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Aug 2, 2011 07:21 PM

Visiting Toronto with my 11-year-old daughter - where should we eat?

Neither of us have been to Toronto before, so I'm looking for some suggestions about where we should eat. My daughter isn't overly picky - it doesn't have to be chicken fingers :), but she doesn't like spicy or seafood. Italian, Mexican, Chinese, diner, burgers, family restaurants would all be fine. Suggestions for chains or independents are both welcome. Some place 'fun' or interesting would be a bonus. We are staying downtown Jarvis & Lombard area, so are close to Queen St. E. & some other interesting areas (I think!). We will probably mostly be staying downtown, so any suggestions there would be appreciated.

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    1. I would try:

      the BeerBistro (King & Yonge)

      Le Select - further west at Wellington west of Spadina (if memory serves)

      Terroni pizza -- on Adelaide (I think) -- I am not a fan, but many others like it

      All within walking distance of Jarvis/Lombard

      Le Select
      432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

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      1. re: CocoaChanel

        I think Terroni and Le Select are fabulous suggestions!

        Le Select
        432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

        1. re: Full tummy

          I agree with Terroni as well. I think that location in particular is pretty special. Truth is that Toronto is a great city to walk and there is no shortage of restaurants. You may just choose to play it by ear as that can lead to the most fun!

          1. re: justsayn

            Just be aware that special requests will not be tolerated at Terroni. Seriously, you don't want your lunch soured because of one their "rules".

            1. re: Brain of J

              And whatever you do, don't ask for a diet pop or balsamic with your olive oil!

              1. re: Brain of J

                and "special requests" doesn't just mean substitutions, it also means ice water.

        2. Movenpick at Yonge and Wellington is fun for kids.
          If you are heading to the Distillery District my kids like Mill St Brew Pub there. There is a great chocolate shop (Soma) that will suitable impress her if you decide to check out that area.
          Another idea is to head to the St Lawrence market and you can both pick from the many options there and then grab a seat outside.

          Distillery District
          55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          1. I'd just go to Kensington Market (Augusta and Baldwin and and beyond) Chinatown (Dundas and Spadina area) and wander around. In Kensington there are wonderfully funky second hand shops and you'll find lots of interesting eating choices along Augusta especially. Very fun and particularly for an 11 year old girl, really cool. On Spadina there are many decent Chinese places - Rol San for Dim Sum, Dumpling House for good dumplings or Lee Garden for standard Chinese dishes. Not sure what kind of meals you're looking for but this kind of thing is great for killing a whole afternoon.

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

            Dumpling House Restaurant
            328 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E7, CA

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

            1. Thanks for your suggestions everyone! Sounds like Terroni should be on the list and we'll definitely hit up the Distillery and Kensington areas. I agree that some of the best places to eat are those that you just happen to wander into - sounds like there is lots of opportunity for that!

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              1. re: sdrake67

                You will have fun with that for sure. Hope the weather is clear!

                1. re: sdrake67

                  In Kensington there is a great tapas place called Torito. One of my overall fav casual dining spots in the city.

                  276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA