HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
Do you create unique foods? Tell us about it

Which TO/GTA restaurants would you trek 40 minutes out of your way to visit?

prima Feb 11, 2013 06:21 PM

There aren't too many places I would travel more than 40 minutes out of my way to visit on a regular basis.
I make a few trips to Markham/Richmond Hill/Scarborough (carpooling and cramming in several stops on these trips) each year, and I visit Cafe Polonez/Chopin/Campagnolo/Enoteca Sociale a couple times a year (roughly 40 minute TTC trip each way).

Which restaurants would you go 40+ minutes out of your way to visit?

  1. d
    disgusti Feb 11, 2013 06:34 PM

    i think it takes me like 30-40 minutes usually to drive up to dr laffa

    4 Replies
    1. re: disgusti
      Luvtooeat Jul 19, 2013 11:36 AM

      There is a Dr Laffa on Bathurst south of Lawrence

      1. re: Luvtooeat
        Davwud Jul 20, 2013 05:47 AM

        Not when disgusti replied there wasn't.


        1. re: Davwud
          Luvtooeat Jul 20, 2013 06:06 AM

          Seriously ??


          New Location
          Now Open!
          3023 Bathurst Street
          Tel: 647-352-9000
          Tel: 647-352-9001

          GREAT FOOD

          1. re: Luvtooeat
            Davwud Jul 20, 2013 06:08 AM

            It's only been open a couple months.


    2. a
      autopi Feb 11, 2013 07:37 PM

      well transit in TO is such a pain in the ass that, really, getting anywhere with the TTC takes about 40 minutes, door to door. unless you live on ossington and dundas or queen west or something, i suppose.

      2 Replies
      1. re: autopi
        prima Feb 11, 2013 07:46 PM

        The travel time (driving, taxi or TTC- usually TTC has worked out to be faster for me) is why I only end up dining out on Ossington, in Parkdale or in Leslieville maybe twice a year.

        Although I don't tend to want to spend more than 40 minutes en route to dinner, I'd much rather be sitting on a streetcar than looking for parking on Ossington.

        1. re: prima
          callitasicit Feb 11, 2013 07:58 PM

          I would drive quite a distance to eat at Lahore Tikka House which is about forty minutes.

      2. h
        hungryabbey Feb 12, 2013 04:30 AM

        Teddy's in Oshawa but mainly as a nostalgia thing as it was our weekly haunt when I was a child. Haven't been in a few years though so I can't comment on quality

        1. Davwud Feb 12, 2013 04:42 AM

          As I posted in another thread, I wouldn't. Quite simply as I drove those 40 minutes (or longer) I'd pass a number of places that would work for me as well.

          That said, if I have someplace to go that's across town I may decided on a place in that area but that's not strictly for the purpose of dining.


          1. j
            juno Feb 12, 2013 07:30 AM

            Forty minutes? How about 20 minutes? Given Toronto traffic nowadays, I'm reluctant to drive more than 20 to get to a choice joint, no matter how good. But I'll make an exception for Universal Grill, at Dupont and Shaw, whenever I crave their dry-rub ribs. Most everything else is pretty good there, too. From my humble hutch near Yonge and York Mills, it's about 40 minutes, including an annoying search for a side-street parking spot. Slightly shorter drive on Sundays, with the added inducement of Universal's free bring-your-own wine (no corkage fee) that evening.

            1. Googs Feb 12, 2013 09:14 AM

              The only place that springs to mind without any struggle or second thoughts about it is Fratelli Village Pizzeria. Another rustic Italian trat? No way. Its as real as it gets. Just waiting for their post-fire return.

              1. estufarian Feb 12, 2013 09:35 AM

                The only one that I actually spend 40 minutes getting to is Blacktree in Burlington - usually once or twice a year.
                For a special occasion I would probably also add Splendido (only 20 mins now) - I'd take the extra time. But not sure anything else in GTA would meet that criterion.

                Having said that, I occasionally find myself (without a car) at Downsview or Finch subway stops, so I make an effort to 'detour' on my way home to try various 'new to me' places (e.g. Roncesvalles) - total travel time more than 40 mins but 'additional' time is less than that, so these don't really qualify.

                1. p
                  Pincus Feb 12, 2013 10:07 AM

                  Hmm. Sushi Kaji.

                  1. Notorious P.I.G. Feb 12, 2013 10:31 AM

                    Silk Road
                    Saigon Star
                    John's BBQ
                    Wonton Hut
                    Sushi Kaji

                    1. T Long Feb 12, 2013 11:07 AM

                      Bistro Camino

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: T Long
                        SpiceMustFlow Feb 21, 2013 06:42 PM

                        YES. Was just coming here to say the same thing! Near-flawless service and the meal is always perfection.

                      2. Charles Yu Feb 12, 2013 11:55 AM

                        Currently, only place in the GTA worth my effort is Sushi Kaji.

                        3 Replies
                        1. re: Charles Yu
                          szw Jul 23, 2013 09:33 AM

                          Yeah but thats because you life in Richmond HIll/ Markham! What if you lived downtown...which are the restaurants that would get you to travel up there? Personally I leave downtown to go uptown pretty easily. I'll go to dragon dynasty for dim sum, Gourmetgarden/one two snacks for malaysian, omei for special occasions, emperor for peking duck special!

                          1. re: szw
                            prima Jul 23, 2013 10:34 AM

                            I travel 30 minutes out of my way for dim sum at Yang's (RH)and Grand (near the airport), but I only do the trek a couple times a year! :)

                            1. re: szw
                              Charles Yu Oct 18, 2013 03:43 PM

                              Scratch Emperor for the duck. Try Dayali or Skyview Fusion instead.
                              Fung Lam Court for the Crab, Lamb chop and the steamed pork pattie with preserved salted fish!

                          2. h
                            h3llbringer Feb 12, 2013 12:11 PM

                            Mickey's Deep Dish Pizza

                            9 Replies
                            1. re: h3llbringer
                              kwass Feb 12, 2013 12:38 PM

                              I'd love to try Mickey's. Is it really worth the trip?

                              1. re: kwass
                                h3llbringer Feb 13, 2013 08:44 AM

                                Their deep dish pizzas are awesome! The staff are super friendly as well.
                                It's where I bring people whenever they come up to Mississauga.

                                1. re: h3llbringer
                                  Davwud Feb 13, 2013 09:04 AM

                                  I thought they didn't have dine in??


                                  1. re: Davwud
                                    h3llbringer Feb 13, 2013 06:44 PM

                                    It's a take out place, but they do have a couple of tables and a counter you can eat it.

                                    1. re: h3llbringer
                                      kwass Feb 13, 2013 07:01 PM

                                      Is it @ the east end of Mississauga or the west end?

                                      1. re: kwass
                                        h3llbringer Feb 14, 2013 07:10 AM

                                        South-west, on Lakeshore, near the border with Oakville.

                                        1. re: h3llbringer
                                          kwass Feb 14, 2013 07:26 AM

                                          Wow! It's really far! I'm going to google map it to see how long it would take me to get there.

                                  2. re: h3llbringer
                                    kwass Feb 13, 2013 09:13 AM

                                    I've been wanting to try this place since I 1st heard about it, but I never get out to Mississauga. I guess I might have to make a special trip :)

                                    1. re: kwass
                                      Davwud Feb 13, 2013 09:58 AM

                                      Just a word of warning about Mickey's. They're closed for renovations until March 1. The same day they're "be featured on a popular TV show."


                              2. kwass Feb 12, 2013 12:36 PM

                                Pizzeria Libretto
                                Utopia (for their mushroom and pesto quesadilla)
                                Banh Mi Boys
                                Emma's (for their maple bacon donuts)
                                WBK (for the banana bread french toast)
                                +1 Dr Laffa

                                1. b
                                  barneyvernon Feb 12, 2013 12:52 PM

                                  High Street Fish and Chips at Lawrence and the DVP and Old York Fish and Chips at Laird and Eglinton. Also the Golden Star hamburger joint in Thornhill.

                                  2 Replies
                                  1. re: barneyvernon
                                    kwass Feb 12, 2013 01:13 PM

                                    I grew up going to Golden Star. Can't speak for it now, but boy was it yummy back in the day.

                                    1. re: kwass
                                      1sweetpea Feb 12, 2013 02:20 PM

                                      Without a moment's hesitation, I'd jump in the car and drive 3-4 hours from Windsor for a dinner at Hashimoto, especially if someone else is treating! I'd also make the drive for Sushi Kaji or Zen. If I were in Toronto for the weekend, I'd go 30-40 minutes north for Yang's or Emperor's dim sum. I would probably make the hike to Eigensinn Farm too. I have snaked my way out to Dixie and Dundas for a bowl of Pho at Pho Dau Bo. Ditto for the one at Finch and Weston. From midtown Toronto, that can take a while, depending on the time of day.

                                  2. Bobby Wham Feb 12, 2013 02:25 PM

                                    Ding Tai Fung
                                    Le Café Michi
                                    O Mei
                                    Fisherman's Clubhouse
                                    Northern Dumpling Kitchen

                                    It's worth the drive for Asian

                                    1 Reply
                                    1. re: Bobby Wham
                                      Notorious P.I.G. Feb 12, 2013 03:38 PM

                                      Oh yeah, I forgot about Le Cafe Michi. For shame...

                                    2. Davwud Feb 19, 2013 09:11 AM

                                      Okay disregard what I said above.

                                      Friday night we watched You Gotta Eat Here and saw Pie in Barrie: eatmypie.ca

                                      It looked so good I decided that a trip to Barrie was in order. We went to a movie and pizza. The two are almost side by each.

                                      Anyway, other than it was pizza, it was well worth the drive. Some of the best pizza I've had.

                                      The Green Eggs and Ham pizza was quite good but the Porky Pie was fantastic. The dessert pizza was terrific too.


                                      4 Replies
                                      1. re: Davwud
                                        kwass Feb 19, 2013 10:04 AM

                                        Omg! That place looked awesome! I'm so glad you tried it and that it was good! I wanted to hop in my car after watching that episode as well!

                                        1. re: kwass
                                          Davwud Feb 19, 2013 11:03 AM

                                          I'll post pictures when I get a chance.


                                          1. re: Davwud
                                            kwass Feb 19, 2013 05:28 PM

                                            Can't wait to see them.

                                            1. re: kwass
                                              Davwud Feb 20, 2013 04:34 AM

                                              Follow the link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/891177


                                      2. p
                                        pearlD Feb 19, 2013 03:59 PM

                                        Since we live in/near The Annex...it can be quite the trek to go to "Diana's Seafood"..particularly since we like to eat somewhat on the early side 6:30 or so but we do like it so much that we just grin and bear the schlep up there!!!.....

                                        1. justxpete Feb 20, 2013 10:01 AM

                                          I couldn't think of any places because I'm closer than 40 to all the places I go to - but in light of that other thread, I was reminded.

                                          Kori's Roti Shop in Oakville/Burlington. $8-12 for one of the best Roti's you'll ever have. Get the Chicken + shrimp roti, and never be satisfied with any other Roti ever again (an unfortunate side effect).

                                          1. d
                                            durianlover Feb 20, 2013 11:26 AM

                                            Gourmet Malaysia (Laksa, Mee Goreng, Nasi Lemak, Rojak)
                                            Szechuan Legend (Dim Sum, Cold Dishes, Hot Pot)
                                            Nak Won (for their side dishes)
                                            Pho 88 and KimBo (Wraps, Pho, Bun Rieu)
                                            Naseeb (Shawarma)
                                            Brampton area (for their Indian Thali)
                                            IKEA (breakfast special)

                                            7 Replies
                                            1. re: durianlover
                                              FrenchSoda Feb 20, 2013 11:45 AM

                                              I've just started working in Brampton and am looking for some place to check out. Do you have any particular recommendations? I see all the Indian restaurants around here and am not sure where to start!

                                              1. re: FrenchSoda
                                                durianlover Feb 20, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                I wasn't so sure either when I started to try Indian food. There's one trick that I learn, order their 'thali' meal from their display counter - pick and choose a few small dishes. Lots of varieties, no need to choose from the menu.

                                                1. re: durianlover
                                                  FrenchSoda Feb 20, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                  My apologies, I was not clear! I meant do you have any particular restaurants you recomend checking out. I love Indian.

                                                  1. re: FrenchSoda
                                                    durianlover Feb 20, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                    Oops, my apologies too. I love Anjappar Chettinad, Southern-Indian style, however my wife doesn't really fancy it.

                                                    1. re: durianlover
                                                      FrenchSoda Feb 20, 2013 01:36 PM


                                                2. re: FrenchSoda
                                                  szw Jul 23, 2013 09:35 AM

                                                  Sorry for the old post, but I really like KWALITY SWEETS. Very clean restaurant. I always get the veg thali. When ready, they will ask you to go up to the hot table and choose your three veg. They have a big menu too, but I just love the thali so much that I never try anything else. I've brought a few people and they all like it very much. We live close to gerrard little india and its much better than anything here.

                                                3. re: durianlover
                                                  Charles Yu Jul 18, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                  I came across this old posting whilst doing some research for an upcoming meal. I noticed recommendation for Pho 88.
                                                  Based on my meal there ( Warden & Steeles ) a few days ago, if its Pho you are looking for? I would say: Avoid!! Avoid!! Avoid!!

                                                  Worst bowl of Pho I had for a while!! Broth was very diluted and bland! I swear I can do a better job by boiling some Campbell Beef Broth with a few star anise and onion thrown in. Even more annoying was the supposedly rare beef that arrived in a ball of stuck-together, grey looking, overcooked meat. Beef, yes! But, where's the pink?!
                                                  Service was unbelievably rude! On top, staffs were actually arguing with each other in front of my table!

                                                4. p
                                                  Pincus Aug 8, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                  I'm going to add Chili Secrets and Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine.

                                                  2 Replies
                                                  1. re: Pincus
                                                    jennjen18 Sep 29, 2013 04:54 AM

                                                    Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine - for dim sum? Or dinner...?

                                                    1. re: jennjen18
                                                      Pincus Oct 18, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                      Dim sum. Haven't tried dinner there.

                                                  Show Hidden Posts