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suggestions for birthday restaurant for a guy who hates vegetables!

highlyunlikely Sep 13, 2006 03:14 PM

he is a big meat-eater and beer connoisseur, especially dark ales and stout. anyone know of a reasonably-priced place in central t.o?

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  1. midtowngirl RE: highlyunlikely Sep 13, 2006 04:07 PM

    Beer Bistro or Bier Markt or C'est What would all seem to fit the bill.

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      Food Tourist RE: midtowngirl Sep 14, 2006 02:00 AM

      C'est What isn't known for good food or service.

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      taylor_to RE: highlyunlikely Sep 13, 2006 06:24 PM

      Allen's on the Danforth has a great selection of beer and whisk(e)y, the food would work for a carnivore, and the ambiance is pretty good too. What's the occasion?

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        bestandworst RE: highlyunlikely Sep 13, 2006 10:58 PM


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          taylor_to RE: bestandworst Sep 14, 2006 02:49 PM

          As it says in the headline...how embarrassing.

        2. Googs RE: highlyunlikely Sep 14, 2006 03:11 AM

          Yeah, definitely Beer Bistro.

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            cookbook RE: highlyunlikely Sep 14, 2006 03:40 AM

            I third the Beer Bistro- tons of beers to choose from- they even offer beer tastings (or flights) with your food. The beer cheese fondue was good and so was the steak frites. Friends enjoyed the mussels and fries and I loved the Guiness Chocolate cake for dessert!

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              phoenikia RE: highlyunlikely Sep 14, 2006 03:00 PM

              I'd go the Rebel House...on Yonge near Summerhill. http://www.rebelhouse.ca/

              I like the atmosphere there better than the Beer Bistro. Beer Bistro seemed to have a bit of an afterwork Bay St pick-up atmosphere the night I was there.

              The Beer Bistro's food sounded great on paper...just didn't taste that good to me.

              If you decide to go to Beer Bistro, DON'T order the lobster quesadilla....there was no distinct lobster taste, and I needed a magnifying glass to identify what might be the lobster part of the filling...

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                pinstripeprincess RE: phoenikia Sep 14, 2006 03:11 PM

                if you do choose beer bistro, i strongly suggest to avoid the quesadilla at all costs. why they bother with it on the menu is rather silly. i've found everything else to be rather tasty. ensure you get an order of frites and their chocolate flourless cake is one of the better ones in the city.

                might i suggest a bit of a beer crawl? for dining i enjoy beer bistro but unless you're out on the more spacious patio... the whole atmosphere there just gets a bit too loud for me. if so, i'd skip c'est what (their service is ridiculously BAD) and head to cafe volo further up yonge north of wellesley (a bit of a crawl). biermarkt is ok... the crowd they usually attract is what i call the nostalgic frat boy and they're often out of some of the better beers on the menu.

                another plus for trying out cafe volo after is that they're working on developing a solid wine list and i've been quite happy with what i've tasted there so far. just in case you're not a beerhead but a wino ;)

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                highlyunlikely RE: highlyunlikely Sep 16, 2006 09:16 PM

                i love allen's on the danforth, but we've been there a lot. i'm looking for somewhere similar to beer bistro, but not quite so bay street...and somewhere where he can taste different beers!


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