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Apr 12, 2009 08:36 AM

Toronto Vacation Recommendations Needed

Toronto Vacation Recommendations
We will be doing a familiy trip to Toronto for 8 days in early June. We have two kids, 7 and 6, and we eat everything and we can do any price.. The kids are good in any kind of restaurant. Anything unusual, specific to the area, or ethnic is a plus but great food is a must. I have combed the board and found to many places mentined. Some of the places that sound interesting include:
Colborne Lane
Black Hoof Charcuterie
Caplansky at the Monarch

Need recommendations for lunch in chinatown and nights to include the Distillery district and Little Italy and lunches anywhere else. Thanks in advance!!!

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  1. Caplansky is in Little Italy.

    Where will you and your family be staying, and what mode of transportation?

    1. Where are you coming from? Will help us to determine what would be a good contrast and appealing to you...

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      1. re: Teffub

        Using my Holmesian powers of deduction, I'd say Raboi & family are coming from Florida, specifically Fort Lauderadale or vicinity.

      2. Since you have a couple of young kids, how about an ice cream tour of Toronto with an emphasis on the multicultural nature of the city?

        Traditional style - but not so traditional flavours - can be had at Ed's Real Scoop in the Beach (and now in Leslievile, too) and Greg's at Bloor & Spadina. Wonderful stuff; I'm especially fond of Greg's burnt marshmallow flavour.

        Moving on to Italian influences, there are plenty of great gelato places in Toronto. Two of my favourites are Hollywood Gelato on Bayview (a kind of yuppified neighbourhood with lots of other interesting restaurants of all kinds nearby) and La Paloma at St. Clair W & Lansdowne. La Paloma is a traditional Italian place in a very Italian neighbourhood, and is right around the corner from a great small restaurant, The Big Ragu (we go to TBR for dinner and LP for dessert). Of course, there are several other good Italian restaurants in the area.

        Next up is kulfi from Little India, which is a little denser than regular ice cream. There's not a single place I recommend. Instead, take a stroll along Gerrard East, between Coxwell and Hiawatha and have a look around. You'll find people selling all kinds of street food (try the spiced, grilled corn-on-the-cob, and make sure they rub it with lime for you), and several vendors keep a freezer full of kulfi. Pistachio and mango are probably the most common flavours. For a sit-down meal in the area, I like Udupi Palace (vegetarian, try the masala dhosa) and Siddhartha (a really good buffet these days). Again, there are other good choices.

        I'm sure I've missed other places and cultures, but I think this is a good start.

        Some links....

        Big Ragu:
        La Paloma:
        Udupi Palace:

        Hope you enjoy your stay!

        1. As a kid, I loved going to the Spaghetti Factory.

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          1. re: hippotatomus

            I think the OP mentioned that the kids have some degree of sophisitication. The Old Spaghetti Factory might work for someone coming to a city for the first time who has never eaten in a restaurant, but for anyone else, I wouldn't recommend it.

            By Caplansky's being in a tavern, does that preclude children? Not sure what the current rules are.

            1. re: Snarf

              In one of the other threads on Caplansky's, someone mentioned they saw families in there with children.

              1. re: JamieK

                I see kids there all the time. During the day, though.

              2. re: Snarf

                Children are welcome - we even have a kid-seat

              3. re: hippotatomus

                DO NOT GO TO THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY. it's a cute tourist trap. The pasta is overcooked, crap.

                1. re: hungreez

                  Is it cute, really? I wouldn't even give it that.

              4. Lunch in Chinatown Asian Legend on Dundas just West of Beverley St...Miranda