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Dundas Square ...dundas and victoria area - lunch advice perrlease

Minister of Kebab Sep 16, 2010 02:39 PM

Decent lunch spot advice appreciated...is it me or is this a wasteland ? It seems i can have every variety of bad fast food/mall food....any decent places for lunch nearby...apart from the old standby the senator ? Yikes....its mall food central....hard rock cafe ...yikes, mr greenjeans...double yikes...timmies...yawn...pickle barrel (aaaaaaaarrrgh)...there must be something reasonably good for a quick dash out to grab some food...

and i'm talking everyday lunch spot...not popping to Canoe, or nipping up to the four seasons...my fave old thai place has gone (salad king)...and it seems the entire space around ryerson is a culinary wasteland.....i dunno, just a good falafel, a decent curry or pad thai, heck even a good deli sandwich...location has to either be takeout..or quick table service ...and close.

Am thinking i may have to brown bag...or take a vomit bag to pickle (bottom of the) barrel.
merci

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    garfield Sep 16, 2010 04:06 PM

    Chowhounders are known to suggest Sukho Thai within a vicinity of a half hour walk. You are probably in that range.
    I like Thai one close to Bay and Dundas. There is a shawarma place or two in that area (Bay and Dundas). Then there is Yueh Tung , Spadina Garden etc.

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    Yueh Tung
    126 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

    Spadina Garden Restaurant
    116 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G1C3, CA

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      Gary Sep 16, 2010 04:57 PM

      Salad King is apparently re-opening soon near the original location, at 340 Yonge St on the second floor of the Foot Locker building. They only closed temporarily due to a wall collapse rendering their original building unsafe.

      Milo's Pita in the Toronto Life Building (AMC) food court is very good, excellent falafels and shawarma. Yes, it's in a food court but it's family run, the ingredients are fresh, and everything is assembled with care.

      Walk west on Dundas a couple blocks and there is Kenzo for ramen.

      Just north on Elm St there is the Queen & Beaver pub, which is open for lunch every day. Only a bit pricier than other places like the Hard Rock or Mr. Greenjeans but a heck of a lot better, with more interesting options on the menu.

      The 3 Brewers is a bit of a hit and miss place, I've enjoyed a few meals there but others have lacked. Some of the flamms are okay in a pinch, and oddly enough the pulled pork sandwich is not terrible. I like their wit beer.

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      Salad King
      340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

      Kenzo
      138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

      Milo's Pita
      10 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B, CA

      Queen & Beaver
      35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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        childofthestorm Sep 16, 2010 05:57 PM

        Milo's Pita, Johnny Rockets, and Chipotle...those are three are my absolute favourite fast food spots in the city right there. You have an embarrassment of riches.

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          julesrules Sep 17, 2010 06:27 AM

          I'm kind of surprised to see Johnny Rockets in that list - I also love chipotle and Milo's though. Tell me what you like at Johnny's, I have small kids and we go to AMC so it's convenient/kid-friendly.
          My suggestion to the OP is to check out Trinity Square Cafe, for soups, comfort food dishes and homey baked goods. A little bland/inconsistent but some good options. Cafe Oro right on the square also looks decent although I haven't tried much there.

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          Cafe Oro
          21 Dundas Sq, Toronto, ON M5B1B7, CA

          Trinity Square Cafe
          10 Trinity Sq, Toronto, ON M5G1B1, CA

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            childofthestorm Sep 17, 2010 11:02 AM

            I'm a big fan of burgers that are smashed against the grill (see: Shake Shack, Burger's Priest in TO, Steak n' Shake) and Johnny Rockets serves a pretty credible burger in that style. They also serve Nathan's hot dogs, and make good shakes.

            My daughter loves it there, especially when they bust out into their song and dance routine.

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              julesrules Sep 18, 2010 06:35 AM

              Thanks! Is that how they do the burger by default or is it a secret order a la animal style?

              I actually went once when they first opened but it didn't occur to me that the burgers might be good. I think I had a chili dog. The shakes did look great, just very indulgent! My daughter also enjoyed the singing and the crayons and hats. We'll give it another try.

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                childofthestorm Sep 18, 2010 02:00 PM

                By default, smashing on the hot griddle is their style. Only issue I have sometimes at Johnny Rockets is undersalting of the burgers, but that's easily remedied.

        2. shekamoo Sep 16, 2010 07:32 PM

          a $30 lunch: barberian's burger

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            bumblebee_tdot Sep 17, 2010 12:06 PM

            If you're looking for a decent curry, try the chicken vindaloo at Matagali.

            It's a little hole in the wall on Elm off of Bay, just a few minutes from Dundas square. The serve thai and indian food. I haven't tried any of their other dishes, but the vindaloo is great.

            See this thread for more reviews: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/101872

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            Matagali Restaurant
            69 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H2, CA

            1. miketoronto Sep 17, 2010 01:58 PM

              If Duggan's Brewery hasn't been mentioned, that's definitely a good spot. On Victoria north of Queen.

              Osteria Ciceri e Tria does a mean lunch too, yeah? Just up the street from Duggan's, even closer to Dundas.

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              Osteria
              106 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

              Duggan's Brewery
              75 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

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              1. re: miketoronto
                westhead74 Sep 18, 2010 08:32 AM

                Duggan's is actually at the corner of Lombard & Victoria, south of Richmond St.

              2. Herb Sep 18, 2010 09:22 AM

                I like the yam burrito at Big Fat Burrito.

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                  ziggystardust Sep 18, 2010 09:24 AM

                  At the corner of Dundas and Church, there's a very decent Afghan place. It's clean, the food is freshly prepared and it's reasonable. For about $12 (including tax, no tip as it's served fast food style) you can get a great chicken tikka kebab served on rice with salad, lentil soup and still warm from the oven bread. If you've tried Bamyan Kebob, it's very similar.

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