Secret Services – Part II

As a continuation from last Post….


Well, exams are over (you wish!) and you’ve got a few nights to party before the Christmas Break rolls in. Here are some awesome restaurants to check out and end the school term with a bang!




The Annex: along Bloor Street between Bathurst and St. George, is home to many restaurants, including those of Italian, Middle Eastern, African, Indian and Japanese. Many of them cater to students and they provide a good meal for the reasonably broke.


Baldwin Street: between McCaul and Beverly offer many restaurants including Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and Japanese (many have outdoor terraces, perfect for spring and summer weather).


Kensington Market and Chinatown: located between College and Dundas on Nassau street, and at Dundas and Spadina respectively, both are located close to each other. They feature a number of restaurants, but more importantly – grocery stores!


Harbord Street: just west of Spadina, this street harbours (yes, pun intended) specialties like Harbord Bakery, and pizza places like Cora’s and Papa Ceo’s (Spadina and Harbord). Papa Ceo’s is open till, and delivers till 4AM! This is great for a late night study, or a group meeting.


Little Italy: located on College between Bathurst and Ossington, there is some of the best dining in the city with a wide range of prices. Some restaurants are reasonably priced (Café Diplomatico) and delis in the area and there are many sidewalk cafés (great for summer). There are more pricey options such as Teatro and Gamelle.


If you are looking for something rich and fancy, let me suggest something special for you.


Lone Star Texas Grill: Front Street, one block from University Ave. has great fajitas, chips and salsa, and many more menu items rumoured by native-born Texans to be the real deal.


The Old Spaghetti Factory: found on Esplanade (yes, its far) – this tasty joint combines values and carbs to make an awesome meal!


Richtree: Yonge Street at the BCE Place, Richtree is exactly what name says – expensive! But a fun dining experience, nonetheless!


Fast Food


So you’re looking at my list thinking “She’s nuts! She thinks I’m going to Richtree!”


Okay, let me give you some basics – the fast foods.


McDonald’s: it’s a bit of walk, but hey, you need to burn the calories. Located on Bloor St. W between St. George and Avenue Road, McDonald’s caters to all your deliciously greasy needs.


Burger King: Spadina and College Street, southeast corner – their fries are good.


Swiss Chalet: a wonderful restaurant specializing in chicken – you can find them on University, south of the trisection (yes, the word I use to describe three streets meeting) of University, Queen’s Park and College Street. I had trouble finding it, but know its South of the intersection, about half a block, in the Hydro Buiding. You’ll pass a Tim Hortons there first.


College Street: between St. George and University offers Second Cup, Subway, Starbucks, and all sorts of exotic food. Continue on College towards Spadina can help you find a Pita Pit, Tim Hortons and more.



Pub Food


While I am not a drinker, I’m going to cater to all students. College Street, between University and Spadina features O’Grady’s, Molly Bloom’s and Einstein’s (which I believe is near a discount bookstore, so you can read and drink at the same time!)


You can check out Spadina which has The Ferret & Firkin, as well as Red Room.


Bloor Street West has Gabby’s (great wing specials on Monday and Tuesday nights) and the east side of Bay Street has The Foxes Den, which apparently (according to my handy-dandy Res book) serves great clam chower.


Vegetarian Food


You can find a large variety of vegetarian food in several locations in Toronto.


Buddha’s Vegetarian Foods and Café 668, are all located on Dundas West and have great food. Speaking of Cafés, check out King’s Café on Augusta, and Fresh on Bloor Street at Spadina.


I’ve been meaning to try The Garden (it looks awesome) – its on Dundas Street near the Eaton Centre, and it really looks like it has a cool ambiance….if anyone tries it, post a comment and let me know how it is.


Yummy yummy in my tummy!



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  1. I am so hungry reading this post!! I wanted to mention Utopia on College Street, just east of Clinton. Best burger I ever had was there, and they also have a great grilled vegetable sandwich.

    And if you really want to go fancy (and don’t need to pay your tuition) try Splendido on Harbord.