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Looking for a recommendation for lunch in Yonge & Summerhill area

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Planning a long and leisurely Friday lunch in the Yonge/Summerhill area … would love a great wine list and slow food – price not a concern. Already tried Globe Earth … anything else to be recommended?

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  1. Rebel House Cafe. It's nearer to Rosedale station than Summerhill though.

    Isn't Thuet's bakery somewhere there?

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    Rebel House
    1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

    Thuet
    609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

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    1. re: meatnveg

      Closer to Rosedale, Le Petit Castor or Quanto Basta, if your pockets are deeper. Nearer to Summerhill you'll find The Monk's Table or Pastis.

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      Le Petit Castor
      Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

      Quanto Basta
      1112 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

      1. re: meatnveg

        Rebel House has gone seriously downhill - and not sure if they even HAVE a winelist (it's a pub with a great selection of beers).
        Thuet isn't licensed and has about 3 counter seats for eating snacks bought in-house.

        Cava isn't open for lunch!

        My choice would be the cafe at Holt's - excellent food - but winelist just OK (at best).
        Of course, the best deal around is Splendido - worth the cab fare (IMO).

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        Rebel House
        1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

        Splendido
        88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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

      2. Honestly, that's a tough one if you're married to Yonge and Summerhill. Globe Earth would have been my only rec. Thuet is more of a take-out cafe with sandwiches and stuff, no liquor license. Rebel House and Abbott on the Hill are cozy gastropub-esque but I tend to think of their beer selection more than their notable wine lists. Pastis isn't open for lunch. Quanto Basta is truly mediocre food but you could have a relaxing lunch there, not sure about their wine list. If you head north about 4 blocks, there's a Terroni - you could certainly have a relaxing lunch there and they have a range of wines. For Le Petit Castor, the booths are cozy, it's pretty empty at lunch and I don't think they have attitude anymore - but I've never heard anyone say anything great about the food (I've never eaten there). So if you really want to stay within a few blocks of Summerhill and you don't want to go back to Earth, then Terroni is your best bet. Otherwise, consider widening your radius or revising your wish-list and you'll have better options.

        1. Closer to Yonge/St. Clair... Didier is offering a special lunch menu... Definitely a culinary "experience"... also a good space for relaxing in the front room...

          http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

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          1. re: Moimoi

            This would be my choice for that area as well.

          2. thanks for the recommendations everyone ... would have done the cab ride to Splendido's, but they're only open for lunch occasionally ... Terroni is probably the most likely alternative although not quite what I had in mind ...

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            Splendido
            88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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            1. re: CocoTO

              Splendido is ONLY open for lunch on Fridays (until Xmas) - and you specifically mentioned Friday!
              And it's amazing - and leisurely!

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              Splendido
              88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

              1. re: estufarian

                Very! Make sure you give it a couple of hours at least :) Three is better. I went for a birthday lunch and that was lots of fun.

                1. re: estufarian

                  thanks for pointing out their Christmas hours estufarian! I missed that - and I know it's amazing, I've been to a few of their prior special Friday lunches ... will see if the others in my group are willing to go out of the Summerhill area (it really is, for the most part, a culinary wasteland!)