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Jan 23, 2011 08:52 AM

Yonge/Steeles reco

I will be in the Yonge/Steeles area this week - any recos for a casual, cool, local spot to eat dinner?
Thanks, J

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  1. I've lived in the Yonge/Steeles area all my life and I honestly can't recommend a great restaurant that you wouldn't be able to get better elsewhere.

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    1. re: table4onthefly

      Well, a business opportunity for you, perhaps!? ;) Thanks anyway!

    2. I try to head to Legend Chinese Restaurant when I'm in that area.

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      1. re: T Long

        Legend is good, but again I feel like there are other places that do the same food better. But then again, maybe I'm just being snobby (I hope not!)

        It's not a sit-down place (well, there is a sit down area, but I never go there), but Sababa's, which is West of Yonge and Steeles has really good falafel, and they also have a Chicken Heart sandwich, which I order ocassionally because I'm the kind of sick person who likes the squeak that only a nicely cooked chicken heart makes between my teeth :P

        390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

        1. re: table4onthefly

          Do you mean that in that general vicinity there are better Cantonese style Chinese restaurants than Legend? If yes, please elaborate....I've not come across it yet.

          1. re: T Long

            No I didn't mean it like that; it's just I'm one of those people who will go further for food (eg. I work at Yonge and Yorkville, but sometimes I'll go to Porchetta & Co for a sandwich on my lunch break). I just find that if I want Cantonese style food, I'll usually go for a drive. But Legend is still a pretty good spot in it's own right.

            Porchetta & Co.
            825 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON , CA

      2. well if you're not opposed to korean food, there are a bunch of threads with recs for korean restaurants anywhere around yonge/steeles down towards yonge/finch.... unless that's not the vibe you were going for!

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        1. re: sumashi

          I am open to all tastes - Korean sounds like a nice option ... thanks again!

          1. re: joe_roma

            I like North Persian restaurant, also known as shomul. I went a long time ago, but heard its still as good.

            1. re: chillihigh

              There's nothing around Yonge and Steeles that I'd call "cool", which the OP has requested. But there are some joints in that neighborhood that do provide good, straightforward eatin'. To wit: the aforementioned Sababa, in a plaza on Steeles Ave. W., about halfway between Yonge and Bathurst. Though table4onthefly - who mentioned it - has only been to the take-out section of that resto, the sit-down section is pretty good as well, if somewhat utilitarian. Very strong on on starters, salads and appetizers, from which you can easily make a meal at a reasonable price. The four-choice combination plate of starters is particularly good value, enough for two at dinner. You'd better like the taste of garlic, though.

              My Korean favorite in the neighborhood is Cho Sun OK, which I learned about a year or more ago on this board. It's in a small plaza on the southeast corner of Yonge and Clark, a short drive north of Steeles. Almost exclusively Korean clientele, but accommodating to others as well. Good soups/stews and - though the weather may not warrant it today - cold spicy noodles with kalbi.

              Two other choices, both definitely uncool. One is Kenzo, a ramen noodle spot in a strip plaza on the west side of Yonge St. south of Steeles. Popular with young Japanese and Koreans in the neighborhood. Tasty soups and gyoza. Reasonable prices. And if you're in a diner mood, there's Steeles Deli, where just about everything on the vast menu is nicely done. I lean to the soups, cobb salad and liver and onions. Often lineups at dinner. No liquor, but they've got Dr. Brown's sodas.

              1. re: juno

                Can't go wrong with Steeles Deli

                1. re: Helen

                  I enjoy their liver & onions, wraps,pancakes, and sandwiches (try the tongue). Just had their eggs benny, definitely not their forte. Not a fan of their home fries either. Stick to their regular fries.

        2. A little north on Yonge is Golden Star. They get a lot of good reviews for their hamburger. I have a soft spot of it so am a bit biased.

          You have to go with the home made burger. They do that and a frozen one.


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          1. re: Davwud

            Golden Star is a decent burger, but its not like you can't get better elsewhere. Steeles deli is good; try the tongue sammy. Its not quite "van Gameran" but its still quite good.

            1. re: table4onthefly

              I get the sense you're very locked into this "it's not like you can't get better elsewhere" vibe.

              There's all sorts of things you can "get better elsewhere" depending where you are but the OP was asking what's decent around Yonge/Steeles.

              As others have mentioned, there's some solid Korean in the area as well as Mid-Eastern and burgers aaand Cantonese. No doubt there are better burgers, falafel etc. all over the GTA but that's not really germane, is it?

              1. re: fleisch

                Fair enough.I didn't mean to come off as elitist or anything; its the neighborhood I Li e in after all. I do agree that the Korean food is fairly good as well.

            2. re: Davwud

              I like my homeburger with bacon at Golden Star. It's a good option when I'm in that area. Or an outing at Shomal (North) or Zaffron if I'm craving Persian.

              6200 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M3X1, CA

            3. I like the Me Va Me takeout location near there. Nothing "amazing" but at least its consistent. I generally get the Entree though and not the pita wrap sandwich. Try the schnitzel