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KippyB Sep 6, 2011 02:30 PM

I've got a first date with a foodie coming up with weekend. He's from out of town so I've got to choose a spot with great atmosphere and food. He's staying in the area of Bathurst/Wellington and I'm in High Park so I'd like something between the two areas. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

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    KippyB Sep 7, 2011 12:43 PM

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Yes, it is TIFF this weekend so finding a spot that's not uber busy may be a challenge. Between your suggestions here and research I've done on my own, I've got a decent list going. Yum!

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      JennaBean Sep 7, 2011 01:04 PM

      Keep in mind that you'll need a reso in most of these place. At this point it may be a process of where you can actually get a table over the ideal selection.

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      ProFresser Sep 7, 2011 07:14 AM

      Guu, at Bathurst and Bloor, is pretty close to equidistant. I've never had anything similar in Ottawa and it's a great spot for an ice-breaker date. As well, the menu at this location has added a lot of my favourite dishes from their establishment on Church. Originally, my complaint with Saka Bar was that the menu was heavily weighted with fried items, but now there are fresher options such as maguro tataki, salmon tataki, and gomai.

      1. Googs Sep 6, 2011 10:26 PM

        I would consider dining outside of the TIFF zone unless you can secure a reservation. Very tough at this time. I further suggest finding out what his fave types of food are and let us know. There are probably a few good places you two can go outside the 'we're ignoring everyone except the celebs' zone.

        1. num nums Sep 6, 2011 05:47 PM

          Beast is very close by to where your friend is staying. Very cozy place. If it's not too cold this weekend, the patio is really nice given it's on a residential street.

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            redhead Sep 8, 2011 04:59 PM

            second Beast. Iike that it's on a side street and feels relaxed and comfortable but still has an interesting small menu and well executed food.

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            childofthestorm Sep 6, 2011 05:44 PM

            Black Hoof is more or less halfway for both of you and is about as destination as it gets. Yes, even with Grant gone.

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              KippyB Sep 6, 2011 05:04 PM

              He's from Ottawa and no, I don't know his fave type of food. I do know that there are no restrictions though. Thanks for the ideas so far!

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                JennaBean Sep 7, 2011 09:17 AM

                Some options for consideration....

                Woodlot - Very warm and inviting. Good food, cozy enviroment and very foofie friendly.

                Acadia - Is new but getting lots of love on the board. It too is in the College street area.

                Campagnolo - Very cool rustic Italian with a heavy focus on meat. This is on Dundas west of Bathrust

                If you want casual Italian I would suggest pizza at Libretto. They dont' take reso so you go give them your name and number and then go have a drink at one of the many places on Osstington.

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                Campagnolo
                832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

              2. thepiglover Sep 6, 2011 04:43 PM

                Origin - king and church -should be on your to do list - your friend will thank you, I've eaten there five times and each time i can't wait to go back - hope this helps.

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                  JennaBean Sep 6, 2011 04:52 PM

                  it doesn't fit the location request and it gets lots of mixed reviews here and elsewhere. there are so many options in the OPs requested area why send s/he off a distance in the opposite direction?

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                  JennaBean Sep 6, 2011 04:43 PM

                  Where is he from? Do you know his fav type of food?

                  1. TorontoJo Sep 6, 2011 02:44 PM

                    Given where he's staying, I would strongly recommend Marben. It's right where he's staying, so it's not half way between you, but it's a great chowhound destination for dinner.

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                    Marben
                    488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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                      jennjen18 Sep 6, 2011 06:32 PM

                      Marben's doing TIFF this weekend though: http://www.marbenrestaurant.com/calendar
                      Might get busy?

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                      Marben
                      488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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                        TorontoJo Sep 7, 2011 04:31 AM

                        Yeah, totally forgot about TIFF. Sigh.

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