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Lunch This Friday Downtown Suggestions?

Janine Sep 15, 2008 05:41 PM

I'm looking for some suggestions on a place that's isn't too expensive but is really nice for lunch. I was thinking of Nota Bene (mains 17-25 at lunch) but my hubby doesn't eat meat (just seafood) and it didn't look like there was a lot on their menu for him to choose from. Any suggestions? Thanks

  1. Otonabee Sep 23, 2008 06:04 PM

    My current fav is Great Cooks on Eight upstairs in the Bay. Call and ask to see the menu though, I recall there being at least a few veggie dishes. The place is really lovely and the food is excellent. A great selection of teas and even french press coffee!

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        cherrypicker1972 Sep 16, 2008 09:55 AM

        I was going to suggest Mercatto too. Just make sure you beat the noon hour rush. 10 min before 12pm should do it...

        Here's the lunch menu:


        15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

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          miranda Sep 16, 2008 09:47 AM

          Osgoode Hall...at Queen and University has great food in an amazing panelled dining room....Miranda

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          1. re: miranda
            redleaf55 Sep 23, 2008 09:10 AM

            Second this - and there's usually a salmon main for lunch on Fridays. (full disclosure - I work in the building but not in the Restaurant)

            1. re: miranda
              escoffier Sep 23, 2008 01:05 PM

              Third it. A stellar kitchen, ultra-professional servers, a deadly and affordable wine list, all surrounded my a nice woody opulence. What more could you ask for? And hey, the Hyatt is just across the street should you decide to take the rest of the day off...

            2. JamieK Sep 15, 2008 07:04 PM

              Gallery Grill is nice but not too expensive (relatively), with some good seafood offerings -

              Gallery Grill
              7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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              1. re: JamieK
                sloweater Sep 16, 2008 08:55 AM

                Had the king mackerel, it was delicious.

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                canadianbeaver Sep 15, 2008 06:39 PM

                Where downtown? Mercatto maybe?

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