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camp1980 Nov 14, 2006 02:37 PM

My mother and sister are coming into the city on Wednesday and it is my BF birthday this week, so I thought I would combine both occasions with a nice dinner out. Live in the Yonge and Eglinton area but have car and will travel (nothing to far though). I was hoping to find a restaurant in the Yonge - Eglinton - Mount Pleasant - Davisville - Bayview area. I know there are a ton of restaurants in this area and I have been searching the boards, but can't seem to find what I am looking for.
Price range $15-$25 mains. I don't care about the wine list cause none of us drink wine. Sister is pregnant so sushi is out. I guess I am looking for a place with a great atmosphere with great food but not high priced. My family is from the Niagara Region so I would like to find a type of place they wouldn't find there. Although they never go into NOTL so it shouldn't be that hard to find in Toronto.

I thought of Quince after reading a bunch of reviews on the place, but I was not impressed with their menu. Nothing really jumped out as a 'wow I have to try that dish'. I remember a post a long time ago about a restaurant on Mount Pleasant, I think it was italian that I would like to try, but can't remember the name and can't find the post =(.
Pleae help me find a place. Also places with websites are great as I really like to look at the menu ahead of time (I am a really picky eater).
I welcome any and all suggestions even if it is a little outside of my area.

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    camp1980 Nov 16, 2006 01:38 PM

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We ended up going to Camerini's for dinner. It was between there and Pallucci, but we decided to walk and Camerini's is closer. I am going to start a new post and give my review, but I will say that the dinner was fantastic and exaclty what I was looking for.
    If people do have more suggestions please keep giving them as I am always looking for places in eat in that area.

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      estragon Nov 15, 2006 09:27 PM

      Zucca for sure. Jaipur Grille is good, if your family's into Indian. For a less formal, more boistrous environment, Grazie. For more adventurous eating, Cava at Yonge and St. Clair.

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        kasey j miller Nov 15, 2006 09:18 PM

        Positano on Mt. Pleasant is really good, not sure if they have a website. I've heard great things about Zucca, but haven't had a chance to try it yet myself. On the more "interesting" side, check out C-Food, on Yonge, north of Eglinton. Fun menu, food is good, but the place is small, so definitely call for a reservation.

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          cchrish Nov 14, 2006 11:18 PM

          I ate there a few months ago - it was fine. The salad I had was nothing to write home about (it was expensive considering it was bagged baby spinach with a few random strawberries - they forgot the rest of the toppings!!) However, the rest of the meal was just fine. I think that my salad experience may have been due to the fact that I went on a dead Sunday night. There seemed to be only one person in the kitchen.

          I think you'll probably enjoy it.

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            sherry f Nov 14, 2006 10:31 PM

            Try Camarri's (sp?) on Mt. Pleasant south of Eglinton, it is lovely.

            1. TorontoJo Nov 14, 2006 06:39 PM

              If you like seafood, I can't recommend Zee Grill enough. Top notch food in a nice, but not stuffy atmosphere. On Mt. Pleasant at Manor.

              Zucca is also great for Italian.

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                KMary Nov 14, 2006 06:15 PM

                Weird...this is the second time I've mentioned Pallucci in probably as many days. Chill decor, well-priced and delicious food. Mount Pleasant and Davisville--I think the website was pallucci.ca (?). Decent for Midtown.

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                  camp1980 Nov 14, 2006 06:29 PM

                  I found your other post and I looked up this place. The menu is looks great, especially the $25 pri-fixe (sp?) looks to be a pretty good deal. I was surprised that I could't find any other reviews on chowhound for this place.
                  It is on my short list.
                  Has anyone else eaten here before? Anyone want to give their 2 cents on the place.
                  Of course other recs also still appreciated.

                2. nummanumma Nov 14, 2006 04:27 PM

                  erm, not to be disagreeable but I wouldn't take my mum to Five Doors, and she's pretty cool. Grano? That's a nice family kind of place but service can be meh..food's not of the world or anything- oh what about La Vecchia?

                  1. pescatarian Nov 14, 2006 02:48 PM

                    I would suggest Five Doors North: http://www.fivedoorsnorth.com/ The website doesn't list prices but I don't recall them being over priced.

                    There's also Lolo on Mt. Pleasant. They don't have a website though.

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