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Suggestions for a "dive" restaurant close to a movie theatre

pamplemoose78 Sep 20, 2009 08:34 PM

This year my friends and I have decided to choose "dive" restaurants with great food to celebrate our birthdays. I am looking for suggestions of a dive restaurant within walking distance or public transit to a movie theatre. I am not looking for any particular type of cuisine...anything goes!

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    pamplemoose78 RE: pamplemoose78 Sep 20, 2009 08:35 PM

    Oh...must have vegetarian options!

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    1. re: pamplemoose78
      morefoodplz RE: pamplemoose78 Sep 20, 2009 08:57 PM

      You could try something in Chinatown and walk to the Scotiabank Theatre afterward? Not really sure about veggie options, but I'm sure you could look around the board for Chinatown recommendations.

    2. deelicious RE: pamplemoose78 Sep 20, 2009 09:00 PM

      I consider The Tulip a dive and would then head over to the Beaches theatre.

      1. Wahooty RE: pamplemoose78 Sep 21, 2009 02:17 AM

        Sneaky Dee's and The Royal?

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          pinstripeprincess RE: Wahooty Sep 21, 2009 07:25 AM

          a dive for sure but i'm not sure how it qualifies for the "great food" part ;)

          i would go upper-end dive/faux-dive and probably head to sheba for ethiopian or perhaps utopia rather than sneaky dee's.

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            Wahooty RE: pinstripeprincess Sep 21, 2009 11:21 AM

            Okay, fair enough - you've caught me committing the cardinal CH sin of recommending somewhere I've never been, but I know people who swear they have great nachos. :) And they do have vegetarian/vegan options. Most of the other places in the area that I've been to I'd have a hard time calling a dive.

        2. Rabbit RE: pamplemoose78 Sep 21, 2009 04:01 AM

          For faux-dive you could do the Senator and then AMC theatres at Yonge and Dundas.

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            fleisch RE: Rabbit Sep 22, 2009 07:42 AM

            Senator is a dinery/bistro place. Too nice to be a "dive."

            Across from Silver City Yonge Eg is the Good Bite, which is a greasy spoon type place. Mars is there too which is sort of a faux greasy spoon :) There are definitely some veg items at Mars but I haven't eaten at Good Bite.

            1. re: fleisch
              Rabbit RE: fleisch Sep 22, 2009 07:51 AM

              Agreed, hence the "faux-dive" proviso... feels like a clean-ed Edward Hopper painting... sorta like the Swan or the Lakeview Lunch.

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