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mikefly Apr 14, 2010 07:26 PM

Hey,

A friend of mine is in from Montreal, and looking for a tasty meal.

She's hoping to spend about $50 all-in. Ideally near Spadina between King and St Clair. (give or take)

She has a preference for Lebanese, Italian or Spanish. She does not enjoy spicy food.

Ideally something a little different than she could find in Montreal.

Much appreciated!

Mike

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St Clair Restaurant
69 St Clair St, Chatham, ON N7L3H8, CA

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    mikefly Apr 15, 2010 08:47 PM

    Ate at Torito. Food was good, experience was absolutely fantastic. Great ambience, wonderful staff. Thanks for the recc!

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    Torito
    276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

    1. TorontoJo Apr 15, 2010 03:49 AM

      A little off of Spadina, but what about Senhor Antonio's for Portuguese tapas? That's one thing I'm pretty sure Montreal doesn't have. I'm not sure we have any Italian restos that would be different from what's in Montreal.

      1. jlunar Apr 14, 2010 08:45 PM

        Maybe Torito? Spanish tapas and all that. I haven't been recently, but there's been good chatter about it on the boards in recent memory. I had a good meal there... in 2007. $50pp could be done. If it were warmer, their back patio is really nice. Plus, she can wander Kensington before eating, which is an interesting area.

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        Torito
        276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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          mikefly Apr 14, 2010 09:17 PM

          This is a brilliant idea. There's also La Palette (admittedly, not lebanese, italian or spanish).
          I suspect she doesn't know this area at all. Hopefully more ideas before 5pm tomorrow!

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          La Palette
          256 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

          1. re: jlunar
            Rabbit Apr 15, 2010 03:44 AM

            Second jlunar's suggestion... Torito came first to mind for me too. And Kensington is really fun and uniquely Toronto.

            Maybe Buca for Italian? 93 Harbord is very good for Middle Eastern (in a pretty atmosphere!) and it's just a short jaunt from Harbord and Spadina.

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            93 Harbord
            93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

            Torito
            276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

            Harbord
            147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

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

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              torontofoodiegirl Apr 15, 2010 04:12 AM

              My first thought was also Torito. But a word of caution -- the bill can add up quickly, depending on how hungry you are and how much you drink.

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              Torito
              276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

              1. re: torontofoodiegirl
                Rabbit Apr 15, 2010 04:48 AM

                Very, very true!

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              nazzareno Apr 14, 2010 07:56 PM

              I highly recommend The Olive Oil Boutique Wine & Grill for those who expects authentic italian food no compromise. The people are great and the new chef is just fantastic. He has over 40 years of experience. They use only gourmet food items to cook. This items are imported from Italy. I went for dinner with my wive and we had branzino + a nice glass of white wine, it was delicious. I was informed that the oil was extra virgin first cold squeeze. The menu is full and the price was very good. I will go back for sure and i will recommend this place to my friends. 416.484.6100

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                mikefly Apr 15, 2010 04:46 AM

                Link to chowhound posting on this restaurant. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/658061

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