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Haven't been around much this year. so here is my sole submission

Bistro Camino, Danforth west of Dawes, free parking in stree east of Canadian Tire.on south side. O/O Chef Hiro-san, ex Upper Canada Law Society (Osgoode hall), ex York Club. Trained as a French chef. Only reason he is in this location is that he owns the building- he opened in preparation of the recession.

Delicious and cheap lunches,$8.00 to $11.00 soup and plate. Fish particulalrly recommended. Dinner equally good and very reasonable, but I don't like the brown sauce meat dishes. Try something other than, say rack of lamb, that is to say try something other than something expensive at a price this low .For desserts try the icecream with basalmic sauce, tempura icecream, trifle, bon-bon assortment, all very good.
Cheesecake a bore.

Have a very good, nice meal without taking out a second mortgage, and without wearing a helmet to deflect √°ttittude".
VVM

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  1. Not really "finds" but a couple of favourites that I tried for the first time this year based on comments on the board were Weezie's and Carens Wine & Cheese Bar.

    The food at Weezie's was delicious, the service friendly and unpretentious and the atmosphere wonderful. Carens likewise, even though it's in snobby Yorkville.

    Hoping to add Camino's to the list before the year is done, as I may be going there in the next week or so, as per Apple's suggestion in another thread. Thanks for the menu suggestions.

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    Weezie's
    354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

    Carens
    158 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A8, CA

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    1. re: JamieK

      Hey Jamie!

      I'm going on a date soon and I'm deciding between these two restaurants, I love Weezie's but I've never been to Caren's. Any advice?

      1. re: cabernet05

        I wouldn't consider Carens a date destination. It's quite small and gets noisy when full. It the kind of place where small flocks of ebullient women alight for wine and cheese platters before, during after shopping. The bar (and bartender) is cool, and they make a mean martini. And the cheese offerings are brilliant. I haven't been later in the evening so possibly more suitable for a date then.

        I'd say Weezie's is more suitable for a date dinner. Especially if you can score the table googs has identified as most romantic - southeast corner.

        edited - mind you, Weezie's can get noisy too.

        1. re: JamieK

          Thanks for the reply Jamie, I'm interested in finding a place that serves similar fare to Caren's for my night out. Any ideas? Thanks

          1. re: cabernet05

            Black Hoof on Dundas has charcuterie and cheese plates. Fancy cocktails, too. Candlelit, small, but they don't take reservations. Worth the hassle IMHO.

    2. Dim Sum at 'Yang's Cuisine', Richmond Hill. A stand out amongst the myriad of mediocre Cantonese restaurants in the area.

      1. Wow, of the year? Well, thanks to CH:

        Caplansky's, Blue Danube (in Scarborough) Manic Coffee, Bulldog Cafe off the top of my head.