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First Timers To Toronto

Hey Everyone,
I have a group of us coming up to Toronto this weekend for the first time and we are looking for some restaurants with the following criteria:

Moderately Priced Food
Vegetarian Options
Good Atmosphere
Vast Menu
Near Bad Dog Theater (on Danforth), Second City Theater, Blue Jays Park, and the University.

Any advice would be appreciated, we are coming from Chicago tonight and will be there tomorrow, saturday and sunday.

This group loves brunch, sit down dinners and happy hours. Thank you

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  1. I believe Second City is on Queen Street or King Street. One option that has met with mixed reviews on this board but I believe is a very 'Toronto-esque' experience is Lee. It's the budgte way to sample the cuisine of one of our city's top chefs - Susur Lee. The atmosphere is great and there are plenty of vegetarian options. One place that is worth a bit of a trek is JK Wine Bar. Both of these places operate on a small plates system.

    Check out the Annex and Kensington Market, if you have time. Both of these these neighbourhoods have something uniquely Torontonian about them and offer plenty of options to choose from. They're within walking distance of the University of Toronto.

    I hope you have a great time in our city!

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    1. re: Yum2MyTum

      It is always crowded at Lee. Got to be careful on choosing the dishes at Lee though. The tofu and pork chop are really bad. I am not sure if they made their own tofu, it is not smooth at all, or maybe it is a different kind?!...not really sure.

      But just a note that Susur (the one next to Lee) is great IMO.

      1. re: Yum2MyTum

        Sounds like fun. I highly suggest Allens when going to Bad Dog; its across the street. Great beers, burgers, fries and mix of diner and pub fare. They have a fantastic grilled veggie platter!

        Somewhat near Second City - I agree with Queen Mother and the Rivoli is very cool too where you can also shoot pool upstairs. As mentioned they have varying entertainment both in the back and upstairs.

        Annex wise (UofT area) I would agree that Insomnia is always good and usually interesting, people wise. It is also a great Brunch place.

        Have fun!

      2. You can find some good brunch suggestions on this thread -
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/431483

        The Globe Bistro, right by Bad Dog Theatre, gets consisently good reviews on this board.

        http://www.globebistro.com/welcome.php

        Have fun!

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        Globe
        124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

        1. You won't find much near the Bad Dog Theatre that has a vast menu... the multi-page something-for-everything menus are usually a chain-restaurant thing, while the Danforth tends to be mostly mom-and-pop operations and larger independents.

          Your best bet would be to walk the Danforth between Broadview and Pape to pick which restaurant best suits everyone's tastes - they're plentiful, and cover everything from Greek to Thai to Cuban to Japanese to haute cuisine to greasy spoon and back again (mostly Greek, tho).

          A few recent posts about the Danforth or specific restaurants on Danforth:
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423145
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/104463
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/428424
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/101283

          1. Are you comedy tourists or comics? Speaks to budget...

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