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ANYTHING even remotely good in the Finch/Steeles - 400/Weston Road quadrant?

KitchenVoodoo Mar 10, 2011 03:18 PM

Working there now... it seems like a scary industrial area with no place to eat!! Today we tried Angelo's family restaurant - great, fast and kind service, but diabolical food. Even though all I had was an iceberg salad, I left reeking of the deep fryer!
HELP!! - and my quadrant is not rigid - please alert me to any Chow gems anywhere in the area.

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    badrockandroll Mar 10, 2011 08:18 PM

    I grew up in that quad - bit barren, isn't it? You could (and likely have) done worse than Jolie's, which is an Italian place in the Crossroads complex at 401 and Weston. The LCBO next door is huge! Jolie's menu is basic, nothing adventurous, but nothing horrible either.

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    1. re: badrockandroll
      foodyDudey Mar 10, 2011 10:05 PM

      If KV mentioned Steeles, I doubt they want to go as far sould as the 401.

      KV: you could try the South American places at the building near 9 Milvan, or the Hakka Place at the corner of Milvan and Finch.

      1. re: foodyDudey
        Jar Mar 11, 2011 03:36 AM

        Tried the Hakka Place at Finch and Milvan. The warning was the very inexpensive price, and the food was just plain not worth going back to, unenjoyable! I would suggest the Vietnamese places in the immediate Finch Weston Rd area, Pho Dau Bo behind the Shell station one of the better ones!

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          foodyDudey Mar 11, 2011 04:49 AM

          I've never been there for lunch and ordered the specials. The items I ordered for takeout at dinner may be different, they were definitely quite edible and tasted good.

      2. re: badrockandroll
        badrockandroll Mar 11, 2011 06:11 PM

        oops - misread 400 for 401. sorry.

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        Pigurd Mar 10, 2011 08:23 PM

        there is pho dau bo and other vietnamese resturants around there

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          dory Mar 11, 2011 01:19 PM

          We enjoyed Pho Dau Bo. There is another Vietnamese restaurant in the same strip plaza, smaller and a more "homey" atmosphere. I am far from expert but we thought the food (bun and pho) was of good quality and value. You may also want to try the bahn mi (take out) only shop at the west end of the plaza. A good range of varieties, more than just cold cuts, and very generous portions, cheap, tasty and filling. There's a small selection of desserts as well. Nice people run it. Further west along Finch, also on the south side is another plaza with an Indian Sweets store (Vegetarian), I think there's 2 in that plaza. We go to the larger one. Can't remember the name. Very clean, good assortment and delicious. Again I'm not too familiar with this type of food but anything we've tried has been
          very good. It's also pretty busy which I think is a good sign. Hope this helps.

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          jmarcroyal Mar 11, 2011 03:13 AM

          If you shoot up Weston just a bit further to Highway 7 you will find a new Five Guys Burgers location. Great burger with lots of free toppings, fries are pretty good and you get a ton of em. Its worth a try!

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          1. re: jmarcroyal
            KitchenVoodoo Mar 25, 2011 08:43 PM

            OK - now we're talking! Will def try this Five Guys Place.

          2. Herb Mar 11, 2011 03:32 AM

            There's a Latin American "mall" in the basement of an Industrial building on Milvan just north of Finch with a food court in the back. Not really a sit-down place but there's a couple of picnic tables iirc. Don't know the hours, might be a weekend thing.


            1. bunnylicious Mar 11, 2011 04:30 AM

              Mi pueblo on bradstock (south of finch and just east of Weston) has great pupusas! Mama Mia empanadas on islington between finch and steeles is also good for Chilean food. These are both slightly outside the area but I enjoy them more than what I've tried at milvan.

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              1. re: bunnylicious
                foodyDudey Mar 11, 2011 04:46 AM

                Bradstock is about 1/2 km north of Sheppard , in case anyone is looking. It's quite a way south of Finch.

              2. PoppiYYZ Mar 11, 2011 06:42 AM

                Oh man there's lots :

                Pho Dau Bo at 2437 Finch Ave W. (some would say it's best Pho is city)
                Central Epicure 501 Garyray Drive (smoked fish)
                La Navi 4120 Steeles (great leisurely business lunch, $$$ but worth it, badda bing (you'll understand once you go))
                Tremonti 3850 Steeles (I like Navi better though)
                Italian Sandwiches 4040 Steeles Ave. W (in back corner, was San Franciscos but now ?)

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                  PoppiYYZ Mar 11, 2011 06:52 AM

                  Sorry, just heard that La Navi is closed. I can't believe it, but it's been a while since my last visit. Too bad if true though.

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                    KitchenVoodoo Mar 11, 2011 07:08 AM

                    That's too bad - Le Navi sounded intriguing! I was visualizing rubbing shoulders with Tony Soprano.
                    Thanks for the list - any other gems? At some point I will need to take a bunch of people out to lunch, but mostly it will be just me dining solo. Will def try that Vietnamese place!

                    Le Navi
                    4120 Steeles Ave West, Woodbridge, ON, Canada, ON , CA

                  2. re: PoppiYYZ
                    KitchenVoodoo Mar 16, 2011 06:15 PM

                    Is that the "veal sandwich" place called Pacino's? On Steeles, south side, one corner east of the Shell station at Signet & Steeles.

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                      PoppiYYZ Mar 17, 2011 08:06 AM

                      It was a San Francescos (a franchise), but they changed their name a few years ago. It is located at 4040 Steeles W (north side) east of Scholes Rd, in the north west corner of the "U" shaped plaza. Nothing fancy, but good veal sandwich and they have pizza and hot plate lunches too.

                      Speaking of hot plate lunch spots, ask your co-workers for local tips. I've been taken to a few and they were excellent. In fact the last one - sorry I don't remember where we were - had as the special (wait for it)....stewed rabbit. It was amazing ! These places are always owner operator, often Greek or Italian themed, and usually grandma is still involved. Trust me, seek out the good ones.

                      Another tip : Ciao Bella on Millway Ave. A bit of a drive, but a neat place.

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                        KitchenVoodoo Mar 25, 2011 08:18 PM

                        Do you by any chance work in R&D for a pharma company in that area? We might have already met each other. If not, I would love to know where you had that stewed rabbit special!
                        I will check out Ciao Bella - even the name tastes good.

                        Ciao Bella
                        665 Millway Ave, Thornhill, ON L4K3T8, CA

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                          PoppiYYZ Mar 26, 2011 07:47 AM

                          Sorry - no Pharma here - but I visited many many companies in that area. I can't for the life of me remember where we had the rabbit but it was a small "industrial strip" restaurant. As I said, they are usually owner run little places and I was never disappointed at the dozen or so places I went to. Not fine dining, but great food at reasonable prices for a quick lunch. If it comes to me, or I pass by it, I'll update.

                          Another tip : The Ice Cream Patio. Never had the ice cream, but they make surprisingly good pizzas. A neat little place on Rowntree Dairy Road, just the other side of the 407.

                          And don't forget to check out The Seafood Depot on Avia Part Drive. Great seafood selection and Italian themed market. I was in the area for years until someone mentioned it to me.

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                            KitchenVoodoo Mar 26, 2011 02:56 PM

                            Thanks for those additional tips - at this rate I'll never get any work done - I'll be too busy checking out the food places :)

                          2. re: KitchenVoodoo
                            prima Nov 18, 2011 09:33 AM

                            KitchenVoodoo, this is a late reply, but I've had good rabbit (as a daily special- might want to call ahead to check) at Mastro Roberto.

                            Mastro Roberto Trattoria
                            7887 Weston Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L1A6, CA

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                      blueyed_blond Mar 11, 2011 10:18 AM

                      I work up here too...any good/decent sushi in the area?

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                      1. re: blueyed_blond
                        zeva Mar 11, 2011 02:58 PM

                        If you venture up a bit to Finch and Keele, on the SE corner at the bottom of the office building is an ayce sushi place called Oishe. I think it's pretty good. They have a buffet with crab legs and shrimp dishes as well as all the standard Chinese fare. Good price too. $10.99. Can't really go wrong.

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                          Emmamunchie Mar 14, 2011 07:38 PM

                          Jolie's a great place!! price is cheap.. and you get so much food!!! Lunch is always busy!

                      2. kayehm Mar 16, 2011 10:17 PM

                        If you want to venture a bit further South-West - at Islington/Albion is Madras Dosa Hut.. I only go to there for their Thali or Dosas, but I know they have a buffet. The dosas have always been fantastic.

                        Madras Dosa Hut
                        1123 Albion Rd, Toronto, ON M9V1A9, CA

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                        1. re: kayehm
                          KitchenVoodoo Mar 25, 2011 07:36 PM

                          Thanks so much for that Dosa tip - I'm always up for a good Dosa.
                          So far, here's what I've explored in the neighbourhood:
                          Angelo's at Steeles and Sante Drive - really fast and friendly service, but heavy and greasy diner food - gigantic portions though if you like that. Expect processed food and lots of salt.
                          Two Vietnamese places on the south side of Finch, west of the 400, sorry I can't remember their names, but both were fine, not destination places by any means, but better for a rapid lunch than a fake bagel at Tim's if you know what I mean.
                          Keep those insider tips coming!

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                          kkancho Nov 19, 2011 04:58 PM

                          There is a Japanese restaurant just west of Weston and finch called Malado Restaurant. Its right bedside the pho that was mentioned in this thread. Food is delicious and they don't use msg so you don't feel nasty after.

                          Malado Restaurant
                          2437 Finch Ave W, Toronto, ON M9M2E7, CA

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