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Distillery District - Best Bet for Dinner?

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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

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  1. 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

    1. 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. 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

        1. 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. 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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            1. re: cynalan

              What moved into the space previously occupied by Perigee?

              1. re: KitchenVoodoo

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

            2. 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

                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

                  Thanks TJ, sounds good!!

                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    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

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