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good fancyish lunch place in gay village?

raviravioli Sep 8, 2008 10:58 AM

So I'm new to Toronto and live in the gay village (Wellesley & Church). My parents are visiting and will take me (and several friends) out to brunch/lunch on Sunday for my birthday and I was hoping for some recommendations. I don't really care about what cuisine, I just want a delicious meal at a nice place! Easy walking distance is definitely preferable.

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    raviravioli Sep 17, 2008 06:13 AM

    Thanks everyone for your responses! I ended up going to Wish (I had been to FOTES before and enjoyed it, but wanted somewhere new). I thought the meal was good, and the atmosphere was nice, though I'm not sure what makes it Miami decor.

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      courgette Sep 9, 2008 07:57 AM

      Perhaps this is the subject of another post, but maybe one of the locals on this thread can enlighten me: is Focaccia still there on Hayden and will it be appropriate as a recommendation? I used to work nearby and loved that place.

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        raviravioli Sep 13, 2008 08:02 PM

        Thanks for the recommendation of Focaccia! It's not open on Sundays, but I decided to go there this evening, and it was excellent! The duck was really good. The waiter was a little intense, but it just added to the experience :)

        1. re: raviravioli
          hungry_pangolin Sep 14, 2008 09:00 AM

          Intense... a somewhat portly older man, per chance? I can't recall his name (Frank?), but if it is who I think it is, "intense" is a bit of an understatement. A real character. Great guy.

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            raviravioli Sep 17, 2008 06:11 AM

            I think it is who you think it is, since he fits your description, but he went by Larry when I was there.

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            courgette Sep 14, 2008 10:27 AM

            Glad to hear it's still there and that you enjoyed the food. I must go revisit that old haunt in the near future.

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          artificialard Sep 8, 2008 07:40 PM

          Wish at Charles and Yonge (on the east side) is very nice - they serve a decent brunch amongst a relaxed but cool Miami-minimal decor. Not exactly Chowish but my pick for the area...

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          1. re: artificialard
            danthediner Sep 8, 2008 08:03 PM

            Try Byzantium on Church Street.
            They used to serve brunch, and have great martinis and cocktails! :)

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            gastronom Sep 8, 2008 12:45 PM

            I live in the hood also, brunch and wish and fire on the east for sure are you best bets. If you walk down Gerrard to Parliment you'll open up to a few other choices, but that may be out of walking range.

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              airsey Sep 8, 2008 12:37 PM

              Oh yeah. Don't go to Zeldas!!!!!!

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                airsey Sep 8, 2008 12:37 PM

                Not too many great choices in the village. Fire on the East Side (FOTES) is probably your best best for brunch if you want something within walking distance. Fuzion is better food but it's more of a dinner place. If you want to walk a bit further south King East has a number of good brunch places including Le Petit Dejeuner (might be tough to fit a crowd). Toba is very good for brunch and could accomodate a crowd.

                1. daverblond Sep 8, 2008 12:07 PM

                  Try "Fire on the East Side" at Yonge and Gloucester. The food is usually quite good. It is popular and therefore quite busy. Some of the staff and patrons are also easy on the eyes. If the weather holds out, there is a patio in front. They have a website, too.

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                    downtown Sep 8, 2008 12:00 PM

                    Not sure what your definition of "fancyish" is, but you could try Wish @ Charles & Yonge.

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