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romantic evening on a budget (college and st.george)

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i'm looking for a nice restaurant that is cheap but has a nice atmosphere. can be any kind of food but has to taste good. also must have good deserts! other than that i'm willing to try any thing.

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  1. Not sure about the DesSerts, but Utopia on College is budget friendly, has a nice atmosphere (more so in summer with the back patio) and has delicious food.

    1. If you want great atomosphere try Kalendar at College and Euclid. The menu is all over the place. I find their scrolls to be so-so, but had a great pasta there with pesto cream sauce. Their coffee and desserts are exceptional.

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      1. re: currycue

        I'll second Kalendar, but it's not all that cheap

        1. re: Finnegan

          Agreed on both, at Utopia around $10 gets you a fantastically large portion of burrito, taco, burger, etc. and a salad. The food is great quality. atmosphere is a little crowded but the heated back 'shack' has a certain kind of appeal.

          Kalendar would be the better choice, especially if you're looking for something more classically romantic and want good deserts.

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          Kalendar
          546 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B1, CA

          1. re: Finnegan

            if it means anything, my now-fiancee and i had our second date at kalendar...and that worked out well.
            love love love the atmosphere, it's worth the slightly higer price since it's a different sort of place than utopia - save that for group outing or pre party meal.

        2. BIstro Paradis. It's closer to Dupont rather than College, but still cozy and romantic enough for two. And a good value.

          1. There's nothing at College and St George except for pubs and sub shops. If you scoot over to Spadina, and if you're on a really tight budget, the Red Room is comfy and you can sit gazing into each others' eyes for hours without the staff bugging you. Surprisingly, the food is edible. If you want better food, you have to go further west, past Bathurst.

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            1. re: grilledcheese

              Actually, now that I think of it, if you go south on St George (it is actually called Beverly St. south of College) two blocks to Baldwin St and turn left, there's a nice little strip of restaurants in there. Some people call it Baldwin Village. I think everything is fairly reasonably priced and I've heard that John's Italian Cafe is okay.

              Here's a listing
              http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/10/900/To...