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What's good for lunch at the Distillery District?

Hi everyone,

My girlfriends and I would be heading to the Distillery District on the coming Sunday afternoon for lunch and tour around. There seems to be quite a few restaurants in that area. Can we get some recommendations on this place? They have not been there before and I only went there once for SOMA chocolate.

Many thanks! :)

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Distillery District
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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  1. I've eaten at Pure Spirits a few times and its more higher end and is descent.
    http://www.purespirits.ca/food.php

    Mill Street Brewpub is also a descent bet for your standard pub fare.
    http://www.millstreetbrewpub.ca/

    There is also Archeo which has pizza, pasta, sandwiches etc... which again is descent
    http://www.archeo.ca/

    If you want something more grab and go there is Brick Street Bakery which has sandwiches (and date squares to die for

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    Archeo
    55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

    Brick Street Bakery
    55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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    1. re: Kassi22

      I have to disagree with you on Mill Street''s food. Not a fan, and find it's very, very average, bordering on nasty. Pure Spirits is good, but at the beginning of the season, it can be hit and miss as they have to train additional staff. Great patio, though.

      If you don't mind casual and unlicenced, the liittle place in the building next to Bergo does excellent sandwiches and desserts. They bring in pulled pork from Buster Rhino's, which seems to be popular here.

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      Buster Rhino's
      2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

      1. re: Snarf

        I live in the Distillery and actually don't know what you're referring to with the place next to Bergo. You don't have a name, do you?

        1. re: jmeggs

          It's called the Sweet Escape, and it's in the Denaturing Building, towards the back. Soma was originally located there, now Soma is two doors east on the same side of the laneway.

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          Sweet Escape
          55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          1. re: Snarf

            Oh yeah, thanks. I've never had their sandwiches, but their pastries are pretty good.

        2. re: Snarf

          For the pub, I meant to say its your standard pub fare...(which it is..salads, sandwiches, greasy fried gross stuff) not that its 'descent' pub far :)

          1. re: Kassi22

            Urgh... I'm not sure if my girlfriends are into fried greasy stuff, as least I'm not. :P

            Pure Spirits sounds like a good choice, and from its website it has a pretty nice patio too.

            1. re: dessertgal

              There aren't too many good choices for food in the Distillery, but we usually go to Pure Spirits. It's pricey, but their patio is nice and I like their crab cakes.

            2. re: Kassi22

              Love walking through the Distillery District and tend to go often, but can't for the life of me understand why people like Mill St Pub or Brick Bakery (at least their sandwiches). I understand that Mill St Pub is one of the only options around that suits a lot of people's needs, but that place is so sterile and boring i find it unbearable. I guess it is okay to sit on the patio and have a few beers on a nice day, but every time I bring people there I swear I will never go back. Not to mention the god awful boring music they play in there.

              As for Brick Bakery, I tried to make myself like their sandwiches/chili, because I like the feel in the Bakery, and love wandering through Distillery in general, but the sandwiches are average and bland.

              As a group, although it is a bit pricier, I would have to recommend Pure Spirits to you and your friends. It is nothing out of this world but is decent and overall a nice spot.

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              Distillery District
              55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

              1. re: gwanderc

                good food and the distillery do not belong in the same sentence. Everything is blah! overpriced and inconsistant. do yourself a favour and make the short walk to gilead

                1. re: gwanderc

                  I'm surprised by your assessment of Brick Street. I find their sandwiches a tad on the pricey side, but I've never found them to be bland. I almost always get the lamb kofta now, because it's my favorite of them, but the others that I've tried in the past were also good.

              2. re: Snarf

                Wondering if you or anyone else has had the pulled pork sandwich at Sweet Escapes. I walked by there last weekend and it looked like they have their sandwiches pre-made and sitting in the glass display case. Just wondering how it tastes there when all is said and done.

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                Sweet Escape
                55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

            3. dessertgal, based on your handle and the responses on this thread, I suggest you make a lunch of dessert! Sounds like SOMA is the best place in the Distillery.

              I've tried a few sandwiches from Brick St in the PATH lately and, eh. The roast beef was carelessly made, not enough mayo or caramelised onion. Much prefer Mercatto's or Le Gourmand's for reference. The braised lamb was dry and bland. The pulled pork was tastier but a little sweet, especially if you are planning on dessert. I'd probably get a sausage roll (and eccles cake!) there and then head to SOMA for gelato or hot chocolate, depending what season the weather decides on today.

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              1. re: julesrules

                Well julesrules, you are right! I love desserts, LOL. As I mentioned before, I've only been to SOMA for chocolates and I loved it. Depending on what my girlfriends feel like on Sunday, we might as well go to Pure Spirits for a salad and app, then head to SOMA for desserts.

                Thanks for all the suggestions.