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May 29, 2008 03:19 PM

Long weekend in Toronto

Looking for some restaurant ideas for my pregnant wife and me. Never been to this city before and we're really looking forward to it. We are doing 3 days and 3 nights so breakfast lunch and dinner ideas would be appreciated. We would like to hit some of the interesting parts of town but we're open to just about anything.
Is there a good dim sum spot?
Do they do Poutine in Toronto?

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  1. It's hard to give you specific restaurant suggestions without knowing more about what kinds of places you like (ie. price ranges, atmosphere, trendiness, noise levels, etc.) Pretty much any cuisine you want can be found somewhere in Toronto, most in many price ranges. You might want to try searching this board for a few more specific keywords to see what recent threads have come up with.

    In more general foodie terms, I would definitely put the Kensington Market neighbourhood on your list (lots of small affordable places selling food of various ethnicities) as well as the St. Lawrence Market (a large traditional "farmer's market" venue, busiest but best on Saturdays) and the Chinatown on Spadina (which also features many Vietnamese, Korean, and other Asian restaurants). There is also a Little India neighbourhood on Gerrard, a Koreatown on Bloor West, and a Little Italy on College West (though it is not very Italian anymore).

    Poutine is more of a Quebecois specialty than an Ontario thing, and is something of a contentious subject amongst purists, but some places in Toronto do make their interpretations of it. You will find many opinions and suggestions in this thread:

    There are tons of dim sum options in the downtown, many in Chinatown. Again, you will find some suggestions in this thread:

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    1. re: Gary

      The Danforth area (between Broadview and Pape) is fully patio-ed in the summer with a wide variety of cuisines, not just Greek They all have the menus on display and the prices are reasonable compared to downtown
      Check out John St north of the Skydome for more patios and that will also take you up to Queen St West for great shopping

      1. re: Gary

        Thanks for all your input. I think we'll be staying downtown at either the King Edward or the Westin. To better define what we like:
        1. We don't mind spending the money on a meal that's worth it.
        2. We love down home diner food as well as low lit swank.
        3. We try to stay away from places that like to trick out the plate and charge you an arm and a leg.
        4. We prefer a place to be fun but not crazy noisy.
        5. We love Asian, Indian and Italian food, but up for a new adventure. We live in Minneapolis where it's hard to find great old school Italian so we trend towards that when we travel.
        6. Good value.
        7. We like the fun neighborhoods that have variety.

        The Markets that you mentioned sound great! We'll for sure hit those. We really don't have anything like that in Mpls.

        1. re: jeff Daniels

          For authentic Italian (Tuscany), try Tutti Matti on King West. Here's the link.

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        1. As Gary mentioned, it would be helpful to know more about the type of restaurant experience you're looking for; also, it would help to know where you're staying and how you're planning on getting around.

          One place you should likely hit is Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar -- it's a great restaurant with a focus on local foods and is fairly universally liked.

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            1. re: jeff Daniels

              You will definitely enjoy the King Eddy since it is in a better location and surrounded by outstanding restaurants and pubs in all price ranges, as well as being right by the St Lawrence Market. Walk up Victoria Street 10 min north from the hotel and check out the Senator for a unique lunchtime diner experience. C'est What is also very close to the hotel and has great food and local beers, in a casual atmosphere

              1. re: gwenchick

                When we were in Paris we had some outstanding street Greek food. Do you recommend any great Greek spots? I

                1. re: jeff Daniels

                  If you want good Greek, you pretty much have to go to the Danforth. If you want a quick gyros, go to Messini. If you want a nice dinner with some modern Greek, I have heard good things about Lambros, although I've never been. Traditional Greek, I'd go to Pantheon. All on the Danforth, which is Bloor Street east of the Don Valley. Great vibrant part of town, Good late night vibe too.

              2. re: jeff Daniels

                trendy Italian: Terroni on Adelaide East (one block north of King Edward)


                or Gio Rana's in Lesliville, Seven Numbers on the Danforth


                expense account Italian: Via Allegro on the Queensway


                Old school: as noted Little Italy (College Street west of Bathurst) hasn't been an Italian neighbourhood since the 70s. The second wave moved north to St Clair West around Dufferin Street and the third north to Woodbridge in the burbs.

                On St Clair: The Big Ragu or Marcello's


                Marcello's a noisy family type place. Once a month, Big Ragu recreates the menu and music from the movie Big Night. Lots of fun.

                FYI Toronto is supposedly the second largest Italian-speaking city in the world. Or it was back in the 60s. Sadly, most local Italian restaurants are upscale and northern Milan-style like Biagio and Romagna Mia (both close to the KEHl).



            2. Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar at Front and Church St.
              amazing food, a local seasonal canadian food place...a little pricy but they have the most amazing upscale poutine!

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              1. re: hotpeppers

                Thanks for the suggestion. I'll need to try the poutine.

              2. How about Perigee in the distillery district or the patio at The Fifth Grill with great downtown view thats where I take my out of town visitors.
                Good luck

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