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Mar 23, 2008 07:11 AM

Must-do's in our 5 Days in Toronto?

HI... We're in downtown for five days, but are devotees of unusual, detour-worthy, and where-the-locals go (without tourists) eateries. Open to all cuisines, all ideas, preferably not astronomical. We have a very open-minded 17-year -old with us, so no black-tie. We have a car, too.

For example, we went to Il Fornello at Church/Wellsley and greatly enjoyed a fab, interesting, reasonable meal.

Have at it! Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Welcome to TO!

    Definitely visit the St Lawrence Market just to wander around and taste a few goodies including the quintessentially Canadian peameal bacon sandwich. If you a do a search, you'll find other suggestions for what to look for there --

    Toronto's got a few Ethopian restaurants on offer. Dukem is one that is often recommended (address & map at place link


    You might find this recent thread with suggestions for an out-of-towner helpful -

    oh, btw, Toronto tap water is safe and tasty so don't be afraid to ask for it wherever you end up. And please give us some feedback about your culinary adventures after your stay!

    950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

    St. Lawrence Market
    92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

    1. if you want something different, fun, authentic and affordable, oh and phenomenally yummy, i recommend Mezzetta on St. Clair West. it's mezes, middle eastern tapas, featuring great dips (hummus, baba) salad (goat cheese, tabule) skewered meats (shrimp, chicken) stews (sultan's stew is my fave, eggplant is great too) veggies (best green beans ever, sweet potatoes so amazing) and traditional dishes (moussaka, stuffed vine leaves). plus, they have live music (jazz) on Wednesdays, and the BEST baklava in the city. not a big place, but it's off the beaten track and is really a unique spot.

      681 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

      1. Terroni on Adelaide East is novel and good built in an old courthouse and jail cells in the Basement are wine storage pizzas and pastas and salads are great...also Lunch at the Gallery Grill in Hart House on the UofT campus...need reservations...Asian Legend...Chinese on Dundas...staff helpful in suggesting good picks...just ask...Miranda

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        1. re: miranda

          Try Harlem, Richmond at Church. It fits your criteria well. See discussion, including my comments, in attached link. Enjoy your visit!