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looking for good ethic food near Italian consulate sit down only please

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chefmom Dec 26, 2011 11:19 PM

Hi we will be in TO tonight family of 4 BUT kids are used to eating out at non chains and behave in restaurants, we all like ethnic food, husband does not eat meat
we have a car or will use metro
looking for $20 a plate or less
Also thought maybe Z-Teca for quick lunch Wed
Please let me know of your favs
Thank You!!

  1. iMarilyn Dec 27, 2011 05:10 AM

    Isn't Z-Teca a chain?

    You have a lot of "ethnic" options a lot closer. The consulate is in the middle of Chinatown, lots of choice if you know where to go. Cheap dim sum at Rol San and Dim Sum King. Noodles at Swatow and Noodle King. Dumplings at Mother's. None more than $10 person.

    Baldwin Street is two blocks north, lots of spots from good (Elle M'a Dit/Alsatian) to dreadful (John's Italian).

    Kenzo Ramen is two blocks west of University. And Frank in the AGO serves Canadian food.

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      chefmom Dec 27, 2011 02:47 PM

      thanks we will need to grab a quick lunch on the walk from our hotel to the consulate but will be getting dinner in the next few hours. do you know something betterthan Z-Teca but still quick?

      What is good at Elle M'a Dit? Thank You have a great night and Happy New Year!!

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        ylsf Dec 28, 2011 05:45 PM

        There is a food court across from OCAD (just south of AGO) called The Grange I think that has some decent options. A Japanese place, a much better burrito place than Zteca (From what I recall at least) and a vegetarian place called Karen's or Carens or something like that)

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          iMarilyn Dec 29, 2011 06:03 AM

          Karine's is mostly vegetarian. They serve bacon for some reason. I guess it goes with their breakfasts.

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          iMarilyn Dec 29, 2011 06:05 AM

          Burrito Boyz or Burrito Bandidos. Same nabe, better food. Both fast food seating.

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        miranda Dec 27, 2011 07:37 AM

        Asian Legend on Dundas is good at Beverley St N side of Dundas Miranda

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          chefmom Dec 29, 2011 08:28 AM

          Thanks to all, we tried Asian Legend and the food was yummy and fresh, restaurant very clean and the service was attentive we got a table without waiting!

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          ylsf Dec 27, 2011 08:15 AM

          Zteca is okay for what it is but I wouldn't waste a meal on it if you only have a day in Toronto. Much better options out there. You can search on here for "around AGO" (art gallery of Ontario) as that is close by the consulate or China Town as iMarilyn mentioned. You will get a lot more options with those search terms.

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            chefmom Dec 27, 2011 02:49 PM

            Thanks I'll try AGO now

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