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Need a North York Restaurant Recommendation

rosemarymarsh Jul 8, 2013 06:50 AM

Wondering if anyone could share a restaurant find in North York Toronto? Looking for a restaurant with great food a fun or inviting atmosphere in a medium price range. Any suggestions? Coming in from out of town and taking friends to dinner. Thanks

  1. Charles Yu Jul 8, 2013 07:44 AM

    How about the new 'Origin North' next to Bayview Village. Great reviews starting to emerge!!

    1. TorontoJo Jul 8, 2013 09:50 AM

      Origin North is a good rec -- I've always had good experiences at the original one downtown.

      If you want something more casual and fun, Stack Smokehouse has something for everyone.

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      1. re: TorontoJo
        juno Jul 8, 2013 01:49 PM

        I've yet to get to the newly-opened Origin North. But looking at its online menu, I wouldn't put it in a medium price range. Unless you regard about $150 a couple (which is how I parse its price level) as medium priced. If you don't, then the already-mentioned Stack is the more prudent option. Simple dishes, well executed, good service, decent barbecue, reasonably-priced wine and beer list. Great? No, but it's pretty good, it is.

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          azfoodjunkie Jul 11, 2013 07:18 PM

          I have not gone to the one in downtown. However, I was at the newly open one for dinner today (it's in Bayview Village). It does have a nice ambiance, courteous service, and fascinating food. Dishes there are mainly meant for sharing. I agree with Juno that Origin North is not a medium price range resto. I left feeling unsatisfied because I was not full and I am not a big eater to begin with. I would go back for special occasions though.

      2. elasticwaistband Jul 8, 2013 05:44 PM

        I have always enjoyed my meals at The Monkey Bar and Grill. Casual atmosphere + consistently good food.


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          Sadistick Jul 8, 2013 07:39 PM

          You could always go to the Copper Chimney.

          I haven't been in over a year, but it used to be quite acceptable...

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          1. re: Sadistick
            Googs Jul 11, 2013 12:01 PM

            Copper Chimney?!?!? Ew. I'd rather eat out of a toilet bowl.

            1. re: Googs
              Charles Yu Jul 11, 2013 02:17 PM

              Haven't been to Copper Chimney for a while. Have they gone down hill real bad to trigger your ' interesting response'??!!

              1. re: Charles Yu
                Googs Jul 11, 2013 02:32 PM

                Dirty, dirty place.

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                  Charles Yu Jul 11, 2013 04:15 PM

                  Thought premises have to be inspected and given health certificates to open?! Do they still have a 'green' color certificate posted on the window?

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            Luvtooeat Jul 11, 2013 04:23 PM

            Might not be in North York

            Yonge / Eglinton

            Hands down either




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            1. re: Luvtooeat
              Luvtooeat Jul 12, 2013 02:25 PM

              You will not leave hungry from Spacco or Grazie and both have a great selection and are reasonable

              1. re: Luvtooeat
                kwass Jul 12, 2013 02:43 PM

                If you're already sending her to that area, what about Vita Sociale, which has been getting some good buzz. It's in the old Centro location.

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                  elasticwaistband Jul 12, 2013 02:48 PM

                  Walked by there yesterday around lunch time with the dog and they had the front windows open to the street and it was fairly busy and looks like a nice remodel. Any word on the good dishes there yet?

                  1. re: elasticwaistband
                    kwass Jul 12, 2013 02:53 PM

                    I haven't been myself yet, but here's the write-up from BlogTo:


                    1. re: elasticwaistband
                      kwass Jul 12, 2013 02:55 PM

                      Here is the link to another write-up from Dine Magazine:


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                        Charles Yu Jul 12, 2013 04:35 PM

                        In addition to the above captioned write-ups by 'outsiders'. here are reviews by some of our chowhound fraternity members
                        Kind of so-so?!!!

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                juno Jul 12, 2013 07:33 AM

                North York covers a vast expanse. To me, it starts at the City Limits on Yonge St. (just south of York Mills Rd.) and extends in a wide swath north to Steeles Ave. In which case, many of the suggestions here aren't precisely in North York (including my vote for Stack), though they're within a short driving distance. It might be useful to learn what part of North York the OP is considering. That might trigger us North York denizens into making more targeted suggestions.

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                1. re: juno
                  rosemarymarsh Jul 12, 2013 08:39 AM

                  Its the Shepherd and Young area.

                  1. re: rosemarymarsh
                    TorontoJo Jul 12, 2013 09:17 AM

                    Given that, Stack is very convenient, just down the road. If you move over to Avenue Road, I quite like Left Bank Bistro.

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                      Charles Yu Jul 12, 2013 09:50 AM

                      +1 for the Left Bank Bistro.
                      Has been a fan of chef Tamaru since his early days at The Fifth, JOV and Simple.

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                        juno Jul 12, 2013 01:03 PM

                        From Sheppard and Yonge, you're about a 10-minute drive from Stack, and about 15 minutes from Left Bank Bistro. Stack is around $70 per couple, Left Bank Bistro about $100 per couple, drinks included. So both fall within your preferred medium-price range. Left Bank Bistro, a classic French bistro, recently changed ownership, and there are some menu changes, but I think the same chef is still in residence. (I haven't been there since the change.) Incidentally, you can bring your own wine to Left Bank on Monday for $0 corkage. The also-mentioned Origin North is maybe five minutes east of Yonge and Sheppard, just in case you decide to go up another price level or two. But azfoodjunkie isn't the only one to mention that the portions there, given the price, are kinda teensy.

                  2. re: juno
                    Herne Jul 13, 2013 09:28 AM

                    Actually it starts at Lawrence and goes north east and west of the DVP.

                    But that aside there are very few restaurants worth mentioning. Congee Queen being a notable exception

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