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Apr 4, 2011 08:30 AM

The Junction and surrounding areas -- Recommend Me Anything

I just moved into the Junction and I'm looking for recommendations from Hounds on what's great in this area -- Roncey, High Park, etc are also in easy striking distance. Restaurants, delivery, specialty food shops, major supermarkets, etc, etc. Where do you eat? Where do you buy things to eat?

So far, I've tried Cool Hand of a Girl for brunch and lunch (good food, service a little slowish during weekend brunches, terrible iced tea), the Junction Eatery for brunch and dinner (great food, service a lot slowish at all times, terrific iced tea), Vesuvio (good pizza, meh gnocchi, cheap wine).

I've picked up a few groceries at the FreshCo at Bloor and Dundas, which seems pretty clean and shiny for a discount grocer, and the produce looked fairly nice. Where else do Junctioneers (Junctioners? Junctionites?) shop for groceries? Eventually I will unpack my kitchen and want to buy more than a loaf of bread and a jar of nutella.

Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House
3014 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z3, CA

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

Cool Hand of a Girl
2804 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y5, CA

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  1. bosna burek and cevap at 3333 dundas west .... one of my most favourite-est places ever. their blend of meats is just right for me for delicious cevap. the menu is maybe 4 items and i've never been hard core about burek and so focused on the sandwiches that i cannot comment on them.

    you're also quite close to the viet places on st clair... mmmmmm..... my preference going to phoga banh cuon.

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

    1. Littlefish looks like it has awesome breakfast. I'm going to check out for brunch next weekend.

      I just tried cupcakes from Bunners yesterday and was surprised at how awesome they were. I didn't think I'd like a gluten-free/vegan cupcake but they were delicious, though quite expensive.

      I really want to know if The Friendly Trini's just a couple doors north of Dundas West station is any good. Their roti's are pretty cheap but it's always dead inside so I'm not sure if they're any good.

      3080 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA

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      1. re: YYZjeff

        I really like "The Beet" on Dundas St. West between Keele and Pacific Avenue. It is in an old TD bank. The soups are fantastic. Also the bison burghers ans sweet potato fries. Salads too. And they have take-out. Can't stand "Fresh Co" or whatever it is called now at Dundas north of Bloor since it was changed from price Choppers. Nice fruit and veggies at the stores on the north side of Bloor just west of Dundas St. I also like shopping at the "Sweet Potato" organic foods near the "Beet" on Dundas St. West. And the bakery "Solerno" for Balkan foods.

        Sweet Potato
        2995 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA

        The Beet Organic Market
        2945 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z2, CA

      2. La Revolucion is a nice little Mexican place on Dundas with a limited but tasty menu.
        Buddha Pie on Annette near Runnymede does thin crusty pizzas that are unlike anything anywhere, fresh natural ingredients and great taste.

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        1. re: Snarf

          Oh yeah I forgot Buddha Pie! Awesome! Very friendly chatty owners. Very genereous with the toppings. Most places that make a good margherita pizza just wave one basil leaf over the pie these guys gave me a bushel the size that you would get if you were buying basil in china town, in a separate bag, so I could tear it on to my pie when i got it home. Crust is a bit tacky for my taste though.

          1. re: haggisdragon

            Love Buddha Pie! Margherita pizza is awesome! La Revolucion is pretty decent, the pozole is quite good.

            1. re: haggisdragon

              I tried Buddha Pie recently, and while I loved the toppings (and went on to use half the bag of basil to doctor some spaghetti sauce the next day), that crust was entirely not to my taste at all. I'm sure, given the effort they're obviously putting into things that it's a wonderfully authentic, textbook perfect example of the style they're aiming for. I just didn't actually want to eat it.

              1. re: Jacquilynne

                Too crunchy for you? As for authenticity, not sure what is and isn't these days. I think they are trying to make what for them is the perfect crust. From a relative perspective, I like it, and can understand why some might not.

                1. re: Snarf

                  I don't know that I'd say it was too crunchy. More that it was too crackery and bland. I kind of came away from the experience feeling like I'd been served pizza on a Premium Plus saltine minus the actual salt.

          2. When I worked in the area my regular rotation of lunch spots were: Vesuvios (pizza only, the rest is crap), The Beet (excellent burger, good breakfast options, Falafel World, Pho 66 (which I believe I heard is dearly departed), Banh Cuon (St Clair and Runnymede), and Swiss Chalet ;)

            Falafel World
            2396 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1P5, CA

            1. We like the Junction Eatery for a simple dinner or brunch. The food is good but it can be very slow. We also like Buddha Pie for pizza. Or, if we want pizza delivered, then we would order from Kings Slice (Bloor and Indian Road). Never tried Littlefish but a good friend told us they were treated very poorly and walked out. Vesuvios' pizza is ok but not much else there.

              We also like the Beet. The food there is great too. My 4yo actually asks to go there sometimes. We go to Delight for the waffle cone and ice cream every week. Sometimes we go to the Junction ice cream if we want a bigger selection. Axis and Aquila both have a nice patio for the summer. The food is Axis is not that great though. Aquila has good ribs.

              Used to order Thai from Silk but quality has gone down lately. We haven't tried the new sushi place yet. We have been ordering from Osaka (Bloor and Indian Road) until now. Pho Huong has pretty good pho and bun.

              We haven't been to the Fresh & Co. I usually go to No Frills when it's not busy. Otherwise I would drive to Loblaws. I prefer the one by Dundas and Scarlett better than the one at Bloor and Dundas. We also go to Butcher by Nature for organic meat.

              3080 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P, CA

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