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My DH and DD (13) and I are spending 4 days in Toronto in June. We are looking to experience some good seafood, Chinese food and whatever else is suggested that we think is interesting.

We are from NC so don't recommend any BBQ as we are very picky BBQ people. My husband doesn't care for Indian Cuisine either.

Other than that we are wide open to suggestions. Not looking to spend a lot of money but a couple of nice places aren't out of the question.

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  1. What area will you be staying in - and will you have a car - or expecting to use Public Transportation?
    Reason for asking is that 'most' of the great Chinese are outside the downtown area.
    And please bring enough BBQ for about 2.5 million people with you!

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      1. Search for Charles Yu 's post, he has a lots of great recommendation especially in Chinese cuisine.

        1. Guuu is wonderful- japanese izakaya, the food and drinks here are both excellent and it is good value
          khao san road- thai food, the khao soi there is fantastic (this is a burmese and northern thai dish), this too is good value
          swish by Han is an interesting experience- fusion Korean- I would reccommend sharing small plates there
          Foxley is a wonderful asian fusion place with great ambience
          For Italian food, both Enoteca Sociale and Buca are quite interesting if you enjoy that type of food.

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          Foxley
          207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

          Buca
          604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

          Enoteca Sociale
          1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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          1. re: akhorasanee

            Caveats to these recs: Guu is LOUD and unless you go at 5:30 you'll have to wait for a table. It's definitely unique, tho. Khao San Road is new, and although it's good food, I don't think it's special enough for a visit if you only have four days, and the service is horrendous.

            Foxley and Enoteca Sociale, yes, yes, yes.

            Great seafood dishes can be had at Malena. If you like Oysters, Starfish or the Ceili Cottage for a more pub-like atmosphere.

            I'll also but a plug in for Harbord Room which though small and relatively under-the-radar has prepared some of the best seafood I've had in Toronto, and has a pretty unique feel to it.

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            Foxley
            207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

            Harbord Room
            89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

            Ceili Cottage
            1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

            Guu
            398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

            Enoteca Sociale
            1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

            Khao San Road
            326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

          2. We will have a car. We will have a teenager with us. I'm not looking to spend a fortune on mediocre food. We always try to hit local restaurants rather than chains unless it is a chain we don't have in the south.

            And I'd love to bring you guys some BBQ but I think customs would frown upon the pig on the plane.

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            1. re: leanpig

              Go back to SkylineR33's suggestion of searching the Charles Yu posts. The suburbs are the best locations (both quality and value), and Charles is a particularly good source.

              Seafod is OK - but I get my fill at locations closer to the source - there are a few good places (see LemonLauren post for examples), but I would recommend more 'ethnic' cuisine as something that Toronto tends to do better.

              Again, knowing your location might help as the cost of parking downtown (and horrendous traffic) may lead to more easily accessible establishments.

              1. re: estufarian

                We are staying at the Delta Chelsea. I think utilizing the double decker bus (although we will have a car) might be the best way to get around at times. We drove in LA, but sometimes public transport can get you there quicker.

                1. re: leanpig

                  For very good Chinese food at moderate prices in the downtown area, I recommend going to Spadina Avenue (a brisk 20-25 min walk from the Delta Chelsea and 10 minutes by Dundas Streetcar). There you will find Lee Gardens (Cantonese Cuisine), Rol San (Dim Sum) and Mother's Dumplings (Northern Chinese Dumplings). Higher prices and fancier settings can be had, eg Lai Wah Heen and Crown Princess (both 10 minute walks from your hotel). Btw, the only double decker buses in Toronto are Tour buses and are not used in the public transport system.

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                  Lai Wah Heen
                  108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

                  Mother's Dumplings
                  421 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA

                  Lee Garden Restaurant
                  331 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

                  Crown Princess
                  1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

                  1. re: T Long

                    Thanks for the info on the double deckers. I think we are going to do the double decker upon arrival and get a good lay of the land and then set off exploring. Excited to see there are street cars.