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Where to eat around St. Clair & Bathurst

ikapai May 20, 2011 09:51 AM

My boyfriend lives in this neighbourhood and we really want to start finding good places to eat nearby, since we always seem to go out in my area. We've been to Stockyards and love it, but want other places to eat as well.

Please give us suggestions! Any style/price range is welcomed. We want all sorts of places to try.

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    maple99 Nov 23, 2011 01:06 PM

    Rincon is pretty good Mexican.

    1. Davwud Nov 23, 2011 08:12 AM

      Give the shawarma place at Vaughn and St. Clair a go. Really good Israeli style shawarma.


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      1. re: Davwud
        magic Nov 23, 2011 08:30 AM

        There is a group buying voucher for that place (called 'Shawarma and Falafel'). Deal ends at tonight at midnight!

        Great deal - see the 'Coupons and Deals' thread in the Ontario board for a link!

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        ginkonut May 24, 2011 11:59 AM

        Places that we walk to (we live at St Clair and Spadina too):
        Bathurst-St Clair:
        El Fogon, El Plebeyo, Stockyards, Vannis (when they are open- theres been quite a few management changes- so check ahead), the Roti place - the name escapes me - on Vaughn and St Clair,

        Forest Hill Village:
        - What a bagel, mashu mashu is ok, Hope Street (under renovations)- sister rest. South Side isnt as good imo, banfi

        If you will walk a bit further north to Eglinton there are a bunch of nice places to explore too. I have a partic fondness for Jerusalem- it was my first dining alone experience. I felt like such a grown-up.

        All the other posters have the best St Clair to Christie restaurants listed :)

        El Plebeyo
        1453 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R3J2, CA

        Hope Street Cafe
        324 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON M4V1X4, CA

        El Fogon
        543 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A3, CA

        St Clair Restaurant
        69 St Clair St, Chatham, ON N7L3H8, CA

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        1. re: ginkonut
          suzannelong May 24, 2011 04:25 PM

          Chicken roti at St Clair West and Vaughan at Albert's! Recently reno'd and reliably good.

          Also, we tried Eastern Twist on St Clair (SW corner) at Bathurst for lunch a few weeks ago. Great. Cocoa Latte, closer to Christie has a patio, gelato and enthusiastic owners. Haven't eaten there yet, curious. More lunch, I think. And across the street, Dave's seems to be reaching out via social media. Live music on Wednesdays, pizza.

          And agree with most of the other options listed above. Rushton is a family fave, Stockyards has killer breakfast/brunch, Mashu Mashu has great lentil soup.

          If going along Eglinton to Bathurst strip, I only hear good things about Frida. And there's an interesting su$hi place up there too, sorry name escapes me.

          1. re: suzannelong
            magic May 25, 2011 07:57 AM

            You might be thinking of Sado Sushi, which is across the street from Frida. Is this the place?

            I've only been once and did not care for it. Very expensive. Small portions. Unimaginative, run of the mill menu options. But that's just me, others might enjoy it.

            1. re: magic
              suzannelong May 25, 2011 08:14 AM

              Good to know, I've been meaning to try Sado Sushi delivery. I think I've read a review (maybe here?) that said to order the chef's specialties instead of the standard menu...

              Sado Sushi
              1116 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C2E2, CA

              1. re: suzannelong
                magic May 25, 2011 08:34 AM

                Go for it.

                Glad to help : )

            2. re: suzannelong
              ikapai May 26, 2011 08:54 AM

              Frida is lovely. Went with my parents and had a great meal. They are super friendly as well. Definitely recommend.

              1. re: suzannelong
                prima Nov 21, 2011 09:26 AM

                I tried the chicken roti from Albert's this weekend. It really hit the spot- perfectly seasoned, tender chicken. While I can see the actual roti shell might not impress some of my West Indian friends (maybe a little on the doughy side), the curry chicken inside the shell was exactly how I like it. I realize most people recommend Albert's specifically for their jerk, and some Hounds have gone so far as to tell others to avoid the roti.

                I was happy with my roti, and would order it or the curry chicken again.

                Albert's Real Jamaican
                542 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

                1. re: prima
                  dannyboy Nov 23, 2011 12:10 PM

                  Their curry goat is the best i've had

              2. re: ginkonut
                acd123 May 25, 2011 06:09 AM

                Try the seafood paella at El Plebeyo. Crazy good.

                El Plebeyo
                1453 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R3J2, CA

                1. re: acd123
                  glickjor May 25, 2011 09:11 AM

                  I've passed El Plebeyo and El Fogon many times but never wandered inside. If I had to choose one, which should I start with.

                  As well - my wife is kosher to a degree - she will eat out but only fish (with fins and scales) and vegeterian. The menus are not very explicit as to what fish they use and the food does not seem friendly to her restrictions. Do I have that wrong?

                  El Plebeyo
                  1453 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R3J2, CA

                  El Fogon
                  543 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A3, CA

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                glickjor May 20, 2011 11:10 AM

                There are a ton worth trying. My wife and I moved into the area as well and love trying new ones west of bathurst.

                Ones that I'd recommend:
                1) Rushton - great neighbourhood place serving bistro style comfort food at reasonable prices - really nice patio and pitchers of drinks in the summer - there used to be a gelato and ice cream place right next store that was somewhat hidden but I'm not sure it's still there.

                2) Vannis - large portions of reasonable italian food (pizza is the best I think) at inexpensive prices - not brilliant, but a nice cheap date night with upscale feel

                3) Chuck & Co - Newish burger joint - the burger I thought was okay but they now do brunch which I'm looking forward to trying

                4) Mezzetta - a really great place for mezzes - for quite cheap, you get 10-15 tasting plates of various mediterranean/middle eastern spreads, salads and other small plates

                5) Churascos - more of a take-out, but amazing portugese chicken

                6) Ferro - I don't love it, but my wife really likes the italian food served - it is always busy (recommend reservations on a busy night)

                There are a variety of others that are opening or have opened recently (a new pub on the north side that has live music and serves gastropub style food that I have not tried, a trendier italian place, an upscale Italian joint called PROP that's pricier than most on the strip that I thought was solid and I'm sure has gotten better since I was there, etc)

                If you walk into the forest hill village, north of St. Clair on Spadina, you will also find a few great spots including the Hope Street Cafe, mashu mashu which is nice middle eastern food and IMHO, the best italian food in the area is Banfi - which is also the most difficult restaurant to get a table at in the area)


                681 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

                Hope Street Cafe
                324 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON M4V1X4, CA

                740 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B3, CA

                Chuck & Co.
                672 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A9, CA

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                1. re: glickjor
                  ikapai May 20, 2011 12:17 PM

                  Nice, thank you. I've been meaning to try Rushton. We might hit up Hope Street Cafe for some brunch this weekend. I've been to Chuck & Co in Liberty Village and it was a pretty decent burger.

                  Hope Street Cafe
                  324 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON M4V1X4, CA

                  740 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B3, CA

                  Chuck & Co.
                  672 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A9, CA

                  1. re: ikapai
                    suzannelong May 21, 2011 01:26 PM

                    Don't bother wrt Hope Street in the Village, it's closed. And has been for 6 months or so. Renovations, or so they say. If you come to the Village, Banfi has spectacular takeout pizza but is often crowded. Calling ahead for pickup is a good strategy. And I'm a fan of Edo-ko's sushi but it's not cheap. Rumour has an Aroma opening in the old Blockbuster location. As for St Clair West, I have been going to Ferro for years, it's solidly reasonable and full of locals.

                    1. re: suzannelong
                      ikapai May 24, 2011 12:25 PM

                      Well I didn't check this beforehand, so we ended up at South Side cafe across the street. Alright brunch, but not spectacular. We scoped out a few of the restaurants around Spadina Village. I think we will probably try Edo-ko regardless of the price, and perhaps a few of the others.

                  2. re: glickjor
                    frelma Dec 1, 2011 05:06 PM

                    Have to weigh in on on place - Churasaco - the most disappointing take-out I've had since moving to the neighborhood. Dry, tasteless, overcooked chicken. So disappointing when you're starving and they advertise 'best chicken in the city" :(

                    Mezetta on the other hand is a gem. The ambience, service and food are all wonderful.

                    I'm dying for a go-to sushi place in the St Clair and Christie area though!! Desperate!

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                    garfield May 20, 2011 10:39 AM

                    I like both Savera and Eastern Twist.

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                    1. re: garfield
                      magic May 25, 2011 08:00 AM

                      Agreed on Eastern Twist.

                      I would also add World Class Bakers. Delicious croissants and arancini! Among other things..... great spot to hang out too.

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