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Fourtieth Birthday with kids and a patio?

morrigan Jun 2, 2008 05:32 PM

A friend has asked for help finding a location for her husbands 40th birthday party. She wants it to be able to accomodate a party of at least 15 and somewhere kids would be welcome, but drinks are available. And the vibe isn't too similar to a big-box store parking lot restaurant (ie. Jack Astor's, etc.).

I think the Danforth area would be ideal, but anywhere close to both subway and parking would work well.

Thanks so much for your help - the birthday is the end of July, but she's trying to plan ahead.

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    gwenchick RE: morrigan Jun 3, 2008 07:07 AM

    Here are some Danforth ideas,,,they can accomodate large groups and will welcome kids.
    Omonia
    Christina's (little more upscale than the others)
    Astoria
    Poppa's Grill
    Mezes

    1. foodyDudey RE: morrigan Jun 3, 2008 07:22 AM

      Globe Bistro has a nice rooftop patio that could easily hold 20 to 25. You should go over there and check it out.

      1. morrigan RE: morrigan Jun 3, 2008 01:10 PM

        Thank you! The Danforth isn't my "'hood" so I'm not really familiar with the restaurants. I will check all of the above out.

        Are there any places that aren't on the Danforth but fit the bill?

        Thanks again!

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          TorontoJo RE: morrigan Jun 3, 2008 01:41 PM

          Terroni on Adelaide is just opening up their new patio. It seats over 100, so it would have a fun, bustling vibe for your party. Kids would feel very comfortable there, whereas I'm not sure Globe Bistro (which I love, btw) has the kind of vibe you want for kids. You would need to reserve your table(s) well in advance, though.

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            Bobby Wham RE: TorontoJo Jun 4, 2008 10:45 AM

            You can reserve at the Adelaide location?

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              TorontoJo RE: Bobby Wham Jun 4, 2008 10:52 AM

              Yes, but they take a very limited number of reservations, and usually only until 6 or 6:30. But for a big group, I wouldn't mind eating earlier if it meant not waiting an hour for a table! You need to call a couple of weeks in advance to get a reservation.

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                gwenchick RE: TorontoJo Jun 4, 2008 11:01 AM

                Globe Bistro is a little high priced and fancy for kids
                Terroni's menu is more to their liking - pizza and pastas

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                  foodyDudey RE: gwenchick Jun 5, 2008 05:45 AM

                  Nothing was too fancy for me when I was a kid, I was foodyDudey when I was four so I assume there are other kids who enjoy good food. There is a totally different menu available on the patio, which isn't shown on their website.

                  Here is what is mentioned on the site:

                  "Whether you have a group of two or two hundred, we can customize your experience for any occasion including birthdays, wedding parties, business meetings, conferences, cocktail parties, showers, communions and bar mitzvahs. We also offer event catering for any occasion.

                  Our second floor private dining room is ideal for occasions for up to 60 guests where added privacy may be desired."

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                    morrigan RE: foodyDudey Jun 5, 2008 07:52 AM

                    Ooooo...that sounds good. I will have to go and check it out. I know that a couple of the kids are budding foodies, but several just aren't food-motivated. I can't understand that, but I guess it takes all kinds.

                    Any more kid-friendly places that adults would like? And might have a patio? (Not limited to the Danforth.)

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          alan767 RE: morrigan Jun 5, 2008 08:56 AM

          safari bar and grill at lawrence and avenue

          1. JamieK RE: morrigan Jun 5, 2008 09:22 AM

            Boulevard Cafe has a nice patio and a kids menu -
            http://boulevardcafe.sites.toronto.com/

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            Boulevard Cafe
            161 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

            1. meld_la RE: morrigan Jun 5, 2008 09:30 AM

              What about Allen's? I swear I've seen kids on the patio...

              1. JamieK RE: morrigan Jun 5, 2008 10:05 AM

                The Granite Brewpub at Mount Pleasant & Eglinton is kid-friendly and they have a really nice patio in a courtyard setting behind the building, see pic -
                http://www.granitebrewery.ca/photo.html

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                Granite Brewery
                245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

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                  grilledcheese RE: JamieK Jun 6, 2008 09:11 PM

                  But is their food still repulsive?

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