Toronto Airport Layover Help
I have a five hour layover at the Toronto airport next week - from about 2 to 7 PM. I'll have to deal with customs and then be back well in time for the 7 PM international flight, and I'll have my wife and two kids. Given those restrictions, is there a nice restaurant that serves a mid-day meal anywhere in that vicinity? Ideally, we'd take a cab to the restaurant, eat, and jump in a cab back . . .
How far is the airport from downtown?
Don't even try to come downtown. The traffic will destroy you if customs doesn't. I have no clue what's around the airport but thats your best bet by far.
You can get as far as Islington and Bloor without stessing yourself: from Islington all the way over to Prince Edward is just one long line of restaurants.What do you want to eat: Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai? or are the kids little enought that you need Swiss Chalet?
I'm not familiar with the area, but if you do a search on "airport" (for example) you will find some previous threads. Your geographic limits will depend on how early you like to arrive for international flights (they do suggest 3 hours, which would leave you with 2 hours to get off the plane, clear customs, travel to restaurant, eat and travel back). I agree downtown is out of the question.
Just along Dixon road are several places that would work well for a family. At Attwell there is an Outback and a Milestones on the south side and on the north side is a Le Bifteque and a Boston Pizza. Just further east in a little plaza near the Toronto Congress Centre is a Kelsey's and Swiss Chalet. There is also a great Japanese place (can't remember the name) in the same plaza, if you are inclined to that.
There is a high end chinese restaurant in doubletree international plaza hotel on dixon road. This is a nice place to relax before a long haul flight plus the food is considered to be very Hong kong authentic.