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Lunch near Ryerson this weekend

kpzoo Feb 25, 2011 02:37 PM

Hi there, Montreal hound in Toronto for the weekend. Wondering if there's anywhere decent to have a fairly quick lunch this weekend near Ryerson (bldg. at Gould & Church)? Would love to avoid the mediocre as much as possible. Open to any cuisine except burgers/hot dogs.

Here's the Google Map of the area that's been put together: http://is.gd/FpWQFF

Any input welcome! Thanks in advance.

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  1. TorontoJo RE: kpzoo Feb 25, 2011 04:02 PM

    Salad King -- a Ryerson institution -- has just reopened across the street from it's original location on Gould, just East of Yonge, after having been closed for last year due to damage to the building it was in. It's fast, inexpensive Thai food. It's not going to rock your world, but it's tasty and perfect for your location. I particularly like the golden curry (I've been known to eat the sauce with a spoon). Spice levels are ordered by number of chilies. Unless you really like heat, I wouldn't go past 3 or 4.

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    Salad King
    340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

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      Herb RE: TorontoJo Feb 26, 2011 04:03 AM

      Salad King is now at 340 Yonge just south of Elm on the west side and about half a block north of their old Gould location, upstairs over the Foot Locker across from what used to be Sam the Record Man.

      http://www.saladking.com/

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      340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

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      juneplum RE: kpzoo Feb 25, 2011 04:44 PM

      KENZO Ramen ! Pretty near-authentic japanese ramen (noodle-soup) just at Bay and Dundas. Great for a chilly winter day :)

      SukhoThai ! Probably the best thai food in the city. Very authentic -- the sukhothai pad thai and the green curry are amazing. Located at Dundas and Parliament, its a bit east of Ryerson, but I say, its worth the trek. Don't expect anything fancy, its just a teeny little spot, but the food is just soooo good.

      1. kpzoo RE: kpzoo Feb 25, 2011 05:26 PM

        Thank you both so much, appreciate the recs - all sound great! I'll let you know how it goes.

        1. kpzoo RE: kpzoo Feb 26, 2011 02:08 PM

          We had a lovely lunch at Salad King today - thanks again for the suggestion and clarification on the location.

          I loved my golden curry with chicken, which they made sans mushrooms at my request. Got a kick out of the rice "pyramid" that came with it - photo-worthy. Shared an order of tasty spring rolls with my dining companions, who (I think) liked their green curry with shrimp and seafood fried rice. Would definitely go back. Timing was good too - we got there right at noon and were seated right away. By 12:30 the place was packed at there was a lineup, despite that fact that the place is *huge* - not what I imagined at all!

          Added bonus: loved the cool decor and wall of customer comments - including tweets - that decorates the wall at the entrance downstairs. Also of note, I have to say the bathrooms were some of the best restaurant co-ed facilities I've ever seen - like a mini-home bathroom, complete with personal sink, counter and baby-changing station in every stall. Very impressive.

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          Salad King
          340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

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            TorontoJo RE: kpzoo Feb 26, 2011 03:14 PM

            Glad you enjoyed it!

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              kpzoo RE: TorontoJo Mar 1, 2011 01:40 PM

              My friend took some pics of our lunch - thought I'd add them for posterity.

               
               
               
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            looosia RE: kpzoo Feb 26, 2011 06:22 PM

            I also had Salad King this weekend at the new location and it wasn't as good as I remembered it when it was on Gould before the fire.

            We had the Phud Thai and another noodle stir-fry dish (name escapes me). My Phud Thai was made with only 1 chili (you can have a range from 1 to I think 10, 10 meaning "stomach upset"). Even with 1 chili the dish was super hot, and as an Asian I am quite used to and fond of hot dishes but was surprised by the heat of this dish. Second, my dish had way too much fish sauce in it. I felt like it wasn't as flavourful and was overpowered by the fish sauce. Third, the place was so loud, I honestly had to shout across our communal table to speak to my table mate.

            I was disappointed after wanting to try out this new location. That whole Yonge/Dundas has lots of alright food options but nothing really good in my opinion.

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            Salad King
            340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

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              piccola RE: looosia Feb 27, 2011 05:07 PM

              I say give them another shot in a few weeks. They've only been open a short time.

            2. kpzoo RE: kpzoo Feb 20, 2012 07:19 AM

              Hi Toronto hounds - just wondering if there are any new, recommended quick lunch options in this area (near Gould & Church) since last year? Thanks muchly!

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                bytepusher RE: kpzoo Feb 20, 2012 09:20 AM

                Lou Dawgs has opened second location sandwich shop on Gerrard a few storefronts east of Church, again won't rock your world but OK for a quick cheap and cheerful lunch.

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                  kpzoo RE: bytepusher Feb 20, 2012 01:40 PM

                  Thanks a lot - the weekend brunch looks very good!

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                    justsayn RE: kpzoo Feb 20, 2012 09:28 PM

                    The Senator for top quality/prepared diner and comfort foods.

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                    Senator
                    249 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B1T8, CA

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                      bytepusher RE: kpzoo Feb 22, 2012 02:49 PM

                      They could be clearer about this on their web site but I believe they only do the brunch at the King West Location, not at the Ryerson/Gerrard shop.

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                    caviartothegeneral RE: kpzoo Feb 21, 2012 04:51 AM

                    Panera Bread at Yonge & Edward

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                      kpzoo RE: kpzoo Feb 27, 2012 11:11 AM

                      Thanks, all, for the new recs.

                      Went to Lou Dawgs with our little gang and everyone really liked it. I was surprised at how empty it was at lunchtime but guess it's a little off the beaten (i.e. Yonge St.) path and there weren't many students around on the weekend. Two of us had the triple-meat sliders, one had the fish sandwich, and I had the pulled-chicken wrap, stuffed with a really nice black-bean corn salad. The Dijon-mustard potato salad was delicious and the sweet-potato fries were addictive. The only off-note was some stale brownies that were given to us "to go" when we answered the "daily question" from their Twitter promo - we had to throw them out. (BTW bytepusher - you were right, no brunch at the Ryerson location.)

                      Two of us grabbed something at Panera Bread for the train ride back to Montreal. My friend's tomato-cheese panini was good, and my Asian chicken salad was fresh and tasty except for the dressing, which had a strange aftertaste, and I also could have done without the fried noodles they'd tossed in - if I'd have known I wouldn't have ordered it. The side baguette was nice and fresh and properly chewy.

                      Thanks again for all the suggestions, much appreciated.

                       
                       
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