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Distillery District - Best Bet for Dinner?

Breadcrumbs Mar 7, 2011 08:48 AM

It seems like most posts on DD dining are dated so I'd appreciate your current recommendations for a good dinner spot in the Distillery District. Who has the best food and a decent wine list?

Thanks!

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Distillery District
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

  1. Breadcrumbs Mar 8, 2011 04:11 AM

    Thanks everyone. Unfortunately we do have to eat "in" the Distillery District. One of our guests is visiting from the UK and has a sentimental reason for specifically requesting that we dine there.

    Ater trying all restaurants over a year ago and having "mediocre" experiences, I was hoping folks had been having better luck recently. Doesn't sound that way though.

    I'll check the menus of the spots recommended below. Thanks again!

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    Distillery District
    55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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    1. re: Breadcrumbs
      TorontoJo Mar 8, 2011 04:18 AM

      Since you're stuck in the DD, I would probably go with Boiler House. I love the space, and I've had decent meals there. I wouldn't go with anything too complex on the menu and just stick to the basics.

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      Boiler House
      55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

      1. re: TorontoJo
        Breadcrumbs Mar 8, 2011 04:22 AM

        Thanks TJ, sounds good!!

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          caviartothegeneral Mar 8, 2011 04:51 AM

          One caveat about the Boiler House's menu -- they changed it last year to try to be 'upscale chophouse', and I frankly did not find the steak I had there a couple of months ago to be all that special (particularly since a baked potato now counts as a $6 add-on).

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          Boiler House
          55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

          1. re: caviartothegeneral
            TorontoJo Mar 8, 2011 05:17 AM

            Oy, thanks. I haven't been since the menu change.

    2. cynalan Mar 7, 2011 06:29 PM

      We;ve tried all of the restaurants in the DD. The only great restaurant was Perigee which is sadly long gone. Of the remaining restaurants none would be a "go to" destination, however, if you're looking for reasonable comfort food and a brew, I could recommend Miller Street Brew Pub. Their pub grub is good for a casual dinner.

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        KitchenVoodoo Mar 7, 2011 09:16 PM

        What moved into the space previously occupied by Perigee?

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          caviartothegeneral Mar 8, 2011 03:17 AM

          It's now a private 'events room' called the Cannery Room, operated by the concern that runs Boiler House/Archeo/Pure Spirits.

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        jrex Mar 7, 2011 06:22 PM

        I would definitely try Pure Spirits. I have only been there for lunch but whenever my parents are in town they request to go there as they love the ambiance...very cool and modern atmosphere,,food is quite original and consistently good and wine list is very reliable with a decent amount of choice. I highly recommend the hawaiiwan ahi tuna tartar.
        Enjoy your dinner in the DD...

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        Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill
        55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

        1. estufarian Mar 7, 2011 09:36 AM

          You're in trouble with a decent wine list.
          Most places down there are 'neighbourhood' places - palatable if you're in the area but not worth a detour. Having said that (although I've only been to each once as it's NOT my neighbourhood) I'd take Weezies (reservation necessary) over Gilead.

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          Weezie's
          354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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            childofthestorm Mar 7, 2011 09:27 AM

            Along the same lines, Gilead Bistro is a short walk out of the DD and is really nice in the evening, Jamie Kennedy is doing some really underrated (sounds funny to say but it's true) work there.

            The District itself kind of sucks for dinner.

            1. TorontoJo Mar 7, 2011 08:54 AM

              Are you willing to look at restaurants that aren't actually in the DD itself? If so, then my rec would be Weezie's, just a couple of blocks North on King St.

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              Weezie's
              354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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