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Moving to Davenport and Shaw - tell me what I need to know!

chloe103 Jul 9, 2010 12:08 PM

What I know about already: Fiesta Farms, the Wychwood Barns farmers' market, the Gem.

What I don't know about: everything else.

Groceries (preferably local and/or organic, humanely raised meat), coffee (important!), restaurants, bars - help me learn my way around my new 'hood.

Fiesta Farms
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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    jnine Aug 2, 2010 12:03 PM

    Welcome to the hood.

    Etherea is your local health food/supplement store it just changed hands and is not as good as it used to be. Ok for organic milk, nuts, lentils holistic cold remedies healthy snacks etc. Its at Davenport and Ossington.

    Alcoa is the portuguese bakery at Davenport and Ossington. They make a sweet latte, tasty multigrain loaf, delicious natas and cheap pizza and tuna sandwiches for lunch.

    I love having the 24hr Sobeys close to home (shaw/dupont), especially when kids refuse to go to sleep, or babies are up in the middle of the night. They have free samples in the deli section. Always a bonus for cranky tots.

    For discount groceries, No Frills and Price Chopper are the best options. Also worth mentioning is the Johnvince (used to be Italian ownership, but now Indian) on St. Clair near No Frills. They have very fresh Indian spices, paneer and hard to find Indian grocery items, also make a mean samosa.

    The old school Faema cafe is at Ossington and Dupont. They sell great beans and make a mean espresso, very quirky place though, run by the older generation. The Faema at Christie/Dupont has the same beans and run by the younger guard. Great place for a coffee, beer, ice cream, pastry, pizza or brunch(waffles). I tend to stay away from the pasta, soups, salads and sandwiches cause the quality is sub-par.

    Vinny's grilled chicken sandwich is awesome. (dupont and shaw).

    For humane meat, xmas turkey, the BEST lamb and steaks Vince Gasparros butcher at Bloor and Ossington is great.


    Not a fan of Universal Grill. I've been MANY times, and have had sub-par food 2-3 times. If you must, go for brunch, or just drinks.

    On St. Clair/Dufferin, everything is great at Marcellos. I love the linguini de la nonna, and the minestrone.

    For super cheap, kid friendly and plentiful Italian order the big plate special at the Big Slice. Great with a chocolate milk shake.

    Also at St. Clair/Dufferin is Sofra Grill Express. Yummy urkish food....lentil soup, hummous, chicken kebabs etc.

    There is a decent green grocer across from Marcello's, but that is the closest one aside from Bloor/Manning. I really wish there was a good fruit/veggie vendor on Davenport!

    For local and organic of course you know about the Wychwood Barns, Fiesta and Dufferin Grove. Sobey's now stocks some organics and is starting to line price key items (bananas etc) like Fiesta does. You can also join the Kawatha Growers CSA as their pick-up is Friday's at Linux cafe (Harbord/Clinton?). Or get a delivery service.

    Patachou for croissant and coffee. St. Clair/Winona.

    Pain Perdu for more french treats. St. Clair/Christie

    Ellingtons is a neat little jazz/reggae cafe that has fair trade coffee, Randy's Jamaican Patties and live jazz every morning. St. Clair/Greensides

    Vanipha Lanna is great for Thai and large groups.


    Pho St. Clair has awesome white chicken pho...Joanne Kates agrees.

    I had much love for Rushton when it opened, but that love is fading. Last meal was over salted, over priced, and over cooked. Blech.

    Stockyards will satisfy your carnivorous cravings like non other. Burgers, smoked or fried chicken, pulled pork, YUM.

    Khmer Thai on St. Clair west of Oakwood is cheap and hot and satisfying. This is primarily Cambodian not Thai, so DON't order pad thai, I like the country style chicken, or curry chicken. Their soups are amazing, esp Tom Kha Gai.


    Leah's is a new little bakery on St. Clair near the barns. Very well executed sweet treats, perfect as hostess gifts, or for showers/tea parties.


    I love this hood, hope you have fun eating your way around!

    Khmer Thai
    1018 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E1A4, CA

    Pain Perdu
    736 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

    Universal Grill
    1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G3N4, CA

    1120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

    740 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B3, CA

    Vince Gasparros
    857 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

    Dufferin Cafe
    2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

    Faema Cafe
    672 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z6, CA

    Sofra Grill
    8707 Dufferin St, Vaughan, ON L4J 0A6‎, CA

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    1. re: jnine
      aser Aug 2, 2010 02:19 PM

      There is also the Mexican bakery called Pancho's, I've yet to try it but have been very curious.


      1. re: aser
        malpeque Aug 2, 2010 04:06 PM

        Pancho's is a great spot. They have a wide variety of very good Mexican pastries and very nice owners.

    2. Rabbit Jul 12, 2010 07:10 AM

      Second the recs for Universal Grill (charming neighbourhood restaurant with good cocktails, great ribs, and interesting specials), Stockyards (worth the walk to St. Clair), and I quite like the Rushton.

      There is an Italian cafe called Faema at Christie and Dupont with authentic panini, gelato, Italian coffee, etc. They also have a nice outdoor space for this time of year.

      Universal Grill
      1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G3N4, CA

      740 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B3, CA

      Faema Cafe
      672 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z6, CA

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        Arcadiaseeker Jul 12, 2010 06:31 AM

        Welcome! For great takeout a couple of options (which deliver) - Taste of Thai House on Vaughn is terrific. Savera Indian at St. Clair and Greensides is also wonderful. There's also the Rushton on St. Clair for great drinks and a bite to eat, Pain Perdu next door for pastries and lunch, ...there's a ton really.

        Pain Perdu
        736 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

        740 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B3, CA

        Thai House Restaurant
        506 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B3, CA

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          Benniep Jul 9, 2010 02:56 PM

          Vinny's Panini at Dupont and Shaw for great veal sandwiches!

          Vinny's Panini
          787 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z5, CA

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          1. re: Benniep
            Machiavelli Jul 10, 2010 07:51 PM

            Welcome to the neighbourhood! To add, there is also Nancy's Cheese at Dupont & Spadina, Marcello's at Dufferin & St Clair, and Rushton Bistro, Ellington's (jazz cafe) at St Clair & Winona, and can't think of name but another nice bistro-type just beside the Firkin on St Clair at about Lauder.

            740 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B3, CA

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            fickle Jul 9, 2010 02:35 PM

            Stubbe for chocolates & cakes, across from the Loblaws on Dupont at Christie

            1. Herb Jul 9, 2010 01:16 PM

              Lots on St Clair

              Leopold, Stockyards, Churrasco of St Clair, Mezzetta, Ferro, Pain Perdu, Patachou, that rockabilly coffee place @ Oakwood, Vanipha.

              681 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

              Pain Perdu
              736 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

              The Stockyards
              699 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

              Churrasco of St Clair
              679 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

              1. pescatarian Jul 9, 2010 12:28 PM

                Ezra's Pound for coffee - Dupont just west of Spadina beside the Liquor Store.

                Ezra's Pound
                238 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R1V7, CA

                1. Herb Jul 9, 2010 12:17 PM

                  Universal Grill

                  Universal Grill
                  1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G3N4, CA

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