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Dinner for two dudes near the ACC

cupidom Aug 8, 2011 08:01 AM

Hi All,

I'm heading to the Foo Fighters show at the ACC on Tuesday, August 9th from Hamilton on the GO train. I'll be with a good friend of mine and we are getting off at Union Station and will be slightly tipsy and very hungry.

I'd like at all costs to avoid Joe Badali's / Jack Astor's type places...

We are looking for cold beer and any type of cuisine; Mexican, Fusion, Japanese, Steakhouse, Italian etc... I'd like to keep the total tab under $100 for the both of us.

This place will need to be within 10 minutes walking distance of the ACC. Chowhounders, please give me your best suggestions!!!



  1. elvisahmed Aug 8, 2011 02:28 PM

    Beer Bistro (food is ok but the beer selection is impeccable and its miles better than Bier Market)
    Harbour Grill is Ok for burgers
    An off beat place I suggest is Corks bar in Longos in Maple Leaf Square (Only Ontario small breweries) but a very limited menu but the good part is you can get food from Longos and Dine there (a very inexpensive alternate IMO)

    Beer Bistro
    18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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    1. re: elvisahmed
      cupidom Aug 11, 2011 07:01 AM

      Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I will be sure to try Beer Bistro and Biff's Bistro during my next few visits to Toronto.

      I ended up taking 3 friends to The Real Sports Bar in Maple Leaf Square. The atmosphere there is great. The place was packed to the rafters and the bar was playing Foo Fighters for everyone going to the concert. Very modern setup with TV's in every booth (tv's are everwhere in fact, even infront of the urinals)

      The Food: Average... my friends all like their dishes, but my Ribs were the worst that I've ever had. They were tough and a pain in the ass to tear off the bone. I was extremely disappointed. The fresh cut fries were good and the nacho platter for 4 was just average. Not even close to enough toppings. Everything there was over-priced and the 50+ waitstaff were slow and unattentive. I would not go back.

      Beer Bistro
      18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

      Biff's Bistro
      4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

      Maple Leaf Restaurant
      1076 Cardiff Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5S1P3, CA

      Real Sports Bar & Grill
      15 York St, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

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      jmarcroyal Aug 8, 2011 01:08 PM

      Im not sure what you are gonna grab before the concert but after when you guys are stumbling out, you guys will probably want to grab some street meat! A nice Italian or Polish sausage loaded with toppings. Cheap and effective.

      1. j
        JennaBean Aug 8, 2011 09:16 AM

        Biff's Bistro is pretty close as is the new O&B cafe. Both would be suitable IMO.

        Biff's Bistro
        4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

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        1. re: JennaBean
          jamesm Aug 8, 2011 09:19 AM

          The food at the real Sports Bar is actually pretty good and if you're headed to a show at ACC you can't beat the location.

          1. re: jamesm
            cupidom Aug 8, 2011 11:56 AM

            Thanks Everyone, I will relay the messages to my buddy. Ideally, we would perfer to venture out into the city to hit a few gems, but time always seems to be a constraint!

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          akhorasanee Aug 8, 2011 08:29 AM

          Swish by Han (Korean) , its very close to ACC and is within your price range. It's not AMAZING but it is pretty good and a fun experience.

          Swish by Han
          38 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON , CA

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