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Oct 9, 2008 04:32 AM


Where is your favorite place to go for great mussels/trites? (for great frites as I like them better than the mussels)?

Also, we will be staying near Queen West....what restaurants would you recommend for dinner? Not looking for chi-chi, but comfortable, relaxed, maybe bistro type place, any type of food except asian.

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  1. On both counts, Brassaii might be a good choice.

    461 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K7, CA

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    1. re: tbonetak

      I've never been, but does the drake fit the bill? I hear good things about certain dishes (e.g. burger). that's for the second request, by the way. I don't eat moules frites too often as I make moules at home pretty regularly.

    2. Had a great Moules-Frites at La Palette in Kensington Market on Sunday, but I'm not sure if it's a regular on their menu. It's a nice, no attitude French bistro though.

      On Queen West, if you're looking for lunch or an early dinner, check out The Prague. ( Awesome, down home eastern european fare. My favourite is the beef in Sauerbraten sauce but the Gypsy Goulash is also pretty awesome. As are the pierogies and Palacinky Florentine.

      1. I'm quite a fan of the mussels and frites at Beerbistro. The Belgian White and Quack Kwak are my favourite. And the fries...oh the fries! Even more delicious when you dip them into the cheese fondue! '-)

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        1. re: pinkprimp

          According to a separate post, the BeerBistro is closed for renovation now. Not sure when the OP is coming to town but may want to keep that in mind.

          1. re: cecilia

            Wait, I'll answer in a moment...have to wipe the drool after reading cecilia's remark about BeerBistro's fries. We will be in Toronto the weekend of 10/18. Think BeerBistro will be open by then?

            1. re: synergy

              They just reopened today (October 9), according to their website!


              1. re: pinkprimp

                The mussels and frites at Starfish are best in the city!! Hands down.

                1. re: millygirl

                  I've read some up/down reviews on this board for Starfish recently, that has made me think twice about it. Millygirl, have you been there, and if so, what are your thoughts about it? (I love fish). Do you have their web site?

                    1. re: synergy

                      Hi Synergy, yes I have been there and have had their mussels and frites - numerous times. Otherwise how could I recommend it? Oh alright, I suppose some folks do do that kind of thing, strangely enough. Anyways I digress. Yes the reviews are inconsistent. And I must admit the service can be sketchy, but for the most part we haven't had a problem and I stand by what I say - their frites especially are awesome!!! Check it out - the place has a nice vibe to it. They also do great daily chowders. I've had a few fish dishes and they were good but we prefer to have some oysters, an appetizer and then either mussels or steak and frites. Steak is excellent also!

                      1. re: millygirl

                        Thanks Millygirl. I will definitely make a reservation there. And thanks for letting me know about the steak since one of our friends does not eat fish, so Starfish will be perfect.

                        And yes, sometimes I read posts from folks that make recommendations about places they've heard good things about without having been there themselves. <shrug> . No insult mean at all to you millygirl.

                        1. re: synergy

                          Hey synergy, I realized after reading your post again that you are visiting T.O. Welcome! I think you'll be happy at Starfish. Like I said, the vibe is really nice and bistro like. So will you have the opportunity to dine anywhere else while you are here? Please keep us posted, and let me know what you think of Starfish. If you can, try and book a window table. It's nice to check out the action on the street and park across the road. Have a great time!

                          1. re: millygirl

                            Millygirl, yes we are visiting next weekend, for a long weekend. I LOVE TO and have been many times. I like it so much I could live in TO (live in NYC). We already have reservations at our favorites: Chiado (for our anniversary dinner), Wai Lah Heen (which I always go to for dim sum when visiting) and JK Wine Bar (I've been once already, husband has been 2-3 times).

                  1. re: pinkprimp

                    Wow, what timing! Looks like a great place to scratch the itch for good pub food that's above the rest.

                    Any suggestions for where else to go for more traditional style mussels'/frites jor Belguim style?

                    1. re: synergy

                      You can also try Le Petit Dejeuner on King near Jarvis. Check their hours though, sometimes they open for dinner, sometimes only until the mid afternoon.

                      1. re: currycue

                        Thanks currycue. Would you have their web site and I can check their menu and hours?

                          1. re: currycue

                            Thanks currycue! Alas, no mussels/frites on their dinner menu :-(

                            1. re: synergy

                              Yeah, sorry, I think it was on their specials menu at the restaurant. They did it with a tomato wine sauce and chorizo to give it some kick. Very good stuff.

                    2. re: pinkprimp

                      I walked by last night and Beer Bistro appear to be back up to shape. The suits were definitely unwinding in there....

                      Their mussels menu is great, they offer something like 8-10 versions if I recall.

                      1. re: aser

                        I just want to put in my vote for Beer Bistro. Awesome.

                        1. re: aser


                          the menu on their web site didn't have the list of mussels at all. Is it a separate menu?

                          1. re: synergy

                            No, it is listed on the dinner menu.

                2. Thanks everyone - you have all been so helpful. Starfish it is - have a reservation. Will report back.

                  1. Another option is Cafe du Lac on Lakeshore W. Tuesday night is mussels and frites night.