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Yonge/Steeles reco

joe_roma Jan 23, 2011 08:52 AM

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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    table4onthefly RE: joe_roma Jan 23, 2011 02:39 PM

    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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      joe_roma RE: table4onthefly Jan 23, 2011 02:41 PM

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

    2. T Long RE: joe_roma Jan 23, 2011 02:42 PM

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


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        table4onthefly RE: T Long Jan 23, 2011 02:51 PM

        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

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          T Long RE: table4onthefly Jan 23, 2011 03:07 PM

          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.

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            table4onthefly RE: T Long Jan 23, 2011 04:44 PM

            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. sumashi RE: joe_roma Jan 23, 2011 02:53 PM

        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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          joe_roma RE: sumashi Jan 23, 2011 03:02 PM

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

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            chillihigh RE: joe_roma Jan 23, 2011 06:33 PM

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

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              juno RE: chillihigh Jan 24, 2011 05:35 AM

              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.

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                Helen RE: juno Jan 24, 2011 05:51 AM

                Can't go wrong with Steeles Deli

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                  Crispier Crouton RE: Helen Jan 24, 2011 06:16 AM

                  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. Davwud RE: joe_roma Jan 24, 2011 06:23 AM

          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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            table4onthefly RE: Davwud Jan 24, 2011 06:48 AM

            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.

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              fleisch RE: table4onthefly Jan 24, 2011 10:09 AM

              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?

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                table4onthefly RE: fleisch Jan 24, 2011 11:05 AM

                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.

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              fickle RE: Davwud Jan 24, 2011 04:46 PM

              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. duckdown RE: joe_roma Jan 24, 2011 02:53 PM

              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

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                phoenikia RE: joe_roma Jan 24, 2011 06:04 PM

                I like the Greek omelette & home fries at the Fry Basket, my current go-to for a greasy breakfast north of the 401. Haven't tried their fish & chips, which is what they serve at dinner time.

                Fry Basket Fish & Chips
                7057 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2A6, CA

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                  jdgo75 RE: joe_roma Jan 27, 2011 08:42 AM

                  I would say Me Va Me for a schwarma sandwich or meal, or Indian Kitchen (Yonge and Clark - 2 blocks North from Steeles). Neither are "cool" but both have great food.

                  The Indian Kitchen
                  7330 Yonge, Thornhill, ON L4J1V8, CA

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                    shekamoo RE: jdgo75 Jan 27, 2011 05:47 PM

                    Indian Kitchen does NOT have great food. it does not even have good food. Me Va Me is generally decent

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                      evansl RE: shekamoo Jan 28, 2011 04:04 AM

                      Agree that Indian Kitchen isn't so great. There really isn't anything much in that area.

                      Tutto Bene is quite good, but that's not Yonge/Steeles, more like Yonge/Hwy 7. The fact anyone would mention it shows how bad the picking are at Yonge/Steeles.

                      Tutto Bene
                      8133 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2C6, CA

                      The Indian Kitchen
                      7330 Yonge, Thornhill, ON L4J1V8, CA

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                    Very Hungry Hippo RE: joe_roma Jan 27, 2011 11:16 AM

                    Tutto Bene is a really good neighborhood Italian restaurant about 5 min north of Yonge & Steeles... about halfway to Hwy 7.

                    Terra is good too, but its pretty pricey.

                    The Octagon is the death of cool, but their steaks are better than the Keg's.

                    Ginza Sushi is at Yonge & Clark and they are definitely good sushi. Next door is the Indian Kitchen which is also really good.

                    Tutto Bene
                    8133 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2C6, CA

                    The Indian Kitchen
                    7330 Yonge, Thornhill, ON L4J1V8, CA

                    Ginza Sushi Restaurant
                    7330 Yonge, Thornhill, ON L4J1V8, CA

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                      petek RE: Very Hungry Hippo Jan 28, 2011 05:45 AM

                      How bout Laterna Restaurant on Yonge south of Steels east side.
                      Nice little family run Greek style resto with great pizzas and gyros.
                      I'm going today for lunch as a matter of fact.

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                        shekamoo RE: petek Jan 28, 2011 06:22 AM

                        take-out Gyros available?

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                          petek RE: shekamoo Jan 28, 2011 06:58 AM

                          I've never done take-out. You might want to call ahead.

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                      Blackham RE: joe_roma Jan 28, 2011 10:07 AM

                      +1 on Kenzo and Me Va Me

                      I'd like to recommend Home of Hot Taste (5 Glen Cameron Road, inside the red lobster plaza). They specialize in their chicken dishes and do try their fried chicken/wings

                      138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

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                        kwass RE: Blackham Jan 28, 2011 10:27 AM

                        I just looked @ the menu for Home of Hot Taste. I can't wait to try this place!!

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                          shekamoo RE: kwass Jan 28, 2011 10:58 AM

                          a link? cant seem to find it online

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                            kwass RE: shekamoo Jan 28, 2011 11:07 AM


                            Just click on fullscreen so that you can actually read it. I called to find out their hours, and apparently, they are open Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday (unfortunately!)

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                              shekamoo RE: kwass Jan 28, 2011 11:32 AM

                              is this not a downtown joint? It says 710 Yonge...

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                                kwass RE: shekamoo Jan 28, 2011 11:41 AM

                                they have 2 locations

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                                  shekamoo RE: kwass Jan 28, 2011 11:53 AM

                                  huh! thanks!

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                        toronto guy RE: joe_roma Jan 29, 2011 06:05 AM

                        Gotta yen for excellent Dim Sum?

                        Best Dragon Seafood Restaurant

                        Cart service

                        100 Steeles Avenue West, ON L4J 1A1, Canada +1 905-731-3288 ‎



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