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Jul 16, 2012 07:35 AM

Eats near The InterContinental?


We are arriving early evening at our hotel (The InterContinental), and would like to eat somewhere fairly cheap but good within walking distance. Any advice welcome, will try pretty much anything (although I am not a fan of seafood).


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  1. Should mention I meant we are arriving this Saturday.

    1. Which Intercontinental? there are two. Bloor Street or Front Street?

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      1. O&B Cafe at Yonge and Front is a decent place that won't break the bank. If you want some bar nibbles, Biffs had a little bar menu and a buck a shuck oysters.

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        1. re: JennaBean

          I agree with Biffs. The food is so awful/tasteless at O&B, IMO.
          It you like Thai, Kao San Road is nearby (Queen West)
          BeerBistro at King & Yonge

          1. re: CocoaChanel

            i had a goat cheese quiche last time I was there with a green salad and it was ok. I've only ever eaten lunch items and while it wasn't amazing or anything to rave about it wasn't bad. I think my bill with a sparkling water was all of $20.

            1. re: JennaBean

              its kind of a corporate black hole...a bit west is wvsrt, north onto queen is the queen mother, as mentioned kao san road is solid or go to the bar at the ritz, have cocktails and load up on the complimentary candied bacon

            2. re: CocoaChanel

              I like Khao San Road, too.

              Le Select is also within a 15 minute walk of the Intercontinental, and has some relatively reasonably priced prix fixe specials.

              1. re: prima

                Good suggestions for sure and I think Khao San Road is the best cheap option in the hood. I was thinking of place in the immediate area. :-)

          2. You could swing by the Grindhouse on King west of Blue Jays Way for a burger and then head to SOMA on King west of Spadina for gelato afterwards. There's also Marben on Wellington near Le Select.

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            1. re: fickle

              Grindhouse is gone, closed last week

              1. re: bytepusher

                That's too bad. It was my fav turkey burger in the city.

            2. I've read a little bit about the Hot & Spicy Festival at Harbourfront Centre this weekend. Has anyone ever been? Is it a walkable distance from Front St?

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              1. re: cheezwhiz

                Haven't been

                Definitely walkable distance wise although parts of the trip are not always the most pedestrian friendly due to construction in the area, probably easiest to head east and turn right down Lower Simcoe, cross under the RR tracks and the Gardiner expressway. Lower Simcoe ends right at the Harbourfront complex.

                1. re: cheezwhiz

                  I went last year or the year before. Unless you want to do something else down in that area not worth the visit. The food was limited and what we did have wasn't great.