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Need help with 4 night trip to Toronto/NOTL in October

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DH and I will be traveling to Toronto the second week of Oct. I've been checking out the boards but there are so many choices. I'll give you a brief run down of our itinerary and what we are looking for, if you would be so kind as to fill in some of the blanks!

Right now we have a hotel room booked in Mississauga, however, I am trying (via Priceline) to find something downtown that will fit our budget. So, any recs in Mississauga might come in handy, but hopefully we will be doing our meals downtown. We will have a car.

Arriving Friday. Looking for a quick lunch - nothing sit down or that will take too long. Want to do a walking tour at 1:00 that leaves from Bannock restaurant. Will end our day at ROM (open to 8:30 on Fridays). Need a rec for dinner. Was thinking of Fieramosca Trattoria?? We love Italian.

Saturday's agenda def includes St. Lawrence Mkt. Here's where I want to go at the Market but let me know if I'm missing anything:
Carousel Bakery
Olympic Cheese
Schefflers Deli
El Gaucho Chorizos
Will eat lunch here. Are there tables to sit at within the market or outside of the market? I'm also hoping to go to Kernels Popcorn and Soma Chocolatemaker. Any other specialty stores in the area?

We will end our day Saturday in the Distillery District. Need a rec for dinner.

Sunday means a good breakfast/brunch. No clue on where to go for this?? We have a walking tour booked at 10:00 that leaves from the AGO and ends in Chinatown. I've always wanted to try a good place for Dim Sum? We want to go to Castle Loma, CN Tower, etc. Also need dinner rec.

Monday we are planning on a day trip to NOTL and possibly the Falls. Any suggestions for lunch and dinner will be appreciated. Also, any specialty food shops along the way? What about wineries?

Tuesday we will do some shopping (Eaton Centre?) We are leaving Tuesday afternoon. Am thinking about Il Fornello for a $10 pizza (their Tuesday special) before we hit the road.

What I want to accomplish: a good bahn mi sandwich, a good burger (Burger's Priest?), a few nice sit down dinners, maybe a good diner, and some yummy Chinese food!

I know this was a very long thread. Thanks for reading!

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Distillery District
55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

Fieramosca
36A Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1A9, CA

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  1. have a car?

    bahn mi = Rose's Cafe (broadview and gerrard).
    if you're in that hood, you should hit Brickworks vs St Lawrence Market.

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    1. re: atomeyes

      Yes, we do have a car. Thanks for the tip on the bahn mi. I have no clue what brickworks is...

      1. re: tdmort

        Brickworks is another farmers market that is on Saturday. Begins at 8:00. Located at an old Brick factory in Toronto. Very pretty with some really nice food.
        http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/farm...

        For the St. Lawrence market, there are tables inside and outside.

        1. re: Otonabee

          Yeah, I would also recommend Brickworks market on Saturday. It is pretty unique venue and interesting what they are doing there. I like the experience more than the St. Lawrence one but they are both great. Competition for tables at St. Lawrence market is pretty high depending on the time of day. If it is nice out, there is a park just to the south and east of SLM that is a 1 minute walk if you want to eat outside with less crowds.

          For burger, if you are going to the Eaton Centre they have a new food court there and they have a location of "Big Smoke" which is the new name of Craft Burger. It depends what style burger you want but their burger (at least at other location on King Street) is pretty tasty. Burger Priest is a little out of the way if you have only a few days but if you do head out there for a burger I would recommend checking out the "Beach" area too. Oh, and regarding Eaton Centre there is a location of Kernerl's in there (last time I checked).

          For around Distillery District, I am a fan of Gilead Cafe - http://www.jamiekennedy.ca/intro-gc.php I will likely be heading here before Totem on Wednesday so I will try to report back on my recent experiences on the board.

          Oh, in Distillery District, there are a couple of interesting shops like the Taste of Quebec if you like cheese, and the new sake place (forget the name off hand).

          And I think it is a good idea to continue to try to fine a place downtown if you can get a good deal. That way you could use public transit or even the new bixi bike system to get around and enjoy the city without the commute.

          1. re: ylsf

            agree on brickworks>st lawrence

            1. re: ylsf

              By about 10:30 Saturday morning can you usually find a parking spot? Do you have to pay to park?

              1. re: Herne

                Parking is now pay parking at Brickworks. It does get very busy and you may be able to find a spot at 10:30 (I have gone at random times so can't recall exactly when it fills up) but just be sure not to park along Bayview as it is a no parking area and I have seen them give up tickets before (parking people could make a fortune if they just went there every Saturday morning). You are better off taking the free shuttle from Broadview station which leaves pretty often and parking in that area (free residential parking areas around there).

            2. re: Otonabee

              Thanks for the link on the market Otonabee!

              Yisf...thx for the tips on the distillery district! I will check out Taste of Quebec for sure!

        2. For your Italian dinner, I would suggest Enoteca Sociale. Excellent house made pastas, and a great list of wines by the glass.

          Soma is a great place to visit. Get a bicerin (espresso with a hot chocolate shot and whipped cream) or just the Mayan hot chocolate shot, if you don't drink coffee. Their fleur de sel caramels are my favourite salted caramels, ever, anywhere. So, so good. For dinner near the Distillery, I would suggest Weezie's, a tiny bistro a few blocks from there. Sadly, not much in the Distillery itself is worth recommending for dinner. If you're looking for a snack in the afternoon, Brick St. Bakery has some nice savoury pastries and sandwiches.

          Il Fornello is pretty lame -- not bad, just "eh". Mercatto in the Eaton Centre is a better choice. Still not great, but if location is key, then that's my rec.

          There are a bunch of threads on NOTL, both food and wineries. I'll dig them up and link them here later. My personal favourites for eating: Stone Road Grille, Ravine Winery and The Pie Plate (super duper casual -- more of a lunch or snack choice).

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          Stone Road Grille
          238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

          Weezie's
          354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

          Mercatto
          15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

          The Pie Plate
          1516 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

          Enoteca Sociale
          1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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          1. re: TorontoJo

            Hey Jo....I immediately spotted two words from your reply....Salted + Caramels. Oh my!!

          2. Half way to NOTL, or on the way back. It is fantastic.

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            Edgewater Manor Restaurant
            518 Fruitland Rd, Stoney Creek, ON L8E5A6, CA

            1. For your sunday brunch/brekkie/dimsum options there's Frank in the AGO an upscalish option with great options for the sweet tooth, Rol San is a the most popular downtown option for cheap and cheerful dim sum and its about a 15min walk from AGO, for lux dimsum, Lai Wah Heen is also just around thecorner.

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              Lai Wah Heen
              108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

              Rol San
              323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

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              1. re: haggisdragon

                Thanks for the recs for dimsum!

              2. I have changed my hotel. I am now staying downtown Toronto, within walking distance of the Eaton Centre. Any dinner recs for that area?

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                1. re: tdmort

                  Are there any good recommendations for food at the Eaton Centre - anyone?

                  1. re: tdmort

                    Mercatto is good what I consider cheap and cheerful Italian. Very casual but good quality.

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                    Mercatto
                    15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA