Danforth Road that stretches east from the Don Valley parkway is full of Greek restaurants. So much so that every year local restaurateurs block both ends (east and west) entrances, and stage a Greek Food Festival that is visited by thousands of Torontonians.
Non-Greek restaurants are now populating the western part of Danforth.
Factory Girl is one of those featuring local popular dishes like steaks, wraps, calamari, pizzas and the like.
The restaurant, originally a South American eatery, was purchased, a year ago, renovated, and expanded, and has now 140 seats including a backyard patio, tow small private rooms and a sidewalk area licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.
There are 10 well-selected beers on tap, including an outstanding brew from Ottawa valley called Beau’s.
The food is well prepared and served by friendly servers.
I had the deep-fried calamari ($ 8.95), which was crisp, properly cooked, well-presented, and generous in quantity.
The second dish was a Steak wrap ($ 12.95) consisting of onions, green and red peppers, tomatoes and slivers of grilled tender beef, served with French fried potatoes.
The bar is appropriately stocked with a range of liquors, and bottled beers and a wide selection of wines.
The owner seems to like wine and selects value-wines.
I was told that twice a year he offers a seven-coruse gourmet dinner with matching wines that are very popular.
193 Danforth Road is a short walk from the Broadview subway station, and for many patrons this is an advantage.
It serves the neighbourhood, and since its opening a year ago, has been popular with young and old.