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Biff's - Jeans appropriate?

Sweet Pea Sep 8, 2010 08:08 AM

DH and I are heading out for date night and he wants to wear jeans. Will he be under dressed at Biff's?

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    JennaBean Sep 8, 2010 08:18 AM

    If he pairs them with nice/cool shoes and a button down or t-shirt and jacket he will be fine.

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    1. re: JennaBean
      ragged25 Sep 8, 2010 08:44 AM

      I agree, especially if you dine in the bar area. I quite like their main dining room area and a nice dark pair of jeans with dress shoes and a nice shirt/jacket should do the trick.

      1. re: ragged25
        millygirl Sep 8, 2010 09:09 AM

        Agreed. Providing they are in good condition and paired with a nice top of some sort - jeans are fine, even for women.

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      phoenikia Sep 8, 2010 09:13 AM

      What kind of jeans?

      Wranglers and Lees will feel out of place at Biff's.

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        Sweet Pea Sep 8, 2010 09:37 AM

        Thanks, all. I'm still going to try to convince him to wear a proper pair of pants, but at least if I lose the fight, I'll know that he'll still pass muster.

        Any recs. for "must have" menu items? Blood sausage is not on our radar, but other than that we're pretty open to trying just about anything.

        1. ekim256 Sep 8, 2010 10:13 AM

          Biff's is a bit more casual than the other O&B restaurants. Jeans and a nice top would be fine, as long as he's not wearing ratty shoes (I know the pains of getting boys to dress nicely all too well :P)
          I have a few pics of the interior/patio here: http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.com/2010/07/summerlicious-2010-biffs-bistro.html
          So it's nicer, but not too upscale =


          I've only had Summerlicious items, but they were all great! My friend said that a Canoe chef told her that Biff's was his favourite out of all the O&B restaurants =)
          My friends went there for the $1 oysters after 5PM deal, but they said they weren't big fans (but they aren't the type who get oysters often)

          Enjoy! I want to go back for dinner too - feel free to let us know what you ended up liking :3


          Biff's Bistro
          4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

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          1. re: ekim256
            ragged25 Sep 8, 2010 11:02 AM

            I love the buck a shuck there and I got them the last time. There are availalbe in the dining room as well, so if you're into oysters, ask them.

            I did a quick review a while back, I still remember the duck confit, it was pretty good along with the parfait. The portions were pretty big so we were too stuffed for dessert.

            Hope you have a good time.


            1. re: ragged25
              Sweet Pea Sep 8, 2010 12:30 PM

              Mmmm...oysters. Love, love, love.
              If I have time I'll report back on the meal in the next few days.

              Now I just have to figure out what *I'm* going to wear, LOL!

              1. re: Sweet Pea
                Dean Tudor Sep 8, 2010 04:14 PM

                I've been to Biff's many times, during the "licious periods, the trade lunches, the corporate lunches, the wine tastings with appetizers, and (believe it or not) many times when I've paid on my own nickel.

                I've never been disappointed.

                But I've always worn French-styled jeans, so maybe that says something.....

                1. re: Dean Tudor
                  Bigtigger Sep 9, 2010 05:43 PM

                  This seems to me a strange thread: is there really any public restaurant (as opposed to a private club) in Toronto where you couldn't wear jeans ?

                  Quite apart from questions of keeping business and avoiding fuss, since women are universally admitted to every class of eatery wearing "designer jeans" (real or faux) my understanding of Human Rights legislation in Ontario, anyway, is that men similarly attired could hardly be refused. Whether this is a good or bad thing is a matter of debate and not for this board lol....

                  1. re: Bigtigger
                    millygirl Sep 10, 2010 02:23 AM

                    Not strange at all bigtigger.

                    It's not a matter of refusal. Of course they can't be refused entry. What I believe the poster was trying to establish is whether or not they would feel out of place. Totally understandable question IMO.

                    1. re: millygirl
                      ekim256 Sep 10, 2010 09:12 AM

                      I agree with millygirl :-)
                      when I first moved to Toronto, I was really excited about the food scene and I erroneously went to Nota Bene with my school backpack, shorts, & tank top for lunch. I felt quite silly surrounded by suits, although the service was still super friendly and didn't say boo about it. It's more of a personal comfort thing


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

          2. Bobby Wham Sep 10, 2010 07:20 AM

            you can wear jeans to any restaurant

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