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Homestyle Prix Fix meal for Birthday Dinner?

Teviya Aug 27, 2003 12:34 AM

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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    divirtual Aug 28, 2003 03:31 PM

    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).

    Link: http://www.southernaccent.com/

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      Dan Aug 27, 2003 08:45 AM

      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

      Link: http://www.brasserieaix.com/menus_pf7...

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      1. re: Dan
        Chris Aug 27, 2003 02:57 PM

        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.

        Link: http://food.muvment.com

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