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I need suggestions for a place to eat downtown Toronto

Hi everyone, I very rarely go to Toronto but am going to be there shortly for an event and I'd like some suggestions on where to eat. I'll be staying Downtown in the financial district but I really want some amazing ethnic food when I'm there. I don't mind travelling a bit either (within a reasonable distance). I'd love to go for Korean, Vietnamese, Lebanese...anywhere really. Failing that, someplace with wonderful home cooked meals (diner style) would be great too. Any suggestions for me? Inexpensive or moderately priced as well please :).

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  1. the gaberdine monday to friday (not open on weekends)-bay and richmond, volos at york and richmond

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    1. re: ingloriouseater

      The name is Gabardine, if I am not mistaken.

    2. I had a fantastic Burrito, steak and chorizo combo at the new muchoburrito, 263 Queen St. W. Very authentic ingredients and fresh, fresh, fresh! The tender steak pieces had been rubbed with spice and grilled. Perfect toppings from fresh cilantro to peppers, choice of beans, grilled veg, and what a deal! They have just opened so they were offering all Burritos at 50% off. So 2 of us dined for under $9. They have a coupon deal on as well going on. I had just given up on Burritos after a bad experience at Z-teca on King. They give you a choice too if you don't want it too spicy.

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      1. re: mayaishi

        I find mucho burrito inconsistent but ya very tasty!! Lots of lime and cilantro pop! Most of these burrito/wrap places are inconsistent wth time of day and maker. Mucho is at Eaton Centre too.

      2. Queen streetcar to Ossington then walk north for good Vietnamese at Pho Tien Thanh.
        Bloor subway west to Christie for Korean food.

        1. Second the reco for Khao San Road. Would also suggest looking into 93 Harbord (Middle Eastern) and Harlem (Southern US). For more casual meals I'd also suggest RaviSoup (Sri Lankan/Indian twists to soup and sandwiches) for lunch and Arepa for amazing Venezulean sandwiches.

          93 Harbord
          93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

          67 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C1N9, CA

          322 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

          Arepa Cafe
          490 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

          Khao San Road
          326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

          1. Thanks for the suggestions. How about bahn mi? Anywhere that makes them fresh? I'd love one for lunch the following day :). No one in London makes them fresh anywhere that I have found :(

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            1. re: vittles72

              Depending on when you're here: Banh Mi Boyz at Queen and Spadina. They're under renovations now though. Otherwise, you can move North of there to Dundas and Spadina for banh mi as well.

              1. re: lamaranthe

                Can ethnic be very ethnic or not so ethnic? Please explain.

                Volos (recommended by ingloriouseater) is good for Greek food. I like Rodney's by Bay for Maritimer food, Biff's for Canadianized bistro, Tabule for Lebanese, Lai Wah Heen for dim sum, and Carisma for Italian. Gabardine is good for 3rd or 4th generation Anglo-Saxon comfort food, with a dash of Colonial Americana in the form of its newfangled lemon meringue pie, and a sprinkle of Italiana through its decent espresso.

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

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

                Rodney's By Bay
                56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

                Carisma Restaurant
                73 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 2V8, CA

                The Gabardine
                372 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 3W1, CA

                Estiatorio VOLOS
                133 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3, CA

                1. re: prima

                  I guess more ethnic than not. Greek or Italian wasn't on my radar and nothing on a bun. We settled on dim sum. There's a few places here in town that serve it but it's not a very vast selection so this should be fun!

                  1. re: vittles72

                    What I'm trying to say is I consider Greek as ethnic as I consider Chinese or Scottish. ;-)

                    in addition to Lai Wah Heen (which serves luxe dim sum), also consider Dynasty in Yorkville and Crown Princess on Bay for good quality dim sum that's somewhat less expensive than Lai Wah Heen. If you'd rather try a more economical, standard Chinatown dim sum, consider Rol San. ;-)

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

                    Rol San
                    323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

                    Dynasty Chinese Cuisine
                    69 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1B8, CA

                    Crown Princess
                    1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

              2. The Beer Bistro could appeal to you. Good reviews.