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Pride Weekend Dining

Squeakycheese Jul 2, 2009 05:32 PM

With Pride weekend coming up this saturday and sunday, and the main parade on sunday, is there a good restaurant with decent food and a nice patio where we can watch the festivities?


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  1. TorontoJo RE: Squeakycheese Jul 2, 2009 05:39 PM

    Um... Pride parade was this past Sunday (June 28). Pride week is over.

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      Squeakycheese RE: TorontoJo Jul 2, 2009 05:46 PM

      Are you sure? Dammit I was told it was this weekend!

      At least I'll be able to put in an early reservation for next year! :)

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        TorontoJo RE: Squeakycheese Jul 2, 2009 06:36 PM

        Positive! Here you go:


        Sorry! :)

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          Squeakycheese RE: TorontoJo Jul 2, 2009 07:09 PM

          Oh well, better luck next year! Thanks TorontoJo. I was out of the city last weekend, so missed all the fun.

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            xiolablue RE: Squeakycheese Jul 2, 2010 08:17 AM

            reviving this thread for pride 2010-anybody have any suggestions for good eats in and around the village?

            a nice patio and drinks are important but how about place that score marks for good food as well...

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              vidkid RE: xiolablue Jul 2, 2010 09:36 AM

              Went to Fuzion last night. They have a gorgeous patio for dinner and/or drinks. Service leaves a lot to be desired, but the food is not bad. It's not a destination dining experience, but it's one of the best options in the Village.

              Another option is Kaiseki Sakura but no patio. Excellent Japanese food (search the Board for reviews) and extensive sake menu.

              580 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E8, CA

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                jlunar RE: vidkid Jul 2, 2010 10:22 AM

                I had wanted to check out Fuzion (only for their patio) at some point, so it's nice to see someone check-in about that. Thank you!

                580 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E8, CA

    2. CocoaChanel RE: Squeakycheese Jul 2, 2010 10:29 AM

      The parade is this Sunday July 4 at 2pm


      Scroll down to the "community" section. I think they moved it because of G20

      That said, I have no food suggestions for you.

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        abigllama RE: Squeakycheese Jul 2, 2010 11:04 AM

        Fuzion is your best bet on Church for anything other than mediocre to horrible overpriced pub food. But if you really want to eat on Church St. after the parade I'd really suggest you don't wait until the last semi loaded with dancing twinks with squirt guns has passed. Right after the parade Church St. gets mobbed to the point where it's hard to move around on the street. Even harder to get into a venue with food or drink. Good luck!

        580 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E8, CA

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          ingloriouseater RE: abigllama Jul 2, 2010 01:11 PM

          i agree fuzion is one of the better places to eat, north on queen, lola's commissary is fairly solid, wish between yonge and church is a good bet, marriott hotel on bloor as a couple of window tables and hotel food, peridot across the street from the marriott has a great patio at the start of the parade-although i've never eaten there. now magazine has a pride dining section this week that may help. but the reality is that church is filled with mediocre to bad pub grub-which may be enough given the amount of alcohol consumed this weekend. keep in mind everything will be uber busy and seemingling understaffed and tempers will be short, line ups long and waits seemingly forever. happy pride and welcome to the out of towners

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            Herb RE: ingloriouseater Jul 2, 2010 02:31 PM




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              abigllama RE: ingloriouseater Jul 2, 2010 05:46 PM

              I have not since the reopening but have heard excellent things about Wish. Friends mentioned it was way better than before and it got a good write up in NOW. They used to take reservations too. Like ingloriius meantioned it would be an excellent alternative to the overpriced pub stuff on Church. At all costs avoid The Village Rainbow, they can screw up fozen fries there.

              Village Rainbow
              477 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2C6, CA

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            abigllama RE: Squeakycheese Jul 3, 2010 03:59 PM

            Just a chow heads up for street food fans. Susur Lee has a booth set up that's selling his famous slaw and also "cheeseburger spring rolls". The spring roll is $5 and served in a cone with what can be turned into a lettuce wrap with various veggies and was delish. The booth is on the west side of Church just north of Carlton.

            Fans of Poutini's can grab a decent sized poutine for $5 in the same area.

            601 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

            1112 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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