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Oct 21, 2007 05:19 PM

Looking for kid-friendly near Bloor Intercontinental

Hi. Long time reader of the Ontario/Toronto RSS feed. I did a search, but found no results that really helped me.

I'm planning a weekend in Toronto, staying at the Intercontinental near the ROM on Bloor. I will have two toddlers with me, and I'm looking for specific restaurants that are kid friendly, cheap and interesting for the parents.

Noodles would be ideal. Korean, Japanese, really any interesting food. This would be for lunches and dinners. How are the restaurant(s?) in the ROM for lunch?

Thanks. Looking forward to responses, and looking forward to the trip.

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  1. just a few doors west on Bloor is Pho Hung (upstairs) -- good for Pho and Bun (avg 10-12/pp)

    a bit further west (S/W corner of Bloor & Spadina) is Greg's Ice Cream -- get the roasted marshmellow ice cream . . . sooooo good

    Korean -- koreatown is a few TTC stops west at Christie. If you want to walk, reasonable choices can be found on Yonge, just South of Wellesley -- YummyBBQ - avg meal under $8. Or, if your kids are old enough to enjoy Korean BBQ, go to GrillTime on Yonge, just north of College. If you go for lunch on M/T, it's really cheap (around $7 for AYCE).

    1. You've got some great recs already... agree that Pho Hung is the first thing that came to mind... extremely convenient, and the food is good. Trip to Korean-town is good counsel too. Greg's is great.

      - Ethiopia House on Irwin might be interesting... or it might just be too weird for the kids
      - Duke of York or the Bedford Academy, both on Prince Arthur, are very close. Neither are upscale or gourmet, but if you wanted some chicken fingers for the kids and a decent pint for the adults, you could easily get by.
      - Fresh at Bloor and Spadina is good veggie fare.
      - New York Deli at Bay and Bloor is good for quick and dirty deli lunch (or dinner).
      - I have a friend whose son loves Yamato in Yorkville... he thinks teppanyaki is totally entertaining (although he's slightly older than toddling)

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      1. re: Rabbit

        ooo teppanyaki, I've been meaning to take the kids to a teppanyaki place. They'd be quite into it.

        1. re: Rabbit

          I think Ethiopian house is known for very slow service (I could be wrong). *My* toddler doesn't really wait for her dinner ;)

        2. There is a family friendly place to eat in the ROM with decent food -

          You might find this thread about kid-friendly places helpful -

          I second the Duke of York -- friendly staff and some kid-friendly menu choices. I used to take my daughter for lunch there after piano lessons at the RCM every Saturday.

          If you're planning to wander a bit farther, King's Noodle House as mentioned in the above thread is good and affordable.

          There's also Mother's Dumplings -

          Duke Of York
          39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2, CA

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          1. re: JamieK

            some more links -

            Mother's Dumplings
            421 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA

            King's Noodle House
            296 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

          2. btw, let us know where you end up and how it goes, as feedback to our recs is helpful. thanks.

            1. Just thought of another one - within walking distance but about one or two subway stops away to the west is By The Way Cafe in the Annex area, nice warm casual ambience, family-friendly but good wine and beer list, good food.

              By The Way
              400 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X5, CA