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My Big Fat American Visitors

Alright, they're not exactly overweight but love their chains, large portions, and free refills. They also will not do spice or anything that sounds or looks exotic.

I'm looking for a good midtown lunch spot today, and would prefer not to go the chain route. Big comfy seating is also a necessity. Unfortunately, quality is not of my utmost concern at this point.

Ideas so far:
Futures Bakery
Caplansky
Free Times Cafe

HELP! :)

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Free Times Cafe
320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1S3, CA

Caplansky's
356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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  1. As much as it pains me to say this Caplansky's is probably your best bet

    Stockyards would be a better choice but fails in the comfy seating department

    They would probably like The Counter but that's not exactly midtown

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    Caplansky's
    356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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    1. re: bytepusher

      What is wrong with Caplansky's??? Was in there the other day and it was awsome. Bit busy but the food was good.

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      Caplansky's
      356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

      1. re: BritInTO

        Oft discussed here in other threads, although some of this may have finally improved. In short, what's wrong with Caplansky's is inconsistent product and service. Frankly it's fine as a local joint but normally has no place on lists of good places to send out of town visitors which frequently does get recommeded here.

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        Caplansky's
        356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    2. What about Mercatto on College? Can't really go wrong with pizza and pasta... Maybe Utopia? Burger and nachos?

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      Mercatto
      15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

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      1. re: JennaBean

        The chairs at Mercatto may be too small for them....

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        Mercatto
        15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

        1. re: foodyDudey

          Really? Are you joking? :-)

          I don't find them small and while my bottom isn't giant is also isn't tiny - I like to eat after all! :-)

      2. Can't help you in Toronto,because I'm skinny, live in the Boston area, and hate chains, but I had to laugh when I saw the title of your post!

        Good luck!

        1. Messini (www.messini.ca) It's a good cross between large portions and good food.

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          Messini
          445 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

          1. LOL I know the feeling. Most of my American relatives are slim, and they are willing to try more "exotic" stuff, but the portions/perceived value for money here just don't cut it. Good luck.

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            1. re: julesrules

              That's the problem (and part of why tourism from the USA has plummeted). Our dollar is higher yet prices on hotels, food, etc have not dropped to match. Americans demand value and service. We fail miserably on both.

              But to the OP's question, stay away from pizza, BBQ, steakhouses, Mexican, burger joints, or seafood since they'll get better quality, larger portions, and at a better price at home. And you'll have no problem avoiding chains because no Canadian chain is up to the quality of the American equivalents. For example take them to Baton Rouge/Kelsey's/Jack Astor's and they'll say "what a lame clone of Applebee's/Ruby Tuesday/Chili's and at twice the price".

              That being said, maybe Greek or Hungarian as others have recommended, would be the way to go. Assuming your friends aren't from places with a large Greek population (like Chicago), any place on the Danforth would be different from what they get at home, with the large portions. free refills, and low prices they demand. Hell, if they liked "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" take them to Pappa's Grill and show them where it was filmed! :-)