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I'm trying to organize a work lunch later this week. We're located at Don Mills and Eglinton but we'll have access to cars. I'm thinking we can get as far as Bayview/The Golden Mile area or down to the east end of the Danforth.

There will be six of us. I need good vegetarian options (for some) and a modest price point. To give you an idea of the price point, I've been told that Linda is too expensive. Does anyone have a good suggestion?

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  1. What about Congee Star, on Don Mills, between Eglinton and Lawrence?

    www.congeestar.com

    Another option is Island Foods, though this is more casual, cafeteria-style place. The rotis there are very good, however, and they do have veggie options-curry chickpeas, veggie rotis, etc. Don't know what sort of food tastes you are dealing with. It's located on the west side of Don Mills Road, between Lawrence and York Mills.

    If Linda is too pricey, don't know if you'll find anything Bayview way that's cheaper.

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    Congee Star
    900 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1V6, CA

    Island Foods
    1310 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3B2W6, CA

    1. I've enjoyed a number of meals at Caribbean Palms - it's in the Flemingdon Park plaza on the east side of Don Mills just north of Overlea Blvd. They have a buffet at lunch and I'm sure you could find some vegetarian options. Very good prices.

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      Caribbean Palms
      747 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1T2, CA

      1. There is Congee Queen at 895 Lawrence Avenue East as well, which i imagine is the same as Congee Star. I would recommend Joey's Don Mills which has nice booths and the food is quite exceptional, much better than the Milestones, Jack Astors and other similar chains.

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        Congee Queen
        895 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C3L2, CA

        Congee Star
        900 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1V6, CA

        Jack Astor's
        1090 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C3R6, CA

        1. Tako sushi on Don Mills north of Lawrence does a serviceable teppanyaki. Not as good as Katsura but waaaaay better than Memories of Japan. Very reasonable prices for q good amount of food. Plus teppanyaki is also about the experience as much as it is about the food.

          1. The Shops at The Don Mills Center Lawrence and Don Mills Joey's Grill Miranda

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            1. re: miranda

              Thanks for the tips. I'm thinking Joey's grill may be a good bet. I'd like to avoid Jack Astors if possible. I would love Congee Star but I have a few conservative eaters in the team. I never touch the buffet at Caribbean Palms (I'm too big to do all you can eat) but the roti is great there.

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              Caribbean Palms
              747 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1T2, CA

              Congee Star
              900 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1V6, CA

              Jack Astor's
              1090 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C3R6, CA

            2. There are a few affordable decent places on Laird, south of Eglinton -

              Marvellous Edibles
              http://www.marvellousedibles.ca/R_hom...

              Old Yorke Fish & Chips (not just fish & chips -- it's a proper sit-down restaurant with no website, unfortunately

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              Mikado
              http://www.mikadorestaurant.ca

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              1. re: JamieK

                I second Marvellous Edibles.

                Also, Armenian Kitchen (great Middle-Eastern - lots of veg options) on Vic Park just north of Eglinton isn't too far and is great bang-for-the-buck.

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                Marvellous Edibles
                2781 St Clair Ave E, Toronto, ON M4B, CA

                Armenian Kitchen
                1646 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

                1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                  To see Marvellous Edible's daily lunch/dinner menu as well as specials click the "blackboard menu" link. Their food is fine, in fact having worked at Don Mills and Eg myself it was a great option for the area, but I don't find it to be a cheap workday lunch. And I do wonder how they get away with charging $20 for a chicken main, for example.

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                  Marvellous Edibles
                  2781 St Clair Ave E, Toronto, ON M4B, CA

                  1. re: julesrules

                    I find the best lunch deal there is to get a sandwich--their sandwiches are quite large, usually cost between $7 to $9, and are served with a mini-size salad (really just some mesclun mix & dressing)--and then share an order of sweet potato fries with my companion. You're right about the high-priced lunch mains, though; I don't think I've ever gone for lunch and ordered one of them, though they do sometimes sound appealing.

              2. Bamiyan Kabab (Afghani)
                Iqbal Kabab (Indian \Pakistani)

                1. Linda's too expensive? They do a number of 3 course lunch specials in the 10-12$ range. Appetizers at Joey start at $9, and sandwiches start at $12.

                  1. some good suggestions here, but the atmosphere at some of these places are not so hot. Armenian House is probably the "lowest key". Congee Star (where I'm heading to in a sec for lunch) is a decent choice, but its not true "North American" chinese. not sure how easy it is to order off the menu. so depends on your audience. and i don't recall a million veggie options.
                    i ate at Gengis Khan once and, honestly, for what it is, its very good. i think its around $15 a person for lunch. but there are a ridiculous amount of food options.

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                    Congee Star
                    900 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C1V6, CA

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                    1. re: atomeyes

                      True re: Armenian Kitchen -- it's not oozing with atmosphere (it's fine -- just a bit "cheap and cheerful"). I should clarify that I was recommending it more for the food and the price than the room; if you need somewhere more swish, it's not for you.

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                      Armenian Kitchen
                      1646 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

                    2. Thank you for all the suggestions. We ultimately went to Joeys at the Shops at Don Mills. I would second the suggestion that the food is definately better than Jack Astors and it had enough selection for a mixed group. I had the fish tacos and the fish chunks were nicely cooked and breaded. Terrible beer list, no microbrews/local choices at all. I didn't look at the wine list. I make this comment as the west coast chain focuses on local BC wines. The staff are good looking and vapid. If you live/work in the area, you could do worse.

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                      Jack Astor's
                      1090 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C3R6, CA