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Royal York and Dundas restaurant recommendations--within, say a 5-10 minute drive?

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Anything with good seafood/veg---Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai etc.

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  1. ViBo

    http://www.vibo.ca/

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    ViBo
    2995 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1C1, CA

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    1. re: redearth

      That menu looks very promising. Thanks!

    2. For really good Italian take out I like Lenny's on Dundas just east of Islington.
      Great bugers at Magoo's on Dundas at Royal York (Bruno's plaza)
      Also good on Bloor St is the Thai place - My Thai Kitchen.
      Personal favourite in the neighbourhood is La Veranda Osteria on Royal York near Bloor (across from RY subway St.)

      Hope this helps.

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      My Thai Kitchen
      3080 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1C8, CA

      La Veranda Osteria
      946 Royal York Road, Toronto, ON M8X 2E5, CA

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      1. re: ciaociao1

        La Veranda Osteria and My Thai Kitchen--both noted!

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        La Veranda Osteria
        946 Royal York Road, Toronto, ON M8X 2E5, CA

        1. re: Ediblethoughts

          These places are mediocre IMO.
          Not much that is great in this neighbourhood though if I had to choose any place it would be Merlot's.
          Oregano's on Dundas/Burnhamthorpe is pretty good ( new owners).
          Italian food is very good on Lakeshore at a place called Posticello's ( I think). Near Brown's Line. I only ate there once but it was very good.
          There is a new Miexican Burrito place on Queensway between Islington and Kipling. I heard it was pretty good.

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          Lakeshore Restaurant
          2390 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1C3, CA

          1. re: froglegs

            Hey froglegs,
            Do you know how long ago the owners changed and if it's still in the Scretas family? Same menu and good service remaining I hope?

            1. re: tuttebene

              No not the same family.
              It is now owned by the Cerillo Cooking school next door. He took it over this past summer. Re opened in July. It was pretty good the 2x I ate there. good food and service. Very pleasant dining ( for Etobicoke).

        2. re: ciaociao1

          I tried My Thai Kitchen this evening and the food was very good. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food---from meat eaters to veg. The food was very fresh (and when they said "greens" they actually provided some leafy greens--very unusual for Thai in my experience) and flavourful (and reasonable). And service was very nice.

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          My Thai Kitchen
          3080 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1C8, CA

        3. Green Mango on Bloor and Royal York for Thai, Chodang Soon Tofu on Dundas just east of Kipling for Korean and Casa Barcelona on Bloor near Royal York for tapas.

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          Casa Barcelona
          2980 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1B9, CA

          Green Mango
          2180 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1N3, CA

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          1. re: ektoronto

            I do like tofu--so noting CST. Also, Casa Barcelona sounds interesting--huge menu...

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            Casa Barcelona
            2980 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1B9, CA

            1. re: Ediblethoughts

              Ediblethoughts...personally think (as do most of my friends and family who are local to Etobicoke) that Casa Barcelona is the biggest rip off. Not the greatest food and way overpriced (plus lousy service). That's just my 2 cents.

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              Casa Barcelona
              2980 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1B9, CA

              1. re: ciaociao1

                Thanks for the input. Places with huge menus can go one way or the other...

            2. re: ektoronto

              Since others wanted to go there, tried Casa Barcelona and it was OK but not great. I'd say not worth the money but no bad dishes. The chocolate mousse for dessert was truly wonderful---dark chocolate mousse with pieces of chocolate mixed in very effectively. The sangria was some of the best I've tried in Toronto also.

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              Casa Barcelona
              2980 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1B9, CA

            3. I really don't like Vibo. I have had much better meals and service at Veranda and Merlot. But the best seafood that I have had in that broad area is a Cajun place in a very unlikely location: Scarlett south of Eglinton, east side. Can't remember the name, which is important,because their hours are a bit wacky (no lunch, no Sundays) but wonderful owner/host and the best sides of veg that I have ever eaten in Toronto (wee squashes and anise sauteed together - absolutely amazing with a simple grilled fish & pretty good gumbo to start).

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              Vibo Restaurant
              2995 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1C1, CA

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              1. re: badrockandroll

                Is it New Orleans?

                http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Eglinto...

                1. re: SocksManly

                  That's it! Looks like nothing from the outside, but I really enjoyed my meal there.

                  1. re: badrockandroll

                    Do they have wine?

                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                      New Orleans is fully licenced. And upon further recollection, it was fennel, not anise, in the veg.

                      1. re: badrockandroll

                        Did you try the seafood? (I'm intrigued by your veg description.)

                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                          I've been there twice: once years ago, when I went full tilt cajun. Then it turned into an Indian buffet, under different owners, and I took a bye. Then, the same owners came back, and I would say were enriched by where ever it was that they went. The last time I went I had a rather good gumbo, in that it had a depth of flavour rather than a blast of cheap fire - kinda smokey tasting. Good bread basket, nice salad, very simple pan-fried grouper. Companions had a steak, and a chicken with seafood dish. We all loved our veg, and were told that he partners up with a greengrocer in the Village to do veg du jour. We also split a couple of desserts and coffees. My companions had followed the chef/owner about T.O (sorry, I can't remember the names of the restaurants that he and his wife had worked at during the time of the Indian buffet), so he (Michael) was perhaps more attentive to us than he might be to other diners, in that we had a very animated discussion about jazz musicians. We got free shooters at the end of the meal, but the10 member family celebration party next to us also got them. The place seats maybe 30, so I think that the signature is the attentive service. In short, it's one of my fave west end places, and I think that it's worth the trip (but I would suggest a scout call first, because the hours are scant - it seems to be a bit of a hobby business).
                          Merlot is also good, but sometimes the servers get a bit snooty. Food is good, but sometimes the waitresses are princesses. I also like Verenda, altho the place is huuuge and a table for two or four can get lost in the big post communion and birthday parties and the ilk. Food is good, as is Vibo's, but I get the sense from Vibo that they honestly don't care whether you want to come back because they have a bit of a lock-up on the neighbourhood. Would go to Verenda before I go back to Vibo though. The people at Verenda are part of the Jolie restaurant family, if you keep track of that sort of thing.
                          So that's my west -end round up. There are 3 Indian places on Dundas west of Keele that I have my eye on, as well as a Vietnamese place on Pacific, but i haven't had the chance to go to them yet. There is an American barbecue place on Dundas at Cordova that is quite yummy, licenced, but very casual, and a Thai place west of that, (near the Cdn Tire) but on the north side that I rather like also. New to the 'hood, still exploring, and wish you the best in your discoveries.

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                          Vibo Restaurant
                          2995 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1C1, CA

                          1. re: badrockandroll

                            Thanks so much. I go to that area once a month or so--more or less. So it's nice to try the best. I'll call New Orleans by phone in advance to see if they're open. A pity no online menu.

                        2. re: badrockandroll

                          Actually a very common trick in restaurant veg prep. A little butter and fennel seeds goes a long way.

                          1. re: redearth

                            It wasn't fennel seeds, it was the bulb, sliced and sauteed with the petit squashes and zucchini and fingerlings.

                            1. re: badrockandroll

                              Yummy. Sounds good.

                  2. re: badrockandroll

                    is that place still there? The Cajun Creole place?
                    I used ot eat there when I worked int he area, It was darn goooood! I will have to go back one day.

                  3. sushi kaji?

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                    1. re: shekamoo

                      If you drive west on Dundas (past Islington), there's a bunch of restaurants, including a few Korean ones.

                      1. re: 5andman

                        oh I was just drawing OP's attention to the fact that one of the best restaurants in the GTA fits the driving limit

                    2. Chodang Soon Dubu would be my pick! My favourite for Korean tofu soup :D
                      IMO, their mushroom soup is the best. They have a seafood option too

                      Erin
                      http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com/

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                      Chodang Soontofu
                      5130 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9A, CA

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                      1. re: ekim256

                        Wine?

                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                          naw - it's a mom&pop type of Korean restaurant. They might have beer...

                          1. re: ekim256

                            Figures. These yummy veggie meals too often do not come with my glass of wine.