Mission: 4 girlfriends, this Saturday, looking for a cheap place to drink, eat, and lounge for several hours - Downtown.
- Tara9000 Jul 5, 2006 01:59 PM
For some reason I'm totally out of ideas. Looking for a decent, but affordable place to sit back, relax, eat, drink, and chat with 4 very good friends for several hours this Saturday.
Nothing on College (too much of a soccer crowd). Apps $8-10, mains $10-20, drinks... well, no $15 martinis. :)
Any ideas would be much appreciated!
Not sure if it qualifies as cheap or not but Big Daddy's at King and Simcoe. Great food (Cajun/Creole) and they have some sofas and coffee tables in the bar are you can hang out in.
Another thought would be: Something like Terroni, but where you won't feel so rushed to leave. Mmmm...Terroni... :)
been to the baldwin village area? between mccaul and beverley st?
it's a nice, calm but still lively in a vibrant type of way street that's just wonderful to sit on the patio of. price of food really ranges there and so does cultural preferences. i was just at john's italian deli a couple nights ago and got my addictive dish, penne a ila vodka (~$11) with a glass of pinot grigio ($8.75). tonnes of great pizza options as well. it's very casual and not trendy by any means, but definitely a great place to relax and chat without any feeling of being rushed.
in the same area, and i know i might get blasted about mexican food by someone, but i really enjoy margaritas fiesta bar because the food is good and inexpensive. they offer corn tortillas and massive margaritas and you can have a really great time there. i used to love their cactus shrimp but they're skimping on the cactus and the shrimp are turning more rubbery. chorizo tacos, yum!
following some suggestions from a similar thread earlier, via oliveto is also quite nice and very relaxed.
peter pan bistro off queen st w and peter st has a varied menu that's very reasonably priced and done well. it might go a bit above the $20 mark, but not by much.
There is only one place that satisfies all of your requirements..The Drake Hotel has good food a great patio and cheap drinks till 7 pm ($3.75 mixed drinks)..After that you are on your own!!
My suggestion would be Laide at Adelaide & Jarvis. It is a small funky lounge that you can hang out in and try out their cocktail list (love the three layer martini!). They also have their version of Summerlicious - 3 courses for $25 - great deal and amazing food.. I love their lamb and cashew pot stickers
What about Wish at Yonge and Charles? If it's a warm night, sit out on their beautiful patio and they make some GREAT martinis.
Supermarket on Augusta half a block south of College...I loved the food here...mostly SE asian small plates...but decent Jerk pork, too! FYI they have 2 seatings...one around 6 and one around 8:30...
Also think Torito and Rice Bar might be fun options on Augusta...haven't had a chance to try either of them yet.
I second the motion for Caffe Volo at Yonge & Dundonald. My girlfriends & I go there deliberately for the bad service. That is to say we enjoy good food & wine that arrives so slowly we can talk for hours without running up a huge tab. There's a patio too and this weekend is supposed to be sunshine all the time. Don't forget it's Celebrate Toronto this weekend all up & down Yonge though.
Thanks for all of the recommendations. Taking everything into account, we've decided to try Caffe Volo. I'll try and report back on how it goes.