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A humble request to the Toronto foodie gods!

I'm planning a bachelor party for one of my best friends a couple months from now, and we are both food adorers.

I want to make sure I have one of the best meals we've ever had on that special night so if people could recommend their favorites with some of the below criteria in mind, I'd be most grateful.

Should be in or near downtown Toronto -We'll probably have a limo but prefer not to travel too far.
Should be a relaxed enough atmosphere that we won't be asked to leave if we laugh a little to loud ;)
Should not be vegetarian
Anything else I'm open to!

I very much look forward to reading the responses, thanks for helping make this a night to remember!

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      1. re: youdonut

        I've heard decent tings about beer Bistro, but don't know anyone who's been to Barbarians: It's got great steak? Any special memories to share?

        1. re: newtothegame

          I personally wouldn't choose Barberian's - you could laugh out loud, but it's realllly old school. Really, really, really old school steak house. If you like that, then it's perfect.

          Beer Bistro is fun, Duggan's is fun, but they're not dressy places. They do have solid food. Better food, I think, can be had elsewhere.

          I find Splendido really nice, though I guess it depends on how loud you want to laugh and how much money you want to spend.

          Nota Bene has solid food, though also not cheap. However, it's got a bustling atmosphere, though a bit on the corporate side.

          For steak houses, I like Harbour 60 better, but it's kinda fancy-pants. However, at-your-table s'mores makes everything acceptable to me. I'd suggest hitting the bar side of the resto if you go.

          My favourite resto in the city right now though, is the Black Hoof. Really casual, awesome food. Depends on if you like offal and the like. I have a couple of my meals documented on my site, with additonal photos on flickr. Things like horse heart and tongue, butter-poached veal brain, and tongue sandwich are among the more adventuresome dishes. They do have some regular dishes too, but the menu is pretty short, so this may - or may not - be for you. No reservations though, so go on opening (6p) depending on your party size. I had 7 people recently and we were seated easily by just camping the door for 15 minutes.

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          http://www.foodpr0n.com/ -- food. is. love.

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          Beer Bistro
          18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

          Barberian's
          7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

          Splendido
          88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

          Nota Bene
          180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

          The Black Hoof
          928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          1. re: jlunar

            I love the black hoof! My only concern is lack of being able to make a reservation or I'd definitely consider it. We won't be able to have dinner until later on-IE primetime-. Thanks for the other suggestions though, I'll check them out!

      2. Have you considered a food crawl? Why have one of the best meals you've ever had, when you can have several! It's a challenging endeavour (moreso than a pub crawl, I'd say), but this is what my best man did for me. He convinced my friends to follow us around as we sampled 1-2 signature dishes at multiple restaurants. The restaurants seemed happy to do this because we were a large group with a quick turnover, and we went before the big dinner crowds. Ideally, you finish up at the place you expect to stay at for the rest of the evening. It's just ridiculous enough of an idea to make for a good bachelor party. I would suggest gastropubs like Duggan's or Queen and Beaver as good final destinations.

        This was actually the trip that introduced me to the Black Hoof, which would be a great choice on its own as previously mentioned.

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        1. re: Underdog Rally

          Love this idea actually. I might have 20 guys but hey.. could be worth the for for sure!

        2. Barberian's steak house on elm street behind sick kids lots of parking and all the restaurants next door are great too so if its packed you are ok. Its a beef lovers paradise. There's a portugese or Argentine place two doors west that gets lots of press if you prefer that kind of food. Depending on the size of the party there are private rooms at Barberians they are ok with noise either way. Best steak house since 1953, crepe suzette is fabulous and servings are enormous 22 oz porter house see my avatar picture by my name below.

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          Barberian's
          7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

          1. I think Jacob & Co would fit the bill. I would suggest that you eat in the lounge as it is more relaxed. The food it amazing, the wine list wonderful and it is right downtown. If you call in advance and tell them what you're looking for I'm sure they will give you a night to remember.

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            1. re: JennaBean

              Agreed...then you can head over to the bar scene on King street if that's your thing.

              1. re: JennaBean

                Agreed Jacob and Co is perfect, if you have the $$$.

                1. re: haggisdragon

                  First, Thanks everyone. Now I have some research to do! Jacobs&co looks beautiful, splendito is right up my alley, though might be a bit over the top for some of the people coming. Nota Bene looks amazing..
                  On that resto-crawl idea.. perhaps lunch at queen & beaver or Duggans, then an event then hit up Black hoof and let them take my number, while we sip scotch somewhere before dinner. Another question, are there any decent whiskey / scotch bars in the black hoof area, close enough to get back in time to get our big table when it comes available?

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                  Nota Bene
                  180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

                  1. re: newtothegame

                    you can always go across the street to the hoof cafe and drink/nibble there until they call you!

                    Though... 20 people might not be possible ... at all. I'm not sure. Maybe give them a ring and a heads up?

                    1. re: jlunar

                      Been to Barberians but not Jacob's can anyone do a comparison for me? Food, ambiance wise.

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                      Barberian's
                      7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

                      1. re: TheDewster

                        Jacob's is 30s/40s business crowd. Barberian's their grandparents.

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                        Barberian's
                        7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

                          1. re: TheDewster

                            The steaks are top notch at both, Jacob's probably has the edge in terms of choice. Sides at Jacob's are more modern and well executed, Barberian's sides are an after thought.

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                            Barberian's
                            7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA