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Downtown work group lunch - new ideas?

cellophane_star Nov 6, 2013 08:15 AM

Hi all, I'm looking for group lunch ideas from my fellow downtown workers.

My work group of 10-12 people are doing a group lunch before the Christmas break. We wouldn't need to book a private room or anything but we would need a reservation.

The problem is that we usually end up at "safe", mediocre restaurants like The Keg. The group is mostly older and not very experimental with food (ie: sushi is out). Last year we went to West in Scotia Centre... meh.

Oh and budget-wise, we're looking at places $20 or less for entrees so good places like Chicago Chophouse are unfortunately out.

Does anyone have any suggestions that I might not have considered? We're closest to Eau Claire Market but would go as far as Chinatown/Stephen Ave.

(Please do not suggest the following: Barley Mill, Joey's, Spaghetti Factory or Ric's Grill/Mimi's in Centennial Place.)


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    cancowboy RE: cellophane_star Nov 6, 2013 09:12 AM

    How about Buchanan's (7th St & 3rd Ave)?
    Many entrees under $20 - range from $13-$30
    Automatic 18% on parties of 8 or more.
    I have had good meals at Buchanan's although I have not been there recently.

    Or maybe Q Haute (7th & 2nd)?
    Express Lunch items @ $15

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      cellophane_star RE: cancowboy Nov 6, 2013 09:21 AM

      I love Q's lunch! But I think my co-workers would find it too "fancy" so to speak. Do they still do the $15 lunch? I didn't see it on their site when I checked last week. It's such a great deal considering the quality of the food.

      Buchanan's might work. I remembered it being decent but when I went with a friend a few months ago, I was underwhelmed. However, it wasn't bad and might be suitable for the work crowd. Thanks!

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        cancowboy RE: cellophane_star Nov 6, 2013 09:34 AM

        The express lunch items are listed on their lunch menu.

        It is difficult to make everyone in the group happy.
        Maybe print off the lunch menus from each and put it to a vote?

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          cellophane_star RE: cancowboy Nov 6, 2013 10:06 AM

          Honestly, I can see someone saying "I can't even pronounce half of these items!" Foodies they are not.

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      NumberFive RE: cellophane_star Nov 6, 2013 09:52 AM

      How about Double Zero? I've always found it to be a decent place for a group lunch. Can order a bunch of and try a bunch of different pizzas off their menu.

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        cellophane_star RE: NumberFive Nov 6, 2013 10:07 AM

        I was thinking of that too but wasn't sure if they had tables for a large group?

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          NumberFive RE: cellophane_star Nov 6, 2013 12:23 PM

          10-12 people isn't that big of a group, it's only 5-6 per side of the table. I'm sure they have plenty to make it work, or sliding a couple tables together.

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            cellophane_star RE: NumberFive Nov 7, 2013 08:26 AM

            Cool. I've only been there once so I couldn't remember the set up.

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              Mmmchele RE: cellophane_star Dec 10, 2013 06:43 PM

              Double Zero can easily accommodate the size of your party. The food is good there.
              Charcut is another spot that can easily accommodate you and the food incredible.

      2. cellophane_star RE: cellophane_star Dec 11, 2013 09:46 AM

        We ended up going to Fionn MacCools in the Sheraton. Everyone enjoyed and we were able to take the +15 the entire way (thankfully... so cold).

        1. felix the hound RE: cellophane_star Jan 10, 2014 04:10 PM

          The problem with office group lunches is not finding the right spot but that they have to cater to the lowest common denominator. Places like the Keg and other chainlets is as good as it gets I'm afraid

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