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Jan 6, 2008 10:23 PM

Going on a Date

I really need help!!!

I am taking a girl out to dinner on Tuesday, and I have no idea where to go.

Since she lives uptown, around Yonge and 401 area, I was wondering if you guys know any good restaurant around that neighborhood??

Some where, nice, yet casual with good food and reasonable prices.

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  1. Yonge and 401 are CRAWLING with Resturants - although exceptional food is kinda hard to find, just head north on Yonge and you'll see them all. It all depends what kind of food you're looking for. There's "safe" places like the Keg at Sheppard, Moxies and Milestones at Empress Walk, also in Empress Walk is Ichiban for japanese and across the street, Asian Legends (I said safe, not spectacular!). But there are smaller resturants, like Chez Laurent, that's cute. My personal favorite in the area though, is Bar Burrito, (yummy burrito at rock bottom prices, but it's cafeteria style). I'd just take her on a nice stroll and pick a place!! :-D

    1. Just south of York Mills you have Wildfire Grill and Trappers, Centro a bit further south. Over on Avenue Rd s. of 401 you have Millie's, Richlee's, Safari Bar & Grill. For good and casual I'd vote Millies or Safari, the others are a bit more upscale.

      Good luck!

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      1. re: The Goddess

        I've heard Millers tavern is good.....if you go closer to yonge and eglinton there is alot to choose from:
        grazie (italian)
        alley catz (jazz bar/eatery)
        fat cat
        Depends on your budget, centro and north 44 are also close by.

        1. re: pancake

          NOT Millers - the decor is cold, so is the temperature and the wait staff attitude, the food is way overpriced for the quality. If you're lookin' to impress her, you won't get it there. But also down there, just north of Eglinton, is Green Papaya, La Vecchia, just about all on that same block as Grazie, etc.

          1. re: The Goddess

            If you are meeting at the restaurant, and transportation is no hassle for your date, then I would also recommend venturing further south. Some of the more reasonable newer places that come to mind are Quince, Mirabelle Wine Bar, and Simple Bistro.

            1. re: The Goddess

              NOT La Vecchia. Its disgusting at dinner and brunch. Completely useless place.

          2. re: The Goddess

            Millie's has good food, but I don't see it as a first date place. Safari is good for a drink, but not for the food.

            1. re: The Goddess

              This is a late reply, but I wouldn't go to Trapper's on a first date unless my date and I were both senior citizens looking for an early bird dinner with very traditional North Toronto dinner options;) If you want to make a good first impression, Trapper's isn't the way to do it.

              The Chase Wine Bar next door might be a nice option. Or Coppi. Or the Abbot.

              1. re: phoenikia

                LOL!!! I agree on Coppi phoenikia. I would be very impressed if I was taken to Coppi, first date or otherwise.

            2. I lived in that area for 10 years. It's not easy to find good food. the one and only place that i def recommend is Tuyen at yonge and Sheppard. Awsome awsome (even by downtown standards) Thai food. Very nice atmosphere, perfect for a date. she will be impressed.

              1. I second Chez Laurent. It's cozy. Most of the restaurants in that area tend to be eat and go places.

                1. A friend and I go to a small restaurant on the W side of Yonge, just south of where SportingLife is - I think the name is Robertos. It's italian and the pasta is fresh, service is good and it's homey and relaxed.

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                  1. re: xssnrg

                    Oh yeah, that place has been around for years. I remember they had great canneloni.