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First Date Veggie Restos (GTA)

dudebrah May 6, 2007 11:20 AM

Hey guys..
My first post to this board .. what an awesome resource!

Anyway, I'm going on a first date with a girl who's a vegetarian (which I am not). So - I was wondering if anyone knows of a nice restaurant (e.g. first date nice - i.e. not a dive) with great veggie offerings. Any suggestions serving unconventional or fun fare would be welcome!

Great thanks!

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    rbc RE: dudebrah May 6, 2007 08:47 PM

    graceful vegetarian (up near Pacific mall) is a cool choice (if you have wheels to get there). It's all vegetarian dim-sum, and there are plenty of little bakeries and other shops around too.

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      galambo RE: rbc May 7, 2007 04:20 AM

      while graceful is good (so is gourmet veg restaurant and sam's wok) both are not 'classy'

      i would go with Fressej

    2. Super Nintendo Chalmers RE: dudebrah May 6, 2007 08:55 PM

      Fressen on Queen has a nice vibe and the food is quite good -- plus it's a sharing menu, good for first dates :)

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        Rabbit RE: Super Nintendo Chalmers May 6, 2007 09:40 PM

        I second Fressen... like Super says, good food and suitably date-y atmosphere.

      2. estufarian RE: dudebrah May 7, 2007 05:19 AM

        Live, on Dupont just east of Spadina.
        Not only vegetarian, but also all food is raw - and surprisingly tasty.
        Great ambiance - and chance of some stargazing.

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          Edith S RE: estufarian May 7, 2007 05:40 AM

          Live has a few cooked macrobiotic dishes.

        2. orangewasabi RE: dudebrah May 7, 2007 07:28 AM

          you could eat well as a veggie or not at Tabuleh or Jerusalem
          it's easy and fun to eat all veggie at Ethiopian House, they even have a veggie tasting platter with 8-10 different dishes.

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            caddie RE: dudebrah May 7, 2007 07:59 AM

            What about Fresh (by Juice for Life) @ Spadina + Queen? Yummy veg food and lots of places in the area to go afterwards. I think it's nice enough for a first date - personally, too nice for a first date creeps me out. But maybe that's just me!

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              thought_for_food RE: caddie May 7, 2007 12:31 PM

              The food at Fresh is delicious, but if the location at Bloor and Spadina is anything to go by it may not be the best choice for a first date only because it is quite noisy and tables are very close together, leading to little or no privacy for first date conversations.

            2. Googs RE: dudebrah May 7, 2007 11:44 AM

              If she is vegetarian and you are not, why not take her to a nice Italian restaurant? Plenty of veggie choices for her plus land & sea creatures for you. What neighbourhood will you be dining in?

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                hoagy294 RE: dudebrah May 7, 2007 05:50 PM

                Boujadi is a Moroccan restaurant with great veggie options plus meat for the non-vegetarians.
                I second Ethiopia House as a good choice.
                Most of the Greek restaurants on the Danforth have vegetarian options.

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                  dudebrah RE: dudebrah May 7, 2007 06:23 PM

                  wow thanks for all of your posts! i think fressen may get my pick .. but has anyone heard of Cafe 668 (number one pick from http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2006...)? does it live up to the hype?

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                    galambo RE: dudebrah May 7, 2007 06:32 PM

                    best veg rest in toronto. Small though you may have to wait awhile for a table.

                    but even you will like it <S>

                    Warning there are two veg restuirnats next to each other and third just a block away.

                    668 is the best, but the other two aren't bad (buit not first date material)

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                      dudebrah RE: galambo May 7, 2007 07:09 PM

                      ive decided on fressen .. seems like a bit of a nicer/hipper place than 668 - but that'll be the second date i think no doubt .. i also really liked the various ethnic suggestions (jewish [which we are]. moroccan and ethiopian). while i'm not a veggie, i really dont need to eat meat - i just like tasty food!

                      again, thanks everyone .. this has to be one of the best communities on the web

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                        ryth RE: dudebrah May 7, 2007 09:48 PM

                        You'll love Fressen, but Fresh is an excellent choice for your second date. Try the one on Queen just west of Bellwoods park, it's great and the staff are excellent.

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                          orangewasabi RE: ryth May 8, 2007 05:57 AM

                          I second the Fresh on Queen West near Bellwoods -- good stuff!

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