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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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
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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.
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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.
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Dumpling House Restaurant
328 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E7, CA
Lee Garden Restaurant
331 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA
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!