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Lunch or brunch this Sunday, but here's the challenge: It must be Gardiner Expy and subway friendly

Googs Jan 16, 2013 07:49 AM

Whaddaya got?

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    childofthestorm RE: Googs Jan 16, 2013 07:56 AM

    Le Select springs to mind.

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      Googs RE: childofthestorm Jan 16, 2013 08:08 AM

      Thanks for that one, but it isn't really subway friendly. One friend from out-of-town, two friends riding the subway. I'm trying to be considerate of all. Let's put it this way: If Aria or Nota Bene were open Sunday afternoon, I wouldn't need help.

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      LexiFirefly RE: Googs Jan 16, 2013 08:34 AM

      Is epic open for brunch on Sundays? Haven't been there in forever but it may fit the bill.

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        Googs RE: LexiFirefly Jan 16, 2013 08:45 AM

        Good One! They are.

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        CarNut RE: Googs Jan 16, 2013 11:42 AM


        1. CocoaChanel RE: Googs Jan 16, 2013 03:03 PM

          Petit Dejeuner?

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            JennaBean RE: Googs Jan 16, 2013 04:56 PM

            La society on bloor maybe? you can hope on the dvp to the general at bloor.

            1. prima RE: Googs Jan 16, 2013 05:06 PM



              Brunch at the King Eddy

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                fickle RE: prima Jan 16, 2013 05:38 PM

                Brunch at the Ritz?

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                bringonthelbs RE: Googs Jan 16, 2013 07:18 PM


                1. Nevy RE: Googs Aug 4, 2013 10:47 AM

                  Googs - I was doing a search when I came across this thread. I have the exact same issue. In a few weeks, I have several friends coming into town and wants to go for a Sunday lunch. The issue is lack of car for everyone and timing. One of the couple is going to the theatre in the afternoon so reservations and timely service is required.

                  Where did you end up going? There isn't a lot choices in a Sunday lunch.

                  So far my list is

                  Le Select
                  Strada 241
                  Union 72
                  Farmhouse Tavern
                  Lola 's Kitchen

                  Anyone can chime in as well ... We want good Sunday lunch food that won't break the bank and allow for reservations.

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                    equalibra RE: Nevy Aug 4, 2013 11:25 AM

                    If you're willing to go to bannock, you might consider the Ob cafe grill at yonge and front. 2$ parking, right by union and king stations. But union and farmhouse tavern are likely more delicious options (although more costly and less subway friendly).

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                      LexiFirefly RE: equalibra Aug 5, 2013 06:07 AM

                      Front by union is a mess right now. I wouldn't wish driving down there on my worst enemy!

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                      Googs RE: Nevy Aug 5, 2013 10:11 AM

                      I wouldn't recommend these coordinates now thanks to this:
                      and this:

                      Were I in your shoes, I'd be thinking about the Yonge/University/Spadina line north of Bloor. If your theatre friends are the drivers in question, perhaps somewhere along the Bloor/Danforth could work. Care to update the situation?

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                        equalibra RE: Googs Aug 5, 2013 11:06 AM

                        You really don't have to go past union or even near bay. You could go up yonge from the gardiner or down from wherever. Anyway, just was thinking its easily highway accessible and ttc. The food is ok.

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                          Nevy RE: Googs Aug 6, 2013 07:07 AM

                          Oh my.... I'll start swearing in a bit. Holy cow, that's brutal for traffic.

                          I think I'll be recommending we stick to Queen or King St W area so we can avoid that ugliness. We're coming from GTA North West, one couple is staying at Intercontinental Yorkville, and the other is coming from Etobicoke. I guess we can always try the dim sum at the Crown Princess but I heard the wait can be painful even if you have reservations.

                          So aside from the Toronto Traffic Purgatory of 2013, on a NORMAL Toronto Sunday Lunch.... what's a good option?

                          I've been staring at the thread about Sud Forno and I'm almost tempted to say we go for the Terroni and then head next door for the cannoli at Sud Forno :)

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                            ylsf RE: Nevy Aug 6, 2013 08:28 AM

                            Don't forget that King and Spadina intersection is closed as of today for 2 weeks. That won't just mess up King street but also mess up Queen as street cars are diverting onto Queen and I think Richmond? Regardless, will be a mess for 2 weeks if the Queen/Spadina work last year was any indication.

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                              Nevy RE: ylsf Aug 6, 2013 09:55 AM

                              Thank you YLSF for your traffic insights... I think I will avoid Toronto for the next few weeks LOL. Also, thanks Goog for the thread attachment... I've been DYING to try Richmond Station but it's not open on Sundays period.

                              With all the traffic insanity, I'll probably suggest Sunday dinner where we can get to the restaurants without a rush because of the afternoon matinee show. And of course, staying well away from that traffic disaster :)

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                              Googs RE: Nevy Aug 6, 2013 08:37 AM

                              You might investigate the Bloor West portion of the subway line. There must be a good brunch out that way somewhere. Here's a handy map.

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