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new to yonge and eglinton area - fresh and healthy eats?

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freelancer Jun 5, 2011 10:35 PM

I just moved to toronto - specifically in the yonge and eglinton area. Are there any cheap but healthy and fresh eats? I have been too busy to cool so the next few weeks require breakfast lunch dinner. Went to chipotles and I enjoyed it. Grazie was excellent but expensive. Ideas?

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    Snarf Jul 11, 2011 03:33 PM

    If you don't mind reheating or boiling, the freshly made lasagnas, pastas, soups and sauces at Pasta Pantry are very good. Two blocks north of Davisville, with a sign on the window and an empty space where the sign over the shop would be. The short pastas are freshly cut, not fully dried, and only take a few minutes to cook.

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      graydyn Jul 11, 2011 01:00 PM

      There is a farmers market in that area on Thursdays:
      http://www.appletreemarkets.ca/
      It's small, but still has all the bases covered.
      Field Sparrow Farms and KEG both go, they should be able to provide you with some fresh and healthy ingredients.

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        freelancer Jul 11, 2011 01:21 PM

        WOW! Thanks for that Graydyn! I'll be sure to check that out as it's right close to where I am. Awesome!! Thank you!

      2. Ediblethoughts Jun 9, 2011 06:50 PM

        Tabule is very good--love their arugula salad with fried cheese--hallum salad I think it's called. Of course, fried eggplant, not really in healthy category but as otherwise mentioned here, good salads. Also very fond of Zucca (had a lovely asparagus, arugula, mushroom appetizer there last weekend). It can get pricey but Sunday pre-fixe does help that a bit. Aroma is another possibility in Y & E Centre. I haven't been to this one but I had a nice brunch at another location a year or two ago (have meant to go back but so many choices for brunch).... I also love Five Doors North. Some nice pastas and veggie sides.

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        Five Doors North
        2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

        Tabule
        2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

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          letrell Jun 7, 2011 12:57 PM

          If you are looking for healthy and fast, Freshii has a restaurant inside the Rio-Can Center. Delicious Salads, Soups and Wraps using fresh ingredients. They have several locations in the GTA.
          http://www.freshii.com/

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            garfield Jun 7, 2011 12:56 PM

            To the OP: You can try Aroma and Lettuce for a cheap,quick,healthy lunch.
            Boom for breakfast..Fin Izakaya has some lunch specials I believe (haven't had lunch there myself)

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              MeMeMe Jun 7, 2011 09:15 AM

              I just started working at Yonge and Eg. So far the best reasonable, homemade and interesting eats are at Hannah's Kitchen. I'm eating my mulligatawny soup as I type this.

              Vera's Kitchen has delish homemade eastern European dishes.

              Cha Liu is good for dim sum.

              Sandwich Box has excellent overpriced salads!

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                freelancer Jul 15, 2011 01:03 AM

                MeMeMe, I went to the Sandwich Box for a sandwich and really liked it! Freshly grilled prioscuitto sandwich on ancient bread, brie, pesto, portobello. Mmm! Not bad for $8 really! Felt healthy. And free WIFI from Starbucks. Perfect, thanks! Will try the salad next time!

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                piccola Jun 6, 2011 06:13 PM

                You could try Kale -- it's basically a fancy salad bar, but it's pretty good.

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                  freelancer Jun 7, 2011 06:46 PM

                  Tried it today and loved it!! Thanks!! Salad and veg mmmm. Was craving healthiness.

                  Battery to die soon - thanks for all the recs EVERYONE and please keep em coming! i will try it all if you suggest it!

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                    piccola Jun 9, 2011 06:08 PM

                    Glad you liked it!

                2. mariecollins Jun 6, 2011 08:11 AM

                  Fresh Ginger, Lola for sushi, Zucca Prix Fixe, Caribbean Bistro, and the secret Output restaurant on the 3rd floor of 2190 Yonge (Caribbean breakfast every other Wednesday).

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                  Zucca
                  2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

                  Caribbean Bistro
                  2439 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

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                    MeMeMe Jun 7, 2011 09:16 AM

                    Ooh - good to know - I work in the same building as Outpost!

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                      garfield Jun 7, 2011 12:10 PM

                      How do you exactly get to the OutPut ? Is it near Mandarin?

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                        MeMeMe Jun 7, 2011 12:20 PM

                        It's on the 3rd floor of 2180 Yonge. You can walk by the theatres or you can go directly into the building. It's by CanTire shipping.

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                          garfield Jun 7, 2011 12:44 PM

                          Thank you!

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                        mariecollins Jun 9, 2011 08:36 AM

                        Oh, and the Italian deli/store La Salumeria will make you a fresh sandwich with your choice of toppings.

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                        Salumeria
                        2021 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                      3. TorontoJo Jun 6, 2011 05:05 AM

                        Oh, and by the way, welcome to Toronto! I recall your gastro tours here over the last few years and you were always gracious about reporting back about your experiences.

                        If you do venture North of Lawrence, I would recommend are Trio for excellent Neopolitan style pizzas (similar to Libretto, wood-burning clay oven from Napoli and all, but without any of the hype) and homey pastas (my favourite is the orrechiette with sausage and rapini). Trio is just a neighbourhood joint, but it beats the pants off of Grazie and is cheaper, too. In your area, Zucca is MUCH better than Grazie, but at a higher price point than Trio.

                        Also North of Lawrence is Milagro for Mexican. It's better than Chimichanga in your neighbourhood. It's a little pricey, but not if you stick to the apps, which I think are their strong suit. The guacamole is a particularly generous serving, so get a half order. :)

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                        Grazie
                        2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

                        Zucca
                        2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

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                          freelancer Jun 7, 2011 06:45 PM

                          Hi TorontoJo! Wow, I can't believe you remembered my gastro recaps! Yes, it's true; I fell in love with the city and had to move here. Now to eat my way through it! Thanks for the warm welcome.

                          Chipotle is fantastic and I plan on returning. :) I will try all the places you recommended here! Thanks for Trio rec...I love those pizzas and great to hear that Zucca is better than Grazie!

                          will report back!!

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                          Grazie
                          2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

                          Zucca
                          2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

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                            prima Jun 9, 2011 08:42 AM

                            Second Milagro Uptown . I like their Vuelve a la Vida ceviche- which gets my vote for the tastiest, healthy dish in Lawrence Park.

                            Second Tabule. Love Tabule's fattoush, fried tomatoes and fried eggplants (fried in healthy olive oil!). ;-)

                            I like Trio, and also have enjoyed pastas at Gamberoni across the street, although it's been a while since I visited Gamberoni. I'm due for another visit.

                            The Abbot has a nice selection of salads, in addition to decent pub food.

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                            Tabule
                            2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                            The Abbot
                            3343 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

                            Gamberoni
                            3238 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

                            Milagro Uptown
                            3187 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

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                              freelancer Jul 11, 2011 12:36 PM

                              Thanks Prima and TorontoJo - I just went to Tabule today for lunch - summerlicious. Enjoyed it very much!

                              Also tried Zucca a few weeks ago - very nice as well but the service was super weird. Not bad, just very strange. The woman we got was over the top attentive. My dining partner said "I feel like she's going to airplane food into my mouth". Hahaha!

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                              Tabule
                              2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                              Zucca
                              2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

                          2. TorontoJo Jun 6, 2011 04:56 AM

                            Tabule, several blocks south of Eglinton is great for Middle Eastern food. Apps and salads are particularly good. Here's a rec I just made about it:

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7879...

                            And I love Chipotle. :

                            )

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                            Tabule
                            2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

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                              magic Jun 6, 2011 04:01 AM

                              Check out Nona, it fits your description. It's north of Lawrence, so a few minutes north of Eglinton, but definitely delicious and might be what you are after:

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785764

                              Second, on Eglinton at Yonge there is Fresh Ginger. Cheap, healthy, delish.

                              Also, for sushi, I really like Sushi Rock.

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