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Jul 26, 2011 10:42 AM

Moving to Thornhill - Looking for some local recommendations please!

My wife and I are taking possession of our first house in the beginning of August, and once renovations are done, we will be in need of some new local jaunts, both to feast within, and to purchase from.

We will be living between Yonge and Bayview, north of Steeles.

I would love to hear suggestions for:

- Supermarkets/green grocers

- A butcher

- Any local foodie finds (we are near a plaza at Yonge and Clarke which has a great PATs and some really interesting looking Korean/Vietnamese places, which I have yet to try).

- A fish monger (too far now from City Fish!)

As well as any other suggestions for food related purveyors and establishments, would be much appreciated.

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  1. If you are looking for a neighbourhood greasy spoon, I'm a big fan of The Fry Basket, on Yonge, a block North of Steeles on the East side. Seriously good value breakfasts. I haven't tried lunch yet, but I'm keen to try the fish and chips, as the fries are fresh cut and excellent.

    The new Galleria is in the area as well, if you need a large Asian grocery store.

    For fish, if you don't mind coming a bit south, you won't do better than Taro's at Sheppard near Leslie (across from the Canadian Tire). You won't have the variety of fish that you get at City or Diana's, but the quality is top notch, plus you can pick up some sushi or items from their catering area. All the fixins' you need to make sushi there, too.

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      1. TO Jo - Funny you mention TFB - ever since I met my wife (then GF) we have met her mom there for breakfast/brunches, very reasonable, and decent quality to boot!

        I find that Taro's is superbly overpriced, the quality is good, but when compared with City or Diana's, it is just too hard to swallow - I remember hearing of some fish mongers further north (east too perhaps?) though the name eludes me.

        Foody, you are right, it is Thornhill, I suppose I should get a firmer grasp of where I am going to be!

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        1. re: Sadistick

          Taro's is very expensive, no question. But for sashimi grade fish, it's great.

          Curious if you've ever tried the fish and chips at The Fry Basket? I'm always there too early to try it, and would love to know whether it's worth a lunch time trip for it.

          Oh, and for fish, you're not that far from T&T, with its huge fish department.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            They are indeed, and TBH, while they can carve out a nice piece of 'sashimi grade' tuna, I used to get a nice 2lb piece of tuna from City and get the same type of quality, with some trimmings for hand rolls!

            Never tried the fish n chips at TFB - I am spoiled with the fish n chips from Old Yorke (on Laird).

            T&T, true enough.....

          2. re: Sadistick

            Nobody mentioned the places like Me Va Me at Bathurst and Steeles. I like that place, just hardly get a chance to go!

            1. re: foodyDudey

              Not that great, unless you bring kids with you.

          3. Galleria Supermarket 7040 Yonge.
            T&T Supermarket (The Promenade Shopping Centre)
            Nortown Fooods (The Promenade Shopping Centre)
            Anna Shawarma (Middle Eastern Restaurant - 9301 Bathurst)
            Centre Deli 1136 Centre Street

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            1. re: lamaranthe

              I should add Best Dragon Seafood 100 Steeles West. A1 lobster, A1 dim sum.

              1. re: lamaranthe

                Was this restaurant called Furama at one point? How does it compare with Legend on Yonge north of Steeles?


            2. Sababa's, on Steeles between Yonge/Bath, serves one of the best and cheapest falafels in the GTA. Centre Street Deli (Centre, west of Bathurst) serves excellent deli, Goodfield's (Steeles at Bathurst) is the epitome of jewish kosher-style butchery, and Golden Star (Yonge at Doncaster) has a burger second only to few.

              390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

              Centre Street Deli
              1136 Centre St, Thornhill, ON L4J3M8, CA

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              1. re: biggreenmatt

                As you are near Yonge and Clark: in a small strip plaza, on the southeast corner of Yonge and Clark, is a Korean resto called Cho Sun OK, which was tipped a few years ago on this board by someone who seemed to know what he was talking about. I tried it out shortly after, and it has been my go-to Korean joint ever since in that part of town. Good, tasty Korean soup/stews with unending banchan. And, in hot weather, try the cold thin arrowroot noodles in an icy broth or in a spicy sauce. Both are delicious. Good service, reasonable prices.

                Me Va Me, at Bathurst and Steeles, mentioned above, is decent enough - though a bit of a barn - but much better, in my view, is the newly-opened outpost of Me Va Me further north, at Bathurst and Rutherford Rd. Well run, with more alert service, much better ambiance, better wine and beer list, expanded menu, all well executed, at roughly the same prices as the old place. Busy almost all day, with good reason. The Anna Shawarma, mentioned above, is, more accurately, called Hanna Shawarma, located across Bathurst St. from the new Me Va Me, which I suspect is killing it in the Russian/Israeli/Middle East sweepstakes. Hanna's is expanding and tarting itself up to better take on Me Va Me.

                The aforementioned Sababa does first-rate Middle East dips, salads, and hot and cold appetizers, available both in the restaurant and its attached takeout store. It helps if you like garlic. The takeout falafel sandwich, mentioned above, is a winner. The resto itself is kinda dreary, but the food makes up for it. Try the resto's mixed salad/appetizer platter., which includes four falafel balls. Enough for two at a reasonable price.

                I'd go to Centre Street Deli more often for lunch if I could ever find a parking spot in its packed parking lot.

                1. re: juno

                  Juno, there is parking space if you walk past the Royal Bank, and go next to the Beer store. It's really worth the walk !