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Brunch with snooty relatives and toddler?

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Uptight Republican relatives are coming to town for a conference and want to get together for brunch. The Gallery Grill at Hart House would have been perfect (good food, nice setting, lots of lawn/building for us to take our 2 year old away to when he gets bored, because he will get bored) but they're closed for the summer.
Any other good possibilities? I was thinking maybe something at the Distillery District - again for the toddler distraction factor.
A buffet might be good if someone can recommend a decent one. Not Hot House.
Would prefer downtown or on the subway.

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  1. I like Le Select Bistro on Wellington St. The atmosphere is kid-friendly and they have a great kids' menu as well. Their foie gras is awesome... Their patio at the back has a water fountain (Perhaps that might entertain the toddler for a couple of minutes) There's also Brassaii on King St. which serves delicious fish and chips. They have a nice patio enclosed between two other buildings where perhaps you can watch the toddler play while dining. And if you like the Distillery, The Boiler House is not a bad choice either. I hope that helps and good luck with your relatives.

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    Brassaii
    461 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K7, CA

    Le Select
    432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

    Boiler House
    55 Mill St., Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, CA

    1. May or may not fit but I just had brunch at c5 (ROM), very upscale, suits the snooty relatives. One could take the toddler during or everyone goes after to check out the ROM, the restaurant is an elevator ride away but it's pretty quick.

      The cuisine is a little more avant garde but they have stuff like waffles and pancakes, I saw a very young kid and some families seated so I imagine they can accommodate you (nice staff). Just put a review up called "Brunch at c5 (ROM)" but can't seem to find it.

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        1. I've recommended it before and I'll recommend it again (they should put me on the payroll) -- the King Eddie. Great buffet (and I'm not a buffet person), definite snob appeal (but not over-the-top), and I'm quite sure I've seen kids there before.

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          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            Ooh, yes, the King Eddie has a beautiful buffet and the room definitely has the wow factor. Perfect!

            1. re: stapler

              Hotel restaurants are generally used to accomodating kids, and buffet is good for instant gratification (my two year-old does not understand the concept of waiting for food).

              1. re: julesrules

                I took my almost-two year old to the King Eddie. It does work well! The food is pretty good and the selection is quite varied. Also the room is busy and large enough that it does give you somewhere to walk around with them if need be.

          2. Thanks for all those suggestions. I was wondering about the ROM, thinking we could take our son out to Philospher's Walk..didn't even think about the dinosaurs!
            The King Edward also sounds like a good possibility.

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            1. re: hoagy294

              A little quieter option would be Fare in Leslieville. Great menu and wine list and they take reservations.