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Jul 8, 2011 07:52 PM

Need suggestions for near the Fairmont Royal York

Going for 10 days for a bridge tournament at the end of July so looking for lots of suggestions that are not too expensive. Even better would be any early bird specials as we get out by 5PM. Thanks

The Fairmont Royal York
100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

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  1. Early bird specials aren't common in downtown Toronto. Some restaurants offer pre-theatre prix fixe dinners downtown, which usually cost around $35 for a 3 course meal, before tax (13%) and tip.

    Could you set a price range for what you consider "not too expensive"?

    I understand the Bridge Tournament is taking place at both the Royal York (in the Financial District) and the Sheraton (about a 10 minute walk north of the Royal York). There are more casual, decent, inexpensive, less-than-$20-a-person options located closer to the Sheraton, such as Queen Mother.

    You might find this informative and recent Financial District thread useful:

    Here are breakfast options near the Royal York:

    The Royal York is across the street from Union Station, so you might want to include "Union Station" as a search term, and check out threads such as this one or this one .

    I'll be taking my Bridge Tourney-playing out-of-towner to Khao San Road (Thai food in the $15-$25 per person range, 10 minute walk from Sheraton, 15 minute walk from Royal York), to dim sum or dinner at Rol San in Chinatown (maybe a 30 minute walk from the Royal York, 20-25 minute walk from Sheraton), possibly to Ravisoups or Yuzu (both are a 10 minute walk from Sheraton, 15 minute walk from Royal York), to late-night Greek chicken soup at Zorba's on the Danforth ($3 subway token in each direction, and 15 minute subway ride- don't expect any ambiance), as well as my favourite hot dog vendor, located in the walkway between the lower level of Union Station and the subway station, across from the Royal York Hotel (open from around noon until late at night).

    Queen Mother
    206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

    Rol San
    323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

    681 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

    322 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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

    1. Biff's Bistro on Front is just 2 blocks to the east, but it is now Summerlicious (until July 24) - a special Prix Fixe event, so service and food may be impacted.

      Do NOT go to the restaurants on Front, west of University - they are all tourist traps.

      Biff's Bistro
      4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

      1. Gabardine is the best bang for buck in the downtown core. Closed on the weekend.

        Obika in BCE place next to the Hockey hall of fame looks like fun.

        Cheap & cheerfull Chowhound-worthy: Burrito Boyz and Smoke's Poutinerie on Adelaide just west of University. Lunch or dinner under $10.

        Burrito Boyz
        218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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        1. re: iMarilyn

          Another thumbs up here for Gabardine!

        2. O&B Cafe at Yonge and Front might be a good option.


          1. The only "early bird" like things I know of are:

            - Free snacks at Splendido from 5-6 at the bar: Dinner menu isn't cheap though. Considered one of the better fine-dining restos in Toronto.

            - Beast (out West, about a 10 minute cab ride) or 1 street car ride on King, has their "120" from 5-7. You can easily have an early dinner here. Here are photos/menu of what I had a few months back: A very casual space with well-prepared food.

            Otherwise, for cheap(er) and not quite run-of-the-mill:

            - Swirl out on the East end (a 20 min streetcar ride). It's a lighter dinner - breads, spreads, and other pickled 'n' jarred items. Not too expensive if you avoid the charcuterie. Here's their menu for an idea of what they serve: It's a very small space. Intimate. Girly.

            - Manpuku for Japanese udon/rice bowls. Not quite warm-weather food though. It is very filling for you dollar though. Cheap 'n' cheerful. Located inside the Grange food court (in its own space though).

            - Gilead (I haven't been for dinner) is a good place to get food made with locally sourced ingredients. Menu:

   -- food. is. love.

            88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

            105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

            Swirl Wine Bar
            946 1/2 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON M4M, CA

            96 Tecumseth St, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

            Gilead Bistro
            4 Gilead Place, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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            1. re: jlunar

              Thanks for the suggestions so far. We do have 2.5 hr dinner break so we can walk or possibly cab it too.

              For the cheaper nights, is Richtree (Movenpick?) an option?

              We are also there the end of Summerlicious. Any standouts for that nearby?

                1. re: thndrstm

                  Haven't been to Marche since it changed hands, but I understand the quality hasn't changed much. The last few times I visited Marche, the food was roughly equivalent to hospital cafeteria food. Even though Marche's food stations are essentially self-service, Marche adds an automatic service charge (around 15 %), which I don't have a problem with, but is a relatively unusual procedure in TO. If you're looking for mains that cost less than $20, I much prefer the sandwiches and pub food at Irish Embassy (across the street from Marche, on the east side of Yonge St) to Marche. Swish by Han also serves decent Korean food nearby.

                  Also noticed both Hank's and The WIne Bar (roughly a 10 minute walk east of Royal York) have $15 Summerlicious lunches, which would be roughly the same price range as a lunch with dessert at Marche, and probably tastier than anything served at Marche.


                  If you're looking for a quick, cheap meal near the Royal York that's costs closer to $5- $8, there are several hot dog vendors operating near Union Station, a Tim Horton's (Cdn chain serving coffee, sandwiches, chili, donuts, similar ambiance and prices to Dunkin' Donuts) on York St on the block directly north of the western exit of the Royal York, and a food court on the lower level of Union Station with a McDonald's, Mr. Sub (submarine sandwiches) , a Second Cup coffee shop (Cdn chain with similar offerings to Starbuck's, but I like their treats better than the ones available at Starbuck's), and some other fast food options. There's also a chip truck selling poutine, fries, and hamburgers on Front St a couple blocks west of the Royal York, in front of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

                  Re: Summerlicious, Epic (in your hotel), Jump, Biff's, Canoe, Starfish and Vertical are good bets. Here are the Summerlicious options closest to the Royal York:

                  Downtown Summerlicious options:

                  Financial District Summerlicious options:


                  At most restaurants, Summerlicious works out to having a dessert thrown in for free. Most of the time, I'd rather not be limited to a few options (which tend to be more conservative than the regular menu options), and just order what I really want off the regular menu, and skip dessert. For most of the better Summerlicious bets, reservations are essential. Here's the link to the current Summerlicious 2011 thread:

                  Hope you enjoy TO!

                  Irish Embassy
                  49 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

                  Swish by Han
                  38 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON , CA