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Casual dining before jays game

Baelsette Jun 24, 2008 06:57 AM

I'm going to the jays game tonight and looking for a casual (decent) spot to have dinner. I'm drawing a blank on what's around the dome?
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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    Julie McCoy Jun 25, 2008 11:03 AM

    We'd love to know where you ended up, Baelsette!

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      grilledcheese Jun 24, 2008 12:51 PM

      We had the same problem a few weeks ago and ended up on the patio at Le Select Bistro (north side of Wellington just west of Spadina). Bit of a walk, but it is much nicer than the tourist joints surrounding the dome.

      1. KayceeK Jun 24, 2008 12:21 PM

        I like Thai Princess on King, west of Peter. Maybe not authentic Thai, but they do have a patio, which is a bonus.

        1. Baelsette Jun 24, 2008 10:48 AM

          Thank you everyone for your recommendations! There are some good choices!

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            thebutcher Jun 24, 2008 09:10 AM

            Jules (French Bistro) or Fusarro's (Italian self serve) are two other options for you - Richmond/Spadina north east side.

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              smr714 Jun 24, 2008 12:55 PM

              Is Fusarro's open later in the day, when I used to work down there I thought they closed around 5.

            2. Baelsette Jun 24, 2008 08:53 AM

              Thank you for the recommendations! Ravi sounds delish as does Milagro!
              I'm a little scared of Fred's not here as I truly had the worst, I mean the worst meal I've ever had in Toronto at the Red Tomato! I"m amazed that placed is still packed and in business.
              Thanks for the recommendations!

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                syrahc Jun 24, 2008 11:38 AM

                Milagro is great all around.
                http://www.milagrorestaurant.com/

                You'd be right to stay away from Fred's Not Here.

                If Richmond and Spadina isn't out of range, then Tutti Matti would be a nice choice.
                http://www.tuttimatti.com/

              2. sylvrgirl Jun 24, 2008 08:52 AM

                If you're into Italian food (pizzas and pastas), you could venture to Pizza Rustica. It's just down the street from the Skydome, on Blue Jays Way.

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                  abigllama Jun 25, 2008 09:51 PM

                  I second Pizza Rustica. It's casual, reasonable, have been several times and never had a bad meal there. There's nothing really fancy there but it's always tasty and consistant.

                  Milagro is really good but the price point seems a bit high for the type of food and portions.

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                    fickle Jun 26, 2008 09:24 AM

                    I went to Milagro for lunch yesterday. While our guacamole was tasty, I don't think it was really worth $9.25. Our salads were decent but nothing to write home about. Service can be an issue there, they have one waiter and 3 serving staff for the entire dining room so you may need to wait a little (it took us 25 mins to place our order) but the kitchen and serving staff were timely once the order went in.

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                  Julie McCoy Jun 24, 2008 08:42 AM

                  May I suggest Ravi Soup on Adelaide just west of John? They serve about 4 or 5 different wrap sandwiches and another 4 or 5 soups. These are amazing selections. My current favourite is the tender beef wrap with sweet potato, spinach and a pineapple salsa. Of the soups, curried apricot and red lentil with a swirl of lime cream is out of this world. Soup or wraps are $8-9 with a combo available for $10.99, I believe. The interior is nice, and there is much attention to how things are presented, but it is not fancy or a pplace you would think to linger. More a place to eat at a relaxing pace and then head out. Back patio has a beautiful, energizing orange mural.

                  I also enjoy Milagro. Prices are definitely at a higher end, but the ingredients show that.

                  A more 'baseball' type of place may be the Corned Beef House, also on Adelaide, west of John. Smoked Meat sandwiches are what you're after here - skip the salads.

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                  Milagro
                  5 Mercer St, Toronto, ON M5V1H2, CA

                  Corned Beef House
                  303 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1P7, CA

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                    Snarf Jun 24, 2008 11:06 AM

                    I've driven by Corned Beef House many times without stopping in. How is it?

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                      Julie McCoy Jun 25, 2008 11:01 AM

                      I work in the area, so it's easy enough to stop by at lunch. The deli sandwiches are very good when you want those big, Montreal-style sandwiches. (And no, I'm not saying it's as good or just-like Montreal before that debate rages!). As I said above, salads are to be missed - iceberg lettuce nothings. Good when you want a beer and the mustard-y goodness!

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                    Snarf Jun 24, 2008 07:04 AM

                    I tried Milagro on Mercer Street last week. High end Mexican with high end prices. Very good food for the area, fantastic ceviches, margaritas and guac. Casual atmosphere, decent wine list.

                    Also fairly decent and somewhat more price friendly is Fred's Not Here on King. Fusion-y menu, mostly well executed. Very good burger.

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