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One night in T.O., German needs recs

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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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    TOgirl 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.

    1. xtal Oct 16, 2007 11:11 AM

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

      http://victorycafe.ca/

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

          What about C'est What? Good selection of beers, "eclectic" menu.
          http://www.cestwhat.com/

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

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

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            pescatarian 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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            estragon 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. pescatarian 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 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 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 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
                    )http://www.millstreetbrewpub.ca/

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

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