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One night in T.O., German needs recs

Jean Georges Oct 16, 2007 10:35 AM

We have a German business visitor in town and he will be dining solo tonight and I would like to recommend a restaurant. I'm thinking about something casual, good beer list, a "Canadian" menu, and located in the downtown core. Last night he went to The Madison and tomorrow night we are taking him to the Beer Bistro. I thought of Rebel House but it's still closed for their reno.

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  1. pescatarian RE: Jean Georges Oct 16, 2007 10:43 AM

    Bier Market - the food's not as good as Beer Bistro or Rebel House (but probably on par with The Madison), but it's casual and has a good beer list. He can sit at the bar on his own and people watch.

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      Jean Georges RE: pescatarian Oct 16, 2007 10:44 AM

      Great suggestion, but when he was Toronto last year he went to Bier Market, and I would like to send him somewhere new.

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        pescatarian RE: Jean Georges Oct 16, 2007 10:45 AM

        Mill St. Brew Pub? Kinda stuck with Mill St beer though.

        House on Parliament is often recommended on this board, but I haven't been yet, so I can't personally recommend it.

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          JamieK RE: pescatarian Oct 16, 2007 11:47 AM

          I second the Mill St. Brew Pub suggestion, although possibly too far from the downtown "core"? And I like the Mill St. beers too (hey, the pub won this year's Golden Tap Award for best brewpub in GTA -- http://www.goldentap.com

          Mill Street Brew Pub
          55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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      estragon RE: Jean Georges Oct 16, 2007 10:45 AM

      Globe Bistro on the Danforth. Sit in the loungey front, which is more casual than the fine-dining back. Not sure about the beer list, but definitely some great "Canadian" stuff on the menu. The elk tenderloin is a particular stand-out, as is the lobster ceviche.

      Sorry to hear that your friend stumbled into the Madison.

      1. JamieK RE: Jean Georges Oct 16, 2007 10:52 AM

        What about C'est What? Good selection of beers, "eclectic" menu.

        For good selection of beers, there's also Volo's (although menu is Italianish) and Smokeless Joe's (although tiny).

        C'est What
        67 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B5, CA

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          pescatarian RE: JamieK Oct 16, 2007 10:56 AM

          IMHO, C'est What has gone drastically downhill in recent memory. Food is not edible.

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          Snarf RE: Jean Georges Oct 16, 2007 11:01 AM

          The bar at Trevor? Many decry the service, which is usually fairly decent in the bar area, and the mini-burgers are very good.

          1. xtal RE: Jean Georges Oct 16, 2007 11:11 AM

            Victory Café? More of a casual pub, but with excellent Ontario microbrew selection. Good food too.


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              Jean Georges RE: xtal Oct 17, 2007 02:28 PM

              I sent him to Victory Cafe last night and he enjoyed it. He told me he ate something strange, called "chicken fingers". Ahhh, Canadian food at it's best.

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              TOgirl RE: Jean Georges Oct 17, 2007 01:07 PM

              Is Smokeless Joe's on John Street still good? It used to have great a selection of beers/micros and food was decent too.

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