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I apologize in advance if this answer is readily available; I have not yet searched this board. On Wednesday, I will be coming to Toronto for a presentation and have time for a meal afterward (around 3:00-5:00). I will be about 20 minutes east of the airport.

I would ideally like to find something that is especially good in Toronto (I'm not sure what that is at the moment but will soon enough). I definitely don't want anything that I can get a better version of in Texas which is where I'm coming from.

Thank you in advance for your help. I wish I had more time up there, I've never been to Canada before.

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  1. Can you be a bit more specific about where you'll be? The city itself is east of the airport so 20 minutes east is a little vague to allow for specific recommendations that will fit your timeframe.

    1. Short answer, Cantonese, 20 minutes east of the airport with a car puts you roughly in the right area. Some of the usual suspects can recommend a specific spot.

      1. Grand Chinese Cuisine in the Doubletree Airport Hotel is very good.

        1. Sorry, I will add a bit more detail:

          I will be in the fashion district by the Billy Bishop Airport.

          I am open to all cuisines but again would like to have a Canada/Toronto specialty. Cantonese would have been great except I will be going to Guangzhou (formerly Canton) in two weeks!

          That said, I may be asking for too much and would be happy for a great Cantonese meal if that's what's delicious in the area.

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          1. re: demigodh

            Ignore everything so far - different airport!
            You are right downtown - the main problem is that almost everything is closed between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. What time is your return flight (so we can assess whether you'll have time to eat and fly)?

            1. re: estufarian

              How about Banh Mi Boys? They'll be open and it's not something that most other cities would have. Actually, you could grab something small there and head a bit further down the street to have something else at Gandhi Roti or New York Sub too.

              1. re: ggom1

                Funny, Banh Mi Boys was going to be my recommendation as well! I'm pretty sure that kimchi fries are not common in Texas, but damn are they good.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  And then maybe a stop at Soma (King & Spadina) for some gelato (and chocolate) before going home...

          2. Go to Khao San Road for the best Thai in the city (call to see if they are serving at that hour). I bet you can get something if you are there around 3ish

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            1. re: Flexitarian

              Khao San Road is closed between lunch (ends at 2:30 or so) and dinner service (starts at 5).