1 Part Foodie, 2 Parts Children, 10 Parts Hungry
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...
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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.
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Old Spaghetti Factory
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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