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Best College St Restaurants?

Samantha Jan 5, 2004 06:11 PM

Hey all,

I'm looking for some College St recommendations... good food, not too pricey or pretentious. Any suggestions?



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    Chrissy Joseph Jan 28, 2004 02:21 PM

    I love Tempo on College. It can get pricey if you're drinking. The seafood dumplings are to die for along with their lobster maki and the servers are wonderful. Often b/c they're drinking too! I've also enjoyed Joya, Xacutti (pretentious) and a few of the Italian places. I found Marlowe's food bland.

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      Steve D. Jan 27, 2004 12:47 PM

      Regina Pizzeria & Trattoria

      Reall good italian food. Small but still a great date place. Huge portions so you can share. No desserts but i'm usually to full anyways.

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        foodgrrl Jan 7, 2004 12:03 PM

        Try Utopia, great burritos (grilled tuna, etc.), someone recently posted liking there Buffalo bugers. I still like Bar Italia, like the vibe, the noise, and usually feel at home with the service and clientele. Their arugala, mushroom, walnut salad is one I've stolen and re-created often.

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          Bumblegirl Jan 6, 2004 05:06 PM

          I like El Bodegon (corner of College and Euclid, across from Kalendar). Not pretentious, and portions are big. It's a Peruvian restaurant, I think? Lots of seafood (fish, ceviche). My friends really like the Pasta Pesto (? has avocado in it). I had a chicken stew there once which was also good. Decent prices, depending on what you get. Kalendar and Marlowe are also okay - Marlowe has good fries, but the last time I went the burger was disappointing, so I stopped going.

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            chesh2000pro Jan 6, 2004 01:35 AM

            I'd recommend Marlowe as a personal favorite, both in terms of food quality and price. Midtown has tasty food but I find their price way out of line with the serving size. Kalendar, as otherwise recommended, is always a good bet though they tend to get a little snippy if you only want drinks.

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              Markaroni Jan 5, 2004 07:14 PM

              I think 'Gamelle' is the best mid-range restaurant on the strip. The food is consistently good and original. Although it may be slightly pricier than you'd like. Other recommendations found on this list would also fit the bill (search the message board): 'Senhor Antonio's' (Portuguese Tapas) and 'Kalendar'...

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                Kevin Skuse Jan 22, 2004 10:56 AM

                Utopia - Revolting food, bad service
                Kalendar - Blandsville
                Gamelle, Giancarlo - Expensive, Yummy, Get someone to take you
                Mars - Great Home Fries. I love it.
                The Dip - geeross, though "guess how many tater tots bingo" can be fun at breakfast. Dine at your own risk.
                Bar Italia - Not Bad. Chicken sandwich a nice go to, pasta indefferent
                College St Bar - Not so bad actually
                Cobalt - No Food
                Lava - Haven't been in ages but remember a good meal
                Brasserie - Can be fun, food is ok
                Bruyea - Uneven, something weird about it, but some great dishes
                California Sandwiches on Claremont - Yes Please
                Sushi Places - All suck, go forage on bloor
                Thai Whatever (grace?) - No good at all and expensive
                Ellipsis - Late and Lamented. Haven't tried Xacutti
                Once had a sandwich at collision. Can't remember if it was any good.
                SOuth Side louis. Average Bar food.

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