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Out of town foodies looking for a nice restaurant for dinner

calnative88 Aug 5, 2010 10:53 PM

We love to eat good food and will have 2 well behaved 10 year olds with us. We're staying near the Garden district but have a car.

  1. TorontoJo Aug 6, 2010 05:22 AM

    I've never heard of the "Garden district", so perhaps you could give us an address or a hotel name?

    Also, what kind of food do you want and at what price point?

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    1. re: TorontoJo
      bytepusher Aug 6, 2010 07:41 AM

      The "garden district" is one of those official City/BIA/TREB things that everybody ignores and in fact almost nobody knows about. It's the area around Allen Gardens. The "Garden District" name is bit of a sad joke as it's pretty much sketch central, if you're coming from a US city you will find our idea of sketchy to be quite quaint.

      There isn't really anywhere I would qualify as a "nice restaurant" in that area but there are some good ethnic/chowfind places. You wont have to go far North, West or South to get into better served areas.

      1. re: bytepusher
        TorontoJo Aug 6, 2010 07:48 AM

        Ha, that is hysterical. Calling that neighbourhood the garden district is a bit of an exercise in irony, no?

        But until calnative provides a bit more information about his/her preferences, I'll throw out two casual, but tasty, options: Harlem and Terroni

        1. re: TorontoJo
          torontofoodiegirl Aug 6, 2010 02:16 PM

          I second these. I also second Starfish, and Weezie's (though I'm not sure if either of them have menus that are super-kid-friendly, depending on how picky the kids are). I feel like George wouldn't be the greatest place for kids.

          354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

    2. CocoaChanel Aug 6, 2010 08:05 AM

      Garden District - funny...

      I would put Starfish (seafood and oysters) into the mix in that neighbourhood. Fresh oysters, well prepared seafood dishes. One of my favourites

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        froglegs Aug 6, 2010 10:36 AM

        Garden district? never heard of it. What's the hotel name? Street address?
        What price range? Any dislikes?

        1. c
          childofthestorm Aug 6, 2010 11:54 AM

          Hilarious, I'd never heard of Garden District either.

          The nicest, fanciest restaurant in that area is George, and they have a terrific courtyard patio if you're here on a nice night.

          Much loved on this board right now is the Japanese izakaya Guu, which is a loud, boisterous tavern type experience. You could go with kids, I brought my toddler there and she loved it, and the staff was very nice to her (we only lasted an hour before she flipped out but that's nothing new). Guu doesn't take reservations and there is always a fairly long wait unless you get there super early before they open.

          Or you could try the best spot in Toronto for what some call molecular gastronomy, Colborne Lane. Like George, it's spendy.

          This is all stuff near you, if you're willing to drive, well, search the board, you have the whole city to explore.

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

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

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          1. re: childofthestorm
            acd123 Aug 6, 2010 12:26 PM

            Origin at King and Church is nearby. Good place.

          2. Platoputas Aug 6, 2010 01:57 PM

            I recommend Weezie's at 364 King St. East. Great food, reasonably priced for a good dinner and has had great reviews here on chowhound.


            354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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