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This time it's my birthday

I just can't make up my mind on where to go. We're open to all cuisine at any price. The only must's are a comfortable environment, though it needn't be posh and a good selection of wine by the glass and bottle. Borders would be Eglinton-Queen's Quay, Bayview/Broadview-Ossington. Bonus points for places where they treat their patrons AND their staff well. Extra bonus points for great restaurants that may be hurting due to the economy and could use a few extra diners.

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  1. Have you been to the Black Hoof?

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      1. I hear Debu's needs a lift up and is pretty stellar!

        1. I nominate Niagara St Cafe, as long as it's not a Saturday night (can get loud in that small room). Great atmosphere, very knowledgable staff, great food (you must like meat though, not much point going otherwise). Wine list is not available online but I know from past visits that it's always been interesting. Never had anything but an exceptional meal there.

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          Niagara Street Cafe
          169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V1C9, CA

          1. Michael's on Yonge. Haven't been but it's on my list to try after hearing about from a few people I trust. Don't know how staff are treated but I have the impression they could use a few extra diners.
            http://michaelsonyonge.com/

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            Michael's on Yonge
            2411 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

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            1. re: JamieK

              Delicious bouillabaisse at Michael's! Extremely good service, owners are former staffers from Prego Della Piazza.

              I agree that Debu's pretty special. You might also think of Frida, on Eglinton west of Avenue.