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Mother's day dinner with "regular" food

The in-laws have requested "regular" food for our family outing. Any suggestions? I have been searching high and low, since all I eat is vegetarian, Asian, Indian, and other food that they don't enjoy. I think they would like chicken, fish, potatoes and veggies at a moderately nice place, anywhere in Toronto. I would love to hear your suggestions, since Mother's Day is fast approaching!

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  1. All I can suggest is some type of steakhouse or pub.

    1. I think you can find "regular" food for whitebread palates at a place like Pastis Express, that would have steak frites, etc. Starfish and Rodney's also serve "regular" seafood. What Jamie Kennedy serves at his wine bar might be "regular" food that your in-laws would be ok with. The Studio Cafe in the Four Seasons also serves "regular" food.

      Using the term "Regular" is relative though, and might be seen as offensive to some Chowhounds. Maybe "continental" would be a better term to use.

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      1. re: phoenikia

        Oh I'm sorry, I really didn't mean "regular" to sound offensive. It's the word my in-laws used to define what they would like to eat.

      2. No suggestions, but I hear your pain. My staples are any type of Asian food, and when my parents come visit, they often request that we go out for "regular" food (their exact words), and I never have a clue where to bring them.

        1. people who like 'regular food' often like Hot House, I have found. (Front & Church) I think they probably have brunch special for Mother's Day too.

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          1. re: orangewasabi

            oh yah I agree with the hot house, a great place to bring people who dont like to try new things!

          2. I would recommend the Granite Brewery at Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton. Good "regular" food and nice atmosphere.


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            1. re: LovesToEat

              Got disagree with you on the Granite... the food wasn't bad, but we went on a day when they had a buffet out, and as soon as we told the waiter we weren't interested in the buffet, our service was beyond pathetic. When I explained that to the person who said they were in charge, they passed it off as "Well most people want the buffet!"....

              1. re: Vickers

                I am going to disagree on the Granite too, went for lunch yesterday and the service was super slow and the food was very average.

                What about somewhere like Milestones, it is not by any stretch exciting but the food is very well, regular. Or Mildred Pierce?

                1. re: LissyDee

                  I truly dislike the Granite as well.

                  1. re: nummanumma

                    Wow, it's been awhile since I've been to Granite...disappointed to hear that the service has taken a turn for the worst.

            2. May I suggest Lakes on Yonge near the Rosedale subway station. Classified as "continental," I know one of their signature dishes used to be roast chicken. It looks like they've up dated the decor and the menu, but they still have cornish game hen, halibut, liver and steak.

              It is small, so I would recommend a reservation.
              Here is the dine.to info on them.


              1. How "regular" do the in-laws require? I definitely have relatives that would freak out at any vegetable other than a carrot or bean, and who would be upset by any "weird sauce" touching their food. In that case, I know it's kind of icky, but would something like the Keg be their speed? Steakhouses tend to be pretty "safe," but can get expensive, and at least this chain is reliable?

                1. You could try Oliver & Bonacini at Bayview Village Shopping Centre (Bayview & Sheppard). Relialble, straightforward food. Also maybe try the Midtown Diner at Yonge & Eglinton. I haven't been myself so cannot verify food quality but I know they have an "upscale diner" menu.

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                  1. re: downtown

                    Gotta agree about Midtown. I have had some very good food and it certainly qualifies as normal. The patio in the back is great.

                  2. Sounds like Moxie's or Milestone's would work. Both are at Yorkdale and near Yonge and Sheppard.

                    1. Niagara St Cafe might have stuff for both of you. It's nice and intimate and the menu is maybe slightly adventurous, but not too "out there" for the cautious eater.

                      1. might be a bit late, but I think they would love Bistro Tournesol on Dupont and Spadina..a nice regular type of place (though I can't recall their veggie options, though I am sure they could come up with something...)