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Interesting comfort food (NOT Italian) near ROM/Yorkville?

Sweet Pea Jan 25, 2011 10:44 AM

Meeting a couple of friends for dinner on a Saturday coming up (post-winterlicious). One is preggers and craving comfort food. I'd rather not go too pubby (she suggested the Pilot). Any recs?

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  1. TorontoJo RE: Sweet Pea Jan 25, 2011 10:47 AM

    Do you mind going to Harbord Street? If not, then 93 Harbord is always a great option in that area for comforting food. As long as one considers Middle Eastern flavours comforting, of course. :)

    93 Harbord
    93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

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      Sweet Pea RE: TorontoJo Jan 25, 2011 12:35 PM

      Harbord is fine. Pretty much anywhere within a 10-15 minute walk of the subway is good. I just don't want to be transferring to a streetcar or bus to get to dinner.

      147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

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      CocoTO RE: Sweet Pea Jan 25, 2011 12:45 PM

      Check out the menu at Caren's Wine Bar on Cumberland. There's some good comfort food on it. http://www.carenswineandcheese.com

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        JennaBean RE: CocoTO Jan 25, 2011 01:27 PM

        second Caren's. The baked mac and cheese is delish!

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          Sweet Pea RE: JennaBean Jan 25, 2011 01:40 PM

          Oh, that looks awesome! Reservations required for a Saturday, I presume?

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            TorontoJo RE: JennaBean Jan 25, 2011 01:43 PM

            Third Caren's mac and cheese (really a penne and cheese, but who cares?). Really nice with the sparkling rose they have by the glass. Adding pancetta to the mac is just gilding the lily...

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              sgogo RE: TorontoJo Jan 25, 2011 07:08 PM

              Add a fourth from me. I really love the Shrimp Tagliatelle, not as rich as the Mac and Cheese, but nice and salty. I just feel Caren's is a bit pricey for what it is, I don't know I find I'm always surprised when the bill comes.

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                TorontoJo RE: sgogo Jan 26, 2011 03:48 AM

                I agree, but I chalk that up to the location.

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                  JennaBean RE: TorontoJo Jan 26, 2011 08:02 AM

                  Same here. I'm sure the rent there is INSANE considering the front and back patio they have as well for warmer weather.

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          LTL RE: Sweet Pea Jan 25, 2011 12:55 PM

          This really does depend on how you define "comfort food" and how fancy you want to go but here are some suggestions:

          The Coffee Mill (99 Yorkville Ave.)
          Ginger (695 Yonge St.)
          Pho Dau Bo (563 Bloor St. W)
          Utsav (69 Yorkville Ave.)

          Coffee Mill
          99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

          69 Yorkville Ave ( Near Bloor and Yonge ), Toronto, ON M5R1B8, CA

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