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ISO spot near St. Mike's Hospital for dinner tomorrow

I am meeting a friend for supper at 6.00 pm. She is coming off of a shift at St. Mike's Hospital and will probably be famished. Looking for something that saves us from having to eat at GreenJeans in the Eaton Centre. Any reasonably priced spots that aren't chains would be awesome. Pub grub is good as long as we can hear each other speak.

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  1. There are LOTS of places within an easy walk of there -- do you have a preference for type of food?

    Here are just a few places within a few blocks:

    - The Senator
    - Harlem
    - Terroni (loud)
    - Origin
    - Beer Bistro (loud)

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

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Also, Golden Thai on Church is very good and an easy walk.

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      Golden Thai
      105 Church St, Toronto, ON M5C2G3, CA

      1. re: TorontoJo

        There's also Osteria Ciceri E Tria although if truly famished the small plates portioning there may disappoint. Never had problems with too much noise for conversation.

        There's also the new Terroni wine bar next door at 106 Victoria, can't comment on the volume.

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        Osteria
        106 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

      2. I second TorontoJo's rec for Beer Bistro. Love their mussels
        I find Harlem hit or miss, but still worth a shot
        Starfish for seafood (maybe a little pricey though)
        Sukkothai is about a 15 min walk away from St. Mikes
        Kenzo Noodles for a quick bowl of ramen
        A 20 minute walk will get you to Baldwin Street, but that might be too far if she's famished after a 12 hour shift! (I'd guess it's about 1.5km)

        Personally, I like eating and catching up with friends outside. It's supposed to be nice tomorrow, a little hot. You could bring her a yummy wrap from Sage Cafe (which is on Baldwin) and enjoy it at Nathan Philip's Square. I find they wrap up quite nicely and I like their salmon & dill wrap quite a bit. I believe they close at 5PM. (http://www.sagecafeandcatering.com/ou...

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        Erin :)
        http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.com/

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

        Kenzo
        138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

        1. Duggan's Brewery is just down the street on Victoria. I've heard it gets noisy later but I've only been there around the 6pm mark and we've had not problem with table conversation (in fact, I think we were being the loud ones).
          http://www.duggansbrewery.com/

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          Duggan's Brewery
          75 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

          1. queen and beaver, front room preferred for talking ease.

            1. I find the Senator overpriced, but the food is good.

              Osteria Ciceri e Tria and it's kissin' cousin, La Bettola, distinguish themselves by having achieved the apex of high prices and bad food. So poorly prepared it makes one wonder if they're Italian at all. The service will kiss your ass, though, and the rooms look groovy so perhaps that's the appeal.

              Origin, Harlem, Starfish, Queen and Beaver are all good suggestions. I'dd add to those Mercatto on Toronto St and Mengrai for Thai food.

              One more I want to mention is Victoria Restaurant at the corner of Queen and Victoria. This place could out-diner The Senator blindfolded with one spatula tied behind it's back. Victoria Restaurant's prices are extremely reasonable to the point where it might induce nostalgic flashbacks of paying with cash instead of dropping plastic for a burger and fries. Nothing special unless you consider a good, old-fashioned diner special.

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              Mengrai
              82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

              Mercatto
              15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

              Victoria Restaurant
              27 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C2M6, CA

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              1. re: Googs

                I prefer the Blue Sea — or the Dead Sea as locals refer — at Queen & Mutual for cheap Greece-y spoon. Colourful crowd!

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                Blue Sea Restaurant
                90 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C1S6, CA

                1. re: curnonsky

                  O_O That place is crazy ghetto. Mind you, I've never had the guts to go in...!

                  1. re: jlunar

                    I used to eat at Blue Sea over two decades ago when I worked in the neighbourhood. Yes, it was "Dead" even then. I don't think the OP's looking for a Top 1000 Places To Eat Where You May Die kinda place.

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                    Blue Sea Restaurant
                    90 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C1S6, CA

                    1. re: Googs

                      Hmmm. A potential last meal destination. I smell an idea for a reality tv series.

                2. re: Googs

                  (This was meant to be a reply to Googs post, accidently put it in the wrong spot!)...

                  Interesting regarding your comments on Osteria . I have a friend from the south of Italy who has been living in Toronto for the last 2 years and this is one of her favourite spots for Italian food. I have never been myself so I can't comment directly on the food

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                  Osteria
                  106 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

                  1. re: ylsf

                    Let us begin with if you precook your sage it will be bitter in the dish and go downhill from there. Each single element in every dish we were served had been mishandled in some way. If your friend thinks this is a good Italian place in Toronto that says more about the quality of Italian food in Toronto than it does their taste. I'm certain they should wander farther afield and not lose hope.

                3. Thanks for all the suggestions which will be used for another visit. Friend was famished and the easiest decision was to head to Milestones at YDS. But I'm happy that there is now a strong reliable list of good eats in the area.