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synergy 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.

  1. tbonetak Oct 9, 2008 05:15 AM

    On both counts, Brassaii might be a good choice.

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

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      grandgourmand Oct 9, 2008 05:22 AM

      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.

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      currycue Oct 9, 2008 08:29 AM

      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. (www.theprague.ca) 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. pinkprimp Oct 9, 2008 09:54 AM

        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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          cecilia Oct 9, 2008 03:09 PM

          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.

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            synergy Oct 9, 2008 03:27 PM

            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?

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              pinkprimp Oct 9, 2008 03:30 PM

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

              www.beerbistro.com

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                millygirl Oct 9, 2008 03:57 PM

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

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                  synergy Oct 10, 2008 10:50 AM

                  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?

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                    JamieK Oct 10, 2008 11:08 AM

                    http://www.chow.com/places/9354

                    http://www.starfishoysterbed.com

                    I would have linked to the place link above if I could.

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                      synergy Oct 10, 2008 11:09 AM

                      Thanks so much JamieK!

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                      millygirl Oct 10, 2008 04:40 PM

                      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!

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                        synergy Oct 11, 2008 09:42 AM

                        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.

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                          millygirl Oct 11, 2008 10:37 AM

                          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!

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                            synergy Oct 12, 2008 10:11 AM

                            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).

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                    synergy Oct 9, 2008 03:59 PM

                    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?

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                      currycue Oct 10, 2008 08:18 AM

                      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.

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                        synergy Oct 10, 2008 10:51 AM

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

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                          currycue Oct 10, 2008 10:58 AM

                          No worries. It's www.lapalette.ca

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                            synergy Oct 10, 2008 11:13 AM

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

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                              currycue Oct 27, 2008 08:50 AM

                              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.

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                      aser Oct 10, 2008 11:58 AM

                      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.

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                        cherrypicker1972 Oct 10, 2008 12:14 PM

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

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                          synergy Oct 11, 2008 09:43 AM

                          Wow!....

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

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                            pinkprimp Oct 11, 2008 12:26 PM

                            No, it is listed on the dinner menu.

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                  synergy Oct 15, 2008 04:19 AM

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

                  1. Davedigger Oct 27, 2008 12:42 PM

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

                    1. Finnegan Oct 27, 2008 02:23 PM

                      http://www.cafebrussel.com/ga3.htm

                      Cafe Brussels near broadview and danforth is pretty good...I'm partial to the Moules au Noilly Prat

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                        JamieK Oct 27, 2008 02:36 PM

                        Sadly, Cafe Brussels closed a few years ago. Globe Bistro is in that spot now.

                        Why their website is still accessible is a mystery.

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                          Finnegan Oct 28, 2008 06:25 AM

                          I used to like their sunday brunch...great chocolate waffles. Sad to here's it's gone

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                        synergy Oct 28, 2008 10:46 AM

                        Thanks again to everyone. We ended up at Starfish. I did have the mussels & frites there. Mussels were ok, but the frites were fantastic!!! Loved the rosemary with them. Service was very good. We went on a Monday night and the bar was hopping with folks eating oysters. One person with us doesn't eat fish at all and there was only 1 non-fish item on the menu. Husband had halibut which was very good. Thanks again to everyone for your recommendations with my original post.

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