we are visiting the Toronto area and will be spending one evening each in Toronto, Peterborough, Lindsay, Coburg and Belleville. We have many suggestions for Toronto but would appreciate advice for the other cities.
Most popular place is -The Oasis
for good pub food - The Cat & Fiddle
for nothing fancy just real good food - The Buttermilk Cafe
For just a little higher end - The North Side Grill
All are within a one block area of downtown and all have stood the test of time, you shouldn't be disappointed with anyone of them
I'll give a hearty 2nd for Oasis. It's a pretty fun place. You can dine in the back or hang in the pub in the front and shoot oysters. Two rooms in one place with enough space between that you can feel the transition.
Just a wee north of there in Gore's Landing on Rice Lake is also the fine Victoria Inn. Lovely room, upscale country cuisine. A great place for a date.
For Peterborough rec's, you can look up Kawarthagirl on this website or you can go directly to hers. She has fantastic taste, so you can put your trust there.
Thanks for the kudos Googs!
For Peterborough - I would recommend anyone on my site AND I would go beyond to recommend Splice - on George street... They do a wicked martini and small plates, for fun sharing...
We really enjoy Cassis Bistro in Lakefield (excellent Steak Roquefort) so you could visit their Peterborough restaurant, Cassis 211 (on my site), which we haven't tried but have heard it's pretty good.
If you like steak: Rare Grill - make reservations though. It's not big and it's pretty popular.
38 Degrees changed hands last year and I haven't been since so I can't say how it's doing but it used to be considered mid-range... Not quite upscale but not totally casual either... It's on Water Street.
I was part of a party of 6 last night at Rare. Everyone loved their meals. We had the Caesar salad, Niagara prosciutto and the ribs to start. We sampled each one of the entrees. Same for the desserts. This place is a great find in the Kawartha's. This was our second visit and would definitely go back.