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Yonge and Eg restaurant recommendation

Selleck Stache Jan 22, 2013 06:39 PM

I am looking for a restaurant to take some friends that are visiting from out of town on Saturday. Preferably a (very) short walking distance from Yonge and Eglinton since it's so cold these days! Type of food is flexible, but we're looking for a restaurant where the four of us can eat well for roughly $200 all in.

Thanks in advance for your advice!

  1. prima Jan 12, 2014 11:02 AM

    Had a great dinner at 5 Doors North last night. $67 before tip for beet salad, 1/2 roast chicken, eggplant parmesan, grilled rapini, apple blueberry cheesecake, 1 espresso and 1 americano.
    I'm thinking I might start patronizing 5 Doors North for take-out (since they do pack leftovers).
    Anyone have any other faves for take-out near Yonge + Eg? I like Tabule, looking for other ideas within a 10 minute walk of Eglinton station.

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    1. re: prima
      CocoaChanel Jan 14, 2014 07:37 PM

      Churrasco Villa is a favourite in the neighbourhood. (NW corner of Mt Pleasant and Eglinton).

      Have you tried Banjara, Prima? (Or anyone else). We are looking for new Indian take out in the area.

      1. re: CocoaChanel
        hal2010 Jan 14, 2014 07:56 PM

        I tried the Banjara on Eglinton a few times when it first opened but haven't been back in a year or more. It's not as good as the one on Bloor near Christie Pits.

        I go to Iqbal for take-out. It doesn't get a lot of love here, and the service can be shifty but they have one of my favourite Butter Chickens in the city. That, a biryani, some naan and daal makes a dinner for 2 that you can eat two nights running. But it's way over in Thorncliffe Park.

        I also like 5 Doors North. Portions are big. I can never finish a starter pasta plus a main. Wish they'd improve their beer selection, though.

        1. re: hal2010
          CocoaChanel Jan 14, 2014 08:02 PM

          Thanks Hal. Thornecliff Park is pretty close. We end up always going west rather than east. :).

          I'm looking forward to summer so we can start walking the Yonge /Eg/Mt pleasant/davisville quadrant again. I forget what is there beyond our regular haunts.

        2. re: CocoaChanel
          prima Jan 14, 2014 07:59 PM

          Thanks, CocoaChanel. I haven't tried Churrasco Villa yet. Next on my list.

          I haven't tried the Yonge & Eg Banjara, but I tried the Banjara on Bloor. Food tasted quite good (although the ingredients seemed cheaper/lower quality than Maroli/Indian Rice Factory/Amaya Bread Bar) but Banjara on Bloor gave me indigestion (sorry if that's TMI), so I haven't been back.

          I ended up with a Chipotle carnitas burrito tonight, but will just get the carnitas bowl in the future.

          1. re: prima
            CocoaChanel Jan 14, 2014 08:09 PM

            Thanks Chipotle is good. :)

            So I checked out iqbal's website. It seems they may be affiliated with Paramount? It's all Pakistani; I much prefer a more Indian flavour/dishes.

            1. re: CocoaChanel
              hal2010 Jan 15, 2014 04:46 PM

              If you stick to the basics at Iqbal - biryani, butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, it tastes Indian. Bamiyan Kabob (Afghani) is up the street in the plaza across from Swiss Chalet and it's very good, too.

              I just remembered that Mt. Everest has opened a spot on Eglinton, just west of Laird. Haven't been to that location yet but the Annex location isn't bad.

          2. re: CocoaChanel
            Ediblethoughts Jan 15, 2014 06:50 PM

            For the veggie and fish dishes I stick to Banjara, is good. Definitely my fave near Y & E.

          3. re: prima
            Googs Jan 24, 2014 10:51 AM

            I'm still a fan of Jaipur Grille. Good to know 5 Doors North is still going strong. It used to be my fave place for a Girls Night Out.

          4. Selleck Stache Jan 26, 2013 09:38 PM

            Thanks so much for all of your recommendations!! Our dinner companions ended up having to cancel, however my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Lil' Baci. We just moved into the area in September, so I'm sure we'll be able to put the rest of your recommendations to good use in the coming months.

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            1. re: Selleck Stache
              prima Jan 12, 2014 11:03 AM

              Lil Baci also does a nice brunch.

            2. elvisahmed Jan 25, 2013 01:00 PM

              +1 for Zucca. You are dinning on Saturday otherwise I would recommend the Prix Fix (Sun-Tue) is an excellent value.
              The whole fish is very tempting as they the de-bone it in the dinning area (a dying art IMO)

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                garfield Jan 23, 2013 12:45 PM

                I like Carribean Bistro, apart from the ones already mentioned.

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                1. re: garfield
                  caitlink Jan 24, 2013 07:43 PM

                  Quince would be good choice. But if during Winterlicious, then I would try Grazie. I don't think they are participating. you can get ok italian for under $200. I think most of the others will be doing Winterlicious.

                  Maybe try Coquine (?).

                  1. re: caitlink
                    Googs Jan 25, 2013 08:19 AM

                    Ew. Not Coquine. Not unless all you want is drinks and a hook-up.

                    1. re: Googs
                      juno Jan 25, 2013 02:41 PM

                      You can certainly get drinks and a hook-up at Coquine, but the nosh isn't bad, if you pick and choose carefully, as I discovered (to my surprise) on two recent outings. The soups are good, and the salads, especially the main-course Salade Nicoise. There are better cassoulets in town, but Coquine's is quite acceptable. Good service, but kinda noisy. Drinks slightly overpriced. I think you can do it for $50 a person - easily. Just don't get lured to the more expensive wines. And forget about desserts, which aren't up to much anyway. You won't be blown away, but you'll eat decently. Not in Zucca's class, though.

                    2. re: caitlink
                      CocoaChanel Jan 25, 2013 04:26 PM

                      Please don't eat at Coquine.

                  2. Selleck Stache Jan 23, 2013 10:45 AM

                    Thank you so much for the recommendations, they're much appreciated! I noticed that Zucca is not taking reservations on their website for this Saturday night, I'm thinking maybe because of Winterlicious. Can any of you who have been before advise on what the wait for a table for 4 might be on a Saturday night with no reservations?

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                    1. re: Selleck Stache
                      Googs Jan 23, 2013 11:09 AM

                      I'd call them. They may be booked solid, they may take your reservation over the phone.

                      1. re: Selleck Stache
                        MissBingBing Jan 24, 2013 06:17 AM


                        1. re: Selleck Stache
                          midtowngirl Jan 24, 2014 12:50 PM

                          This Saturday? Not Winterlicious - it doesn't start until the 31st

                          Edit - Ignore! just noticed the OP is from last year!

                        2. picholine Jan 23, 2013 10:29 AM

                          Tabule! Lil Baci or Falasca, if you're not into Lebanese food. I like Jaipur Grille for Indian too.
                          They're all south of Eglinton, walking distance.

                          1. biggreenmatt Jan 23, 2013 10:11 AM

                            I'm a big fan of Fin Izakaya's dinner menu. Cooked food is simple and excellent & their fish is fresher than you'd expect at an izakaya.

                            For two hundred bones, you'll stuff yourselves silly.

                            1. Googs Jan 23, 2013 08:44 AM

                              Zucca is the closest. If you're taking the subway, be sure to exit by doors south of the BMO bank machine. That's the last gasp of warm air until you're there.

                              FWIW here's the whole damn system.

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                              1. re: Googs
                                prima Jan 23, 2013 08:52 AM

                                Taking into consideration that the OP wrote "type of food is flexible", Mandarin and Pickle Barrel are even closer. No need to go outside!

                              2. CocoaChanel Jan 23, 2013 02:41 AM


                                all south of Eglinton

                                1. petek Jan 22, 2013 07:26 PM

                                  Quince Bistro
                                  Zucca(maybe a little over your budget)
                                  5 Doors North

                                  These are all south of Eglinton,I find north of Eglinton to be a culinary waste land(just my opinion)

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                                  1. re: petek
                                    prima Jan 22, 2013 09:08 PM

                                    I also like 5 Doors North and Quince.

                                    Tabule, Lil Baci Taverna, Falasca SPQR & Grano.

                                    1. re: prima
                                      Amac Jan 25, 2013 08:01 AM

                                      I assume the original poster is looking for dinner rather than lunch. If so then I would skip Falasca SPQR. I absolutely love the pizzas on offer at lunch but the dinner pizzas are altogether different and disappointing. The dinner pastas were not bad, but not great either. Any of the other options (other than Mandarin & Puke Barrel) are better bets.

                                      1. re: Amac
                                        prima Jan 25, 2013 04:22 PM

                                        I like Falasca's dinner pizza.
                                        If I had to choose, I'd rather eat at Pickle Barrel than Grazie.

                                        1. re: prima
                                          CocoaChanel Jan 25, 2013 04:26 PM

                                          I may have the most stupid question in the world....what is YMMV? For the life of me, I cannot figure this out :(

                                          1. re: CocoaChanel
                                            prima Jan 25, 2013 04:27 PM

                                            Your mileage may vary. :-)

                                            1. re: prima
                                              CocoaChanel Jan 25, 2013 04:56 PM

                                              Thank you!

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