Best of Leslieville - please help critique
Hello Toronto (and area) hounds - I'd like your assistance in helping make this list true to its' title. Please take a look and let me know if anything is missing or should be removed. I did a lot of research to come up with the list so any help is appreciated.
Here is the list:
Ed’s Real Scoop (Ice Cream)
Sweet Bliss Baking Company
Patisserie La Cigogne
Bobette and Belle
St. John’s Bakery
** Lady Marmalade
Lazy Daisy’s (Sunday Brunch)
Chino Locos (Burritos)
Dangerous Dan’s Diner (Burgers)
Queen Margherita (Pizza)
Danforth Pizza House (Pizza)
Pizza Pide (Pizza, Turkish)
Ascari Enoteca (Italian)
Casa Di Giorgios (Italian)
Gio Rana’s Really Really Nice Restaurant (Italian,Tapas/Small Plates, Hot-dogs)
Leslie Jones (Canadian)
Skin+Bones Wine Bar (Restaurant/Wine Bar)
Ruby Watchco (Canadian)
Table 17 (French/European)
Sushi Marche (Sushi)
Bach Yen (Thai/Vietnamese)
Udupi Palace (Indian)
Rose Café (Vietnamese)
Meating on a Queen (Butcher)
Hooked (Seafood Market)
The Meat Department (Butcher)
Bill’s Lobster Fish Market (Seafood)
Paulette's chicken. Trust me. Try it again.
And I didn't think anyone would go to Dangerous Dan's on purpose...
If you're going to include Udupi Palace under the heading of Leslieville, then I'd say you could easily replace it with Moti Mahal for better, cheaper food, and just as close.
Edit: Also Makkah for tandoori.
Some of these, in particular the places on Danforth are a real stretch to be considered Leslieville.
desmond & beatrice for cupcakes
lil' baci for solid not spectacular italian
leslieville cheese for their grilled cheese
ceili cottage for gastropub
mercury and te aro for caffeine
Thank you everyone for all the responses! I just love the Toronto board - so many helpful hounds!
Bytepusher - you're right, I should have named the thread Leslieville and surroundings - maybe the CH admin can change it for me.
afong - I have been to L'il Baci in Leslieville and prefer the Yonge Street location. Thanks for the other recs.
The reason I have named the thread "best of" is because we are driving from don mills/steeles area to get there so I don't want to drive all tht way for mediocre. We like this area because it is relatively convenient by highways. Maybe one day I will live in a more foodie-worthy neighborhood!!
MissBingBong - I do hope to visit many of the places and will report on my new blog once it is up and running.
justxpete - Should I remove Dangerous Dan's?
+1 for removing dangerous dan's. . .
i'll have to be hammered to go back there. . .the burgers have the life cooked out of them, and you can hardly taste the meat any longer. . .they can be huge and filling, but so is a big loaf of white bread. . .not to mention, the interior is. . .rustic. . .
dan himself is pretty affable, and as an old timer that grew up in the nabe before even bonjour brioche set down, we a good chat about the area. . .
I've never eaten a burger there and I don't think I would - even if I were hammered!
The BOB - breakfast on a bun, egg, cheese, tomato, lettuce mayo (hold the bacon for me) works when I'm feeling a little ill from the night before.
James, the owner, is highly entertaining in his cranky, it is my place I say whatever I want kinda way.
Ascari has nice home made pasta but it's a very LOUD place.
Bonjour Brioche for brunch is 1,000 times better than Lady Marmalade, and theirs is one of the best baquettes in town.
Sushi Marche is geared for take out - I don't like the crude way the fish is cut nor the bulky chunks of rice.
For sweet treats try Bonne Journee (Queen just west of Coxwell).
If we are including Gerrard and even the Danforth:
Rowe Farms for meat
Coach House for shortbread (only open until mid-May)
Brick St. Bakery for bread
Sausage Partners for sausage (currently closed for renos)
Mimi and Hanoi 3 Seasons for Vietnamese
The Dumpling House for decent Northern Chinese
Astoria for the grilled meats
Dukem for Ethiopian
TeacherFoodie, thanks so much for posting this very helpful thread. I love Leslieville and this thread is an invaluable resource for dining and food shopping in the area.
I'd also be very interested to hear if anyone has recommendations for kitchen shops in the area? I'm wondering if there's anything similar to The Good Egg (Kensington Mkt) for example?
ETA: Forgot to mention we ate at QMP on Saturday and really enjoyed our pizzas and antipasti. The arancini was especially good w a spicy tomato sauce. My only real quibble is that you can't just order antipasti here. I know, I know it's a pizza spot but it would be nice to make a meal out of a few antipasti every now and then too.