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Kensington Market-Lunch

spine64 Aug 6, 2009 06:42 AM

My daughter is in town, so it is off to do some shopping, and hopefully some dining. Vintage clothing is on her list, so Kensington Market here we come. As far as lunch goes, any ideas? She is willing to try anything. We have dined at numerous Spadina dim sum/Vietnamese restos.

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  1. Pepperfire RE: spine64 Aug 6, 2009 07:56 AM

    Last time I was in Toronto, my daughter and I had lunch at a wonderful eatery on the top of Kensington market. I don't remember the name, but it had a little counter with stools facing out onto the street.

    They had a good veggie offering, which my daughter appreciated and I highly recommend the veggie burger, although, if you're a veggie, you might want to forgo the bacon I had on mine!

    There used to be a Bahamian Jerk restaurant on the market that was only open in the summer. I don't know if they are still there, as I haven't been to Toronto yet this summer.

    1. Jamie Eats Burgers RE: spine64 Aug 6, 2009 08:55 AM

      Kensington market is good for vegan and vegetarian places. When I was vegan I liked a place called Rice Bar.

      if your feeling rambunctious, try Hungary Thai, its not a fusion of hungarian and thai food, but you can get both on the same plate. Its not the best food, but it is certainly interesting.

      I also heard that EUROPEAN QUALITY MEAT & SAUSAGES is a butcher shop that cooks up burgers in the back.

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        OTFOODIE RE: Jamie Eats Burgers Aug 6, 2009 02:09 PM

        I'm kinda partial to the Big Fat Burrito.

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          oakesec RE: OTFOODIE Aug 6, 2009 03:02 PM

          Ugh, no.

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        hungry_pangolin RE: spine64 Aug 6, 2009 08:59 AM

        Just Monday, a friend of mine and I lunched at Amadeu's, and it was quite good. I had grilled sardines, and he shrimp omelette.

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          phoenikia RE: spine64 Aug 6, 2009 09:28 AM

          My favourite places in Kensington:
          El Trompo for tacos al pastor and horchata
          Jumbo Empanadas for a Chilean empanadas and alfajores.

          Jumbo Empanadas
          245 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L8, CA

          El Trompo
          277 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

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            capiscum RE: spine64 Aug 6, 2009 10:56 AM

            Kensington for lunch = lucky you! The place with the counters facing out is Urban Herbivore, it's vegan and great and they have a few patio tables now. El Trompo is great, although I like the tacos a bit better at La Tortilleria, where they make fresh shells. Jumbo Empanadas is great too. You can also get smaller empanadas from Segovia (is that the name? on the west side of Augusta below Baldwin?) and/or pupusas from Emporio Latino and eat them in the park.

            I personally can't stand Hungary Thai, I'm the type of person who likes places that do one thing well.

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              CarNut RE: capiscum Aug 6, 2009 12:17 PM

              I also thought that Pepperfire was talking about Urban Herbivore, but if she had bacon on her veggie burger, then it definitely wasn't Urban Herbivore.

              There is a great Middle Eastern place on Augusta as well as Back Alley BBQ for pizza baked in a wood fired oven.

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                bytepusher RE: capiscum Aug 6, 2009 07:21 PM

                pupusas are no more, that lady moved on to somewhere else, instead there are some new people in the same place making tacos, very good tacos by all reports.

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                  pinstripeprincess RE: bytepusher Aug 7, 2009 04:24 AM

                  emporio latino does sell pupusas in the back... you're thinking of perolas and their food lady change over.

                  also, to clarify for the above posters... i'm betting the OP is talking about freshwood grill (which i find poorly done and highly overpriced) that has a row of outdoor seats that looks onto the street.

                  emporio latino is one of the major stops i would do, jumbo empanadas doesn't do it for me, if you're not into more tacos and tacos i would just at least get a horchata from el trompo to wander around and sip with, my coffee experiences have been less favourable recently so i wouldn't recommend that.

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                corruptchicken RE: spine64 Aug 6, 2009 11:12 AM

                For great vegetarian and vegan soups and salads, definitely try Hibiscus. They also have good crepes. 238 Augusta Avenue

                Afterwards, stop by Pennylicks for coffee

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                  LemonLauren RE: corruptchicken Aug 6, 2009 01:56 PM

                  LOVE Hibiscus. i think that is the first poster's spot in mind.

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                  oakesec RE: spine64 Aug 6, 2009 03:05 PM

                  La Palette - French Bistro. Very nice
                  Lady that cooks in the back of one of the 2 latin stores on Augusta. Really good!! No where to sit.

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                    Wahooty RE: oakesec Aug 6, 2009 03:10 PM

                    La Palette is not open for lunch during the week.

                  2. Davwud RE: spine64 Aug 7, 2009 04:25 AM

                    I wouldn't necessarily go to one place in particular. One of the great things about markets is you can have a little here and a little there.

                    I always grab some 3 chorizo chili from Segovia.


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