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Aug 27, 2003 12:34 AM

Homestyle Prix Fix meal for Birthday Dinner?

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I am new to the Toronto area and my boyfriend's birthday is coming up, I want to take him some place nice. He would really like to have a buffet of homeade food, something like the restaurant run by the Amish where we are from, with fried chicken, catfish, greenbeans, blackberry cobbler etc...but after reading that Toronto lacks in quality buffets as well as homestyle foods I am at a loss, and think we will have to settle with prix fix dining in order to get the appetizer, soup, salad, main, and dessert at a low cost. We are willing to drive an hour or so outside of the city or anywhere inside the city and would like to spend no more than 60 dollars for the entire meal for two. We don't really need wine, just good food. We enjoy almost any type of food, if there are no good homestyle options. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. Thankyou.

I am not looking for Chains like Old Country Buffet...

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  1. Not sure what you're looking for specifically exists in Toronto.

    I haven't tried it yet, but Brasserie Aix on College at Clinton offers a prix fixe before 7pm for the summer (may not last much longer?) with choice of one appetizer, main, and dessert for $19.

    Here's the menu and link:

    Hors d' Oeuvre
    Soupe du Jour
    Soup of the day

    Salade Verte
    Green salad with lemon, honey and lavender dressing

    Coq Au Vin
    Red wine brased chicken

    Saumon avec Citron Aioli
    Grilled salmon with truffled mashed potato, spinach and a lemon aioli

    Longe D'Agneau
    Grilled lamb loin with truffled mashed potato, haricot vert and a mint-cab jus

    Crème Brulee
    Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Lavender infused Crème Brûlée

    Fondant au Chocolat avec Crème de Grand Marnier
    Flourless Chocolate torte with Grand Marnier sauce

    $19 per person avante 7pm


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    1. re: Dan

      Great suggestion!

      I'll second this recommendation. For what you're looking for, I think BAIX might be the only restaurant to satisfy.

      The food is fine. Certainly not bad; but nothing to write home about either. However, in terms of VALUE, it is a great choice.


    2. Wow, you're right! You have picked a tough category for Toronto. It's not an especially good place for cuisine in the style of the southern U.S. (Actually, I haven't found it to be great for Mexican food, either).

      Twenty years ago, I might have suggested a restaurant called the "Underground Railroad" that had good ribs and catfish. It was successful, but is long gone.

      Not in prix fixe, but in the right category is Southern Accent, on Markham Street (in the Mirvish Village, behind Honest Ed's at Bloor and Bathurst). You're going to need to look at the menu -- they have a good web page -- to see if it's within your budget, but it should be a nice place to take your spouse. (The neighbourhood around is nice for walking around, in the evening, as well).