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Relatively inexpensive places to eat near Toronto General Hospital

starbucksmocha Aug 10, 2012 08:35 AM

Hi all!

I am meeting a friend of mine for lunch, and as we're both short on time and money, I was hoping someone here would be able to recommend a good place to eat near TGH. Preferably a short walking distance, but if not, a short subway ride away. Any suggestions?

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    bbbradk RE: starbucksmocha Aug 10, 2012 11:52 AM

    I always end up at Panago Pizza after a stop there.

    44 Gerrard Street West
    Toronto, ONPhone: 310-0001
    STORE HOURS:Sun - Thurs 11am - 11pm
    Fri + Sat 11am -12am
    Holidays 11am - 11pm

    1. happycamper RE: starbucksmocha Aug 10, 2012 01:16 PM

      Plenty of inexpensive good eats on Baldwin St. (5 min walk from the hospital).
      Kowloon Dimsum (Baldwin and McCaul) has tasty, cheap, large-portion lunch specials.

      East of the hospital along Dundas, Kenzo Ramen (<$10 for a big bowl of noodle, but it does get crowded at lunch), Big Fat Burrito a few steps away also offers solid lunch menu that's easy on the wallet)

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        lynng RE: starbucksmocha Aug 11, 2012 12:15 AM

        There' Somethin 2 Talk About on Gerrard just West of Bay. About a minute walk away from the Elizabeth St. side. Delicious, healthy wraps. There's a tiny seating area in the back and an equally tiny patio. If they're both full, there's a small courtyard next door.

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          canadianbeaver RE: lynng Aug 11, 2012 09:32 PM

          I think that sandwich place is closed now....

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            lynng RE: canadianbeaver Aug 12, 2012 03:26 AM

            I ate there 2 days ago, so unless they've closed since then, I think they're still open. They were temporarily closed for a couple of weeks this summer for maintenance to their pipes. Maybe that's what you're thinking of.

        2. Googs RE: starbucksmocha Aug 11, 2012 07:36 AM

          I started this a few years back. Not all places are inexpensive, but the list does attempt to be comprehensive.


          Honestly, when I'm in your situation, I find you can't do much better than Marianne's Snack Shack. That's the hot dog cart in front of Mt Sinai Hospital. So much more than hot dogs, so much more care than the average vendor. She truly is one of those "love in every spoonful" sorts.


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            starbucksmocha RE: Googs Aug 12, 2012 04:58 PM

            Thank you guys! I'll definitely be checking out some of these places!

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            LUV_TO_EAT RE: starbucksmocha Aug 12, 2012 01:44 PM

            Yueh Tung on Elizabeth St/Dundas. I almost always go there when I'm in the area. Very fast, cheap, good eats.

            Lots of people order the Chili Chicken on Rice. (Hakka Chinese dish).


            1. ComerDemonio RE: starbucksmocha Aug 12, 2012 07:24 PM

              Try Sage Cafe (166 McCaul Street just south of Baldwin). Not expensive, good food, close to TGH (http://www.sagecafeandcatering.com/). I will never understand why hospitals are such food wastelands!

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                Googs RE: ComerDemonio Aug 13, 2012 07:14 AM

                Not all of them. St Michael's Hospital has food policies that have improved the quality, taste, delivery, range of choices, and reduce waste. Oh and let's not forget, local and sustainable. The policies make themselves evident to both patients and visitors

                I HAD to eat in their cafeteria called Marketeria on the 6th floor several years ago. I was shocked when I they served decent food in a fairly relaxed and comfortable room. Now when I visit someone there, I eat in the Marketeria as a first choice. I can't imagine why it took them so long to publicize this.


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                  ComerDemonio RE: Googs Aug 13, 2012 11:13 AM

                  I'm glad to here that St Michael's has made this a priority. I must say that Trillium (Mississauga), Toronto General, and Princess Margaret still offer nothing more than fast food (Tim Hortons, , Starbucks, Hero Burgers, Subway, etc). I see from the article that they are having a hard time "defining" local and sustainable and this makes sense given their clinical backgrounds. I can only hope that this experiment takes root in other institutions.

                  All that being said, it is nice to walk away from a hospital to a place like Sage and the other restaurants on Baldwin.

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