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University & Queen Nieghbourhood.... Lunch, Nice but not over the top?? Need Help

Porto Aug 25, 2009 09:28 AM

Looking for a nice place to meet with my SO and have a weekday lunch. Patio if available but not an absolute. Food quality and flavour is the primary goal here. No hole in the walls but certainly not high end. Casual nice bistro type food and drinks. Great Sandwich or amazing salads, pizza, good french inspired type fare, great Indian food, exceptional burger......frittes... It's all good in any type of cuisine really as long as the food is good in a comfortable setting.

We can venture out within a 20 - 30 minute walk of University and Queen.

Thanks so much... Porto

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  1. TorontoJo RE: Porto Aug 25, 2009 09:37 AM

    I'd hit up the lovely patio at the Queen Mother Cafe.


    1. Wahooty RE: Porto Aug 25, 2009 09:38 AM

      That neighborhood...patio...SO...I'll throw out the Queen Mum. The food is eclectic - do search the board for recommendations because they do some things well, and others...not so much. But I think it fits the atmosphere you're looking for.


      Queen Mother
      206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

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        Yum2MyTum RE: Porto Aug 25, 2009 10:26 AM

        Hi Porto. That's my neighbourhood. There's the Queen Mother, already mentioned, and Tutti Matti is within 20-30 minutes of that location as well. It has a couple patio tables but they won't reserve ... first come, first served.

        You're near Baldwin Street which has a number of nice patios: e.g. Vegetarian Haven which I've heard is nice. John's Italian Caffe has a lovely patio - basic food, pretty fresh and very generous portions, (the panini are huge!).

        In the fall, I'd recommend Osgoode Hall, which is right on the northeast corner of that intersection.

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          ChalkBoy RE: Yum2MyTum Aug 25, 2009 10:34 AM

          Don't know about John's Italian's panini but their pizza is pathetic. Had one in the spring, a "small" 10-inch "pie" that I swear came on a cheap store-bought crust (No Frills? President's Choice?). Not much topping, cheap cheese. 16 bucks plus tax! Nice looking patio but that's it. The biggest tourist trap on Baldwin imho.

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            Yum2MyTum RE: ChalkBoy Aug 25, 2009 11:25 AM

            Yikes! I have never ordered the pizza - only the panini (smoked salmon) and once a lentil soup, which was nice and hearty. There was nothing noteworthy about the panini other than its size. It was big. And full of smoked salmon.

            It does have a nice looking patio!

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              jrabbit2727 RE: Yum2MyTum Aug 25, 2009 03:39 PM

              The back patio at Peter Pan on Queen is lovely. Very sheltered and tree canopied. Can't even tell you are on Queen Street. The food is decent....nothing over the top but good all the same.

        2. Rabbit RE: Porto Aug 25, 2009 04:50 PM

          If you're willing to walk 20-30 minutes you could easily be at Le Select. Great patio, good food and wine, sounds like the kind of atmosphere you're seeking. Midi Bistro might be an OK lunch alternative too. It's by no means life changing, but it's a pretty bistro in the right neighbourhood. I also agree with other posters who have recommended the Queen Mum.

          1. aser RE: Porto Aug 25, 2009 10:22 PM

            ematei has homey cooked japanese food, there are lunch specials.

            trimurti has pretty decent food for indian.

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              JennaBean RE: Porto Aug 26, 2009 12:14 PM

              Tutti Matti has a nice lunch menu of traditional Italian offerings. Tasty and a decent price point - but the service can be a bit slow if the place is full.

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                Porto RE: JennaBean Aug 26, 2009 01:39 PM

                Hi Hounds,
                Thanks for the great follow up. Leaning towards the Queen Mother Cafe based on your feedback. Runners up at this point might be Le Select / Tutti Matti.
                Any favorite dishes you would have at the Queen Mum's or Le Select for Lunch.

                Thanks....... Porto

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