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Hello Hounders - please help me out and offer up a link on past postings for this topic. My wife is coming to town for a well deserved rest from me and our boys and would like to relax with good food, good prices and good service. Thank you in advance.

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  1. I’ve never been but I know The Senator is widely regarded as one of Toronto’s few and best diners. That is absolutely downtown.

    Toronto doesn’t really have a diner culture per se, but from what I’ve heard The Senator is a good bet.

    Been meaning to try it myself : )

    Hope your wife enjoys her break!

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    1. re: magic

      I haven't been to the Senator but since you mentioned it, meathead2 should read this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/104098

      1. re: magic

        I'm not certain if the OP is referring to himself and his wife here as the diners, or is searching specifically for restaurants categorized as diners. Nonetheless, as a TO visitor currently in town for a week's vacation, among the wonderful places we've been to is The Senator. Great place! The food we had was not typical diner quality, a good deal better. My partner enjoyed a peameal BLT sandwich, and I, Huevos Rancheros. A restaurant that does both of those well deserves respect for that alone. The charm of the well-maintained original design of this 76-year-old downtown diner, together with the evident pride in it displayed by the owners, and staff, makes it quite a pleasure to visit.

        1. re: round2

          Thank you all who got back to me. I will recommend the Senator to my wife and hope she brings me back something! Cheers - Meathead2

          1. re: meathead2

            Please note that the Senator changed hands recently - so all posts older than about 2 months are probably irrelevant. That doesn't mean it's gone downhill - it could be even better!

            1. re: estufarian

              Okay just to clarify Meathead2 are you looking for suggestions for your wife to have some dinners out while here, or specifically more 'diner' type spots?

      2. She might enjoy Petit Dejeuner on King near Jarvis. It's Belgian-run and I've had breakfast/bruch there several times and never had a dud. The big plus: you get to sit on emerald naugahyde banquettes with gold dust on them!!!!

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        1. re: lightlybattered

          Had the Senator breakfast experience a few weeks ago for the first time and I have to give it a thumbs up. Very authentic and classic food, vibe, and service. Busy, though.

          Petit Dejeuner is a good bet, too, a bit more of a restaurant but it does do very nice breakfasts and brunches, including Belgian waffles. Friendly service and a cool decor.

          A few doors from there on King is the Patrician Grill, which is much more of a lunch diner kind of spot: burgers, fries, stools, wood paneling. Great for a bite at lunch, but they aren't fancy and don't do dinner.