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Looking for a great value restaurant in the west end (as far west as Etobicoke)

T.O. Diner Apr 1, 2010 11:18 AM

Getting together with a friend for dinner, want a good quality meal but not crazy prices. South of the 401, west end. Help!

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    Sarah Cat Apr 1, 2010 02:10 PM

    The best value I've encountered in a long time is at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, on Queen just east of Roncesvalles. The food is rustic Italian and it's all hand-made. The atmosphere is lively and casual and it feels SO much like Parkdale, which I love. My husband and I had the small salumi platter (house-made charcuterie), the fingerling potato salad (delish), one large pasta dishes each (i totally recommend the house-smoked gnocchi) and two glasses of wine and the bill came to $86, including tax. I was shocked by the low number on the bill! It's rare to find such exquisite food in such a fun environment for such a reasonable price. In fact, I don't know where else in the city I would go.

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    1. re: Sarah Cat
      ingloriouseater Apr 1, 2010 07:41 PM

      i agree, it is my local haunt, once or twice a week easily

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      SocksManly Apr 1, 2010 11:34 AM

      I'd recommend Piri Piri on Dupont between Symington and Landsdowne.

      Always enjoyed the food there, i'd say it's a blend of portuguese and mediterranean, with lots of really nice fish on the menu, plus the standards. I used to live within walking distance and went there all the time for takeout chicken/rice/potatoes, or would go with family and friends when they came over for a nice sit down meal.

      I understand the owner was once a partner at Chiado, which is a $100-200 a person restaurant. They had a fallout and he started Piri Piri. Don't worry about the fancy association, the prices are far different here. Mains are probably $13-25.

      Their fish is really excellent, and they crammed the most flavour into a boiled potato I've ever experienced.

      Next time include more info in your post to get better suggestions btw.

      From chow:

      Piri Piri Grill
      1444 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P4H3, CA
      (416) 536-5100

      864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

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      1. re: SocksManly
        T.O. Diner Apr 1, 2010 11:45 AM

        Thanks, Socks - I'll definitely check it out (and if not for tonight, for another). Deliberately left posting vague - more room for creative responses <grin>

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