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TTC Subway Dash & Dine 2012-13 Season

Googs Jan 21, 2013 09:22 PM

“Where can I dine without freezing my toches off to get there?”

I thought this… this was the winter when I wouldn’t need to bundle and run. It’s been so very warm. Until now. Judging by the frost on my wine glass, we could all use a break.

So here it is. My annual list of restaurants that are spike-heeled-running-distance from the subway. Not a “best of” collection, but rather a “closest of” (well, mostly) so please keep that in mind. Goodness knows I wouldn’t have skipped Actinolite or Stockyards if I could have thought of a way.

Please use this to keep warm and keep going out. Enjoy as much as you want, but let someone else do the driving. My gift to you for all of the help you’ve given me over the years. Thank you.

BLOOR - DANFORTH LINE

KIPLING, 5247 Dundas St W
Dundas Street Grille, 5238 Dundas St W
http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/dundas-street-grille-toronto

ISLINGTON, 3286 Bloor St W
Billy Jack’s Po’ Boys Cajun, 3369 Bloor St W
http://www.poboys.ca/

ROYAL YORK, 3012 Bloor St W
La Veranda Osteria, 946 Royal York Rd
http://www.laveranda.ca/

OLD MILL, 2672 Bloor St W
The Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd
http://www.oldmilltoronto.com/culinary-delights/culinary-dining-room

JANE, 2440 Bloor St W
The Good Fork Brunch & Bistro, 2432 Bloor St W
http://goodfork.ca/

RUNNYMEDE, 2218 Bloor St W
Bloom, 2315 Bloor St W
http://www.bloomrestaurant.com/

HIGH PARK, 1874 Bloor St W
Mackenzies High Park, 1982 Bloor St W
http://www.mackenziesbar.com/index.htm

KEELE, 1733 Bloor St W
Latinada Tapas Bar & Restaurant, 1671 Bloor St W
http://www.latinada.com/

DUNDAS WEST, 1525 Bloor St W
Zocalo Bistro, 1426 Bloor St W
http://www.torontolife.com/guides/restaurants/bistro/zocalo/

LANSDOWNE, 1287 Bloor St W
The Whippoorwill, 1285 Bloor St W
https://twitter.com/WhippoorwillTO

DUFFERIN, 1126 Bloor St W
Ortolan, 1211 Bloor St W
http://littledrunkbird.com/

OSSINGTON, 883 Bloor St W
La Bella Managua, 872 Bloor St W
http://www.labellamanagua.com/

CHRISTIE, 726 Bloor St W
Tacos El Asador, 690 Bloor St W
http://www.torontoplus.ca/toronto/venues/tacos-el-asador

BATHURST, 565 Bloor St W
Guu SakaBar, 559 Bloor St W
http://www.guu-izakaya.com/sakabar/

SPADINA, 371 Bloor St W
Kenzo Ramen, 372 Bloor St W
http://www.kenzoramen.ca/

ST. GEORGE, 323 Bloor St W
Bar Mercurio, 270 Bloor St W
http://www.barmercurio.com/

BAY, 64 Bloor St W
Jacques Bistro du Parc, 126-A Cumberland St
http://jacquesbistro.com/Bienvenue.html

YONGE, 733 Yonge St
Mideastro Yorkville, 27 Yorkville Ave
http://www.mideastroyorkville.com/home/

SHERBOURNE, 420 Bloor St E
Rosedale Café & Catering, 600 Sherbourne St
http://www.torontorestaurants.com/rosedalecafe

CASTLE FRANK, 600 Bloor St E
Suggestions welcome

BROADVIEW, 90 Danforth Ave
Globe Bistro, 124 Danforth Ave
http://www.globebistro.com/

CHESTER, 370 Danforth Ave
Pantheon, 407 Danforth Ave
http://www.pantheonrestaurant.com/

PAPE, 650 Danforth Ave
Pizzeria Libretto Danforth, 550 Danforth Ave
http://danforth.pizzerialibretto.com/

DONLANDS, 990 Danforth Ave
Dukem, 950 Danforth Ave
http://www.dukem.ca/

GREENWOOD, 1177 Danforth Ave
Morgans on the Danforth, 1282 Danforth Ave.
http://www.morgansonthedanforth.com/

COXWELL, 1688 Danforth Ave
Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza House, 1528 Danforth Ave
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/131945/restaurant/Greektown-The-Danforth/Gerrard-Spaghetti-Pizza-Toronto

WOODBINE, 2072 Danforth Ave
Relish Bar & Grill, 2152 Danforth Ave
http://www.relishbarandgrill.com/

MAIN STREET, 2550 Danforth Ave
Bistro Camino, 2750 Danforth Ave
http://dvbia.ca/merchants.asp?idn=418&pg=2

VICTORIA PARK, 777 Victoria Park Ave
Suggestions welcome

WARDEN, 3276 St Clair Ave E
Suggestions welcome

KENNEDY, 2455 Eglinton Ave E
Chung Moi Chinese Restaurant, 2412 Eglinton Ave E
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/chung-moi-chinese-restaurant-scarborough

SCARBOROUGH RT LINE

LAWRENCE EAST, 2444 Lawrence Ave E
Spicy Dragon, 1060 Kennedy Rd
http://www.spicydragonrestaurant.ca/

ELLESMERE, 1025 Ellesmere Rd
Hopper Hut, 880 Ellesmere Rd
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/hopper-hut-scarborough?sort_by=date_desc

MIDLAND, 2085 Midland Ave
Ni Ji Sushi, 1095 Ellesmere Rd
https://www.facebook.com/ilovenijisushi

SCARBOROUGH CENTRE, 300 Borough Dr
Baton Rouge, 520 Progress Ave
http://www.batonrougerestaurants.com/23-restaurant-en/baton-rouge-scarborough.html

McCOWAN, 1275 McCowan Rd
St Andrews Fish and Chips, 1589 Ellesmere Rd
http://www.standrewsfishandchips.com/

SHEPPARD LINE

BAYVIEW, 550 Sheppard Ave E
Pearl Bayview Chinese Cuisine, 2901 Bayview Ave
http://www.pearlbayview.ca/

BESSARION, 701 Sheppard Ave E
Taro’s Fish, 800 Sheppard Ave E
http://www.tarosfish.com/

LESLIE, 1209 Sheppard Ave E
Peking Man Restaurant, 1100 Sheppard Ave E
http://www.pekingman.ca/

DON MILLS, 1700 Sheppard Ave E
Tekka Sushi, 107 Parkway Forest Dr
http://www.tekkasushi.ca/

YONGE LINE

FINCH, 5714 Yonge St
Charcoal & Salt, 5523 Yonge St
http://www.torontolife.com/guides/restaurants/korean/charcoal-and-salt/

NORTH YORK CENTRE, 5152 Yonge St
Mot Na Son, 5374 Yonge St
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/restaurant-reviews/mot-na-son-theyre-using-their-noodles/article4560663/

SHEPPARD, 4800 Yonge St
Agra Fine Indian Cuisine, 4850 Yonge St
http://www.agrafineindiancuisine.ca/

YORK MILLS, 4105 Yonge St
Auberge du Pommier, 4150 Yonge St.
http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Auberge-du-Pommier.aspx

LAWRENCE, 3101 Yonge St
SteakFrites Bistro, 3185 Yonge St.
http://www.steakfritesbistro.com/

EGLINTON, 2190 Yonge St
Zucca, 2150 Yonge St.
http://www.zuccatrattoria.com/

DAVISVILLE, 1900 Yonge St
Jaipur Grille, 2066 Yonge St.
http://www.jaipurgrille.com/

ST CLAIR, 1441 Yonge St
Cava, 1560 Yonge St.
http://www.cavarestaurant.ca/

SUMMERHILL, 1189 Yonge St
Pastis, 1158 Yonge St.
http://www.postcity.com/Post-City-Magazines/KatesTop100-2012/List/index.php/name/Pastis/record/6927/

ROSEDALE, 1009 Yonge St
Caffe Doria, 1094 Yonge St.
http://caffedoria.com/
Earth Rosedale, 1055 Yonge St.
http://www.globeearth.ca/

WELLESLEY, 551 Yonge St
Fernando’s Hideaway, 545 Yonge St.
http://fernandoshideaway.ca/

COLLEGE, 448 Yonge St
I Went To Philly, 462 Yonge St
https://www.facebook.com/IWentToPhilly

DUNDAS, 300 Yonge St
Trattoria Mercatto, 220 Yonge St.
http://trattoriamercatto.ca/

QUEEN, 171 Yonge St
Richmond Station, 1 Richmond St W
http://richmondstation.ca/

KING, 70 Yonge St
Carisma, 73 King St E
http://www.carismarestaurant.com/

UNION, 55 Front St W
Aria Ristorante, 25 York St
http://ariaristorante.ca/

UNIVERSITY-SPADINA LINE

DOWNSVIEW, 1035 Sheppard Ave W
Le Montmartre, 911 Sheppard Ave W
http://www.lemontmartrerestaurant.com/

WILSON, 570 Wilson Ave
Maya, 918 Wilson Ave
http://themayarestaurant.com/

YORKDALE, 1 Yorkdale Rd
Seoul House, 3220 Dufferin St
http://www.torontolife.com/guide/restaurants/korean/seoul-house/

LAWRENCE WEST, 655 Lawrence Ave W
Sea Salt Fish & Chips, 699 Lawrence Ave W
http://www.seasaltfishandchips.com/

GLENCAIRN, 785 Glencairn Ave
Paul’s Tomato Pie, 2 Romar Cres
http://paulstomatopie.com/

EGLINTON W, 1300 Eglinton Ave W
Frida, 999 Eglinton Ave W
http://www.fridarestaurant.ca/

ST CLAIR W, 370 St Clair Ave W
El Fogon, 543 St Clair Ave W
http://www.elfogon.ca/

DUPONT, 278 Dupont St
Rose and Sons, 176 Dupont St
http://www.roseandsons.ca/

MUSEUM, 75 Queen’s Park
Museum Tavern, 208 Bloor St W
http://www.museumtavern.ca/

QUEEN’S PARK, 671 University Ave
Mercatto, 101 College St
http://www.mercatto.ca/

ST PATRICK, 449 University Ave
Lai Wah Heen, 108 Chestnut St
http://www.laiwahheen.com/

OSGOODE, 250 University Ave
Nota Bene, 180 Queen St W
http://notabenerestaurant.com/

ST ANDREW, 147 University Ave
Modus Ristorante, 145 King St W
http://modusristorante.com/

Naturally you'll need a map for your journey.
http://goo.gl/maps/XPlVe

  1. prima Jan 21, 2013 10:01 PM

    Very nice ;-), although, I'd be more likely to dine at the Yonge & Lawrence Milagro than at Steak Frites, and at the Mercer Milagro rather than at Modus!

    Volos is also very close to Osgoode Station, especially if you exit on the southeast corner of University and Queen W.

    3 Replies
    1. re: prima
      Googs Jan 22, 2013 08:13 AM

      I take it you like Milagro. ;-)

      1. re: Googs
        prima Jan 22, 2013 08:37 AM

        ;-) I do (I stick to the Ceviche/Tacos/Tostadas/Botanas rather than ordering Milagro's mains http://www.milagrorestaurant.com/Menu... ), but I also was underwhelmed by my Croque Monsieur at Steak Frites. Should have ordered Steak Frites.

        1. re: prima
          Googs Jan 22, 2013 08:49 AM

          Croque Monsieur is uniMAginably easy to get wrong for such a simple dish.

    2. Googs Jan 29, 2013 11:55 AM

      Before I hang this post up for another year, does anyone else have any suggestions? Corrections?
      http://goo.gl/maps/XPlVe

      6 Replies
      1. re: Googs
        b
        bringonthelbs Jan 29, 2013 02:25 PM

        Some additions (in no particular order):

        EGLINTON:
        - 5 Doors North
        http://www.fivedoorsnorth.com
        - Quince
        http://www.quincetoronto.com

        DUPONT:
        - Bistro Tournesol
        http://www.bistrotournesol.com

        BROADVIEW:
        - Pachuco
        http://www.pachuco.ca

        CHESTER:
        - Mezes
        http://mezes.com

        ST ANDREW:
        - Big Daddy's (for cheap oysters on Sunday's & Monday's
        )http://www.bigdaddys.ca

        OSGOODE:
        - Trimurti
        http://www.trimurti.ca

        ST PATRICK
        - Frank
        http://www.ago.net/frank

        QUEEN: (short walk from north exit on Shuter
        )- Harlem
        http://www.harlemrestaurant.com/aboutus.html

        KING: (South exit
        )- Biffs
        http://www.oliverbonacini.com/biffs-b...

        1. re: bringonthelbs
          Googs Jan 30, 2013 09:27 AM

          Is there anything you would bump in order to fit these? In other words, would you get rid of Modus in favour of Big Daddy's (which I had listed for years)?

          1. re: Googs
            m
            millygirl Jan 30, 2013 09:33 AM

            I would cut Modus in a heartbeat.

            1. re: millygirl
              Googs Jan 30, 2013 09:44 AM

              LOL. Okay, let me give that a rethink.

              1. re: Googs
                b
                bringonthelbs Jan 30, 2013 09:07 PM

                Ha, sorry Googs, I have to agree with millygirl!

                I would also reco Bistro Tournesol at Dupont. It's been a long time standby.

                And while I wouldn't say no to Bene Note I think Trimurti is a great spot with fantastic service. You always know what you're getting and it's always good.

        2. re: Googs
          j
          JennaBean Jan 30, 2013 11:26 AM

          I would go with Sushi Couture over Guu for Bathurst. They are right across the street from each other.

        3. Chester Eleganté Jan 30, 2013 02:03 PM

          Finch - Jung Soo Nae
          Lawrence - Trio Ristorante/Stack
          Davisville - Tabule (but Jaipur is your thing)
          College - Raijin
          Queen - The Gabardine
          King/Union (emerge through Brookfield Place) - Sukhothai
          Castle Frank - Kingyo (further than others, so would be prudent to bus it straight down Parliament)
          Christie - White Brick Kitchen
          Landsdowne - The Emerson
          Victoria Park - Makkah

          4 Replies
          1. re: Chester Eleganté
            Googs Jan 31, 2013 10:27 AM

            Sounds like I'll be doing an upgrade this weekend. Thanks all. Loads of great ideas.

            1. re: Chester Eleganté
              Googs Jan 31, 2013 10:29 AM

              Chester Eleganté, you know I struggled with Makkah. It isn't really running distance. Have you ever done the walk from VP station?

              1. re: Googs
                Chester Eleganté Jan 31, 2013 10:58 PM

                I haven't, but I did mean to make a note that this one was further. But for some stations, you really don't have a choice.

                1. re: Chester Eleganté
                  Googs Feb 1, 2013 08:14 AM

                  Castle Frank and Warden are the real problems. CF is so far removed from any substantial residential it'd make no sense to make camp there. Warden is designed in 70's prison motif, a secure eyesore that shows zero respect for the neighbours. VP has no excuse really.

            2. pinstripeprincess Feb 25, 2013 01:59 PM

              friend just sent this to me:
              http://www.wineanddinethesubway.com

              no reviews but it's a listing with mapping!

              1 Reply
              1. re: pinstripeprincess
                Googs Feb 25, 2013 08:30 PM

                What can I say? I'm catchy. LOL. No, that's great really.

                Anything that encourages people to enjoy themselves without risk of drinking and driving (or freezing their buns off), and hey maybe even save the environment a little while saving themselves the hassle of finding parking is okay by me.

                Naturally I prefer the precision of my Toronto map, but obviously this'll help a lot more people. I'm sure you noticed that it's an advertising site where companies have bought their subway stop listing. Me, I do it for the love of it. Thanks for posting.

              2. Food Tourist Jan 2, 2014 04:17 PM

                Time for a revamp yet, Googs? ;)

                1 Reply
                1. re: Food Tourist
                  Googs Jan 3, 2014 08:24 AM

                  Over the last year the map has only been viewed 134 times. I figured this idea may have burned itself out. It's a great deal of work if no one's really using it. I will bring it back, but only by popular demand.

                  This year I thought I'd focus on a 2013/14 version of Scarborough Gems.

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