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buttercupv Dec 21, 2009 11:27 AM

Need help! My boyfriend and I are not exchanging gifts this holiday season, but rather treating each other to dinner out. The trick is, I consider myself a foodie (please forgive the expression), and he on the other hand is a "Boston Pizza" kinda guy...Good god. Anyway, I really want to have him take me somewhere I know the food will be amazing, the atmosphere romantic and where he actually won't mind spending money on a nice meal. Which brings me to my next point...Price. He is of the mind that working an entire day just to "waste" the money on a meal is completely ridiculous, UNHEARD of! So this is where I need some help. MY choices would be One, Canoe, George, Bymark etc... You catch my drift. This will not go over well... Can anyone suggest a place(s) with great food at a reasonable price?

  1. Full tummy Dec 21, 2009 12:10 PM

    Oh, gosh, that sounds painful, hahaha.

    What about Weezie's?

    http://www.thestar.com/living/article/603799

    Another option is Melanie's Bistro - good food, good value.

    www.melaniesbistro.ca

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    1. re: Full tummy
      Paulustrious Dec 21, 2009 12:37 PM

      I would add Bistro Camino to FT's suggestions.

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      Bistro Camino
      2750 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

      1. re: Full tummy
        1sweetpea Dec 21, 2009 12:40 PM

        Maybe you should a) set a price point for your gifts to one another, and b) turn things around. Let's say you decide that you will each spend around $100. Why not have his gift to you be dinner at the restaurant of your choosing and your gift to him be the restaurant of his choosing? You're each spending approximately the same amount, but the destination can be completely for and controlled by the recipient. That way, he will be pleased with his Boston Pizza-esque choice (with money left over for dessert or a movie afterward), and you will be happy with your choice. This approach alleviates any pressure on the gift giver's part to figure out where the recipient would really like to go for dinner.

        1. re: 1sweetpea
          Minister of Kebab Dec 21, 2009 02:39 PM

          Time is a tickin....in the event you don't come up with an entirely new regime...I suggest Grappa on College, laid back, old school italian ...sorry no Boston Pizza, but it is a place that has very good food, nice atmosphere, romantic enough...but at the same time won't make him feel like he shoulda rented a tux ! ....the waitstaff won't be hyper, and frankly as a place to do a decent relaxed dinner, it's great. Canoe, George...hmm, yup great ...but for the boston Pizza guy...err, noooope..I vote Grappa. Failing that you could go somewhere like Torito in Kensington, tapas, decent food reasonable atmos and easily combinable with say....desert and cognac at the Drake.

      2. Charles Yu Dec 21, 2009 03:07 PM

        Simple Bistro, Mogette, Sequel to name a few!

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          MeMeMe Dec 22, 2009 07:43 AM

          How about Harbord House? It's cozy, the food is really delish and they have the best sticky toffee pudding in the city.

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          Harbord House
          150 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H2, CA

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