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Aug 12, 2010 09:42 PM

Chowhound faves in China Town/Entertainment District?

Coming to Toronto for a week. I'll be staying downtown (Queen St. W and University), and would love to learn what the real must-eats are in the area. Not looking for haute cuisine as much as great ethnic foods and chowhound-approved local spots. Any favorites I should know about?

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  1. The Queen Mother for fusion-y southeast Asian.

    Burrito Boyz and Burrito Bandido (California Mexican)

    Swatow, Mother's Dumplings, Rol San (dim sum) and King's Noodle in Chinatown

    Pho Pasteur (Vietnamese) in Chinatown (24 hour)

    Sandwich Box behind the Sheraton (closed Sat & Sunday)

    Ackee Tree (Caribbean), BQM Burger and Jules (French) at Queen & Spadina, Arepa Cafe (Venezuelan) a few blocks west

    Little India And Trimurti for ayce Indian buffets (avoid Babur).

    and then there's Kensington Market and Baldwin Village!

    Little India
    255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

    Mother's Dumplings
    421 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA

    Queen Mother
    206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

    Burrito Boyz
    218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

    Rol San
    323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

    309 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E6, CA

    Pho Pasteur
    525 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1H4, CA

    Ackee Tree
    170 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2C2, CA

    Arepa Cafe
    490 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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    1. re: curnonsky

      You are staying in the best area in my opinion. Close to all the downtown neighbourhoods.

      Chinatown/Kensington Market are two musts! Close walk (queen-spadina-college-bathurst are the four main intersections bordering this area). I like patty king in kensington for unique patty's. There are a few vietnamese places on the north side of spadina just west of dundas that have some tasty bahn mi. Kings noodle at dundas and spadina has lots of chinese offerings in a fast-paced environment. Really this area is just fun to go and explore.

      I recommend waking up Saturday morning at 6am, walking east on Wellington until you reach st. lawrence market and spending the early hours with alot of food-loving Torontonians. The market is so enjoyable, the scents, sights and sounds. Everyone raves about the pemeal sandwiches in the north building, The south market (only open saturdays) showcases local farmers and has lots of interesting offerings. A must do for any foodie!

      Other areas to explore:

      Wellington - you will find Canoe (in the TD tower), bymark and other $ yet popular Toronto favourites.

      Queen street- Note Bene is really close by. Go really west past Bathurst and you will find alot of hipster favourites.

      College street - Little Italy area also close by. My faves here are negroni, cafe diplimatico (great patio moreso then the food) and vivoli.

      Really, you are in a great area and I think you will enjoy your stay.

      For late night hunger - go to Adelaide and Simcoe and get a halibut burrito at burrito boys or poutine at the store above.