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where to eat in the beaches

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We just arrived in town are are staying in the beaches (near ashbridges bay) for a few days.
Does any have an suggestions for restos/cafes in the area. I know there are great places in Leslieville but we were hoping for things that are more walkable. Any suggestions for breakfast lunch or dinner would be appreciated,


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  1. For lunch or dinner you can try the Green Basil which is a Thai resto (more or less). It's located beside the Roger's video store at Hammersmith and Queen E. which is east of where you are. There's also Le Papillon On the Park which is a Quebecois resto (haven't tried the new locations, but remember fondly of the original downtown) . It's located at 1001 Eastern Ave. (west of Ashbridge's Bay). Not sure how close you are to Eastern Ave.

    Green Basil
    2120 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1E2, CA

    1. Unfortunately, the Beaches area is notoriously lacking in good food. Here are a few recommendations:

      * Great ice cream & gelato at Ed's Real Scoop
      * Good coffee at the Remarkable Bean
      * Excellent chocolates at the Belgian Chocolate Shop

      There's a little place selling smoked fish: Fanning Smoked Salmon - haven't tried it, and it's not a place for eating in, however.

      Naturalis, which is a little bakery/cafe place in the same area as Fanning Smoked Salmon advertises Montreal style bagels. I cannot vouch for them, but perhaps they would go well with the smoked salmon from Fanning and make a good picnic. They do have a variety of other baked goods, as well.

      Farther west, west of Woodbine, is Zane, a French pastry shop. They do have some excellent breads and tarts, though someone recently complained about their croissants on this board. I, however, have only had very good items (including croissants) from Zane.

      Good luck, and let us know how things go.

      Ed's Real Scoop
      2224 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1E9, CA

      Remarkable Bean
      2242 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

      Belgian Chocolate Shop
      2455 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

      1. Sauvignon


        1862 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H1, CA

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        1. re: Herb

          Yes, good call on both. Haven't been to Sauvignon in a long while, but I definitely enjoyed it when I ate there. Also, Dufflet is a great recommendation. Lots of fabulous dessert options, plus pretty good coffee. Reasonably comfy seating, too.

          787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          1862 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H1, CA

        2. As per the article in today's paper, avoid the Boardwalk Cafe!

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          1. re: Wiley

            What did the article (which paper/website?) say?

            1. re: Shimso

              It was an op ed piece in the Sun. An investigation of the proprietors recent 20 year renewal for sole rights to food concessions in the east beaches. There was no open bidding process. The restaurant itself was also criticized for being overpriced (duh), poor quality (gee, you don't say?), and in great need of renovations. Although, in the owner's defense, he claims that he will be spending over $1 mill. in renovations now that he has secured his contract.

          2. I highly recommend Le Papillon on the Park -- great location, wonderful patio, good food and service. It's kind of between the Beach and Leslieville but perfectly walkable if the weather is fine.

            Le Papillon
            69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B5, CA

            1. Try Amuse. Great food. Great location. Great service.

              1. I like Quigleys when the patio is open - I've enjoyed all the meals I've had there. Also enjoyed Papillon on the Park. There's a little place with sandwiches, etc. east of Woodbine on the north side - I think it's called Harvest? I've just had coffee there, but a friend of mine who lives in the area has eaten there often and really likes it.

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                1. re: SusanB

                  Do you mean west of Woodbine, on the north side?

                  1. re: Full tummy

                    Of course I mean west - I have no idea why I said east - sorry about that. It's west of Meat on the Beach.

                    Meat on the Beach
                    1860 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

                  2. re: SusanB

                    Coffee at Harvest is fine, but the food is very expensive considering how basic it is, and I found it to be extremely salty. Different strokes...etc.

                  3. eating ≠ the beaches

                    Near Ashbridges Bay an okay option is the Tulip, on Queen just west of Coxwell.

                    1. Agree with the lack of good options in the beaches. Head a little further west to Leslieville. Check out Queen Margherita pizza or Gio Rana's for dinner / Bonjour Brioche for breakfast or lunch.

                      I second the Ed's and Zane recommendations too.

                      Great coffee can also be had at Voulez Vous cafe, Mercury Espresso Bar and Dark Horse Espresso bar.

                      Bonjour Brioche
                      812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                      Gio Rana's
                      1220 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1L7, CA

                      Dark Horse Espresso Bar
                      215 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

                      1. If you want to go to the far East side of the Beaches (by Victoria Park) ViVetha is a really nice spot. The cupcake shop Life is Sweet is right across the road.

                        Victoria Park Restaurant
                        335 Durham Market St N, Kincardine, ON N2Z1Z4, CA

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                        1. re: Otonabee

                          I second ViVetha. It's a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

                          1. re: JamieK

                            Hello Chowhound-ers!!
                            As usual, you did not disappoint ... I was celebrating a promotion at work and wanted to take my boyfriend out for supper. He lives in The Beach. I found this thread and researched a couple of places as a result - we ended up having a delightful, romantic supper at ViVetha Bistro. The service was wonderful the food was great! We had the grilled calamari to start, I had the scallop gluten-free pasta and he had the ribs. There was nothing but great things to say about the food and service. As a side note, I've got a gluten sensitivity and our server knew exactly what I could or could not eat.
                            Thanks again Chowhounders ... next time we have someone to take out for supper we'll be heading to ViVetha!

                            1. re: pbtees

                              Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I have never been disappointed there.

                              1. re: pbtees

                                And it looks like they finally upgraded their website!