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Jun 27, 2009 09:53 AM

Looking to take some friends out (in etobicoke)

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I'm looking to take out a couple friends of mine for helping me with some stuff around the house. They enjoy most types of food but I fear are becoming too accustomed to simply going to milestones, the keg, etc. I am looking to take them someplace unique (i.e. apache burger before the quality kind of slipped, a small but quality pizza place, good bbq, etc.). My upper limit on price is $60pp including alcohol, any advice would be appreciated.


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  1. I think that one of Toronto's better Greek restaurants is Just Greek, on Bloor just east of Royal York. It's standard Greek fare, but nicely done.

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    1. re: OTFOODIE

      I love greek food... i wonder if they do take-out

      1. re: duckdown

        They do takeout. They make a very good gyro and they make homemade loukanikos.

      2. re: OTFOODIE

        Thanks for the suggestion! Greek does sound like a good idea.

      3. Royal BBQ on islington is good as long as they don't mess up your order. If you are willing to venture into misssissauga try out Pho 88 for pho and grilled pork and vermicelli. It is in the chinatown mall on dundas, west of dixie. Also Freshwood grill on lakeshore has great BBQ chicken and other organic meats.

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        1. re: noodlehead

          never tried freshwood grill... its good you say?

        2. What about that Royal Meat barbecue place on Kipling north of the Queensway? Haven't been there but I've seen it mentioned favourably on the board. Not licensed though, as far as I can tell.

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          1. re: JamieK

            nothing special about that place

            the "gimmick" of picking your raw meat before they grill it has worn off as their prices continue to climb even higher than they once were

            a $12 chicken sandwich is a little extreme for me considering its just one piece of chicken on a bun with lettuce

            1. re: duckdown

              what exactly have you had there besides the chicken sandwich? i know that there is obviously the novelty of picking your own meat, but the real strength is a properly grilled patty that is spiced a la a cevapi or a nice tasty lepina with kajmak. and you can't argue that they don't offer excellent (though expensive) sides with nice thick cut crispy fries and fresh salads.

              i think that they are a great take on fast food outlets, though a little reminiscent of harvey's with the toppings piled on in front of you. they have some unique products, a clean and nicely designed interior, and cannot be trumped on freshness.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                actually the 'strengths' you mentioned there are one of the things i hate most about the place.

                the 'hamburger' there is made from veal and pork. where is the beef? it's like eating a sausage rather than a hamburger. and i'm not a big fan of veal. so the chicken sandwich is about one of the only appealing things i'd order there. maybe the steak sandwich also.

                and the fries are definitely frozen ones as far as I've ever had... never had fresh cut fries there

                to each their own i guess :)

                1. re: duckdown

                  As long as you know it's a veal and pork burger, it doesn't really matter where the beef is, right?

                  1. re: duckdown

                    didn't say fresh cut, just said thick cut.... even if frozen i find a well cooked fry is still tasty.

                    i'm just not sure what it is that you expected from this place. they're serving yugo meats and sandwiches... just because they don't have a breadth of american offerings side by side to it shouldn't be a deterrent unless you specifically don't like yugo food. it is a unique place and i guess that's what i feel makes it "special". i certainly wouldn't send anyone there without that caveat.

                    you don't like what they do, that's fine... but i think it needs to be clear that this is a yugo grilled fast food stop not an american burger joint and its merits should be based on that.

                    1. re: pinstripeprincess

                      serbian, isn't it?


                      hey if you like it thats fine.. i'm just not a fan of most of the stuff they're making


                      1. re: pinstripeprincess

                        It's very overpriced.
                        Also, they never give you the portion size you order.
                        That's why i don't frequent even though the chevaps (sp?) are pretty yummy...

                          1. re: dannyboy

                            it's expensive, i didn't say it wasn't. but it's very good quality and i've never had an issue with not getting what i ordered.

                        1. re: duckdown

                          i agree, its like going to ghandi, ordering a chicken roti and it being butter chicken. im not a big fan of butter chicken. so i order the sagg paneer.

                          to each their own i guess :)


                  2. My suggestion is Kalamata Restaurant on Lakeshore, south side, between Browns Line & Kipling. It's greek food, but I would consider it more upscale than Just Greek, yet in the same price range. The location was completely gutted and redone, and they have an outdor patio as well. As it is fairly new, it's still quiet, service is excellent, and the food is outstanding. They have a great (and reasonable) brunch on the weekend, as well. The website above has a coupon for a free dip & grilled pita.

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                    1. re: Katzen

                      I second Kalamata. The service was lovely, friendly and fast. I particularly recommend the avgolomeno soup.

                      We've also been there for a very nice brunch - the fruit that came along with both orders was some of the freshest, most perfectly ripe I've ever had at a brunch place.

                    2. I am kind of surprised by some of the answers on here, most didn't seem to be anything unique and given the upper limit for the per person price not very special.

                      My suggestion would be Cafe Du Lac in Mimico . It is a Quebec restaurant with excellent food at very reasonable prices, mains range between $15-$30.

                      I have also been to Kalamata and thought it was good, with excellent service, but not really unique.

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                      1. re: camp1980

                        The owners and staff of Cafe Du Lac are lovely, amazingly friendly people and the food can be very good, but every time I have visited there has been some sort of issue. Dirty wine glasses (2x), closed at 8 because the staff wanted to go home, run out of more than one of the usual menu dishes... I also find the space much too small for the musical performances they often have. In that kind of restaurant, I want to be able to enjoy both my meal and conversation.
                        I really, really want to like this place, but after almost a year now they should have worked out the bugs.