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May 2, 2008 11:25 AM

Taking Grandpa, 9 & 13 year old to Saturday Lunch

So we want to take grandpa out for lunch tomorrow (Saturday) to celebrate his 64th birthday. Kids are pretty good in restaurants so I'm not worried about any behavioural considerations, except for the fact that a line-up won't go down too well. (It could be a late lunch if it avoids a line.) Just looking for a little help in choosing a spot as I feel a little uninspired.

Bonus points for Danforth, Leslieville, Beaches, but we are willing to be more central as well. Places we have gone together before include Bus Terminal, Magic Oven, Paul's Spaghetti, Terroni (I suppose Italian does often appeal to all!).

Any ideas out there?

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  1. Well, Italian again, but what about Quattro Ragazze? The food is delicious, reasonably priced and there won't be a line-up (although I haven't been for Saturday lunch). The kids might like the pizzas if not the pastas. And there's an assortment of gelatos they'd probably like too.

    Quattro 4 Ragazze
    1792 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1H8, CANADA

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    1. re: JamieK

      Don't worry about suggesting Italian again! And actually, Quattro Ragazze is walking distance for us. Super bonus points for that!

      1. re: Julie McCoy

        Well then, Melanie's Bistro would be within walking distance too, at the corner of Danforth & Glebemount (don't pay attention to the map in the attached place link, it's incorrect). Not Italian obviously. It gets really busy for Sunday brunch but I don't think there'd be a line up for Saturday lunch. Food is good, service lovely, but with kids that age my vote is still for QR (try to sit in the front area).

        Melanie's Bistro
        1870 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1J4, CA

    2. Sounds like you're in my neck of the woods.
      Let's see..

      Honestly if diner style food a la Bus Terminal was ok with you, the Goof in the Beaches area is always a homey little place to eat. It's actually a lot nicer in there now after the renovations too. Canadian food and Chinese food, and Grandpa might like some of the more oldschool items on the menu like hot open face sandwiches and whatnot. Just a thought.

      If they're open (don't see why not but I've just never had lunch there) Fusilli at River/Queen isn't too far from Leslieville and it's a really nice little Italian place with decent quality food.

      On the Danforth I like Pantheon. I don't know many places around there because I don't find myself there often enough but Pantheon's food has never let me down and the service is usually spot-on. They're just steps from Chester station on the south side.