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So, to celebrate my wife's first freelance day, i thought we should go out for a great, loung-ey lunch, with many drinks on Wednesday. Would love a suggestion for a lunch spot downtown, with good people-watching, great food, great drinks, and full of people who are going back to work after their lunch, so that my wife can sip her drink and enjoy NOT going back to work.

We're up for different types of food, from Indian to European to ?... Don't want an outrageously priced place, but we'll spend over $150 for 2.

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  1. Although this may be too casual for your celebration, I always enjoy the midday bustle at the Queen Mother Café. I'm not sure how their drinks are though.

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    Queen Mother
    206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

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    1. re: xtal

      I thought of Queen Mother, but it's a tiny bit too casual. I'd love something similar in hangout-ability, but with more suits (to remind my lovely wife how happy she is going to be not to go to the office) and I was hoping for somewhere i've never been! I know, I forgot to put that last criteria in my list...

      1. re: marckb

        Maybe Le Select or Reds? Beerbistro always has lots of suits, too.
        The dining room at Osgoode Hall is filled with lawyers eating lunch, and the food is great.

        My favourite lunch place downtown is Gallery Grill at Hart House- not too many suits, but lots of profs and administrators who would be heading back to work after lunch. Great atmosphere, too.

        1. re: phoenikia

          I second Reds or Beerbistro. Another place would be Bymark, but the inside part on the patio.

    2. The bar side at Canoe stays busy till around 3, and you cannot get better cocktails..

      1. Ki would let you watch the Investment Banking types skitter away to their offices in the sky and powdery bathroom habits.