Stephanie Dickison

A taste of Sweden right in North York

You probably know IKEA because half of your apartment is furnished in BILLY bookcases and ORGEL lamps.But do you know its restaurant? The self-serve cafeteria style, which keeps the prices low, adds to the festive assemble-it-yourself feel of the place.Swedish Meatballs are a no-brainer, so I get...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 10:30 AM

Junk food's makeover

Burgers and wine? I don’t see it, but at least it’s something new for the city’s already saturated burger market. The huge space is sheer luxe with high ceilings and wine racks along the back wall, so it’s way beyond the usual burger joint. Which is maybe why you’ll be paying a little more. But it’...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 5:31 AM

Duff’s fame short lived

Duff’s Famous Wings1604 Bayview Ave.416-544-0100www.duffsfamouswings.ca Hours: Mon & Wed 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Tues & Thurs 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sun 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.Rating: **Price range: $1.50 - $47.00Reservations: NoMaybe you’re craving wings. Or just the sauce...

Thursday, December 30, 2010, 5:31 AM

A mystery how Sky Blue Sky is so good for so little

Sky Blue Sky Sandwich605 Bloor St. West647-351-7945sbssandwiches.com Hours Mon to Fri 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.Sat 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Rating: ****Price range: $1.25 - $5.49 Here are eight reasons to visit Sky Blue Sky Sandwich: 1. It’s one of the most wallet-friendly lunches around. Most sandwiches are...

Friday, December 24, 2010, 1:04 AM

A little slice of Paris in Lawrence Park

Steak Frites Bistro3185 Yonge St. (just north of Lawrence)416-488-0081steakfritesbistro.comHours of Operation Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30a.m.-2p.m., Dinner Mon-Thurs 5p.m.-10p.m., Fri and Sat 5p.m.-11p.m., Sunday 5p.m.-9p.m. Rating: ****Price range: $6.75 - $29.75Reservations: YesTime in: 12:01 p.m.Time...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 1:04 AM

Outstanding service and stunning food at Marben

Marben488 Wellington St. W. # 102416-979-1990marbenrestaurant.comHours of Operation: Mon, Thur, Fri 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.Tues & Wed 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. – 2 .am. Sun 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.Rating *****Price range: $3.50 – $17Reservations: YesTime in: 1:31 p.m.Time out: 2:25 p.m.Low $ - Rodney’s...

Friday, December 10, 2010, 1:04 AM

La Bella Managua delights with fascinating flavours

La Bella Managua872 Bloor St. West416-913-4227labellamanagua.com Hours: Tues 12 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Wed, Thurs & Sun 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri 12 p.m. - - 11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.Rating: *****Price range: $1.25 - $13.95 Walking along Bloor Street, I was thrilled to discover La Bella Managua,...

Friday, December 3, 2010, 1:04 AM

You won’t go hungry at this Asian ‘steam’ table

Steamy’s Asian Tapas & Grill147 Spadina Ave. (at Richmond St. West)416-646-2788Hours: lunch Mon to Fri 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner Mon to Sat 5 p.m. tp 9 p.m.Rating: ** 1/2Price range: $1 to $10.25Double Dragon is now Steamy’s Asian Tapas & Grill. They offer a steam table at lunch and dinner...

Thursday, November 25, 2010, 1:04 AM

The good, the bad and the missing ingredient

Bupphathai110 Queen St. E (at Jarvis)416-981-1399www.bupphathai.comHours: Mon - Fri 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.?Rating: ** 1/2Price range: $1.50 to $15.95Reservations: NoLicensed: YesLunch with co-workers: YesThai is a great lunch choice because it’s affordable and you can cater...

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 5:30 AM

Vegetarian lunch at Kale Eatery was definitely mixed

Kale Eatery 2366 Yonge St. (north of Eglinton) 416-792-5253 kaleeatery.com Hours of Operation – Mon to Fri 11-8, Sat 11-7, Sun closed Rating **1/2 Price range $2 - $unlimited Reservations – no Quick solo lunch Licensed – No With only an hour to do it in, and a host of fast-food options nearby,...

Thursday, November 11, 2010, 9:30 AM

Want to drink and eat? Hit Axis GastroPub

Axis GastroPub585 Bloor St. W (at Bathurst) 416-539-9009Rating ****Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 11 a.m. to 1 or 2 a.m., Sat & Sun 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.Price range: $5 - $19Reservations: noLunch: with co-workersLicensed: YesThe Gastropub Cookbook defines a gastropub as “a place in which you can...

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 5:30 AM

Have a healthy lunch with healthy portions at Salad Creations

Salad Creations 433 Yonge St. (at College) saladcreations.ca Rating **** Price range $1.29 - $10.99 Reservations: No I have been to these salad places before. Soggy, chemical-ridden lettuce is topped with your choice of ingredients and dressing for an exorbitant price. Nuh-uh. But the newly re-...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 11:51 PM

No foxes, fiddles or firkins at The Queen & Beaver

The Queen & Beaver Public House35 Elm St.647-347-2712queenandbeaverpub.caHours: Monday- Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. (during football season, otherwise 11 a.m.) to 11 p.m, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.Rating: 4 out of 5Price range $5 - $22Reservations – Yes Social lunchTime in 12:59 p...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 8:30 PM

Sushi Couture — Fresh seafood hits The Annex

Sushi Couture 456 Bloor St. W. 416-538-8618 Hours of Operation: Mon – Thurs 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun 5 p.m. -10 p.m. Rating ***1/2 Price range $1 - $33.99 The price is right and the food is fresh at Sushi Couture. Lunch Specials, offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,...

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 5:30 AM

Pho Orchid offers appetite satisfaction

Vietnamese is a great lunch because there are a lot of options (rice, noodles, soup, meat, seafood or vegetarian), it's filling and fairly inexpensive. Pho Orchid’s clean space below ground level is surprisingly bright, thanks to long windows and oatmeal-coloured walls. Once seated, you're given...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:53 PM

Unholy goodness at The Burger’s Priest

It's just a little slip of a place. With only a few stools inside and a two-seater pew (pew, priest: get it?) outside, so get it to go.The menu is simple —burgers and fries. Good. Specialize and keep it simple. Kudos for the very plain white bun, too: let the ingredients shine.The “Option” combo ($...

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 5:30 AM

The Bloordale Pantry: Come, eat and hang

I have a soft spot for diners, but rarely do new ones get it right. The Bloordale Pantry has the right idea — old-fashioned setup complete with red booths, without being too kitschy or cluttered. The menu focuses on all-day breakfast, with sandwiches, salads and burgers also available.I order B...

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 4:13 PM

O&B Canteen's ambiance has more flavour than the food

O&B CanteenTIFF Bell Lightbox, 330 King St. W. (at John St.)647-288-4710Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight (open until 4 a.m. during Film FestivalRating: *1/2Price Range: $5-$21Reservations: Yes O&B Canteen opened in the hot, new TIFF Bell Lightbox building, so...

Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6:30 PM

Lots of food here, but nothing very special

“Hi. Welcome to Cinquecento Trattoria. Have you been here before? Let me explain how it works…”This right in the entranceway, so we have to squeeze over to let people in. Oh, by the way there is no menu, just options at the counter (1 item $7.95, 2 - $8.95, 3 - $9.95) and pizza, but you can only...

Thursday, September 9, 2010, 5:30 AM

Len Duckworth’s fish: Fresh, light, tasty and crispy

Ooh! I love the old tyme feel here. Len Duckworth’s has been around since 1930 and now his grandson cooks up the fish at this location — which offers a ton of seating as well as take-out. It’s wonderful to have a choice of fish (halibut, sole, haddock, blue cod) and seafood (shrimps, scallops). I...

Thursday, September 2, 2010, 9:30 AM