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Need restaurant recos for my chef boyfriend's birthday this Saturday!

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blonde_fringe May 25, 2011 10:14 AM

I'm planning a dinner out this Saturday to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. It's just going to be 4 people (my best friend and her husband are coming from Toronto). Since my boyfriend works as a chef and my friends are quite the foodies, I'd like to take choose a restaurant where we can all appreciate the food and have an awesome time. Any suggestions?

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    Maximilien RE: blonde_fringe May 25, 2011 10:40 AM

    - Le Filet.
    - 3 petits bouchons.
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      blonde_fringe RE: Maximilien May 25, 2011 10:53 AM

      We've been to Le Filet before and loved it. I'll look into '3 petits bouchons'

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        finefoodie55 RE: Maximilien May 26, 2011 05:45 AM

        I second Le Filet try the Lobster $ Sweetbreads and the Mussel & Foie Gras Soup everything served "Tapas Style" so it a very convivial atmosphere.Great Food !

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          Ched1000 RE: finefoodie55 May 26, 2011 07:42 AM

          Just said they have been to Le Filet... (and by definition recently...)

      2. davekry RE: blonde_fringe May 25, 2011 02:25 PM

        Lawrence.

        1. porker RE: blonde_fringe May 27, 2011 04:37 AM

          Chien Fumant, reserve at the bar which fronts their small kitchen.

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            blonde_fringe RE: porker May 27, 2011 01:15 PM

            I've never heard of Chien Fumant - I checked out their website, but I can't really get a feel for the food. What would you recommend from the menu?

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              porker RE: blonde_fringe May 28, 2011 10:00 AM

              For such a good joint, their website sucks...
              Le Local it is, but I'd suggest you and your boyfriend try Chien Fumant after your friends return to TO.
              They're a bit under the radar, but they do some good stuff - their own charcuterie (you can peek into the small cold room as you enter), serious cocktails (when I asked the bartender if he had orange blossom water he asked "you want a Ramos Gin Fizz?" I was happily surprised), and a menu thats always changing.
              Fred (a la Joe Beef) Morin's brother Max opened this place. If they have it, you must try their buffalo style pig ear....oh boy!

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                wilmagrace RE: porker May 28, 2011 03:38 PM

                blond-fringe, hope to have a report on your dinner, its been awhile since I dined at
                le Local so would be interested if still good value, and from a chef s point of view! They used to have a wine tasting which i thought was an interesting option.

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            blonde_fringe RE: blonde_fringe May 27, 2011 01:21 PM

            Thanks for the input everyone! I ended up making a reservation at Le Local - they are supposed to have amazing beef tartar.

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