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Jul 3, 2011 11:22 AM

2 nights in & bar suggestions

Wife and I are are in town Mon and Tues (Staying downtown on King St West.)

Looking for some recommendations...we own a fine dining restaurant ( and are looking for the best Toronto has to offer.

Definite stops on the itinerary include...

Black Hoof & Barchef

Hoping for some suggestions for 1 lunch spot, 1 dinner & a cool bar for late nite

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    1. Enoteca Sociale on Dundas West and Scaramouche for dinner
      Terroni on back patio on Queen West and Origin for lunch
      Ossington pub crawl for late night - Sweaty Betty's, Reposada, Communist Daughter and The Dakota.
      Few choices for you - enjoy your visit!

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

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      1. re: thebutcher

        I'm a big fan of violet hour (chicago), drink (boston) & mike and honey (NYC) and from what i'm hearing, Goodnight is it worth checking out?

        1. re: Allencvc

          Worth checking out but you have to call on the day you want to go to get a reservation. I have a friend who works there and sometimes I can't get a reservation so have a back-up plan for sure.

          1. re: Allencvc

            haven't been myself but its getting good buzz of late so definitely check it out - Drake patio and if you are staying at the Thompson - the rooftop patio there are two other options for you - but may be quiet on a Monday/Tuesday.

          2. re: thebutcher

            forget both scaramouche (too old school, dated) and also terroni-absolutely nothing special

          3. Black Hoof is only open for dinner and closed on Tuesdays. Barchef not that big a deal imo.

            The Black Hoof
            928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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            1. re: iMarilyn

              Also, Black Hoof is cash only, no reservations! But I do think this is the best food in the city. Monday dinner will be your only shot though. Either go early (they open at 6) or go later (around 9).

              The Black Hoof
              928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

            2. You may have some trouble with dinner Monday night - many restaurants closed, so call ahead

              Lunch recommendations:
              1. George - high end; wonderful food; get a seat on the lovely back patio; to me one of the nicest restaurants in Toronto
              2. Origin - pretty casual, small plates style, great side patio, interesting food, fun restaurant

              1. George
              2. Origin
              3. Colborne Lane - same chef owner as Origin, but totally different experience, I think they do a tasting menu
              4. Enoteca Sociale - a bit more casual, great solid food

              Don't bother with Terroni - pizza with a side of server attitude

              Colborne Lane
              45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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

              1. here are some of the local watering holes (and some of them have some pretty decent eats as well) and which bands are playing.

                We have a decent live music scene here....

                Alex Rodriguez Trio Naco Gallery Cafe
                Bernie Senensky, Gene Perla, Ben Riley Orbit Room
                Boot Knives Drake Hotel
                Chris Staig & the Marquee Players Mitzi’s Sister
                Ciaran O'Shea Cloak & Dagger Pub
                Cover Me Canada Open Mic The Painted Lady
                Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra Rex
                DJs Jorge & Jared The Piston
                DJs Topher & Orang Insomnia
                Douglas Fairbanks Jr Bovine Sex Club
                Elvis Monday Drake Hotel
                The English Beat Mod Club
                The Hamstrung Stringband The Local
                Ice & Yolanda The Ossington
                Kevin Quain's Gutbucket Lounge Graffiti’s
                Rynecologist The Social
                The Sure Things Dakota Tavern
                This is Awesome Tranzac
                Toast, the Aviators, Jillian Bradley Horseshoe
                Tova Kardonne Emmet Ray Bar
                White Lung, Nu Sensae, Pregnancy Scares, Dentata, Total Trash Parts & Labour

                The Drake Hotel
                1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                Dakota Tavern
                249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                The Emmet Ray
                924 College St, Toronto, ON M6H, CA

                Parts & Labour
                1566 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R, CA