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Aug 8, 2011 07:58 AM

1 Part Foodie, 2 Parts Children, 10 Parts Hungry

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.