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corktown11 Aug 8, 2011 01:11 PM

I am occasionally responsible for ordering our weekly office lunch (downtown Toronto, Yong/Bloor neighbourhood) and I am running out of good ideas. We have tried every pizza there is, subway sandwiches, Barburrito, Mr. Sub, Scaccia and Focaccia (on Hayden St.). I'm looking for other suggestions to "mix it up". I know there are Chowhounders out there that can help...please!

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Barburrito
238 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z7, CA

Scaccia Restaurant
55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W1A5, CA

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    stargazercd Aug 8, 2011 07:30 PM

    Have you tried Sage Cafe - 166 McCaul Street?
    My fav lunch spot and I heard good things about their catering service.

    1. cloudscape Aug 8, 2011 07:37 PM

      Free Times Cafe (320 College St, near Spadina) has pretty good food. I haven't tried their catering though.

      If everyone's okay with sushi, you could try Sushi On Bloor (on Bloor, b/w Spadina and Bathurst). We ordered several large sushi party trays for parties and conferences in the past, and while I'm no sushi connoisseur, I thought it was pretty good. Everyone else thought it was tasty too, though I must warn you, we were all hungry university students.

      Good luck on feeding your office!

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      Sushi On Bloor
      515 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y4, CA

      Free Times Cafe
      320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1S3, CA

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        bytepusher Aug 8, 2011 08:11 PM

        You might try ordering from Tiffinday, I think you are inside their delivery area, depends on how your office mates would react to vegan Indian.

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          peppermint pate Aug 8, 2011 08:22 PM

          Black Camel. Call in advance to order either personalized combos for each person or a variety of mixed sandwiches with toppings on the side. Hop on the subway to Rosedale - or walk if you have the time - and voila.They have a steady bunch of regulars from the financial district that do this all the time.

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          Black Camel
          4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W1S9, CA

          1. justpete Aug 8, 2011 10:50 PM

            Caplankys will deliver; yuzu isn't far from you, and porchetta and co does sell their meat by the pound, beyond that, I'm not sure - but you can always pay a cab to deliver food for you - from anywhere.

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              canadianbeaver Aug 9, 2011 06:12 AM

              I ordered from Shopsy's and everyone loved it. You could try Mykonos, for Greek.

              You can also try these:
              http://www.corporatecravings.com/downloads/CC_Menu_2011_Web.pdf
              http://www.maximcatering.com/app/down...

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              Mykonos Restaurant
              572 Adelaide St N, London, ON N6B3J5, CA

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                canadianbeaver Oct 5, 2011 12:28 PM

                Today we got catering for 16 from Corporate Cravings. We got a sandwich mix, pop and juices, and Quinoa Salad. Everyone was raving about it. The sandwiches were really good, too (one of mine was on a crossisant bun and had brie cheese, apple, and cranberry sauce). Friendly, on-time delivery, and good selection. And the quinoa salad was a refreshing take on a side salad, some people in my group had never tried/heard of quinoa and really loved it.

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                  corktown11 Apr 10, 2013 01:56 PM

                  Hi Canadian beaver - I realize you wrote this a long time ago but we're now using Corporate Cravings and they are fantastic!

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                    canadianbeaver Apr 10, 2013 04:53 PM

                    So good to hear!! Thanks for the follow-up :-)

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                corktown11 Aug 9, 2011 06:17 AM

                Thank you all - these are excellent suggestions! I knew Chowhound was the place to come :). I'm starting with Black Camel as it's only a few blocks north of us...will let you know how it goes!

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                Black Camel
                4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W1S9, CA

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                  gttahaveit Aug 9, 2011 06:40 AM

                  You've got to try Fabarnak, located near you at 519 Church St. http://www.facebook.com/fabarnak
                  Socially conscience, focus on locally produced food and amazing prices too!
                  Here's a review on Yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/fabarnak-resta...

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                  Fabarnak
                  519 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9, CA

                  1. Googs Aug 9, 2011 07:43 AM

                    I can guarantee you haven't had EVERY pizza. Hey corktown, if you're really in Corktown you can spend your money in your home neighbourhood and have it delivered to your work neighbourhood. Try Fusilli. You'd have to arrange it in advance, but it's well worth it. Giuseppe makes my favourite pizza in the city. His sauces are testament to the elegance of simplicity.
                    http://fusilli.ca/contact-us.html

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                    Fusilli
                    531 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A1V1, CA

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                      corktown11 Aug 9, 2011 08:55 AM

                      Interesting idea Googs...I've eaten at Fusilli but never had their pizza. Maybe I'll do a "test run" at home tonight :). Thanks for the recommendation.

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                        Googs Aug 10, 2011 04:20 PM

                        corktown11, Fusilli's Margherita is a perfect example of sauce meets pizza. Let me know how that goes would you please?

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                      sharand Aug 10, 2011 10:29 AM

                      I use Vert for lunches catered at our office - lots of compliments from some particular guests. Well presented, fresh, interesting selections. And then, if you want something different, Afghan Women's Catering is great value for authentic recipes - but you have to plan ahead a bit.

                      1. estufarian Oct 5, 2011 12:37 PM

                        Sorry, missed this first time around (was away at the time).

                        Boccone (Yonge south of St Clair) has superb sandwich trays - not sure how far they deliver as I had it at St Clair & Yonge.

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                          kingsway Oct 5, 2011 05:41 PM

                          Panera Bread will cater from Mississauga I believe. I am sure they will eventually be closer to the core

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                          Panera Bread
                          55 Square One Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B0E2, CA

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                          canmark Apr 11, 2013 10:15 AM

                          The office that I work in (Financial District) gets a lot of catering from Rose Reisman: http://www.rosereismancatering.com/

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                            Tauck Nov 13, 2013 01:37 PM

                            Our office was using Rose Reisman for about a year but the complaints were endless. Her food used to be acceptable, but now we have switched to Panera and it is always well received.

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                              rebecca3492 Mar 26, 2014 09:07 AM

                              Hey there! My company tried office lunches from Barque Smokehouse and it was amazing. They have the best sandwiches and ribs in town and it was a huge hit with our employees. We also used them for an event and they hit it out of the park. http://barque.ca/catering#&panel1-1

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