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The $100 Toronto Dinner

Tabinet Nov 8, 2008 11:58 AM

I won a sales contest @ work and was given a prize of $100 in cold, hard cash. It was supposed to be a gift certificate to a certain steakhouse, but I'm 90% vegetarian [the 10% eats fish], so that didn't work. But I would still like to spend the money on dinner tonight

The details:
- no Thai or Greek food
- something pescatarian friendly
- close to a subway [the weather stinks out there]
- $100 doesn't have to include wine as we don't drink it - we do drink other alcohol
- I just got back from Montreal, so nothing Montreal-ish

I know it's late notice...but I know Chowhound is full of suggestions @ all hours of the day!

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    Tabinet Nov 8, 2008 02:38 PM

    Okay so we have decided on Beer Bistro. We have only been there once, about a year and a half ago - but enjoyed it [my partner grew up in Brussels and approved the beer and mussels]. I am feeling up for mussels - he is not.

    Can anyone provide any recommendations for their menu? I know he would eat anything on their current menu [no restrictions or preferences really] - but I'm wondering if there is something especially good?

    2 Replies
    1. re: Tabinet
      dlw88 Nov 8, 2008 02:41 PM

      Don't know if it's still on the menu, but don't be tempted by the lobster quesadilla!

      1. re: Tabinet
        Bueno Nov 8, 2008 02:44 PM

        I recommend the Steak Tartare and Onion and Ale Soup as starters, and enjoyed their Steak Frites and Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop as far as mains are concerned.

      2. robgm Nov 8, 2008 02:14 PM


        1. Rabbit Nov 8, 2008 02:08 PM

          This sounds like a job for Googs' "subway dash and dine" thread!! -


          1. JamieK Nov 8, 2008 01:39 PM

            Is the $ supposed to cover "we", as in two of you? Any particular part of town?

            The Globe Bistro is around the corner from Broadview station and doable on a $100 for two without wine. Also has several seafood choices. -

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            1. re: JamieK
              Tabinet Nov 8, 2008 01:50 PM

              Yes, "we" should cover me and my partner. We are located by Lansdowne subway station, but are willing to travel by subway. Normally other forms of TTC or a hearty walk would be okay too, but the weather is a bit unpleasant.

              I guess we are somewhat looking for some warm, comforting food and drink!

              1. re: Tabinet
                JamieK Nov 8, 2008 02:11 PM

                In that case you might consider going the other direction to Royal York station for Cru or Merlot -

                For comfort food - Queen's Pasta, a block or so west of Runnymede station -

                seafood choices on offer at all the above.

            2. Rabbit Nov 8, 2008 12:47 PM

              I immediately thought Starfish or Rodney's... although either will require a bit of a schlep from a train station.

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