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Sep 3, 2009 12:25 PM

North York lunch with elderly aunt

My aunt lives in North York and loves the Pickel Barrel. Whenever my sister and I drive up to see her from downtown she wants us to take her for lunch there (...or the Swiss Chalet.)

I am going to see her on Saturday and racking my brain to think of any other (comparable?) place to go.

Parameters: not the Swiss Chalet, $10-15, sit down, clean, not the Pickel Barrel

Thanks chowhound. you may just make our Saturday.

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  1. Milestones at Yorkdale or Oliver and Bonacini at Bayview Village Mall. The latter being significantly better than the former, but perhaps not in your aunt's eyes.

    3 Replies
    1. re: TorontoJo

      O&B is a great idea, a little bit more expensive than your $10-15 range but still affordable. The menu is pretty safe.

      I've never been but I'm sure the attention to detail is there as Chef Markus is certainly a stickler for quality. He would not accept anything less than that. Btw, he was a long time sous at Canoe.

      1. re: TorontoJo

        I think O&B is your best bet. It's a nice space, sedate kind of atmosphere. Prices are higher, so do check the menu to see if that's acceptable. Food is decent, though nothing will rock your world.

        --- -- food. is. love.

        Oliver & Bonacini
        2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M2K 1E6, CA

        1. re: jlunar

          I agree with that. Comfortable seating, good food for what it is. Polished and professional service.

      2. What else does she like?

        1. I'm assuming that the Pickle Barrel your Aunt likes is the original one on Leslie (and not the one in the mall at Yonge/Steeles.) You might consider Maxim's in a strip mall between Leslie and Bayview. It has a western style menu that might not be too far off what your Aunt is use to. I found this link...

          1. How about Moxie's at Fairview mall?

            1. At Dufferin and Steeles, on the south east side (Shoppers plaza) there's a place called Dr. Deli and the Salad Queen. The place has really nice chinese chicken salads (that's what I like to get there), as well as other sorts of salads and deli food. I rather like it there! It's a nice change, good food, and likely won't be out of her comfort zone.

              Here's a review: