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Restaurants & Pubs in High Park area

SaladKingFan Nov 19, 2003 05:18 PM

Hi, I'll be moving into the High Park area. Wondering what the good neighbourhood restaurants are, for various types of cuisine. Also, are there any Irish Pubs around there?

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    munch Nov 20, 2003 11:54 AM

    Not from the area but have visited a few times, favorite place so far would be the Rebel Chop House. Not Irish but lots of great micro beers. I believe it had better and different food then the average pub - if I remember correctly I had a fairly tasty boar/venison tourtiere? - was enjoying the beer more at the time so I'm not positive.

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      asafoetida Nov 24, 2003 10:13 PM

      Rebel Chop House is where we eat more than anywhere else in Bloor West Village (well, actually, more than anywhere else in the world). We live in the neighbourhood & it's where we go when we are too tired to cook. They have a good list of specials every day as well as a regular menu. There is a good range of nicely cooked and well presented dishes, and standard pub fare is also available. Their mussels are fresh and tasty & come with a different sauce every day (some, like the jerk sauce, are less successful than others, imhho); although they are billed as a main, we usually share them as an appetizer. The daily pasta special is often quite inventive & usually good, though portions seem to be a little smaller than they once were. Nice ambiance, friendly & clean, not too loud (unless it's really packed), wooden-topped tables in a variety of sizes, solid-feeling cutlery (one of my bugaboos). Sometimes a little too much smoke drifts in from the bar. Good beer: black oak pale, maudite, and many others on tap.

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      Mr. Guy Nov 20, 2003 10:50 AM

      There should also be something in the Bloor West Village area. It's not Irish, but Lemon Meringue is worth checking out.

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        kasia Nov 20, 2003 06:08 PM

        I second the recommendation for Lemon Merengue, and would add Amber (on Bloor closer to Jane) to the list. It is a basic Polish eatery, very no-frills, but the food is good (basic staples like cabbage rolls, borscht, schnitzel dinners etc) and inexpensive. Licensed.

        For a quick non-fancy lunch, my favourite is Bread and Roses, where you can get one of their always good daily soups (cucumber, barley, potato, cabbage etc), a turkey sandwich with real turkey meat and cranberry sauce, good meat pies, or zapiekanka (a Polish street snack that I have not seen here anywhere else - it's basically a baguette toasted with a mixture of sauteed mushrooms and some shredded cheese - nothing special, but takes great and makes me wish we had more fast food like this on Toronto streets).

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        sunnyside Nov 19, 2003 06:33 PM

        There is a decent Irish pub on the south side of Bloor just east of High Park, before Dundas. But I can't remember the name.

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          Lisa Nov 21, 2003 04:02 PM

          I think you may be referring to Whelan's Gate? Small but wonderful. Tasty food, good beer.

          Another rec if you're looking for a good breakfast is the Sunset Grill @ Runnymede & Bloor. Always a wait (generally not too long), especially Sunday mornings but worth it.

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          GeoNit Nov 19, 2003 05:45 PM

          For an extensive list of Celtic (Irish, Scotch, Welsh)pubs in Toronto and elsewhere, go to www.allens.to/celtictaps/.

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