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Liaeats Nov 7, 2010 04:52 PM

I am a foodie currently living in Philadelphia but visiting Toronto this weekend with thoughts of relocating. I will be there Saturday afernoon thru tuesday afternoon and want to get a good representation of the city. Any thoughts? I'll be there alone so looking for places with a eat-in bar where I won't feel wierd.

  1. jlunar Nov 7, 2010 06:44 PM

    I wrote up about my favourite places, but here's the summary:

    The Black Hoof
    My first and top rec for 99% of out-of-towners. I eat at the bar all the time, though I'm part of a pair. I've seen many singles seated along side us and would have no issues on my own. Except that I wouldn't be able to order more due to stomach space limitations. No reservations, cash only. However, it's open Sunday/Monday which a lot of restos aren't.

    Manpuku
    Cheap udon, hearty, great for cold weather, which Toronto can adequately supply.

    Beer Bistro
    All beer, all the time. Great selection on tap. Not sure if it's important to you, but good for solo dining. The fries are pretty consistently good. PIzzas have ranged from meh to awesome. I prefer the horse tartare and that has been consistent throughout.

    Duggan's
    I generally like the food here better than BB (excluding their late-night menu), but to be honest, it's been a while since I've been. Still, good solo dining to be had.

    Nota Bene
    Fancy pants, but good solo dining at the bar. I generally order their pastas and it's a pretty corporate feel, but still nice.

    Ceili Cottage
    Also been a while since I last went. Others say it's not so good now, but the times I had been were quite good. Kinda far outside of the core though, so this might not be a good place to go.

    Guu
    No reservations again and a long wait. A visit might not be the best time to go, but this is a rambunctious Japanese Izakaya. Not my fave Izakaya, mind you, but it's pretty unique in atmosphere.

    Photos and more blab: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2010/05/04/pl...

    Other places that would give you a good pulse on toronto:

    - Korean food in k-town. Pork bone soup at Owl is a late-night tradition.
    - Dimsum at Crown Princess (it's cheaper than Lai Wah Heen, but still downtown). Early bird before 11am I think it is. Go to Richmond Hill for the better/cheaper stuff. Go early, bring a paper. Enjoy.
    - If you like Thai, try Sukho Thai. Tiny place, mostly take-out, super ghetto area though.
    - Globe Bistro is a good hit of localish dining. Or Earth (same owners). Nothing crazy, but solid dining.
    - Gilead Bistro is kinda fun for lunch/breakfast. Serves dinner too. Even more on the local slant.
    -Auntie's and Uncles is some good hipster breakfast. I like their waffles. Open for breakfast and lunch. Probably cash only too, but I can't remember. Go around the corner to my friend's coffee shop, Manic Coffee and get something off the Clover. Whatever they recommend. Then walk down Kensington Market and nibble if you want.

    There's probably more, but I'm tapped for now!

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    Lai Wah Heen
    108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

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

    Manpuku
    105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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

    Ceili Cottage
    1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

    Guu
    398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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

    Crown Princess
    1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

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    1. re: jlunar
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      jamesm Nov 8, 2010 09:38 AM

      Definitely wander through Kenisngton, check out St.Lawrence market as well. I'd recommend either of the Hooves -- Black Hoof and Hoof Cafe -- and I'll second the Guu recco.

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      Guu
      398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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

    2. z
      ziggystardust Nov 7, 2010 05:51 PM

      I'll say this before anyone else does; what kind of food/vibe are you looking for?

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