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Whats good around Langstaff and Hwy 400?

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dmartins123 Apr 14, 2011 02:12 PM

Work just moved up to Langstaff and Hwy400 in Vaughan. At first, it looks like a suburban wasteland but I am sure there are some hidden gems around here.

Does anyone have any special places to share?

Please dont make me eat the Terriaki Experience anymore. Although I am glad that I am driving distance to the new 5 Guys burgers....

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  1. TorontoJo RE: dmartins123 Apr 14, 2011 02:18 PM

    I'd try out Autostrada. It's the newish place from the owner of Trio, my go to neighbourhood Italian joint (in North Toronto). I haven't tried it, so can't vouch for it, but it's close to you and definitely worth a shot.

    http://a1autostrada.com/

    And actually, I'd love to hear a report back if you do. Would be nice to have a place to pop into on the rare occasion I'm in the area.

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      shekamoo RE: TorontoJo Apr 14, 2011 05:23 PM

      is Trio consistently good?

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        TorontoJo RE: shekamoo Apr 14, 2011 06:36 PM

        My experience has been consistent. The only fail I can recall is the time my margherita pizza was seriously lacking salt in the crust. But I generally stick to the pastas (the orrechiette with sausage and rapini is my favourite). Mind you, there's nothing particularly special about Trio (other than the fact that they had a wood burning pizza oven from Napoli long before Libretto did). I don't think of it as a destination, but a solid neighbourhood spot at a good price point.

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        Abby0105 RE: TorontoJo Aug 3, 2011 12:46 PM

        A related question - does anyone have recommendations for a nice dinner in the same area? I'm staying here for the next 6-8 months, and my colleagues and I try to do at least one dinner together each week. We have a pretty good dinner allowance ($85), but I can't convince them to eat very far from our hotel, which limits our options.

        So far Autostrada is my favorite. I had a very nice pasta with oxtail one night, and a great salad and pizza on another visit. We've also been to Canyon Creek in the Vaughan Mills shopping center - I wasn't crazy about it, but my colleagues like the prime rib.

        What other places can you recommend for a nice dinner out among coworkers?

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          gogomiser RE: Abby0105 Aug 3, 2011 01:07 PM

          there are three I know of

          -Peak top (good cantonese) 3255 Rutherford Rd unit 22
          -Grazie not sure of the address but close to Peak Top
          -Marcello's also close to Peak Top

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        Sambot RE: dmartins123 Apr 14, 2011 07:24 PM

        I also work around here - there is a place called Green Mango in the plaza on the south side of Langstaff just east of Weston beside a Pizza Nova that does a surprisingly good Pho.

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        Green Mango
        2180 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1N3, CA

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          KevH RE: dmartins123 Apr 14, 2011 08:10 PM

          If you don't mind the drive over to Langstaff and Dufferin, Sofra Grill is pretty good for kebobs. Price is very good for the portion.

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          Sofra Grill
          8707 Dufferin St, Vaughan, ON L4J 0A6‎, CA

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            Porto RE: KevH Apr 15, 2011 06:56 AM

            Vicentina Meats Ltd
            125 Edilcan Dr
            Concord, ON,

            This is located east off of Jane St, it's the first street north of langstaff.
            There is a local gem here, Italian sandwiches, chicken, steak, porchetta.
            It's a great sit down location, gets extremely busy at lunch hour. You will not be dissapointed.
            Bonus is they have meats you can purchase to take home, porchetta and some other specialty items. Go here for lunch and enjoy, the steak sandwich is amazing.
            Porto

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              Crispier Crouton RE: Porto Apr 15, 2011 08:37 AM

              Second this. Porchetta and steak sandwiches are the bee's knees. $10/lb for take-home porchetta.

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            ManAbout RE: dmartins123 Apr 15, 2011 08:05 AM

            California Sandwich in the Sole Plaza at Hwy 400 and Weston.

            1. Crispier Crouton RE: dmartins123 Apr 15, 2011 08:40 AM

              Southern Rub Smoke House for very good BBQ at Langstaff and Pine Valley. On a good day, their brisket is to die for.

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                shekamoo RE: Crispier Crouton Apr 15, 2011 09:41 AM

                seconded

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                  jono523 RE: Crispier Crouton Apr 23, 2011 08:52 PM

                  The location is actually on Hwy 7 and Pine Valley

                  http://www.southernrubsmokehouse.com/...

                2. PoppiYYZ RE: dmartins123 Apr 15, 2011 09:21 AM

                  Some good tips in your area mentioned in this recent post.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771365

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                    dmartins123 RE: PoppiYYZ Apr 17, 2011 11:08 PM

                    Thanks everyone. I am specifically looking for quick lunch places (I should have clarified in the original post)

                    i will definitely check out Vicentina and Southern Rub Smoke house.

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                    wiggy. RE: dmartins123 Apr 24, 2011 07:40 AM

                    I always liked the panini place in the mall at the southwest corner of Weston & Hwy 7. Fairly priced, decent sandwiches. I'm partial to the sausage on a bun with onions and hot peppers. Decent quality sausage, lots of onions, just enough heat for a nice sting. They do veal, eggplant in season, chicken, steak, etc. Also enjoy a side of spiced olives (hot or plain available). You can do a Calabrese sausage with a fresh bun if that's your thing. Simple, tasty, portable - one of my fav on the road meals.

                    Panini Italian Sandwiches
                    7600 Weston Rd. (at Hwy 7.) Woodbridge

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                    Panini Italian Sandwiches
                    7600 Weston Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L8B7, CA

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                      C mac RE: wiggy. Aug 3, 2011 12:18 PM

                      Never tried it but there's a place near Langstaff and Keele called "the big Panini" that looks pretty interesting.

                      I'm pretty sure this is a pic from that place:

                      http://www.pbase.com/image/99049737

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                        C mac RE: C mac Aug 3, 2011 01:43 PM

                        That pic is not the same place. I just went there to give it a shot. It's almost identical to California Sandwhiches, but I actually like California a bit better.

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