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Best place for Friday night "non-date" dining...?

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I'm looking for a place to go with a friend on Friday night. Good food, but not terribly expensive, preferably "fun" and maybe a little different. We aren't conservative eaters by any stretch, so anything goes. Thanks!

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  1. Grapefruit Moon used to be great, in a cheap and cheerful, neighbourhood-vibe kind of way...and they had great burgers and crumbles. I haven't been there since the Restaurant Makeover though...

    1. Can you give us a bit more detail about what you're looking for (price, area of the city) and what you like / have already tried? This would help get some ideas going. What is "not terribly expensive" to you? Under $50 for two? Under $100? Under $500? Have you tried Ethiopian? Korean? Do you want to have a drink with your meal?

      For fun, casual, tasty and cheap, I love Joon's on Bloor around Palmerston - Korean, no liquor license and you must order the basic dish (can't think of the name) which is sort of a spicy chicken stew cooked at your table. It may be too romantic for a non-date, but Le Paradis is great. Again for casual, cheap and tasty, I like Utopia on College. The Old York pub on Niagara south of King had a restaurant makeover last year and is now much more comfy and still has good food.

      1. How about Kalendar on College ? I've always found this a great place to catch up with a friend and it's easy on the wallet too.

        1. There are now two guys and myself, so liquor is probably a must...and romantic isn't what I was thinking. I prefer downtown as I don't have a car, but not necessarily in the core area. I would prefer under $50/person, as it's not a date, and I would love there to be something quirky about the place. By quirky...well, Hungary Thai (the idea)...The Sultan's Tent (dancers)...or one of those Japanese places with all the tech gadgets would be great...but I'm not willing to eat bad food, just to get the entertainment. I love Ethiopean, but I know one of the guys didn't like the berebere seasoning...but I love The Ethiopia House on Irwin...

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          1. re: morrigan

            I was going to suggest Ethiopian House - how about trying Korean? I've been meaning to try San on Queen West. I hear it's good. Almost made it once, but our group was too big for the space. However, it should be fine for the 3 of you.

          2. I suspect this is a controversial suggestion, but an awesome place to catch up with the boys is one of the Korean Grill Houses. You can stay a long time, drink beer, and eat meat. I've had a very awesome time doing that and it's fun and a little different. It isn't "foodie" but it can be tasty. Just make sure you get them to change the grill with some frequency.