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Julie McCoy Jul 17, 2007 09:04 AM

Interested in a fun spot, downtown, for dinner tonight for 4 friends. Not so much a quiet, dignified place, but one where some late-30, early-40 somethings can laugh out loud at funny shared stories and still have great food. My mind has gone blank and can't think of a good suggestion. Should probably avoid Summerlicious just to skip the reservation hassle.....

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    todc1996 Jul 17, 2007 09:39 AM

    even though it's been getting trashed here lately, i really, really enjoy trevor bar & grill....seems to fit your requirements

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      alisonb Jul 17, 2007 10:02 AM

      my new favourite is foxley at queen and ossington...not sure if that's downtown enough for you.....

      1. JamieK Jul 17, 2007 10:10 AM

        I meet with a group of old friends regularly at the Duke of York at Bedford and Prince Arthur to catch up and share stories. It's definitely okay to be loud there. It may not fit your requirement of "great food" but it's decent pub fare and its comfortable, clean and offers a great selection of beers (and scotches).

        We also like that it's around the corner from both a subway station and Green P parking.

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          obstructionist Jul 17, 2007 10:17 AM

          Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar is lots of fun.

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            tartiflette Jul 17, 2007 10:49 AM

            Yes, but how does one get a table in that place? The last few times we've gone, the waiter has glanced around the half-empty room (with several available tables), and then snootily informed me that the kitchen bar is available if we'd like. I'm not averse to sitting at the bar, but when I want to have a chat with my SO, I find the bustle of the kitchen to be distracting (as would also be the case if I had a group of girlfriends with me and wanted to gab).

            Perhaps they're more likely to seat a party of four vs. a party of two? I've long ago given up on JKWB. Any place that acts like I'm not deserving of a table is not deserving of my money.

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            alisonb Jul 17, 2007 10:39 AM

            i second jkwb....loud, delicious, downtown...not involved in summerlicious....foxley has similarly delish food but is a smidge more westerly

            1. Rabbit Jul 17, 2007 11:02 AM

              I admit that my review was a little underwhelming... yet I'd go back to Coca to hang out with friends.

              1. pinstripeprincess Jul 17, 2007 11:10 AM

                San? It's not your korean of bloor and bath/christie variety but they do a pretty good job at not a bad price point.

                the atmosphere is fun and cozy in that it's small but open because of the high ceilings and wide windows. they have a nice drinks list and some pretty decent sake to shoot back. its not upscale-ish besides being higher end styled korean fare and so suitably comfortable.

                if you're all into beer of some sort, beerbistro sounds like a perfect solution. the place is loud and so i fyou want to be loud is a great match. food is more than competent although i'd stay away from a couple of the dishes on the menu. never been hassled if i lingered after a meal either.

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                  alisonb Jul 17, 2007 12:03 PM

                  San is a GREAT suggestion!

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                  childofthestorm Jul 17, 2007 12:44 PM

                  I would go to Torito in Kensington for tapas, perfect fun spot for a group of 4.

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                    pinstripeprincess Jul 17, 2007 12:50 PM

                    another great suggestion. the wine has never impressed me but the food is awesome.

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                    Zengarden Jul 17, 2007 12:46 PM

                    There's always someone who recommends Laide. I've never been but it always comes up in these postings. Could be the right place for your group.

                    Enjoy your evening!

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                      Julie McCoy Jul 17, 2007 01:49 PM

                      Thank-you, all......I love being able to access so many opinions. In the end it looks like we're going to a different spot altogether - Cluck, Grunt and Low. I'll post a review tomorrow, but all your other suggestions are staying on the list for the next time we're together.

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