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restaurant picks for brunch with someone you don't know well- danforth

nummanumma Apr 4, 2009 10:16 AM

Now this is interesting to me- perhaps you will think so too.
An old friend from university days (I'm now 33)- asked if we could connect (haven't seen him in years, don't know how he lives) so that he could speak to my husband about my husband's move from the front to the back-of-the-house, the friend may be interested in doing the same.
I said 'sure' and we decided to get together this Sunday for brunch. I suggested Globe as they live on the Danforth. He wrote back saying that was a 'bit rich for their blood' and perhaps something like Christina's would be good?
My question is two-fold:

1) Did I err in suggesting Globe? Do I now look like a jerk to this guy? How would you handle a similar situation?

2) What is Christina's? Obviously, I'll eat at Wendy's if it is necessary, but I always try to make eating out as good an experience as possible. Anyone have good suggestions for reasonable prices?

  1. sloweater Apr 4, 2009 10:30 AM

    Globe's brunch prices are pretty comparable to anything else that's out there, so I don't think you committed any major faux pas by suggesting it.

    Maybe it's the setting is too opulent for your friends. You may want to try the Old Nick, Il Fornello or Mocha Mocha instead. I haven't been to Christina's so I can't comment, but it's pretty typical of the Greek restaurants on the strip.

    1. Full tummy Apr 4, 2009 10:31 AM

      I don't think you erred. If you erred, then he did even moreso, with a response like that...

      To compare the two, you can visit their websites:
      http://www.christinas.ca/menu.php
      http://www.globebistro.com/eat/brunch/tabid/4914/Default.aspx

      Some people don't really see the difference between a Globe brunch or a Christina's brunch, except the cost. But, without any knowledge of this fellow's tastes, habits, income, you're not to know what to suggest...

      Christina's used to (and may still) be mediocre Greek food that draws people in with a (reputedly) casual/fun atmosphere and belly dancing on weekends. You should survive brunch there. But, please let the rest of us brunch-goers know the result!

      I notice Toronto Life has a review for Christina's, but I can't find any stars to go along with it, which maybe means it's good enough to review, but that's it?

      http://www.torontolife.com/guide/rest...

      1. haggisdragon Apr 4, 2009 10:33 AM

        1) He's a guy, speaking as a fellow guy, I would say he was not offended, he simply considered your suggestion, decided it was a bit rich for his blood, and made a counter suggestion. End of story. His wife/girlfriend may think that your a jerk though. ;)

        2) Never been, but out of courtesy I would accept his suggestion. If he wants to be a cook, hopefully he has decent taste, and he will no doubt be proud of his suggestion if everyone enjoys.

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        1. re: haggisdragon
          nummanumma Apr 4, 2009 10:49 AM

          oh no haggis- that's the thing I fear the most. I'd really like to win her over- I suspect she may have heard a tale or two about my younger-day dealings with said friend- ack! wish me luck.

          1. re: nummanumma
            haggisdragon Apr 4, 2009 11:22 AM

            oops, thats a whole other kettle of fish! Sorry for adding fuel to you r fears. Goodluck!

            1. re: nummanumma
              Googs Apr 9, 2009 05:54 AM

              I'm with haggis on this one. You simply suggested a place you know and like. What were you supposed to do? Your friend responded reasonably. So far so good.

              If you're worried about the wife, then I suggest you NOT offer to pick up the tab and don't order lavishly. Doing either would be like pulling up to the resto in an R8. After that just be yourself.

              Whatever your past relationship with this man, you're helping an old friend. At the end of the day your friend AND his spouse benefit. If she isn't cool with that, she just isn't cool.

          2. m
            mikefly Apr 4, 2009 10:42 AM

            Well, as a newbie to the board and as someone not known for my superb etiquette, here's my take.

            Globe's website looks like they are in fact quite pricey - $6 OJ? .. $14 eggs.. $10 bread basket.. and perhaps your old friend is anticipating treating you as it's at his request to pick your husbands brain... $100+ for breakfast (at a minimum) is indeed pretty pricey.

            I don't think you've committed a faux-pas - unless you know their finances are low - which, if you haven't seen him in years is unlikely.

            From their website, Christina's seems like an inexpensive diner - nothing over $7.

            click or paste this and see what's been said on the board in the past about brunch on the danforth.

            http://search.chow.com/search?query=b...

            1. z
              Zengarden Apr 8, 2009 05:00 PM

              If you're looking for an inexpensive breakfast spot, how about the New York Cafe at Broadview and Danforth?

              And if you want a brunch spot that is a bit nicer, go with Three's Company.

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              1. re: Zengarden
                m
                millygirl Apr 9, 2009 04:21 AM

                Okay, I love bacon, eggs, etc. and will pretty much eat them anywhere. But we tried Christina's a few months ago and we're pretty disappointed. I suppose, though, more in the place than the food itself. The walls were just plain filthy, and I find that really upsetting. The food was your typical pancakes dusted with icing sugar and garnished with some crappy strawberry slice. Pretty uninspiring. I agree though in that you don't have much of a choice at this point. Just don't expect a memorable dining experience.

                and p.s. I don't think you did anything wrong whatsoever.

              2. p
                Pincus Apr 9, 2009 07:10 AM

                I wouldn't worry about his response too much.

                Seconding The Old Nick for brunch, it's a pub brunch, but their offerings are done competently and service is always good there.

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