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Oct 21, 2013 12:23 PM

lunch within driving distance of victoria park/danforth?

i know of the places i can walk to around here (danforth roti, hakka chopsticks, double sushi, bengali places around here, etc.), but am wondering if there is good food a bit further out if i drive (within 15 min). today, i went to armenian kitchen on vic park (just north of eglinton) which was okay. i have also driven to jatujak for thai.

any suggestions for places with good food (with vegetarian options) i can drive to in any direction?

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  1. There are a ton of places within 15 minutes of that intersection. However, places with vegetarian options really does cut that list down. You could go to Crazy Tomato, though I haven't been fond of it lately. In the same strip plaza as Armenian Kitchen, try Blue Water Curry & Roti. Don't let the look of the place deter you. Their doubles and rotis are really good. Going further north on VP, there's L's Chinese Eatery just east of VP on Lawrence. Kinnaree Thai at Pharmacy & Ellesmere also has some tasty veggie options and cheap, cheap, cheap lunch prices.

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    1. re: Googs

      You may want to call Blue Water Curry and Roti first, as they had no veggie when I went. Twas good though.

      1. re: mariecollins

        thanks, googs, for all these suggestions!

        i passed by blue water and peered in with curiosity, and planned to google it to see if i could find a menu.. so thank you for the link to the website!

        1. re: mariecollins

          Pumpkin or bhaji rotis are veggie, aren't they? I think polourie, doubles, and dhal qualify as veggie, but I could be wrong.

          1. re: Googs

            True that - just that the (one) time I was there they had no veggie roti options available. I had chicken instead, as
            I eat meat, but prefer veggie rotis.

            1. re: mariecollins

              i got to try something from blue water recenty. i got the pumpkin with rice (it said on the menu that it was supposed to come with potato curry, but mine didn't, and i didn't know till i had already left with my takeout). i was literally just mashed up pumpkin with what i think was jasmine rice (the combo doesn't work so well together, imho). the pumpkin tasted good, but it was such a weird mix of just plain jasmine rice with mashed up pumpkin, and with nothing else. i didn't enjoy it. i could see the pumpkin being tasty in a roti though, along with something else in there (potato or chana or something).

              may give them another try sometime.. but i also work right by danforth roti, and so blue water didn't impress me enough to make the trek there.

          2. If you go down Vic Park there is always Vi Vetha (lots of pasta options) -‎

            There are some vegetarian options at The Green Dragon Pub as well IIRC - not tons but the food is usually pretty good -‎

            No Bull Burgers on Kingston Road has a quinoa burger as well.

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            1. re: Otonabee

              thanks! and i am excited there is veg poutine near here (this could be dangerous!)

              1. re: helenhelen

                i have now tried the veg poutine and the quinoa burger from no bull burgers and both are very good!

                1. re: helenhelen

                  ...except for the 2nd time i had their veg poutine, they didn't heat the gravy long enough (i guess it is in the fridge since proably few people order it, so it isn't freshly made) and it was kinda lukewarm and chunky on my fries. not so good :/

              2. re: Otonabee

                Wow. I didn't even know No Bull Burgers had a 2nd location. Good on those guys. They're the same people behind Souvlaki Express. Makes me miss my old neighbourhood even more.

              3. Udupi Palace at Gerrard just west of Coxwell does a good dosa and their chaat is very good.

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                1. hmm, The Thai Room at Woodbine an Danforth is quite good and their veggie options are varied.

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                  1. re: mariecollins

                    i have driven by it many times but glad to know now that it is good!

                  2. helenhelen,
                    What bengali place do you recommend in that area with vegetarian options?
                    I do remember going to gharoa but was not overly impressed with it.

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                    1. re: garfield

                      i haven't tried most of them yet.. but my coworker (who is bengali) recommends anando, and another one whose name escapes me right now (starts with "M" maybe?). i went to a place (name also escapes me) and had a tasty egg curry but i found it too spicy for me (which means stomach ache a few hours later). the food around here is generally spiced according to local bengali resident tastes, so be prepared!

                      you will be able to find veg options in pretty much any bengali place, think.. the food is similar to indian food which is also very veg friendly.

                        1. re: helenhelen

                          Another vote for Anando. Their best dish, the kacchi biryani has beef in it but there are a few veg dishes and breads. It's an oddly charming place. The first time we went in for lunch it seemed deserted. About 5 minutes later a guy came to the table to ask what we wanted. "Lunch!" we said. He held up a finger and told us to wait. We waited, expecting him to return with menus. We waited some more. Then he came out with these huge plates of subtly spiced rice with a fall off the bone piece of beef and a spiced boiled potato. It was excellent. Other people have told me that sometimes at lunch you just get whatever they're cooking that day. But it's always good.

                          1. re: helenhelen

                            i think the "M" one is makkah (a different one from another makkah further west along the danforth - not sure if it is the same owners or different..?)

                            i finally tried anondo today during lunctime and was very disappointed. it may just be that they have poor veg options. i asked for something veg and was served a small plate of rice, along with a small serving of overcooked, limp and relatively bland (plus no heat at all) mix of cabbage, squash (pumpkin?) and zucchini. it cost $6 which sounds cheap, but was a ripoff considering the dish and portion size. i was still pretty hungry afterwards.

                            will try makkah next, and will also see if ghoroaa has any veg options in house (they don't appear to on their website menu).