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REC needed for FAMILY FRIENDLY spot to eat mid week nr DIRECT ENERGY CENTRE

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few Oct 24, 2012 04:02 PM

Active boys - not crazy,just squirmy LOL
But want a spot family friendly - not from TORONTO area at all so not familiar with anything
we will be nr Direct Energy Centre for sure in afternoon
not sure on where we will be staying yet - hopefully not too far away

thanks - kids are pretty good eaters,not really picky - so, help me out here

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    JennaBean Oct 25, 2012 07:55 AM

    So that's basically a dead zone in terms of places to eat within walking distance. If give us where you're staying you'll get more options for sure.

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      peppermint pate Oct 25, 2012 08:13 AM

      Agreed on that area being a food wasteland (though some stuff isn't too far away). Also, which meal of the day are you looking for?

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        JennaBean Oct 25, 2012 10:31 AM

        Maybe Le Select would fit the bill for you. Not walking distance but a short drive. French bistro open for lunch and dinner and they have a kids menu. They are on Wellington between Spadina and Portland.

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        Cat123 Oct 25, 2012 10:26 AM

        Your best shot if it has to be near Direct Energy Centre is probably something in Liberty Village but it is slim pickings. There is an irish pub called the Brazen Head which is nothing remarkable. There is also Mildred's Temple Kitchen which gets mixed feedback here and there is good coffee at Balzac's. Perhaps others who know the area better than I could chime in.

        1. MissBingBing Oct 25, 2012 10:33 AM

          School in Liberty Village's about as close as you're going to get. Or straight north to Queen West: Swan or County General maybe?

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            JennaBean Oct 25, 2012 10:43 AM

            The wait times at School can be very long depending on when they are there. If I had some umm "squirmy" young boys, I don't think I'd want to go that route. Swan might be a bit better as there isn't usually much of a wait.

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              MissBingBing Oct 26, 2012 03:16 AM

              Anytime I've gone to School other than weekend brunch, I've never seen a line. Same thing with Swan.

          2. happycamper Oct 25, 2012 06:28 PM

            You should try the TO Tuck Shop (Lake Shore and Gardiner Express), for a weekend family meal.
            I have tried their pizzas with a group of 5 (1 teenager) - Very family friendly, accommodating, delicious, and fairly priced. I shared a margherita and with another friend. We were both stuffed and with leftovers, for under $20. They also have a food station/small market where I think your kinds will be able to pick up things they like.

            Other than that, I would agree other posters, and walk to Liberty Village where you will have alot more choices.

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              MissBingBing Oct 26, 2012 03:18 AM

              Do you have to go up Strachan or Dufferin or can you go through the GO station?

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              few Oct 26, 2012 11:12 AM

              WOW - ok
              still working on finding a place - busy wk in Toronto at end of November !?!
              who knew.......
              will have a car if that is helpful
              will post once I have secured a landing spot -
              dont lose me out here - I will return with more details in about a week and still need your help !!!!Thanks

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                few Nov 12, 2012 02:37 PM

                Looks like we are going to be staying at a place called Maple Leaf Quay on 350/390 Queens Quay West....... so with an established locale to operate from and going to/fr Direct Energy Centre.....

                BUMPING for more suggestions!

                THANKS....

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                  MissBingBing Nov 12, 2012 03:55 PM

                  Your options are about the same.

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