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Jan 2, 2013 09:56 PM

Where to eat a decent lunch within a short walk of Allan Gardens

Just looking for a reasonably clean, comfortable restaurant -- I'm flexible with respect to what type of food -- that's not too pricey and ok with a fairly well-behaved toddler.

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  1. I am guessing your best bet is on Church street from Allan Gardens. Guu is less than a 7 minute walk according to Google maps.

    If you are okay with a non-restaurant, Loblaw's maple leaf gardens is a short walk as well. Never eaten there before but tempted but some of the prepared foods in the past.

    Sabai Sabai (Thai) would be about a 10 minute walk - Church and Dundas area.

    Not sure of anything in the less than 5 minutes area.

    1. Welcome to the worst restaurant website I've ever seen. However, if you want diner fare at a reasonable price you need go no further than the north side of Carlton one very short block east of Sherbourne. Chew Chew's Diner has typical diner food with slight nods to fancy here and there. Warning! Portions are quite large. You could easily share one meal with a toddler and still have leftovers.

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      1. re: Googs

        Interesting, driven by that place and wondered about it... Looks like it would be a fun place for a toddler too!

      2. Thanks, ylsf, but I am pretty sure Guu is only open for dinner. That may work, though, if we visited the gardens in late afternoon. Good idea!

        Googs, when I looked at Google maps, I saw Chew Chews but had no idea whether I would want to try it without a recommendation. Thank you.

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        1. re: Full tummy

          If you are thinking later on, I will also throw Zakkushi into the ring. It is on Carlton - west of Parliament.

          1. re: justsayn

            Thanks for the suggestion. Three options is good!

          2. re: Full tummy

            Yeah, sorry, missed the "lunch" part even though it was in the title!

            1. I tried to post on this about an hour ago but nothing happened so here I go again. My son lives in the area. His favorite spot is a small place on Church just south of Carleton called Brown Bag sandwhiches. I went with him a couple of weeks ago but unfortunately was not hungry so I did not order anything. The name of the restaurant is a bit misleading. They do sandwhiches but mostly barbeque done in house. I had a taste of his brisket and was impressed. Cant say how it compares to other places in town because I do my own barbeque. Will definately go back when I am hungry and in the area.

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              1. re: LJS2

                Brown Bag is a great place!! I believe they make Top 3 french fries (not the chips) in the city!

                I thought of them too but I wouldn't classify them as particularily comfortable. In my mind's eye I also imagine lots of stuff sitting around for a toddler to want to get into...could all just be my perception of the place though. Always seemed a bit sketchy to me. LOVE THE FOOD!

                1. re: justsayn

                  Maybe a good place to go to for takeaway on a summer trip to Allan's Gardens.

                2. Raijin ramen on Gerrard just east of Yonge is good.I agree that Maple Leaf Gardens with a toddler is a good lunch destination.