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May 25, 2008 09:41 PM

Graduation Dinner - suggestions?

I'm looking for somewhere to go out for dinner with my family to celebrate after my convocation ceremony for graduation from university. Looking for somewhere that is 'special' but not insanely bank-breaking. Criteria are:

- menu options ranging from interesting to more traditional -- My mom and I love trying new/unconventional foods, my dad less so. He'll want a good steak-and-potatoes/veg option, while i'm a pesca-vegetarian and love seafood but don't eat meat.
- open/take reservations on a Monday night
- must be baby friendly (my cousin will be bringing her 2 year old)
- entrées approx. $18-$35

Was considering Batifole, Colborne Lane, or North 44.

Any recommendations or input would be greatly welcomed. Thanks!

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  1. Congrats on your degree!

    I'd say Batifole is probably the best among your considered options. North 44 is in the bank-breaking category (most mains in the $40s). And Colborne Lane is lovely, but the food can be slightly rococo and intimidating, especially if dad's a more traditional eater (mine is too, and CL would scare the hell out of him). Also, CL is not a place that I would bring a baby (smaller dining room and really just not set up for kids).

    1. Messis is nice, and close to UofT if that's where you're coming from. Reasonably priced, have a patio if it's nice, and they have a wide variety of items to suit all the different types of eaters.

      The Corner House is great as well, food is consistently excellent and it has a really lovely ambiance...

      1. While Italian is considered traditional, chef's take on it at Zucca is anything but. Excellent seafood, pasta, and yes steak. The highest main being dad's steak, you're well within budget. Sunday-Tuesday they offer a prixe fixe menu if you wanted to go even lower. An Italian resto that isn't child-friendly isn't Italian.