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fryerlover Jul 6, 2012 08:53 AM

Hello all.

Hubby and I are going to see a few plays for Fringe Festival. We will be around the Tarragon Theatre (Bathurst and Dupont area) on Sat. and going for an early dinner. We are meeting up with another couple. Is there anything casual in the area that has good food of any type. We love all flavours, cultures, etc. Patio would be awseome, although not mandetory. We don't mind walking a bit to get to a destination either.
Hubby is saying to try Annapurna. Anyone have any thoughts on this place?

Thanks for your help. I'm not very farmilliar with Toronto once east of Etobicoke.....lol.

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    ylsf RE: fryerlover Jul 6, 2012 10:43 AM

    I don't have specific recommendations but you could search on here for "Annex" recommendations.

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      sake RE: fryerlover Jul 6, 2012 10:49 AM

      Fanny Chadwicks. It's at Dupont and Albany.

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        MELCH RE: fryerlover Jul 6, 2012 12:13 PM

        We thoroughly enjoyed Bistro Tournesol before a play at Tarragon, don't think they have a patio though

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          caviartothegeneral RE: MELCH Jul 6, 2012 04:32 PM

          +1 for Tournesol -- love the mussels starter. I believe they are participating in Summerlicious this year, if that makes a difference.

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          ER2 RE: fryerlover Jul 6, 2012 12:19 PM

          We always go to Bistro Tournesol for our pre-Tarragon dinner. It's located at 406, Dupont (416-921-7766). Prix Fixe menu for two courses but with plenty of choices for $29.00. There is on street parking by the restaurant but we usually park in the big parking lot opposite the theatre, maybe collect tickets then before a shortish walk back to the restaurant.

          However, it is very popular with Tarragon theatre goers so advisable to book ahead.

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            b.craftie RE: fryerlover Jul 6, 2012 12:20 PM

            Diverso by Ferraro - Italian - is on the north side of Dupont, west of Bathurst. There's a small patio right on street level, and the main restaurant down a few stairs.
            Live - vegan, vegetarian, interesting - is also on the north side, just east of Bathurst, and if I recall has a lovely backyard patio.

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              bluefirefly RE: b.craftie Jul 7, 2012 04:49 AM

              Yup - Live has a patio out in the back.

              Also close by is Magic Oven, if you're into Italian food - pizzas and pastas etc. It is a couple of doors down from Live. The great thing about their pizzas are the choices for crust (gluten free and spelt options) as well as their organic toppings.

            2. estufarian RE: fryerlover Jul 6, 2012 01:37 PM

              By FAR my favourite in the area is Universal Grill - about a 15 minute walk west on Dupont @ Shaw. Has a Patio too.

              1. Wench Foraday RE: fryerlover Jul 6, 2012 10:01 PM

                Annapurna is cheap and cheerful vegetarian food. Nearly everything is under $10. Try their daily specials, and their Indian vegetarian food too - I especially enjoy the potato masala, and anything served with coconut chutney.

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                  Herne RE: Wench Foraday Jul 7, 2012 02:44 PM

                  Where does one park nearby to Annapuma?

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                    Wench Foraday RE: Herne Jul 15, 2012 12:53 PM

                    Hm. You could probably use the parking lot of the diner named K-OS across the street. But I think there is metered parking on Bathurst right in front of Annapurna too.

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                      estufarian RE: Wench Foraday Jul 15, 2012 12:59 PM

                      As a sometimes patron of K-OS I would be REALLY unhappy if someone 'unfairly' took one of the free 3-4 spots provided by K-OS.

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                        Wench Foraday RE: estufarian Jul 15, 2012 08:39 PM

                        Right, I probably shouldn't be promoting that. I was thinking only of dinnertime when K-OS is closed but Annapurna still open...

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                          estufarian RE: Wench Foraday Jul 16, 2012 06:04 AM

                          OK - I use it mainly for breakfast - but I'm sure I tried dinner there - although that was before the last ownership change (which wasn't an improvement in quality, but the prices are pretty low).

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                            Wench Foraday RE: estufarian Jul 16, 2012 04:05 PM

                            I'm the same - I basically only eat breakfast and brunch at K-OS - so maybe it is open for dinner but I've never seen anyone there. Gotta love the breakfast though, it's plentiful (though not quite as plentiful it used to be) and cheap (though not quite as cheap as it used to be).

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                              estufarian RE: Wench Foraday Jul 17, 2012 02:00 AM

                              Was closed when I drove past last night!

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                                Wench Foraday RE: estufarian Jul 17, 2012 08:53 PM

                                So I thought!

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                  Dean Tudor RE: fryerlover Jul 7, 2012 11:16 AM

                  Dos Amigos, on Barthurst, just north of the tracks, 2 minutes walk from theatre. You cannot get more casual than Mexican food and drinks.

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                    fryerlover RE: fryerlover Jul 10, 2012 06:26 PM

                    Thanks for all of the responses. We ended up at Fanny Chadwicks for thier brunch and Annapurna for dinner.

                    At Fanny Chadwicks, we had the smoked salmon eggs benedict with homefries. The eggs benedict was really good. The hollandaise sauce (housemade I believe) was very yummy and went well with the smoked salmon. The eggs were good, however I may be wrong, although think they were a bit overcooked or sat for a bit as they were not runny at all. It still tasted great. Some of the homefries were slightly burnt, dry and the onion slices cooked with them were for the most part burnt. The place is small and ram packed so understandable as they are working in a small kitchen making a ton of food. We sat at the bar and the server was very friendly, however he did forget to ask us what kind of English Muffin we wanted and if we wanted homefries or salad as offered on the menu...........although, we also forgot to mention our preferance. They also offered house made ketchup and hot sauce and both were really good. The ketchup not sweet at all and if I could have purchased it I would have. It was a neat place and I'd go back for sure. Would like to try some of their local draughts and a dinner there. My review may not sound so positive in a few areas, but I get the feeling they do make great food and we just had a one off.

                    Annapurna was a fun experience. Cell phones off once you enter the restaurant for a calming experience. We ordered a lot of little plates and each one was delicious. We have a cold cucumber yoghurt soup that was so refreshing. We had seasoned tofu with noori and spices, masala dosai, sagu and we also had a desert ball that had peanut butter, sunflower seed, raisins and chocolate in it. I would love to return here to try more of their dishes. I've had indian food before, although this was different. And didn't feel as heavy as other indian food I've had. A very filling vegetarian meal.

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