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Jul 28, 2009 04:22 AM

Tex-mex or Caribbean - upscale or casual dining


So my out of town guests want to try Tex-Mex or Caribbean TONIGHT!

Can you recommend a good upscale or casual dining Tex-Mex or Caribbean place? We are good with Etobicoke, Mississauga and Toronto. North York and Scarb are too far.

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  1. Oh dear. Tex Mex in Toronto? I think maybe Hernando's Hideaway or Lone Star Texas Grill are the only places that fit that description.

    Ick, but if that's what your guests want... :


    I'm not so sure about dine-in Caribbean, as most of the places I go to are carry out. I'd say Island Foods might be your best bet.

    1. For Caribbean, perhaps Irie on Queen West? Nice atmosphere and good neighbourhood for walking or drinking after dinner. (


      Dunno about tex-mex, but if you want straight-up mex Frida is new-ish and getting some very good buzz. (

      1. Lahacienda...lovely patio...funny drinks...Marimba!

        1. I am looking at Rancho Relaxo. Any comments?

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          1. re: TOchowgal

            Nothing special... not remarkable for out-of-town guests.

            1. As an alternative, you could try Harlem for soul food downtown.


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              1. re: mobirose

                I'd second Irie on Queen. Food is pretty good and you can either snag a window seat for people watching on the street or enjoy the patio out back.