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delamothe Apr 14, 2010 07:03 AM

Headed to the home opener tomorrow night, looking for a lively spot within walking distance to the stadium for a nice meal and a pint. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    currycue RE: delamothe Apr 14, 2010 09:02 AM

    Nothing within at least a 10 minute walk, however, if you're heading down early, you can grab something along the Bathurst street car line. I'm probably going to hear it for constantly recommending this place, but you could give The Prague a try (www.theprague.ca) for a nice Schnitzel sandwich or a Goulash and a pint of Czech Pilsner and take the streetcar down to the Ex from Queen and Bathurst.

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      delamothe RE: currycue Apr 14, 2010 10:13 AM

      heh. That sounds perfect. Thx currycue.

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        currycue RE: delamothe Apr 14, 2010 10:24 AM

        No worries. Be warned, though, they close at 7pm.

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      CycloneRicky RE: delamothe Apr 14, 2010 09:05 AM

      Great wings at the Wheatsheaf (King & Bathurst)

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        mramage RE: delamothe Apr 14, 2010 11:41 AM

        Suggest the Brazen Head Pub in Liberty Village which is about a 8 minute walk, but be warned that while it is a big place, it will be packed before the game.

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          ingloriouseater RE: mramage Apr 14, 2010 11:59 AM

          the food at the brazenhead is average at best and service is spotty. the brazenhead and every spot in liberty village is jammed before and after a game-so lively isn't an issue, try the liberty cafe, merci mon ami, maybe mildreds (though i'm sort of off mtk currently)

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            Kooper RE: ingloriouseater Apr 15, 2010 06:48 AM

            I disagree with the review of the food it is good for pub food but you should get there early. The service can be slow at the best of times but on game day when the place fills up with everyone arriving an hour before the game then leaving 15 minutes before kick off don't expect very quick service. If you are going for a quick pint it is a good place to go just order from the bar.

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              ingloriouseater RE: Kooper Apr 15, 2010 11:33 AM

              please tell me what is about average at the brazenhead...i end up having to eat there twice a month and am always dreading it and never order the same thing twice...please, please tell me

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                Kooper RE: ingloriouseater Apr 16, 2010 06:01 AM

                Their Irish Stew and baked Brie are my favourites.

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                  ingloriouseater RE: Kooper Apr 16, 2010 06:36 AM

                  i will have to try them, i usually end up with the pot pie

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                  xiolablue RE: ingloriouseater Apr 18, 2010 08:17 AM

                  couldn't agree more that the food at the brazen head is average to below average. i put it on the same level as the food at mill street brew pub. both places are great for pints but not for food. i complained once to the brazen head and i received an email from management stating that they would send me a gift certificate if i replied with my mailing address. i did reply and no certificate was ever sent-nuff said.

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                    ingloriouseater RE: xiolablue Apr 18, 2010 09:01 AM

                    they are both owned (as well as others like the foggy dew) by the mill street people so the standards (or lack thereof) would be similar i would think

          2. Platoputas RE: delamothe Apr 14, 2010 12:37 PM

            If you don't get a chance to fuel-up completely before the game, the food offerings at the BMO field are actually more interesting than I expected. They're not healthy choices by any means, but they may be worth trying.

            The first tip is to turn right and go up the stairs after you enter the gates. While many of the concessions stands look the same, this is the only one with the most food options. Last year, I tried three items and I have photos/review up on my site, but here's the highlights:
            - best of the bunch were the Macaroni and Cheese Fritters with Bacon ($4.95 for 4 balls). The breaded coating was extremely crispy, and the real bacon and sun-dried tomato bits scattered throughout the mac n’ cheese helped make it extra tasty.
            - Chicken Curry Roll ($7.50). This actually came with two rolls and a side container of straight-from-the-jar plum sauce. I was happy to see something that could qualify as Indian cuisine on the menu.
            - Scotch Egg ($4.35) which is a hard-boiled egg, surrounded by sausage meat, then the whole big ball is deep-fried. This was surprisingly bland and unsurprisingly greasy and came with some kind of “HP Sauce Chutney.” Still fun to try one.
            Have fun at the game!


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              Kooper RE: Platoputas Apr 15, 2010 06:49 AM

              There is supposed to be a Smoke's Poutinery in the ground this year. I have no idea where however.

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                mramage RE: Kooper Apr 15, 2010 10:19 AM

                Smoke's now has a mobile truck that he is going to park at the north end of the stadium.

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                  Kooper RE: mramage Apr 16, 2010 05:59 AM

                  It took me a half hour to get the poutine at half time going from the south stand. It was really good but it was a long trip for the meal.

            2. BeanerSchitzl RE: delamothe Apr 14, 2010 07:53 PM

              Lots of selection in Liberty Village about 5 mins north of BMO through the GO tunnel
              Liberty Cafe
              Brazen Head
              Mildred's Temple Kitchen
              Raaw Sushi
              Liberty Noodle
              Shoeless Joes on King West will be packed with Red Patch Boys

              609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

              Mildred's Temple Kitchen
              85 Hanna Avenue, Toronto, ON M6K 3S3, CA

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                ingloriouseater RE: BeanerSchitzl Apr 15, 2010 02:56 AM

                thuets has long been closed and maro is an event space now

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                  Kooper RE: ingloriouseater Apr 16, 2010 05:33 PM

                  Maro is taken for each game by one of the supporters groups known as Usector. I have no idea if it is a private party or what food they have beyond beers.

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