Eaton Centre Food Court
Okay, I don't know if this is even appropriate for Chowhound and it's a little embarassing, but I need your opion on where to eat in the Eaton Centre food court. I'm taking my poor universtiy student daughter clothes shopping and will be dropping a couple of hundred dollars or more, so I'm not spending big bucks on dinner! She's vegetarian so if you can recommend anything, I would be very grateful!
I pulled up a list of all the fast food places at the mall.
A & W
Made in Japan
Richtree Market Restaurant
Ruby Thai Kitchen
Bourbon Street Grill
New Asia Chinese Food
New York Fries
Jimmy the Greek
New York Fries
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Orange Julius/Dairy Queen
London Style Fish & Chips
Shawarma King has a lot of fans on this board - personally I prefer Milo's Pita at the Toronto Life Centre across the street - and given your daughter is a vegetarian, Lebanese food would be a great choice.
I wish people wouldn't feel they have to apologize for wanting to discuss anything other than "destination" eating, high-end or fancy food. Some of the longest discussion threads on this board are about burgers, BBQ, chip trucks, poutine and smoked meat. The recent hot-dog cook-off attracted nearly 20 people (a decent size for a Chowmeet, I'm guessing). Apparently many of us enjoy decent everyday food, and sometimes circumstances dictate that we might need to know what is the best of the worst. Chowhound's tagline is "for those who live to eat;" living encompasses a lot of different kinds of eating, including even using food courts sometimes.
I apologize for going OT -- but I wanted to express this because I think there are a lot of us here who, for whatever reason, can't afford to go to high-end restaurants all the time but still want to be able to discuss some of our more low-brow food pursuits without having to apologize or feel embarrassed.
I like what you said here because I feel the same way. And anyway, if you look at the food/restaurant trends, (as I tend to do), everyone can see where it's going - which is downscale upscale foods, ie. gourmet burgers, smoked meat, poutine, BBQ, etc. etc.
Frankly, I've always tended to be a fine dining person in my mind as well as my palate, but I have to say that in the last three or so years, my entire world has opened up to little lobster shacks, tiny BBQ rooms, and a world of great eating that I probably otherwise wouldn't have been exposed to. Part of that of course is the artisinal aspect of some of these 'downscale' places, but I also think part of it might be fine dining fatigue. I'm finding these new places much more exciting not only for the stories behind them, but also for the great eating inside them.
Back to Eaton Centre though, you of course have a wealth of options available to you but with your daughter being vegetarian, Freshii to me seems your best bet.
Go to the food court across the street at the AMC theatre! It's so much better and less crowded. Milo's Pita and the Korean place are my favorites. I think it's on the 3rd floor, but I'm sure someone else can provide better directions.
Milo's Pita probably has Falafel as a vegetarian option. There's also a greek, caribbean, thai, and a Subway.
There is also a food court in the office tower past The Bay in the Path. It is less crowded on the weekends and some of the stalls are open. If I recall, on weekends, the 2 Chinese, Greek, Japanese (cooked foods) and McDonald's is usually open.
Thai Express is great for a HUGE bowl of saimin....veggie options, meat or shrimp. reasonable price and tasty.
I like Sushi-Q. It's on the lower level, near the Queen Street end. Whenever I'm down there and want to have something quick, that's where I head.
The Salad King is just north east of the Eaton Centre off on Yonge on Gould. It is inexpensive and has amazing food that even pleases vegans.