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Anything decent near near Sick Kids hospital?

My eldest has been in since Monday and my husband and I are switching off. Is there anything decent and close? I'm getting awfully tired of their food court and packing from home isn't possible because we don't have the time.


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  1. For sure - closest / cheapest would be the food courts in TGH and Mars, just cross Gerrard by the Sick Kids ER entrance and go into the TGH via the huge revolving doors and straight down the long hallway to the food court to the left - lots of choice- Hero Burger, sushi, bagel, wing machine, etc. Or continue straight on down the hallway thru the doors with the big Mars logo into the food court there ... good shawarma, pastacceria, wok place, Tims, subway.
    A bit further afield is Kenzo Ramen noodles at Elizabeth and Dundas, Japango sushi at the same corner. Good luck.

    122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

    Kenzo Ramen
    6180 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M, CA

    Hero Burgers
    100 Wellington W, Toronto, ON M5H3X7, CA

    1. Oh, so sorry to hear that. Not sure how far a radius you're comfortable with (i.e. how long you can comfortably be off-site) but Sage Cafe on McCaul, a few blocks north of Dundas is a cute little cafe with good food. You're also pretty close to restaurant row on Baldwin, Chinatown, Frank at the AGO, etc. I'll come up wth some more recs. Hope this is a short-term request...

      1. I'm going to assume you mean sit-down since take-out and run back to the hospital with it places obviously abound in that neighbourhood.

        There's a Mercatto around the corner in the MaRS building. Midi Bistro is over at McCaul & Elm.

        15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

        Midi Bistro
        168 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T1W4, CA

        1. You can walk down to Dundas, between Bay and University for lots of choices way better than the food courts. Lots of Asian, south Asian, and a Longo's Market.

          1. I think you've got some good recommendations from the other two responses. There is also a Mercatto in the east end of the MaRS building, at the Elizabeth street end. It has an entrance on College or via the interior. I know you said you are tired of food courts but I find the one in the MaRS building is a bit different from the one in TGH. Pumpernickel's usually has some decent bean salads and soups in addition to the sandwiches. I hope your son gets well soon!

            1. Isn't it time one of us started a "Best Restaurants of the University Health Network Neighbourhood" thread? It seems a lot of people need help with this. I'll start it now.

              1. Second the idea of Kenzo.

                Ematei, Yueh Tung, The Gabardine, FRANK and Rodney's by Bay are within a 15 minute walk, and I would think Caplansky's is within a 20 minute walk. Not sure if that is close enough.

                The cafe inside the AGO, under Frank, also has nice pastries and good coffee.

                I haven't been, so I can't speak from my experience, but a friend that works in the area finds the pub food at Pogue Mahone on Bay near College to be decent. http://www.poguemahone.ca/

                30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA

                Yueh Tung
                126 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

                138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

                356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                Rodney's By Bay
                56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

                FRANK @ The Art Gallery of Ontario
                317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T I4G, CA

                The Gabardine
                372 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 3W1, CA

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                1. re: prima

                  I've been to Pogue Mahone twice last year and didn't really like it, though others may. The other people I was with (co-workers) didn't like it much also.

                  I remember sitting outside on the patio area on College St. one afternoon last summer, the "food" was mediocre and over-priced.

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    Thanks for your comments, foodyDudey ;-) I guess I wouldn't expect much more than mediocre from Pogue Mahone or most pubs downtown, but mediocre might still be better than what's available in the food court.

                    Maybe some dishes are better than others? I don't know. I rarely stray from wings, fish & chips, and the occasional club sandwich, when I visit places like Pogue Mahone. Has anyone ordered wings, fish & chips or club sandwich at Pogue Mahone? How are those dishes?


                    Are there any dishes CHs would recommend at Pogue Mahone?

                    1. re: prima

                      I rather liked their jambalaya of all things.

                      I find the food at Pogue to be far superior to most downtown (chain) pubs in the area, all of which tend to serve shall we say, less-discerning, undergrads.

                      You can definitely tell you're helping to pay their rent with every order though, which is why I wouldn't go out of my way to eat or drink there.