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Visiting from NYC - Need restaurant help

bhb1978 Aug 5, 2009 07:03 PM

Visiting Toronto in the next few weeks for the first time in 5 years and need some help selecting a restaurant. Here's what I'm after...

I'd like a place that showcases Canadian cuisine. An example would be Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal where, to me, they highlighted Canadian cuisine. Something meat heavy, but not a steak joint. Locally sourced products too.

The atmosphere should be upbeat, not quiet / Bistro style. Example Au Pied de Cochon or something similar to Momofuku (which we love) like we have in NYC. We can go there in a t-shirt and jeans and feel comfortable.

We'll be eating there on a Friday night 9:00 or after, so the restaurant shouldn't be empty then.

Thanks for the help!

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    bhb1978 Aug 7, 2009 05:46 AM

    Thanks for the solid help.

    Read a review on Black Hoof and it sounds great. I'll check it out.

    1. estufarian Aug 6, 2009 11:46 AM

      Of the places recommended so far, Black Hoof is by FAR the sort of place you're seeking. Has the buzz of both APDC and Momofuku. Similarly there's a whole bunch of places on Roncesvalles that also qualify - except none seem to take reservations (including Black Hoof). Open very late.
      Don't understand the recs for Canoe - think Daniel in NYC! One of the most formal places in Toronto.
      JKWB has gone seriously downhill (actually I'm not sure it ever made the top of the hill) - but it does have an open kitchen, which helps create buzz.
      I think Globe is a good backup - it takes reservations, and is more Boulud than Daniel.

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        acd123 Aug 6, 2009 11:36 AM

        Even though it's not particularly "canadian", I think that you would love the Black Hoof. it's a charcuterie place. It's super laid back, VERY meat heavy and the food is excellent.

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          childofthestorm Aug 6, 2009 10:38 AM

          Definitely you've been given a good list of locavores. I'm a fan of both APdC and Momofuku, and got to say, given the vibe you're looking for, JKWB is probably your best bet. It's easily the most casual/fun vibe on that list, although in fairness I haven't been to Union yet and it's been getting some great reviews.

          1. aser Aug 5, 2009 07:20 PM

            Locally driven places will be.

            Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar

            There are lots more good restaurants like Nota bene, Black Hoof, etc but I don't think their menus are very Canadian esque.

            IMO, Canoe is the best of the bunch but is indeed more upscale. Won't find many t-shirt/jeans folks up there.

            No momofuku esque place in Toronto. Personally I'm not a fan.

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            1. re: aser
              Rabbit Aug 6, 2009 03:35 AM

              You have a good list from aser. I really like Globe, but if you want meat-centric then you might give Cowbell some consideration too.

              1. re: Rabbit
                robgm Aug 6, 2009 04:21 AM

                skip cowbell after 9pm, not much left and they are getting ready to close....

                1. re: robgm
                  Montrachet Aug 6, 2009 10:21 AM

                  I agree that Canoe is your best bet. I was there in July, and while t-shirts and jeans are probably a bit too casual, I think the summer crowd is a little less formally dressed. Also, it should be pretty lively after 9:00. Enjoy!

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