Best College St Restaurants?
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'...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.