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For a senior lady of "plainer" tastes- lunch in St Clair/Vic Park Scarboro area???

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Hi, just looking for a lunch place, within 15 minute drive of St. Clair and Vic Park, for a lady in her late 80's. She does not want loud music, crowds of loud teenagers or spicy foods. She likes plainer, blander foods. Also salads and light foods without grease. We were recommended Goody's before, but it is not open weekends. She is going on a Sunday. Too bad because the Goody's menu looked divine.
Nothing upscale or fussy please, but also not below average where she will think it is a dump. It would be a great bonus if the place had some char broiled burgers too, or great fries and gravy.There is a place near there, the Wexford, but it does not get a lot of comments or reviews here. She has been to Watts in the mall, but was not impressed with their breakfast plates.

Thanks a lot!!

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Wexford
2072 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z5, CA

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  1. Jawny Bakers might fit the bill.

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    Jawny Bakers
    804 O Connor Dr, Toronto, ON M4B2S9, CA

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    1. re: Googs

      Thanks everyone for the ideas. I have been researching, and came up with 2 candidates. One is Valley Fields, the other, Georgy Porgy. All look good but these 2 seem the best to me, anyway. By looking at the menu's. So what do you guys like better of the 2?

      http://www.valleyfieldsrestaurant.com/

      http://grubcanada.com/cities/toronto/...

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      Valley Fields Restaurant
      1222 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A1B9, CA

      Georgy Porgys
      1448 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A2P8, CA

      1. re: flinta

        If I had to take an older person to a restaurant, Valley Fields wins between those two. Georgy Porgy just screams "Jack Astor's" to me, which would have the "loud music, crowds of loud teenagers" you wanted to avoid.

        I haven't been to either so I'm just going by my impressions of the menu based on those links.

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        Valley Fields Restaurant
        1222 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A1B9, CA

        Georgy Porgys
        1448 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A2P8, CA

        1. re: flinta

          I can't speak to the merits of Valley Fields as I haven't been.

          As to Georgy Porgy's, it's privately owned by a Greek family. The breakfasts I've had there were large, of good quality, and reasonably priced. For lunch, the ribs are surprisingly good for a non-smokehouse place. Also tasty is the souvlaki, fish and chips, and the burger is decent. I haven't tried everything at Georgy Porgy's, but I've had no issues with anything I've had so far.

          I've had no noise level problems during the day. One time in the evening when we found the music a little too loud for conversation, we simply asked if it could be turned down and they happily obliged. They're like that there. Always ready to please the customer. I guess that's because they do a brisk business with the older set starting at around 4:30, 5:00pm. They're accustomed to their needs. It's also 100% accessible from the parking lot out front to the ladies room in the back.

          We're not talking destination dining here, but if you're nearby and need a comfy quiet place to eat it'll do the trick.

          I hate to confuse the issue with another suggestion, but if you want truly old-fashioned dining in a cozy (read small) dining area, you can't do much better that Grumbels Deli on the west side of Main St just a hair south of Danforth. I should have thought of that right away when you mentioned Goody's Diner. Grumbles is the other King, or I guess in this case, Queen of Comfort Food in the east end. This place is straight out of the 50's. The deli serves up sandwiches on house made breads. The house made soups are a delight. They also have plenty of pastries and fudge for dessert. Of course if you like what you've had, you can always take home goods from their chockablock shelves of preserves, etc or the deli counter. I particularly like their steak and kidney pie. It's one step to get into the place, but it's otherwise accessible in case that's one of your considerations.

          Wherever you go I do hope you and your friend enjoy yourselves.

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          Grumbel's
          290 Main St, Toronto, ON M4C, CA

          1. re: Googs

            Oooooh, I almost forgot to mention that, as accessible as Jawny Baker's is for the most part, it fails on the absolute most important one if you're interested in preserving the dignity of the individual. The bathrooms are located a walk away from the tables, down a hall, down a set of stairs, and around a corner in a labyrinth that could have been straight fromt the imagination of Terry Jones of Monty Python.

      2. High Street Fish and Chips on Underhill is popular with seniors. There is also a family restaurant called Valleyfields (n side of Lawrence west of Vic Park) that might fit the bill (typical family fare). The Wexford is okay but sometimes gets really busy/loud.

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

        Wexford
        2072 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z5, CA

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        1. re: kbdid

          The Wexford isn't even okay these days. The breakfasts are better at Watts for goodness sakes.

          If the brunch menu at Jawny Bakers is too fancy for the lady, simpler breakfast and lunch fare can be found at Georgy Porgy's in the Victoria Terrace mall on the north side of Lawrence just a stone's throw west of Victoria Park. They have comfortable banquettes and prompt service.

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          Wexford
          2072 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Z5, CA

          Georgy Porgys
          1448 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A2P8, CA

          1. re: Googs

            Been a few years since I lived/ate out there...glad to see Georgy Porgys is still around...it's lasted awhile. I agree it's a good spot...OTdid Steak Queen finally die?

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            Steak Queen
            1795 Victoria Pk, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

            Georgy Porgys
            1448 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A2P8, CA

            1. re: kbdid

              Steak Queen is now Mediterranean Grill, or something like that.

              1. re: Pincus

                I will miss Steak Queen's never corrected sign in the parking lot reading, "Special: Buger, ries & dink".

          2. re: kbdid

            I agree on the High Street review...this place is great for fish & chips...the seniors are obviously regulars, it has nice, friendly ambience, friendly quick service and great prices...another little hole in the wall we were happy to find.

          3. I know that this may not be geographically desireable, but my mother-in-law, who is the plainest, old-school woman I know LOVES the Arcadian court at The Bay. She has been going there for the past 30 years for her anniversary.

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            1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

              It's no longer a restaurant, but will be a banquet facility run by Oliver Bonacini when it reopens:

              http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Events-...

              1. re: TexSquared

                And therefore it should appeal to "plain, old-school women", because I can't think of anything more plain than a banquet facility run by O+B. It's perfect for The Bay.

            2. Bistro Camino on Danforth east of Main might be nice. Good classic cooking at very reasonable prices. Another is Melanie's Bistro on Danforth west of Woodbine

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              Bistro Camino
              2750 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

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              1. re: hal2010

                I have been to Valleyfiedls several times in the past couple of years. Food was fine and service was Ok and prices are fine as well.

                1. re: hal2010

                  I heartily endorse Bistro Camino. It will be a nice meal in a nice place with good service. And she can avoid adventures if she chooses. Thye have just reopened after vacation.

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                  Bistro Camino
                  2750 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                    VVM, is BC open for lunch?

                    1. re: Googs

                      Thanks a lot, everyone. I think it's gonna be Valley Fields. It seems to be the closest and safest bet.

                      I have to clarify something, this lady is in her 80's, with non adventurous food tastes, but she is far from boring. She is in better physical shape than most 30 year olds, has double my energy, dances a few hours twice a week...she could put many to shame. I just did not want to represent her as a nursing home dependent. She kicks ass.

                      Thanks again, I will update after the lunch with a review.

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                      Valley Fields Restaurant
                      1222 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A1B9, CA

                      1. re: flinta

                        Yes please do. I'd be curious to know if VF is worth a visit.

                        1. re: Googs

                          OK, she went to Valley Fields today. It was just fine. It was quite busy, but the wait was only about 3 minutes. They serve a breakfast menu til 2 pm on weekends. My husband and his son had the big breakfast plates with sausage, egg, toast, homefries, pancakes and bacon. My mother in law had a small breakfast plate. Everything was nice. The homefries were nice and crispy crunchy on the outside but soft in the middle. Browned well. They were like a hash cut, not in medallions or chips, small chopped up pieces but very good. Everything else was very good and pretty standard. They are not skimpy with the meat. Service was good. You could safely take anyone there, nobody would complain unless they were elitist snots. It was a good choice. Thanks again for all the suggestions.

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                          Valley Fields Restaurant
                          1222 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3A1B9, CA

                      2. re: Googs

                        I dunno. They have just returned from vacation and there had been talk of changing hours . Call and find out, 416-698-0283.

                        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                          I've made a reservation at BC for lunch this coming Friday... Wonder if they were in Spain again for their vacation.