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Dec 1, 2009 09:14 AM

Tasty lunch spots near Eaton Centre...willing to walk.

I'm working at the Eaton Centre. Are there any quick lunch picks within a 10 minute walk?

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  1. I'm struggling with this myself.

    Salad King is at Yonge & Gould, just one block north of Yonge & Dundas - reasonable thai food... well I like it for quick anyways.

    Chipolte is a chain but has decent food.

    Freshii in the basement food court is not bad.

    I'd really like to find a place that serves good healthy food without a pound of cheese, rice or dressing. But so far I've struck out on that wish.

    1. In addition to Salad King and Chipotle, Milo's Pita in the Toronto Life building gets good reviews here for their chicken shawarma.

      For something a little nicer, go to the eighth floor of the Bay and have lunch at Great Cooks on Eight. It's a bit of a hidden gem and one of my favourite lunch spots in the area. There is a full service seating area with menus, but there is also a self-serve area where you go up to the prepared food counter with a tray and order whatever looks good. You can also get there from the Simpson Tower elevators.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        I went to Freshii for the first time last week and was very disappointed. I ordered salad with roast chicken, chickpeas, tomatoes, roasted red pepper, cucumber etc. etc. What I got was a container of mainly salad greens and a TINY amount of the other things (particularly the chicken). It cost over $7. For a much better deal on a take-out lunch go to the salad bar at the Kitchen Table in the Atrium on Bay. They have an excellent selection of items including lots of protein choices (chicken, shrimp, eggs etc.). Its much better than eating a bowl of lettuce.

      2. Burrito Boyz and Smoke's Poutinerie are on Adelaide St. West between Simcoe and Duncan... that would take you 10 minutes to walk there.

        There's also Mustachio at the St. Lawrence Market. That's also 10 minutes away.

        1. The Sandwich Box - just west of Bay on the south side of Richmond. Really yummy made-to-order sandwiches. They also have salads and soup, but I haven't tried them so can't comment.

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          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            Not sure if it is too far a walk for you but there is a little place on the south side of Gerrard just east of Yonge called Creasians - they make these great Chinese BBQ pork on a bun sandwiches, and other simple Chinese dishes and the prices are very reasonable.

          2. I have two places for you...

            1) Ritz - Carribean on the east side of Yonge, just south of Shuter
            $3.99 lunch special is delicious...rice/choice of chicken/slaw

            2) Sandwich World (my best kept secret until now, and best value lunch in the city)
            What they do pretty well is curry and biryani. $5 tax in gets you spicy chicken biryani, fragrant rice, and two sides. Also, ask for the dried chilies on the side.
            It's hard to give directions to where this place is, as it's in the path. It's closest to the north/east corner of Adelaide and York, and beside Hero Burger and Subway.

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            1. re: dlw88

              re: Sandwich World directions -- so, if you're on Adelaide, just east of York, walk till you see Hy's Steakhouse on the north side. Right in front of there will be a set of stairs leading down into the Path. Sandwich World will be in that food court as you walk in.

              I would second Sandwich Box and the barbacoa burrito at Chipotle. Also try the veal/chicken doner plate at Doner Kebab House on the SE corner of Yonge and Gerrard. Or New Bilan (Somalian) at Dundas and Jarvis for a big plate of stewed goat or chicken with potatoes and rice and a jug of mango juice. And the café at the Path entrance of the Bay has a wicked chicken pot pie, the same famous pie served at the historic Arcadian Court upstairs, just much cheaper.

              New Bilan Restaurant
              183 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A1Z4, CA

              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                Doner Kebab is one of my favourite places to grab a quick bite. Their veal on rice is amaaaaaazing.

              2. re: dlw88

                Second for Sandwich World. The name has very little to do with what they serve. I haven't worked in the area for a year, but they had different biryanis each day - and if I recall, the fish curry was also very good. Can't beat the price though - $5 for a curry/main, rice and 2 salads (chick peas, green salad, etc). In the same food court as Hero Burger is (was?)

                1. re: kayehm

                  Sandwich World is awesome - chicken curry with cole slaw or other sald for not $5 - but $4 - yes $4!!!

                  I eat there once every one or two weeks.

                  Hero Burger sucks. Pre-pressed crappy frozen tasteless patties. Better off to go to Harvey's and order the extra oickles at least