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TTC Subway Dash & Dine 2011-12 Season

Here we are again huddled indoors warming ourselves over hot drinks and, with luck, even hotter dinners. As the snow piles up and the temperatures go down the same question arises all over the Toronto CH board. “Where can I dine without freezing my toches off to get there?” Here again is my (mostly) annual list of restaurants that are spike-heeled-running-distance from the subway.

This was originally created for the benefit of my girlfriends. We needed a list of places close to the subway to connect us without freezing us. It’s updated annually to reflect the new and the passing so as to not waste precious steps. It is not specifically a list of “the best” restaurants in town. Its main purpose is function.

While I’ve been to many of these I haven’t been to all. An effort was made to add adventure by having a few new ones to try along the way to Spring. I’ve done careful research of opinions on this board and elsewhere for intersections that I don’t frequent to create the newbie list. After all, I have every intention of taking my friends to these places.

It is by no means comprehensive. The grazing range for my friends and I tends to be east of Yonge and south of Eglinton. (This was previously a range lacking in the Wild West excitement, but I understand the vibe is picking up.) CH expertise for the subway stops not covered is very welcome as are restaurants I may have overlooked. This is a community project after all.

Mercatto got two and Globe three kicks at the can since they were smart enough to locate near a subway station repeatedly. One intersection has two good restaurants almost exactly the same distance from the subway exit. It’s good to live in Rosedale. All of them contribute in their own way to cut down on drinking and driving. Here are 63 ways you can leave the car at home and still enjoy a lovely night out. Good for them, good for us.

Happy holidays my friends and all the best for the New Year. My gift to you for all of the help you’ve given me over the years and the joy of having a good meal every time I see friends and family. Thank you.

A special thanks to Suresh for being the first to GoogleMap this. I wouldn't have had the patience had he not done it first.
http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?msid=20...

BLOOR - DANFORTH LINE

KIPLING, 5247 Dundas St W
Apache Burgers, 5236 Dundas St W
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/apache-burgers...

ISLINGTON, 3286 Bloor St W
La Petite France, 3317 Bloor St W
http://www.lapetitefrance.ca/home.html

ROYAL YORK, 3012 Bloor St W
La Veranda Osteria, 946 Royal York Rd
http://www.laveranda.ca/

OLD MILL, 2672 Bloor St W
The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd
http://www.oldmilltoronto.com/culinar...

JANE, 2440 Bloor St W
Earth Bloor West, 2448 Bloor St W
http://earthbloorwest.com/

RUNNYMEDE, 2218 Bloor St W
Bloom, 2315 Bloor St W
http://www.bloomrestaurant.com/

HIGH PARK, 1874 Bloor St W
Suggestions welcome

KEELE, 1733 Bloor St W
King Slice Pizza, 1598 Bloor St W
http://www.kingslice.ca/

DUNDAS WEST, 1525 Bloor St W
Zocalo Bistro, 1426 Bloor St W
http://zocalobistro.com/
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/153437...

LANSDOWNE, 1287 Bloor St W
South Indian Dosa Mahal, 1262 Bloor St W
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/south-indian-d...

DUFFERIN, 1126 Bloor St W
El Jacal, 1056 Bloor St W
http://www.eljacalito.ca/

OSSINGTON, 883 Bloor St W
Rikishi Japanese Restaurant, 833 Bloor St W
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/rikishi-japane...

CHRISTIE, 726 Bloor St W
Tacos El Asador, 690 Bloor St W
http://www.torontoplus.ca/toronto/ven...

BATHURST, 565 Bloor St W
Insomnia Bar and Café, 563 Bloor St W
http://insomniacafe.com/

SPADINA, 371 Bloor St W
Serra Ristorante, 378 Bloor St W
http://www.serrarestaurant.com/

ST. GEORGE, 323 Bloor St W
Bar Mercurio, 270 Bloor St W
http://www.barmercurio.com/

BAY, 64 Bloor St W
Pangaea, 1221 Bay St
http://www.pangaearestaurant.com/

YONGE, 733 Yonge St
Wish, 3 Charles St E
http://www.wishintoronto.com/

SHERBOURNE, 420 Bloor St E
Suggestions welcome

CASTLE FRANK, 600 Bloor St E
Suggestions welcome

BROADVIEW, 90 Danforth Ave
Globe Bistro, 124 Danforth Ave
http://www.globebistro.com/

CHESTER, 370 Danforth Ave
Pantheon, 407 Danforth Ave
http://www.pantheonrestaurant.com/

PAPE, 650 Danforth Ave
Pizzeria Libretto, 550 Danforth Ave
http://danforth.pizzerialibretto.com/

DONLANDS, 990 Danforth Ave
Dukem, 950 Danforth Ave
http://www.dukem.ca/

GREENWOOD, 1177 Danforth Ave
Jean's Vegetarian Kitchen, 1262 Danforth Ave.
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/jeans-vegetari...

COXWELL, 1688 Danforth Ave
Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza House, 1528 Danforth Ave
http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/venue....

WOODBINE, 2072 Danforth Ave
Relish Bar & Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave
http://www.relishbarandgrill.com/

MAIN STREET, 2550 Danforth Ave
Bistro Camino, 2750 Danforth Ave
http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....

VICTORIA PARK, 777 Victoria Park Ave
Suggestions welcome

WARDEN, 3276 St Clair Ave E
Suggestions welcome

KENNEDY, 2455 Eglinton Ave E
Suggestions welcome

SCARBOROUGH RT LINE

LAWRENCE EAST, 2444 Lawrence Ave E
Spicy Dragon, 1060 Kennedy Rd
http://www.spicydragonrestaurant.ca/

ELLESMERE, 1025 Ellesmere Rd
Hopper Hut, 880 Ellesmere Rd
http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....

MIDLAND, 2085 Midland Ave
Ni Ji Sushi, 1095 Ellesmere Rd
http://maps.google.ca/maps/place?q=re...

SCARBOROUGH CENTRE, 300 Borough Dr
St Andrews Fish and Chips, 1589 Ellesmere Rd
http://www.standrewsfishandchips.com/

McCOWAN, 1275 McCowan Rd
Blue Danube, 1686 Ellesmere Rd
http://www.bluedanube.ca/

SHEPPARD LINE

BAYVIEW, 550 Sheppard Ave E
Pearl Bayview Chinese Cuisine, 2901 Bayview Ave
http://www.pearlharbourfront.ca/

BESSARION, 701 Sheppard Ave E
Taro’s Fish, 800 Sheppard Ave E
http://www.tarosfish.com/

LESLIE, 1209 Sheppard Ave E
Peking Man Restaurant, 1100 Sheppard Ave E
http://www.pekingman.ca/

DON MILLS, 1700 Sheppard Ave E
Suggestions welcome

YONGE LINE

FINCH, 5714 Yonge St
Jung Soo Nae, 5754 Yonge St
http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/li...

NORTH YORK CENTRE, 5152 Yonge St
Chez Laurent, 4965 Yonge St
http://www.torontolife.com/guide/rest...

SHEPPARD, 4800 Yonge St
Joons Restaurant, 4852 Yonge St
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/joons-restaura...

YORK MILLS, 4105 Yonge St
Auberge du Pommier, 4150 Yonge St.
http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Auberge...

LAWRENCE, 3101 Yonge St
SteakFrites Bistro, 3185 Yonge St.
http://www.steakfritesbistro.com/

EGLINTON, 2190 Yonge St
Zucca, 2150 Yonge St.
http://www.zuccatrattoria.com/

DAVISVILLE, 1900 Yonge St
Tabule, 2009 Yonge St.
http://tabule.ca/

ST CLAIR, 1441 Yonge St
Cava, 1560 Yonge St.
http://www.cavarestaurant.ca/

SUMMERHILL, 1189 Yonge St
Pastis, 1158 Yonge St.
http://www.postcity.com/Post-City-Mag...

ROSEDALE, 1009 Yonge St
Caffe Doria, 1094 Yonge St.
http://caffedoria.com/
Earth Rosedale, 1055 Yonge St.
http://www.globeearth.ca/

WELLESLEY, 551 Yonge St
Bar Volo, 587 Yonge St.
http://barvolo.com/

COLLEGE, 448 Yonge St
W Burger Bar, 10 College St.
http://www.wburgerbar.com/

DUNDAS, 300 Yonge St
Trattoria Mercatto, 220 Yonge St.
http://trattoriamercatto.ca/

QUEEN, 171 Yonge St
Bannock, 401 Bay St.
http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Bannock...

KING, 70 Yonge St
Beer Bistro, 18 King St E
http://www.beerbistro.com/

UNION, 55 Front St W
Aria Ristorante, 25 York St
http://ariaristorante.ca/

UNIVERSITY-SPADINA LINE

DOWNSVIEW, 1035 Sheppard Ave W
Le Montmartre, 911 Sheppard Ave W
http://www.lemontmartrerestaurant.com/

WILSON, 570 Wilson Ave
Maya, 918 Wilson Ave
http://themayarestaurant.com/

YORKDALE, 1 Yorkdale Rd
Seoul House, 3220 Dufferin St
http://www.torontolife.com/guide/rest...

LAWRENCE WEST, 655 Lawrence Ave W
Sea Salt Fish & Chips, 699 Lawrence Ave W
http://www.seasaltfishandchips.com/

GLENCAIRN, 785 Glencairn Ave
Bigabaldi’s New York Style Pizzeria, 1 Romar Cres
http://www.bigabaldis.com/

EGLINTON W, 1300 Eglinton Ave W
Frida, 999 Eglinton Ave W
http://www.fridarestaurant.ca/

ST CLAIR W, 370 St Clair Ave W
El Fogon, 543 St Clair Ave W
http://www.elfogon.ca/

DUPONT, 278 Dupont St
Diverso By Ferraro, 328 Dupont St
http://diversobyferraro.com/

MUSEUM, 75 Queen’s Park
C5 Restaurant Lounge, 100 Queen’s Park
http://www.c5restaurant.ca/

QUEEN’S PARK, 671 University Ave
Mercatto, 101 College St
http://www.mercatto.ca/

ST PATRICK, 449 University Ave
Lai Wah Heen, 108 Chestnut St
http://www.laiwahheen.com/

OSGOODE, 250 University Ave
Nota Bene, 180 Queen St W
http://notabenerestaurant.com/

ST ANDREW, 147 University Ave
Big Daddy’s Bourbon Street Bistro & Oyster Bar, 212 King St W
http://www.bigdaddys.ca/

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Globe
124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

Insomnia
563 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y6, CA

Tabule
2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

Lai Wah Heen
108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

Beer Bistro
18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

Old Mill
21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, ON M8X 1G5, CA

Pantheon
407 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

Blue Danube
1686 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1H2V5, CA

Volo
587 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

Dukem
950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

Auberge Du Pommier
4150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2P 2C6, CA

Tacos El Asador
690 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L2, CA

Relish
2152 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1K3, CA

Pastis
1158 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L9, CA

Hopper Hut
880 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2W6, CA

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

Pangaea
1221 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3P5, CA

Cava
1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

Cafe Doria
1094 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L6, CA

Zucca
2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

Bar Mercurio
270 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1V8, CA

Le Montmartre
911 Sheppard Ave W, Toronto, ON M3H2T7, CA

Serra
378 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X2, CA

Bloom
2315 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1P1, CA

Seoul House
3220 Dufferin St., Toronto, ON , CA

St. Andrews Fish and Chips
1589 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2Y3, CA

Taro's Fish
800 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K, CA

El Jacalito
1056 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1M3, CA

Jean's Vegetarian Kitchen
1262 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1M6, CA

King Slice
1598 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P1A7, CA

Nota Bene
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

Chez Laurent
4965 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5N6, CA

Frida
999 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

Joons Restaurant
4852 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5N2, CA

C5 Restaurant Lounge
100 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON M5S 266, CA

Mercatto- Mars location
101 College Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, CA

Apache Burgers
5236 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B1A7, CA

Big Daddy's Crabshack & Oyster Bar
212 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H1K5, CA

El Fogon
543 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A3, CA

Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza House
1528 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1N4, CA

Jung Soo Nae Restaurant
5754 Yonge, Toronto, ON M2M1T5, CA

La Petite France
3317 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1E7, CA

Ni Ji Sushi
1095 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2W9, CA

Peking Man Restaurant
1108 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K2V9, CA

Rikishi Japanese Restaurant
833 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1M1, CA

South Indian Dosa Mahal Restaurant
1284 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1N8, CA

Wish
3 Charles St E, Toronto, ON M4Y1R9, CA

Seoul House
180 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J1A1, CA

Maya
918M Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3K1E7, CA

Earth
1055 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

Diverso By Ferraro
328 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R, CA

Steak Frites
3185 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

Zocalo
1426 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6P 3L5, CA

La Veranda Osteria
946 Royal York Road, Toronto, ON M8X 2E5, CA

Bigabaldi's NY-Style Pizza
1 Romar Crescent, Toronto, ON M6B 1R7, CA

Trattoria Mercatto
220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON , CA

Aria Restaurant
25 York St, Toronto, ON , CA

earth Bloor West
2448 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P7, CA

Pizzeria Libretto Danforth
550 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P7, CA

Spicy Dragon
1060 Kennedy Rd, Toronto, ON M1P 4X1, CA

Pearl Bayview Chinese Cuisine
2901 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M2N 5Z7, CA

W Burger Bar
10 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1K3, CA

Bannock
401 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4, CA

Sea Salt Fish & Chips
699 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto, ON M6A 1B4, CA

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  1. Glad to see Caffe Doria on the list. This is an excellent resource.

    Happy new year to you and thank you for taking the time to do this. Very impressive.

    1. Great list, thank you! Unfortunately though, Bigabaldi's closed in October.

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      1. re: katdog

        That's a shame. I heard Bigabaldi's was pretty good and in a neighbourhood that could use a decent place.

        Thanks katdog. I guess that closing escaped my notice.

      2. I'd add Tom Jones, Swish, Biff's & Jump to the King options. Beerbistro food has been so-so the last couple times I've dined there.

        Would include Epic for Union- no need to go outside.

        Would also add Japango and Frank for St. Patrick.

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        Jump
        18 Wellington St. West, Toronto, ON M5L 1G4, CA

        Tom Jones
        17 Leader Lane, Toronto, ON M5E1L8, CA

        Epic
        100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1E4, CA

        Biff's Bistro
        4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

        Swish by Han
        38 Wellington St. East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C7, CA

        1. C5 is only open for lunch now so I'm not sure it really qualifies

          PLeast is a little distant from Pape to qualify for D&D status don't you think? when you walk right past Aravind to get to it?

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          1. re: bytepusher

            PLeast is quite a walk from Pape in cold weather. I'd think the walk from Chester to PLeast is slightly less effort during cold weather than the walk from Pape. The Palace Restaurant is right across the street from Pape Station, if standard Greek will do.

            For Greek food closer to Chester than Pantheon, I'd choose Astoria (sticking to dine-in or take-out souvlaki) or Megas (sticking to veg & meat dishes). No need to cross Danforth. If you're willing to cross Danforth, Detroit Eatery is good place for breakfast close to Chester.

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            Megas
            402 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA

            Astoria Shish Kebob House
            390 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P3, CA

            Detroit Eatery
            389 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

            Palace Restaurant
            722 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K3S7, CA

            1. re: prima

              So true. Chicken souv at Astoria is cooked so well and so tasty. They marinate it just long enough without having it become spongy at all. The tzatziki is thick, garlicky and intense! Love it for that basic menu!

              Grilled calamari at Pantheon will always be worth crossing the street for ; )

              OPA!

            2. re: bytepusher

              At the Museum stop, bytepusher, it's lunch or death. Not a single dinner place until either Bloor St or Friday, whichever comes first.

                1. re: prima

                  yes, once or twice. it's ok, didn't strike me as particularly special. but decent for a quick lunch.

                2. re: Googs

                  Not that I'm endorsing the food but La Société is a short walk from Museum and they are open for dinner.

              1. Great list, adding a few more:

                LANSDOWNE
                Pura Vida
                Bloordale Diner

                OSSINGTON
                Nazareth
                La Bella Mangua

                CHRISTIE
                Maroli
                Banjara

                BATHURST
                Guu

                ROSEDALE
                Rebel House

                SUMMERHILL
                Monk's Table

                OSGOODE
                Queen Mother

                ST ANDREW'S
                Earl's

                BAY (Cumberland entrance)
                Caren's Wine Bar

                ST GEORGE (Bedford entrance)
                Opus

                btw Seoul House is more than a 5 min dash from Yorkdale

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                1. re: fickle

                  Royal York - Merlot, Casa Barcelona, Momiji, 1800 degrees