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If you had one evening only in Toronto, where would you eat?

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I posted previously asking about the 360 CN Tower restaurant. We will be in Toronto on the weekend, on Saturday. We're looking for an exceptional meal ($40-60pp before wine, tax & tip), with a nice atmosphere, and a few other restrictions: no Asian, Italian, Indian or African. And preferably not French.

Where should we go?

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  1. Well its summerlicious right now so you'll have a hard time getting reservations at any of the participating restaurants. You are also ruling out pretty much every major culinary culture on earth. That being said, I would recommend Globe Earth. Great contemporary seasonal food, not participating in Summerlicious, and right for your price range.

    1. The Black Hoof!

      But it's busy, especially on a Saturday, so you may have to wait. Though they'll send you across the street to The Hoof Cafe where you can nibble and drink.

      You'd also have to be a bit adventurous in your eating. Raw horse sandwich and tongue on brioche are two staples. I've also had calf's brains, sweetbreads, heart, etc. there. It's not all crazy, but these are the resto's menu leanings. It's a short card, but here are four menus in the last year:

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      The Black hoof and The Hoof Café have held a high spot on my recommendation list for a while now.

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

      1. Both suggestions of Globe Earth and Black Hoof would be at the top of my list as well. I'll also throw out Origin. I guess it depends on what kind of "nice atmosphere" you like. Both the Hoof and Origin are a little louder (with Origin being the louder of those two) and certainly not formal. I love the atmosphere at both. It's a lot of fun!

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

        1. Dining Al Fresco at Torito's ( Spanish Tapas )
          Oysters and seafood at Starfish.
          Guu ( Japanese Izakaya ). Assuming your Asian restrictions are for Chinese,Vietnamese and Thai only?! Don't think there's a lot of good Japanese izakayas in Quebec?!

          All of the above serve very good food!

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          Torito
          276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

          Guu
          398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

          1. Given your restrictions, my pick would probably be Chiado - truly first class high end Portuguese - or Splendido, provided that in either case you order carefully and aren't big eaters - check the menus.

            To me Globe Earth is ok as a local bistro but in no way exceptional. Black Hoof would also be good if that type of food interests you. Agree on Starfish as an excellent seafood choice but I wouldn't call the atmosphere exceptional (though the food can be for sure).

            I would typically recommend Niagara Street Cafe but I had a not great experience there lately (way too much cornstarch in several soup/sauce dishes) so it would be a recommendation with hesitation.

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            Niagara Street Cafe
            169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V1C9, CA

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

            Chiado
            864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

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

            1. The patio at Black Hoof. They don't take reservations but if you show up at 6 when they open you're likely to get a table (it's a small space). If its full, they take your cell # and send you across the street to its sister cafe for drinks and aps till a table opens up. Worth it and not $$$. They're also open late, but even midnight on Saturday will be packed. They're open Sunday and Monday night. too.

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

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              1. re: Herb

                I second the Chiado emotion. Truly fantastic food. Went there last night, fish sausage appetizer followed by the tuna. Food doesn't get any better in GTA than this. The service is outstanding, personable staff and good solid consistent food. Glad I don't have just one night in TO.

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                Chiado
                864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

              2. What is it you would like that is not French, Italian, Asian, Indian or African?

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                1. re: lamaranthe

                  Once you wipe out most of what Toronto does best, you're only left with a handful of great restaurants. I think most have been mentioned already (Starfish, Black Hoof, Chiado, Globe, Torito). I'll add Cava to those recommendations.

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                  Chiado
                  864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

                  Torito
                  276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

                  Cava
                  1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

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

                2. So you basically eliminated every culture of food that is good, so basically all you can get is a burger or fried chicken, no fries cause that's french. If you go to the CN tower it will all be based on French and Italian so no go there. maybe KFC or Mcdonald's?

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                  1. re: Bobby Wham

                    The Tulip, without a doubt. Even more highly recommended that Sisters.See previous posts.

                    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                      Sisters is highly rated? By who? Busloads of shut-ins?

                    2. re: Bobby Wham

                      ...Or Jack Astor's. Or Milestones. Or Montana's. Or Baton Rouge. Or Fionn McCool's. Or Casey's. Or Kelsey's. Or Alice Fazooli's.
                      All these places you can spend a modest amount without any of the offensive flavours of your restrictions.

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                      Alice Fazooli's
                      294 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1P6, CA

                      Jack Astor's
                      1090 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C3R6, CA

                      1. re: neighborguy

                        At the end of the evening , plus tax plus tip the amounts isnt so modest.

                        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                          Your right on about that VVM, but I'd imagine it would be right in line with the OP's budget ($40-60pp before wine, tax & tip) -- and for that they don't really give you that much even.

                    3. If I only had one evening in Toronto and wanted to spend $40-60 pp, I would definitely eat at The Black Hoof.

                      If I were planning on spending a bit more, I would choose Colborne Lane.

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                      Colborne Lane
                      45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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