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starfish1 Oct 18th, 2005 12:01 PM

Toronto - College St. eats
Hi folks, I haven't been to College St. between Spadina and Bathurst for a while but know there are a bunch of great restaurants/bistros. If anyone can recommend a few I would appreciate it. Nothing extravagant - just fun and funky. I only know of Olivia's but they are closed on Tuesdays which is when we are planning on going. Thanks a bunch!

hdm Oct 18th, 2005 06:41 PM

Xacutti -- south side of College at Palmerston. I went for brunch and it was fabulous so I expect dinner would be great as well. You can see their menues at If you're going for brunch, they don't take reservations so you have to be there by 10:30 am to get a table. It's worth it.

Kate_W Oct 18th, 2005 10:39 PM

If you can, try to explore a little further west than Bathurst - there's a larger concentration of good restaurants in this section.

hdm Oct 19th, 2005 03:55 AM

Kate's right and I just remembered another one -- Grappa, south side of College around Grace. Slightly more formal Italian food, warm atmosphere, good service.

Kate_W Oct 19th, 2005 08:14 AM

I like Kalendar: simple meals, affordable, attractive decor. Not trendy, but funky.

starfish1 Oct 19th, 2005 11:24 AM

Thank you hdm and Kate - will check them out and let you know where we end up. Appreciate your responses!

Cat123 Oct 22nd, 2005 12:36 PM

El Bodegon has great Latin American food; Kalendar is a great moderate choice with good atmosphere; Bar Italia is where all the Euro-Hipsters go; Cafe Diplomatico is an old school Italian coffee house; Gamelle and Pony are small romantic bistros; Bruyea Brothers has very good food - a bit bigger and more upscale. Xacutti is also excellent Indian fusion. Lots of other options and you don't usually need reservations.

HogtownJim Oct 23rd, 2005 12:36 AM

Phils for southern barbeque..inexpensive and delicious.
838 College (Ossington & College).

West of Ossignton are Portuguese restaurants.

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