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Nyleve Jun 16, 2006 10:39 AM

What's good in that area? Looking for a place for early dinner within striking distance of Molson Amphitheatre. Open to cuisines, various price ranges, etc. Should probably provide some option for non-red-meat eater (might have one in our party).

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    embee Oct 5, 2006 04:06 PM

    Pomegranate (Persian) at College and Bathurst

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      j2brady Oct 4, 2006 08:31 PM

      Hello,

      Boulevard Cafe is charming in the summer due to a very nice paio but is overpriced and the food isn't that great.

      El Bodegon at College just west of Bathurst is much better and more reasonably priced. Alternatively, Utopia is nice...not too formal but good food.

      Also, Kalandar is a nice spot and right across the street from Kalandar.

      Finally, MoMo's just east of Boulevard Cafe on Harboard is great mid eastern food and the best felafal I have ever had!

      Jenna

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        Delores Jun 16, 2006 01:08 PM

        Torito and La Palette just south of College on Augusta. Pony on College — decent prix fixe and nice backyard patio.

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          Jo Jun 16, 2006 10:51 AM

          That is just a few blocks east of Little Italy, so your choices are numerous. My personal non-Italian favourite is El Bodegon at the corner of College and Euclid. It's a homey, family-run Peruvian restaurant. Plenty of seafood on the menu for your non-red-meat eater. Try the camerones al ajillo (garlic shrimp) appetizer. And be careful of the hot sauce they serve with the bread -- it look innocuous but packs some serious heat.

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            moo Jun 16, 2006 10:48 AM

            Peruvian cuisine at Boulevard Cafe, a block up & a block east, around Bathurst & Harbord .. ?

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              Jo Jun 16, 2006 10:52 AM

              Funny, moo... our postings crossed in cyberspace... I also recommended Peruvian, but at El Bodegon. :)

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                moo Jun 16, 2006 11:22 AM

                i might just have to try out El Bodegon one of these days .. thanks!!

                what's the price range there for app & main .. ?

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                  Jo Jun 16, 2006 07:40 PM

                  It's a pretty reasonable spot, pricewise. App and main + tax and tip for 2 is generally around $60 - $70. We usually get a litre of Sangria, so that bumps it up another 20 or 30 bucks.

                  Try the lomo saltado. It's a classic Peruvian dish that is total comfort food for me: grilled strips of steak with grilled onions, tomatoes and fried potatoes served with rice. It sounds like a strange combo, but it is soooo good. That, plus the garlic shrimp app and the sangria make me a very happy hound!

                  They are also one of the few places in town to get anticuchos, if that's up your alley.

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                    LMGM Oct 4, 2006 10:00 AM

                    Don't forget the papas a la huancaína! I just finished writing another post somewhere about it. A lot of their little appetizer dishes are delicious...enough to do tapas with a group. Also, it doesn't always appear on the menu, but their yucca frita (fried cassava) is amazing with their spicy salsa.

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