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Sep 20, 2009 08:34 PM

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

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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  1. Oh...must have vegetarian options!

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    1. re: pamplemoose78

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

        1. re: Wahooty

          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.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

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

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          1. re: Rabbit

            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

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