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In Toronto for 10 days for work. Need recommendations

Hello Toronto,

I'm going to be in your city for 10 days starting tomorrow and i'm staying very close to the ACC/Rogers Center. I would love some recommendations for eateries within walking distance. Looking for:

- good coffee
- breakfasts
- grocery store
- lunch options. Both quick sandwich type stuff and somewhere you could have a longer/nicer sit down lunch

When it comes to dinner, lots of them will be handled through work, but maybe if there is one place (anywhere in the city) you would tell an out of towner (Vancouver) to go. Was thinking Momofuku...

Thank you!

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  1. Coffee: Sam James in the PATH system is pretty much the only good stuff in the downtown core.

    Lunch: sit-down lunches at Richmond Station, The Gabardine, Khao San Road, Luma, and the Queen and Beaver are all within walking distance (well, up to a 20 minute walk but worth it)

    1. There is a large Longos grocery at Maple Leaf Square and a much smaller one in the PATH.

      1. depending on whether you're closer to the rogers centre or the acc, this can cover a good chunk of downtown toronto. all of spadina chinatown and even kensington market is reachable in 15-20 mins walking distance from the rogers centre. this means bahn mi boys, the coffee shops of kensington (i personally prefer moonbean and grind house) and the latin food of el trompo and jumbo empanadas, jules bistro and dark horse coffee on spadina, then there are the ramen joints--kinton ramen is straight north, and sansotei.

        as for grocery--if you are closer to the acc, then the st. lawrence market is less than 15mins walk. some consider it the best open air market in the world, believe it or not. on saturdays, the north market has stands from farmers and local vendors open as well.

        so much more, but maybe you could narrow down the cuisines sought, preferences, price range if any?

        1. Yes, please narrow down where you'll be staying. The two venues you list are 1.5 km apart.

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          1. re: Googs

            I'm one block east of Steam Whistle in the group of towers so closer to Rogers Center.

            Thanks for all your recommendations.

              1. re: Cancuk

                Gabardine on Bay serves a weekday breakfast. Thuet at Yonge & King for pastries.

                There aren't too many good breakfast options right downtown.

                For a diner breakfast, Avenue Open Kitchen is probably within a 15 minute walk of your group of towers near the Rogers Centre, and Patrician Grill on King E might be within a 20 minute walk.

                Le Neuf Cafe at King & Spadina also should be within a 15 minute walk. http://leneufcafe.com/menu

            1. Although it will take a bit longer of a walk, Thor Espresso Bar at Bathurst/Front (west of the Skydome/Rogers Centre) has some good coffee.

              1. Breakfast: walk a bit and go to CORA'S on Blue Jays Way
                Grocery Store: Longo's is right near you.
                Beer/Liquor: right beside Longo's
                Lunch: quick-fix all on Queen's Quay

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                1. re: NoFixedAddress

                  -10 for Cora's. I'd rather east asphalt. Bland corporate food straight off the truck from headquarters. ymmv

                    1. re: MissBingBing

                      the first time i ate at cora's, i wasn't sure what the big deal was. then i was in montreal with my kids and discovered that my adult palate didn't mesh as well with cora's menu as well as my daughters' did. the variety of options and the fresh fruit that are featured prominently on a lot of those options are big winners for my 'family'. for me, i prefer old school diner food--the no-nonsense stuff that you can fill your belly with that the sunset grill (if you want a predictable chain like cora's) or just about any 'greek diner' turns out in large quantities every morning. you definitely pay more for that fruit tho. . .

                      1. re: afong56

                        I will never eat there, I told them I was allergic to mango and kiwi and I guess they just pulled out the kiwi because minute after I had a bite I started to have trouble breathing!!! Luckily my nurse friend was there and it's not a full blown anaphylactic allergy, but still. The kicker they chased us out as she was taking me to the hospital for her to pay!

                        1. re: LexiFirefly

                          yeah, that has to rate as massively incompetent. . .sorry to hear that, and no one would blame you for panning any restaurant that would be so negligent about something as serious as food allergies--may not have been life or death with you (glad to hear you survived this one), but it could have been. . .dare you share with us which location?

                          1. re: afong56

                            It was in Montreal a few years ago. A fact that made a trip to the hospital even more terrifying! Don't remember Tue except location but it was near the student ghetto.

                  1. Le Select Bistro is very close to you on Wellington west of Spadina. It's a mid-priced sit down place open for lunch and dinner, and Sunday brunch.

                    For good espresso, there are other options that are closer than Sam James:

                    Sense Appeal on Spadina and Adelaide may be the best near you.

                    Even closer is Soma, on King just west of Spadina, which is primarily a chocolatier, but they do have good espresso (along with great baked goods).

                    If you some mini-donuts along with decent espresso, there's Little Nicky's on Peter at Richmond.

                    Depending on how much free time you have, you should consider getting a weekly transit pass. You will be able to explore much more of Toronto very quickly via streetcar. Being close to Spadina, you're a quick streetcar ride away to many more dining options. Just staying along Spadina, there's the Spadina Chinatown, Kensington Market area, and Harbord Street (high concentration of restos, including Splendido).

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                    1. re: num nums

                      And Soma at King & Spadina, Banh mi Boys at Queen & Spadina and Caplansky's at College & Spadina.

                      1. re: num nums

                        Next to Le Select is also Marben

                      2. Close to you:
                        Sukhothai - wonderful thai food at church and wellington (10 minute walk to you)
                        Aria for lunch (decent italian)
                        swish by han (interesting lunch/ din (korean)) (close to sukhthai)
                        Jabistro (yummy japanese on john and richmond)
                        Richmond station