Bloor and Jane
I'm looking for recommendations for anything interesting within a mile or so of Bloor and Jane. Good food trumps ambiance. Preferably inexpensive but not necessarily dirt cheap. Suggestions?
I really like Bryden's. Good pub food. Great atmosphere. Try the maple-whisky wings. YUMMMMMMMYYYY!!
For more expensive food, I like Bloom. Good food and trendy atmosphere.
Actually since we're on the topic of this neighbourhood, has anyone seen the "Yellow Griffin Pub" before?
My buddy lives literally right at Jane & Bloor and I've driven by it many times.. They have a huge sign in their front window saying "Best burger in Toronto, we guarantee it" etc etc... Any truth to the claim? Somehow I doubt it
Let me tell you what happened to me when I went to Yellow Griffin the first time...took an exceptionally long time to get service, was seated upstairs on chairs that were about the height of the chairs I sat in when I was in kindergarten. The tables had copper hammered over them an underneath still had sharp edges protruding out all over the place (almost cut my hand open when I went to scratch my knee). When we ordered the waitress said to us "The burgers here are all made from scratch so it'll take about 20-30 minutes". Uhhh...what? The place wasn't busy at all so I don't know what was going on in there but it did, in fact, take about 20 minutes. And guess what? I found out why, they probably cooked the burger for the entire 20 minutes as it was like eating a hockey puck. That visit was about a year ago, went again this summer, had a similar experience. I have no plans to ever go back.
Avoid the Yellow Griffin. Only went once and that was enough. Took forever to get the burgers (even though they weren't busy), probably a good 45 minutes. Then some of the food was cold. The burgers I would consider mediocre at best. It was really a sad meal.
2202 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA
I live in the hood it's pretty lame on the foodie front, however:
Falafal World is good
Amber for Schnitzel etc.
My Place, Brad Longs new place is great, have eaten there a few times in the last few wks and keep wanting to go back, well worth the visit...
And that Los Arrieros is always busy, gotta try that too..
As for the review for The Griffin the previous review is bang on...maybe even a bit kind in the review
Amber is great for schnitzel & perogies...
My Place is very good food, but far from what the original poster is asking for when "Preferably inexpensive" is mentioned...$22 fish and chips in a cavernous pub??...curious as to what this place will be like when Brad Long leaves...
I also like Bloom...much better since new ownership has taken over...but maybe still on the expensive side...
If your looking for a sweet fix...Sweet Flour hits the spot...
The Trubador is a funky spot in the Junction that had decent homey food...great if you like music
The best bang for your buck is probably Bryden's...a usual haunt of mine...very good pubby style fare with their own twist on it at very reasonable prices...also easily the best draft selection west of say Victory in the annex...been a staple in the village for over a decade...right at Bloor and Jane
We had an absolutely appalling meal at My Place on Sunday night. $14 for a BLT on oily, foamy bread with ONE slice of pale grey limp blubber on it, apparently uncooked, plus a heap of the heaviest, oiliest fries I've ever had. All of us reported feeling nauseated during the night afterward. Never again!