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Where to eat near the Distillery District after a late evening play?

scapegoated Oct 20, 2011 06:13 AM

Hi! I'm looking for a recommendation of somewhere to eat after a play at the Young Center theatre in the Distillery District. Due to timing issues, we won't be able to eat beforehand, and will have to eat after the show gets out--probably around 9:30/10. A little later for dinner...any suggestions as to what might be delicious and also still open? Thanks in advance!

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

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  1. Googs RE: scapegoated Oct 20, 2011 07:01 AM

    That late a dinner is a challenge in any neighbourhood. In that neighbourhood you can add dodgy to the list. I'd suggest fixing your timing issues and going to Weezie's beforehand. If that really can't be done, I'd suggest coordinates closer to home for dinner.

    354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

    1. foodyDudey RE: scapegoated Oct 20, 2011 07:13 AM

      Here is a link that may help. Looks like you are in a dead zone, but if you have a car there are some places not far away.

      Sorry my link just won't work, but if you type "restaurants on front street east toronto" in Google, you will see a map with all sorts of places close to the DD.

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      1. re: foodyDudey
        Googs RE: foodyDudey Oct 21, 2011 07:32 AM

        It isn't really a dead zone, foodyDudey. Mengrai Thai, Weezie's, and Fusilli are all quite nearby. None of them, however, are open late. They're straight up restaurants and don't turn into anything else once the dinner service is over.

        354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

        531 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A1V1, CA

        82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

      2. prima RE: scapegoated Oct 20, 2011 07:19 AM

        Table 17 in Leslieville might be a good option. Looks like they offer reservations for 10, 10:15, 10:30 through www.opentable.com . I haven't eaten there, and don't know what the food is like. Reviews seem to be mixed on CH, but a lot of people seem to tweet positively about Table 17, for what it's worth.

        The Wine Bar and Origin aren't too far, and are still serving food post-theatre, although Origin can be quite loud by 10 pm, as it turns into more of a lounge than a restaurant that time of night. Wine Bar is a much more quiet option at 10 pm. While I haven't found the food to be as tasty or as interesting as it sometimes was under JK, it's still a decent option for post-theatre. I ate there post-theatre a couple weeks ago. Biff's Bistro also still serves food at that time.

        Plenty of Greek options on the Danforth (Mezes, Ouzeri, Megas, Messini, etc) are also still serving food around 10 pm. I usually head towards the Danforth after Soulpepper.

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

        500A Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1P6, CA

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

        Wine Bar
        9 Church St., Toronto, ON M5E 1M2, CA

        109 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

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          scapegoated RE: prima Oct 20, 2011 08:27 AM

          Thanks Prima--you rock! Those all look like fantastic options, though I'm leaning towards Table 17 at the moment. I've seen Origin's website before and have been interested in dining there, but unfortunately it's not working for me at the moment so I can't review the menu offerings like I'd prefer to...

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

          1. re: scapegoated
            foodyDudey RE: scapegoated Oct 20, 2011 08:39 AM

            One of the founders of Table 17 is now a partner at F'Amelia.


            If you check on Open Table, you will see that they accept reservations at 10:30 pm...

            You didn't specify if you were walking or driving and also asked for ideas right around the DD, and that is why I didn't mention other areas previously.

            1. re: foodyDudey
              scapegoated RE: foodyDudey Oct 20, 2011 08:44 AM

              You're right, I didn't specify--my mistake! We are car-mobile.
              Every time we've gotten out of a play down there everything seems quite shut down for the night, so it probably would have been better for me to ask for suggestions that were relatively close, and open late.

            2. re: scapegoated
              ylsf RE: scapegoated Oct 20, 2011 04:13 PM

              I had an enjoyable meal at Table 17 months ago. I think I posted my review in the review thread. Hope your experience is as good as mine!

            3. re: prima
              scapegoated RE: prima Oct 22, 2011 01:45 PM

              Thanks so much for the recommendation, prima! We ended up going to Table 17--only took a few minutes to get there after the play was over.

              Our table of 3 shared the Salumi Board, which wasn't magical, but was a nice taster. House pickled vegetables, grainy mustard and cippolinni onions went well with the meats. I also ordered the Arugula Salad to start, which was different than the current one on the online menu. It had toasted pecans, roasted squash, shaved cheese and a light citrus based dressing. The squash was delicious and tender, and the nuts were nicely toasted.

              For my main I had the Beef Short Ribs--cooked perfectly, fall off the bone. The parsnip puree was very tasty, and all the elements worked quite well together. I have to say that from the small taste I had of one of my dining partner's Diver Scallop dish though...I think that that would be the clear must-try item! That was the most delicious bite of scallop I've ever had.

              Service was great, and it was lovely to have had something delicious and so close to the theatre!

              1. re: scapegoated
                prima RE: scapegoated Oct 23, 2011 07:04 PM

                Happy to hear Table 17 worked out!

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

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