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Mar 19, 2012 11:55 AM

Roncesvalles area

Going to be in the Roccesvalles area on Saturday and never really walked around there. Any good butchers there or place to get veggies? What about good take-out food or good places for a pint (good craft beers). What are your favorite food places in Roncesvalles.

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  1. the local for beer,

    plenty of great produce places

    cattleman's meats up queen west from roncesvalles at queen and dowling

    1. The film buff for ice cream
      KO for good produce
      The Ace for a cocktail
      Cafe polonez for large polish meals
      +1 for the local

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      1. re: Marumari

        Ko is a great place for produce. Great selection with some more unusual or harder to find offerings. They've had ramps, lobster mushrooms, sunchokes, etc...

        1. re: jamesm

          I have never found any good produce on Roncesvalles. Mabel's is great for bread, pastries and prepared food. I love the place. Also The Mercantile for sauces, jams etc.

          1. re: Smachnoho

            When I lived in the area a few years back, I found that produce was either hit or miss with most of the small groceries along the southern part of Roncy. And for those times where it did seem a bit dodgym I could always pop up to the Loblaws near Dundas, which back then was more reliable than they have been lately (but that is a discussion for another thread).

          2. re: jamesm

            I agree - but there's a ton of other spots that are cheaper and offer great produce as well - like the place next door. Ko is more for if you need organics or the harder to get stuff like you mention. It's really become more of a specialty store in my eyes. I like the mad mexican stuff they have as well : )
            Far as where to hang out, Local is a nice pub, the Westerly has gotten popular and is across the street - a bit more upscale. Dizzy has a patio and micros as does Barque if you want BBQ...

        2. we were around there last sunday and surprised at how far south we had to go to find anything resembling a butcher - gave up and got really good sausages at benna's. i love the westerly, but i'm biased. ace is good too (although they never have the mythical bacon ice cream when i'm there!)

          1. Just had dinner at the Westerly this evening on Roncesvalles. Came in around 5:30 and they said they were already pretty well booked up but had one table left at the back (or the bar). Service was very good (except for getting the bill). The olive bread they serve with dinner is delicious. I had the wild mushroom gnocci with trubble oil and shaved cheese and it was delicious. My dinner date had the artic char and loved it. We then a chocolate dessert which was also great.

            Highly recommended and obviously well liked as it was very busy early on a Sunday.

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            1. re: Flexitarian

              Just noticed that there is a fish store coming soon to Roncesvalles as well as what appears to be a gren grocers in the old Granowski space. The fish store is especially interesting as it's one thing totally lacking on the street.

              1. re: jamesm

                Also a restaurant (I believe) called "The Greek Spot" up near Howard Park, right beside Sweet Thrills.
                Also thought the fish store (De La Mer I think it is called) is a great addition.

                1. re: jamesm

                  de la mer is the fish store and it is a 2nd location, 1st location is on bayview....this has been needed in the hood for a long time and i look forward to it.

                2. re: Flexitarian

                  we were there the previous sunday night, we also walked in and offered that last table. we chose to eat at the bar instead. great service and great food. we will be back to the westerly...