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Good Weekday 'Business' lunch near the Eaton's Centre

I need to take someone out on Tuesday for lunch -- not SUPER expensive but not fast food, chain or otherwise disgusting... :)


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  1. Superior is right across the street from the EC. But if you and your companion like ribs, there is Baton Rouge. C'mon, they do get ribs right!

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    1. re: Brain of J

      Superior is great. My wife and I love it. They also have a great wine selection.

      BR ribs are so incredibly ordinary it's not funny.


    2. Baton Rouge, blech. And it's a chain.

      What about Salad King for Thai, or Terroni for great thin-crust pizzas and overall solid Italian? Beerbistro a few blocks away would also be a fantastic choice, comes highly recommended around here.

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      1. re: childofthestorm

        Um...Salad King is a great restaurant, but I would NOT recommend it for a business lunch. WAY too noisy, and in general the image is more downmarket. Just remember, it's a huge Ryerson hangout.

      2. I've been to Baton Rouge. We actually left after the appetizers. Salad King is out and this person doesn't like Italian food...... The concept of paying $$ for noodles or pizza puts her in a bad mood, which I don't need for this meeting :)

        I think we might have to travel further afield. What about around the AGO? We're going to the Ansel Adams exhibit after lunch so that is also an option...

        1. Near the AGO i would say Japango for sushi. Check the board for the non-stop praise of this gem.

          A restaurant on Baldwin could be nice. I like Wah Sing for Chinese lobster and Konnichiwa for ramen.

          1. I think she needs a serious lunch place. Near the AGO, how about Midi Bistro, on McCaul:

            1. Midi, good call, I always forget about that place.

              1. If you have the time for a casual pace, then Superior is the most conveniently located decent restaurant near the Eaton Centre. It's wine list is lovely. The decor (mostly booth seating) loans itself to discrete business discussions.

                Terroni has exceptional pizza and nice pasta, but lacks atmosphere. You can linger there, but it's more difficult due to the hustle & bustle of the place. From your other postings, you like to relax while you dine. This ain't it.

                1. How about The Senator on Victoria street, south of Dundas. It is an upscale diner with great food.

                  1. How about the Savoy on Victoria? I actually went there for dessert on Friday night and everyone enjoyed it. I don't know what the lunch there is like but I would imagine it would be quite good.

                    Their lunch menu is here - http://www.thesavoy.ca/pdfs/lunch.pdf

                    1. How about Osgoode Hall Resto...corner of Univ and Queen..excellent food and ambiance....Miranda

                      1. The Senator, in my opinion, has gone downhill in recent times. My wife tried the Macaroni Cheese (she's a huge fan) recently - they were awful. I like the hot chicken sandwich, but I would not take a client there.

                        For a business lunch you can't go wrong with KI, at Bay and Richmond. Solid western/japanese fusion food, of high quality. Book ahead, otherwise you might have problems getting a table.