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Restaurant recommendations on Mercer St.

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I'm meeting my cousin from Greece, who's here for TIFF, for dinner tomorrow night. She's staying at the LeGermain Hotel on Mercer St in the entertainment district. I want to taker her out for dinner around the hotel but I'm a humble suburbanite and don't know what's good within walking distance. Any suggestions? Nothing too formal, something relaxed but good.

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  1. Milagro at Mercer/John (so just east of the hotel - about a 1 min walk) is good for Mexican. Share a bunch of appetizers and a margarita.
    Or walk one block north to King Street - and there are a variety of restaurants - bit touristy but lots of variety. (Paese for Italian, Canteen, Verona, Dhaba for Indian). Walk west on King and you have good Thai at Thai Princess. Keep walking west of Spadina (about a 10 min from the hotel) and you have Crush, Brassaii, Lee, Buca and few pubs to choose from. Have fun!

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    Thai Princess
    387 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1K1, CA

    Brassaii
    461 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K7, CA

    Buca
    604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

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    1. re: thebutcher

      I was looking at Milagro but they're only open until 9:30p tomorrow and I'm meeting my cousin at 8pm.

      1. re: zeva

        Odd hours especially during TIFF! Head up to King Street! Tutti Matti on Adelaide just east of Spadina is another option for you - great Italian.

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        Tutti Matti
        364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

        1. re: thebutcher

          How many minutes of a walk is it to Tutti Matti in painful shoes??? ;-)

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          Tutti Matti
          364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

          1. re: zeva

            I would say it is about five mins. Five long mins in 4 inch heels. I've done it once or twice before but it is worth it. Good food, good serivce and it won't break the bank.

    2. For a later dinner, Le Select is close and great - definitely make a rez.

      Second the Tutti Matti recc as well.

      If you want really close the restos in the Le Germain or the Soho are entirely decent but pricier.

      Khao San Road for Thai is really good and not too far.

      For lower brow but still nice, either Pizza Rustica on Peter (right around the corner) or very casual the Adelaide Street Pub at Peter and Richmond.

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      Tutti Matti
      364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

      Le Select
      432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

      Pizza Rustica
      270 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V3P5, CA

      Khao San Road
      326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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      1. re: Cat123

        Agree with Le Select & Pizza Rustica Cat123!

        Double the walking time Zeva for high heels!

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        Le Select
        432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

        Pizza Rustica
        270 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V3P5, CA

      2. Why not eat at Victor in the hotel?

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        1. re: iMarilyn

          I was checking out the menu for Victor. Looks a bit pretentious for my 'lowbrow' tastes.

          1. re: zeva

            you wont miss anything but meh food at a high price point. yawn.

          2. re: iMarilyn

            Has anyone dined at Victor recently? How was it? Trying to think of a relatively upscale option close to the Royal Alex, besides Paese, Milagro, Toca & Modus, that's closer to the Royal Alex than Nota Bene, Tutti Matti, etc.

            http://www.victorrestaurant.com/

            main menu: http://www.victorrestaurant.com/menus...

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            Victor
            30 Mercer Street, Toronto, ON M5V 1H3, CA

            1. re: prima

              I was there maybe 6 weeks back. It was pretty good..They had a special small plates menu that we took advantage of. I cant remember specifics now, but I would say 6/8 of the dishes were pretty good. Its usually a safe choice.. nothing exciting, but safe and convenient for when I am going to Second City or the theatre.