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Toronto Teen Birthday Dinner Suggestions

Hey there, I'm looking for a restaurant in the GTA (if I can get there by the TTC that would be a plus) to celebrate my birthday.

I'm going there with about 10-15 teens to celebrate my 16th birthday. I was hoping to eat lunch, and then hang out somewhere near the restaurant. ( Bowling, Karaoke, mini golf etc...) But if there isn't a hang out near, it is fine.

I am not thinking of going downtown because transportation is inconvenient (none of us can drive). My budget is about $20 per person. I hope I'll find a unique place that's affordable.

Thanks a lot!
-JL

P.S. It and my Sweet Sixteen if anyone was wondering.

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  1. hah! I used to have the same alias when I was 16 on the Internet. Jokes

    How about Chicago Pizza Kitchen? It's about a 15 min drive away from Dave and Busters (Vaughn). I think that that would be a fun choice for your Sweet Sixteen, but its not super-transit friendly - you'd have to transfer once from CPK to Dave and Busters. So the TTC on Keele to Highway 7 which takes you to D&B.

    If you want to do Kareoke, then perhaps North York will suit you - but for a party that size I'm not sure where to recommend. Perhaps Sariwon for kbbq (but it's a bit north and it would cost more around $40pp I think) or one of the Middle Eastern restaurants nearby.

    Erin
    http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com/

    P.S. Happy Early Sweet Sixteen!! =

    )

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    Sariwon
    7388 Yonge St, Vaughan, ON L4J, CA

    Chicago Pizza Kitchen
    2338 Major MacKenzie Dr, Maple, ON L6A3Y7, CA

    1. How about you take the TTC to Christie station or Bathurst station -- go somewhere like Sushi Couture or one of the Korean BBQ places (fun in a group), and then go to Snakes and Lattes on Bloor -- which is a coffee shop with really great board games (google it -- there have been some recent articles)?

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      Sushi Couture
      456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

      1. Here's an idea if you are adventurous, Bamiyan Kabob, 62 Overlea Blvd. There is definitely TTC here - if you have no idea where this is, it is sort of southwest of the Science Centre. It is an Afghan place, counter service, not table service, so very casual. Interesting grilled meat dishes, some spicy. A couple of veg options. Inexpensive, easy to be under $20. No reservations - try to go not right at a peak time period. Then more or less across the road is Thorncliffe Bowlerama at 45 Overlea, underneath Zellers, which is huge. Fun place to bowl but do not ingest anything served there.

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        Bamiyan Kabob
        62 Overlea Blvd, Toronto, ON M4H1C4, CA

        1. Close to Coxwell subway station (within a five minute walk), there's a restaurant called "Ten Feet Tall". It's casual and funky, opens at 11 a.m. on weekends, and I think it's within your price range. Just a short walk from there is Danforth Bowl, which is a very small bowling facility with 5-pin bowling; you could call ahead and see if they'll put your music on for you (bring a CD) and put the disco ball on (they call it rock & roll bowling, hahaha)!!! With that number of guests, you would probably need two or three lanes, depending.

          http://www.tenfeettall.ca/website/wp/
          http://www.danforthbowl.ca/main_files...

          1. Thanks to all the replies, it has been really helpful. I've looked through all the links. :D

            Thanks Erin! I think Chicago Pizza Kitchen is a bit far, but the reviews are so good! I'm considering it, but chances are slim since buses don't come as often during the weekend. As for Sariwon, KBBQ that isn't a all you can eat, that is $40...How does that work out S: ?

            EarlyDrive, Those are great suggestions! Snakes and Lattes sound really interesting, I'm just wondering how this will work out with 15 of us. That's one of my top choices right now.

            Maple99, That does sound adventurous cause' we all love trying out new things. The thing was worries me is that some of us don't really us spicy dishes. It would of been a better choice if it was closer to me... (Thanks for the tip at the bowling place LOL)

            Full Tummy, (cute username...!) That sounds really convenient Ten Feet Tall sounds pretty good! I like the disco ball feel. :D

            I should of added this in my first post, but I live near Steeles and Midland so going to downtown takes awhile.

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            Ten Feet Tall
            1381 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

            Sariwon
            7388 Yonge St, Vaughan, ON L4J, CA

            Chicago Pizza Kitchen
            2338 Major MacKenzie Dr, Maple, ON L6A3Y7, CA

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            1. re: Starberry

              It's pricier because the quality is better. When I go for "KBBQ" I usually shell out a decent amount relative to the BBQ joints downtown because I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to Korean food. Okay, REALLY a snob. I usually go to Seoul House, which is near Yorkdale Mall. Seoul house does yummy SamGyeopSal (Pork Belly) and bbq items as well as soups, stir fries (Korean-style Chinese food like Tang Soo Yuk, which is deep fried chicken/pork/beef in a sweet plum sauce, and yummy spicy squid). It's one of my favourite places to go for Korean food with my family.

              Hey!! This place is close to RINX - you can play whirlyball there which is super fun. Think of lacrosse + basketball + bumper cars rolled into a whiplash inducing fun sport. No idea what the TTC is like though. You can also hop back onto the subway and take it up to Defcon for paintball.

              Whirlyball is super fun, if you haven't tried it =)

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              New Seoul House
              3220 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6A2T3, CA

              1. re: ekim256

                I've been to the Rinx for the BFF's Sweet Sixteen, so I don't think I'll be going there, but I totally agree with you though it is super fun. I've only played laser tag there though, whirlyball looked really interesting. :D

                I've only try the uptown KBBQ joints and all there is meat. (Chako, Korean Grill House...) So maybe I've just left with a bad impression of korean food. I'll look into New Seoul House though, Yorkdale doesn't sound too bad. (transportation wise) I really like the idea of Defcon though, I've always wanted to try paintballing. The group rate isn't too bad for a group of 20 too. Thanks again, you really know a lot of good places around Toronto. I feel like I got to get out more x)

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                New Seoul House
                3220 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6A2T3, CA

                1. re: Starberry

                  If you end up going to Defcon, keep your eye on teamdeal websites. Defcon is often featured, so if you catch one in time then you and your buddies will save some money =)

                  Oh goodness, if you are using Korean Grill House as a rep for Korean food...then there's no wonder you have a bad impression of it. No No No. When I first moved to TO, someone took me there saying "You'll love it! You're Korean and this is what TO has to offer!" and I was horrified to find that that is what he considered authentic Korean food. Horrified. Not that authenticity really means much to me - but...no. no no no. No!!

                  Aw thanks! I moved to Toronto a couple years ago, and have been delighted to be in a city with endless places to try are within reach with the TTC. Coming from an area where public transit is terrible and eats (nevermind good eats) are quite inaccessible by public transportation, my head has exploded with JOY. I've spent the last 2 years running around eating whatever I can...mostly on the cheaper side...but TO has a lot to offer if you just throw yourself out there =)

                  1. re: ekim256

                    Teamdeal websites? I've never heard of those, I tried googling it and I ended up with tons of different coupon websites. I'm not sure if they are all legit.

                    I think I should give Korean food another chance then. I'm pretty sure the owners are Korean Grill House are Chinese so it isn't surprising that it lacks authenticity.

                    Haha no problem! I've been here all my life but I've never really explored anything beyond say Fairview to STC? I really got to do that, since it sounds like there is A LOT I am missing out on :D

                    I'm up for paintball but I'm just seeing if my friends are too x)

                    1. re: Starberry

                      I might piss the mods off with this, but this is what I mean: http://www.dealradar.com/toronto

                      Look at the deals with some caution - do your research before buying any deal. Sometimes it's a sign of a not-so-great restaurant, sometimes it's a win.

                      Yes, they're not owned by Koreans - but it is a cheap way to stuff yourself silly with beef. I hope you give Korean food another chance...popular items that I like to start those who are hesitant about Korean food are often sweeter beef dishes like kalbi, bulgogi or a nice stone bowl full of veggies with rice that you can heat to called bibimbap. From there, move onto delicious soups, noodles, and dumplings...then declare yourself an addict ;)

                      1. re: ekim256

                        Sorry for making you post that!! Thanks a lot though, I am looking through it :)

                        I've had bulgogi once in downtown and it was really good, compared to my KBBQ experience. (As far as I know though, that place is closed) Hahaha, I have a long way to go until I am going to be an addict x)

              2. re: Starberry

                Starberry, I've only past Snakes and Ladders but not in. It looks great -- quite spacious, with lots of comfy-looking couches and chairs grouped around low tables for game-playing. Why not give them a call, tell them how many of you and when and see what they say?

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                Starberry
                130 Silvercreek Pky N, Guelph, ON N1H7Y5, CA

                1. re: EarlyDrive

                  I just googled a few pictures, and I am already amazed by their game collection. Actually that is a good idea, calling them should be really helpful :D

                  Thanks again :)

              3. Hi everyone I have finally decided to go paint balling at Defcon :D ! I don't really know any places around this area, except for Aladdin's Palace and Elegant view (Chinese cusine?) if any one knows a place near there that would be within a 10 minute walking radius please let me know. I believe there is a buffet around that area too.. but I am not too sure.

                Thanks :)

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                Aladdin's Palace
                3560 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto, ON M2H 3S3, Canada

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                1. re: Starberry

                  Yeah, not much in that area. There's dim sum at either Elegantview or Crown Prince (tough to get a table for 15, but if you get your orders in before 11am it's $2.80/dish). Aladdin's is pretty dreary; don't think you'd want to go there for a party.

                  Looking at your original parameters, I would've suggested something like going up to hwy 7 and taking the Viva across to West Beaver Creek. You could have a pretty fun teppanyaki lunch at Akasaka where the chefs put on a show and cook right in the middle of your group. It can get awfully expensive there for dinner but the lunch choices are like $10-14. Then you got RQ Karaoke across the street at Commerce Gate but they don't open till 3pm, so in the meanwhile you can walk up to World Bowl and do that up for awhile.

                  Or..paintball's cool too.

                  http://www.akasaka.ca/tepLunchMenu.htm
                  http://rqkaraoke.com/

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                  Elegantview
                  3601 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M1W, CA