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Need a foodie friendly "lux dive"

I need to treat a couple of friends to dinner out, but they've specified cheap, but amazing food. Think luxury dive! Ideally more suited to pairings with beer, and must have good seating so no take out dominant places. I'm thinking a step up from wings, but not too far up. Ack, am I explaining myself ok? Any ideas??

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  1. Goody's Diner in Scarborough. But they only open until 7pm, so I don't know if that works for you.

    http://www.goodysdiner.com/index.html

    1. Copper Chimney? Economical + tasty, and they serve beer
      Folia Grill- does have a few tables, and beer, but not sure if that qualifies as good seating. http://www.foliagrill.com/drinks.html Asteria and Zorba's might have better seating.
      Jerusalem. Economical + tasty.

      1. I think County General fits this profile rather perfectly... only the seating is a bit short - but I think you can make a reso depending on which day you're planning to go.

        http://thecountygeneral.ca/

        Close to the heart of the city, good for doing some bar hopping after your meal.

        1. I think you'll get better, more specific responses if you outline your budget. I don't consider County General cheap for example. One person's cheap can be another's splurge.

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          1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

            You're right, I apologize for the missing information. Mains on or below $20 please!

            1. re: Suburban Gourmand

              Allen's on the Danforth has a good burger for your budget and a decent beer selection.

              1. re: Suburban Gourmand

                County General still fits perfectly, Suburban. You'd be hard pressed to find a better happy medium than CG.. it's hip, too.

                What's the age bracket?

                1. re: justxpete

                  I'm w/ sws on this one, county general isn't cheap if you order enough to fill your stomach. It's like most new restaurants, menu prices are deceptive low, but portion sizes are appetizer esque.

                  Prima mentioned a good one in Copper Chimney. "Cheap, but amazing food" screams ethnic for me. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, indian, etc......

                  Do you care about decor or hipster appeal? Does it have to be in a trendy area? Does the restaurant have to use "reclaimed wood"?

                  Beer Bistro is another decent choice taking beer into the equation.

                  1. re: aser

                    I disagree about it being cheap, given the value of the food, and in general. The price/quality ratio is very high. Also - I'm not sure how many times youve been there, but it seems like an odd statement (re: small portions!?!), given that my so and I get take-out quite frequently (as its on our way home) and we never require more than a main to fill our appetites (and I have a large appetite, she usually does not finish her meal). The burgers w/ fries), both beef and chicken, are very filling, along with all their other mains - which change frequently.

                    1. re: justxpete

                      I'm with you on this one. I think it is good value for money and I've left full after each visit. We've always had a few drinks each and never paid more than $100 for two people.

                      1. re: JennaBean

                        We usually have less drinks and get out of there for around $40-60.

                        1. re: justxpete

                          What are you trying to say? ;-) My friends are lushes. We can't go anywhere without a two drink min per person.

                          1. re: JennaBean

                            hehehe... Wasn't implying anything! :) Just trying to say that your two-person tab appeared a little on the ... "indulged" side. ha.

                      2. re: justxpete

                        My gf and I can usually walk out of county general satisfied without ordering multiple menu items. I think it fits the bill.

                        Might also want to look at Grand Electric

              2. Hmmm at $20 or less for a plate, Marben would be a good choice.

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                1. re: Wil

                  Carl, Ryan and now even Sasha have left Marben. I'm not sure who's steering the ship anymore. I'm a bit worried, because it was my fav brunch spot for a long time.