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Looking for a Greek cafe / deli / restaurant meeting very specific criteria


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Looking for a Greek cafe / deli / restaurant meeting very specific criteria

pumpkinsage | Nov 20, 2012 11:42 PM


I'm constantly amazed by the variety (and quality!) of food in Toronto. I never thought that I would have access to such great, seemingly endless food options within such a short distance of where I live.

One thing that is puzzling me, however, has to do with the Greek food options. I know, I know, I know...the Danforth is teeming with Greek restaurants. But I'm looking for something very specific, and I hope that someone can help me.

Where I used to live in England, I used to enjoy going regularly to this little Greek cafe / deli. It had a small number of seats and tasteful decor (not "sleek" or "chic" but clean and not too tacky). There was a deli counter with various prepared Greek dishes under glass. (Food would be made constantly in the kitchen in the basement and brought up to replace food at the deli counter as it was ordered.) There was a small paper menu that people could look at, but it was unnecessary as you could judge what you wanted to eat by what was under the glass. Food could be wrapped up for you to take home or warmed up to eat in the cafe. I feel that most people hoped to eat in the cafe, if possible. Drink options included wine, beer, soft drinks, sparkling water, and hot beverages. There was a grocery shelf with olive oils of different grades in bottles and tins, as well as bread and other foodstuffs for sale.

The food options included spanakopita, tyropita, fassolada, dolmadies, lachanodolmades, spanakorizo, spetsofai, moussaka, gigandes plaki, bamies, other meat-based and vegetarian stews, Greek salad, and Greek sweet phyllo pastries. There were a couple of special items each day, including a soup of the day. They had great coffees, too.

Is there anything, anywhere in Toronto that fits this bill? I haven't been able to find a place like this, even on the Danforth, but perhaps I haven't tried hard enough. I'm not looking for a place where the emphasis is on souvlaki and fries. (I have nothing against French fries, but that's not what I'm looking for. If the place serves fries with every dish or is a late-night kind of place or has a lot of deep fryers going, then it's definitely not what I'm looking for.) I should also say that I'm looking for the variety of dishes mentioned above, but not for a place that is too formal or too expensive.

Thanks in advance!

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