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Dinner @ St. Clair & Yonge

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Quick reco's for dinner around St. Clair and Yonge? West Ender here and clueless to Mid-Town eats.

Something along the lines of Rosedale Diner but upscale ideas are welcomed!

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Rosedale Diner
1164 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L9, CA

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  1. Also, I have read this thread:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/462403

    Just wondering people's more recent thoughts :)

    1. There are so many great spots in that area. Cava, Simple Bistro, Didier come to mind. Also you're close to the Summerhill LCBO.

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      Cava
      1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

      Simple Bistro
      619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

      1. Cava! Cava cava cava!

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        Cava
        1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

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        1. re: Sarah Cat

          Somehow, Cava doesn't seem to be anything like Rosedale Diner! But an idea - and certainly more upscale.

          And Rosedale Diner itself is less than a 10-minute walk (Simple Bistro is even further, but a valid alternative albeit more upscale).

          I have a 'hate on' for Didier - two examples af abysmal service and won't return (despite the OK food).

          My best bet would be Earth, by Globe (2 minutes south from Rosedale Diner). Although on a Sunday maybe Cava because of their corkage policy that night - and I might be able to communicate with a companion (virtually impossible on other nights).

          But there are also a whole host of Italian places that are closer in spirit to the Rosedale Diner - but that's not my area of knowledge (tomato aversion), so I'll let others chime in if that's of interest.

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          Cava
          1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

          Rosedale Diner
          1164 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L9, CA

          1. re: estufarian

            I'd agree with Earth or Cava over Didier. I actually really like sitting at the bar at Cava. Both are more upscale than Rosedale Diner. Avoid Avant Gout and Quanto Basta - I was at QB again this week and the food is truly mediocre. A few other options - Terroni or heading a bit further north, Tabule or Zucca. Yonge and St. Clair per se, but for Cava, is somewhat of a culinary wasteland, you really need to go a bit north or south.

        2. "Go south young person...." Pastis ($$$$) but worth it....need reserves tho

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          1. re: ski break

            Oops, yes, forgot about Pastis. Another good upscale-ish option.

          2. Used to work around here ... Spiga is fantastic! It's just south of Yonge and St. Clair, and serves pretty good Italian food. I would recommend Terroni's, but they're moving it farther south, and I'm not sure where.

            1. I live in the neighbourhood. At the intersection itself, I agree that there is nothing great there that's has good value.

              I think Cava is overpriced and not as spectacular as people say it is. Just my .02 .
              Terroni has just moved down to Summerhill right beside Five Thieves. Browne's Bistro is moving in soon I hear.

              I say go south and go to Earth for a more upscale dinner with good value. I've had 2 great meals there. Get the fried ewenity cheese curds for pure comfort food goodness.

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              Cava
              1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

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              1. re: miketoronto

                Agree with those comments.
                But throughout Oct-Dec Earth was booked solid EVERY night - so make a reservation.

              2. Cava all the way - it's our favourite restaurant in the city. The food is wonderful.

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                Cava
                1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA