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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.