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Dec 29, 2008 06:40 AM

Help me help my parents!

Hi all,

My parents will once again be in town for their anniversary, and I am yet again in charge of their anniversary plans (which is on Valentines Day - I'm sure that seemed like a good idea at the time.)

Here are the parameters: they are pescetarian, but my mom will only eat shrimp, salmon, and some white fish (no shellfish, but not an allergy). They're fairly prairie frugal (i.e. sticker shock will mean that they will not enjoy the meal, even if I paid), so I'd like to keep mains in the $20 range, nothing hitting $30. Has to be centrally located. I sent them to Zee Grill last year, and that was not a hit (too "ususual", too far).

Any ideas? I'm stumped - my favourite places are either far too meat based, or too expensive, or too "unusual".

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  1. What about Grazie at Yonge & Eglinton?

    1. Quince on Yonge/Eglinton. Whatever you choose, make sure you secure a reservation well in advance because Valentine's day is going to be busy. Terroni on Queen West is another decent inexpensive choice but, like Grazie, they don't accept reservations which could mean a long wait unless you go early.

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      1. re: syoung

        Not sure what you mean by centrally located - midtown, but not as far east as Zee Grill?

        Like the poster above, I was also going to suggest Quince (great food, lovely atmosphere and the right price point) but the fish/veg options on the menu are relatively limited. I think there would definitely be something for your parents to eat, but they wouldn't have a tonne of options.

        I think Italian could be a good option, as there are usually a lot of good veg and fish options. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Grazie (as suggested by another poster), especially for an anniversary dinner (too busy/noisy/tables too close together). What about Zucca? It's fabulous and is pretty universally loved on this board (though a few of the mains are probably outside your $30 price limit). In the same neighbourhood is Vittorio's, which I've always enjoyed and is definitely at the right price point and has lots of fish/seafood options.

        1. re: torontofoodiegirl

          Sorry, I can see how my post was a bit confusing... by central I meant downtown-ish. These are all great suggestions, though, since the real problem was that they couldn't TTC to Zee Grill. I've been to Zucca a few times, that's a definite possibility, and Quince sounds great. Thanks everyone!

      2. How about Le Paradis? There is a good choice of fish on the menu.

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          good call.

          what about Oyster Boy on Queen West, or is your dad a carnivore?

        2. Adega on Elm has quite a few seafood items on the menu under the $30 mark and TTC accessible -

          Le Select also has seafood entrees under $30 but a bit west of the subway line, still reachable by streetcar. -