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Mar 24, 2010 01:34 PM

One Night - Where to Eat?

Hello - my husband and I will be visiting friends in Buffalo in June and will be taking a one day/night trip to Toronto. We have never been and know little about your city. Where should a visitor eat if they only have one night? we will probably be staying at a hotel downtown and are looking for something affordable but authentic & real.
Also - is there a better neighborhood other than downtown in which to stay?

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  1. Downtown Toronto is not like downtown Detroit, it's probably the best place to stay. What are you interested to see? One day is not enough to see anything at all. You may want to stay around Yonge and Bloor as the musuem, Yorkville and the subway lines are all in close proximity.

    This list of restaurants should help.

    1. Can you tell us a bit about what kind of food and dining experience you like, and what your ideal price range might be?

      And for sure, downtown is the best place to stay. I agree that the area around Yonge and Bloor is particularly nice as a base for a day of wandering.

      1. It appears from your other posts that you're from the Portland area, so I'll suggest food from Asia that Toronto does fairly well and which you probably don't get a whole lot of in Portland. Two possibilities in the downtown area:

        Mengrai Thai & Hanoi 3 Seasons are uniquely authentic may be worth a try and both are in the affordable range. If Asian food is not your thing, consider Buca for Italian. They've been opened for less than a year and reviews have been good and price is reasonable.

        Good luck and hope your one day stay here will be sunny & warm!

        82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

        Hanoi 3 Seasons
        588 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

        604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

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        1. re: syoung

          Portland actually has a wonderful Thai restaurant, which is very well loved and respected, called Pok Pok. They also have a crazy wonderful food cart scene which I am looking forward to checking out in May.

          To the OP-please give us an idea of what type of cuisine you are looking to eat so Toronto chowhounders can help you out a little more.

          For authentic and affordable, you may want to check out the Ethiopian food here. Also consider checking out the Chinese scene-there are a number of threads-and many of the TO hounds consider the Chinese food here to rival the best spots in NYC and/or Vancouver. But that is a debate I'm not willing to participate in :)


          1. If you are willing to push your budget a little bit, I always take out-of-town guests to Canoe Restaurant. It's located on the 54th floor of a building downtown in our financial district. The view is truly spectacular and as a Torontonian, it never ceases to amaze me. You will have an amazing view of the lake and the city skyline. I recommend arriving at around 7 PM or so to watch the sunset. The food also never disappoints, but entrees range from $28-45.

            Ok, on the more affordable end, I would suggest Terroni on Adelaide. An authentic Italian restaurant inside an authentic old courthouse. The bathrooms are housed inside old jail cells. The food is fantastic and pizzas/pastas range from $16-20/each. It can get loud, but it is one of our fave place in Toronto. The only caveat? No reservations. So show up early at around 5:30 PM and you may not have to wait. Enjoy!

            Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @