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

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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?

  1. TorontoJo 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. :)

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

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      Sweet Pea 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.

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      Harbord
      147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

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      CocoTO 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 Jan 25, 2011 01:27 PM

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

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          Sweet Pea Jan 25, 2011 01:40 PM

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

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            TorontoJo 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 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 Jan 26, 2011 03:48 AM

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

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                  JennaBean 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 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.)

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          Coffee Mill
          99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

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

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