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lunch suggestions that will make my "staycation" more like a vacation...

redhead Aug 6, 2009 01:39 PM

I know, it's a lame term, but in this case, it works..will be staying around Toronto for my summer vacation this year and have decided to treat myself to some leisurely lunches out (just like a real vacation!) Patios would be great (if summer ever comes) and I'm ok with spending a bit of money. Location is open for discussion. I've already penciled in Globe Bistro as I love the look of their lunch menu..am also considering George for their 22.00 2 course special..any other suggestions ("fancy" or casual would be fine with either). It'll just be my husband and I and we are both open to all styles of food...

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    Arcadiaseeker RE: redhead Aug 6, 2009 01:43 PM

    Try Canoe, if it's not too closely linked to work stuff. Lovely atmosphere and TD Centre can be so nice in summertime.

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      sumdumgoy RE: Arcadiaseeker Aug 6, 2009 01:49 PM

      Try Celestin for lunch. They have a patio and I love the Dungeness Crab Soup.

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        redhead RE: sumdumgoy Aug 6, 2009 05:12 PM

        and they have a very charming chef..

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        redhead RE: Arcadiaseeker Aug 6, 2009 05:11 PM

        ooh..very good idea..especially on a non-patio day, provided it's not too overcast and we can still get the view!

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          balthazar RE: redhead Aug 8, 2009 03:27 PM

          3rd on Celestin, especially if it's nice and you can be on the patio (inside is nice too though).

      3. pescatarian RE: redhead Aug 6, 2009 01:48 PM

        I had a really nice lunch on the patio at Leslie Jones last week. I had the salmon pizza and a beet salad appetizer that had beets cut in cubes, mixed with apples and pine nuts - made me think that they were trying to mimic a waldorf salad - only lighter, better flavours. My dining companion had the risotto which was a special that day that had chirozo and chicken, I think. He enjoyed it. I had a bite and thought it was well executed.
        Service was very nice also.

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          julesrules RE: redhead Aug 6, 2009 01:59 PM

          Had a lovely patio lunch at Beer Bistro last year. The crowd is a bit Bay St, so if you work down there it may not feel like a vacation. But they thinned out by 2pm, the patio started getting some shade, and all was good. This year had drinks (not lunch, although they do serve tapas) at the rooftop Park Hyatt bar and that felt like a mini vacation too... could combine with some kind of spa treatment & shopping on Bloor?

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            balthazar RE: julesrules Aug 8, 2009 03:36 PM

            Another alternative in that area is Bier Markt on the Esplanade, with a nice big patio and a wide beer selection. Ordering one of the flatbreads and the Pernod mussels, with a nice beer, out on the patio, makes for nice casual lunch.

            Starfish (Adelaide & Jarvis) is wonderful if you are an oyster/seafood fan.

            Canoe is great choice - unless you already go there for work-related meals.

            Pearl Harbourfront for dim sum is a nice lunch choice - not because it's the best dim sum in Toronto (it's good) but for the location. Reserve a window table with a view of the lake.

            Tutti Matti for Italian. Not the most exciting location, but delicious food!

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              merlot143 RE: balthazar Aug 8, 2009 07:23 PM

              I second the recommendation for Pearl Court at Harbourfront. The space is airy and full of light. With the view of the water, it feels like I'm in Vancouver.

          2. OnDaGo RE: redhead Aug 6, 2009 02:00 PM

            Go to the St lawrence market and get an order of the fish and chips in the back and sit on the deck watching the people go by.. I did that two saturdays ago and I did not feel like I was in Toronto at all... An other suggestion would be to take the ferry to Toronto Islands and eat there in a restaurant or pick up some food at the market and go have a picnic...

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              redhead RE: OnDaGo Aug 6, 2009 05:14 PM

              apparently this one is already on hubby's "do to" list for the week off...but I might go for the back bacon..

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                Otonabee RE: OnDaGo Aug 7, 2009 06:30 PM

                OnDaGo is spot on about the island. Take the Ferry to Ward's Island and go to the Rectory Cafe. Make sure to sit on the patio... You won't believe that you are anywhere near the city! Also , go the the Brickworks on a Saturday and just eat your way around the market. (coleslaw, fries, burrito, coffee...) Then go for a walk around the pond and just enjoy!

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                  redhead RE: Otonabee Aug 11, 2009 09:06 AM

                  I haven't been to Brickworks - but I can bike there, so good choice...have had a great lunch at Rectory in the past but have heard the food is not good anymore...any comments on the food? (the atmosphere will always be lovely!)

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                    Otonabee RE: redhead Aug 11, 2009 04:05 PM

                    If you don't want to bike then there is a shuttle bus from Broadview http://www.evergreen.ca/rethinkspace/...

                    As to the food, I seem to recall it being pretty good but in full honesty I haven't been for a couple of years... The best time I ever had was just bringing my own picnic to the island but going in there for dessert and coffee. They have a bunch of daily desserts that are lovely! The picnic idea is also really nice. I usually hit the St Lawrence Market, grab a bunch of really nice things then head to the island find a quiet space and try to forget where I am :)

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                LemonLauren RE: redhead Aug 6, 2009 02:16 PM

                i believe Jamie Kennedy is doing a lunch series on wednesdays at his Gardiner Cafe which looks great. the aftenoon tea at C5 could really be lunch too.

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                  oakesec RE: redhead Aug 6, 2009 03:01 PM

                  The Queen Mother Cafe on Queen W has a very intimate little back patio. The food is always wonderful. My favourite dish hands down is the Ping-Guy Chicken, but their other dishes and daily specials never disappoint.

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                    childofthestorm RE: redhead Aug 6, 2009 03:23 PM

                    I just recently had a surprisingly great lunch at Joy Bistro, on their lovely patio facing the park. Just wrote about it in another thread. The new chef seems to be getting the job done.

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                      AJMC791 RE: redhead Aug 6, 2009 03:37 PM

                      I would suggest Rodneys Oyster House on King St. W. They have a lovely patio which is on the courtyard off the main street, and the staff are always great fun.

                      1. Full tummy RE: redhead Aug 6, 2009 05:31 PM

                        Osgoode Hall restaurant immediately came to mind, as I know it's open to the public weekdays, only; but I checked, and it's closed for summer months, so perhaps pencil it in for another "staycation"?


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                          dickiegreenleaf RE: redhead Aug 10, 2009 11:41 AM

                          how about Gilead

                          1. Rabbit RE: redhead Aug 10, 2009 07:07 PM

                            I cannot vouch firsthand... but if I was going to do the lunched-y thing in Toronto I've always wanted to try the Gallery Grill: http://www.harthouse.utoronto.ca/hh/p...

                            I don't know why I don't find a good excuse to get there myself!!

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                              TorontoJo RE: Rabbit Aug 11, 2009 04:48 AM

                              I love, love, love the Gallery Grill, but it's closed until September.

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                                Rabbit RE: TorontoJo Aug 11, 2009 04:18 PM

                                Ack - sorry for the bad lead (and thanks for the info, TJo... I was actually pitching GG lunch to Mr. Rab this morning, so I'll stop that campaign until the fall.

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                              Cat123 RE: redhead Aug 11, 2009 05:26 AM

                              A place that always makes me feel like I'm on vacation when I go for lunch is Le Select. The menu is very very French, the patio is lovely, and I never feel like I'm in Toronto.

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                                miranda RE: redhead Aug 11, 2009 05:43 AM

                                Had Lunch on the weekend at Terronni on Queen...great private patio in back...had Caprese Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella...and a side of prosciutto it was wonderful with a couple of slices of their Calabrese bread yum yum...felt like a Holiday in Roma....Miranda

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                                  toveggiegirl RE: redhead Aug 11, 2009 06:31 PM

                                  What about a light lunch (salad & sandwiches) at the Toronto Botanical Gardens (aka Edwards Gardens). I would go there more for the location than the food, but they have a lovely patio and it's a nice place to get away from the city for a little while.


                                  1. Otonabee RE: redhead Aug 12, 2009 01:17 PM

                                    I am actually in the middle of doing the same kind of break (just for one day though...). After we dropped the child off at daycare we went to Lady Marmalade in Leslieville for an early breakfast and then hit Yorkville. They really do a super breakfast, Eggs Benny with roasted tomato... so good!

                                    After checking out the new Teatro Verde we went to MoRoCo for lunch on their patio. The food was really very good and we got to have fun people watching. Patio & restau has a very over the top kind of feel and we found the service to be excellent and efficient... Had a iced hot chocolate and the truffled mac & cheese, DH had their club and then we split a dessert. Between the shopping and the food it made for a wonderful break!

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                                      grubgal RE: redhead Aug 13, 2009 04:31 PM

                                      Richtree Market at Brookfield Place has a great European Flavour!! And with all the tourists around you can almost forget you are in TO!!

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