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Jun 18, 2008 08:59 AM

Where do I take a girl...

who has eaten at every restaurant in the city...

suggested Grace... she has been there..

she eats out at least once a week in new restaurants...

Where to go?

PS no seafood - she's allergic...

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  1. Get a new girl? (kidding)

    Does she have favourites she is willing to repeat? We keep going back to Harbour 60, JKWB, some neighborhood places, Starfish, Nyood, Kultura etc

    Or, old ones she hasn't been to in sometime? (Mr. Cheeze and I recently "rediscovered" some new-old restos) eg Noce, Mother's Dumplings, Auberge

    Out of town? Niagara? London (Ont)?

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    1. re: mac n cheeze

      Weezie's at King and Power - check out previous posts.

      1. re: mac n cheeze

        It is her birthday.. our thing is each year we go out on our birthdays and pick a restaurant neither has been too... last year was Perigee... she does not like to travel (long story) she is in the industry so knows someone everywhere.. which I hate because they tend to come by and interupt...

        1. re: OnDaGo

          mmmm...ok....going with the "Zanzibar" suggestion then... ;)

          hmmm -- Terra in Thornhill? (I don't know if that is considered travelling)
          Via Allegro on Queensway
          If it does not have to be "high end", there is Hooks, Rosewood Bistro in Mississauga

      2. How about to a place that does something a little different, as in not French/Italian/etc. so at least the odds that she's eaten that type of food recently is reduced, and of course make sure they do a good job of it...first thing that came to mind was 93 Harbourd...or you could just choose something that has good food, suits the mood and offers something special that you can enjoy along with dinner, like a great patio/view/entertainment/etc...if she eats out that much she should recognize that cost isn't necessarily synonimous with quality so your options should be wide open...I'm assuming this is a date, you could do take out from somewhere great and pic a special/intersting spot to eat it, that'd be different than her usual restaurant experience...

        Have fun!

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          1. re: dlw88

            Wow, that is a great idea. But with so many restaurants in the city... how could any one person have possibly been everywhere... Sometimes the best experiences are ironically places that turn out to be miserable failures.

            1. re: abscissa

              She has been everywhere... Table 17, Nood, Spice Route, Grace,.... old school places too... pubs, patios, every place I mention... she laughs...

              1. re: OnDaGo

                lai wah heen?

                i'm curious to know if perhaps one neglected area might perhaps be the charming ethnic options around the town? it might not be an all out celebration place, but it may help to fit the new requirement and might even get a smile out of her.

                i'm also going to throw out opus as a suggestion.... it's not often mentioned so it's hard for me to gauge where it sits on one's radar.

            2. re: dlw88

              Have you been outside lately? COLD.... lol :-)

          2. If she's really been there done that then here's what I think.

            Honestly amongst the most impressive characteristics a man can possess is the ability to cook. Even if it's simple "will that be eggs or pasta" cooking. I'd say your place for wings and mash my dear. It's far more personal.

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            1. re: Googs

              Sorry googs I have to disagree. No question a home cooked meal shows considerable thought but I would much rather go out than stay home and chomp on wings, especially so if this is a new relationship which I am only assuming. Maybe just me, but I had to add my 2 cents FWIW.

              1. re: millygirl

                i don't think it's a new relationship because of the comment of 'each year on our birthday'

                but i gotta agree, in fact, especially if it's not a new relationship, better to go out. if my partner offered me the choice of going out for dinner or him cooking at home for a birthday celebration, i'm pretty sure i'd choose going out.

                this would be exorbitantly expensive, but it would be great if you could find some place for the picnic idea that had shelter, and have it catered by someone great, and served and so on, so that it's like you're in a restaurant being served and blah blah, but the whole park is your restaurant.

                and you could finish it off with coffee and dessert at a favourite place if there is a desire for the 'other people around' vibe.

              2. re: Googs

                I'm with Googs. The effort is nice. Or, if you don't want to cook, and don't mind spending tonnes of money - then why don't you hire a chef for the evening?
                Other than that, I'd say a picnic. Take the ferry over to the island, bring your ipod speakers and a great bottle of wine.

                1. re: tochipotle

                  I'm with the picnic vote. If she spends that much time in restaurants, another restaurant is kind of the same old thing...unless it is that one that she has been dying to try and cant get a res for.

                  Go to somewhere like Dash Kitchen or Summerhill market and ask them to prepare you a picnic basket. Or try one of the finer hotels, I bet they do for guests, so why not for you.

                  It will be a surprise and if the weather is great, and if it something you can see her enjoying, you really can't go wrong.

                  My most memorable date ever was a guy who surprised me by taking me to a drive-in movie at one of the last places to offer them. The surprises continued through the evening when he brought out a cooler with champagne, brie and baguette for nibblies and then a pizza was delivered right to our car. Imagine my surprise when the guy knocked on the window.
                  Sure, it was just a pizza, but the overall effort and coordination was so impressive.

                  I didn't marry him or anything like that, but I still remember the date some 20 years later.

                2. re: Googs

                  Kitchen is under constructions... no kitchen sink at the moment... :-(

                    1. re: OnDaGo

                      LOVE the drive-in suggestion. How unique! Solves the no kitchen sink, cold weather, dinner interruptions, and been there done that problems. Not sure about the no travel issue though.

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