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Aug 19, 2008 12:52 PM

first date on a budget...

I have a first date tonight, and although I'm not opposed to breaking the bank, I found out this morning that I had left my wallet at a friends cottage, and all I can scrounge up is ~$40.

I'm picking her up from work near the CNE and will have a car. I figure Pho on spadina and then moving down towards the lakeshore for a walk would be half decent for what I can afford right now, especially with the weather prediction tonight.

Any other recommendations?
Cheers, and thanks for any input.

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  1. Terroni is a great first date on queen st. Its always busy, so never any really akward silences. You can get a pie for 15bucks.

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    1. re: visualhornet

      Second Terroni, You could also Check out the EX, A nice walk through the EX would be a great first date. Some good food too and you can see if she can handle a jumbo corn dog. lol, sry I know I'm horribly crude. Have fun dude.

    2. RiceBar in Kensington? Pretty patio and nice, fresh food (also, excellent cocktails too, although budget restrictions are noted). Very eco-conscious spot so you may just seem green versus temporarily destitute.

      Although I'm a big fan of pho too (potential date caution: some of the pho joints are not-so atmospheric).

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      1. re: Rabbit

        Nice suggestion, Rabbit. Or somewhere else in Kensington -- a nice wander through the market...The Mexican place? I'm afraid you'd be a bit tight on $40 at Terroni. Dude, scrounge up another $20 from co-workers just to be safe. Another suggestion: Musa on Dundas. Great patio.

        1. re: EarlyDrive

          Mexican place is called El Trompo, on Augusta, and you'd be hard-pressed to spend over 40 without completely overeating.

      2. Mezzetta on St. Clair just east of Christie. Dine there (it's Toonie Tuesday) and then go for a wander past the old TTC car barns that have been all prettied up and through Wychwood park.

        1. It is beautiful weather outdoors. What you planned sounds like fun. Or skip eating indoors altogether. Get a few sandwiches from California sandwiches then eat on the lakeshore, walk and talk.

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          1. re: merlot143

            I second the picnic idea for a first date + budget. It shows you're thoughtful without too much focus on the fact you didn't spend too much. Pho kind of screams "I forgot my wallet" or "I didn't want to spend too much on a first date cuz I'm just not that sure I'm into you...". Plus, all the slurpy noodles are going to make a mess of your date's outfit.
            Another suggestion if you've got time is scramble down to St. Lawrence market before they close. Pick up some fresh bread, olives, cured meats, dips, fresh fruit, etc. for $40 and make it a nice picnic event by the waterfront.
            Good luck

            1. re: BokChoi

              I third the picnic idea. It's definitely more romantic (but not scary/intense romantic) than Pho or Kensington. Plus, if I were you I'd be a bit nervous about going to a restaurant, because even at a relatively cheap one, the bill can add up to $40 awfully quickly once you factor in drinks, tax and tip (what if your date wants to order a second glass of wine and you have to say no?!?).

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