Good place for a long boozy lunch at the weekend?
I am fairly new to the city and I have Saturday off for the first time in months and I am looking for a good place (Downtown) to go for lunch with my friend where we can have some reasonably priced beer or wine and a tasty meal. Would prefer somewhere they do not try and rush you and where we could stay for a couple of hours.
I'm not looking for somewhere too expensive but I would like to treat us to something decent, although I know you can get plenty of decent food in the city (the cheaper the better).
I am a vegetarian, my friend is not but she is happy to eat vege or meat.
Has anyone got any good suggestions?
My husband and I had a little time to ourselves on a Sunday afternoon, after braving the madhouse that is Mountain Equipment Co-op on a weekend. We stopped in at Negroni and lingered over a couple of glasses of wine, some chicken liver pate and crostini and a caprese salad. It was so nice to just enjoy our wine and snacks. It was mid-afternoon, so only a few stray diners remained after late lunches. The servers were friendly, but let us sit and chat, with no pressure whatsoever. I think it's right up the OP's alley. There's plenty of choice for a vegetarian, though probably not for a vegan. The soup that day was tomato-based vegetable, there's risotto and pasta, in addition to the salads and panini. I recommend Negroni to anyone looking for a great sandwich and reasonably priced wine, but a quick glance at my neighbour's pasta inspired me to return for dinner sometime as well.
I've had a couple of lunches at Bodega that have lasted until dinner. Decent beer and wine selection. Not much veg, but I note some dishes could be easily modified to expand the selection. Not the most chowish choice, but I don't mind when I feel that relaxed.
30 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1L3, CA