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I will be in Toronto for two nights with no car, attending a conference at the Hyatt Regency on King Street. Am looking for recommendations for dinner,preferably within walking distance, for interesting ethnic restaurants (Thai, Vietnamese, or anything unique to Toronto). While cost is not an issue, I am not looking to spend an arm and a leg. Thanks.

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    1. +1 for Khao San Road

      Within walking distance of your hotel:
      -Patria for Spanish tapas
      -Buca for Italian (a little on the pricey side)
      -Paese for decent sit down pizza and good wines by the glass
      -Soma for excellent chocolates and a mean espresso
      -Lee for a once known chef who is now on some TV show. Can't speak for the quality since I haven't been in about 5 years.
      -Banh Mi Boys for cheap but excellent asian inspired dishes.
      -Burger's Priest for griddle burger

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      1. re: dubchild

        Also Tutti Matti for Italian

        Other than Paese avoid everything else on the South side of King Street in the couple blocks either way from your hotel.

      2. +2 for KSR
        +1 for Patria

        Cibo for. Italian
        Yuzu no Hana for sushi

        1. You're in a high rent touristy area so if you're looking for ethnic you will have to get on public transit. Toronto is best known for Chinese. The best Chinese has moved out to the suburbs but the old downtown Chinatown is the most accessible for you. Yummy Yummy dumplings is on Huron just north of Dundas Street. If you take the Spadina streetcar north from King and get off at Dundas, walk east 2 blocks, I think. Rol San has dim sum. It's on the east side of Spadina a couple of blocks north of Dundas. As long as you are in this neighbourhood you can walk around Chinatown and Kensington Market which is just west of Spadina.

          1. Best vietnamese choices:

            Pho - PhoTienThanh http://www.phenu.com/PhoTienThanh

            Banh Mi Rose's 601 Gerrard http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-dr...

            ROTI at Gandhi at 554 Queen West - about a 14 minute walk from your hotel but VERY WORTH IT.