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just moved to etobicoke (29th st and lakeshore), any reccomendations?

my wife and i just moved and have noticed a TON of hole in the wall spots as well as higher end looking places. we've been to sloppy joes for wings already {decent}, but thats it so far. can anyone point us in the right direction for other spots to hit up? all price ranges and styles are fair game, we eat everything from goat roti to burgers to foie gras and EVERYTHING in between.

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  1. Welcome to the 'hood petpod. A few of my faves are Kalamata for pretty good Greek, Lakeshore Fish and Chips, Baba Ali for falafel and manakesh. Also good old Burrito Boyz and the empanada place around the corner from them. Oh and Tatsu's bakery down at Kipling for breads and Not just Pies for cookie & treats are all worth checking out.

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

    Kalamata
    3473 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8W1N5, CA

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    1. re: terrycar

      sweet, thanks for the input. kalamata, lakeshore fish and chips are high up on my hit list, i'll look into the others too {except buritto boyz, they have never really impressed me}. its good to get a rec. for a bakery since there are a few in the area. have you tried the roti place in the strip mall beside lakeshore fish and chips? what about the burger place across from the tims?

      1. re: petpod

        I tried the roti place -Duckys-a few times but was never impressed. The burger joint uses frozen patties, though they do a decent peameal sandwich. I think for burgers you'd be better off going to Woody's.

        1. re: petpod

          I have not been to Lakeshore Fish and chips in awhile, however I prefer Fifth Street Fish and Chips.......give them a try as well. For Roti......there is Barb's Roti on the north side of Lakeshore Road just over in Mississauga.....a bit past Dixie.....much better than Duckys.

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          Barb's Roti Shop
          1181 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5E1G1, CA

      2. Check out this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/445899

        I used to spend a lot of time down there, although things have changed a tad.

        Sweet Olenka's. Ice cream, spectacular. Also, literally the best brownie I have ever eaten. Go. Seriously. It's at 5th street or thereabouts, on the north side.
        The Polish deli, I believe it's right at 28th or 29th or some such... is pretty good.
        George's (the Greek) at Long Branch for good greasy burgers and decent Greek food. Great guy.
        Up Browns Line a bit is Organic Big Burger (near Evans) which is worth the (short) trip. Really great burgers and hand-cut fries, which I could have eaten a truckload of.
        In the same area is a big Asian supermarket, which I've never been to, but I keep meaning to check it out every time I return to the neighbourhood...

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        Organic Big Burger
        602 Browns Line, Toronto, ON M8W3V5, CA

        1. thanks for all the input so far everyone, we apparently have a ton of places to hit up! the one thing i forgot to mention is that we are bound to the TTC, but it seems as 99.9% of the places are right on lakeshore or very close to it.

          has anyone been to the big asian supermarket up browns line? i'm used to doing my grocery shopping at oriental harvest and kensington, would it be comaprable to any of the spadina places, more like T&T or is it unique?

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          1. re: petpod

            I agree with the recommendations fir Sweet Olenka's (wonderful ice cream! an it's open until 9 every night) and Organic Big Burger on Brown's Line (the best burgers & fries).

            However, I would NOT recommend Top Foods at Alderwood plaza (the Asian supermaket mentioned above). The store is dirty and smelly.

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            Organic Big Burger
            602 Browns Line, Toronto, ON M8W3V5, CA

            1. re: petpod

              For Asian foods I have only shopped at Ocean's so not much to compare Top Foods to, however I did not find it to be unique and would not go back as I also felt they did not offer offered a huge variety of things you cjould not get elsewhere.

              1. re: petpod

                It may not be the nicest grocery store, but it's incredibly surprising what you can find there if you spend the time to look. Though you will need to spend the time - even when I brought pictures of the items I wanted, the staff had no idea if they sold the given item. (They did!)

                I go there for any Asian cooking ingredients but randomly will find Italian or French cookies I haven't seen in Toronto.

                Welcome to the area, Petpod. There seem to be a lot of us out here. Maybe we need to start a Mimico/Longbranch Chow-meet-up!

                P.S. I second the recommendation on Siam Princess. The owner is lovely and the options are great. I've enjoyed everything I've eaten there. Though a friend told me they saw the business was for sale?

                1. re: FrenchSoda

                  Yes, don't expect anything from the staff except service with a scowl.

                2. re: petpod

                  I always shop at Top Foods for Asian ingredients. It may look a little lowbrow, but the selection is tough to beat and their prices are great. Also try Grant's market at Bloor & Dixie, although tougher to get to on TTC. Bombay on the Lake is great Indian, especially at lunch.
                  Thanks, all, for the reco about 5th St. Fish & Chips. Your comments are from a few years ago, so hopefully they're still there!

                  1. re: DSuzR

                    Fifth Street Fish and Chips aka New Toronto Fish and Chips is still there and still fabulous. Had it two weeks ago and it is tops in my books.

                3. Artisano on Islington. It's a cafe bakery like Panera bread, but independent, I believe. Quality sandwiches and salads.

                  1. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

                    Near you:
                    Burrito Boyz (3803 Lake Shore Blvd W) - fresh, filling, cheap burritos or quesadillas

                    Woody's Grill (two doors down from Burrito Boyz) - gourmet burgers with incredibly tasty sides like sweet potato fries (be sure to get the chipotle mayo); other memorable offerings include poutine and hearty mac n cheese; LLBO

                    Totally worth the short trek (take the streetcar across Lake Shore):
                    Bombay on the Lake (Lake Shore @ 9th St; on the south side of Lake Shore) - satisfying Indian food; LLBO

                    Fifth Street Fish and Chips (Lake Shore @ 5th St; walk about half a block north on 5th) - a hole in the wall but consistently tasty; my husband craves their halibut and chips at least once a week

                    Lee's Thai Spring Roll (Lake Shore @ 8th St; on the north side of Lake Shore) - great atmosphere and friendly service; menu is hit or miss, but some items are fantastic, like the red curry chicken and the tofu satay; LLBO

                    Sweet Olenka's (Lake Shore @ 2nd; on the north side of Lake Shore) - chocolate, chocolate, amazing chocolate; oh, and ice cream

                    Around the Corner (Lake Shore @ 6th; walk about half a block north on 6th) - a wee bit expensive but super tasty gluten-free breakfast food; banana-chocolate french toast and berry-stuffed french toast are rich and flavourful

                    Totally worth the longer trek (take the 110 bus from the Long Branch loop or marked bus stops along Lake Shore):
                    Artisano (Islington and Titan Rd (several blocks north of Queensway)) - fantastic variety of gourmet sandwiches and salads as well as high-quality pizza, soups, pasta, and pastries; great atmosphere

                    1. Thyme 4 on Queensway just west of Royal York has great pasta dishes and is always served with a basket of fresh, warm focaccia.

                      Pizza is great from Dino's on Queenway and Il Paesano is the place for pizza delivery.

                      Everest is a tasty Indian restaurant www.everestindiancuisine.com/

                      You can get poutine covered in foie grad at Cafe du lac www.cafedulac.ca/

                      Fresh donuts can be found at Claudia's donuts on Browns Line

                      Antojitos on Lakeshore around Dixie is very good

                      The Empanada Company had fried to ordered empanadas http://www.empanada.ca/

                      Yalla's on the north side of Lakeshore near Humber is owed by a very lovely couple and they have delicious home made Lebanese food.

                      Coffee is very good at Birds and Beans at Mimico and Lakeshore

                      I've tried Barb's and thought it was just ok - not worth a public transit trip.

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                      Yalla Cafe
                      3106 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1L2, CA

                      Empanada Company
                      122 Fortieth St, Toronto, ON M8W3N3, Canada

                      1. I second:
                        Woody's - a great burger that is dangerously close to you. Great sweet potato fries. Staff is excellent. Go now!
                        Empanada Company - Yum. Fresh. Hot. Tasty. For a great late night party snack, order a bunch of their mini's. They are always a hit with my friends.
                        Everest - Only had take out once, but it was quite good.
                        Sweet Olenka's - Very good ice cream. Great staff.
                        Siam Princess - Ate in once, very good. Take out once, not as good. Going to have to give it another go. Proprietor is a very nice man.

                        I'd skip Cafe Du Lac altogether. We had a horrible meal there and won't be back. What a shame, as I was hoping for a close go-to spot for a nice evening out. Still searching!

                        Lee's Thai Spring Roll is good, not great IMO. We've only eaten in once.

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                        Thai Spring Roll
                        500 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B3, CA

                        Siam Princess
                        3039 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1K5, CA

                        Empanada Company
                        122 Fortieth St, Toronto, ON M8W3N3, Canada

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                        1. re: Derksen

                          Yes forget Cafe du Lac! Not great!
                          I am not a fan of Artisano's....poor ventialtion, too much oregano in there...
                          Empanada's good!
                          San Remo bakery on RY road....good stuff.
                          The Italian restaurant on south side of Lakeshore near Br Line...Pucinello's or something like that? Went last summer, pricey but good food.

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                          Cafe du Lac
                          2350 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V, CA

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

                          1. re: froglegs

                            Welcome to the neighbourhood!

                            I personally had a good experience at Café du Lac.

                            San Remo is great. They are one of very few bakeries in Toronto that make sfogliatelle.

                            I really like Around the Corner as well - great eggs, high quality ingredients, but be prepared for a relaxed service. They're a bit casual, but very nice.

                            There's a new food store on the Queensway, a few streets east of Royal York called Aqua. Great food, very friendly owner. They definitely fill a good-food void in the area. A few doors west is a Polish butcher shop that sell good pork products.

                            Dino's pizza is really good.

                            1. re: pâté chinois

                              thanks again to everyone for the info! we are just about unpacked and ready to start exploring the neighbourhood some more

                              1. re: pâté chinois

                                Where exactly is Aqua? I can't seem to recall ever seeing it.

                                1. re: Davedigger

                                  It's a new store on Queensway, south side, about 2-3 streets east of Royal York (I'd say right between House of Lords and the adult store(!), if you're familiar with the area)

                          2. Al Lago on south side of Lakeshore. It is just east of 30th. Good veal. The oven roasted potatoes are excellent. Actually, most of what Mike prepares is good to excellent. His food is better than the food at the restaurant he trained in when he first arrived here.
                            Also, for good Polish/Ukrainian takeout, try Karpaty, again, on the south side, right at 30th.

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                            Al Lago
                            3423 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8W1N2, CA

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

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                            1. re: alderwood

                              I would add Bua Thai (Queensway @ Royal York - "sister" restaurant to the one on Ave Rd) for really good Thai food (not the best in the city, but maybe the best in the hood) ... and then there's Sushi Kaji ($$$$$$) on the Queensway between RY and Islington for amazing Japanese ...

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                              Sushi Kaji
                              860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N7, CA

                              Bua Thai
                              150 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H8, CA

                            2. A good way to see who delivers to your street is to use www.just-eat.ca We just ordered dinner from Everest in Mimico because we were craving Indian. However, I don't recommend the food from Everest. The tandoori items didn't taste like they'd been in a tandoor, and the eggplant dish was really bland. Service was great, in that they sent "medium" spicy as requested and "no cilantro", and they threw in an extra naan and a tiny dessert and 4 chutneys.

                              Last time I browsed Just Eat, we decided on Mai Thai on Bloor. Their food was more impressive than Thai Spring Roll on Lakeshore. Got shrimp soup, mango salad, and chicken basil stirfry, and all were decent. I've also had decent pad thai from Mai Thai in the past.

                              1. The Fish and Chips shop on Fifth Street is a stone's thrown from my place--and the only place I go for fish and chips! It on the west side of Fifth Street, just noth of Lake Shore, past the parking lot.

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                                1. re: welcometoevsworld

                                  I agree Fifth Street is great for fish and chips. I have not have better fish and chips than here. I live in Mississauga now and still can't find anything to compare.

                                2. I've had less than stellar experiences at both Cafe du Lac and Around the Corner. The food is good at the latter, but man oh man, the service is pathetic. The young man who took the order got just about everything wrong. It was almost funny. But for the price, NOT!!!!

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                                  Cafe du Lac
                                  2350 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V, CA

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                                  1. re: welcometoevsworld

                                    Unfortunately, I have to agree with the others regarding Cafe du Lac, since the original cook left, the food hasn't been that good.
                                    I've added a few more places that haven't been mentioned above:
                                    If you're looking for a good old fashion greasy breakfast, Lucky Dice on Lakeshore & 5th St.
                                    Something a little higher end, Momo's on the Queensway just east of Royal York. Has a downtown vibe.
                                    Eden Trattoria, for pizza they're located on Marina Parade Dr. east of Park Lawn. Good food and nice views.
                                    New to the neighbourhood, Fogarty's of Bourbon Street near 30th St. Tasty cajan style food.

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                                    Cafe du Lac
                                    2350 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V, CA

                                    Lucky Dice Restaurant
                                    2868 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1J2, CA

                                    1. re: Lakeshore Treats

                                      I just got an ice cream cone at Sweet Olenkas, and for the first time in the four years I've been going there, the girl weighed it on a scale before passing it to me. When I asked if there was a new portion control policy in effect, she was evasive. Has this happened to any other CH'ers ?

                                      1. re: terrycar

                                        Not in my experiences there last year. I'll take note next time I stop in.

                                        1. re: terrycar

                                          She weighed your ice cream cone on a scale? How? I've never seen anyone do that.

                                          1. re: FrenchSoda

                                            With a metal holder-you know the type they usually put it in while you pay.

                                          2. re: terrycar

                                            Weird, but maybe they're keeping tabs on portion size in order to get a handle on food cost. You gotta know exactly how many 4oz, or whatever, portions are coming out of that recipe.

                                            Strange, but it'd never dissuade me from going there. Amazing ice cream, and I'm almost entirely sure their brownie was the best I've ever had.

                                      2. 850 degrees (thin pizza) is terrific. Avoid Ember Social.