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1 Part Foodie, 2 Parts Children, 10 Parts Hungry

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Fellow CH's,

I've got a bit of a challenge on my hands. My girlfriend's siblings and their families are in town this evening and I'm at a loss for a location that would accomodate a wide range of tastes, a large group, all on a budget.

Here's the breakdown:

• 8 Adults
• 2 Kids
• 2 of the adults enjoy great food (no limitations)
• 1 child is a fussy eater
• Parents and another couple prefer food on a budget.

I shudder to recommend something along the lines of a chain, but I'm struggling to think of a location that would accomodate all of these requests. Some ideas I had, but would provide their own challenges would be:

• Salad King (pretty good for a large group - but may prove challenging for one child)
• Stockyards (great food - but may not be able to accomodate the entire group)
• Terroni (great food - but may be on the pricy side for some of the members of the party)

Reco's are MORE than welcome ... I'm at a loss...

Salad King
340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

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  1. Hmm maybe Mercatto? They'll take reservations - I think Terroni might be difficult for that.

    They also have a wide variety of pizzas and pastas that are decently priced and generally well liked by children - the foodies could have the more expensive and more interesting entrees.

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

    1. Good Food

      BCE place (Yonge / Wellington
      )This is the best location
      I have heard other locations are smaller and don't have the same selection
      Let us know how it went

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      1. re: Luvtooeat

        I don't think you could in a million years say that Rich Tree is great food. Meh at best is how I would describe the food offerings.

        1. re: JennaBean

          If you can read , my post clearly says "Good" food
          You added "Great" and again for a budget minded family looking for variety Richtree BCE is a worthwhile place to eat
          They have everything from fish , pasta , pizza , steak , burgers , sushi , fresh fruit , and amazzzzing treats
          They will bring you your food to your table if you request.

          1. re: Luvtooeat

            it isn't even good. That's my point. Ick. Double ick.

        2. re: Luvtooeat

          I think if it was a group of 10 picky eaters, I might recommend Richtree. Otherwise, the food's not very good in terms of quality or value, so it would be unfortunate if the other 9 diners had to settle for the sake of the 1 picky eater.

        3. I recommend Harbord House, call ahead for a reservation. Great food, good range, have a kid's menu as well, kid-friendly and accomodate big groups upstairs.


          Harbord House
          150 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H2, CA

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          1. re: canadianbeaver

            is there a link for the kids' menu at Harbord House?
            The website just shows the regular (adult) menu.

            Harbord House
            150 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H2, CA

            1. re: LearningHow

              You can call them or email and they'll email it to you. It consists of hamburger, fish and chips, grilled cheese, chicken fingers...that's what I can remember off the top of my head, but I know they have more and will make whatever you ask for.

          2. If you go the Thai route I would say Kho San Road over Salda King. Same price point but better food.

            For Italian I would second Mercatto over Terroni's as they take resvervations AND they allow for modification to the pizza's and such for the picky child.

            And maybe not the typical option but what about considering Wvrst? Price point would work and I don't know a kid who won't eat a hot dog/sasuage type food.

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

            609 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

            1. Could you be more specific about what you'd like to eat/ where you'd like to eat it/ how much you'd like to pay? 10 people in Stockyards isn't happening unless you go at 3 pm on a slow day. I agree with previous posters that if you want Thai, you're better off with Khao San than Salad Kind, and if you want Italian, you're better off with the much more accommodating Mercatto than Terroni. These are limited to the downtown core, though. Are you willing to travel around a bit?

              For big groups, you could do well with family style Chinese food (especially uptown) or even something as simple as Ramen. How about sushi platters? Or interactive meals like hot pot or Korean BBQ to keep the kids entertained?

              "Great" food for a large group on a budget with picky eaters in what I assume is a sit-down dinner is going to be tough, but there are plenty of options for "decent" food.

              1. How about Ten-Ichi for their AYCE teppanyaki, your group of 10 would have a teppan and chef all to yourselves :-)


                even picky eaters can usually find something in there.

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                1. re: TexSquared

                  That's not downtown correct? Maybe I'm just missing something....

                  1. re: JennaBean

                    The OP never said "downtown" just "in town". Just making a recommendation based on what he wanted, that is in town...

                    1. re: TexSquared

                      Is Scarborough considered Toronto? Ithink of it as the GTA not Toronto but I'm a downtown girl so I know I'm limited on my inclusion. However, all of his choices were downtown I assumed so that's what the OP was looking for.

                      1. re: JennaBean

                        Legally "Scarborough" no longer exists, it's part of the City of Toronto.

                        1. re: TexSquared

                          In Bean land it is a whole world away!! I haven't been that far east at least three years!!!

                          1. re: JennaBean

                            You owe yourself a trip to Zen... or be adventurous and go out to Buster Rhino's in deepest darkest Whitby....

                            Buster Rhino's
                            2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

                2. Marcello on St Clair at Dufferin fits all the requests Miranda

                  St Clair Restaurant
                  69 St Clair St, Chatham, ON N7L3H8, CA

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                  1. re: miranda

                    I've been overruled by an 8yr old - and I'm gutted about it and will be eating something horrendous tonight I'm sure.

                    I sincerely appreciate all the help and recommendations everyone.

                    As a side note, Koh San road is fantastic and would have been my ideal choice for thai, but as I mentioned, the 8yr old that has torpedoed my dinner plans (and possibly my appetite) has eliminated anything resembling good/decent food this evening.

                    Again, thanks to all. I'll update on how the torture went.

                      1. re: JennaBean

                        I'm curious too! Where did you guys all go??

                      2. re: Brass

                        RE: Again, thanks to all. I'll update on how the torture went.

                        Where did you end up going ?

                    1. So,

                      I should mention that I was thrown the idea of "The Old Spaghetti Factory" as a destination initially. I almost fainted at the thought.

                      After much debate, I coaxed the group to Cafe Diplomatico on College St. I hadn't been there for dinner in AGES, and had fond memories of visiting it as a kid myself. Great choice on my part - and I'm happy I was able to convince the group.

                      The staff were happy to accomodate our group (indoors, as the patio was full - but when it began to rain, we were happy to be indoors). Everyone (including Mr. Fussy) were happy with their respective meals, and the bill was more than reasonable.

                      Thanks everyone for your suggestions - I would defiinitely suggest "The Dip" if you're in a similar situation.

                      Cafe Diplomatico
                      594 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B3, CA

                      Old Spaghetti Factory
                      56 The Espl, Toronto, ON M5G, CA