Lunch(es)/Dinner(s)/Drink(s) with My Dad
So I am visiting Toronto with my Dad this weekend and was hoping to get some advice on a few places we could visit. I have been to the city on a few occasions and really enjoyed my time but I don't know that he would necessarily enjoy the same places I have been to in the past (The Beaconsfield, for example.) Having looked at the NOW magazine 'Best Of' for 2009, there are some nice places but I have had success with advice gleaned and cross-referenced from various CHOW boards in the past. We are staying around Bloor and Younge and are open to any kind of food but are not necessarily looking to blow the bank at every meal. It wouldn't be a huge deal to have to travel for something memorable but I would prefer to stay mostly downtown. We arrive in town early Friday morning and leave later Sunday night. Any/all advice is greatly appreciated for food or anything else happening in the city that we should check out.
1154 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1J5, CA
Ciao on Yorkville does reasonable pizzas and pastas with slightly high priced wine offerings. If you get a window/patio table the people watching can be fun. From 3:30 on Saturdays, the Pilot tavern on Cumberland close to Yonge has live jazz, generally without a cover, and a great roof patio.
More options near Kensington Market are Negroni for panini and delicious salads and apps to share, and Torito for Spanish tapas with a South American twist. Beer Bistro on King (only a subway ride away) does delicious mussels and burgers, with a sensational beer list to peruse. Malena is new and near Yorkville. The menu looks great!
Please give us an idea of what kind of foods you and your dad like. There's no point in suggesting dim-sum, pho or dosas if your tastes run a bit more continental.
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I noticed you were looking for corned beef on another thread, so you might enjoy Caplansky's, a new-ish (couple of years old) Toronto deli where they make their own smoked meat (probably good for lunch, possibly breakfast). It's is also near Kensington and Chinatown which are fun neighbourhoods for walking about.
My favourite spots in Yorkville(-ish) are Caren's Wine Bar, L'Unita, or Mistura (if you do want to break the bank). For drinks, the Roof Bar at the top of the Hyatt has a great view.
Your call is really broad and if you could even narrow it down to suggest that you'd like to try, say Italian one night and lunch in Chinatown (or whatever, it would really help). Or if you have ideas about neighbourhoods or attractions that you'll be visiting. I could spam you with a longer list of a few more of my favourites, but I have no idea if the suggestions would be appropriate in terms of food (adventurous, hate seafood?, is dad meat and potatoes), atmosphere (are you pub people, looking for secret neighbourhood places, new hotspots), or pricepoint... so it seems pretty random.
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true at 69 yorkville is close to your hotel and has solid food, and good prices, fresh, local, organic italian inspired
globe bistro and globe earth are both within subway stops of your hotel
Flo's diner at yorkville and bay is a great breakfast place also close to your hotel
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