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Need a suggestion close to Massey Hall

grandgourmand Mar 13, 2008 08:24 AM

going to the Chris Rock show on Friday and need a place to eat beforehand. would prefer cheap and cheerful. suggestions?

  1. Googs Mar 13, 2008 08:39 AM

    How about Spices Cafe? Cheap, the owner is ever cheerful, and the food's darn tasty.

    1. estufarian Mar 13, 2008 10:55 AM

      Salad King at Yonge & Gould.
      A Ryerson hang-out (Thai food)

      Salad King
      340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

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        5andman Mar 13, 2008 11:22 AM

        Terroni's or Beer Bistro on Adelaide?

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        1. re: 5andman
          TorontoJo Mar 13, 2008 12:44 PM

          Quick correction -- beer bistro is on King.

          For cheap and cheerful, I'd consider the Senator Diner.

          Salad King is good, too -- just go early enough to deal with the crowds/line up.

          1. re: TorontoJo
            fickle Mar 13, 2008 01:47 PM

            I second the Senator Diner. The burger, short ribs and meatloaf are very tasty there.


            1. re: TorontoJo
              grilledcheese Mar 13, 2008 01:53 PM

              I think The Senator over charges for what you get.
              $18 for fish & chips, or meatloaf
              $10 burger with no fries, cheese $1 extra.

              1. re: grilledcheese
                KitchenVoodoo Mar 13, 2008 03:16 PM

                Agree about Senator - cheesburger & fries comes to $14 before tax & tip. $6 brought in dessert. $3 for coffee. It's amazing how much the bill ends up being for just a simple supper. And both burger & fries were overcooked. Service is very hospitable though, a nice quality, often so lacking in Toronto, but seating is the original, made for dwarfs and very uncomfortable.
                I'd drift south of MH to previous suggestions - Beer Bistro on King or Terroni on Adelaide.

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            grilledcheese Mar 13, 2008 12:27 PM

            Sounds horrible, but Baton Rouge is reliable. Nothing special in terms of food, but it's comfy and you can get a decent burger. And it is so close to MH. But make a reservation! They do a huge business before shows.

            1. Ediblethoughts Mar 13, 2008 03:33 PM

              Salad King is always good and cheap. Green Jeans in the Eatons Centre is pretty cheerful and their menu has expanded a bit (beyond what it was when I was last there some years back)--like they do a nice little mac and cheese for $4--a comfort side dish.

              And I also vote for Spices--the curried salmon is the best I've ever tried in Toronto (and definitely cheerful).

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                torontofoodiegirl Mar 14, 2008 05:49 AM

                That other restaurant in the Eaton's Centre (the one right by Greenjeans) is actually pretty good too. I think it might be called City Grill or somehing, but can't remember exactly.

                SO and I had to find a place to eat before a concert at Massey Hall and everywhere we went was full to the brim. We ended up there and, despite a 10-15 minute wait to get a table, the service (after we told them we were in a rush) was really fast and attentive, and the food was great. We were pleasantly surprised.

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                  grilledcheese Mar 14, 2008 11:46 AM

                  You have to make a reservation on show nights, even at these mediocre mall restos. Otherwise you end up standing in line at Frans...Yuck.

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                    torontofoodiegirl Mar 14, 2008 12:16 PM

                    So true. I, for one, won't make that mistake again...

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                SMOG Mar 13, 2008 03:54 PM

                Terroni or Mercatto are both great choices. Terroni will take reservations. I think Linda (owned by Salad King, upstairs) also takes reservations.

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                1. re: SMOG
                  grandgourmand Mar 14, 2008 05:13 AM

                  Thanks for the suggestions...i was thinking of the senator, but will pass based on comments here. If I can convince my wife to eat Indian, Spices might be the winner. We were in India for three weeks over the holidays, not sure she's ready yet for the food.

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                  currycue Mar 14, 2008 08:03 AM

                  For really cheap and cheerful, try Red & White Meditteranean food on Yonge just below Gerrard. Very good Chicken Shawarma plate. Should run you about $7 with a drink.

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