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Please help! Visiting Toronto; where to eat dinner after The Sound of Music?

feuerzeug Oct 19, 2008 11:28 AM

My wife and I are visiting Toronto at Christmastime, and we have tickets for The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre, on King Street West, at John St. Our tickets are for the matinee on December 21st, which is a Sunday. Afterward, we want to go somewhere nearby for dinner, walking distance if possible, but not required.

I have no idea what's in the area. It's a late birthday dinner for her, so it's special, but we will be wearing jeans. We tend to lean away from fancy-schmancy, and toward charming local places. Any type, any ethnicity, as long as it's tasty!

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for your help!

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    Jay98 RE: feuerzeug Oct 19, 2008 05:08 PM

    Here's an abundance of places within the area. Look them up on the Net & see which one suits your fancy:


    1. Wiley RE: feuerzeug Oct 19, 2008 05:31 PM

      There are too many to choose from in that area! The list provided, however, naturally includes some that would not thrill, so if you check them out, I would vet them first with the local Hounds before deciding. Something a little different, that would require a short cab ride to Richmond Street East, is a soul food place harlemrestaurant.com. I've not been there, but it's on my list..

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        idnas RE: feuerzeug Oct 19, 2008 05:53 PM

        A bit more information would help us narrow down your choices.

        I'm not crazy about anything right by the theatre but I had dinner at Kit Kat (Italian) with family when we saw the show and it was better than I recall it being.

        If you're ok with a short walk (or cab or streetcar ride) over to Yonge Street, beerbistro is a great destination for Sunday dinner. They have an eclectic menu with beer used as an ingredient in many of the dishes - including desserts. And they have a great selection of beers including some special occasion ones. If you go there, I recommend a bottle of Deus to make it a special night. Deus is a Belgian beer that's finished in the Champagne region using the same processes used for champagne and the result is a really unusual smooth, almost sweet beer with the tiny bubbles of a champagne. It's about $50 for a 750ml bottle, so on par with a decent wine.

        Take a look at their menu (http://www.beerbistro.com/pdfs/Dinner...) and if it doesn't appeal to you, give us a few more hints about what you have in mind.

        Beer Bistro
        18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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          feuerzeug RE: idnas Oct 21, 2008 10:33 AM

          That menu looks great! That might be the one.

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          torontofoodiegirl RE: feuerzeug Oct 19, 2008 06:10 PM

          Jay98's list does contain a lot of options, but there are a lot you'd want to avoid. Also, some may be closed on Sunday. Some of the better choices that I'm familiar with: Babur (not life-altering, but good Indian), Canoe (fabulous but very expensive and closed on Sunday), Crush wine bar (haven't been but is popular on this board), Thuet (kinda fancy and quite pricey, so maybe not up your alley).

          Not on the list but (more or less) in the hood: Le Select (haven't been, but is meant to be pretty good French bistro food), Nota Bene (also haven't been, but it's on my list as is getting raves on this board), the Queen Mother (but perhaps not special enough for a birthday meal; it's good but not great).

          I also heartily agree with Wiley that Harlem is worth a visit, even though it might require a quick cab ride if it's cold out (it would be about a 20 minute walk). If you're willing to go that far east, you might also consider Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar (about the same distance as Harlem).

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            torontofoodiegirl RE: torontofoodiegirl Oct 19, 2008 06:58 PM

            Another couple of nearby options are Rodney's Oyster House and Brassai. I only mention the latter because other CH'ers seem to like it; I'll personally never go back because I encountered the worst service I've ever had there.

          2. JamieK RE: feuerzeug Oct 19, 2008 06:51 PM

            You'll be smack dab in the Entertainment District, not a hot bed of charming local places. As previous posters have said, you may have to travel to the east or west a bit, by hoof or cab or transit, to find something suitable.

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              feuerzeug RE: feuerzeug Oct 21, 2008 10:37 AM

              We don't mind walking or cabbing. We will have a car, and will park by the theatre, so we can walk from there, or drive, or grab a cab - no problem. Thanks for the help! I'll check out the suggestions and links you provided. How does everyone else feel about Beer Bistro?

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                TorontoJo RE: feuerzeug Oct 21, 2008 10:40 AM

                It's a solid choice and waaay better than anything near the theatre. Enjoy!

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                feuerzeug RE: feuerzeug Oct 21, 2008 10:48 AM

                Had a look at your suggestions in depth, and have narrowed it to Harlem, Beer Bistro, Crush, Babur, Nota Bene, or Kit Kat. I guess it will depend on what the wife feels like having, but I personally am leaning towards Harlem or Beer Bistro.

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                  ndawg RE: feuerzeug Oct 22, 2008 03:01 PM

                  My vote is Beer Bistro over Harlem if you're going make the effort to head outside the theatre district.

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                    feuerzeug RE: ndawg Oct 23, 2008 08:40 PM

                    We're totally fine with leaving the district, as long as we get some tasty food!

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                      Googs RE: feuerzeug Oct 24, 2008 06:40 AM

                      I haven't yet been, but if you're staying in the district the Nota Bene reviews, both by Hounds and critics, have been pretty darn good. Might make for a special BD for the wife taking her to one of the hottest places in town. Now how special would she feel?

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                        Rabbit RE: Googs Oct 24, 2008 07:12 AM

                        Nota Bene would be a great choice, but it's not open Sundays.

                        I second Le Select. Or in the charming, local and open-on-Sunday category you might consider Niagara Street Cafe, The Swan, or Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar.

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