The Daily Commute is a weekly mini-series that introduces some great, affordable dining destinations, right of the TTC lines. From the morning coffee for the subway ride to the office, to post-work drinks right off your streetcar stop, we’ll be exploring some great spots to make your daily commute a tasty one.
We’re back on the commute this week, taking the Yonge-University-Spadina line through the stretch of Yonge between Eglinton and Rosedale. We move through the bustling uptown neighbourhoods of Yonge & Eglinton, Summerhill, and Rosedale, a few of Toronto’s wealthier communities, and home to a plethora of both high-end dining destinations and casual, local favourites. Populated by many prominent businesses, this stretch of the commute certainly is not lacking in working lunch or business dinner locales.
Whether it’s for morning coffee en route to the office, or a mid-afternoon sugar fix, La Bamboche, located a short walk south of the Eglinton subway station is your spot. A wide assortment of hot beverages, and beautiful selection of delectable pastries make this patisserie a local favourite. Try their famous carrot cake, and choose from a great selection of French macarons, all made fresh, in-house, daily.
www.labamboche.ca | 4 Manor Rd. E., Toronto
A sandwich isn’t just a sandwich in these here parts. Great bites in-between two hands can be found at a few great cafés and sandwich shops right along this strip. The Black Camel just north of the Rosedale subway station offers a fantastic pulled pork sandwich, but make sure to check before heading down- they are known to sell out fast, and often update their sandwich status to their customers via Twitter. And what don’t we love about Delica Kitchen, just south of the St. Clair subway station, with their great selection of fresh, house-made sandwiches, as well as soups, salads and other baked goods. The Artisan Baker, Delica’s neighbor across the street serves up a similar selection but adds a great variety of delicious pastas and entrées to their lunchtime menu.
www.blackcamel.ca | 4 Crescent Rd., Toronto
www.delicakitchen.ca | 1440 Yonge St., Toronto
www.theartisanbakers.com | 1423 Yonge St., Toronto
For that truly gluttonous experience that – let’s face it – we all crave, at some point, head down to Holy Chuck Burger, which is also just steps from the St. Clair subway station, in extremely close proximity to some of the great spots already mentioned. Made from aged high quality cuts of beef that are ground in-house hourly, Holy Chuck Burger serves up some of Toronto’s finest patties in their signature burgers like The Mad Cow, and The Holy Chuck. Gourmands will love The Holy Duck, a street-food-meets-fine-dining number that features a single beef patty with foie gras, truffle oil and fresh black truffles- fancy! Other favourites include a breakfast-type burger with a beef patty, pancetta and a fried egg in between two freshly baked croissants that come from their friends at The Artisan Baker across the street (how’s that for co-operative food business!), and a panko-crusted Portobello mushroom burger. Wash it all down with their vanilla milkshake, made with real Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean, and finish it off with one of their sweet-savoury desserts, because who doesn’t love cookie dough, ice cream and bacon? And for Holy Chuck fans a little further out, Chef Johnny Prassoulis let us in on some privy information regarding a second location opening in Woodbridge in July.
www.holychuckburgers.com | 1450 Yonge St., Toronto
Posted by Jenelle Antolin
Previously: The Daily Commute: The East End Part I
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