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Dec 23, 2009 07:37 AM

TTC Subway Dash & Dine 2010

Here we go again...

Annually as the snow piles up and the temperatures go down the same question arises all over the Toronto CH board. “Where can I dine without freezing my toches off to get there?” Here again is my annual list of restaurants that are spike-heeled-running-distance from the subway.

It's really all about the list so I won't keep you from it too long. If your stop is missing and you have a suggestion or if I've missed an opening or closing please let me know.

Happy holidays my friends and all the best for the new year. I have only one regret this year: That Caplansky's is nowhere near a subway stop.


KIPLING, 5247 Dundas St W
Apache Burgers, 5236 Dundas St W

ISLINGTON, 3286 Bloor St W
La Petite France, 3317 Bloor St W

ROYAL YORK, 3012 Bloor St W
Merlot, 2994 Bloor St W

OLD MILL, 2672 Bloor St W
The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd

JANE, 2440 Bloor St W
My Place: A Canadian Pub, 2448 Bloor St W

RUNNYMEDE, 2218 Bloor St W
Bloom, 2315 Bloor St W

KEELE, 1733 Bloor St W
King Slice Pizza, 1598 Bloor St W

DUNDAS WEST, 1525 Bloor St W
Blue Bay Café, 2243 Dundas St W

LANSDOWNE, 1287 Bloor St W
Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St W

DUFFERIN, 1126 Bloor St W
Pizza Roma, 1090 Bloor St W

El Jacalito, 1056 Bloor St W

OSSINGTON, 883 Bloor St W
Zagol, 875 Bloor St W

Mexitaco, 828 Bloor St W

CHRISTIE, 726 Bloor St W
Tacos El Asador, 690 Bloor St W

BATHURST, 565 Bloor St W
Insomnia Bar and Café, 563 Bloor St W

SPADINA, 371 Bloor St W
Splendido, 88 Harbord St

ST. GEORGE, 323 Bloor St W
Bar Mercurio, 270 Bloor St W

BAY, 64 Bloor St W
Pangaea, 1221 Bay St

YONGE, 733 Yonge St
Focaccia Restaurant, 17 Hayden Street

SHERBOURNE, 420 Bloor St E
Brendan Roti Corner, 345 Bloor St W

BROADVIEW, 90 Danforth Ave
Globe Bistro, 124 Danforth Ave

CHESTER, 370 Danforth Ave
Pantheon, 407 Danforth Ave

PAPE, 650 Danforth Ave
Il Fornello, 576 Danforth Ave

DONLANDS, 990 Danforth Ave
Dukem, 950 Danforth Ave

GREENWOOD, 1177 Danforth Ave
Jean's Vegetarian Kitchen, 1262 Danforth Ave.

COXWELL, 1688 Danforth Ave
Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza House, 1528 Danforth Ave

WOODBINE, 2072 Danforth Ave
Relish Bar & Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave

MAIN STREET, 2550 Danforth Ave
Bistro Camino, 2750 Danforth Ave

KENNEDY, 2455 Eglinton Ave E
Channaman's Caribbean Corner, 2480 Eglinton Ave E


LAWRENCE EAST, 2444 Lawrence Ave E
Spicy Dragon, 1060 Kennedy Rd

ELLESMERE, 1025 Ellesmere Rd
Ni Ji Sushi, 1095 Ellesmere Rd

McCOWAN, 1275 McCowan Rd
Blue Danube, 1686 Ellesmere Rd


BAYVIEW, 550 Sheppard Ave E
Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, 2901 Bayview Ave

BESSARION, 701 Sheppard Ave E
Burger Hut, 730 Sheppard Ave E

Leslie, 1209 Sheppard Ave E
Camros Organic Eatery, 1255 Sheppard Ave E


FINCH, 5714 Yonge St
Jung Soo Nae, 5754 Yonge St

Cuisine Of India, 5222 Yonge St

SHEPPARD, 4800 Yonge St
Joons Restaurant, 4852 Yonge St

Memphis Smoke House, 4916 Yonge St

LAWRENCE, 3101 Yonge St
Milagro, 3187 Yonge St

Trio Ristorante And Pizzeria, 3239 Yonge St

EGLINTON, 2190 Yonge St
Zucca, 2150 Yonge St

Quince, 2110 Yonge St

Jaipur Grille, 2066 Yonge St

DAVISVILLE, 1900 Yonge St
Il Sogno, 1993 Yonge St

Tabule, 2009 Yonge St

ST. CLAIR, 1441 Yonge St
Didier, 1496 Yonge St

SUMMERHILL, 1189 Yonge St
Pastis, 1158 Yonge St

The Monk's Table, 1276 Yonge St

ROSEDALE, 1009 Yonge St
Globe Earth, 1055 Yonge St

Caffe Doria, 1094 Yonge St

WELLESLEY, 551 Yonge St
Volo, 587 Yonge St

Fire on the East Side, 6 Gloucester St

COLLEGE, 448 Yonge St
W Burger Bar, 10 College St

Daio Japanese, 45 Carlton St

DUNDAS, 300 Yonge St
Salad King, 335 Yonge St

Barberian's, 7 Elm St

QUEEN, 171 Yonge St
Rodney's By Bay, 56 Temperance St

Harlem, 67 Richmond St E

KING, 70 Yonge St
Beer Bistro, 18 King St E

Colborne Lane, 45 Colborne St

UNION, 55 Front St W
Ki, 181 Bay St.

Takesushi, 22 Front St W


DOWNSVIEW, 1035 Sheppard Ave W
Le Montmartre, 911 Sheppard Ave W

YORKDALE, 1 Yorkdale Rd
Mainsha, 3275 Dufferin St

EGLINTON W, 1300 Eglinton Ave W
Frida, 999 Eglinton Ave W

ST CLAIR W, 370 St Clair Ave W
El Fogon, 543 St Clair Ave W

DUPONT, 278 Dupont St
Live Organic Food Bar, 264 Dupont St

Bistro Tournesol, 406 Dupont St.

MUSEUM, 75 Queen’s Park
C5 Restaurant Lounge, 100 Queen’s Park

Jamie Kennedy Gardiner, 111 Queen’s Park

QUEEN’S PARK, 671 University Ave
Mercatto, 101 College St

Midi Bistro, 168 McCaul St

ST PATRICK, 449 University Ave
Japango Sushi & Noodle, 122 Elizabeth St

OSGOODE, 250 University Ave
Forte Bistro & Lounge, 133 Richmond St W, Ste 101

Nota Bene, 180 Queen St W

ST ANDREW, 147 University Ave
Big Daddy’s Crabshack & Oyster Bar

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  1. whoa, nice list, thanks googs!

    1. if you'll count splendido as near spadina i think you can probably count caplanskys in still as well. it's three short blocks from spadina and the spadina streetcar line is frequent enough that you won't be waiting long to get back underground. it's a stretch but still doable. the goldin's sandwich at free times cafe is one block closer....

      on that note:

      spadina - if splendido counts then throw in harbord room as well and tati bistro as the option that's a bit of a stretch.

      osgoode - ematei is around the corner from nota bene

      1 Reply
      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        I don't really count Splendido as close. Just the absolute closest thing that isn't a Tim Horton's. In the main, I was trying to keep distances under 0.2 km. Some stops proved impossible to solve. However, if it was over 0.5 km the station was skipped.

        I could have sworn I left Ematei in again this year. Oh well. If they're still around I'll fix that next year.

      2. York Mills: Auberge du Pommier

        St.Clair: Cava

        Pape: Zorba's for soup & hot table
        Asteria for souvlaki

        Googs, what dishes does Il Sogno do well?

        2 Replies
        1. re: phoenikia

          You're absolutely correct! Although nearly a Splendido stretch, Auberge du Pommier makes the 0.4 km mark.

          I haven't been to Il Sogno yet. It's on my to-do list and more so now that wind chill is part of the daily news. It seemed to fair well with the Hounds that have been there.

          1. re: Googs

            Auberge may be 400 meters map distance but you can get much closer than that without going outside using the tunnel to the office complex behind it, outside business hours there is an exit/entrance from the tunnel that is open when the subway is open that's maybe 120 meters from the door.

        2. Lansdowne: South Indian Dosa Mahal (steps from the Emerson Avenue exit): 1262 Bloor Street West (416) 516-7701
          Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm

          Pho My Duyen: 1208 Bloor Street West
          (416) 850-4993

          2 Replies
          1. re: innercitykitty

            South Indian Dosa Mahal closed down :(
            There's always Vena's Roti on the south side.

            1. re: yunnage

              Au contraire. South Indian Dosa Mahal did not close down, it moved from Bloor and St. Clarens one block east to Bloor and Emerson, making it about 15 paces from the Emerson Avenue exit of Lansdowne Station. Much bigger new location! Bright Pink!

          2. Nice pick for Rosedale. You could also get a fabulous sandwich at Black Camel without even having to breathe outside betwen the subway stop and the restaurant.

            For the Spadina subway stop, I would recommend Serra - very nicely done Italian. Lots of variety with friendly service.

            Black Camel
            4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W1S9, CA

            Serra Restaurant
            378 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X2, CA

            3 Replies
            1. re: MeMeMe

              Wow. I've never even heard of Serra before. Nice one MeMeMe. You've solved the Spadina Station 1/2 k problem. Thanks a whole bunch.

              If Black Camel were more dinner friendly they would definitely have made the list.

              1. re: Googs

                Serra is a great spot -- been there for about 15 years and has been reliable the whole time. Be warned though -- they don't take reservations and it's not a big restaurant. On evenings when there is a Tafelmusik concert across the street, there is pretty much no hope of getting a table between 6 and 7:45.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  I like to grab my Latte at the Coffee Tree when I hit the Jane Subway Station.