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Sep 17, 2010 08:42 AM

Group in Toronto with a couple of kids - I've already searched!

Hi, I did a search but didn't come up with any results that met my needs. Hoping you can help me out. I will be in Toronto with a group of about 10 people. We're looking for something on a Thursday night.

* Most of the group will be staying at the Sheraton Centre, so something nearby would be ideal. I'm sure cabs/metro will be okay as well but I don't want to have to organize that too!
* We have a very picky 7-yr old (as in, her parents pack nutrition bars for her and she will only eat bacon or burgers) as well as a semi-picky 13-yr old so a kid's menu would be greatly appreciated.
* Pubs are okay as they seem to have the most variety (something for everyone). I've already got Beer Bistro on the list, anything else?
* No one is vegetarian.

For the rest of the trip I've got both Black Hoofs, Lardon and a Thai and pho spot on the list, and I can search for lunch recs. Just really need some great ideas for this dinner.


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

The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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  1. As of late I feel like I've recommended this place many time but for family-friendly downtown with good quality food and service my go to is Le Select. It is a lovely French bistro not too far from your hotel, the menu is large and their is a kids menu as well.

    Sorry for those who feel like I'm being a broken record on this one but I really do this it is the best non-chain family place in the core.

    Le Select
    432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

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    1. re: JennaBean

      Jenna this looks great! Thanks for the suggestion.

      1. re: ch_smooth

        Le Select was my first thought too. They are very family friendly but sophisticated enough to satisfy the adults among you as well.

        If you want to go the pub route I like the Queen and Beaver, which has a gastro-angle (although it's not too out there) and food that is above average for pub grub. It is a reasonable walk from your hotel (10-15 minutes).

        Italian is the other crowd-pleaser and Mercatto might suit (I recommend them over Terroni because Terroni's no-substitution and no-rez policies may make your evening unduly difficult, especially since you know you have a picky eater on board.

        Le Select
        432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

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

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      1. You could probably head downstairs to Quinn's/Shopsy's (at Sheraton Centre). It's usually fairly quiet, so they could probably accommodate and the group would be able to order from both restaurant's menu. The prime rib at Quinn's is consistent and Shopsy's menu would be accessible for most picky kids.

        1. I feel like a safe bet would be Terroni on Adelaide - I find that pizza is something familiar that even a picky kid can try and will still please the adults
          Pricey, but there's also Bymark. The nice thing is that (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong) I think the Sheraton is connected to the PATH network, so if the weather is chilly or you don't feel like wearing a jacket you can use the underground pathway to walk there. I personally think that their burger or pastas would work for the children - but again pricey.

          Beer Bistro sounds like a good option! But Terroni would be my safe choice.


          57 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

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          1. re: ekim256

            Terroni on Adelaide is a great choice...and for the bacon kid....St Lawrence market peameal sandwich (west side of the south building) ....not that far from your hotel....daytime and takeout only. A kid hit...but ONLY a kid the old spaghetti factory down on Front or wherever it is...close to st lawrence and esplanade food is well...kid friendly...and place is well....old merry-go rounds as decor etc etc...

            kids tend to love it....however, the grown up food is blah...

            1. re: Minister of Kebab

              I agree. ONLY for a kid hit...I found Olde Spaghetti Factory quite terrible...
              St Lawrence Market would be fun, but maybe a little hectic for a group of 10 with children? If it was warmer I'd say yes, go for it and eat outside but I think it might be a little chilly for that next Thursday

            2. re: ekim256

              While I like Terroni, I agree with Rabbit that its not a great recommendation in this case. The OP states they have 2 picky eaters on board, and Terroni has a strict no substitution policy. That has the potential of turning the evening into a disaster. While pizza seems like the perfect food for a kid the OP states one of the kids will only eat "bacon or burgers".

              1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                Oh right! I forgot about that rule...that does throw a sticky curveball in there. Perhaps checking the menu beforehand to see if there's a suitable pizza would work...I haven't been to Mercatto, but it looks like it'd be kid-friendly

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

            3. For a different type of pub - more of a French style, you can try the 3 Brewers near the Yonge & Dundas square (275 Yonge St).