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itryalot Nov 11, 2009 07:28 AM

I will be at a conference at the Sheraton downtown and was wondering if anyone could recommend an eatery within walking distance. Last time we went to that buffet"ish" place in the BCE bldg??? (Not sure if I have the right name)

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    itryalot Dec 20, 2009 03:40 AM

    How far are these places since it will be the middle of winter?

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      torontofoodiegirl Dec 20, 2009 02:10 PM

      Nota Bene is an incredibly short walk (practically across the road). Vertical is in First Canadian place, which you can access via the Path, an underground path that connects a lot ob buildings in downtown TO -- see map:

      http://www.toronto.ca/path/pdf/path_b...

      You can also get pretty close to Beer Bistro on the Path. A relatively short walk north-east of there (at Richmond and Church - ie. less than a km from your hotel) is Harlem, which you and your fellow diners would probably find to be at the right price point, with great food, and casual/fun to boot.

      Though I didn't originally mention Vertical or Beer Bistro, I second both recommendations. However, Vertical might be a touch upscale for a group of loud, crazy ladies though :

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      Have fun.

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        torontofoodiegirl Dec 20, 2009 02:13 PM

        Oh, I also second the recommendation for Terroni. It's also less than a km from you hotel, and you could cover most of the distance via the Path.

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          itryalot Dec 21, 2009 06:47 AM

          Nota Bene's website photos look fairly formal and shishi. Would they mind loud, fun loving ladies?

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            jlunar Dec 21, 2009 09:56 AM

            It's best suited for that kinda crowd imo! it's a bit corporate, but other than that, it's fine. It's chi-chi but not in the quiet, romantic way. Not really formal, I think.

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              Yum2MyTum Dec 21, 2009 10:45 AM

              I third the recommendation for Nota Bene. Delicious, reliable food, professional service, and noisy (in a fun way)... make sure to try the sticky toffee pudding!

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        itryalot Dec 20, 2009 03:39 AM

        Still taking recommendations; this is for late January. This would be for supper.

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          itryalot Nov 14, 2009 12:56 PM

          Looking for supper places for two nights. Casual and mid priced. Italian, French, Greek or "American" food would be good.
          If there is a neat themed place, we could go for that. Mostly we will be a group of loud ladies (we can get a little crazy when we are together and wine is involved) so nothing to quiet and serious.

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            itryalot Nov 24, 2009 07:18 PM

            Let me clarify, by themed, I mean spanish tapas, beer bistro, etc...
            Any other recs based on info?

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            Gary Nov 11, 2009 11:18 AM

            The buffet"ish" place is probably Richtree. Bland and overpriced, you can surely do better.

            Petite Thuet at 1 King West is a good place to grab coffee, breakfast pastries and sandwiches. A bit pricey but excellent quality, Thuet being a well-known Toronto chef.

            The Beer Bistro at King and Victoria is a short walk east. They have an excellent menu of dishes made with beer, along with a vast list of imported beers. The decor is beautiful, though a bit noisey at times and it attracts the "suit crowd" from the Financial District during the week.

            For Italian, there are a two decent options to the east with the same owners. Terroni in the Courthouse on Adelaide has good thin-crust pizza and pastas in an impressive historic building, though their "no substitutions" food policies rankle some. More cozy and casual is Osteria on Victoria, where the menu changes daily with variations on authentic Italian dishes. A bit of a willingness to "trust the chef" is also required here, but I enjoyed it.

            For oysters and seafood, Rodney's By Bay has been getting great reviews. They're very close to your hotel, in the Financial District at Bay and Temperance.

            If you're looking for more casual food and lunches, there are many options to the west of your hotel along Queen St. Ematei on St. Patrick just north of Queen West is a homey Japanese spot that does decent izakaya-style cooked food best (rather than sushi, though it's okay too). For Indian there are two great places, Little India and Trimurti, close to each other on Queen West with a similar low price-point and lunch buffets.

            Beyond that, you'll want to be a bit more specific about the type of food you're looking for (price range in particular) and you might also want to search this board for previous similar posts.

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            Little India
            255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

            Ematei
            30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA

            Beer Bistro
            18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

            Osteria
            106 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

            Beer Bistro
            , Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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              Rabbit Nov 12, 2009 02:55 PM

              Gary has given you a really great and comprehensive list (especially if you take the Nota Bene rec into account).

              As Gary suggests, it is hard to know what you're looking for without more info, but if you have corporate $$$... then I really like Red's or Vertical. Both are right around the corner.

              Forte is stumbling distance from your hotel, but I have had mixed experiences (the greats were great, but the meh-s prevent an entirely positive review).

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              Nota Bene
              180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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                suzeo Nov 12, 2009 08:34 PM

                I gave Forte exactly one chance. The food is pricey and it arrived cold. In this case, I sent it back and got a new version...tepid and odd-tasting. Every time I pass by it, I ask myself, "Is that place still in business?" I guess they have a good location.

                Meanwhile, I'd add a thumbs-up for Vertical. The team there cares and, for the most part, executes.

                (I think it's odd that there's no thread on what a rip-off Forte is and how good Vertical can be. And no, I don't work for Vertical or have friends there. I just like to eat.)

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                  JennaBean Nov 13, 2009 09:02 AM

                  I've had good meals at both Forte and Vertical. I think both are around the same price point.

                  I've recommeded both to folks and have had good and bad reports back from both.

                  I guess I've just been lucky when I've been....

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                    Rabbit Nov 13, 2009 09:28 AM

                    I agree that Vertical is a hidden gem.

                    And I often wonder how much longer Forte can stick it out too. I think calling it a rip-off is too harsh, but I have little desire to go back considering the other choices in the area.

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                      torontofoodiegirl Nov 13, 2009 02:29 PM

                      I forgot about Vertical when I originally posted. I agree, it's a good rec.

                      I also concur with the Beer Bistro rec for something a bit more casual.

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                      Vertical Restaurant & Bar
                      100 King West / First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON M5X 1E1, CA

                      Beer Bistro
                      , Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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                    itryalot Nov 14, 2009 12:57 PM

                    Corporate $$$ is more like $$. Mid priced range is good. Even places with great salads, apps or tapas.

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                  torontofoodiegirl Nov 11, 2009 08:09 AM

                  Though I still haven't been myself, Nota Bene (at Queen and University -- a very short walk from the Sheraton) gets generally positive reviews on here, and is the most obvious choice. However, if you give us some guidance re: price point, type of food, and/or atmosphere, you'll probably get a lot more suggestions.

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                  Nota Bene
                  180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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                    syrahc2 Nov 13, 2009 04:36 AM

                    Love it. Nota Bene is my regular date night place with Hubby. The menu doesn't change frequently but we adore what is on it so it doesn't matter.

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                    Nota Bene
                    180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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