a hard time drinking more than 1/2 a small cup, and she says she needs to have a few beers with that food so she told me I can go myself.

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    In case the OP wishes to know, Djerba Ladouce is a halal restaurant so no alcohol. I'm fine with this as I don't drink but others may miss having a nice beverage.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      I ask for no sugar in the mint tea and it's delicious. It is way too sweet if they just make it for you. I second Djerba and Dukem. I get take out from Thai on Danforth because it's handy and the red curry chicken is good. Bad breakfasts at the Terminal Restaurant are always fun.

                2. re: Squiggles

                  Haven't been back since trying it a few years ago. The food was o.k., but I found the service (which I believe was from the owner) a little offputting. Not a winning combo, to me.

                3. I like Jean's Vegetarian which is close to Greenwood. The food is delicious and wholesome. Various curries, rice dishes, and noodles.

                  I also like Three's Company. Good for brunch My next choice would be Mocha Mocha at Logan which is again, honest healthy food that is served cafeteria style. Well, you order it and they bring it to your table. Love the chicken/avocado on whole grain sandwich.

                  At Broadview, I love Mambo Lounge. One can order four tapas dishes for $25. On Fridays and Saturday nights, there is a $5 cover charge if you stay for the live entertainment.

                  1. Pantheon for the grilled calamari dinner. Hands down the best on the street.

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                    1. re: SMOG

                      Totally agree with Pantheon...the grilled calamari is the best in the city IMHO!
                      The service is good to great and the friendly vibe is a definite attitude and eager to please...wish I lived closer because I'd go there more often!

                      1. re: pearlD

                        When they're in a good mood, they usually bring a complementary dip platter. And a complementary big piece of honey cake for dessert. Very eager to please!