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Trip to TO to Visit Sis, need lunch rec and fairly reasonable dinner rec.

starlady Jul 24, 2007 10:24 PM

Visiting my sis in TO in AUgust.

She is fairly new to the city so doesn't know a ton of places to go. I'll get there in time to meet her for lunch on Thurs the 2nd. She works on Maud st (?) so I am guessing right DT, also she has the rest of the day off after that so we can travel around via transit NP for good eats.

Secondly, we need a good dinner spot. She lives near greek town, but we don't necessarily want greek for dinner. Thoughts?

I only get these 2 meals with her B/c Friday we are headed to my aunt nad uncle's for his 60th Bday party adn the rest of the weekend will be spent lounging by the pool nad grilling stuff on the BBQ and eating cold salads etc.. and lots of drinking :)
I already sent a case of wine ahead of me. (I'm in Vancouver)

All help appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. JamieK RE: starlady Jul 25, 2007 05:58 AM

    If you don't want Greek on the Danforth, I would say Globe Bistro. I haven't been there myself (yet) but if you do a search, you will see that is well regarded and recommended on this board.

    1. thenurse RE: starlady Jul 25, 2007 06:58 AM

      7 numbers on the Danforth is a fun spot - Italian, small plates, nice patio, popular, young(ish) crowd. I don't know Maud St. hmmm if it's downtown there are numerous places you can go (assuming you want a sit down lunch). Terroni on Victoria and Mercatto on Bay are popular, or you could always try JK Wine Bar for lunch.

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        robgm RE: thenurse Jul 25, 2007 07:40 AM

        Maud steet is between spadina and bathurst between king and queen. Susur, Lee, would be the area great but not open for lunch

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          TorontoJo RE: robgm Jul 25, 2007 07:49 AM

          Might want to give Toshi Sushi a call and see if they are open for lunch. It's right in that area.

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            pinstripeprincess RE: TorontoJo Jul 25, 2007 08:26 AM

            i was disappointed with toshi sushi a couple days ago. the fish was just bland.. tasting of nothing. i got a sushi combo and while it was filling and the people were darling... just did not seem worth it to me and justified my need to travel to japango when i want sushi.

            also seeing that starlady is coming from van city.. not sure if sushi would be the best experience.

            if you two want to experience the city together and get some eats in, i would suggest mosey-ing on up to queen street from her work and just going west to check out the shops and fun things. along that route you will find another Terroni (that thenurse mentioned) and many other places to eat. San is fun korean although not at korean town prices/quality but definitely a nice pick. going further past dufferin (there's sort of a blip of emptiness for a short while) i would personally go down dunn st off of queen west to roti lady for a fantastic goat roti. which may or may not be an entirely new experience for the both of you.

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              TorontoJo RE: pinstripeprincess Jul 25, 2007 10:28 AM

              Oh that's too bad about toshi. I haven't been there in years, since I was living in the area. They were usually reliable back then. Sad.

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                starlady RE: pinstripeprincess Jul 25, 2007 11:31 AM

                I've had goat roti before not sure if the sis has or not. Might be an interesting idea :)

                Thanks everyone for all the great tips and rec.

                And yeah, I get awesome sushi here, in fact that was a request of the sis when she came here!

            2. re: robgm
              thenurse RE: robgm Jul 25, 2007 08:18 AM

              shanghai cowgirl?
              fresh on Spadina?

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            estragon RE: starlady Jul 25, 2007 08:51 AM

            How about Tutti Matti, on Adelaide, just 3 blocks east of Maud St. http://www.tuttimatti.com/
            Jules is also a great idea for lunch. http://www.julesbistro.ca/
            Globe is a great dinner option in Greektown.

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              tartiflette RE: starlady Jul 25, 2007 09:19 AM

              Maud is near Spadina and Adelaide (the ex-BF's office was located there, oh the memories *sigh*) Based on that, my vote for lunch would be Jules, right around the corner on Spadina. Their pear tart is delish.

              Oooor, you could also head up to Queen W and hit the patio at the Queen Mother, which is very charming.

              As for Greektown, I'm interested to see what others recommend... I just moved to the area and it's been a bit of a mixed bag.

              I do think Mong Kut Thai on the north side of Danforth near Carlaw would be a good pick if you're in the mood for non-Greek. They have delicious food, good service, reasonable prices and a cute patio out back (yes, I'm a patio junkie).

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                millygirl RE: starlady Jul 25, 2007 10:54 AM

                I agree, Globe Bistro on the Danforth. It is by far, the nicest spot on the Danforth.

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                  Julie McCoy RE: starlady Jul 26, 2007 08:16 AM

                  I live near the Danforth as well, and one of my non-Greek, reasonably priced favourites is Paul's Spaghetti - Cosburn near Coxwell. Pastas are great with sauces I wouldn't make at home. It's a local place, full of regulars and it's quiet. There is a side patio if it's not too humid out.

                  1. starlady RE: starlady Aug 1, 2007 05:07 PM

                    OK everyone, I'm off to T dot this evening, will tell you where we went and what we ate next week!

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