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Toronto:

The Jewish community is broken up in to three main areas
1. "Down South" which is in the area of Bathurst and Lawrence
2. Clanton Park which is a little further north around Bathurst and Sheppard
3. Thornhill which is even further north @ Clark and Bathurst

Downtown, without any traffic is 25 from down south, 30 minutes from clanton park and 35 minutes from Thornhill. Expect those numbers to almost double during rush hour.


Places to eat
There is a ton of fast food type options in the city. There are very few (if any) nice restaurants.

Here's COR's List http://www.cor.ca/establishments.html

Marron
www.marronbistro.com
948 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 2C5
Mixed reviews on DDF

Bistro Grande
http://www.bistrogrande.com/
1000 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 2C5
(416) 782-3302
Nice Dairy place- pricey

Prime on Avenue (Opening Aug 2018)
Steakhouse
http://primeonavenue.com/

Gladstones Bistro
Steakhouse
http://gladstonesbistro.com/

Annona Restaurant at the Park Hyatt
Very nice restaurant. Takes over the regular restaurant in the Hyatt lobby on Thursday nights, once or twice a month.
Good food but very expensive ($125/person + tax and tip)
http://parktoronto.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/KosherDining.html

Windsor Arms Hotel kosher dining
Very Nice Great Reviews on DDF
Sunday-Thursday 5:30-10PM
Also very good food and much more reasonable at $75/person
http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/dining/livingroom/kosher_dining/

There are a plethora of fast food places. Here are some highlights
Thornhill
Golden Chopsticks
Average chinese food
7000 Bathurst, Thornhill, ON L4J 7L1

Joe Boo CooKoo
Amazing wings, solid burgers and chicken sandwiches
7241 Bathurst Street, Thornhill, ON L4J 3W1

Bali Laffa
7117 Bathurst St, Vaughan, ON L4J 2J6
Excellent Israeli grill

Lime Taco
Authentic Mexican (don't think Carlos and Gabby's).
Complaints about speed of food- also everything on the menu is the same(chicken with beans and rice)
441 Clark Avenue West

Dr. Laffa
Shwarma joint. People in Toronto rave about it. Not sure why.
401 Magnetic Dr #39, Toronto, ON M3J 3H9

Saluf
Good shwarma. Kind of looks like a cafeteria
219 Connie Crescent #5a, Concord, ON L4K 1L4

King David
More shwarma
11 Disera Drive

D-lites
Dairy Cafe. Breakfast special is an outstanding value- also really good Sushi
441 Clark Ave W Vaughan, ON L4J 5K2

Cafe Sheli
Dairy Cafe- classic Jewish dairy place with a really large menu.  Everything is good and not pricey
7700 Bathurst St, Vaughan, ON L4J 7Y3

Pizza Stores
Tov-Li North
5982 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M2R 1Z1

My Zaidy's Pizza
441 Clark Ave W, Vaughan, ON L4J 5K2

Yehudales
7241 Bathurst St, Thornhill, ON L4J 3W1

King David Pizza
11 Disera Dr #130 Vaughan, ON

Down south
King David Pizza ( there's Three Locations)

Dr Laffa On The Go
3023 Bathurst St. ( there's one up north and one down south across from King David

Milk 'n Honey - 3457 Bathurst Street Good french onion soup, cheese blintzes...

Pizza Cafe  -  3774 Bathurst st. (north west corner of Bathurst and Wilson in plaza)
Great selection of pizza, falafel, salad bar,
Probably best tasting pizza in town! Must try the caramelized onion slice. Excellent service!!

Aroma Espresso Bar - (this is there only kosher location in Toronto)
3791-3793 Bathurst Street  (north east corner of Bathurst and Wilson in plaza)

Omni 2 - Jewels and Java
2793 Bathurst St Toronto

Bubby's Bagels
3035 Bathurst St (Bathurst & Lawrence)

Ben & Izzy's Deli
Toronto people rave about it, especially the brisket sandwich
The Smoked Jack Daniels Pulled Beef is amazing
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7821.msg845192#msg845192

Bali Laffa
Israeli Style Restaurant--  Outstanding Food
(I don't have exact address, but they opened where Dairy Treats used to be across from Ben & Izzy's)

Hotels
Park Hyatt Toronto
By no means a luxury hotel, but a good value for CC anniversary nights. Located in mid-town, around a 20 minute drive (longer during evening rush hour) to the Jewish community @ Bathurst/Lawrence


Attractions

Hockey Hall of Fame
Excellently done. Really cool to be able to touch the cup
Downtown 30 Yonge St Toronto, ON M5E 1X8

Canada's Wonderland
Theme park (think six flags)
15 minutes north of Thornhill
https://www.canadaswonderland.com/
kosher food options at the park provided by Tov-Li which are available at the Backlot Café

ROM (Royal Ontario Museum
www.rom.on.ca/

Ontario science Centre
https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/



Ripley's Aquarium
Downtown 288 Bremner Blvd Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Excellent aquarium. Very expensive

CN Tower
Located right next to the aquarium. Nice views.

Centre Island and Centreville
Beautiful island a 5 minute ferry ride from downtown.
Plenty of grass and splash pads and a small amusement park for kids

Toronto zoo
25 minute drive from main areas. Very nice zoo. They have pandas on loan from China for the next few years

Woodbine (Fantasy fair)
500 Rexdale Blvd Etobicoke, ON M9W 6K5
Fun indoor amusement park for kids
Near the airport

Reptilia
What it sounds like
2501 Rutherford Rd Vaughan, ON L4K 2N6

Legoland
Don't waste your money

Bunch Of Fun Playland
Their food is Kosher

FARMS & ZOOS

BOWMANVILLE ZOO
Take Hwy 401 E, Exit at Liberty St (432), follow N to King St and turn right, this is also considered Hwy 2
1-905-623-5655
Daily: 10am-5pm, Wknds: 10am-6pm;
Regular Admission Wknds: $20.35/adult,
$15.04/3-12yrs

DOWNEY’S FARM MARKET
13682 Heart Lake Rd N of Brampton
905-838-2990
Daily: 9am-6pm; Funland: Daily: 10am-5pm;
$7/admission, charged to funland play area and farm animals

EVERDALE ORGANIC FARM AND
ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTRE
5812 6th Line, Erin Township 401 W to Trafalgar Rd, N on Trafalgar to Hwy #7, W on #7 to Trafalgar Rd N again, Trafalgar N to Hillsburgh W on Wellington Rd #22, N onto 6th Line Erin Township to #5812
519-855-4859
Visit Everdale, bring a picnic, walk around and enjoy a day in the country.

FAR ENOUGH FARM
Toronto Island Park, near Centreville on Centre Island
416-392-2628
9am-3pm daily; Free, Ferry: $7/adult, $.3.50/child

FORSYTHE FAMILY FARMS
10539 Kennedy Rd, Unionville 1km N of Major
Mackenzie Dr
905-887-1087
9am-5pm; Summer Fun on The Farm:
$7/2hrs, $8/3hrs (booking required)
Pick-your-own crops, visit The Enchanted Forest and summer fun on the farm.

HIGH PARK ZOO
High Park, Deer Pen Rd, Near Grenadier Café
905-887-1087
Dawn-Dusk;

PUCK’S FARM
16540 11th Concession W on Hwy 9 to King
Con 11; turn left, heading S drive 15 miles
905-939-7036
Weekends & Holidays: 10am-5pm, call for weekday schedule; $10, under 2 free: includes pony & hayrides & activities

RIVERDALE FARM
201 Winchester St (E off Parliament)
416-392-6794
riverdale-farm
Daily: 9am-5pm; Free

SPRINGRIDGE FARM
7256 Bell School Line in Milton
905-878-4908
Daily: 9am-6pm; Fun Farm Yard: $5, weekend pony rides $3 Wagon rides, farm animals. giant sandbox, and straw bale jumping.

TORONTO ZOO
Hwy 401 on Meadowvale Rd N
416-392-5900
9am-7pm; $28/adults, $18/3-12yrs, Free/2yrs-, $10/parking

WHITTAMORE’S BERRY FARM
8100 Steeles Ave E, 6km E of Markham Rd
(Highway 48)
905-294-3275
9am-5pm; $8, $35/Season Pass
Farm yard activities, playhouses, farm animals, wagon rides and pick-your-own-crops.

BROOKS FARMS
122 Ashworth Rd, Mt Albert
905-473-3246
9am-4pm; $8/Barnyard Playland
Barnyard Playland, Farmer’s Market, Pickyour-own.

Activities on the Way from NY:
Krispy Kreme in Scranton - on Moosic Street, under KOA with supervision from local Scranton Rav - R' Fine, recommended by Rabbi Eidlitz from KosherQuest.com via email to @Yehuda
Corning Museum of Glass ($20) - large museum of varying glass displays and creations, glass blowing demonstrations, has high reviews although @Yehuda didn't think it was that amazing
Watkins Glen State Park (free, $8 parking) - hike in a gorge along several waterfalls, more of an upward step climb than a hike which is quite strenuous, @Yehuda recommends going 20 minutes in to see the first few falls then turning back, if you go the whole 1-1.5 hours you can wait for a shuttle school bus to take you back to the parking lot for $5 cash
Letchworth State Park - hot air balloons
Finger Lakes - can go on a boat cruise or just find a nice place to pull over for a good lunch spot, @Yehuda took Hwy 14, which runs alongside Seneca Lake and found a grassy area with benches.
Strong Museum of Play in Rochester ($15) - not exactly on the most direct route, but a fantastic, huge museum of toys and games (many of which you can play) for all ages
Howe Caverns ($25) - boat ride in a cave, but close to Albany, so not on a great route to Toronto
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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1800 on: July 26, 2018, 11:49:08 AM »
TD in Lawrence Plaza is hosting a free BBQ at 12:00 today. COR Mashgiach on site.

Expect the food to go quickly as it's free for anyone, not just TD customers and not just Kosher eaters :)

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1801 on: August 01, 2018, 05:36:19 PM »
Question about where to stay-

I plan on being in the TOR Area 8/21 and 8/24 (plan on leaving Friday AM).

Things I want to do there:
HHOF/CN Tower
Canada's Wonderland (in Vaughan)
Possibly a Hamilton Tigercats game in Hamilton

Is it worth the extra $$ to stay in Downtown TOR? Or should I focus on staying on the outskirts of town and just get earlier starts to my day?


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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1802 on: August 01, 2018, 10:51:19 PM »
Question about where to stay-

I plan on being in the TOR Area 8/21 and 8/24 (plan on leaving Friday AM).

Things I want to do there:
HHOF/CN Tower
Canada's Wonderland (in Vaughan)
Possibly a Hamilton Tigercats game in Hamilton

Is it worth the extra $$ to stay in Downtown TOR? Or should I focus on staying on the outskirts of town and just get earlier starts to my day?
Did both, but on next trip I'll stay downtown, especially if it is a short stay.
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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1803 on: August 01, 2018, 11:56:36 PM »
Will be in Toronto for one day and staying downtown. Any must do places to go to? What’s the closest/good place to eat dinner?

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1804 on: August 02, 2018, 12:07:27 AM »
Will be in Toronto for one day and staying downtown. Any must do places to go to? What’s the closest/good place to eat dinner?

Closest nice place to eat is Windsor Arms, although they're only open 1 or 2 nightals a week I think. If you just want pizza downtown there's a King David Pizza  in Mount Sinai Hospital I think.

The next closest would be places on Eglinton Ave, which are Marron Bistro (nice meat place), Bistro Grande (nice milk) and Aish Tanoor (sit-down shwarma). Once you go that far though its only another 5 min to other places, so what are you looking for?

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1805 on: August 02, 2018, 12:09:23 AM »
Closest nice place to eat is Windsor Arms, although they're only open 1 or 2 nightals a week I think. If you just want pizza downtown there's a King David Pizza  in Mount Sinai Hospital I think.

The next closest would be places on Eglinton Ave, which are Marron Bistro (nice meat place), Bistro Grande (nice milk) and Aish Tanoor (sit-down shwarma). Once you go that far though its only another 5 min to other places, so what are you looking for?
Thank you. Im looking for a steak house that has good food.

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« Reply #1806 on: August 02, 2018, 12:12:01 AM »
Thank you. Im looking for a steak house that has good food.
I'd try Chicago, LA, NYC, Miami, Montreal...
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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1807 on: August 02, 2018, 12:13:39 AM »
Thank you. Im looking for a steak house that has good food.
Then I guess Marron or Windsor Arms (if it's open when you're there). There's also Gladstones but it's much farther from downtown. Those are basically the only 3 options for what you're looking for I think.

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1808 on: August 02, 2018, 12:14:47 AM »
Thank you. Im looking for a steak house that has good food.
And there's been talk upthread about Marron vs Windsor Arms. You can look through that to see what ppl say.

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1809 on: August 02, 2018, 12:15:23 AM »
Thank you. Any ideas of places to go to?

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1810 on: August 02, 2018, 12:54:57 AM »
I'd try Chicago, LA, NYC, Miami, Montreal...
LOL
Actually Chops in Montreal is in par with many on the list....

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« Reply #1811 on: August 02, 2018, 12:57:26 AM »
LOL
Actually Chops in Montreal is in par with many on the list....
That's why I included Montreal. Better than anything Miami has truthfully.
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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1812 on: August 02, 2018, 01:29:04 AM »
Closest nice place to eat is Windsor Arms, although they're only open 1 or 2 nightals a week I think. If you just want pizza downtown there's a King David Pizza  in Mount Sinai Hospital I think.

The next closest would be places on Eglinton Ave, which are Marron Bistro (nice meat place), Bistro Grande (nice milk) and Aish Tanoor (sit-down shwarma). Once you go that far though its only another 5 min to other places, so what are you looking for?
I was at Aish Tanoor, good humus, shawarma, salads .  Did not try Marron or Grande.

Aish Tanoor menu   http://www.aishtanoor.com/
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« Reply #1813 on: August 02, 2018, 08:37:10 AM »
Thank you. Any ideas of places to go to?
Depends what you're into.

There's the CN Tower if you want. You get a really nice view of the city if it's not cloudy and you can say that you we went up what was as it some point the tallest freestanding structure in the world :) Lines can be very long even if you buy tickets online, which saves a few minutes.

There's a Ripley's aquarium right next to the CN Tower and Rogers Center.

You can take a ferry to the Toronto Islands, and then walk around, bike (they have regular bikes and 2-4 person quadracycles) or go to the clothing optional beach if that's your sort of chill.

There's the Royal Ontario Museum if you're into Museums, or the Art Gallery of Ontario if you're into that stuff.

There's also some nice segwaying in the distillery district if you want....

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1814 on: August 02, 2018, 09:11:10 AM »
Thank you. Any ideas of places to go to?

If you are a sports fan - you need to go to the Hockey Hall of Fame.