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Nov 6, 2013 08:15 AM

Downtown work group lunch - new ideas?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: cancowboy

      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!

      1. re: cellophane_star

        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?

        1. re: cancowboy

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

    2. 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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      1. re: NumberFive

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

        1. re: cellophane_star

          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.

          1. re: NumberFive

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

            1. re: cellophane_star

              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. 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. 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