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dinner with the girls - mirabelle, quince, something else??

redhead Nov 30, 2007 04:40 PM

I'm meeting some gf at Yonge and Eglinton area for a holiday get together dinner..one is vegetarian, one rather picky and one will eat anything....I need a restaurant that will appeal to all and hopefully not be too boring (loud laughter likely) We need to stay in this area as it is the best meeting point for all..price is a consideration (quince and mirabelle seem reasonable..) any other suggestions?

  1. hotsauce28 Nov 30, 2007 04:46 PM

    What about Grazie? Even picky eaters love Italian, don't they? And they must have vegetarian on the menu.
    It's usually pretty lively and the prices are decent.

    1. TorontoJo Nov 30, 2007 04:49 PM

      Tabule is fun, casual (good for loud), very inexpensive and has lots of wonderful vegetarian options. It's on Yonge about 4 blocks south of Eg. Quince is beautiful and delicious, but may not be the right spot for lots of loud laughing. It's also not that inexpensive. Haven't been to Mirabelle, so can't comment.

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        LemonLauren Dec 1, 2007 01:23 PM

        i second tabule - nice vibe, great apps, lots of choice for the veg, and has plain chicken skewers, etc, for the picky.
        fve doors north, next to quince, is italian-ish bistro fare, same price range, but louder and more happening. i recall the menu having lots of bean and veg options, but that was in summer. still, a little less "familial" than Grazie.
        if you like slightly more mainstream, spring rolls on eglinton just east of yonge is pan-asian, which pleases the masses.

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        Five Doors North
        2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

        Tabule
        2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

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        1. re: LemonLauren
          Googs Dec 1, 2007 01:41 PM

          A 2nd vote for Five Doors North for a loud, girlie get-together.

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            millygirl Dec 1, 2007 01:59 PM

            My vote would go to Quince.
            P.s. I'd be the girl described as the one that would eat anything :)

            1. re: millygirl
              Googs Dec 1, 2007 02:30 PM

              Perhaps its time to try something new. Whatever you do, do not not not eat at La Vecchia.

              Mirabelle's is quite nice in a Rebel House kinda way, but I think a vegetarian would starve there. I think that would be the issue at Quince as well.

              Two places where a vegetarian would have a multitude of choices, not just one or two are Jaipur Grille and Grano. Both rooms are pretty enough for any girls night and have excellent food.
              http://www.jaipurgrille.com/index.htm
              http://www.grano.ca/

              I doubt loud laughter would be a problem at any of the above. I still think Five Doors meets all of the criteria best though. Loud but not too, fun, reasonably priced, and decent vegetarian options.
              http://www.fivedoorsnorth.com/

              1. re: Googs
                hotsauce28 Dec 1, 2007 04:06 PM

                5 doors north is fantastic! What's wrong with la vecchia?? I haven't been there in a few years but they used to be good. Are they that bad now?

                1. re: hotsauce28
                  Googs Dec 2, 2007 07:26 AM

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/396630

                  Never again.

        2. dinin and dishin Dec 1, 2007 03:49 PM

          Zucca Trattoria. One of my favourite places. Great service, great food, wonderful ambiance. Can't go wrong with Italian when you've got a vegetarian and a fussy eater in the mix.

          Also love, love Tabule.
          5 Doors - not so much.

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          Zucca
          2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

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          1. re: dinin and dishin
            Googs Dec 1, 2007 04:08 PM

            Oh absolutely, D&D, Zucca is fantastic. As price was stated as a consideration I left it off... Although you can eat well for a decent price there if you're careful. Since one of them is a Mistura fan, I think you're absolutely right D&D. I think it would be great for them to have the Zucca revelation.
            http://www.zuccatrattoria.com/

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              Yum2MyTum Dec 1, 2007 04:11 PM

              You can definitely eat cheap at Zucca on Mondays and Sundays - they have a $22 prix fixe: salad, pasta plus dessert. I loved my experience there, but I wouldn't call it "noisy"...

              1. re: Yum2MyTum
                redhead Dec 2, 2007 06:43 AM

                Thanks for all the great suggestions...I am going to send a list to the "hard to please" in the group and let them duke it out..my work here (well, your work) is done! All I have to do now is eat the spoils...ps - am saving Zucca for a dinner with hubby..

                1. re: Yum2MyTum
                  dinin and dishin Dec 2, 2007 08:48 AM

                  I've experienced noisy at Zucca - both as the source table and the nearby receiving table. It is a typical narrow TO layout, with lots of hard surfaces. But the co-owner/host makes it so enjoyable. You won't feel at all out of place if you are having a really good time with your buds. I am hoping to go there next week, it's really been way too long since I've been back.

            2. Googs Jan 11, 2008 11:35 AM

              Where did you end up going? Enquiring minds...

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