Bloor West Village restaurants
Me and my family just moved to Bloor West Village and I am wanting some recommendations for high and low cost restaurants. And if someone wanted to chime in with great food delivery recs that would be awesome to! I am a total new comer so I really don't know where to go. We love most kinds of food, Thai, Ukrainian, Sushi, Italian, Mexican, we aren't picky with type, we just want delicious!
BWV is slowly progressing with food options, some options off the top of my head ....
Cheap & Fast: Ali Baba, Mamma's Pizza, McD
Burgers, Works Burgers, Yellow Griffin, Grillway, Jumbo Burgers
Pizza take out: Vesuvius, Buddha Pie, FBI, Pizza Flora, Mamma's Pizza
Asian/take out: Westwood Grill, Wok Terminal, Thai & Sushi, Thai Delite
Cafe/Coffee: Coffee Tree
Nearby areas to explore: Junction/Dundas West/Annette, Roncesvalles,
In my opinion BWV is one of the worst food destinations in the city. The only place that's actually good is earth bloor west, and i believe that building will be torn down in the next year to make way for condos. Also, falafel world is actually awesome so you want to go there. But apart from that good luck. The rest of the mentions kinda suck but to each their own. Luckily there are good places in nearby hoods such as Roncy and the Junction.
In the Junction as mentioned is Vesuvios for pizza which is my fave anywhere around here and as well a newer Mexican place called Playa Cabana Cantina which is really good. Roncy has the Ace and Barque. I believe a queen marguerita pizza is due in the Juntion soon as well.
Queen Margarita Pizza is going into an old bank on the corner of Jane and Annette; not near opening yet from my drive-by last week.
Bryden's on Bloor West at Jane has good food and great beer, as does 3030 in the Junction (3030 Dundas West), and Indie Alehouse in the Junction as well.
I drove by today and i think Bryden's is now Henry the VIII?
they had good beers on tap though, hadn't been to Henry's other pub in Kingsway so can't comment. 3030's food is decent and cheap but sometimes when bands are playing it's stupid loud. Alehouse is good for beer but i think their food is overpriced, as is the beer, as well the staff are kinda on the slow side, at least a few i've had anyway...
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2315 Bloor St. West, Toronto, On - Tel: 416.767.1315
TASTE OF CHILE $25 DINNER PRIX FIXE
January 2nd to January 25th
SOPA DE SETAS Y AJO
Mushroom & Garlic Soup
EMPANADA DE QUESO Y PEBRE
Cheese Turnover & Onion Marmalade
CALDILLO DE CONGRIO
(Chilean Seafood Stew)
Conger Eel, Shrimp, Calamari, Mussels, Clams,
Green Sweet Paper, Potato
PASTEL DE CHOCLO
Roasted Chicken Casserole, Raisins, Hard Boiled Egg,
Black Olives, Basil Cumin, Onions, Caramelized Corn Crust
Daily Chef Specials
I just had dinner here tonight and enjoyed it more than their brunch. For brunch I had basic bacon/eggs etc and it was okay but pricey (imo), My companion had a grilled cheese and spinach sandwich which was a bit heavy on the spinach. Their smoothies are very good.
Now, for dinner. I had the mac n cheese with ham which was excellent - large portion and very rich. I had it with a side of sweet potato fries (carb overload, I would suggest the side salad instead). My husband had muscles with coconut sauce (his with fries) and really enjoyed it. My daughter had a burger and sweet potato fries from the kids' menu. Drinks, some Canadian merlot (Sibling Rivalry? was okay) and bacon infused Caesar (yummy).
re: Food Tourist
Good Fork has really good food and great value for money. For $10 for 4 items, for example, you can eat enough "mezze" to be full by the end of appetizers. Interesting well-executed snacks like chorizo pogo sticks, shrimp cakes, pork pate, devils on horseback, among other choices. Wow. Followed up by stellar mains, with plenty of texture and flavour, such as jerk cornish hen with salsify and corn on the cob for only $20. Add a VQA wine and you don't even need dessert (which they had run out of anyway.) Average service, casual atmosphere, but wow, the food and prices would draw me back again.
Going off the top of my head... not all exactly in BWV, but nearby at least. Some of the places are not necessarily my preferences, but are popular and may appeal to you.
Barque for bbq, Ace for brunch, Hey for casual/baked goods etc, Hopgood's Foodliner, Lit for coffee, Cherry bomb for baked goods, all on Roncesvalles
Playa Cantina for Mexican, Vesuvios for pizza, Locomotive for sandwiches, Crema for coffee, the beet for healthy food, Sweet Potato for decent organic groceries, Delight and fromagerie for chocolate and cheese, in the Junction
BWV - I haven't noticed a decline in Falafel World's quality, I enjoy it, and find the owners friendly. I only go about 3 times a year but I always have good experiences. I do find that the quality at Max's Market has declined, though some disagree. Bread and Roses, Hot Oven for bread... not a fan of Queen's Pasta Cafe but again, many like it. Dr Generosity for brunch
Etobicoke, about 10-15 min away from bwv : Paul and Sandy's BBQ, La Veranda Osteria for Italian, casual French at Merlot (not a huge fan but I know lots of people love it), Kumo sushi, Via Allegro for over the top italian, Faema at Sherway for good coffee and pizza (not worth a special trip but if youre at the mall...), Medium Rare butcher...
Jane/Annette: Patisserie 27!!!
La Veranda is awful - it is just priced afforadably for that area.
Italian you are much better off going to Sempre or Vesuvio's
Pizza - Dino's on the Queensway or Vesuivio's
Korean - Chodang soon tofu
thai - green mango is decent
sushi - kaji (its expensive, but you leave full and it is epic)
like most folk say you really are better off in the junction or elsewhere for more options
Agreed on Veranda. But they have a patio in summer - rare in this part of town.
We have found most of the pizza places, including Vesuvios, very inconsistent. Cappi's (Dundas/Royal York) has been under new ownership for a few months and so far, they have been consistently good for the family pizza nights. Much better than previous owners. Not as good as Queen Margherita of course, but different price point too.
Agree with avoiding Globe Earth. After serving me rock hard poached eggs one day they tried to convince me that "hard poached" was the way all of their poached eggs were served and that I should have specified I wanted "soft poached". Yeah, okay, sure.
For an affordable dinner option I would highly recommend the burgers at Shakey's.
Has anyone been to Karelia Kitchen? I first heard about it at (of all places) the Marimekko show at the Textile Museum. Karelia was the name of a Scandinavian design store in the 70s. The son of the owners opened the restaurant in late 2012 in BWV. Outside of Ikea, I've never had Scandinavian food, so interested in trying it.
Here's a write up in Now:
I have lived in BWV for the past 18 years and can say I have been going to this place a couple times each year and have never been disappointed by the food. Was there a couple weeks ago on a Friday night and since we were heading across the street for a play, had giant dinner salads. Me: Chopped salad with turkey and Date: Oriental salad. Fresh, large, lots of protein and variety of ingredients. Service was friendly and efficient even though the place was packed. I know I'm weird but I love grilled calves liver and they do it very nicely there with bacon and gravy. This place is also one of the few BYOB in the city and it costs only $1 on Mondays, $2 on Tuesdays! My only complaint is the desserts tend to be limited and fairly heavy which is not what you want after finishing your excellent dinner.
I've noticed over the past few weeks/months the Ukrainian social services offices (on Bloor near Jane, south side) has been offering cabbage rolls, borscht and perogies for sale - I haven't tried them yet but I'd bet they'd be great take-home dinners (and helping a good cause). I say this because anytime I get to a Ukrainian church bazaar and take these goodies home, they're great (almost as good as my MIL's)
Dr. Generosity closed down. In its place is Sparrow, owned by the same people as Kennedy Public House. Sparrow is helmed by the former sous chef from Patria and also boasts Patria's pastry chef.
Sparrow is open daily for brunch til 3 pm, followed by 3-5 pm cheese/charcuterie, followed by small plates dinner (and a few large family sharing plates such as whole branzino).
Brunch is decent food.