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retsnome85 Nov 18, 2009 04:39 AM

Hey i'm trying to decide on a restaurant to go to for my birthday this weekend but i'm not really sure where?

Most of my friends are students so we are on a limited budget i would prolly say no more than $30 a person

I am looking mostly for restaurants Downtown as it would be easier for all of us to get to.

Some restaurants i was looking at

Il Fornello (Never been here but i've heard it's good by some people)
Lee (i like this restaurant but not sure if it would fit the $30 budget)
Biff's Bistro (Never been to this place either but heard it was good and looking at the menu online i think it would JUST fit our budget)

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Biff's Bistro
4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

  1. TorontoJo Nov 18, 2009 04:47 AM

    Is the $30 budget meant to include drinks, tax and tip? Or just the food?

    1. Dimbulb Nov 18, 2009 04:48 AM

      Does the $30 include drinks?

      1. r
        retsnome85 Nov 18, 2009 05:15 PM

        just food

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        1. re: retsnome85
          TorontoJo Nov 18, 2009 05:29 PM

          I find Il Fornello not so great. I used to have lots of work lunches there and could never understand why people liked it. I think Lee and Biff's might be pretty tight to fit under $30, unless no one plans to order an app or dessert. My recommendation would be to go to Sidecar on College St. If you can wait until Sunday, they have a fantastic prix fixe deal -- 3 courses for $25. But even on Friday or Saturday, the prices are really reasonable (you can easily get 2 courses for under $30) and the restaurant has a great vibe and is on College St., so you could wander Little Italy afterwards. If you want to go really budget, I would recommend Negroni (which is actually a sister restaurant to Sidecar). Really wonderful panini, inexpensive wines by the glass ($5!) and great service. You could do a starter, a panini with salad, a dessert and a glass of wine for under $30. There's a long thread about it on the board if you want to read more.

          Happy Birthday!

        2. j
          JPJ Nov 18, 2009 06:47 PM

          One of my favourite budget places is Jules Bistro, on Spadina between Richmond and Queen West. The $25 3 course prix fixe menu is one of the best deals in town for the quality of the food, the steak frites is particularly good imo.

          http://www.julesbistrocafe.com/

          1. kayehm Nov 19, 2009 08:19 AM

            Negroni?
            They have some good very reasonably-priced wines, as well. Ice Cream made in-house.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637237

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            Negroni
            492 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4, CA

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