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Help! Parents coming for dinner during TIFF

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My parents (in their early 60s) are coming up from the States (Philadelphia) for the weekend to catch some of TIFF, visit generally, etc.

I'd like to take them out for a nice meal that feels very much like Toronto without being too expensive, or without making them feel like they're too old.

I'd like to show them something interesting, probably North American food, but Mediterranean of various sorts is also usually a hit and that's not going to be a zoo during the festival.

Any ideas as to where I should take them?

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  1. I think that Loire on Harbord would fit the bill. It is French but the menu is very accessible and the location is out of the way of the festival but still very much a downtown Toronto experience for them.

    I've been a few times and there have always been older people in the room. The service is good and the food is tasty and a good value for money price point.

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    Harbord
    147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

    1. How about tundra in the Hilton. Dine.to website has a coupon for them. Close to tiff action but not too busy and with localvore sense.

      1. I would do Gilead Bistro. Jamie Kennedy is about as Toronto as they come. Not too far from the fest and a lovely warm mixed-age vibe at night.

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        1. re: childofthestorm

          Great idea. I love gilead, and am sending my late-60s parents there for their anniversary.

        2. woodlot or go earlier to origin

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          1. re: superawesomepossum

            Both of those places are liable to make them feel to old, as per OP's guidelines, no?

            1. re: childofthestorm

              East end would get you away from TIFF craziness - agree with Gilead, or you could do Wine Bar, Table 17 or Tomi Kro

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              Table 17
              782 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4, CA

              1. re: childofthestorm

                Woodlot does not have a young hip vibe to me at all but more cozy and rustic.

                1. re: childofthestorm

                  yea woodlot is more of a family place and i find that if you go to origin earlier theres a ton of older clientele