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Enduring restaurants

I'm watching a tv programme on the Vancouver restaurant Vij's. Having been there myself I get how they've earned their reputation. It's been around long enough and has been established as a destination for food people. No hype here, not a trend that people (or the owners) will get tired of in a year or two.

What/where would you say are the equivalent in Toronto?

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  1. I'll bite... How about Splendido. It has gone through 3 changes of ownership, with each iteration putting a unique stamp on the place while maintaining a high level of quality both with the food and service.

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    Splendido
    88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

    1. I'll throw Chiado into the mix.

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      Chiado
      864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        Maybe Joso's?

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        Joso's
        202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

      2. What about some timelines here.... I think Joso's started in '77, and Splendido was 1991 (thought it was earlier, but going by chefdb). Centro was 1987, and Trapper's was 1985.

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        Splendido
        88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

        Joso's
        202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

        Centro
        2472 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4P 2F5, CA

        1. Scaramouche, Centro, North 44. They have been around since the 80's and will be around for many more. Truffles would have also been in that elite group but the Four Seasons pulled the plug on it.

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          North 44
          2537 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4P 2H9, CA

          Centro
          2472 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4P 2F5, CA

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          1. re: TexSquared

            Not fine food, I know, but the Coffee Mill in Yorkville has been going since the sixties. Amazingly, I believe the original owners are still running the place - at least that's what somebody told me. Maybe somebody here can confirm.

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            Coffee Mill
            99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

            1. re: ER2

              The Coffee Mill - great suggestion! It is so under-appreciated. Their chicken soup is the best ever and their food is consistent. Yes, I think the same women still run it - there are a couple of blonde Hungarian ladies that have been there forever.

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              Coffee Mill
              99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

          2. Vesta Lunch at Bathurst+Dupont! OK, at least it's got longevity going for it...

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            1. re: Kagemusha

              Yeah for sure. My dad used to eat there as a poor student in the sixties!