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Dec 28, 2007 12:15 PM

Toronto's best "Guy Place" Dining experience sought

I have been charged with locating a great "guy place" for a meal out. Specifically asked that this not be a sports bar. Would like a high-end experience and steak was mentioned.

So - looking for a something special.

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  1. Barberian's for steak.
    Red Violin for all you can eat meat experience.
    Hooter's for other kinds of experiences.

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    1. re: merlot143

      Probably should have mentioned... I'm not a guy so the experience has to work for me too! I have been reading the boards about steak places and people are all over the map on a few of them like Harbour 60 and Jacob and Co. I'll look up the two you've given me (sans Hooter's!). Thanks.

    2. + 1 for Barberian's. You can go to Harbour 60, but you'll pay more and the wine list pales in comparison.

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      1. I second Barberian's for a good high-end steak experience. And the atmosphere would be good for a slightly classier kind of guys' night out....which is what this sounds like.

        If you want to go a few steps down the food chain, there's Carman's, which can be enjoyable, but can also strike people as pretty kitschy and old school. Barberian's may be nearly 50 years old, but it seems classic.

        1. re: rsvp7777

          I'll second Carman's. The old-school atmosphere is great and the heaps of appetizers and sides fills up hungry guys. Although it's less expensive than Barberians, etc. I wouldn't necessarily consider it a few steps down the food chain, just a few steps down the snob chain. Of course, your mileage may vary.

      2. Still think the best steak in the city is House of Chan...also terrific Lobster. Just west of Bathurst on the north side of Eglinton. Yup, I know, the decor is dreadful, atmosphere still red flocked...but if you're in the mood for a serious chowdown on a side of beef or a 2 lb lobster...yum.

        1. Not steak, and not quite as high-end as some of the steakhouses mentioned, but Beer Bistro might be appropriate.


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          1. re: detritus

            What an excellent suggestion; the chef @ beerbistro is quite amazing, and they do outstanding food pairing meals. I am not a beer fan generally, but after I sat through one of those, I find m'self with these little cravings periodically!!! A great choice.

            Beer Bistro
            18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

            1. re: The Goddess

              Beer Bistro gets my vote too. They have beer they have steak and it is a great atmosphere. What else would a guy want? I haven't been to the other steak places mentioned but this would probably be the most laid back and relaxed atmosphere of the group.

          2. Thanks for all the great advice. Dinner is this week. Will let you know which one we landed on and how it was from a guy's point of view...

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            1. re: xssnrg

              Harbour 60 is rudely overpriced and mediocre at best I would avoid it at all $12 for a bottle of Coors Lite, and in true upscale-steakhouse gouging fashion charges you extra for sides. Bardi's on York Street is old-school and will not dissapoint, also the Keg on York St has a more upscale interior than most Kegs, and you will pay less than half than what you would at H60 or Ruth's Chris or any other of the overpriced expense account places.

              1. re: mediumrare

                I agree. Avoid the very costly disappointment of H60.