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Aug 18, 2008 09:19 PM

Dinner near ROM with toddler

We're (4 adults) traveling to Toronto this weekend and staying slightly north of U of T. We'd like to take advantage of the ROM's Friday night, but are driven by my niece's schedule. Since we need to be on our way home around 8pm for her bedtime, is there a good quick, casual place nearby? We're open to all cuisines, but since my sister and BIL are from Detroit, I'd rather not do Middle Eastern.

I've read this post, which may be good for another night when we're not as restricted by schedules: (dining near U of T) -- are any of these conducive to dining with a toddler (18 months) onthe early side?

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  1. Pho Hung on Bloor opposite the ROM. Vietnamese noodle soups.

    1. Toni Bulloni on Cumberland close to Avenue Road does reasonable, casual, flavourful meals and is extremely kid-friendly. Another option is Dynasty, upstairs on Bloor close to Avenue Road. Reasonable well-prepared Chinese food, and they will cystomize things for the little one.

      1. I'm assuming you want to stay within (shortish) walking distance, yes? If so, I second the rec for Pho Hung on Bloor. Another option would be Studio Cafe, the restaurant on the second floor of the Four Seasons Hotel. They have a bunch of high chairs and they're very used to serving families. The food is good - not stellar. If you're able to manage a short drive, Boulevard Cafe on Harbord is great (mentioned in the other thread - Peruvian food, gorgeous patio). Another option would be Terroni at Yonge and Balmoral, casual Italian resto, also very popular with young children at the 5:30/6:00 time. Have fun!

        1. Studio Cafe is a good suggestion. It's basically kitty-corner from the ROM and they have a kids' menu (scroll to the bottom)

          Probably a good idea to make reservations.

          Studio Cafe
          21 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2G1, CA

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          1. re: JamieK

            All of these are great suggestions, thank you! I think because of time constraints, Pho Hung seems like our best bet (I haven't had bun in a while). Boulevard Cafe and Terroni are on my radar for later in the weekend, when we are closer to them.

            We don't have to order special food for my niece (yet!) -- she's a true 'hound who loves baby bok choy and portobello mushrooms. I'd like to think it's her refined upbringing, but it's probably due to her being young and driven by textures at this point :)