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Mid Town Family Friendly RESTO with good food.....does such a thing exist????

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We are located at Yonge & St. Claire, new to the city with a 3yr old. We have been very disapointed with the food in the area and are wondering where there is a good family restaurant with a 10 to 15 min. drive (or walk). We are looking for a tasty place that is friendly and relatively quick. I would say we are looking for something above your standard "pub" fair.

any help would be great. thanks guys

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  1. Boccone

    Terroni

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    Boccone Deli & Pizza
    1378 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Y5, CA

    1. Yonge Street:
      Zucca
      Tabule
      Quince
      Grazie

      Mount Pleasant:
      Simple Bistro
      Mogette
      Positano
      Zee Grill

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      Tabule
      2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

      Grazie
      2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

      Zucca
      2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

      Simple Bistro
      619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

      Zee Grill
      641 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

      Mogette
      581 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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      1. re: sloweater

        wow never been to any of those...thanks

        1. re: sloweater

          Though I love Zucca, Quince, and Simple Bistro I wouldn't describe any of them as particularly family-friendly (I wouldb't feel comfortable taking a 3 year old there). Ditto for Grazie, Positano, and Zee Grill, but maybe a touch less so. Haven't been to Mogette, so can't comment.

          In general, I think you'll find better options north of Davisville than at St. Clair, but Terroni at St. Clair is definitely good food and would be pretty family-friendly.

          Good casul options to the south of you (around Summerhill) are the Monk's Table (formerly the Abbott on the Hill) and the Rebel House -- both pubby, but better than your average fare. I can't recall whether I've seen kids at the Rebel House. I've actually never been to the Monk's Table, but have been many times to the Abbott north of Lawrence and it's definitely family-friendly. Maybe someone else can provide some input...

          I would also suggest Grano (on Yonge, between Davisville and Eglinton), which is pretty solid and seems to be pretty family-friendly (and, especially nice at this time of year, has a nice patio at the back).

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          Rebel House
          1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

          Grazie
          2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

          Grano
          2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

          Simple Bistro
          619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

          Zee Grill
          641 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

          Mogette
          581 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

          Zuccabar
          299 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R2L4, CA

          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            If you're dining with a little one I think you could probably get away with Zucca or Quince (I haven't been to Simple) if you planned for a less-busy night and an early seating. True that they're not really "kid" restaurants, but they're neighbourhood-y enough that I think you could make it work.

            Five Doors North and Coquine can both be pretty raucous. Again, they're not typical family restaurants, but I'm not sure a three year old would even be noticed in the fray! The thing I would be most worried about at either of the aforementioned is getting in and and getting out before the toddler fatigues... but if you're ready to order right out of the gate (menus are all online) and bring a few amusements then I think you could make it work (especially since I think Coquine has a patio in the summer months).

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            Five Doors North
            2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

            Coquine
            2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

            Zuccabar
            299 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R2L4, CA

            1. re: Rabbit

              I brought a three years old to Quince before. It is ok as long as the little one is not too hyper. You will have to bring a booster, I remember we use our own booster at that time. I am sure it is ok with Coquine and Grazie too, as it is such a noisy restaurant. I am not too comfortable bringing the little one to Zee Grill, Mogette or Simple though, have anyone done that ?

            2. re: torontofoodiegirl

              Just had another thought... If you feel like doing take-out, check out the Stockyards on St. Clair west of Bathurst for excellent barbeque. They do have some seating, but it's pretty limited and is at barstools, so perhaps not the best eat-in option for a 3 year old.

              Rabbit got me thinking about the 3 year-old situation, and in retrospect, you might be okay at some of the restaurants I suggested were poor options, if you go early (we tend to dine late, so perhaps that's why I think of these restaurants as being unsuitable).

              1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                I think most places will happily accommodate a family with a 3 year old, provided the child behaves well. I have a 3 year old and have had to occasionally take him out for a walk when he gets a little too excited. That said, if you dine a little earlier than prime time 7 to 7:30, there's no reason you should relegate your family dining to pub grub, even if it is decent pub grub.

                I would recommend that you call the places you are interested in going to and ask if they have a policy regarding young diners. You'll get a pretty good sense of their policy by how they respond. You will be doing yourself a favour if you take your kids to restaurants and teach them how to behave appropriately in that environment.

            3. Welcome to the city...

              If you want friendly (family or otherwise) avoid Terroni.

              Plenty of better, friendlier choices in your area.

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              1. re: TexSquared

                A few more suggestions: Sushi Garden in Delisle Court for cheap and cheerful sushi, sashimi and cooked food (lots of combos), Mashu Mashu on Spadina in the Lower Village and Mezzetta on St. Clair west of Bathurst. There are lots of restaurants along St. Clair, west of Bathurst. Stroll around until you find one with a menu you like and a family-friendly vibe.

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                Mashu Mashu
                387 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, CA

                Mezzetta
                681 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

                Sushi Garden
                1560 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T2S9, CA

                1. re: TexSquared

                  I couldn't disagree more on the Terroni comment - I've been at the Balmoral Terroni location upwards of 25 times with our kids, surrounded by everyone else who lives in the neighbourhood dining with their tots - it is the very definition of a fun, family friendly restaurant with very good, fresh food. Go at 6:00 on a Friday and you'll be hard pressed to find a table that doesn't have kids. Yes, I know, the substitutions policy that is hated by many on this board but there are lots of good items on the menu, you can be in and out quickly, they have lots of boosters and high chairs on hand and if you sit by the pizza oven, it's a great show.

                  As for the rest of the neighbourhood, the underlying problem is the lack of good restaurants in general. Yonge and St. Clair itself is pretty much a chow-wasteland where mediocrity prevails. You are definitely better served going north to Davisville (Tabule or Grano) or even Eglinton (Cha Liu, Aroma) or south (I've heard Rebel House and Monk's Table are great for kids but never been with ours, Caffe Doria is so-so, Earth). It's not a meal but at least you have a couple of good ice cream options - My Favourite Ice Cream Shop at Yonge and Macpherson and Xococava in Delisle Court. I heard that The Drake General Store is going to be setting up a gelato cart outside their store this summer and that will be fun as well.

                  If it's any consolation, there are a ton of awesome playgrounds nearby!!!

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                  Rebel House
                  1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

                  Grano
                  2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

                  1. re: peppermint pate

                    The Balmoral location of Terroni couldn't be more kid friendly - they will do substitutions for kids but not adults. Also across Balmoral is Capocaccia which treats my 4 and 6 year old like royalty, with decent food as well. Just don't go at 8 - go for an earlier dinner and you avoid the date night people. The numerous Indian places around Yonge & St Clair are welcoming of little ones.

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                    Capocaccia Cafe
                    1366 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T3A7, CA

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

                2. Before you waste time and money on Terroni, might want to read some of this:

                  http://www.yelp.ca/biz/terroni-toronto-4

                  That is the location closest to you... look at all the negative comments on the first page alone. Who ever heard of a pizza place that refuses to cut it into slices when requested (I can just imagine a waiter saying "you lazy bum, cut it yourself!"), and uses olives that still have pits in them so that you have to spit out onto your plate?

                  Again, suggest you look elsewhere.

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                  1. re: TexSquared

                    I agree that feedback on Terroni has always been mixed, although my experiences over the past ten-ish years have been good. The Yelp thread is really just further evidence of this polarization since it also has glowing five-star reviews.

                    What happened to you at Terroni, Tex? This is the second time in a couple of weeks that you have offered really scathing feedback on this outfit with scant detail. It's gotta be more than pitted olives (which. BTW, you might find on pizza in Italy!).

                  2. Hello - we are a family living around Bathurst and St. Clair. Family friendly restaurants we've been to are: Mashu Mashu in Forest Hill, Diverso on Dupont (alternatively you could go to their sister restaurant Ferraro on Eglinton), Edoko for sushi in the Village, Grapefruit Moon on Bathurst south of Dupont, Village Diner in Forest Hill, Hope Street Cafe in Forest Hill. On Yonge I'd recommend Boccone, Rebel House, Monk's Table. If you're a fan of dim sum, Dynasty on Bloor is one of the most family friendly restaurants we visit. Then there's always places like United Bakers on Lawrence or the Pickle Barrel on Yonge if you want extremely family friendly establishments.

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                    Rebel House
                    1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

                    Mashu Mashu
                    387 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, CA

                    United Bakers
                    506 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto, ON M6A, CA

                    Hope Street Cafe
                    324 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON M4V1X4, CA

                    1. Not pub fare, but New Thai at 81 St Clair E has always served us well for an early-ish dinner with kids. Not the city's best or most adventurous Thai food, certainly, but perfectly decent. Staff always friendly, though not very talkative, and seem happy to get some business on a weeknight whenever we go there.

                      Similarly, Il Fornello (Yonge and Delisle) is fine for kids, especially earlier rather than later. Yours might be too young yet to need it, but there is a kids' menu, with if I recall correctly, some simple pizza and pasta choices.

                      We love the food at Rebel House, and have taken kids there on occasion, I feel it is sort of in the middle in terms of being not terriibly kid-friendly but not totally kid-unfriendly either. You can do it, but it might not feel quite right.

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                      Rebel House
                      1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

                      New Thai Restaurant
                      81 St Clair Ave E, Toronto, ON M4T1L8, CA