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Good place for a long boozy lunch at the weekend?

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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?

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  1. Negroni on College is perfect for a long, unhurried lunch. Great panini (include a couple of veg version), very small but very well priced wine list and a few beer options.

    http://www.negronipanini.com/index.html

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      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.

    2. Le Select would be good. You could spend all day there.

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      Le Select
      432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

      1. I quite enjoy Marben, Beer Bistro and Frank at the AGO

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

        Marben
        488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

        1. 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.
          http://www.bodegarestaurant.com/home.php

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          Bodega
          30 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1L3, CA