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Aug 22, 2013 07:26 PM

First time in Toronto

My husband and I will be in Toronto Labor Day weekend, staying downtown. I have never been to Toronto and want to go to some great restaurants while we are there. Places can be mid to upscale and vegetarian friendly if possible. Would love suggestions of the best of the best.

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  1. First off, may be you should let us Toronto hounds know where you folks are coming from? No point recommending you Japanese if you are from Japan! Right?!! Ha!!

    Irrespective, for first timer, try booking a window seat at 'Canoe' for great 'Canadian' cuisine with a fantastic view of Toronto's downtown!

    Let us know what type/ethnic cuisine you like and we'll go from there.

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      You use the term "great" rather loosely, Charles!

      1. re: justxpete

        Ah justxpete!! But I am using 'great' in conjunction with 'Canadian' ( local/Canadian ingredients like Niagara fruits, Arctic Char, Quebec Foie Gras, Ontario Lamb, Lake Huron Pike, Berkeshire Pork...etc ). Besides, within the downtown core, comparing to others, Canoe's cuisine is way up there.

      2. re: Charles Yu

        Hilarious! I am not from Japan, just from Washington DC, so all cuisines are welcome!

        1. re: Charles Yu

          I love Canoe. The food, service and views are spectacular. definitely try to reserve a table by the window! This will be a memorable dinner for sure :)

        2. Since you will be staying downtown, check out the menus & reviews online for Nota Bene, Richmond Station & Origin. The newly opened The Chase is also getting good buzz, and Gabardine is fun for lunch. Further west, look at Yours Truly, The Grove or Delux in the Ossington area. Just very slightly north of where you will be staying you could also try Splendido or Harbord Room on Harbord Street. Whatever you decide, as you are coming to TO on a busy weekend, you will want to get reservations ASAP. Enjoy the city!

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          1. re: Phoenix

            Along the further west there is also Woodlot, which has both a meat and vegetarian menu. I haven't been in a while but it was my fave a few months ago. Defunately make reservations though.

            1. re: LexiFirefly

              I would second Woodlot.

              Nota Bene is pretty uninspiring and I thought Origin was terrible.

              I also thought Yours Truly was really, really, really, really overrated and overhyped. The food simply didn't taste very good.

          2. Where exactly will you be staying? Downtown is a large area.

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            1. re: LotteDempsey

              We are staying at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville

              90 Bloor Street East

              1. re: Bryce1

                You want the Harbord Room or THR & Co on Harbord Street about a 15 minute walk southwest. Same owners, both with patios but you'll need reservations. Mela at Yonge and Yorkville is a tiny vegetarian cafe specializing in Italian. Cheap for the neighbourhood!

                And +1 for Woodlot but you'll need reservations.

            2. Within very easy walking distance from where you're staying there's Blu (Italian) and Mideastro (Lebanese/Israeli,) both on Yorkville before Bay, and then round the corner on Bay itself there's Pangaea (International).

              My "special occasion" restaurant is inevitably Scaramouche on Avenue Road. It was also given the number one spot in Joanne Kates recent list of Toronto's hundred best restaurants.

              1. If you are from Washington DC, I would definitely head over to Crown Princess for a Chinese Dim Sum lunch!! Nothing like that in the Capitol!