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Tex-mex or Caribbean - upscale or casual dining

TOchowgal Jul 28, 2009 04:22 AM


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. TorontoJo RE: TOchowgal Jul 28, 2009 04:35 AM

    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. Rabbit RE: TOchowgal Jul 28, 2009 05:07 AM

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


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

      1. Marimba RE: TOchowgal Jul 28, 2009 05:22 AM

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


        1. TOchowgal RE: TOchowgal Jul 28, 2009 05:31 AM

          I am looking at Rancho Relaxo. Any comments?

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            Rabbit RE: TOchowgal Jul 28, 2009 06:29 AM

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

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              Dr. No RE: TOchowgal Jul 28, 2009 09:47 AM

              Ugh, no. Try Milagro or Frida.

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              mobirose RE: TOchowgal Jul 28, 2009 07:51 AM

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


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                jamesm RE: mobirose Jul 28, 2009 09:46 AM

                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.

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                phoenikia RE: TOchowgal Jul 28, 2009 05:43 PM

                This is probably a little late, but I've always liked my meals at Irie on Queen W. Casual atmosphere, somewhat funky.

                Not your standard Caribbean, since they have a few fusiony dishes, but the food has always been tasty when I've dined there. Now that I think about it, it's about time for me to visit again;)

                Irie Food Joint
                745 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G1, CA

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                  Squeakycheese RE: phoenikia Jul 28, 2009 06:02 PM

                  Prob far too late, but Milagro would be your best bet I think!

                2. TOchowgal RE: TOchowgal Jul 29, 2009 05:33 AM

                  We ended up going to Rancho Relaxo. The drinks and food were ok but the service sucked. The waitress got my order wrong twice.

                  I won't be going back. I was not expecting it to be excellent but would have settled for good, but the food was not good, it was ok.

                  I may go back for the music and drinks and apps but the not the main courses.

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                    tjr RE: TOchowgal Jul 29, 2009 05:51 AM

                    I always thought of Rancho Relaxo as a live music venue, not somewhere I'd really want to eat. I would rather eat at Sneaky Dee's.

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                      TOchowgal RE: tjr Jul 29, 2009 06:07 AM

                      I should have known lol. I wanted a place where a teenager and a senior citizen had choices. They are not adventurous eaters. I am planning to try the other places mentioned in this thread.

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