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Palmerston / Little Italy area - or maybe The Annex. resto ideas?

a friend of mine is bringing a biz associate to town this week. she was looking for a hip, but not too crazy loud restaurant in Palmerston / Little Italy area - or maybe The Annex. ideas?

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  1. I haven't been back to both in a while but woodlot and acadia seems to fit in the bill

    1. Woodlot? I don't know if it's really hip, though.

      1. Although it can tend to be somewhat loud, Bar Isabel. This is coming from someone who hates loud restaurants, and I find BI very tolerable.

        Going there early would be even better.

        Woodlot and Acadia would also be good choices, as mentioned - but haven't been to Acadia since their last Chef left.

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        1. re: justxpete

          All front-of-house and back-of-house staff left Acadia.
          Essentially it's a completely new restaurant, so all previous experiences are irrelevant.
          Agree with Bar Isabel. Noisy but still tolerable (and very crowded).

          1. re: estufarian

            Not all front of house staff left - but yes, all boh have changed over.

            1. re: justxpete

              Pete - do you know if Patrick landed?

              1. re: JennaBean

                Yes, I do, and no, he has not landed.

                1. re: justxpete

                  Ahhhh... baby duty I would assume then! I'm sure that's keeping him rather busy.

                  1. re: JennaBean

                    A little bit of that, and a little bit of ambition, from what I can tell. :)

                    1. re: justxpete

                      Oh good! Glad to hear it! I look forward to his next venture.

                      1. re: JennaBean

                        Doesn't he have that consulting gig with that two story mexican restaurant that's opening soon

                        1. re: brushfire

                          Valdez???

              2. re: justxpete

                You're right - the owners remain.
                I was too sloppy - I've seen the ex-servers at various other places.

                1. re: estufarian

                  Other foh remain as well - but no matter.

          2. If BI is too busy or loud, there's The Huntsman Tavern down the street. I haven't been yet, but my friends are raving about it. I''ll probably go in the next week or two.