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busy Apr 20, 2009 07:19 AM

3 people are meeting for dinner for the first time in a few years. One is at Yonge and Sheppard, another at Yonge & St. Clair and the last will meet them anywhere. For convenience, a good resto near a subway station would be best (two walk with canes). Pleasant atmosphere, reasonable prices. Any ideas??

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    chip RE: busy Apr 20, 2009 07:38 AM

    Zucca is superb food within 100 yards of the Eglinton TTC stop
    Cava is superb food within 100 yards of the St. Clair subway stop

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      phoenikia RE: busy Apr 20, 2009 08:03 AM

      I love Cava's food, and the room's setting is pleasant, but it can become boisterous when the room fills up.

      Didier is another option even closer to Yonge and St. Clair, if you like French food. Didier has a 3 course prix fixe for $58.

      Zucca offers a $25 prix fixe including starter, pasta and dessert from Sunday- Tuesday.

      This thread also might be helpful as it includes restaurants close to the subway stations between St. Clair and Sheppard.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5918...

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      Didier
      1496 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Z6, CA

      Cava
      1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

      Zucca
      2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

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        juno RE: phoenikia Apr 20, 2009 12:54 PM

        Reasonable prices? I don't think either Didier or Cava qualify, though the food is usually quite good if you're willing to pay the pop. Zucca is the best bet listed so far, especially if you go for the aforementioned prix fixe. A la carte prices, though, have risen starrtlingly the past few years. And it's only 100 yards from the Eglinton subway stop if you know where to exit. Otherwise, it's almost two blocks south from the main exit at Yonge and Eglinton.

        In the absence of more detailed information, I'm assuming this is an older trio getting together as much for the company and the good talk as they are for the food. In which case, let me add three more choices in case Zucca's modern take on Italian cuisine doesn't appeal. There's Quince, another block south of Zucca on the west side of Yonge Street. The well-executed and varied menu is attractively priced, the wines not so much. Then there's the Miller Tavern, which has been slagged a bit on this board, sometimes by me. It's on the east side of Yonge Street two blocks south of the York Mills subway station (slightly less if you can arrange to get out at the little-used southern exit). If pleasant atmosphere is most important, this joint is worth consideration. A spacious dining room, with large tables, some with views of the nearby park - though I prefer the comfortable booths in the main part of the room. However, be aware that you'll have to ascend a flight of stairs to get to the dining area. As for the food, well, it's neither bad nor terrific, just good ingredients prepared acceptably - and, in my view, much of it overpriced by about 20%. Still, the fish is usually good, the steaks even better - and many of the locals drop in and make do with two appetizers for dinner. Even better if you can do it on Monday evening, when corkage on bring-your-own wine is $1 a bottle. But the room is seductively pleasant and the service is good, if somewhat unpolished.

        I'm not aware of anything of consequence near the Sheppard subway stop, and at Lawrence I'd probably go for Trio, on the east side of Yonge three short blocks north of the main subway exit (though less than that if you can figure out to use the most northerly exit). Good Neapolitan-style pizzas, nice pastas, well-executed salads, decent house wines ($20 a half litre), though not as ambitious a menu as Zucca. With house wine, I'm guessing the three of you could get out of Trio for about $100, all in, assuming you go for the pizzas and salads.

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        phoenikia RE: busy Apr 20, 2009 01:44 PM

        Maybe the original poster can quantify reasonable prices with a price range?

        Didier's prices are reasonable considering the food delivered, ingredients used, and skill set in the kitchen. The prices might not be economical, but they are not unreasonable.

        I found the prices at Cava to be fair for the food we received. I realize that some CHs find Cava to be overpriced.

        I'd consider the Miller Tavern to be the biggest rip-off in the city. I don't consider the Miller to be reasonable considering the food they are serving, but chacun son gout.

        Gamberoni is another option at Yonge and Lawrence for economical to moderately priced Italian (pastas under $20, meats under $30), and Coquine is a moderately priced French option near Yonge and Eg, with most items under $30.

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        Coquine
        2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

        Gamberoni
        3238 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

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          wontonfm RE: phoenikia Apr 20, 2009 05:27 PM

          While I LOVE Coquine it's not the greatest for conversation as it does tend to get very loud. Not entirely uncomfortably loud but makes conversation strained at times.

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          http://whatsonmyplate.wordpress.com

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            JamieK RE: wontonfm Apr 20, 2009 05:34 PM

            agree, Coquine gets loud especially as the night progresses. However, earlier in the evening it's quite fine and if OP's crew is older, perhaps preferable to be early.

            However, I think Didier might be a good option as per phoenikia's suggestion.
            http://www.restaurantdidier.com/site/...

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