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Something similar to Spacco, for a small group?

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Looking for a place that's casual, with decent to good food.

Preferably more of a bar than a restaurant, not too crowded, preferably somewhere north of St. Clair. Would go to Spacco for this particular gettogether, but they are fully booked that night. Are there any places on St. Clair West that might fall into this category?

Not Alleycatz or Chick N Deli.

Any ideas?

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Alleycatz
2409 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA

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  1. It's a few blocks south of St. Clair but would Monk's Table do the trick? Very cozy, casual, good food, great beer selection. Oh wait, Spacco, is that the one with the pool tables near Yonge and Eglinton? Is that what you're looking for?

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    1. re: peppermint pate

      Yep, Spacco is the one with the pool tables. I had made a reservation through Opentable, but a few hours later, Spacco cancelled the reservation, and left a vm telling me they were fully booked. Pool tables aren't necessary, but sort of was hoping for a place that might be a little more spacious than Monk's Table or Rebel House.

      Maybe Monk's Table will work, though. I'll throw it out there. Thanks, peppermint pate ;-)

    2. Safari Bar and Grill on Avenue Rd. has an upstairs bar that might work for your group.

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      1. re: sillybuns79

        Thanks.

        I had looked at Safari's website's photos. Is it somewhat cheesy inside? A little bit like Whistler's on Broadview?

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        Safari Bar & Grill
        1749 Avenue Rd., Toronto, ON M5M 3Y8, Canada

        1. re: phoenikia

          Safari is casual, but I wouldn't call it cheesy. I haven't been to Whistler's in about 10 years, but I'm confident Safari is more upscale. There are no beer banners, and the decor is tasteful (maybe a little bit 90s, though). The food is a definitely better than what you would find in most pubs. They have some interesting beer and wine offerings, and a good selection of single malt scotch. The main dining room is nicer than the upstairs bar. The servers are generally efficient and personable, but there are a couple of duds.

          1. re: sillybuns79

            Thanks, sillybuns79. An acquaintance had mentioned that she liked Safari's food last week, but I wasn't sure of her taste wrt food, so I'm glad to hear you also consider the food better than average pub food.

      2. I've never been since it was Mad Monty's, but maybe check out Cam's Place?

        http://www.camsplace.net/

        The site says it's a two story space, so many you could get a table on the second floor and have some privacy?

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        Cam's Place
        2655 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          Thanks, TorontoJo. I also haven't been since it was Mad Monty's. It's on the shortlist.

        2. So my pals would like to stick with Italian near Yonge & Eg, then go for drinks afterwards. I tried to book 5 Doors North, but they're fully booked that night, as is La Vecchia. We want to keep the budget fairly economical, and Zucca is a little pricey for this group. We don't want to wait in line for Grazie.

          Has anyone had decent meals at Grano lately? I've had good meals at Grano in the past, but some of the more recent reviews have been negative. Which dishes have you enjoyed the most at Grano?

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          Grazie
          2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

          Zucca
          2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

          Grano
          2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

          La Vecchia
          2405A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA

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          1. re: phoenikia

            Grano was perfect for our group. Our group of 4 ordered the arugula salad, the grilled calamari salad, fried calamari and grilled sardines, then each ordered a large pasta, including the 5 cheese-stuffed tortelloni (like tortellini but bigger) with a cream sauce (stuffed pasta of the day), a fettuccine with rabbit (daily pasta), gnocchi with squash and walnut cream sauce, and ca punti with rapini and red pepper sauce. Liked each of the pastas that we tried, and I'd definitely order the ca punti again if I was in the mood for a vegetarian pasta. Followed this with the lemon crostata and tricolore crostata (white chocolate, pistachio and raspberry). Nice, economical option for the neighbourhood, with friendly, laid-back service.

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            Grano
            2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

            1. re: phoenikia

              Was the tricolore crostata yummy? It has been a favourite of mine since more than a decade ago, but I haven't been back for a piece in many years, boohoo!

              1. re: Full tummy

                Yep, the tricolore crostata was tasty. I usually stick to dark chocolate desserts, but this was one of the best tasting white chocolate desserts I've had. In case you want to try making it at home, I noticed there's a link to the recipe posted at www.grano.ca , if you scroll to the bottom of the page.

                1. re: phoenikia

                  Yes, thanks. The recipe was published in a cookbook many years ago, and I have made it at home, though not recently. Trouble is if I make it, I will no doubt eat too too much of it, hahaha.