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Dan G Aug 15, 2010 07:21 PM

Need two really good places for lunch, price isn't an object. Only caveat is that I am landing at Pearson at about 1245 and have to get my luggage then rental car, so probably won't be able to make a reservation for earlier than 2 pm. Ideas so far are Canoe, George, or Nota Bene. Are any of these good choices? Which would be best? What else should I consider?

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

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    sumdumgoy Aug 15, 2010 10:30 PM

    All are great choices but you will be lucky to get to any of them by 3 pm

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      Dan G Aug 16, 2010 07:28 AM

      I was figuring I'd be off the plane at 1245, 10-15 min to get luggage, another 15 to get the car would get me out of yyz at 115, and then unless traffic has gotten a lot worse since i was there last year, 40 to downtown. Maybe 10 to find parking...

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        ingloriouseater Aug 17, 2010 12:14 PM

        i think the timeline is still tight. Terminal 1 walk to get luggage is at least 10 minutes and another 10-15 waiting for luggage, Terminal 3 is a shorter walk but just as long wait for the luggage. 2:30pm is a better time for lunch although late for most restos....

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      CarNut Aug 16, 2010 05:21 AM

      If you don't need to be downtown, try Via Allegro - much closer to the airport.

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      Via Allegro
      1750 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M9C5H5, CA

      1. curnonsky Aug 16, 2010 07:31 AM

        Susur Lee's Lee has a three-course prix fixe for $30 featuring some of his more famous dishes (Singapore slaw, etc).

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          Dan G Aug 17, 2010 11:29 AM

          Based on the location - a shorter drive from the airport - would Auberge du Pommier be a good choice?

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            TorontoJo Aug 17, 2010 11:33 AM

            Yep, good call. It's only 20 minutes from the airport at that time of day, and there is ample free parking in the underground lot next door (bring the ticket so they can validate it).

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