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VicPro Aug 3, 2011 06:24 PM

Not knowing the neighborhood at all, is there anything decent in the area for lunches? Dine in or out.

For a downtown girl, it feels a little like the sticks.

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    I eat therefore I am Oct 3, 2011 09:09 PM

    I'm guessing that you just got a job in the area. The area on York Mills between Leslie and Don Mills is all commercial which is why you see mostly fast food places for the people working in the area. On the east corners of Don Mills/York Mills you see a lot of trees...that's where the east Don River is and unless you are a member of the Donalda Golf & Country Club you won't be eating there.

    You didn't specify any kind of price range or type of food that you like. For example, if you are up for high quality Japanese food, and not just sushi, then head to Katsura at the Westin Prince hotel on the northwest side of York Mills. The hotel's set back from the street. If you're looking for more quick lunch type places, keep in mind that over the bridge toward Leslie there is also a plaza with a Longo's. The What A Bagel has nice bagels and soft creamy homemade cream cheese. Sounds more like breakfast, but I think they have some lunch items as well as a good selection of baked goods. Across the street is a Swiss Chalet and on Lesmill there is a Select Sandwich. I only mention these places because I'm assuming that you don't have a lot of time to travel and you may not be aware that they are there.

    Some other less obvious places include the Galleria Supermarket (Korean) in the rear at Upjohn where you can get a "make your own meal" at the inside far front of the supermarket. Grab one of various size containers, choose and fill to your liking. Keep in mind you pay by the weight. Pay at the cashier nearest to the eating area. The price isn't bad, but even better after 5 pm (or whatever time they put out that sign) when it's 30% off. You can also order from the hot food counters next to the dining area. Have a look around, and if you see anything you like... bulgogi, pork bone soup (messy), then go to the cashier I just mentioned and tell her what you want and she will give you a pager that will alert you when your food is ready for pickup at the specified station #. Be careful if you get a stone bowl...they're very hot!

    Another less obvious place is High Street Fish & Chips in a plaza on Underhill Dr. You'd best Google Map this place because it's in a quiet residential area southeast of York Mills and Don Mills. You'd have to drive because it's too far to walk. The fish here is battered in a way that makes them less greasy. This is a family-run restaurant that includes some English foods like meat pies and sticky toffee pudding. They also use sustainable fish.

    Some places a little farther away, not already mentioned, are Richtree at a plaza on the southwest corner of York Mills and Bayview. I believe this was maybe the second Marche restaurant opened after the one down on lower Yonge St. There is an Oliver and Bonacini Grill inside the Bayview Village mall at Sheppard and Bayview. There is even the cafeteria at Ikea near Leslie and Sheppard (directly above the main entrance, up the stairs, hook right and go through the door). Don't knock it, it's okay. I once had a Swedish nurse that told me she used to meet her sister there for lunch regularly.

    A little bit further. Another place that's worth considering is the Peanut Plaza on Don Mills between Sheppard and Finch. Here you will find a Mr. Jerk that I've seen mentioned elsewhere a few times, especially, for having great jerk pork. I believe it's on the west side of the plaza. You will also find Allan's Pastries here, in the indoor portion of the plaza, where you can get made-on-the-premises Jamaican patties (beef, chicken, goat and veggie). All patties are about medium hot spicy unless you ask for the mild beef which has no spice at all. They tend to vary a bit on the freshness, but are nevertheless always fresh. What I mean is that I've had them straight out of the oven and then they are superhot, tender and moist. I've seen a lot of people walk out with boxes of uncooked patties to be baked at home. If you plan on going there, I thought I should mention that the "peanut" is an island in the middle of Don Mills and the plaza is at the north end of the "peanut". The entrance is on the east side as you are going north on Don Mills and the exit is on the west side which takes you onto southbound Don Mills.

    Oh, yeah. I like Congee Queen like others. This is at a plaza across the street to the west of the Shops at Don Mills. I thought I'd mention also that if you like a liquid lunch, Bier Markt will be coming to the Shops. As for Fabbrica, it's best to go there only if someone else is paying. $$$ for casual Italian.

    Oh, I almost forgot to mention the mideast eats on Lawrence near Warden. Some people may know better places in this area, but I sometimes get a shawarma at Farhat (at the far right end of a small plaza). I've had good shawarmas there and you can get 2 for $6. One is enough for most people so you could split with another person.

    Someone mentioned Bamiyan Kebab. Something different if you've never had Afghan food before. Worth a try. A little far to go for lunch IMO, but if you happen to be taking the Don Mills bus to Pape station you would passing by this place on Overlea. It may be more convenient for a dinner stopover.

    Happy Eating!

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    High Street
    55 Underhill Dr, Toronto, ON M3A2J8, CA

    Farhat
    2020 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z1, CA

    Mr. Jerk
    3417 Derry Rd E, Mississauga, ON L4T1A8, CA

    Katsura
    900 York Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3B3H2, CA

    Congee Queen
    895 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C3L2, CA

    What A Bagel
    2279 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C6, CA

    Bier Markt
    , Mississauga, ON L5B, CA

    Fabbrica
    49 Karl Fraser Road, Toronto, ON M3C0E5, CA

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    1. re: I eat therefore I am
      Googs Oct 4, 2011 07:24 AM

      Fantastic coverage I eat therefore I am. Without meaning to start a shawarma war going too far off of the OP's desires, I feel it worth mentioning that Farhat can be dodgy on all aspects you don't want a restaurant to be dodgy. If one were to go that far, then Shawarma Empire on Lawrence just east of Pharmacy is not only excellent, but also the farthest thing from dodgy. A lovely couple run the place.
      http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/sha...

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      Shawarma Empire
      1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

      1. re: Googs
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        I eat therefore I am Oct 6, 2011 04:17 PM

        I knew there were supposed to be nicer places than Farhat. I don't know about VicPro but I will definitely give Shawarma Empire a try. Thanks Googs.

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        Farhat
        2020 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z1, CA

        Shawarma Empire
        1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

      2. re: I eat therefore I am
        prima Oct 4, 2011 10:23 AM

        Nice list.

        Would add Shirini Sara for Iranian pastries and products http://www.shirinisara.com/ and Chapman's for prepared foods http://www.chapmans-foods.com/ on Leslie north of York Mills, as two other gems not too far from Don Mills & York Mills.

        Second Mr. Jerk in the Peanut Plaza.

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        Shirini Sara
        1875 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M3B, CA

        1. re: prima
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          I eat therefore I am Oct 6, 2011 04:29 PM

          Both of these places are at 1875 Leslie, just north of York Mills. They both look very very interesting and I had no idea they were even there. I will definitely check them out. Thanks for the ideas, prima.

        2. re: I eat therefore I am
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          neighborguy Oct 6, 2011 06:12 PM

          Great list!
          Recently found the mall at the NE corner of Finch and Don Mills with several options.

        3. KhaoSanRoad Aug 5, 2011 06:50 AM

          Walk: Darband, Galleria
          5 Min Drive: McEwens, Mt. Sinai, Royale, Empire, Island Foods, Congee Queen
          10 Min Drive: Sunnymart, Bamiyan, Popeyes, Hakka Garden
          15 Min Drive: Olde York, Folia, Goodys

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          Congee Queen
          895 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C3L2, CA

          1. Full tummy Aug 4, 2011 12:51 AM

            And, you could do worse than a slice of pizza from Pizzaiolo in the Galleria plaza. They have at least a dozen different options way better than most pizza places that offer slices.

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            1. re: Full tummy
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              juno Aug 4, 2011 07:30 AM

              Congee Queen, mentioned above, in a small plaza on the southwest corner of Lawrence and Don Mills, directly across the street from the Shops at Don Mills, has a number of modestly-priced lunch specials, mostly at about $7 or so. Well-run spot, tasty dishes, deservedly popular at dinner - and at lunch, too, at least when I've been there during the day. Despite its name, congee is just a small part of its vast menu. Prices have risen slightly within the past month or so, but it was the first price rise in years. Still solid value.

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              Congee Queen
              895 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C3L2, CA

              1. re: juno
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                Herne Aug 4, 2011 09:54 PM

                I agree with the evaluation of Congee Queen. I've been eating at Chinese restaurants on Spadina and on Dundas for about 10 years now and I think the Food at Congee Queen is the best I've had--even if it is in the sticks.

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                Congee Queen
                895 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C3L2, CA

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              minto Aug 3, 2011 08:46 PM

              Wonder Pho at I believe 865 York Mills , in the same plaza as Galleria.
              Very tasty Vietnamese with reasonable pricing.

              1. Full tummy Aug 3, 2011 08:13 PM

                Island Foods is on Don Mills north of Lawrence. Pretty good roti, casual cafeteria-style service and space.

                How far afield are you willing to travel?

                1. jlunar Aug 3, 2011 06:55 PM

                  You could head over to the Shops At Don Mills at Lawrence and eat at: Linda or Fabbrica. There's also Congee Queen for cheaper Chinese eats. If you're just looking for something to eat, there are plenty of options, but it depends on what you consider "decent." The Galleria is also right there if you want to check out what take-out they have there.

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                  Congee Queen
                  895 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C3L2, CA

                  Linda Thai Cuisine
                  11 Karl Fraser Road, Toronto, ON , CA

                  Fabbrica
                  49 Karl Fraser Road, Toronto, ON M3C0E5, CA

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                  1. re: jlunar
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                    tjr Aug 3, 2011 08:54 PM

                    Fabbrica is a great choice.

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                    Fabbrica
                    49 Karl Fraser Road, Toronto, ON M3C0E5, CA

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