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Apr 23, 2011 08:29 AM

Yonge-Carlton area

Hi everyone,

Moving to Toronto shortly and looking forward to food pleasures the city can offer. I realize plenty of good places are scattered across GTA, but could you recommend good places (all kinds of cuisines) around the Yonge-Carlton intersection (5-10 min walking distance, for instance)?

Thank you

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  1. A warm early welcome to Toronto! :-)
    Here's a random smattering that quickly comes to mind:

    Guu (Japanese izakaya)
    Panago (Quick, delivery pizza - my favourite chain pizza)
    W Burger Bar is in the area - it seems to be very hit or miss. Try their onion rings.

    15 min walks:
    Crown Princess Fine Dining (Dim Sum - but I heard it's not as good as before, not sure if that's true)
    Mercatto (Pizzas, pastas, quite nice)



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

    398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

    Crown Princess
    1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

    44 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4, CA

    1. Welcome to the area! I'm more or less in the same neighbourhood, so here are my recs:

      W Burger Bar ( - This place gets really lively on weekends, so make sure to get a reservation.

      Sushi Supreme ( - My fave sushi joint in the area. Excellent for takeout, plus you get 10% off if you pick-up and pay with cash.

      I second Mercatto on College ( - Great for casual Italian fare

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

      Sushi Supreme
      1995 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S1Z8, CA

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      1. re: team_eater

        Thank you for your suggestions, ekim256 and team_eater. I've tried W Burger Bar so far - it's really nice for lunch. Incidentally, I was wondering if Toronto has something similar to Montreal's Reubens (1116, Sainte-Catherine Str West) - not necessarily in the area.

        Any other suggestions are most welcome -)

        1. re: eleuth

          Welcome to the neighbourhood eleuth!

          I have never been to Reubens, but if you are looking for a Jewish deli, there is Caplansky's on College west of Spadina, so depending on how fast you walk it might be a 10 minute walk, or a quick trip on the streetcar. Here is a link to the menu:

          Zane Caplansky smokes all the meat in house. Definitely worth a try, whereas Pickle Barrel is not!

          As other posters have mentioned Solo Sushi Bekkan on Grosvenor (2 streets north of Carlton on the west side of Yonge) is the only quality sushi in the area, in a sea of sushi places within a 1 block radius!

          Across the street from Solo Sushi is Burrito Bandidos - try the Halibut Burrito!

          Guu Izakaya is popular, but be prepared for line ups for what is essentially little plates of Japanese bar food, some love it for the atmosphere as much as a the food.

          Of all the Korean BBQ places in the area, Korean Grill House on the East side of Yonge, south of Gerrard is the best - the place is always busy, and the deals are great. Not the most authentic, but for that you must travel to Bloor and Bathurst or much further north on Yonge Street.

          For Jamaican, there is Ritz at the north west corner of Yonge and College, but I personally prefer to just take out or get delivery from Mr. Jerk on Wellesley east of Sherbourne... just like the food better there.

          And while it is not in the neighbourhood, I must recommend Mystic Muffin at Jarvis and Richmond for not the muffins, but the Apple Cake, the Veggie Combo or Pita Wraps, and Elias the owner and his friendly demeanor and wacky phrases on his blackboard menus. He remembers repeat customers by name, and never forgets a face... and he offers a free piece of apple cake to all first time customers! He is only open during the day but is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area during the day.

          Lastly eleuth, If you find any places that you find memorable please share! I am sure there are places I have not tried that might be great!


          356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          Mystic Muffin
          113 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5C2H4, CA

          Mr Jerk
          209 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1G1, CA

          398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

          Solo Sushi Bekkan
          3 Grosvenor St., Toronto, ON M4Y 1A9, CA

          Burrito Bandidos
          496 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1X9, CA

      2. Solo Sushi Bekkan on Grosvenor is the best in the neighbourhood.

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        1. salad king is right there - though its quite average
          dao sushi is really fresh
          katmandu on wellesly and yonge has yummy nepalese food (chicken vindaloo n daal makhani rocks)
          sukhothai about 15 minute walk is really good!!!
          guu-love it despite the line ups
          paramount-mediterranean food about 7-8 minute walk

          1. Don't forget Kenzo Ramen - 138 Dundas St West