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Non-Tourist Lunch near Princess of Wales Theatre?

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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....

Thanks.

  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.

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        Tundra
        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.

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            Crush
            455 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V1K4, CA

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              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.

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              freckles1963 Nov 24, 2009 02:51 PM

              Barootes is good

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