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suggestions please for my 3 hungry boys and I, before TFC devour Mexican champions Cruz Azul!

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  1. Your chances are about as good as TFC's chances of winning that game. If I had to eat Greek, I'd go with cheap and cheerful Messini.

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    Messini
    445 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

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    1. re: haggisdragon

      Really - from the reviews it sounds as delightful as a Glasgow kebab house at closing-time on a Saturday night. Hoping for something a bit special!

      1. re: tonyjohnson54

        Thats exactly what its like...on Saturday night at closing time. Earlier in the evening its a simple, rambunctious family resto. With unpretentious prices. If your looking for something with ambience and a wine list, Malena, though not strictly greek, has gotten some pretty positive buzz.

    2. Hi Tony!
      here is a thread that might be useful for you: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5874...

      And in it, my lengthy post about the Danforth/festival: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5874...

      Mezes is a solid choice on the Danforth, however based on the recent Taste of Danforth Festival I think that I would want to try Zorba's since they had really great kabobs & quail.
      A lot of people like Messini's Authentic Gyros but to be honest I haven't been particularly impressed with their gyros - possibly because I haven't had the lamb, but their fries were never fresh and I found their spanakopita to be too greasy. Their chicken souvlaki was good, I liked that. It wasn't horrible, but it felt like a greasy-spoon version of a Greek diner which is fine but not what you want.
      Zorba's or Mezes are my recs!

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      Messini
      445 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

      Zorba's
      681 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

      Mezes
      456 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P4, CA

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      1. re: ekim256

        Double Zorba's. Old school and not turista at all. Fab lima beans!

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        Zorba's
        681 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

        1. re: Herb

          I'll have to try the lima beans. I've been to Zorbas a few times for souvlaki, and it's pretty much like any other souvlaki on offer along the Danforth.

          If you're thinking outside the box Greek, try the lamb-rosemary pie at Ouzeri. i had it during Summerlicious and it was worth every penny.

      2. I would recommend the Palace restaurant on Pape and Danforth. I tried it a while ago and luved their BBQ platter. Also the shrimps with Feta and Tomatoes sauce were memorable.

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        1. re: elvisahmed

          Had a great and affordable meal at mykonos on yonge street, just south of rosedale station on the east side. The server was super friendly. Bottles of wine for under 30. The food was authentic and portions huge. The only thing I wasn't super impressed with was the calamari (big chewy rings). Otherwise a great find with a great patio out front. Definately a nice option when not near the Danforth.

        2. I can't believe they won! How was dinner?

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          1. re: haggisdragon

            Mezes is always good, but my favourite is still the original "new style" Greek restaurant - i.e., one with decorating that's not a huge wall painting by the owner's nephew, namely Ouzeri. Their grilled squid is great, and their kopanisti is wonderful

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            Mezes
            456 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P4, CA

            Ouzeri
            500A Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1P6, CA

            1. re: gilbert1111

              Tried Ouzeri last night and found it complety mediocre. Mezes is better, but Pan is the best I've had on the Danforth as far as quality & value go.

              1. re: earthmomma

                Most of those Greek places had their 15 minutes of fame. Ouzeri was good in the early 90' and so was Pan, but I haven't been to either in around 10 years.

                I'm not sure what to recommend now, but have still had some decent meals at Pantheon. Another favourite was Avli till around 2001, I have to re-visit it to see how it's doing.

                When Avli started slipping, Megas was good, then we had some terrible meals there around 5 years ago. But walking by this fall, it the meals I saw on the patio looked good.... so it's hard to say without trying them again as some may have gotten better again.

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                Avli
                401 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

                Ouzeri
                500A Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1P6, CA

          2. Which is the Greek fish place that gets good reviews here?

            Pantheon...?
            Palace...?

            I am drawing a complete blank. thanks

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            1. re: CocoaChanel

              pantheon. deep fried calamari...

              1. re: shekamoo

                +1

              2. re: CocoaChanel

                While Pantheon is most often recommended for seafood on the Danforth, my current favourite resto for Greek-style seafood is Malena. The seafood used in Malena's fritto misto changes depending on what's available, but has always included some calamari when I've ordered it. Their grilled octopus is better than any I've ordered on the Danforth in the last 5 years. Hope they increase the portion size of the grllled octopus, or offer a small and large option, as they do with the seafood soup and fritto misto.

                1. re: phoenikia

                  I also enjoyed my (large) fritto misto. To be fair though, this Yorkville place is a totally different beast from a Danforth joint loke Pantheon in most every aspect. Joso's as another not distant example also has a deep fried calamari dish that is better than Pantheon. I would not really compare them though.

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

                  1. re: shekamoo

                    I realize Pantheon & Malena (and Joso's) are different types of restaurants, at different pricepoints. If they're all serving Mediterranean-style fried calamari, I don't see why they shouldn't be compared. CocoaChanel asked about a Greek fish place that gets good reviews, and she wasn't Danforth specific. That's why I mentioned Malena ;-)

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

              3. Check out the Astoria's ( Danforth) in Toronto. Greek area... they have some of the best souvlaki!MY favorite Greek Restaurant. Check em out.

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                1. re: Rain077

                  I love Asteria (not Astoria which is the chain) on the Danforth. It is a small hole in the wall but the chicken souvlaki is probably one of the best in the city. The value is something you can't beat, big portions at a very reasonable price.

                  1. re: Rain077

                    They've gone downhill badly over the years. I used to go there a lot but have given up.

                  2. Volos has the best quality greek food.
                    133 Richmond;
                    www.volos.ca

                    1. Avli's is one of Toronto's best kept secrets. It's a cosy little Greek restaurant that is my favourite when I visit Toronto. Just the thought of eating there makes my tastebuds dance. The food is top quality, original and wonderful. The environment is agreeable and cosy and a little romantic. Recently when I ate there,earlier this year, the service was very good. Before dinner arrived, I had to restrain myself just to avoid eating too many delicious appetizers. An excellent bottle of rosé was perfect for a meal that included both seafood and lamb.

                      We enjoyed rosemary garlic lamb, grilled to perfection, and sizzling seafood in olive oil that was seasoned withi just enough garlic, amazing asparagus, potatoes in lemon sauce and too many other good tastes to remember. What I do remember that not one morsel or drop of sauce was permitted to remain on our plates. It really was that good.

                      My only suggestion for Avli's is that they revive their dessert menu, perhaps with some delectable Greek pastries, fruit for dessert, and at least one dish with chocolate oozing out of it. But honestly, after all that fantastic food, who really needs dessert anyway?

                      Opa! and Bravo! to the talented chef and his team at Avli's!