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Eats near The InterContinental?

cheezwhiz Jul 16, 2012 07:35 AM


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).


  1. cheezwhiz Jul 18, 2012 09:12 AM

    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
      bytepusher Jul 18, 2012 01:24 PM

      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
        JennaBean Jul 18, 2012 02:08 PM

        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.

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        fickle Jul 16, 2012 12:00 PM

        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
          bytepusher Jul 16, 2012 05:36 PM

          Grindhouse is gone, closed last week

          1. re: bytepusher
            JennaBean Jul 17, 2012 08:05 AM

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

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          JennaBean Jul 16, 2012 08:22 AM

          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
            CocoaChanel Jul 16, 2012 08:34 AM

            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
              JennaBean Jul 16, 2012 08:58 AM

              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
                ingloriouseater Jul 16, 2012 10:02 AM

                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
                prima Jul 16, 2012 10:37 AM

                I like Khao San Road, too. http://www.khaosanroad.ca/

                Le Select is also within a 15 minute walk of the Intercontinental, and has some relatively reasonably priced prix fixe specials. http://www.leselect.com/menus/menus.php

                1. re: prima
                  JennaBean Jul 16, 2012 12:14 PM

                  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. :-)

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              bytepusher Jul 16, 2012 07:43 AM

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

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              1. re: bytepusher
                cheezwhiz Jul 16, 2012 07:50 AM

                Sorry, Front Street.

              2. cheezwhiz Jul 16, 2012 07:36 AM

                Should mention I meant we are arriving this Saturday.

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