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Dinner near AMC Theatre at Dundas Square

jrabbit2727 Jul 9, 2009 10:31 AM


Going to see a movie on sat night and don't want to have to park twice. Is there anywhere decent to eat close by? Milestones, which is in the same building is really pretty dreadful.

Only caveat I have is that I'm a veggie that doesn't eat meat, eggs or dairy. Fish and seafood are fine.

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  1. Rabbit RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 9, 2009 10:39 AM

    There's the new Queen and Beaver pub on Elm... it's by the Crush Wine Bar guy and it's getting quite decent reviews. Although I haven't visited yet so I can't really comment on how suited it may be to accommodate your dietary restrictions (pub food does tend to be meat-centric).

    1. aser RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 9, 2009 10:44 AM

      No offense, but you should just refer to yourself as a pescatarian then.

      When people say they're vegetarian but still eat seafood, it creates a lot of confusion.

      If you're willing to walk for 10 mins, you can hit up Beer Bistro at King & Yonge. They have a great selection of mussels.

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        dubchild RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 9, 2009 11:23 AM

        Bangkok Gardens and Salad King are both Thai places in the area. I'm sure there are posts which debate their merits. The Queen and Beaver has fish and chips, I don't know if you eat battered fish.

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          jrabbit2727 RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 9, 2009 01:12 PM

          Hadn't thought of Elm street...has anyone been to Le Commensal? It is any good

          And Aser - actually I'm not a pescatarian as they still eat dairy and eggs - see Wiki definition:

          Pescetarianism is the practice of a diet that includes seafood and excludes mammals and birds. In addition to fish or shellfish, a pescetarian diet typically includes some or all of vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, beans, eggs, and dairy.

          I'm really a vegan that eats fish and seafood if you want to put a correct lable on it. I find that it is always better to spell it out so as not to confuse people.

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            Rabbit RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 9, 2009 06:22 PM

            OK - I probably shouldn't step into this fray, but I thought vegans did not consume animal products... so eating fish (they're animals, right!!) would be verboten.

            Japango is in that nabe, correct... if you're cool eating fish then this might give you another reputable option in the area.

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              Teep RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 10, 2009 11:52 AM

              Commensal is a paid-by-weight buffet. Although they have a lot of choices and some do taste good, the food may not be the freshest. My friend with a sensitive stomach suffered both times we went, so it's off our list now.

              And actually by calling yourself vegan or vegetarian and say you eat fish you're already confusing people :-)

              Edit: how about saying your diet is vegan plus seafood, that's clearer I think.

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                piccola RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 12, 2009 06:11 PM

                I love Le Commensal, but it's really expensive.

              2. Googs RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 10, 2009 10:03 AM

                I actively update resto's near the Eaton Centre since it so often comes in handy. I highly recommend the Seafood Jambalaya at Harlem. They don't serve any real wine there, but the place is so good I break my must-have-good-wine-list rule for them.

                Being pescetarian you may also enjoy Rodney's By Bay though I think they're closed Sat's. Worth a call at least.

                Beer Bistro http://www.beerbistro.com/
                George http://www.georgeonqueen.com/menus.asp
                Harlem http://www.harlemrestaurant.com/
                Osteria Ciceri E Tria http://www.thestar.com/living/article...
                Rodney’s By Bay http://rodneysbybay.com/

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                  jrabbit2727 RE: Googs Jul 10, 2009 10:26 AM

                  Never heard of Harlem before....interesting menu. But I don't see the seafood jambalaya you speak of. I see one that has seafood and chicken and sausage. Is there one that has just seafood? If so....this could for sure work!

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                    Googs RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 10, 2009 11:12 AM

                    Oops. Sorry 'bout that. You might call ahead to see if if can be prepped as seafood only. Perhaps their blackened salmon or cat fish instead? Another must-do is their corn bread. You've never had it until you've had theirs. Check the link to see all the love for the place.

                    67 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C1N9, CA

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                    fredster1 RE: Googs Jul 18, 2009 08:31 PM

                    Osteria Ciceri e Tria is excellent. Lots of choice and quite a few vegetarian options.

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                    zxwaze RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 11, 2009 04:55 AM

                    The Senator Is Very close to the amc . Had fish tacos there recently , should fit your diet.

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                      almond3xtract RE: zxwaze Jul 13, 2009 11:08 AM

                      I was just going to suggest the exact same thing! The boyfriend and I went there on Friday night, he had the fish tacos and I had the green chile cheeseburger. Both dishes were phenomenal! Excellent service as well, and reasonably priced. Can't wait to go back for breakfast sometime!!

                      249 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B1T8, CA

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                        piccola RE: almond3xtract Jul 13, 2009 07:28 PM

                        Really? I find the Senator way overpriced.

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                          downtown RE: piccola Jul 14, 2009 10:30 AM

                          I think the prices are fair for the quality you get. $12 for an excellent burger (made with Cumbrae's beef) and fries is pretty competitive. Ditto the club sandwich and fries for the same price. A number of American chains are popping up around Dundas Square serving overpriced, forgettable food; thankfully there are a few independent spots like the Senator still around.

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                            almond3xtract RE: downtown Jul 23, 2009 01:58 PM

                            I agree with you, downtown. I've never been to Johnny Rocket's or Jack Astors but I would bet money that a burger and fries at either of those places is the same price, if not pricier, than the Senator. Only at the Senator you get fresh food (not frozen or pre-prepped), you support a local business and you are guaranteed great service.

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                      capiscum RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 18, 2009 02:04 PM

                      There's a new place in the AMC mall on the 4th floor called Woo - Chinese-based small plates. Yummy, and not too expensive. Worth trying.

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                        robgm RE: capiscum Jul 19, 2009 03:25 AM

                        woo has been discussed at length and the reviews are not so much mixed but more negative, caution is urged

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                          paper_bag_princess RE: robgm Jul 19, 2009 10:44 AM

                          I thought Woo was a buffet?

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                            Teep RE: paper_bag_princess Jul 19, 2009 06:01 PM

                            Woo is a "buffet and lounge". You can have the trough or order from the menu (which was not ready when they first opened, I believe).

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                            capiscum RE: robgm Jul 19, 2009 04:42 PM

                            I ate there just the other night and thought it was decent. I didn't have buffet, but a la carte small plates. Will go check out the other reviews now.

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                          caviartothegeneral RE: jrabbit2727 Jul 19, 2009 09:45 AM

                          Superior Restaurant is just south of the Canon Theatre on Yonge and I've never had a bad experience there.

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