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7Cees Apr 2, 2013 09:21 AM

Not a Toronto native/resident, so I'd be grateful for some assistance... I'll be in town in April to celebrate a great milestone in my sister's life.

She and her spouse live in BWV and also have young children. We want to go out for a festive dinner, but not too far from their home in case the babysitter (or baby(ies)) has a meltdown. I'd think anywhere within 20 minutes or so of the Bloor/Windemere area would be ideal. (walking or driving)

We've enjoyed Dr. Generosity's in the past... but was hoping for something different. Price isn't an issue, and pretty open to cuisine... Just one exception - curries - be they Indian, Thai, Caribbean, Indonesian, etc... Even the smell puts my sister-in-law off...

Doesn’t have to be too upscale, but this is a celebration. Any suggestions you could share, I’d happily consider. Thanks for your time.

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    7Cees Apr 4, 2013 10:38 AM

    Thanks to all who took the time to reply. I found that the previous threads I had searched here offered more recommendations about places to avoid than seek out.

    Funny place, Bloor West Village. Love the vibe and the shopping... great local specialized food shops, coffee and pastry places, florists, butchers... but not a lot in the way of up (or upper) scale eateries... (at least from my read of the place, which may be mistaken).

    I'll happily research your suggestions and again, thank you.

    1. damonster Apr 2, 2013 09:41 PM

      Queen Margherita pizza may also fit your request(Jane and Annette)

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        5andman Apr 2, 2013 08:43 PM

        In keeping with the 20min Baby or Babysitter meltdown parameter (between Jane & High Park):

        - Kennedy
        - 17 Steps
        - Bloom
        - Earth
        - Queens Pasta
        - Thai & Sushi
        - Villa
        - Green Mango
        - Yumi
        - Amber
        - Dr Generosity

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          Swansea48 Apr 2, 2013 02:03 PM

          17 Steps is a great place. It's a restaurant & bar in an unlikely location -- a basement, right beside the Pizza Pizza, 1 block west of Runnymede -- walking distance from your corner.

          I kick myself for not having checked it out years ago. I'm going there for dinner tonight.

          Really nice, not-gloomy space, friendly service. Very good food. I recommend the goat ragout & the truffle frites; my vegetarian friend really liked the 3-cheese focaccia (grilled cheese sandwich++).

          They have Rodney's oysters on Thursdays.

          Love their brunch, as well.

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            Dean Tudor Apr 2, 2013 01:49 PM

            I like going to Bloom www.bloomrestaurant.com
            or to Earth Bloor www.earthbloorwest.com

            Both are closed on Mondays, possibly Sunday evs too..

            1. MrFancyPants Apr 2, 2013 01:47 PM

              Earth Bloor has the special occasion factor.

              1. justxpete Apr 2, 2013 01:24 PM

                What about an old-school steak house? Black Angus is just that. Nothing too flashy or fancy, just great steaks. Not overly expensive, but you can spend a fair deal.

                Roughly Bloor and Islington.

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                  Britmeg Apr 2, 2013 01:01 PM

                  I sense it doesn't get lotsa love on here, but I am a fan of the Kennedy for a celebration. Had birthday drinks and snacks there last month and it was a good time!

                  1. MissBingBing Apr 2, 2013 11:28 AM

                    Camp on Jane is normally a brunch spot but does dinner Friday night. Cute place, good food, not expensive.

                    1. Googs Apr 2, 2013 10:26 AM

                      Here's a fairly recent thread.
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/886564

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                        szw Apr 2, 2013 09:40 AM

                        I had a really great meal and service recently at The Emerson at Bloor/Landsdowne. Its comfort food, but executed well and elevated a bit. d

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