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Coming to TO this weekend, need food itinerary

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I know this is a little last minute but my boyfriend and I will be coming to Toronto this weekend (arriving late Friday night and leaving around dinner time Sunday). Considering we have such a short amount of time I'm not sure which of the restaurants that I've read reviews on here would be the best fit for us. I would like to keep Saturday dinner under $200 (before tax and tip). Also breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday. Pretty much any type of cuisine is welcome, but I would prefer a place where business casual is acceptable. Also we hate making reservations (we usually can't decide what we want until we see it) but don't mind waiting.

I've seen that there is a food and wine expo going on, would that be worth checking out?

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  1. Give the food and wine show a miss. See this thread:

    You don't say where you're coming from, what part of town is convenient to you, and what kind of food you'd prefer. European? Asian? Are you meat-lovers? Are you looking for exotic tastes?

    "Business casual" is acceptable in virtually any restaurant in town.

    1. There's seperate thread on the food & wine show and the consensus seems to be to NOT go...check out the thread

      1. We're coming from Rochester, NY and staying in the Bloor-Yorkville area. We prefer to use the metro, but if we have to drive we will.

        Since the weather is turning I'd prefer meals that are more on the hearty side, definitely meat lovers PLEASE no tofu. I'd prefer to stay away from Italian and Steakhouses unless there's one that is an abolutely do not miss spot.

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        1. re: NSL

          You might want to check out the threads on two restaurants that have opened recently and been much praised and discussed:



          Both are two minutes from their respective subway station. Both offer hearty meals. I've had a couple of meals at Trevor, and hors d'oeuvres at Globe. They rock.

          1. re: estragon

            Globe sounds fantastic, does anyone know if the tasting menu will still be available this weekend? *please say yes* *please say yes* :)

          2. re: NSL

            Don't bother trying any of our "southern barbeque" places--you'll never equal your fabulous Dinosaur ;>)

          3. Dinner in your area, I like Boba www.boba.ca some people like Pangea www.pangaearestaurant.com

            Brunch - a little on the expensive side would be at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), but the menu is usually nice. Otherwise, check out xacutti.com, I don't think they take reservations for brunch though. I'm used the line ups there if I go before 1pm.

            Enjoy your weekdend!

            1. Studio Cafe in the Four Seasons Yorkville has a to die for brunch. Reservations are recommended, but not 100% necessary.

              Do not eat at Sassafraz no matter what you may read or be told. Total waste of money.

              'Please no tofu' should be a t-shirt.

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              1. re: Googs

                We second the Studio Cafe -- Lobster Risotto is lovely, if you order off the regular lunch menu (instead of brunch)... :)

              2. OK, so if you go to Globe one night and have brunch at some fancy spot (my current fave isn't fancy at all: the Swan at Queen and Crawford for eggs with smoked oysters, and other things), you'll need a cheap and tasty ethnic meal to complete your Toronto experience:

                How about fantastic Vietnamese that goes beyond pho: Hanoi 3 Seasons, on Gerrard, a few doors east of Broadview. Tiny family-run place. Have the grouper.

                Or drive to the near 'burbs for amazing Afghan: Bamiyan Kebab House. Stripmall joint in heavily Muslim Thorncliffe Park (62 Overlea Blvd). Always packed.

                Or check out Rashnaa, a Sri Lankan place in downtown Toronto's Little Jaffna, on Wellesley, just off Parliament.

                For North Indian with a unique atmosphere, go to Lahore Tikka House, on Gerrard in Little India. Great food and a unique atmosphere.

                1. I believe NSL said they'd prefer to subway where they go. Where are the Elm Street restaurant fans when you need 'em??? Globe sounds like a great idea though I haven't been yet. Here's a few more places a short walk from the subway:

                  1. IF you want to go somewhere with a funky vibe, interesting and delicious food that's not too $, try Habitat on Queen St W. It's funky, but relaxed and not noisy. The servers are very informative and the Chocolate Experience for dessert is a must for the culinarily adventurous :-) Great drinks too.

                    I also second George for food and atmosphere. Their drink/wine list is also great.

                    You can get to these places easily by subway +/- street car. Cabs are also not too $$ in TO if you wanted to cab back to your hotel.

                    Sushi Inn on Cumberland near your hotel is great for lunch or a quick bite. For brunch, try Mildred Pierce or for really fuky and down to earth, Saving Grace on Dundas W @ Gore Vale.

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                    1. are you early risers? like a-traditional breakfast food?

                      one of our favourite things to do is wake up late and go for an early lunch at Ethipian house (walking distance from your hotel) and have their coffee service. Get the kitfo special spicy -- spicy steak tartare, ethiopian style. They're serving by 11:30 am.

                      No res necessary, just roll out of bed and go. www.ethiopianhouse.com

                      1. Pangaea on Bay just north of Bloor is a very good restaurant. excellent desserts.

                        Another suggestion is Jamie Kennedy's restaurant in the Gardiner Ceramics Museum (Avenue Rd just south of Bloor). Havent been but has received great reviews. Open for lunch Sat not sure about sunday. Only night they are open for dinner is Friday - not sure how late; no reservations.