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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 http://maps.google.ca/maps/place?oe=u...

          Pho My Duyen: 1208 Bloor Street West
          (416) 850-4993 http://www.torontolife.com/guide/rest...

          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.

            2. Let's see if this blows up the Link function. The answer? It did.

              Although I can edit exisiting listings, it doesn't seem to let me add new ones for:
              Il Fornello's (Danforth location)
              My Place: A Canadian Pub
              Spicy Dragon
              The Monk's Table
              W Burger Bar

              124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

              2110 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A5, CA

              563 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y6, CA

              2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

              Fire On The East Side
              6 Gloucester St, Toronto, ON M4Y1L5, CA

              Beer Bistro
              18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

              Old Mill
              21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, ON M8X 1G5, CA

              407 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

              Blue Danube
              1686 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1H2V5, CA

              587 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

              950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

              Ristorante Roma
              1090 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1M6, CA

              Live Organic Food Bar
              264 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R1V7, CA

              22 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1C4, CA

              7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

              Auberge Du Pommier
              4150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2P 2C6, CA

              Tacos El Asador
              690 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L2, CA

              2152 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1K3, CA

              Jamie Kennedy Gardiner
              111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

              1158 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L9, CA

              122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

              1496 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Z6, CA

              Bistro Camino
              2750 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

              1221 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3P5, CA

              Bistro Tournesol
              406 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R1V9, CA

              Colborne Lane
              45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

              Cafe Doria
              1094 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L6, CA

              828 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1M2, CA

              67 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C1N9, CA

              Bar Mercurio
              270 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1V8, CA

              Le Montmartre
              911 Sheppard Ave W, Toronto, ON M3H2T7, CA

              378 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X2, CA

              Salad King
              340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

              181 Bay Street - BCE Place, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3, CA

              2315 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1P1, CA

              2994 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1C2, CA

              17 Hayden St, Toronto, ON M4Y2P2, CA

              Oliver & Bonacini
              2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M2K 1E6, CA

              Il Sogno
              1993 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

              Memphis Style Smokehouse
              4916 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5N5, CA

              Midi Bistro
              168 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T1W4, CA

              25 Hayden St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

              Daio Japanese Restaurant
              45 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B2H9, CA

              El Jacalito
              1056 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1M3, CA

              Jean's Vegetarian Kitchen
              1262 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1M6, CA

              King Slice
              1598 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P1A7, CA

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

              999 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

              Joons Restaurant
              4852 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5N2, CA

              3239 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N2L5, CA

              Rodney's By Bay
              56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

              Milagro Uptown
              3187 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

              C5 Restaurant Lounge
              100 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON M5S 266, CA

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

              Mercatto- Mars location
              101 College Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, CA

              Ciros Restaurant
              1316 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1P2, CA

              Brendan Roti Corner
              345 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W3J6, CA

              Apache Burgers
              5236 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B1A7, CA

              Big Daddy's Crabshack & Oyster Bar
              212 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H1K5, CA

              Blue Bay Cafe
              2243 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6R1X6, CA

              Burger Hut Foods
              804 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K1C3, CA

              Channamans Caribbean Corner
              2480 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1K2R4, CA

              Cuisine of India
              1992 Yonge St, Toronto, ON , CA

              El Fogon
              543 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A3, CA

              Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza House
              1528 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1N4, CA

              Jaipur Grille
              2066 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

              Jung Soo Nae Restaurant
              5754 Yonge, Toronto, ON M2M1T5, CA

              La Petite France
              3317 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1E7, CA

              Mainsha Restaurant
              3275 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6A2T4, CA

              Ni Ji Sushi
              1095 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2W9, CA

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

              1055 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

              5 Replies
              1. re: Googs

                Oh and...

                2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

                1. re: Googs

                  this is late. but, how about Taro's Fish for Bessarion?

                  1. re: shekamoo

                    Does Taro's Fish have a dine-in option? It doesn't appear to.

                    1. re: Googs

                      Dine-in is possible if you are willing to sit at the bar-like area (room for 4-5 people). This I do routinely which makes it in my mind a dine-in option. but you are right, it is a limited option.

                2. re: Googs

                  Good list, Googs, although I would remove Pantheon. (Some readers might remember how I feel about Danforth Greek.)

                  Just a note to others: Daio (Japanese on Carlton) has the most sublime Udon soup. Recommended.

                3. Yonge & College - College Park. For breakfast, the Fit for Life is very good. Eggs are made to order. The prices are reasonable and they open around 7 a.m. on weekdays. Not sure about weekends.

                  1. Nice 2009 list- tried a few of these including MIDI which has serious potential as a keeper! Maybe you can try some of these quick casual dash & dine options for 2010- Gourmet Burger on Charles St ( South of Bloor/Yonge), Noodle Bowl- Spadina Subway; Pan on the Danforth- Chester Subway, Square Boy - Donlands Subway, Country Style Hungarian - Bathurst Subway, Sarah's- Greenwood Subway ....just a few food for thoughts!

                    Square Boy
                    875 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L8, CA

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: fooddiva7

                      Sarah's? Are you kidding me? Not for food, anyway. Just do a search for Sarah's on this board and if you can find even 20% of positive posts about the food, I'll eat a menu. Same with Pan!!!

                      1. re: thenurse

                        Good thing about Toronto; there's enough eateries for all to like or dislike!! I was at Sarah's about 4 yrs ago and the dinner I had wasn't bad..too bad to hear it has gone downhill. But I like Pan when I was there for both Summerlicious & again this past winter- yes, the hostess was over the top but was friendly. Prix fixe menu was enjoyed by all.

                        1. re: thenurse

                          The mezes I ordered on my last visit to Pan were better than most mezes served on the Danforth, especially the dolmades. Not worth a trek, but decent if you're in the mood for Greek on a weekday night and happen to be in the neighbourhood.

                        2. re: fooddiva7

                          Noodle Bowl!!?? We can do better with Spadina.

                        3. I would have to insist on Makkah at Donlands. As much as I love Dukem, sometimes you just have time for a quick and unfussy meal. It doesn't get unfussier than Makkah. The fact that the food is delicious is a bonus. Sit out the back for that Pakistani school cafeteria chic they do so well.

                          950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

                          Makkah Restaurant
                          1020 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1M2, CA

                          1. For Jane I would put in Amber Restaurant and Fallafel World, My Place is terrible now, food and price wise.
                            For Runnymede Bloom is too far, Bloom is closer to Jane. Try Swan and Firkin, Shakeys or Dr. Generosity or The Yellow Griffin, there is also a Sunset Grill close by too. These are not that special, just close to Runnymede Subway.

                            Dr. Generosity
                            2197 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1N2, CA

                            Yellow Griffin
                            2202 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: Petor

                              I really like the Yellow Griffin. I almost always get a bison burger with spinach, onion and brie. Yum!

                              Yellow Griffin
                              2202 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA

                            2. Very close to Rosedale station.
                              Comfort food, much locally sourced. Warning: the cheese pennies are monstrously addictive, I dream about them.

                              1. Googs: Didn't see this on your list. Across the street from the Royal York Subway Station is La Veranda Osteria. I think they should be considered to be added.

                                La Veranda Osteria
                                946 Royal York Road, Toronto, ON M8X 2E5, CA

                                6 Replies
                                1. re: T Long

                                  Though a little early to start editing the list, that's a nice one T Long. I have a very soft spot for good, old-fashioned baked cannelloni. Have you had theirs?

                                  1. re: Googs

                                    I've only been there the one time and had their spaghetti with meat (ragu) sauce. Boring, I know, but it was good. Others were very happy too with their selections. Sorry I can't comment further about the food other than that I enjoyed the dining experience very much, but since the occasion was a reunion of sorts after over 40 years in some cases, I was more focused on catching up. However, we've all agreed to return there for future get-togethers, so more sampling of their menu is in the works.

                                    1. re: T Long

                                      A good Italian sauce of any kind is never boring. It's a testament to the beauty of simplicity.

                                  2. re: T Long

                                    BTW I noticed your interest in finding a 60's, western-style sweet & sout spareribs recipe. It isn't a complete match, but I have a recipe from the late 50's, early 60's (no dates to be found in the book) for Sweet & Sour Shrimp. It comes from a cookbook entitled "Famous Chefs Recipes" published by The Woman's Globe and Mail. This particular recipe is from Lichee Gardens.

                                    Let me know if you want to meet in the Home Cooking section for the recipe.

                                    Lichee Garden
                                    1416 Centre St, Thornhill, ON L4J8A1, CA

                                    1. re: Googs

                                      Googs: I look forward to seeing your recipe in the Home Cooking section. Thanks!