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What are the best lunch only spots Downtown???

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downtownfoodie Nov 3, 2009 01:49 AM

What is the best lunch only restaurant (not foodcourt) in the downtown area? Nothing too dinerish...has to be resonably nice inside.

Thinking of places like Gilead Cafe (okay...I know they're open till 6...but basically closed for dinner)

Thanks

  1. sloweater Nov 3, 2009 03:25 AM

    Hart House Gallery Grill without a doubt. It is housed on the U of T campus in Hart House. The room has high ceilings with original art. The service is competent. The menu is consistently good.

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    Gallery Grill
    7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

    1. Restaurant Dish Nov 3, 2009 07:15 AM

      Haven't been for a couple years but has anyone been to Osgoode Hall restaurant recently and have a review?
      130 Queen St. West

      http://www.lsuc.on.ca/media/menu.pdf

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      Osgoode Hall
      130 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N6, CA

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        ggom1 Nov 3, 2009 08:48 PM

        I was at Osgoode Hall maybe about two weeks ago - my first time there and I loved it! I believe that the menu changes daily? I had a lamb burger, it was super-juicy and the burger and bun had fallen apart near the end but so delicious. The fries were excellent (the long skinny ones, like Jules serves) and my favourite part was the fact that they put a braised tomato with herbs instead a regular tomato on top of the lamb burger. My friend had a crab cake salad, the crab cake on top was huge and she really liked it. Good service and the portions were surprisingly big.

        I would say Gallery Grill and Osgoode Hall are pretty much on par for me. I haven't been to Gallery Grill for a long time, but from what I remember it has a cozier feel than Osgoode Hall because Gallery Grill is tucked away above the Great Hall while Osgoode Hall feels almost like eating in the Hart House Great Hall. I love both places, I just wish I could get to them more often!

        Oh but FYI, Gallery Grill isn't actually lunch-only because they serve brunch too.

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        Gallery Grill
        7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

        Great Hall
        1087 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

        Osgoode Hall
        130 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N6, CA

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        Cat123 Nov 4, 2009 04:10 AM

        Osgoode Hall is excellent and has a nice setting. Cooks on Eight in the Bay at Yonge and Queen can also be very good and is a bit more casual. I have heard great things about the Gallery Grill but never been.

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        Gallery Grill
        7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

        Osgoode Hall
        130 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N6, CA

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        1. re: Cat123
          TorontoJo Nov 4, 2009 04:22 AM

          Gallery Grill and Great Cooks on Eight are two of my favorite "hidden" lunch spots. GG is beautiful and the food has always been wonderful. I had a steak salad there that may have been my perfect lunch. At Great Cooks on Eight, get a table next to the window so you can admire the amazing stone work at the top of old City Hall.

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          Gallery Grill
          7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

        2. Rabbit Nov 4, 2009 04:43 AM

          School Bakery and Cafe may be too far afield, but otherwise it fits the bill.
          sbcto.com

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            sarnya Nov 4, 2009 01:39 PM

            Fusaro's on Spadina between Richmond and Queen is a nice lunch spot. They have some great panini's and Italian dishes. It's mostly people lined up for takeout at lunch time.

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            Fusaro's
            147 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V2L7, CA

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