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A Groovy place to eat?

janetzuccarini Dec 8, 2007 04:56 PM

Hi Chowhounds: I have a friend coming in from out of town next week and will only have one night in Toronto. She has requested to go to a "groovy" place with great food for dinner. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    LemonLauren Dec 9, 2007 04:12 AM

    insomnia is the epitome of groovy, but young. what's the age range?

    563 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y6, CA

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    1. re: LemonLauren
      janetzuccarini Dec 9, 2007 05:44 AM

      Thanks for your replies so far. Here are a few more details:

      My friend has been living in Vancouver but is originally from Toronto. She has spent a lot of time in Paris and New York for work and was in the wine business for many years. She is also a fellow foodie. Age range from 25-50 approx.

      "Groovy" to me, means a place that is lively, fun with an interesting mix of people and a cool vibe and good music. It also means to me, the current "it" spots of the city.

      A couple of places that I was thinking of are Colborne Lane, Trevor and the new Terroni.

      Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!

      1. re: janetzuccarini
        Rabbit Dec 9, 2007 05:56 AM

        Oh, that kind of groovy.

        - Colborne Lane seems a good choice (but do note that they have a communal table so you might to request or not-request it as per your preference).
        - I find Trevor totally over-rated.
        - Lucien (although I haven't been there yet, I have enjoyed Scott Woods' cooking elsewhere)?
        - And I think JKWB is lively, impressive and perpetually au currant.

    2. Rabbit Dec 8, 2007 07:26 PM

      I don't really know what that means... I guess it depends on one's personal taste, but perhaps:
      - Univeral Grill - small, boho groovy with pretty great food (I recently visited for the first time and was impressed)
      - Sopra - more upscale, elegant, supper-club groovy. Italian (Mistura's sister resto)
      - the Swan - another neighbourhood fave. Comfort food in relaxed vibe that feels like an Edward Hopper painting
      - Reservoir Lounge - groovy with live music. Might be hard to visit-with-friend, but a great vibe.

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      1. re: Rabbit
        Non Doctor Dec 8, 2007 07:44 PM


        "I have a friend coming in from out of town next week"

        Where is "out of town" exactly?

        As when it comes to "groovy" semantics are everything.

        1. re: Non Doctor
          T Long Dec 9, 2007 05:50 AM

          Concur....If its not clear what the question really is, what kind of answer can you expect. When I hear groovy, I think of Austin Powers...the 60's?

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        phoenikia Dec 8, 2007 07:19 PM

        I'd second Supermarket.
        Maybe Shangai Cowgirl? Or 5 Doors North for slightly eclectic Italian?

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        1. re: phoenikia
          miranda Dec 8, 2007 07:28 PM

          Groovy and Great Food....I'm thinking...Lee's...Mistura with the Disco upstairs...maybe even The Drake....Miranda

        2. dlw88 Dec 8, 2007 05:42 PM

          Nothing groovy really comes to mind for me. Perhaps Supermarket in Kensington? Julie's Cuban on Dovercourt might also fit the bill.

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