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Fun places for dinner near Queen/King and Spadina?

Hi all. I'm looking for suggestions for dinner before my friends and I see the Rock of Ages show at the Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto, which is between Queen and King near Spadina. Any suggestions? It would be nice to keep the theme of the evening so I guess ideally I wish the Hard Rock Cafe was closer, but are there any fun rock and roll diners in the area? I'd settle for any decent places to eat if the theme thing doesn't work out. Thanks!

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  1. Grindhouse Burger Bar I like. Has sit-down. They make all their own condiments and buns. Burgers aren't huge, but one is enough for me. They do have an 8oz option as well.
    Along the Hard Rock lines, I think Gretzky's is pretty close to that feel. Nice upper patio I hear.
    Yuzu for sushi isn't too far, at Adelaide. Varying reports of quality, though I haven't had issues.

    The rest of the umpteen restos along there, I can't speak of. Haven't eaten there in aaaages.

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

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    Grindhouse Burger Bar
    365 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1, CA

    Yuzu
    236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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    1. re: jlunar

      just posting for the map option to pop for Gretzky's....

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      Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant
      99 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V9G9, CA

      1. re: jlunar

        Is Grindhouse licensed?

        1. re: Herb

          Should be. There were taps and liquor. See photo:
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/4...

          1. re: Herb

            It is. I've had many a pint of Tankhouse there (they also have wine and liquor).

        2. I second grindhouse...the regular burgers are great, and whenever they have a "special" burger on the menu it's always amazing as well. I also love Yuzu.

          Other than that, not sure what to recommend with a Rock theme...Hooters is just around the corner I suppose, but that's probably not what you're looking for. Milagro Cantina is a good Mexican place that's quite close. As much as people dis it, Milestone's is just up the street as well and, while it doesn't have particularly great food, it has good enough food, good drinks, and a pretty good atmosphere. If you want fancy, there's always the Fifth nearby as well.

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          Yuzu
          236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

          1. Maybe Shanghai Cowgirl at Queen/Bathurst?

            http://shanghaicowgirl.com/

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            Shanghai Cowgirl
            538 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

            1. If you like the Hard Rock, you want Gretzky's.

              BQM Diner at Queen & Spadina has better food.

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              BQM Diner
              354 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V2A2, CA

              1. Thai Princess is better than acceptable Thai Food.

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                Thai Princess
                387 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1K1, CA

                1. Thanks for the suggestions so far. Keep em coming. What do people think of Kitkat?

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                  1. re: ptoomey

                    Kitkat not so great. You'd be better off at Grindhouse for sure.

                    1. re: JennaBean

                      I agree that Grindhouse > Kitkat. Grindhouse burgers are really tasty but they're small: http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.co...
                      So that may or may not be a crowd-pleaser - if your friends aren't into burgers, then maybe not. There have been positive reviews of BQM on this board, but I personally didn't think their burger was that great.

                      You can also head to Ackee Tree to (Jamaican) get their sweet potato fries, fried plantain, jerk chicken, saltfish, etc. Located at the north-west corner of Spadina & Queen. Not part of your theme, but I would personally like it as a pre-rock show dinner because it's so casual.

                      Have fun, I heard it's a good show! =

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                      Erin
                      http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.com/

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                      Ackee Tree
                      170 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2C2, CA

                      Rodney's Oyster House
                      469 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1K4, CA

                      Grindhouse Burger Bar
                      365 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1, CA

                      1. re: ekim256

                        Thanks Erin! The pic off the blog link makes me hungry!!!

                  2. I enjoy the Queen Mother Cafe. It's not exactly "Rock and Roll" diner - more Queen Street West regulars. But their high-quality eclectic menu and great drink selection is sure to please.

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                    Queen Mother
                    206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

                    1. If you want to have a fun time, Rodney's Oyster House is always a good bet.

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                      Rodney's Oyster House
                      469 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1K4, CA

                      1. What about options for spicy, more decadent food? Is there a really good place around there for a super-flavorful pasta, or do any of the places people have already mentioned (e.g. Yuzu/Sushi Queen) have really good hot and spicy Japanese/pan-Asian food options on their menu?

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                        1. re: ptoomey

                          The problem is the theatre is in an extremely touristy neighbourhood. Why not just go to the HRC if that's what you're looking for? It's almost the same walk from the Royal Alex it is to Queen & Spadina.