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Sep 16, 2009 07:23 AM

Quick takeout lunch at Yonge-Bloor

Hi there!

I am looking for a place around Yonge and Bloor where I can go grab lunch and bring it back to my office. Don't want to walk too far or spend too much money, but don't want to get stuck in a food court rut either. Not picky on ethnicity of food. Any suggestions?


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  1. there's a great indian place on hayden. its tiny, good for takeout.

    1. So many great places! I really like Scaccia in the Manulife Centre. Great sandwiches and soups.

      1. A little bit north is Black Camel! Awesome brisket and pulled pork sandwiches.

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        1. re: SMOG

          Wow! Thanks for the rec, it's so unassuming from the front....

          1. re: SMOG

            I agree with Black Camel. I think it is the best pulled pork sandwich I've had in Toronto.

            1. re: kwjd

              Is there much of a lineup here at lunch? How long does it take to get your food. I work at Yonge and Wellesley, and have an hour for lunch. I'm wondering if I can subway it up to Rosedale and make it back in time.

              1. re: ms. cornbread

                I actually have not been there for lunch, rather we put large orders through and someone picks them up. I've been there on a weekend and they're fairly quick. They make everything fresh though, so you're looking at probably a 5 min wait once you put your order in (maybe less).

                1. re: SMOG

                  you wait up to 10 min for a sandwich.
                  Black Camel is great. my 2 problems?
                  1) not cheap
                  2) sandwiches never leave me filled.

                  but their pork or roast beef w/bbq sauce or their chicken w/pesto are excellent.

                  1. re: atomeyes

                    atomeyes, I have to respectfully disagree. The sandwiches for $7 compare in price to any sandwich out there, but I find you get a ton of filling compared to what you get elsewhere. The brisket is what I usually choose and it's quite a filling sandwich. Of course, everyone is different. I would compare it to about a 7-8 oz burger (for the price, I think it's about similar to, say, a Hero Burger). The coleslaw is also fantastic and a worthy side if you want something else!

                    1. re: atomeyes

                      3)Their eggs are steamed in an espresson machine (F-ing YUCK) and they are chincy with the smoked salmon.
                      4.) The smoked salmon tastes fishy

                      1. re: food face

                        I've had espresso machine-steamed eggs before -- they're tasty. Haven't tried them at Black Camel though. Just saying the concept is good if well executed.

                        1. re: piccola

                          I know foodies seem to adore the steamed espresso machine eggs. Black Camel's steamed eggs were God Aweful and put a bad taste in my mouth about the whole thing.

                          1. re: food face

                            That's entirely possible - like I said, I haven't tried theirs. But just because one place messes up the dish doesn't mean it's always bad.

            2. The Gourment Kitchen. Closer to Avenue Rd on south side of Bloor pretty well across the road from Winners. Second floor of building (the Collande? - Dynasty is there as well and Carties just moved in to building). Great prices and food - had chicken lasagna with a fresh salad for $6.50. Curry, Thai, pastas, meat loaf, stir fry, poached salmon etc...not sure if any meal if over $7. Very friendly as well. Have recommended it before here and had favourable responses

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              1. re: ksapd

                Shh! That's the neighbourhood's best kept secret. 131 Bloor Street, yes, the Colonnade.

                1. re: canadianbeaver

                  Mela - Italian vegetarian. Lovely food. Lovely owner. 7A Yorkville @ yonge.
                  Eat in or takeout

              2. Yummy BBQ (korean food), South of Wellesley (beside The Bowl on the west side) has a really good lunch special. For $5 you get one of the rectangular take out containers full of rice, veggies and protein (I usually get the beef). Ask for it spicy ... if you don't like too much spice make sure you don't ask for no spice as a colleague found it bland. Prepare to wait for around 10 minutes as it is made fresh (if in a rush you can call ahead for pickup). Although you always get carrots other veggies can vary (for example sometimes you get zucchini but not always).