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Nov 24, 2009 05:00 PM

This weekend in TO

Hey everyone,

I will be in Toronto this weekend (Thursday-Sunday) and am looking to try out a few restaurants I haven't had a chance to try out on my frequent visits back (I used to live in Toronto, currently in Boston) .

So far I have reservations at Sidecar on Friday night (I have only been for cocktails in the past) and plan on hitting the Black Hoof sometime on the weekend, probably Sunday night. Otherwise I would like to fill a couple of the remaining slots:

Friday: Would like to try out a restaurant for lunch. Price or type of cuisine is not a concern. I usually try to eat at Canoe for a "nicer" lunch, but would like to try something different. I noticed that Splendido is running a promotion for a lunch tasting menu on Friday's. I have to admit that I have been to Splendido once (last year) for dinner and was not really that impressed with the tasting menu overall (some hits, some misses), but with all the praise it receives it may deserve a second shot. Otherwise any other suggestions?

Sunday Afternoon: Since the Dolphins are playing the Bills this weekend (Huge Phins fan) I would like to check out the game downtown, preferably somewhere near the ACC since I have Raptors tickets for a 3:30 tip off. A great beer selection and above average Pub fare with TV's are the only requests.

Thanks in advance.


88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto M6J, CA

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  1. I would add Nota Bene to your list for either lunch or dinner.

    1. For your Sunday afternoon request C'est What might be an OK compromise. The food is (admittedly) merely average, but the beer selection is great and the geography is favourable.

      1. Maybe the Queen and Beaver on Sunday -- apparently they have a wicked hand chopped burger, loads of TVs. It's not super close to the ACC but you can get there easily enough.

        Getting a last minute reservation at Nota Bene is worth it for sure. Other lunch places include Gallery Grill at the University of Toronto. Osgoode Hall is interesting to dine at but the food has been slipping IMHO.

        Gallery Grill
        7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

        Osgoode Hall
        130 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N6, CA

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

        1. Thanks everyone, I secured a reservation for Nota Bene for Friday Lunch and am leaning towards C'est What for Sunday, but will call ahead to make sure the game is on.

          Yum2: I know the Gallery Grill very well from my UofT days, always have enjoyed my meals there, it is unfortunate to hear that the standard may be declining.

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          1. re: Matt H

            The fare at C'est What is unexciting, but the lamb burger's not bad. I think the Splendido lunch special reads a lot better than what Nota Bene has, but hey.

            btw, really enjoy watching the Wildcat when it's run properly. Ronnie B's a beast, and will be missed.

            1. re: Chester Eleganté

              Thank you for the guidance on the Lamb Burger, my priorities as far as Sunday afternoon goes is 1. Football/TV's 2. Beer List 3. Food, so I am not expecting perfection. What is your opinion on Queen and Beaver?

              As far as leaning towards Nota Bene over Splendido, it is more due to me wanting to try something new, and Splendido is a place I have tried, albeit once.

              Ronnie B was a huge loss, the Wildcat was made for his talents, fortunately they have arguably the best back up RB in the league to fill in, Ricky proved last week that he's still got it.

              1. re: Matt H

                Ya for sure. And we still got love for Ricky for the time he spent here. Great matchup for him on Sunday.

                Haven't been to Q/B, but their burger does sound promising.

            2. re: Matt H

              Oh no - I wasn't saying that Gallery Grill's quality was declining. I was referring to the quality at Osgoode Hall, which is at Queen and University, at the Court of Appeal. As far as I know, Gallery Grill is still tops.

              Enjoy your stay, Matt H!

              1. re: Yum2MyTum

                Oh I see, thank you for the clarification, I haven't had one bad meal at Gallery Grill, so that is good to hear.

            3. Matt,

              Though the service experience may be different from what you're used to, now that you're in the US, I'd second the recco's to try some of the more creative choices that have popped up in the city. Places like the Black Hoof, Queen &, etc., will be roughing it compared to what you're used to, but good experiences in terms of Toronto dining pushing out the walls of it's pretty tight box.

              Why not make it a "street food" weekend - drop the high end altogether and try places like Caplansky's. Stockyards, and others that get frequent cover on this board?

              Just a thought...

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              1. re: Thatcher

                Thank you for your thoughts Thatcher, I am very much looking forward to trying Black Hoof, it sounds like the type of place I would really enjoy.

                I will definitely be stopping by some of my favorite casual places as well, which includes Caplansky's (I have not been since they moved-but my fav Smoked meat in TO) and Randy's patties which is my favorite Patty and Coco bread outside JA. So good recommendation's on your part and hey I think I still know how to rough it a little here and there : )

                I do understand that Toronto's fine dining scene gets critiqued often on this board and sometimes it is well deserved IMO, but I am sure that one higher end lunch at Nota Bene would not hurt.