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Eats at Dundas West and bloor street

I might be moving to this area . What are some good eats within walking distance? Any cuisine will do.

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  1. Zocalo springs to mind, at Bloor & Symington. It's on my "to-go" list, but the buzz from friends has been very good. Now magazine concurs, giving it five stars...
    http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/venue....

    No other suggestions specific to the area I'm afraid, but I'd search for "junction restaurants" for other places, referencing the area a little further along Dundas West, around Keele. I believe there is a good food scene there. I also just drove along Dupont St. heading east from Dundas west, and there seems to be a nascent culinary scene developing there as well (again, sorry I can't make specific rec's).

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    Zocalo
    1426 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6P 3L5, CA

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    1. re: goofibulator

      Thanks very much goofibulator. That sounds like an interesting place!

      1. re: garfield

        Zocalo is IMHO over-rated. But so is "Cool Hand of a Girl" (further into the Junction on Dundas @ Heintzman).

        Good places in your area, but more-so in the Junction, include:

        - Vesuvios (pizza and pasta)
        - Baan Thai (excellent, authentic thai food)
        - Purple Onion (the go-to greasy spoon)

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        Purple Onion
        2998 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z3, CA

        Baan Thai Restaurant
        2961 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z2, CA

        Zocalo
        1426 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6P 3L5, CA

        1. re: 00CP

          Vesuvio's?? Uh uh! It's on my don't go list!

          1. re: froglegs

            Vesuv's is great for pizza. Everything else I would avoid.

          2. re: 00CP

            +1 Baan Thai. There are also a couple of good Indian places around Keele & Dundas -- it isn't a killer walk there from Bloor & Dundas, I don't find, and if you're on the TTC I'm 99% sure there's a bus that leaves Keele Stn. and travels up and across Dundas.

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            Baan Thai Restaurant
            2961 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z2, CA

            1. re: megjp

              The Dundas 40 leaves Dundas W. station and travels across to Runnymede. Both the 89 and 41 leave Keele station and run north up Keele. Any of these 3 buses can be taken to Keele & Dundas west, and Baan Thai is a short (1 block) walk from there.

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              Baan Thai Restaurant
              2961 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z2, CA

        2. re: goofibulator

          I've only heard reviews from weekend brunch, any idea what they do for dinners?

        3. Unfortunately not a whole lot right there- but plenty you can walk to. I haven't been in a while bit but
          yasis's place on Wallace does breakfast. I second Cool Jand of a Girl in the junction- also Curry Twist and the pho spot at pacific and Dundas. had AYCE sushi at Wasabi- keele & bloor- not bad.

          It's kinda an unfortunate spot but the coffee at Hula Girl was hood.

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          Curry Twist
          3034 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z3, CA

          1. I like Chopin & Cafe Polonez on Roncesvalles, which are both within a 20 minute walk from Bloor & Dundas West. Also like the breakfast at Easy Restaurant, which is probably within a 30 minute walk.

            The cevapi at Bosna Burek & Cevaps at 3333 Dundas W are supposed to be quite good. I haven't been yet, but it's on my wishlist. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/551940

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            Chopin
            165 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L3, CA

            Cafe Polonez
            195 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L5, CA

            Easy Restaurant
            1645 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R1A9, CA

            BOSNA Burek & Cevaps
            3333 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 2A6, CA

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              1. re: prima

                "Burek & Cevap" is a very good, arbeit unique, place. It's like stepping out of time into another world (i.e. Bosnia) for an hour. We asked for a menu and they said everything is written on the business card - they serve "burek" and "cevap", that's it. We got one of each, and they were both very good.

                1. re: tholepin

                  How late is Burek & Cevap open?

                  Edit: looks like they close at 6 pm.

              2. I'm just moving into this area as well, expected a bit of a food desert right at the intersection, luckily we're close to Roncy, Junction, and Dundas W for good food.

                Very grateful for Hula Girl !

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                1. re: miketoronto

                  I'm surprised someone hasn't yet opened a hip cafe right on Bloor between Dundas & Keele, I think it would do very well. Hula Girl is great, but the more the merrier!

                  1. re: tholepin

                    I'm surprised you want more "hip" things in our neighbourhood. The new-found flood of Queen West refugees is surely enough, no?

                    1. re: 00CP

                      Exactly - compared to the general populace of the area, what's available of Bloor near Dundas West seems a bit outdated. I'm not saying that what's there doesn't have a clientele, but surely one or two new style (or "updated") joints catering to the incoming population would likely be very successful, no?

                      I find myself always going to the Junction or Roncesvalles because that's where most of the businesses I'm interested in are, and I'm sure that many people living in the neighborhood do the same. If there were more options closer, they would find an eager audience, that's all I'm saying...

                      1. re: tholepin

                        tholepin; just heard today that this is coming to our neighbourhood soon... and I couldn't be more excited: http://junctioncraftbrewing.com/

                        also, http://www.teablendz.com/ should be set to open soon. These are the types of business I'm getting excited about

                2. Nonna's Place at Bloor and Symington has a good lunch hot table. Bloordale Pantry at Bloor and Lansdowne looks good. Vena's Roti a bit further east has the best roti wrappers in the city with good fillings. West of Dundas, King Slice for large slice of pizza on good crust, and Osaka Sushi for good quality sushi.

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                  King Slice
                  1598 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P1A7, CA

                  The Bloordale Pantry
                  1285 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

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                  1. re: ivxu

                    After living on St. Clarens Ave for the better part of 7 years I can say straight up that while the wait is a bit long, Vena's is the bomb for roti.

                    1. re: 00CP

                      I've never had to wait, but I tend to lunch/dinner early. But what also seems to work is to call ahead with your order.

                    2. re: ivxu

                      How does Osaka Sushi compare to other sushi places around town? I keep passing by it, and am curious, but the prices seem extremely high compared to other great sushi places I've eaten at...

                      1. re: tholepin

                        Osaka Sushi is expensive, but they have good quality fish. They are much better than what you would find in the Annex, but maybe not as good as Japango. I think part of the reason why they are so much more is because they used to be the only sushi place on that strip. There is now also Wasabi AYCE at Bloor and Keele, but I've only heard bad things about Wasai.

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                        Japango
                        122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

                        1. re: ivxu

                          Yeah, but the quality can't compare between Osaka and Wasabi. Osaka wins hands down.
                          Was so glad to see they returned after the fire.

                      2. re: ivxu

                        If you're hankering for a tomato-stained loaf of bread, look no further than King Slice.

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                        King Slice
                        1598 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P1A7, CA

                        1. re: ivxu

                          skip Bloordale Pantry. Bad attitude, long wait, average food.

                        2. Aris Place on Roncy is a safe and consistent greasy spoon.
                          229 Roncesvalles Ave.

                          1. is Chester fried chicken still in the Crossways? hahah

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                            1. re: Bobby Wham

                              I think falls under the other thread called obscure and rare. lol

                            2. Try Pizzeria Libretto http://pizzerialibretto.com/menu. This is real, officially sanctioned by whoever are the officials in Italy, Neapolitan Pizza. Apparently this is the only sanctioned place in Canada. Regardless, everything, right down to the warm olives, is fantastic.

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                              Pizzeria Libretto
                              221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                              1. re: SnakeMackerel

                                I like the food at Pizzeria Libretto, but it's a very long walk from the intersection of Dundas & Bloor!

                                That official sanctioning is pure Bologna, according to Signor Chetti of QMP: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/n...

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                                Pizzeria Libretto
                                221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                1. re: prima

                                  Fun article! Boys, boys, boys. Thanks for forwarding

                              2. Lots of good stuff on Roncy. My friend likes the Junction Eatery north on Dundas. As far as that strip of Bloor goes before Keele, good beer at Mugshot ; )

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                                Junction Eatery
                                2790 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA

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                                1. re: dannyboy

                                  2nd the good beers at Mugshot (Keele & Bloor). Also, Indie Ale House is now open (didn't see it mentioned above), however their website needs and update: http://indiealehouse.com/

                                2. How different this thread is now if we update it:
                                  Starving Artist
                                  http://www.starvingartistbar.com/SA_S...
                                  The Emerson
                                  http://www.yelp.ca/biz/the-emerson-to...
                                  Whippoorwill (replaced The Bloordale Pantry
                                  )http://www.yelp.ca/biz/whippoorwill-t...
                                  Bar Neon
                                  http://www.yelp.ca/biz/bar-neon-toronto
                                  Good Times Bad Times
                                  http://www.yelp.ca/biz/good-times-bad...
                                  Farmhouse Tavern
                                  http://farmhousetavern.tumblr.com
                                  Boo Radley's
                                  http://www.yelp.ca/biz/boo-radleys-ju...
                                  Still Zocalo, Blue Bay Cafe, and I am not even starting to venture down Roncesvalles for The Westerly, The Blue Plate, Lardon, Barque, etc.

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                                  1. re: ilinda

                                    There's also the Ravi Soups restaurant that's just up Dundas a couple of blocks.

                                  2. For a great sandwich/soup lunch check out Soup n Such on Dundas ...just south of bloor...
                                    Great homemade soups and my favorite sandwich is the turkey(real roasted turkey!), mango, spinach...

                                    1. Glad to see this revived - I love the Roncy area!

                                      A quick rundown of some places I've enjoyed:

                                      The Westerly - went there for brunch with my mum and sister and had a very lovely meal; I had the beef short rib hash which was quite good, but i was envious of their egg bennys. Great coffee as well. I hear lunch/dinner is good too.

                                      Pizzeria Defina has pretty good food - my girlfriend and i especially enjoyed the wild boar pizza and wild boar meatballs. It's not on par with libretto but definitely above average pizza. We did have some issues with the service there - they messed up our order and only brought out my girlfriends food and they had to rush my food to get it out to me, though they did comp my meal. There were some other things as well, but to make a long story short, i'd go back if i were in the area because the food really was good, just be prepared for potentially sloppy service.

                                      Cafe Polonez - awesome Polish food - definitely get the platter with schnitzel/perogies - killer. Chopin is supposed to be pretty good as well but I've never been.

                                      Barque - pretentious (both staff and food) as this is not traditional BBQ by any means, but their version of BBQ is pretty decent. Ultimately, I'd save the money and go to Paul and Sandy's which is quite further west, but if you're in the area and craving BBQ this place will do in a pinch.

                                      Lit Espresso - great coffee/sandwiches, gets busy but it's a great little spot.

                                      Chocolateria - awesome chocolate and ice cream; a huge hit for me were the chocolate covered oreos and pretzels - i gave little packages of them as a side gift with my christmas presents and everyone loved them. GO HERE. it's awesome.

                                      Anyways, this is my abbreviated opinion but there are still plenty of places I'd like to try, especially Hey on the bottom of Roncesvalles - I loved Hey Meatball so I think it's worth checking out.

                                      It's a great neighbourhood - just try out some of the places recod here and see for yourself!

                                      1. Mersin Grill is really good!