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Non-Tourist Lunch near Princess of Wales Theatre?

AJMC791 Nov 24, 2009 02:35 PM

Heading to see a matinee with 3 others tomorrow, and would like to eat lunch somewhere within a 10 minute walk.

Would like to avoid the dreaded strip between John and Spadina, which I have found to be tourist traps.

All suggestions welcome....


  1. Rabbit Nov 25, 2009 10:45 AM

    If you cross University and head into the financial district Vertical is no more than a ten minute walk.

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      fickle Nov 25, 2009 10:10 AM

      There's also Milagro just south of the theatre.

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        phoenikia Nov 24, 2009 04:13 PM

        Forte and Nota Bene are within a 10 minute walk. I like the food at Forte more than the food I've ordered at Nota Bene, but Nota Bene is more popular with posters on this Board.

        lunch menu at Forte: http://fortebistro.ca/lunch-menu.php

        menus at Nota Bene: http://notabenerestaurant.com/menus/

        Tundra in the Hilton would also be a decent bet.

        145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2, CA

        Nota Bene
        180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

        Forte Bistro & Lounge
        133 Richmond St. West, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3, CA

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          tj2007 Nov 24, 2009 03:58 PM

          Fune is on Simcoe. I've always enjoyed their sushi, although haven't been in awhile.

          1. Splendid Wine Snob Nov 24, 2009 03:48 PM

            If you are a wine drinker, Crush Wine Bar would fit the bill. Mmmmm, wine for lunch! Its on King just west of Spadina on the South side.

            455 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V1K4, CA

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            1. re: Splendid Wine Snob
              bytepusher Nov 24, 2009 05:47 PM

              I've always had speed of service issues at Crush, I think the worst time was arriving at noon and at 1:30 one of my party had to leave for another meeting, just as his food, a sandwich, nothing complex, arrived so he had them take it back and put it in a go pack. I wouldn't necessarily go there if I had a curtain to make.

              in the past I would have recommended Brasaii but I haven't been since the ownership change so I'm not sure.

              Yuzu sushi (run by the same folks as Japango but slightly more upscale) is close by, mixed reviews but personally I thought it was decent.

            2. f
              freckles1963 Nov 24, 2009 02:51 PM

              Barootes is good

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